January 20th 2010
Learn About Hazard Risks and Give Input
Our region is at risk from the impacts of severe weather. Not having a plan or information could result in the loss of life and property.
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are gathering input from citizens on natural and man-made disaster concerns at a public meeting being held Thursday, January 21. You can also take the Online Survey
or e-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Visit http://emergency.charmeck.org for more information.
Thursday, January 21
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth Street
What concerns you about severe weather? Do you have ideas for helping our community better prepare for natural disasters? This is the chance to give your input.
Get Involved in Shaping Your Community!
You are invited to a Meet & Greet for the LYNX Blue Line Extension Artists.
Zone 2 Stations: Old Concord Road, Tom Hunter, University City Blvd, and McCullough
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
101 West Sugar Creek Road
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Station artists will be on hand to discuss their previous art, share station art opportunities and learn about the community's past, present and future.
For more information about the meetings, contact 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.
Utilities Assists Customers with Billing Questions
Utilities is committed to accurately metering and billing your water use. There are a variety of factors that can influence your bill each month. Here are some relevant topics we're hearing from customers we'd like to share with you.
– Water use is divided into four rate "tiers" so those with higher use pay at higher rates. These tiers encourage water efficiency, provide reasonable rates for essential water uses and give customers more control over their bill. The average residential water/sewer customer in Mecklenburg County uses 7 ccf or about 5,200 gallons a month and pays about $42.32 before storm water fees.
– Your bill includes the meter reading dates, and your usage for that bill falls between those dates. The bill you receive reflects water use 30 to 60 days prior.
– The little blue dial on your water meter is a great help. If you have all indoor and outdoor water uses off and this dial is moving, water is passing through the meter and being counted. If you have no water running, this indicates you may have a water leak. Some toilet leaks and leaks in your underground plumbing from your meter to your house are often challenging to find. A licensed plumber with leak detection equipment can help.
Please call 311 with any bill concerns. Our field investigations have not shown any unusual meter problems, but your issue matters to us. As always, we'll continue to work one-on-one with any customers who have questions. Additional meter and billing information also is available at cmutilities.com.
Streetcar Technology Showcase
You are invited to come see new technologies being proposed to run streetcar systems like the Charlotte Streetcar Project. Join the City of Charlotte for a rare opportunity to view this alternative technology all in one location.
Friday, January 29
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267
600 E. Fourth Street
For more information, contact 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.
CMPD Safety Tips
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) recognizes that it can be stressful to be stopped by a law enforcement officer. CMPD also realizes that motorists want to be sure they are in fact, being stopped by a sworn law enforcement officer. Here are some tips you can use to help:
- As a motorist, acknowledge that you know a law enforcement officer is behind you and attempting to pull you over.
- Reduce your speed and turn on your emergency flashers.
- You can call 911 to verify that a police officer is attempting to stop you.
- You can proceed to a well lighted and/or populated area to stop, including a business park or shopping center.
- Once you have safely stopped, it is helpful for the officer if you turn the vehicle's interior lights, especially at night.
For a complete listing of safety tips, visit the CMPD Crime Prevention Unit's web site at www.cmpd.org.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source
episode on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
The episode will give you an in-depth look at how the Charlotte Department of Transportation prepares for winter weather in the area. You'll also learn how you and your family can prepare for emergencies and get a look at Charlotte's new cultural campus.
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!