December 22nd 2010
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Friday, December 24, Monday, December 27 and Friday, December 31.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
will operate on a holiday schedule on Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1.
Both the CATS Customer Call Center and the Sales and Information Area located at the Charlotte Transportation Center will be closed on Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1.
On Friday, December 31, the last buses (select routes only) and the LYNX Blue Line light rail service will depart from the Charlotte Transportation Center at 1:30 a.m. in support of First Night activities in Uptown.
Also on Friday, December 31, extra trips will operate on the LYNX Blue Line light rail system to provide service to fans attending the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Service will run approximately every 10 minutes before the game and extra trains will be ready to take fans back to their cars after the game.
For more information, please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org
Solid Waste Services
will provide collection services on Friday, December 24, Monday, December 27 and Friday, December 31 according to the normal schedule.
Yard waste will not
be collected Monday, December 27 – Friday, December 31; however, residents may place extra garbage outside the rollout cart for collection at that time. Extra garbage must be bagged and placed beside (not on top) of the cart.
Beginning Monday, January 3, Solid Waste Services will collect natural Christmas trees for yard waste collection. Artificial trees must be scheduled for bulky item collection by calling 311 or visiting http://curbit.charlottenc.gov
. Residents are asked to remove all decorations from trees and place them curbside by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
Because the holidays generate lots of garbage, residents are also encouraged to recycle, including gift wrap and cardboard. For more information, call 311 or visit http://curbit.charlottenc.gov
For information on how to prepare materials properly for collection or for a complete list of recyclable materials visit http://curbit.charlottenc.gov
Apply Today for Free Neighborhood Improvements
The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Committee, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is accepting applications for the 2011 Adopt a City Neighborhood Program. Each year, KCB Committee members work with a selected neighborhood to provide a community service or beautification project of the neighborhood’s choosing. There is no cost to participate, however, neighborhood volunteers and a commitment to maintain the project after completion is necessary.
Any neighborhood within Charlotte City limits is eligible to apply, but must submit applications by Monday, January 31
to be considered. Visit http://kcb.charmeck.org
for more information and to download an application.
Reduce Plumbing Costs and Save the Environment!
Here are Grease Free recipes you can use to prevent a costly repair:
- Never pour cooking grease or other fats and oils down any drain. They can clog your pipes.
- Freeze cooking grease and oils in a coffee can, or mix liquid vegetable fats with kitty litter or coffee grounds in a lidded container. Deposit it in the trash, or take it to a full-service recycling center.
for more Grease Free information. To locate the nearest full-service recycling center, visit www.wipeoutwaste.com
Stay Safe This Holiday Season
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) would like to remind you of some helpful holiday shopping safety tips.
- Park and walk in well-lit areas.
- Don’t leave packages on car seats; keep them out of sight in the trunk.
- While shopping, don’t flash large amounts of cash, instead, use checks or credit cards.
- Don’t leave your purse or you purchases unattended.
- Never leave your children alone.
Report all suspicious activity to the police by calling 911 with a description. You can find a complete listing of these and more safety tips at the safety and prevention web page
City Seeks Input
The City is seeking public input from businesses that have or have attempted to do business with the City. A nationally recognized consulting firm, MCT of America, Inc., is conducting a nine month study of the utilization of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) as required by law.
This study, referred to as a Disparity Study, will examine the process for attaining products and services for the City, the subcontracting practices of prime contractors/service providers who do business with the City and data collected from a broad cross section of M/WBE and non-M/WBE firms.
Individuals or business owners can participate in one or more of the following activities that are to be scheduled in early 2011. All activities will be made public and announced ahead of time at http://nbs.charlottenc.gov
- Surveys of vendors
- Personal interviews
- Focus groups
- Public hearings
Individuals or business owners interested in contributing information or participating in any of the activities can contact:
MGT of America, Inc.
City of Charlotte Among Top ‘Digital’ Cities
The City of Charlotte ranks among the top cities with populations of 250,000 or more that use technology to better serve its residents, according to a national survey.
e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program ranks Charlotte fourth behind Aurora, Colo., Louisville, Ky. and Boston, Mass. in the 10th Annual Digital Cities Survey. The survey recognizes municipalities that successfully incorporate information technology into operations to better serve constituents and businesses.
“We are proud to be ranked among the top ‘Digital’ cities in the country,” said Jeff Stovall, the City of Charlotte’s Chief Information Officer. “From the recent revamping of our website to the launch of our smartphone application, we are always examining new technologies to help us manage our costs and improve services to our residents. It’s an honor to have our efforts being recognized at a national level.”
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.
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