Carol Hull presented the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Citizens Committee report to the Board of Commissioners last Thursday.  She is a member of the committee, a team of citizens with professional experience in real estate, process improvements, information technology, and Mecklenburg County government.
The goal of this committee was “to review the functions and utilization of the main library, consider the feasibility of consolidating, downsizing, or relocating the functions of the main library” to another site.  The committee met monthly from November 2011 to February 2012 to investigate library functions and ways to save money.
The committee concluded that selling the main library building in the current real estate market would not save the library system enough money.
They recommended a redevelopment of the city block, which could be feasible in a future real estate market.  Also, they recommended the library analyze all its functions in the main building to determine if they could be relocated to a less expensive place.  They want the library to work with the County Business Process Management Department to learn more efficient management.  They also suggest the library and Mecklenburg County use the main library building, utilizing empty spaces.
In other matters
• The Board adopted the Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Plan presented by Solid Waste management DirectorBruce Gledhill.  The goal is to continue to reduce waste per capita.  Waste has dropped by 40 percent since 1999, and the plan is to reduce it by nine percent in the next five years and 18 percent in the next 10 years.  Each year the seven municipalities of Mecklenburg County dump 380,000 tons of solid waste in landfills.  Mecklenburg County has a landfill capacity available to the year 2035.  The plan also set goals to increase commercial waste recycling and construction and demolition waste recycling. Businesses creating more than 16 cubic yards of solid waste each week are required to recycle.  Gledhill finds that companies comply with this ordinance.  Overall he said Mecklenburg County is “in very good shape.”
• The Town of Mint Hill asked the Board of Commissioners to consider amendments to the town’s codes regarding housing and property maintenance, property maintenance and nuisance abatement, and abandoned, junked and nuisance motor vehicles.  The amendments “would provide the Town with additional options of enforcement regarding vacant structures.”  If a property has been vacated for a year, the Board will consider that property vacant and pass an ordinance to have the property repaired or demolished.  During the public comments, Steve Horton was “very pleased that the Board is looking at this ordinance.  We have had an experience ourselves with a house in our neighborhood, and we believe it would be a good thing for the town to pursue” this kind of ordinance.
• The Board heard proposed amendments to the post-construction ordinance to clarify the watershed districts of Mint Hill.  An area of 161.5 acres was said to flow into the Goose Creek district is “proposed to follow the same regulations as the Clear Creek district.”  This amendment will correct Mint Hill’s watershed map and establish the rules of the Crooked Creek watershed be the same as those for Clear Creek.
• John Barrett’s appointment to Mecklenburg County’s Storm Water Advisory Committee was approved.
• Ashley Jerman resigned from the Board of Adjustment as an alternate ETJ member.  This position is vacant.