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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 11, 2016) - The Charlotte City Council approved changes to its Rules of Procedure, updating how it conducts meetings, after completing the first comprehensive review of the rules in more than 15 years.
The changes impact how council receives comment from speakers:
Speakers are required to sign-up before the agenda item is reached.
The Mayor is authorized to set an earlier deadline for speakers to register.
For agenda items and non-zoning public hearings, speakers are allotted three minutes unless shortened by the Mayor due to a large number of speakers. Also, speakers will not be allowed to yield time.
Individuals are permitted to speak once per quarter at a citizen’s forum.
Other technical changes include:
- Council using gender-neutral pronouns
- Eliminating redundant language
- Eliminating references to the zoning protest petition, which is no longer available under State law
- Council is allowed telephonic or electronic attendance at emergency, regular and special meetings when special circumstances are warranted such as inclement weather or other emergency situations.
Council’s Governance and Accountability unanimously recommended the revisions.
Other council actions:
Cross Charlotte Trail TIGER Grant
Dan Gallagher, Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Vivian Coleman, CDOT
Council approved the authorization to submit an application for a $15.5 million Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to build a bridge over U.S. Highway 74 for the Cross Charlotte Trail.
The pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the U.S. Highway 74/Interstate-277 interchange will connect the Cross Charlotte Trail (Little Sugar Creek Greenway) from Seventh Street to 10th Street, completing a significant gap in the greenway system.
The total project cost is up to $15.5 million and will cover planning, design, construction and project contingencies. The city is partnering with Mecklenburg County to develop the 26-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the Town of Pineville, through Center City and on to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line.
TIGER discretionary grants are authorized and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for transportation infrastructure projects.
Bojangles Coliseum Ice floor replacement design and installation
Staff Resource: William Haas, Engineering & Property Management
Council approved demolition and replacement of the ice floor at Bojangles’ Coliseum as a part of two phases of renovations to the coliseum approved in October 2015. The scope of work to replace the existing ice floor includes:
- Design and engineering
- Approximately 11 miles of piping within the floor
- 6-inch concrete slab and reinforcement
- New mechanical equipment
- Steel anchors for hockey equipment and special events embedded in the concrete
During the first phase of the renovations, small issues were discovered in the mechanical cooling system and within the piping of the old ice floor slab. A temporary ice floor system was rented for the 2015-2016 Charlotte Checkers hockey season.
Demolition and replacement is expected to begin in June and be complete by October. The cost of replacing the ice floor and the other phase two work is within the original $15,953,375 budget.
Additional renovations will take place at Bojangles Coliseum this summer. Council will be asked to award other construction contracts in May.
Awards and Recognitions
City employee of the year
Mayor Jennifer Roberts recognized John Howard, administrator of the Charlotte Historic District Commission, as the 2015 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year. Howard manages architecture standards in Charlotte’s six historic districts. The six districts contain more than 3,000 properties, making it the largest historic district program in North Carolina. Each year, Howard reviews more than 300 applications for design projects and works to resolve issues and complaints from the public.
Howard has worked for the city for 16 years, starting his service as an urban designer in the Planning Department. During his tenure, he received two City Manager Awards for innovation and for his work on the Elizabeth Avenue Business Corridor Streetscape Project.