City Council approves two sections of the airport taxi operating agreement, approves ​substitute proposal

Nicole Ramsey
nramsey@charlottenc.gov
6/27/2016

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 27, 2016) – Charlotte City Council voted 8-3 Monday to approve sections A and B of the airport taxi operating agreement, removing the requirement from the original ordinance to enter into agreements annually, and executes contracts with the following companies to provide passenger pick-up services at the Charlotte Douglas ​International Airport for an initial term of three years:​

  • City Cab LLC
  • Crown Cab Company LLC
  • Green Cab of Charlotte LLC
  • Yellow Cab of Charlotte

Council removed section C of the proposed agreement, which would have granted the City Manager authority to renew the contracts for three additional, one-year terms. Council approved a substitute proposal by a vote of 7-4 to evaluate the agreements to determine whether to extend the airport taxi contracts two years into the three-year term.
The new agreement does not prohibit customers from using other providers to schedule transportation to or from the airport. The amendment allows the city to consider the appropriate term as a business decision rather than as a matter of local law.​

Other Council Actions

Eastland mall redevelopment strategy update
During the dinner briefing, city staff provided an update on the redevelopment process for the former Eastland Mall site, including results from an assessment and series of stakeholder discussions conducted by the Latin American Economic Development Corporation. Staff requested that City Council support the proposed next steps, which include hiring a multi-disciplinary consulting team that will assist staff in creating an implementation strategy.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Campus Police Jurisdiction Agreement Extension
City Council authorized Chief Kerr Putney to enter into a five-year agreement with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) board of trustees to extend the jurisdiction of campus police.The agreement enhances communication between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and UNCC campus police, allowing both entities to be more aware of student victimization or criminal activity.

In 2011, City Council approved a five-year agreement with UNCC, extending campus police jurisdiction to additional properties adjacent to campus within CMPD's jurisdiction as a result of growth in areas surrounding the UNCC campus. These properties include apartment complexes with a high concentration of student population and businesses such as restaurants and bars that are frequented by students. The approved agreement will be extended for a five-year period from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2021.

Infrastructure Reimbursement for 17th Street and Parkwood Avenue
City Council approved an infrastructure reimbursement agreement for 17th Street and Parkwood Avenue. The agreement reimburses the developer of a residential project located in the Optimist Park Neighborhood for the extension of 17th Street to Parkwood Avenue and streetscape improvements to Parkwood Avenue.

This agreement allows the city to construct public infrastructure at a lower cost by partnering with the developer. Approval of this request also supports City Council's priority to build and preserve vibrant and diverse neighborhoods by expanding the supply of affordable and workforce housing through new construction and preservation of the existing housing stock.

Awards and recognition

  • Mayor Jennifer Roberts, City Council and staff recognized Ron Carlee for his contributions to the City of Charlotte as city manager. Carlee has served as Charlotte's city manager since April 2013.
  • Mayor Roberts announced the 704th campaign, which encouraging residents and local partners to connect via social media to share their Independence Day experience in Charlotte. Residents can participate by sharing July 4 photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and tagging each post with the #704th hashtag.