February 16th 2011
New Ordinance Goes Into Effect Soon
In the fall, City Council passed a new tethering ordinance protecting Charlotte area dogs. These new rules go into effect Tuesday, March 1 and are meant to keep pets free from injury and enhance their quality of life while they are restrained outdoors.
A tether is used to confine a dog to its owner’s property and consists of plastic coated cable or chain attached to a permanent object. For the first time, dog owners who choose to tether their dogs will have to ensure they are following guidelines, using proper hardware and providing each dog at least 50 square feet of space to roam and play safely.
While it is imperative for dog owners to select the appropriate restraints for their pet, it’s also important to make sure pets are wearing properly fitting collars or harnesses. New rules also require:
- Chains or runners to be at least 10 feet in length
- The use of swiveling hardware
- A clear, obstruction-free area to ensure dogs don’t become entangled
The ordinance outlines various ways dog owners can become compliant with the new rules as well. For more details and resources to help you become compliant with the new rules, visit the Animal Care & Control web site at http://animals.cmpd.org
Strengthen the Foundations of Your Organization
Throughout February, Community University is offering a series of free workshops focused on organizational tools for community groups and how to strengthen the foundations of your organization.
Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents. Register on the Community University website
or by calling 704-336-2061.
Monday, February 21 – Getting Involved: Volunteer and Make a Difference
Learn the importance of volunteering at all ages and discover opportunities for neighborhood groups and individuals to get involved.
10:30 a.m. – noon
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
For more information about Neighborhood & Business Services, visit http://nbs.charlottenc.gov
CU is the City’s neighborhood training program dedicated to providing high quality training to Charlotte residents to improve the strength and vitality of neighborhood organizations and the overall quality of community life. Courses are intended to engage, inform and equip participants with the training and assistance needed to help them improve and maintain their communities.
Local Businesses Asked to Participate in Inaugural Charlotte Confidence Index
Charlotte, the City and Chamber’s business retention program, as well as Advantage Carolina and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board, are currently soliciting businesses to participate in the inaugural BusinessFirst
Charlotte Confidence Index survey. The survey will be administered quarterly by the Urban Institute at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte to produce real-time reports that reflect the economic climate in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Charlotte is seeking 500 businesses of varying sizes and from a variety of business sectors to participate in the survey. Businesses are asked to identify an appropriate individual within their company who has sufficient organizational knowledge and will commit to filling out the short, six-question electronic survey each quarter.
Interested businesses can complete a one-time registration to designate their company representative (the same individual should complete the survey each quarter). The first online survey will go live on Monday, February 28. Participants who have registered will be directed to take the survey at that time. The results of the inaugural index report will be released at the end of March 2011.
Economic Development Program Manager
Neighborhood & Business Services
Charlotte Regional Economic Workforce Recovery Initiative
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Accepting Police Community Relations Award Nominations
Submit your nominations for the 32nd Annual Police Community Relations Awards. The award recognizes officers and work teams from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police and community relations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. During the past 30 years, more than 2,395 officers have been nominated.
Officers will be judged on their involvement in helping the community understand the police function and the citizens’ role, demonstration of extraordinary efforts in the area of crime prevention and involvement in aiding neighborhoods handling special problems.
To nominate an officer
you can complete an online form at crc.charmeck.org
. You can also mail your nomination to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee at 600 E. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Submissions are due Friday, April 1.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20. Contact Donna F. Sullivan for more information at email@example.com
or call 704-336-3056.
Why Water Line Repairs Are Taking Longer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities is working hard to keep up with water leak repairs. Wait times can be lengthy due to a backlog of more than 500 repairs.
The backlogs are a result of cold weather and not enough crews. Cold weather always increases the number of breaks and this winter has been very cold. Second, budget limitations over the last several years have reduced repair crews from 31 to 13 crews. To help expedite repairs Utilities recently hired private contractors to assist in bringing down the number of backlog repairs.
Repairs that are causing property damage, water outages, or traffic problems are repaired first. Smaller leaks may take more than 12 weeks to be repaired.
You Can Help
If you see or suspect a water leak or sewer spill, please call 311 or 704-336-7600.
Utilities will dispatch a service technician to evaluate the problem as soon as possible. If a leak exists on a public water pipe, then a work order will be created and a crew dispatched as soon as possible.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to maintain over 4,000 miles of water mains in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
This episode will give you an in-depth look at the City Council Retreat. You’ll also learn about technology being tested for the Charlotte Streetcar Project and receive a CATS Blue Line Extension update.
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.