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Top News Stories Jan. 11 - 31, 2013
2013 BOCC Strategic Planning Conference Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hold its annual Strategic Planning Conference on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 North Tryon Street. The conference is the kick-off event of the FY 14 budget season. The Board will be briefed by staff and outside experts about economic conditions, revenue forecasts and expenditures. The Board uses this conference to begin to develop its priorities that result in program funding. A detailed agenda for the three-day conference will be available prior to the conference.

Board to Receive Updates on Revaluation Work Plan

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will receive a series of briefings in February as updates on the progress of implementing the revaluation work plan approved by the Board. Below is the update schedule:
  • Feb. 5 – General work plan update
  • Feb. 12 – Public Policy Workshop – appeals process and Board of Equalization and Review
  • Feb. 19 – Process for addressing minor issues identified by Pearson’s Appraisal Service
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Mecklenburg Sestercentennial 2013: Celebrating Our First 250 Years

Through a proclamation issued at their regular meeting on Jan. 2, 2013, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners designated 2013 as the Year of the Mecklenburg County Sestercentennial Celebration and recognized the founding of Mecklenburg County on Feb. 26, 1763. Mecklenburg County and its community partners – including Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Center City Partners, the Chamber of Commerce, and many others – are joining forces to put together the celebration. Historical videos and other original programming will be shown online and on local TV stations, and a special website is being prepared to showcase Sestercentennial Celebration events and activities, which include a special “birthday party” for Mecklenburg County on February 26, 2013. But the most important part of Mecklenburg’s history is your story. Whether you are a relative newcomer or a seventh-generation “Mecklenburger,” you have a story to tell, and we want to hear it. Share it on our Facebook page.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Study Now Available Online

The 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Study is a collection of social, crime, physical, economic and environmental conditions that provide a snapshot of the health of our neighborhoods. The study is commonly used by residents, service providers, government agencies, real estate agents, and universities to help understand the dynamics of our neighborhoods. The study data also helps organizations develop programs and determine service delivery strategies to Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents.

Help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Plan for its Future

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is developing a 3-year Strategic Plan for library programs and services in cooperation with Mecklenburg County. This plan will cover fiscal years 2013-2016, and be updated yearly. You can have input by completing this survey and/or participating in a community forum. Those providing feedback are eligible to enter a drawing for an iPad or a Kindle Fire. Forums will take place: 
  • Jan. 31 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte
  • Feb. 5 - 6 p.m. to  8 p.m., at North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville
  • Feb. 6 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte
  • Feb. 7 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews - Mint Hill Road, Charlotte

County Staff Member Picked for South-Central Asia Delegation

A domestic violence educator with Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Agency is one of six Americans taking part in an international exchange program in South-Central Asia. Mike Sexton, Information & Education Coordinator with the CSS Women’s Commission, has been invited by the U.S. Department of State to be a delegate to its 2013 Legislative Fellows Program in Nepal and Bangladesh. Sexton will be posting details of his trip on his blog Those who have question about the dialogues can ask them at the blog site and Sexton will do his best to respond within 24 hours. For more information about domestic violence in our community, call CSS at 704-336-3210 or the Safe Alliance’s Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.

Field to Fork Applications Due Jan 31

The Mecklenburg County Health Department is partnering with Fuel Pizza, Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Landsculptors, and EarthFarm Organics to bring Field to Fork Pizza Gardens to 15 elementary classes. The program gives elementary students the opportunity to learn about gardening, nutrition, and healthy cooking. Schools interested in applying can do so by visiting the Field to Fork web page. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2013.

Flu Cases Continue to Climb in North Carolina 

Flu cases are on the rise in North Carolina and your Mecklenburg County Health Department wants residents to know that a flu shot is the single most effective way to protect oneself from the virus. Call the Health Department at 704-336-4700.

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