February 17th 2010
Pothole Season Begins
Potholes usually occur during the late winter and early spring months as the pavement thaws, warms and heaves. Recent snow, ice and cold temperatures contribute to the incidence of potholes. Potholes form when water seeps beneath the asphalt, freezes and expands. As traffic runs over the damaged area, chinks are dislodged and a pothole appears. Crews constantly survey City streets, scouting for potholes, but you can help too. Report potholes by calling 311 or visiting 311 online and giving a location and description of the pothole.
Plan to Irrigate This Spring?
Watering can significantly impact your bill. An average irrigation system for a quarter-acre lawn can use up to 1,200 gallons in 20 minutes. That's about 20,000 gallons a month, watering four times weekly. That's about 550 extra loads of laundry a month! This would create a bill of $178 alone, before indoor water use and storm water fees.
Our tiered rate structure encourages water efficiency and gives you more control over your bill. It also keeps the cost of essential water uses very reasonable.
For more details on rates, billing, landscaping and more, visit www.cmutilities.com.
Help Design Streetcar Stops
You are invited to a Streetcar Shelter Design Workshop. This is your opportunity to provide ideas to help design, format and situate Charlotte Streetcar stops along its planned 10-mile route.
Thursday, February 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267
600 E. Fourth Street
For more information about the meeting, contact Azania Herron at 704-432-2549 or email@example.com.
We've Got Our "Sites" Set on Improvement
Now's your chance to weigh-in on charmeck.org, the City/County web site. The Citizen Survey is designed to determine the frequency and type of usage of the charmeck.org site by visitors. City and County officials will review survey results for suggested improvements and changes to better serve site users. Look for the survey link on the home pages of charmeck.org, 311, or charlottenc.gov. Or simply click on this link to participate in the survey.
Funding Charlotte Neighborhood Projects
The Neighborhood Matching Grants program awards funds up to $25,000 to eligible neighborhood organizations to support projects that improve neighborhoods. Project categories are: neighborhood improvement; crime and public safety; organizational development; and educational, recreational and cultural initiatives.
The next Neighborhood Matching Grants program application deadline is Monday, March 15. Interested organizations must send a representative to one of the pre-application workshops listed below.
Saturday, February 20
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Old City Hall
600 E. Trade Street
For more information on the Neighborhood Matching Grants program, call 704-336-2061 or visit http://neighborhoods.charmeck.org.
Eligible organizations include neighborhood associations, business associations and neighborhood-based community development corporations that have been organized for at least six months and are in neighborhood statistical areas with median household income not exceeding $64,219.
Have you been to Community University?
In today's climate, leadership is more important than ever. Effective leaders motivate people and produce results. Discover how to become an effective neighborhood leader at Community University (CU). All workshops are free and open to Charlotte residents. To register, visit neighborhoods.charmeck.org and click on the CU icon, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-336-2061.
February Theme: Effective Leadership
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
University City YMCA
8100 Old Mallard Creek Road
Thursday, February 18 – All Aboard: Developing Strong Boards
Participants, whether newly elected or continuing a multiple year term, will discuss basic roles and responsibilities of boards, ways to strengthen their board and complete a board assessment.
To register online, click here. Visit the CU web site for the complete schedule of courses.
CU is the City of Charlotte'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.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. The episode will give you an in-depth look at how Mayor Foxx is combating homelessness in Charlotte by bringing agencies together to talk about how to combine local efforts. You'll also learn about the recent City Council retreat and the streetcar technology CATS is looking into using here in Charlotte. This episode also features an interview with City Clerk Stephanie Kelly who shares how the City Clerk's Office can help your voice be heard at City Hall.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online at www.charmeck.org by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
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