February 14, 2011 by staff
Breakfast Club, Ballantyne Breakfast Club held its second annual meeting on priorities, on Saturday at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge with 22 states, county and local elected member to announce their top priorities for 2011. Breakfast Club President Ray Eschert said about 100 people came to discuss their concerns and ask questions. “I think the meeting was a great success,” said Eschert. “We seemed to run through the encounter in 35 minutes, and judging by the way people converse with officials, he going to be a very positive meeting. ”
Eschert priority for the meeting was for residents of the county to get as much information as possible. “I want people to leave here better informed and more competent than when they came,” he said. Several county residents at the meeting were to Ballantyne. Most were concerned with property taxes and transportation problems in Ballantyne.
Katherine Ballantyne Meadows neighborhood of Washington said it was the first club meeting; it was during the 11 years she has lived in the area.
“I’m interested in increasing traffic in the region,” said Washington. “I’m happy to talk to people CDOT and see what they have to say.”
Washington husband, Tom, said he was glad of the fire, police and transportation departments.
“They all seemed like they were going in the right direction,” he said. “It was also nice to hear that the crime was reduced in the region.”
While announcing the priorities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock said crime in the South Division, which includes Ballantyne, was reduced by 16 percent in 2010 – the largest reduction in all 12 divisions of CMPD.
“We’re trying to stop (crime) trends before they start putting agents where they are needed,” said Medlock. “As with all our divisions, (South Division) was able to reduce crime because of their regular work and drive. ”
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