Charlotte City Council

Local News
10:12 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals. 

Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget. 

Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt.   

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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

I-277 Noise Walls: One Voted Down, Other Moving Forward

A rendering showing the proposed section of noise wall on I-277.
Credit City of Charlotte

The votes are in on the controversial noise walls proposed for part of I-277. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with one section; the other section has been voted down. The next move comes tonight from Charlotte City Council, who along with other groups has said it’s concerned the wall would block views of uptown.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Charlotte's Tree Canopy Cover Increases To 47 Percent

Charlotte's tree canopy cover increased by one percent from 2008. City council set a goal of having a tree canopy cover of 50 percent by the year 2050.
Credit Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

  A new report on tree canopy cover shows that Charlotte and Mecklenburg County both saw an increase in the percentage of land shaded by trees between 2008 and 2012.

Engineers will present the full results of the latest study before city council Monday night.


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Local News
12:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Council Ponders $72 Million Amateur Sports Complex

Concept art for the "GoodSports Village" that city staff presented to the Council.
Credit City of Charlotte

An indoor, amateur sports complex and a small hotel would replace Bojangles Arena and Ovens Auditorium, under a private developer’s plan the City of Charlotte is considering. It’s the only proposal from a developer the city received, after allocating $25 million in its Capital Improvement Plan to redevelop the underused arena—and the declining area around it. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to take a look at the proposal. 


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Local News
4:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Council Vote Could Pave The Way To A Smoother Ride

A model of the paver the City Council will approve the purchase of tonight (bottom) and a model of excavators like the city currently uses to patch pavement (top). The models are to different scales.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte’s looking to invest in some new equipment that may literally smooth your commute.


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Local News
2:14 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Mayor Cannon, City Council Sworn In

Mayor Patrick Cannon speaks after being sworn in to the job.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte officially has a new mayor in office. Democrat Patrick Cannon was sworn in, along with the rest of the city council, at last night’s Oath of Office ceremony.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford distills the ceremony into five moments. And there are bagpipes.

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Local News
9:55 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Kinsey Hands Mayor's Gavel To Cannon Monday

Patrick Cannon
Credit City of Charlotte

Democrat Patrick Cannon will be sworn in at the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday night, along with other members of the new council. Cannon takes over from Mayor Patsy Kinsey, who will chair her final meeting Monday night.

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Local News
1:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

McCrory Backs Council In Airport Fight, Says Time To 'Move On' From Jerry Orr

Governor Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory said Monday he supports the Charlotte City Council position in the fight with state lawmakers over control of Charlotte Douglas Airport—including the city’s removal of former aviation director Jerry Orr from his long-time post. Until now, McCrory has shied away from taking a public stance on the issue.

At the end of an hour-long interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins asked McCrory the question.

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Local News
4:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Council Exempts Blue Line Extension From Affordable Housing Policy

The proposed Blue Line Extension
Credit City of Charlotte

Charlotte’s City Council voted Monday night to encourage more affordable housing near rapid transit stations, such as light rail, to give families with lower incomes easier access to public transportation, and education and job opportunities along with it. But, the council decided to exempt one of its signature projects, the Blue Line Extension.


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