Mecklenburg County Commission

A worker at the U.S. National Whitewater Center releases chlorine into the basin below the rafting channel in July.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved water-quality regulations for the U.S. National Whitewater Center. That follows an Ohio teenager's death this summer from a rare brain infection she contracted after rafting at the center. 

Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners adopted a $1.6 billion budget Tuesday in a 6-2 vote. The budget won't increase property taxes, but it does include an increase in compensation for county commissioners.

Corning Inc.

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Corning Optical Communications has picked a site off I-485 in northwest Charlotte for its new $38 million headquarters, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Mecklenburg County’s health director says one way to possibly curb childhood obesity is to prohibit fast food restaurants from opening near schools.  Dr. Marcus Plescia has received a lot of attention for the idea, which he mentioned last week during a presentation to county commissioners. But he says it was one small part of an overall plan.

Emergency calls to Mecklenburg County's ambulance service have grown about twice as fast as the population since 2010. MEDIC Director Joe Penner told county commissioners Tuesday that most of the growth has come in non-emergency calls - people who call because of a breakdown in their social support systems.

Early voting starts Thursday and on the ballot is a significant change to local government besides who'll be mayor or serve on city council. Mecklenburg County voters will get to decide whether to change the terms of county commissioners from two years to four years.

via Foundation for the Carolinas

Mecklenburg County commissioners unanimously decided to give $4.2 million toward the renovation of the Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte.  

The theater opened in 1927 and has largely sat vacant for the past 35 years. The Foundation for the Carolinas is renovating it with plans to turn it into a civics arts facility.

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The debate over the Confederate flag has spurred another debate:  what to do with the Confederate monuments on public property throughout the South. Some are calling for their removal, like Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack.

“Anywhere where taxpayers are paying for that property, they should be removed," Mack says.  "In fact, I think it would be fine to put it in a museum and have them on display there. So if you choose to go and find out about the history, you have the right to do so.”

Mack has support from Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller. But there are also commissioners who say removing them is in effect burying the past. Commissioners will discuss these monuments Tuesday night. Meanwhile we wanted to check out some of these monuments ourselves. Morning Edition host Marshall Terry did so with UNC Charlotte history professor David Goldfield.

Mecklenburg Commissioners Leake, Cotham Battle Over Prayer

May 19, 2015
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

They started as allies, even friends. Then they had a high profile falling out. Now Mecklenburg County commissioners Pat Cotham and Vilma Leake are at odds again, this time over prayer.

In separate interviews with the Observer, the two Democrats used harsh words to describe each other’s behavior.