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January 4, 2008
Volunteers Sought for Remapping Task Force
Board members will recall that during the recent City Floodplain Regulations revisions process, it was determined that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services would begin an initiative to update the City’s Floodplain Maps. Currently, we are seeking volunteers to participate in a task force for the Little Sugar Creek and Briar Creek re-mapping effort. The task force will comprise residential and commercial property owners, and community leaders residing or having property in those watersheds. The main objective for the task force is providing input on how specific land-related information (e.g., existing and future land use area maps) will be used in the re-mapping effort.
Currently, we have 20 members on the task force, representing seven neighborhoods and four members representing the commercial/residential development industry. Prior to the task force getting started, we are providing the Board an opportunity to identify any additional volunteers. Please contact Dave Canaan 704-336-3736 or by January 17 if you would like to review the current list of volunteers or would like to suggest we contact a specific person to determine their interest in participating as a task force volunteer.

Joint BOCC-BOE Meeting Friday, January 11
Please be reminded that there will be a joint meeting of the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners on Friday, January 11 in room 267 of the Government Center. The meeting will begin at noon and lunch will be provided. Anne Udall of the Lee Institute will facilitate the meeting. The goal of this joint meeting is to provide information and opportunities for discussion on topics of mutual interest to both boards. Meeting participants will receive the agenda within the next few days.
This meeting will take the place of the Board’s public policy workshop previously scheduled for January 8. For additional information, contact Deborah Goldberg at 704-366-2611 or

News Conference on Housing
Officials from the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency will hold a news conference on Friday, January 11 at 10:30am at the Urban Ministries facility at 945 N. College Street. Federal officials will use this event to congratulate the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for developing a ten-year plan to reduce our community’s homeless population. In addition to the officials from HUD, Board Chairman Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will speak on the importance of the ten-year plan.

Personnel Update
Finance Deputy Director Sarah Heasley has announced plans to retire from Mecklenburg County effective January 31. Sarah has been with the County’s Finance Department for more than 31 years. For the past 13 years, she has served as deputy director, except for her tenure as interim finance director between the retirement of Harry Weatherly and the appointment of Dena Diorio as finance director.
Sarah has provided valuable leadership and expertise in the Finance Department, especially in the areas of debt management, and financial and grant reporting. Sarah has been a valuable asset to our organization and contributed greatly to Mecklenburg County’s excellence in financial management. Please join me in thanking Sarah for her service to the community, and in wishing her the best in retirement.

- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager



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