December 7th 2011
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
will operate on a Sunday schedule on Sunday, December 25 and on Monday, December 26. There will be no Gold Rush service Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30.
Changes to Youth Curfew Approved
The Youth Protection Ordinance was established in 1995 to protect juveniles from victimization and exposure to criminal activity by establishing a curfew. Recently, the Charlotte City Council approved changes to the Youth Protection Ordinance.
In an effort to continue helping protect young people in our community, youth under the age of 15 and their parents need to be aware of the new rules, which will go into effect on Thursday, December 15.
Ages 12 and under: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days per week
Ages 13 – 15: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days per week
Youth accompanied by a parent, guardian or a responsible adult over the age of 21 that has the parent’s permission to accompany the youth will not be in violation of the ordinance.
For more information about the curfew, including the exceptions to the ordinance, visit curfew.cmpd.org.
CMPD Citizens Academy
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Citizens Academy program continues with a workshop about Community Policing. Participants will learn about the proactive approach to problem solving and policing CMPD uses through the community policing philosophy. Become familiar with these methods, why they are used and how they are employed.
There will also be a panel hosted to answer questions including how CMPD responds to calls for service and how officers reach out to create partnerships with the community.
Community Policing and Panel
Tuesday, December 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Police and Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
To register, complete the online registration form or call 704-432-1655. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Visit the Citizens Academy web page at cmpd.org for more information about the workshops offered, including complete course descriptions and dates of future courses.
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 children alone.
- Report all suspicious activity to the police by calling 911 with a description.
Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kicks Off
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) and the U.S. Marine Corps have kicked off the 2011 Toys for Tots campaign to help bring Christmas to the underprivileged in Mecklenburg County.
Throughout the campaign the community is encouraged to bring new toys to any of CFD’s 42 fire stations
. The items will be collected as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorers
CMPD, CFD and the U.S. Marine Corps have worked together for more than three decades to ensure the neediest children in our community have toys to open on Christmas Day. For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign and how you can help please contact Officer Tom Allen at 704-432-1604 or by email at email@example.com
Bundle up and Protect Plumbing
Winter weather is here; take action now to help prevent burst water pipes, leaks, costly repairs and high water bills later.
- Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots.
- Close foundation vents. Seal any openings and air leaks in your crawl space or basement. Use cardboard, plastic or newspaper if necessary.
- Open doors on cabinets beneath sinks to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing at night.
- If you own an irrigation system, unplug automatic lawn sprinkler systems and winterize the backflow prevention device. Irrigating lawns during freezing weather leads to dangerous icing on sidewalks and roadways.
For more tips to protect your plumbing and properly prepare irrigation systems for winter, visit www.cmutilities.com
Purchase CATS Passes Online
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) wants to remind you that before heading out to the next football game, save yourself some time and purchase transit passes online at www.ridetransit.org
. Purchasing tickets is an easy way to avoid game day crowds and offers the opportunity to buy passes for the entire season.
For more information about buying passes online, visit www.ridetransit.org
or call 704-336-7433.
Airport Anticipates Busy Holiday Travel Season
Are you taking to the skies this holiday season? If so, you could be one of the 700,000 customers anticipated to travel through Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport and its parking areas will be congested, so plan ahead, park smart and pack properly. Travelers are reminded to be prepared:
- Know the latest security regulations and pack accordingly
- Increased passenger volumes are expected, anticipate and plan for longer wait times at check-in and security checkpoints
- Allow more time to park
Stay Informed, know the parking ABC’s …
A = Ample parking available
B = Be Prepared, allow time to park
C = Congested parking conditions, expect delays
For up-to-date parking conditions call 704-FLY-5555 and visit www.charlotteairport.com
for the complete list of travel tips.
CATS Receives Outstanding Safety Review
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) received an outstanding evaluation from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safety and Security Oversight (SSO) Program. The FTA made zero findings of non-compliance for North Carolina’s program during its audit, which was held in November.
North Carolina is only one of two states with clear and provable compliance in each of the nine areas reviewed. The FTA’s SSO Program has emerged as one of the primary mechanisms through which FTA works with states and the rail transit industry to ensure safety and security. Since 2007, when FTA initiated its audit program, there have been 40 SSO audits conducted and of those, only the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has achieved the same level of compliance.
The review noted strong collaboration among operating, maintenance, quality, procurement and safety functions at CATS, as well as between CATS and NCDOT personnel as they worked together to solve challenging safety issues. Both organizations demonstrated their commitment to ensure written plans and procedures were controlled, implemented and evaluated with ample opportunity for input from employees at all levels of the organizations. FTA shared that such diligent effort by NCDOT and CATS will assist in handling any potential safety and security challenges that may lie ahead in the future.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. In this episode you will see how the Charlotte Fire Department helps residents prepare home evacuation plans. You’ll also learn how public and private sectors are working together to bring affordable housing to seniors and how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the delivery of City services.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online at charlottenc.gov by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
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