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Commission Capsule - February, 7, 2012
Fact Finding Probe

An investigative report outlining Chairman Cogdell’s attorney-client relationship with C.W. Williams Community Health Center was presented to the BOCC. The report concluded that there was no conflict of interest in the relationship. The investigation was conducted because the Board was concerned that there an ethics violations after pushed the board to give the center funding. Read the report.

Reid Park Collaborative Initiative 

The Reid Park Collaborative Initiative is the partnership of Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Council for Children’s Rights and several other human services agencies, working together to provide the students and families of Reid Park Academy greater access to wrap-around support services. These services will be offered on-campus and are focused around four key areas - human/social services, health/mental health services, family involvement and early childhood education.

Tax Assessor Garrett Alexander informed the Board that they are unable to stop the County’s revaluation appeals despite requests from the town of Cornelius. Alexander said that 11 percent of the 355,307 parcels revaluated were appealed, stating "that most property owners were satisfied with the revaluation."

Report on Coyote Population

Park and Recreation staff presented an update to the Board on the growing coyote population in Mecklenburg County. Staff stated that the County is actively tracking sightings for research purposes and that a web page has been established to provide information on what to do in the event of a sighting.

Ordinance Prohibiting Camping and Unauthorized Use of County Property and

Commissioners discussed a new County ordinance that would prevent camping and the unauthorized use of County facilities. Currently, there is a no camping ordinance in County parks (with the exception of designated campgrounds). The ordinance required a 9-0 majority vote to go into effect, but only six commissioners voted in favor. The item will appear on an upcoming meeting agenda, where it will only need a simple majority to pass.

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