Council-Manager Memos

Council​-Manager Memo

Memo #43
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Council-Manager Memo

Memo #29
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Around the Crown


​Department Updates

Nov. 17-18: Five Points Better Block Community Event Tests Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) Project 
Staff Resource: Erin Chantry, Planning, 704-432-4493,  

The Historic West End Initiative – facilitated by the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Center City Partners, the Knight Foundation and the Better Block Foundation – is hosting a tactical urbanism event on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 to test the proposed conceptual design of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) Five Points capital improvement project at the Five Points Plaza (intersection of West Trade, State Street, Fifth Street, Rozzelles Ferry Road and Beatties Ford Road).

Council members are invited to attend the following sessions:
Friday, 5-10 p.m. – Build the Space (Neighbors & Designers)
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Enjoy the Space (Food, Shopping, Art & Entertainment)

Better Block is a community-led approach to test ideas for creating great spaces. The Five Points Plaza was identified as a priority project by the community for the West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry CNIP. The project is now being designed and has a concept plan set to go into an engineering phase. Before entering the engineering phase, certain elements of this project – including a performance stage, moveable seating, vendor space, pavement treatment, open space and recreation space – will be tested. Additionally, a model determining who and how the permanent plaza space will be programmed is being tested by the community during this event.

Five Points Better Block is funded by the Knight Foundation and made possible by hundreds of hours of volunteer work by community members. 

Internal Audit Report – Limited Scope Audits of Physical Control Over Inventory and CATS’ Bus Operations Division Payroll
Staff Resource: Greg McDowell, Internal Audit, 704-336-8085,

In an effort to be responsive to requests, and to provide timely input to control issues, Internal Audit has begun to complete narrowly defined projects, which are termed Limited Scope Audits (LSAs). Such audits may be communicated as a standard audit report, or an internal memo, and later summarized with multiple audits in a combined report.

Audit staff worked with CMPD and CFD to address physical controls over inventory. CATS staff requested an audit review of pay rate changes within the Bus Operations Division. The result of these efforts was to increase the level of internal controls.