June 23rd 2010
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Monday, July 5.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. Extra trips on the LYNX Blue Line will operate as warranted over the holiday weekend in support of Independence Day events.
For the complete schedule, please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.
Solid Waste Services will operate on a normal schedule.
New Collection Day and Recycling Schedule Coming Soon
Beginning Monday, July 5, most Charlotte residents will experience a service day change for the collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste. Service day changes result from collection route adjustments that were made in an effort to maximize efficiency and customer service.
Information regarding service changes was mailed in May. Residents will also soon receive a reminder postcard that will indicate their new collection day.
- Garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky items should be placed curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection.
- Recyclables will be collected every other week, but on the same day as garbage and yard waste.
- Collection materials should not obstruct the sidewalk and must be within 2 feet of the curb and at least 3 feet from each other and other obstacles such as mailboxes, telephone poles, automobiles and bulky items.
For more information on service day changes, visit http://curbit.charlottenc.gov.
311 to Reduce Service Hours
Beginning Saturday, July 10, CharMeck 311 will reduce a portion of its 24/7 operations. As part of the change, 311 customer service representatives will receive citizen calls for service between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily including weekends. After 8 p.m., calls will be answered by an automated system that will route calls to appropriate agencies available for service delivery. After 8 p.m., callers will continue to access non-emergency local services such as:
- Utilities (water main breaks, sewer issues and other non-billing related services)
- Non-emergency crime reporting and animal control services (available until 1 a.m. and online 24-hours-a-day)
Online services are available 24/7 at www.charmeck.org.
The reduction in hours was part of the FY 2011 budget approved by Charlotte City Council. The reductions are based on recommendations made by City Manager Curt Walton, as part of an effort throughout City departments to identify opportunities to reduce department operating budgets without affecting service delivery.
Free Summer Workshops for Ages 50+
Throughout June, the City of Charlotte's Community University (CU) is offering a special series about finance, healthy living, volunteerism and Medicare/Medicaid for residents ages 50 and older.
Register today because seating is limited to 30 per workshop. You can register by calling 704-336-2061, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting neighborhoods.charmeck.org and clicking on the CU icon.
Tuesday, June 29 – Understanding Medicare and Medicaid
This free lunch workshop will examine current Medicare and Medicaid programs, how they impact seniors, and it will feature guest speakers from the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program and the Department of Social Services.
10 – 11:30 a.m.
5101 Prosperity Church Road
Seating is limited to 30 per workshop. 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.
Neighborhood Energy Challenge Workshops
Submit your application today for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, a program encouraging neighbors to join forces to develop innovative and practical strategies for improving their neighborhoods' energy use.
Applications are due Friday, July 30.
Interested in applying?
You must register and take part in one of five pre-application workshops to provide applicants with detailed information about the Challenge and application process.
Saturday, June 26
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Old City Hall
600 East Trade Street
Tuesday, July 13
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Park Road YWCA
3420 Park Road
For more details about the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, program guidelines or to register for a pre-application workshop, visit the Neighborhood & Business Services web site or call 704-353-1130.
The Challenge is open to any neighborhood or homeowners association in Charlotte that has been established for at least three months. Up to five neighborhoods will be selected to participate, regardless of location or economic conditions.
Come celebrate all that's great about the North End of Charlotte. The Community & Commerce division of Neighborhood & Business Services has been working hard to help promote the Saturday, August 14 inaugural 5K Rock-'N-Run event sponsored by the NC Music Factory and North End Partners business association.
Runners, walkers and volunteers are welcome!
For more information and to register, go to: www.ncrockandrun.com.
All proceeds will benefit four non-profits located in the North Tryon area: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Hope Haven, Historic Rosedale and the Men's Shelter of Charlotte.
Not much of a runner but would like to volunteer? Please contact Rhonda Caldwell at: email@example.com.
Did you know that children 14 years and younger sustained about 45% of injuries related to fireworks? Firework injuries often affect hands, eyes, the head, face and ears. Here are some firework safety tips to help everyone have a safe holiday:
- The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks shows put on by professionals.
- Supervise children around fireworks at all times – it is illegal for children under the age of 16 to buy or possess fireworks in North Carolina.
- Only use fireworks that are legal in North Carolina. Fireworks that explode, spin, leave the ground or fly through the air are illegal.
- Always follow fireworks' directions and instructions.
- Keep water or fire extinguisher close by when using fireworks.
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass, brush, mulch or pine needles.
Visit www.charlottefire.org or www.cdc.gov for more information about fireworks and fire safety.
The Point with Mayor Foxx
The Point with Mayor Foxx is an hour-long show that airs each month on the GOV Channel.
The first show debuted Wednesday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
and will air throughout the month of June. The episode will focus on Charlotte's road to economic recovery and guests include representatives from Duke Energy, Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Charlotte Chamber.
You can view episodes of The Point with Mayor Foxx 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!
You can always visit www.charmeck.org, Twitter or Facebook pages for City information as well.