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Board Bulletin
June 16, 2014
Legislative Update

As the House budget moved from introduction to passage last week, one county concern was partially addressed. Funding for family courts, which we reported as being eliminated during your public policy workshop, was partially restored in the adopted House budget.  We are continuing to work with our delegation to fully restore this program’s funding in the final state budget. Also, the Senate introduced an adjournment resolution last week that sets June 27, 2014 as the final day of session this year. While this date can be changed, it provides insight into the legislature’s goal for leaving Raleigh this year.
Mayor’s Youth Employment Program

Mecklenburg County is once again participating in the City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP). This year the County is hosting 38 youth interns at Park and Recreation, DSS, Community Support Services, Child Support Enforcement, and Finance. The internships generally last eight weeks beginning in mid-June through mid-August. The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program part of "MeckConnect," Mecklenburg County’s citizen involvement strategy.

If you have any questions about MYEP, contact Sophia Hollingsworth at 980-722-2111 or by email.   

Need a Speaker? Set to Send City and County Experts Into the Community
Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are launching a web portal to make it easier for neighborhood organizations and civic groups to request speakers from across County and City departments. The new service officially goes online Friday, June 20, 2014.

The Need a Speaker? program connects organizations with one website and phone number for information about more than 80 topics.

The website also allows the County and City to track engagement and identify new topics that the community is interested in. While speaking topics can be customized to particular needs, there are broad topics published for residents to view to help guide their search for the right subject matter and speaker.
The program will be coordinated depending on the request. The City’s Neighborhood and Business Services (NBS) Department will assist with requests for City-related topics, and Mecklenburg County's Citizen Involvement program will connect group with County speakers.

Neighborhood and homeowners’ associations, community service groups, schools, civic groups, and other community organizations are invited to request a speaker through the website or by calling 704-336-2175.

Health Department to Brief City Council on Community Water Fluoridation

The Health Department has been asked to brief the Charlotte City Council at its June 23 meeting about the importance of continuing the fluoridation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg water supply. The purpose for the briefing is to inform City Council about the benefits of fluoridation in light of recent communication to representatives from a number of residents wanting to limit fluoride in CMUD operations.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water which strengthens teeth against tooth decay (caries) in both children and adults. By adjusting the level of fluoride in the community drinking water, the incidence of dental caries is reduced by at least 25 percent. Fluoridation is cost-effective, saving $38 in treatment cost for every $1 spent. Residents in all socioeconomic groups and geographic locations benefit simply by drinking tap water.

In 1949, Charlotte was the first city in North Carolina to fluoridate its water supply. Fluoridation is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and has been identified as one of the top ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.

Board members with questions can contact medical director Dr. Stephen Keener via email or dental director Dr. Gary Kushner via email.
-- Dena Diorio, County Manager

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