Council-Manager Memos

City Council Memo

Memo #6
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

City Council Memo

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


​Department Updates​

Feb. 12 Business Meeting and Public Forum Follow-Up Report
Staff Resource: Brent Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer, 704-301-0475,

Constituent Services has created a report detailing follow-up information based on comments and questions received at the Feb. 12 council business meeting. 

City of Charlotte Selected to Participate in Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange
Staff Resource: Pam Wideman, Housing & Neighborhood Services, 704-336-3488,​  

Charlotte has been selected to participate in the 2018 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange. Local delegates will join three other U.S. cities and five German cities to share best practices and gain ideas about the reception and integration of immigrants and refugees at the local community level. 

The Charlotte delegation to Germany includes four members:

  • Rachel Humphries - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Refugee Support Services
  • Wendy Mateo Pascual - Co-Founder, Camino Community Center
  • Grace L. Nystrum – Enterprise Business & Community Engagement Strategic Marketing Executive at Bank of America
  • Emily Yaffe – International Relations Specialist, City of Charlotte.
The German delegations will come to Charlotte in early May followed by visits to Germany by American representatives in November 2018. The groups will participate in site visits and meetings to share innovative approaches to local integration efforts. 

Charlotte Business INClusion – FY 2017 Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprise Annual Report
Staff Resource: Randy Harrington, Chief Financial Officer, 704-336-5013,

Charlotte Business INClusion (CBI) has published the FY2017 Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Annual Report.  

FY2017 was a year of “Performance with Purpose” for the City’s CBI Program as we achieved the following successes:

  • Record spending with City certified MWSBEs: The city’s contracts with MWSBEs at both the prime and subcontractor level in FY 2017 totaled $81,817,400, a new record.
  • Increased stakeholder engagement: In January 2017, City Council created a council-appointed CBI Advisory Committee to inform and shape the work of the CBI Program.  
  • Received City Accelerator Grant Award: In June 2017 the Citi Foundation and Living Cities selected Charlotte as one of only five cities across the country to participate in the City Accelerator for Procurement for Inclusive Economic Opportunity, which includes a $100,000 grant to help develop new, innovative approaches to increasing inclusion opportunities.
  • Completed MWBE Disparity Study: The findings from the city’s 2017 Disparity Study will help inform the city’s continued implementation of the CBI Program and efforts to increase MWBE spending.

The CBI Program promotes diversity, inclusion, and local business opportunities in the city’s contracting and procurement process for MWSBEs located in the Charlotte region.  

The report can also be accessed at

CityLYNX Gold Line Construction Update – Feb. 22, 2018
Staff resource: John Lewis, CATS, 704-336-3855,​ 

CATS will provide ongoing updates (as needed) to council on the status of the Gold Line construction project. Below is the most current summary of work taking place.

Hawthorne Lane Bridge Scheduled Work
The Hawthorne Bridge is currently out. The deck, girders, and center pier have been removed. The new bridge will be full reconstructed by March 2019. See schedule of upcoming work below:  

Monday, Feb. 26 - Friday, March 2
Single-lane closures will occur in both directions on Independence Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews drive piles for the reconstruction of the center pier. Pile driving will be performed during daytime hours. Residents can expect loud hammering sounds.

Hawthorne Lane Construction Work 
  • Storm Drainage: Storm Drainage installation is currently occurring at the intersection of Eighth Street and Hawthorne Lane and will continue along Hawthorne between Seventh Street and the Hawthorne Lane Bridge.
  • Conduit: Installation will continue on Hawthorne Lane between Seventh and Eighth streets and as well as along Park Drive. 
  • Water line: Installation will continue between Seventh Street and the Hawthorne Lane Bridge. Water line services have been completed between Fifth and Seventh streets. Water line crews will soon move to Hawthorne Lane between the Hawthorne Lane Bridge and Central Avenue.
  • Paving and restriping: Paving and restriping is occurring from Fifth Street to Park Drive. Access to driveways is being maintained and changes daily based on the paving operation. Hawthorne Lane from Park Drive to Seventh Street is being prepped for paving. All grading and paving operations may experience delays due to inclement weather. 
  • Independence Park Storm Water Project: This separate project is currently utilizing the lanes on Hawthorne between Seventh Street and Park Drive. Due to inclement weather, the completion of the project has been slowed but is anticipated to be complete by Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

West Trade Street
  • Storm Drainage: Storm drainage installation continues between the I-77 off-ramps along West Trade Street.