May 11th 2011
City Budget Recommendations
City Manager Curt Walton presented his recommendations for the City’s FY2012 and FY2013 Strategic Operating Plan and FY2012 – FY2016 Capital Investment Plan to the Charlotte City Council on Monday, May 9.
The combined operating and capital plans would total $1.67 billion for FY2012 and $1.71 billion in FY2013. In response to the recent revaluation, Walton recommended a revenue-neutral City property tax rate, decreasing it from the current 45.86¢ to 43.70¢ per $100 valuation. Under the proposed revenue-neutral rate, annual property taxes on a home valued at $200,000 would be $874.
For detailed information visit the City’s Newsroom
or the budget web page
Over the next few weeks, the Mayor and Council will discuss and make adjustments to the Manager’s recommendations. Citizens may sign up to provide their comments at the budget public hearing by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 704-336-2248. Next steps in the budget process include:
Pick Your Favorite Pics and Help Design Transit Passes
| Council Budget Adjustments
|| Wednesday, May 18
| Public Hearing (including Storm Water)
|| Monday, May 23 beginning at 5 p.m.
| Budget Adjustments and Straw Votes
|| Wednesday, June 1
| Budget Adoption
|| Monday, June 13
It’s time to vote for your favorite photo in the CATS Picture This! Photo Contest. The ten pictures receiving the most votes will be featured on 2012 transit passes. The photo receiving the most votes overall will be showcased on the front of LYNX Light Rail Line tickets.
You may vote for your favorite picture once each day until voting closes at noon on Saturday, May 14.
Winners will be announced on ridetransit.org on or before Wednesday, May 18.
More details, information or to submit a vote in the Picture This! contest, visit ridetransit.org
BIKE! Charlotte Coming to a Close
The City’s Department of Transportation is hosting one of the healthiest events in Charlotte, BIKE! Charlotte. Events began Friday, April 29, and feature bicycle-related events and promotions encouraging families, friends and colleagues to break out their bikes and integrate them into daily routines.
There are still five days of festivities remaining including safety demonstrations for riders of all ages, a bicycle commuter’s breakfast, mountain bike race and even a poker ride.
Many of the 2011 BIKE! Charlotte events are free. For more information about BIKE! Charlotte, go to bikecharlotte.org
or contact Ken Tippette at email@example.com
CATS Holds Annual Bus Roadeo
Join the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) as bus operators put their safe driving skills to the test at the annual Bus Roadeo. Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Charlotte Vehicle Operations Center (2725 Beam Road)
. On-site parking is available.
CATS will have 24 drivers from the Bus Operations Division and Special Transportation Services and six drivers from Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services competing in this year’s roadeo. While bus operators will navigate a 40-foot bus, the remaining operators will drive paratransit vehicles through an obstacle course with several driving elements including passenger stops, serpentine turns and backing maneuvers. Competitors will be judged on how safely and timely they complete the course and on their professional appearance, pre-trip inspection and a written safety test.
To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org
, or call 704-336-7433.
Small Business Week 2011
The more than 27,000 small businesses in Charlotte are a bright spot for the local economy. Join the City of Charlotte and other community partners in a celebration of the economic contributions made by small business owners during Small Business Week 2011 beginning next Monday at the kickoff breakfast.
The kickoff breakfast with Mayor Foxx and the Charlotte City Council will include the unveiling of Charlotte’s newest small business resource and include an announcement of the recipient of the Extreme Makeover: Small Business Edition contest.
Small Business Week Kickoff Breakfast
Monday, May 16
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Lobby
600 E. Fourth Street
For more information visit the Small Business Week web page
. RSVP by Friday, May 13, by contacting Veronica Mosley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Week Recognized in Charlotte
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC, to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Additionally, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) hosts its own activities recognizing the service of its Officers.
Mecklenburg County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Tuesday, May 17
Includes a procession from CMPD Headquarters at 601 E. Trade Street to First Baptist Church at 301 S. Davidson Street
Awards Ceremony & Reception
Wednesday, May 18
Police & Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
32nd Annual Police Community Relations Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 19
2601 E. Seventh Street
Mecklenburg County Peace Officers Memorial Motorcycle Ride
(Pre-register at motorcycleride.questionpro.com
Saturday, May 21
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
For complete event details, contact Captain Freda Lester at 704-432-3967 or by e-mail at email@example.com
CMPD Citizens Academy
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Citizens Academy program continues with next week’s workshop about Neighborhood & Business Services (N&BS) and the ways they work with CMPD to control crime trends in residential and business communities. Participants will learn how non-criminal matters contribute to criminal activity, including vacant or abandoned homes, absentee landlords, illegal parking and repeated calls for service.
Neighborhood & Business Services
Thursday, May 19
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Police and Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
To register, complete the online registration form
or call 704-432-1655. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions. Visit the Citizens Academy web page
at cmpd.org for more information about the workshops offered, including complete course descriptions and dates of future courses.
Free Workshops Help Create Community
Throughout May, Community University is offering a series of free workshops focused on creating community through productive partnerships.
Thursday, May 19 – Neighborhood Events: Creating Excitement In Your Community
Learn how to bring your community together with fun runs, festivals, holiday lighting, block parties, open houses and welcome packets. Find information about resources and partnership opportunities.
6:30 – 8 p.m.
3420 Park Road
Wednesday, May 25 – Partnering To Protect Your Neighborhood
Hear a success story from a Charlotte neighborhood that put a unique twist on its neighborhood watch. Learn about who and what you should look for while out and about in your neighborhood.
10 – 11:30 a.m.
501 West Boulevard
Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents. For full class descriptions and to register, go to the Community University website
or call 704-336-2061.
For more information about Neighborhood & Business Services, visit http://nbs.charlottenc.gov
CU is the City’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.
Funding Charlotte Neighborhood Projects
For nearly two decades, the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program has helped eligible neighborhood organizations fund projects that make neighborhoods better places to live, work and play. Project categories are neighborhood school partnership; energy conservation and natural preservation; organizational development; neighborhood improvement; crime and public safety; and education, recreation and culture initiatives.
The next Neighborhood Matching Grants program application deadline is Wednesday, June 15. Interested organizations must send a representative to one of six pre-application workshops.
The Pre-Application Workshops for the June 15th application cycle are as follows:
Wednesday, May 18
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Old City Hall
600 E. Trade Street
For the entire workshop schedule, eligibility requirements and more, visit the Neighborhood Matching Grants website
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 neighborhoods statistical areas with median household income not more than $57,489 may be eligible to apply.
Power to Recycle It! Expands
The City’s On-Street Recycling Program has recently been expanded with the installation of 20 additional recycling containers along Tryon Street. The recycling containers (paired with trash cans) are made possible through a U.S. Department of Energy block grant awarded to the City in spring 2010.
A total of 35 recycling containers are now available for public use in Center City. Charlotte is one of a few cities that provide on-street recycling on their main streets. The containers include signage promoting the City’s Power2 Charlotte campaign. The On-Street Recycling Program is just one of many projects featured by the campaign.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
This episode will give you an in-depth look at a unique partnership where the Charlotte Fire Department gives local students insight about arson investigation. You’ll also learn about improving job searches through the Center for Employment Services, the Neighborhood Symposium and the City’s Environment Focus Area.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online
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.charlottenc.gov, Twitter or Facebook for City information as well.