Friday, July 3, 2009

Roberts seeks city, schools for safety net

Mecklenburg County Commission chair Jennifer Roberts will ask the Charlotte city council, the school board and municipal mayors to discuss how to meet community needs in the recession.

The invitation is for Tuesday, says County Manager Harry Jones in his weekly board bulletin.

Writes Jones: "The purpose of this invitation is to provide an opportunity for elected officials to discuss this idea of a strategic community plan for human services."

Jones said the move was prompted by a public discussion Tuesday. He said it led Roberts to ask public officials to attend next week's meeting between two county committees: Health and Community Support Services, and the Natural Resources committee.

A standing-room only crowd of more than 200 attended Tuesday's public hearing on Charlotte's charity money crunch. Panelists included former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, Mecklenburg County General Manager John McGillicuddy, Crisis Assistance Ministry director Carol Hardison, Latin America Coalition Executive Director Angelas Ortega-Moore and Observer Editor Rick Thames.

- Doug Miller


diggnpeeper said...

200 attendees certainly does not constitute a significant voice of this community for more new taxes as suggested by the previous news report. Most of the public belives this is the one area most abused by fraud and dishonesty in this government. If it is not, then the leaders must come forward and be more honest and transparent than they have in the past. Certainly a lot of current leaders of these departments must go and nepotism must end for this to get more supprt from the public.

Anonymous said...


ditto. Well said

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