March 17th 2010
Fare Increase Public Hearing: March 24
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is scheduled to increase transit fares and passes on all of its services Thursday, July 1. In addition, pass prices will increase by five percent for organizations at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) volume purchase program. All advance purchases of passes valid for July 2010 will be sold at the new fare price.
The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) will conduct a public hearing at their Wednesday, March 24 meeting. The public is invited to sign up and comment on the proposed fare increase.
To sign up for the hearing, call 704-432-0872 or sign up by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.
Wednesday, March 24
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267
600 E. Fourth Street.
For a complete listing of proposed fares, please click here.
Celebrate Arbor Day
The Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission will host an Arbor Day celebration at Eastway Park on Friday, March 19 by planting two oak trees in memory of CMPD Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton who were killed in the line of duty in April 2007.
Friday, March 19
423 Eastway Drive
For more information, contact Laura Brewer, Assistant Arborist, 704-336-5753.
Center City 2020 Vision Plan Community Workshop #2
A vibrant urban core is good for all of our region's residents and your vision for how it develops is important. Come to the second Center City 2020 Vision Plan Community Workshop to hear consultants present the draft vision, goals and concepts. Share your thoughts as we explore the possibilities for Center City's growth over the next decade.
Wednesday, March 31 (Please RSVP Here)
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College Street Map
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Snacks and beverages will be provided. Free parking
can be found in "The Green" parking garage on College Street across from the Convention Center. Check transit and parking options at www.findyourcenter.com.
To learn more, log onto www.CenterCity2020.com or call 704-332-2227.
Police Exhibit Premieres
Beneath the Badge: Policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
will open Saturday, March 27 at the Charlotte Museum of History. Beneath the Badge, a collaboration between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and the museum, is a 2,500 square-foot exhibit that details the history of policing in our community.
Saturday, March 27
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Among many other things, visitors will learn: how officers communicated before they had radios in patrol cars, about restrictions placed on the first African-American officers, how police use math and science to solve crime, and requirements for the first female officers.
Monthly community dialogues and family day events have been organized around the exhibit to give the community a chance to meet police officers and learn how they do their jobs.
The exhibit will be at the Charlotte Museum of History for a year and then be moved to CMPD. Visit the Charlotte Museum of History web site for more details.
Accepting Police Community Relations Award Nominations
Submit your nominations for the 31st 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 citizen's role. Officers also will be considered if they have demonstrated extraordinary efforts in the area of crime prevention and their involvement in aiding neighborhoods handle their 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 2.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 14. Contact Donna F. Sullivan for more information at email@example.com or call 704-336-3056.
Creating Community: A Symposium for Neighborhoods
The City of Charlotte will be hosting the 15th Annual Neighborhood Symposium. "Creating Community: A Symposium for Neighborhoods" will be held Saturday, April 17 at Central Piedmont Community College's (CPCC) central campus on Elizabeth Avenue in the Overcash Building. The day will include an opening ceremony, workshops for adults, a youth track for ages 12 - 18, and exhibits from various organizations.
Saturday, April 17
7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Attendees will have an array of diverse activities from which to choose and participate, including many activities for the entire family. In addition to the symposium, the CPCC Charlotte Clean and Green environmental festival and Sensoria Celebration of the Arts events will take place on campus as well.
Neighborhoods are invited to be involved in several BIG ways:
- Neighborhood Exhibit: registration due Monday, March 22
- Neighborhood Showcase: submissions due Monday, March 22
- Neighborhood Achievement Award Program: nominations due Wednesday, March 24
For more information, visit the Symposium web page.
15th Annual Burnette Nobles Golf Tournament
The CMPD HOPE Foundation is hosting the 15th Annual Burnette Nobles Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of Officers John Burnette and Andy Nobles at Charlotte Golf Links (11500 Providence Road). Mark your calendar for Monday, April 19
and reserve your foursome now.
Register by Monday, April 12
by e-mailing Officer Heidi Kimbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, snacks/refreshments and a gift bag for each player.
The tournament format is captain's choice "Best Ball" with two shotgun starts (7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Trophies will be awarded for both shotguns, to teams placing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Tournament proceeds benefit the CMPD HOPE Foundation, which provides emergency assistance for CMPD employees in crisis, and the Burnette Nobles Memorial Fund, which provides programs and activities for disadvantaged youth and seniors and assistance for youth projects.
Utilities Customers Be Aware
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (Utilities) wants you to be aware of products that claim to reduce water bills. Utilities customers are encouraged to research and verify claims before purchasing products that claim to reduce water bills. General tips and alerts can be found at the Better Business Bureau web site.
Utilities also wants customers to be aware of false or misleading information about Charlotte-Mecklenburg's water quality. Remember:
- If a Utilities employee comes to your house for water testing purposes, he or she will wear identification and drive a white vehicle with City of Charlotte markings.
- Tap water meets and often exceeds all health and safety standards and does not require additional filtration at home.
- Utilities conducts more than 150,000 water quality tests annually to monitor the safety of our community's drinking water.
- The EPA requires annual water quality reports to be produced and mailed to customers. Charlotte-Mecklenburg customers can review their drinking water data at the "Publications & Education" link at www.cmutilities.com.
- You can also get information from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791, or by visiting www.epa.gov.
Click here for the complete list of tips from the Utilities web site.
The safety of our customers' drinking water is the top priority for your clean water professionals at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities. Customers can dial 311 or 704-336-7600 if they have a water quality concern.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source
episode on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
The episode will give you an in-depth look at how Neighborhood & Business Services helps create and support businesses in Charlotte. You'll also learn about the Animal Care & Control microchipping efforts, what a microchip is and why it is important to have your pet's information up-to-date. This episode also features an interview with Jonathan Wells who discusses City of Charlotte annexation.
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!