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Charlotte city council votes to approve LYNX Blue Line Extension projects
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 25, 2016)— Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve four items related to the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) project to maintain the current project schedule.
Items approved by council include:
- J.W. Clay Boulevard Parking Garage Pedestrian Bridge Extension
- Civil Segments B and C Change Order (to accelerate construction)
- Street Lighting Agreements with Duke Energy
- Track and System Contract Amendment (to address delays)
CATS staff updated council members on current progress for the project. The LYNX BLE will run 9.3 miles and has an estimated completion date of August 2017.
Other Council Actions
Staff Contact: Jennifer Smith
Engineering and Property Management
Council also voted 8-2 to amend the Stormwater Ordinance to exempt the city from paying a stormwater fee for public street rights-of-way. Previously, state roads were exempt but city roads were not exempt. This practice is consistent with other large N.C. cities.
Dinner Briefing Items
Immigrant Integration Implementation Team
Neighborhood and Business Services
Council members received an update from city staff on the Immigrant Integration Implementation Team, which seeks to maximize immigrants' contribution to the community. The team developed recommendations to promote awareness of the availability of existing programs and services available to immigrant populations. Council members were presented with the team's recommendations and a timeline for implementing strategies.
Outgoing Chief of Staff Carol Jennings was recognized for her service to the city as she retires. Jennings joined the city in 1975 as an Assistant to the City Manager. In 1978, she was named the city's first female Assistant City Manager with responsibilities in the areas of planning, engineering, transportation, community development, utilities, and airport. Jennings served in that capacity until 1986. From 1987 to 2003, she served as a consultant to the city and Mecklenburg County before returning as a full-time employee in 2003. Mayor Jennifer Roberts presented Jennings with a framed Charlotte skyline in appreciation for her service.
City Manager Ron Carlee thanked city departments for their efforts during the recent winter storm to ensure public safety and manage service impacts. City crews from 14 different city departments worked around the clock to clear city streets and respond to weather-related emergencies.
Carlee recognized Charlotte Water for receiving several regional and national awards for sustainable water utility management and wastewater treatment.
He also announced Charlotte as the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association Extinguished Budget award for the second consecutive year.
A list of 2015 city accomplishments was shared with council members and is available online.