CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she’s frustrated following a heated debate at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
Roberts was not happy after the meeting and tweeted that she's frustrated she doesn't have a vote on City Council. She wanted to vote for two environmental issues that were voted on, but both failed to pass.
The first issue was a clean energy resolution that would've created a goal for Charlotte of using 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Some council members don't want to approve it until the details are clearer.
The resolution does not lay out which sectors will use clean energy or how the city would work with Duke Energy to achieve the goal.
“We also have so many of our neighbors in North Carolina who have already adopted this,” Roberts said during the meeting. “Hillsboro, Carrboro, you heard them earlier.”
“I’m pretty sure they didn’t come up with a number 2035 or 2045 in this last-minute kind of knee-jerk fashion,” said Councilman Ed Driggs.
The second issue council members argued over was a partnership between Charlotte Water and the Discovery Place Museum in uptown.
Council wants to spend more than $350,000 to have Charlotte Water visit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools classrooms to teach students about the importance of protecting the environment.
After some members asked if the city has developed any metrics yet to identify if that is a good investment to make, the council also voted to send that second issue back to committee as well.
Vi Lyles, who will be sworn in as mayor next week, voted to send both issues back to a committee.
Monday night was the last City Council meeting for Roberts, Patsy Kinsey, Carlenia Ivory and Kenny Smith.
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