March 4, 2011
Special Meeting on Legislative Items
County staff is seeking Board direction on recent legislation introduced in the N.C. House (H631 and H111). Both bills pertain to possession of firearms on County property. This legislation would be a state mandated change of a locally created policy. One of the guiding principles the Board has provided to staff is to oppose legislation that restricts county flexibility. Therefore, staff recommends that the BOCC oppose this legislation.
Typically, staff would wait until the Board’s regular meeting on March 15 to seek formal direction on a legislative item. However, the timing of the legislative process requires more timely direction from the Board. Although the Board has a workshop scheduled for March 9, the Board’s policy states that, as a general rule, the Board will not vote on matters considered at the workshop. Therefore, we have asked the Chairman to call a Special Meeting at 3:30p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 (following the workshop) to address these legislative items. The Board also will be asked to provide time during the Special Meeting for members of the public to provide input on the legislation. Consistent with the previous workshop, this workshop will be streamed live online.
Board members with questions should contact Assistant to the County Manager Brian Francis at 704-336-2611 or Brian.Francis@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov.
Library Task Force to Present Recommendations
On Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in conference room 267 of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, the Board of County Commissioners and the Library Board of Trustees will convene during a special meeting to receive the recommendations from the Future of the Library Task Force.
The Future of the Library Task Force was proposed by the Board of County Commissioners as part of a contingency for additional funding of the public library for FY2011. A Task Force Design Team was assembled to assist with the selection of members and process design for the Task Force. Task Force members were appointed by the Task Force Chairman in consultation with the Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, the Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and other stakeholders. The 16-member Task Force was selected from a pool of 87 candidates and includes a wide array of professions and occupations. Future of the Library Task Force members are:
- (Chair) Jim Woodward, Chancellor Emeritus, UNC Charlotte
- Jeff Armstrong: Managing Partner, Eitel and Armstrong
- Robert M. Bisanar: Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
- Alan Blumenthal: Chairman of the Board, Radiator Specialty Company
- Pamela Davies: President, Queens University of Charlotte
- Michael A. DeVaul: Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement, YMCA of Greater Charlotte
- Geneal Gregory: Community Volunteer
- W.A. Heath, Jr.: Managing Partner, Heath Partners
- Carol Hull: Vice President, Process Design Consultant for Technology and Operations, Bank of America
- Leonora Kaufmann: Former Director, Library and Information Resources, Carolinas Healthcare System and Charlotte AHEC
- Gloria A. Kelley: Dean of Library Services, Central Piedmont Community College
- Bill Millett: President, Scopeview Strategic Advantage
- Bernie Simmons: Retired Television Broadcaster
- Scott D. Stone: Vice President, Merrick and Company
- Julie Szeker: Attorney, Johnston Allison & Hord
- Connie Wessner: Commissioner, Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners
- Ed Williams: Retired Editor of Editorial Pages, Charlotte Observer
The Library Task Force worked with a professional facilitator from October 20, 2010 to March 1, 2011 to develop draft recommendations. Final recommendations will be made available at the March 21 meeting. Meeting documents and draft recommendations are available for review online.
-- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager