Council-Manager Memos

City Council Memo

Memo #39
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

City Council Memo

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


​Department Updates​

J.T. Williams Community Resource Fair, Nov. 17
Staff resource: Pam Wideman, Housing & Neighborhood Services Director, 704-336-3488,  

Housing and Neighborhood Services (HNS) will partner with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center to host a Community Resource Fair for the J.T. Williams neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the J.T. Williams Montessori School, located at 2400 Carmine St. Participating agencies include The Urban League, Charmeck 311, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Goodwill and Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. The fair will provide valuable community resources and curate meaningful connections between community organizations and residents.

The fair is part of HNS’s overall Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy and is one component of a larger effort to provide the community with the resources needed to make targeted improvements to the quality of life for its residents.

Unveiling for Hugh McManaway Statue
Staff resource: Michael Davis, Engineering & Property Management Director, 704-336-3938,

An unveiling ceremony for the return of the Hugh McManaway statue will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church.

The statue, named “Old Man Traffic,” honors the memory of Hugh McManaway, a unique and beloved character who informally directed traffic at the intersection of Queens and Providence roads in the 1960s and 1970s. Over the years, the statue has suffered significant damage, requiring extensive restoration. The restored statue will be re-installed on a large, secure concrete and granite base. Soon after installation, a three-foot-high wall will be built around the statue to protect it from future damage.

Fiscal Year 2018 (6 mo.) Employee Expense Reimbursements Audit Report
Staff resource: Greg McDowell, City Auditor, 704-336-8085,

Internal Audit has completed the audit of Employee Expense Reimbursements for the six months ending Dec. 31, 2017. The intent of this audit was to determine the effectiveness of the city’s employee travel and reimbursement policy and whether employees’ reimbursements were in compliance with the city policies.

Conclusion: Internal controls and compliance have improved over the past few years. However, additional improvement is necessary. Departments and individual travelers should be held more accountable.


  • Approval requirements should be stored online to document adequate advance planning, along with changes which also require approval; e.g., airline change fees, non-conference hotels and rental cars.
  • Finance-Accounts Payable should provide stricter oversight of the department in question and take action to restrict the department’s ability to select its travel arrangements, to avoid excessive city expenses in the future.
  • Finance should give particular attention to the problem areas noted.

View the Fiscal Year 2018 (6 mo.) Employee Expense Reimbursements Audit Report here.