February 3rd 2010
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.
Due to pending inclement weather, the pre-application workshop originally scheduled for this Saturday, February 6 has been rescheduled. The rescheduled information is as follows:
Saturday, February 20
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Old City Hall
600 E. Trade Street
Thursday, February 11
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Park Road YWCA
3420 Park Road
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.
The Improved Recycle It! Program
City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services has some exciting changes coming in July for the Recycle It! Residential Recycling Program. We would like to attend your neighborhood meeting or community festival to share our program changes with you and your neighbors, and answer questions you may have. If you would like the Recycle It! team to attend your community meeting or event, please call 704-432-4225.
Solid Waste Services will also be participating in events throughout the community. Visit our website at http://recycleit.charlottenc.gov to find out where we'll be, and to keep up with new information about the Recycle It! program, as it becomes available.
Curb It! Collection Services Reminder:
City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services provides Curb It! collection services for garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items. When there's inclement weather, residents are reminded to check up-to-the minute information on the Curb It! schedule by calling 311, watching the Gov Channel or visiting http://curbit.charmeck.org.
To ensure collection, residents are asked to:
- Bag all garbage before placing it in the rollout cart
- Rinse out and remove lids from recyclable containers before placing them in the recycling bin
- Please allow 3 feet between the rollout cart, trees, parked cars and other obstacles
- Call 311 or visit http://curbit.charmeck.org to schedule bulky items for collection.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Gang of One and the Gang Prevention Coalition are hosting an informational session about opportunities to receive funding from Gang of One. The session is open to individuals and local non-profit organizations with programs that keep youth engaged and off the streets. It is not necessary for funding candidates' programs to have a gang component.
Tuesday, February 9
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma Street
To learn more about opportunities for funding from Gang of One, or the upcoming workshop, call 704-432-4269 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATS Service Changes
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) made adjustments to several bus routes that went into effect Monday, February 1. Some of the changes will impact Village Rider Routes 97 Cornelius, 98 McCoy Road and 99 Huntersville. Other changes will impact Bus Routes 17 Commonwealth, 20 Sharon Road and 83X Mooresville Express.
Additionally, the overflow Park and Ride lot at Presbyterian Hospital in the University Research Park area for the 54X University Research Park Express will be discontinued. Customers can park at the Mallard Creek Park and Ride lot on J.N. Pease Place.
For a complete list of schedule changes, visit www.ridetransit.org and click on Route Changes or call 704-336-RIDE (7433). If you would like to receive e-mail alerts of the latest rail and bus information, click Notify Me to sign up.
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.
Utilities Adds Resources to Assist Customers
It's essential Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities customers remain as confident in the bill they pay as they are with the water they drink. Perhaps you've read about customers' concerns about high bills or have experienced one yourself. High bills happen for a variety of reasons. While many are not billing or meter equipment errors, some are. Utilities is committed to taking care of each customer one at a time to address the individual situation.
We've changed some business processes and reallocated staff to add a second review of bills before they're mailed and to improve the high bill investigation process. This will catch more potential problems on the front-end and allow for a faster response when customers request an inspection. We've also enhanced customer service materials and information on our web site.
Since moving to automated meter reading several years ago, water billing accuracy has improved to higher than 99 percent of the 250,000 bills distributed monthly. But we understand how frustrating it can be if a customer receives a high bill – especially the occasional ones prompted by a billing mistake. If there is a Utilities billing error, we will fix it and adjust the customer's account. Please call 311 if you have any questions about your bill, and we have a wealth of information about billing, rates, finding private leaks and how irrigation affects your bill at www.cmutilities.com.
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 4 – Leading with Style
Participants, especially those currently serving on boards or considering a board position, will examine various styles and methods of leadership and complete a leadership self-assessment.
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.
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.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source
episode on Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
The episode will give you an in-depth look at the Partners in Out of School Time program that offers after school activities for local students. You'll also learn why it's important to participate in the upcoming census and how Solid Waste Services keeps Charlotte streets clean.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source
online at www.charmeck.org by clicking on The GOV Channel logo.
If you know someone who would be interested in reading CMail, please forward it to them!