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Meck County leader calls out city manager, CMPD, MCSO for failing to help Tent City residents

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Mecklenburg County leaders are calling out the Charlotte city manager, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for not helping those living in Tent City.

— The Mecklenburg County manager is calling out the Charlotte city manager, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for not helping those living in Tent City.

County Manager Dena Diorio said about 180 residents have accepted that offer, which is actually more than the number of people thought to be living in the encampment.

It is possible more people live in Tent City than previously estimated, or other people experiencing homelessness want the offer— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) February 18, 2021 County officials held a news conference Thursday where they made it clear they have a hotel for the residents to move into, but getting them there has been an issue largely because help they were counting on isn’t going to be there.

It is particularly troubling since one of the property owners is the City of Charlotte. ” Takeaways:- County Manager vs City Manager- All property owners (including city) are complying- Huge interest in the hotel (180 people) - County didn't realize how bad the rat problem until recently— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) February 18, 2021 Despite the transportation issues, all property owners are cooperating and working with the county on the order.

When asked, the county manager said she could explore legal action to force officers to enforce the order, but indicated she doesn’t think that will be necessary because of the community groups working to transition people out of Tent City.

The city, CMPD and sheriff’s office sent the following statements in response to Diorio’s comments: “Like many stakeholders, the City of Charlotte was given little notice of the County’s abatement order.

On Wednesday, we committed to supporting the County and were asked to help by providing transportation.

We never said we would not support the County but were asking for critical details to understand the scope of their need and the County was unable to provide those details and it was the County who withdrew their request for busses. ” __________________________________________ CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings “Mecklenburg County did not involve CMPD in any conversations about this Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard that was issued by the county public health director on Feb. 16, 2021.

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 I received a call from Charlotte Fire Department officials stating that CATS would be providing 10 buses to transport persons from the encampment and I was asked if deputies from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office would drive the buses.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, the order was thoroughly discussed, and MCSO assisted as well as provided a daily detailed report to Mecklenburg County Public Health.

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