December 8th 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 Saturday schedule on Friday, December 24. No express service will operate on that day except for 79X Concord Mills Express which will operate according to its regular Saturday schedule. No express service will operate on that day except for 79X Concord Mills Express which will operate according to its regular Saturday schedule.
CATS bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line will operate according to its Sunday schedule on Saturday, December 25.
Both the CATS Customer Call Center and Sales and Information Area at the Charlotte Transportation Center will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25. On Monday December 27, Customer Service hours will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Friday, December 31, CATS will operate on a Saturday schedule. No express service will operate on that day except for 79X Concord Mills Express which will operate according to its regular Saturday schedule. 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 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 ten minutes before the game, and extra trains will be ready to take fans back to their cars after the game.
CATS will operate according to its Sunday schedule on Saturday, January 1.
Both the CATS Customer Call Center and Sales and Information Area at the Charlotte Transportation Center will be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1.
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. For information on how to properly prepare materials for collection or for a complete list of recyclable materials visit http://curbit.charmeck.org
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
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.
LYNX Blue Line Extension Public Meetings
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) invites you to attend an upcoming public meeting about the LYNX Blue Line Extension light rail project. CATS staff will present proposed cost effective changes to keep the Blue Line Extension on schedule to start service in 2016. The same information will be presented at both meetings.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
6 – 8 p.m.
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church
101 W. Sugar Creek Road
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
6 – 8 p.m.
Oasis Shriners Center
604 Doug Mayes Place
CATS will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons. Translating services will be available upon request. Anyone requiring special services should contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433) at least one week prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.
For more information about the meetings or bus routes nearest the meeting locations, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. This is a special holiday episode featuring stories about pet safety during the holidays, airport travel and protecting yourself while shopping.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source
online at www.charlottenc.gov
by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
If you know someone who would be interested in reading CMail, please forward it to them!
You can always visit www.charlottenc.gov, Twitter or Facebook for City information as well.