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Commissioners to consider pollution ordinance, streetlights, bond funding

The public will be able to weigh in on proposed revisions to the Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control Ordinance, a streetlight assessment for nine subdivisions and Red City Properties’ acceptance of a federal bond during Tuesday’s meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.

The proposed revisions to the Air Pollution Control Ordinance include an increase of the maximum penalty for a violation from $10,000 per day to $25,000 per day, a requirement that all medical waste incinerators be brought into compliance with revised Environmental Protection Agency ordinances by Oct. 6, 2012, and new rules regulating the emission standards and testing, monitoring, record-keeping and reporting requirements for Class I municipal waste incinerators.

The streetlight assessment would apply to residents of the Capps Hollow, Cardinal Woods, Hearthstone, McGinnis Village, Mountain Point, Mountain Point Estates, Royal Oaks and Spicewood subdivisions. Under the assessment, residents of those subdivisions would be included in a program to provide streetlights. Until they are annexed into the limits of the city of Charlotte, the residents of those subdivisions would be asked to reimburse the county $24,954 for the operating costs of the lights in fiscal 2011. One subdivision involved in the project, Coffey Creek/Ayrshire Glen, would not be assessed, as it is being considered for annexation by the city.

The public is also invited to weigh in on Red City Properties’ acceptance of $6.48 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to buy and renovate an 88,000-square-foot office building at 222 S. Church St. in Center City to be used as the headquarters for its sister company, Redf Marketing, and offer available office space for an entrepreneurial hub. The building will house offices for 108 RedF Marketing employees. The bond funds will be used for a new roof, electrical, heating and air conditioning improvements and exterior work.

According to documents submitted to the county commissioners, Red City Properties does not expect the project, which will create 60 jobs, to cost more than the available bond money. The bonds would be repaid out of the company’s profits.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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