Tags:From the office of Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Republican member of the state legislature from Hendersonville:
The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition presented Rep. Chuck McGrady with its Legislative Award in recognition for his outstanding work on behalf of local government during the 2011 Legislative Session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The award was presented at the Coalition’s recent meeting in Charlotte at which the Mayors celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Coalition.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy presented the award to McGrady citing his successful effort to protect local government decision making on billboards in Senate Bill 183.
McGrady offered an amendment to the billboards bill on the House floor to preserve local governments’ role in permitting billboards, and his amendment passed with bipartisan support. He then served on the conference committee and successfully battled to keep a substantial portion of the amendment in the final bill that became law.
“I never expected to become as active as I was on billboard legislation, but having served as a Flat Rock council member and Henderson County commissioner I knew giving local governments a role in the permitting of billboards was important to my Henderson County constituents, “ McGrady said.
Founded in 2001, the Coalition promotes the interchange of ideas and experiences among municipal officials for continued development of urban areas. In addition, the Coalition works with state officials to encourage the expansion of urban areas as livable environmental sound and economically viable.