November 10th 2010
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, November 25. No express bus service will operate on that day.
On Friday, November 26, CATS will operate according to its Saturday schedule. No express service will operate on that day except for the 79X Concord Mill Express, which will operate according to its Saturday schedule.
Both the CATS Customer Call Center and the Sales and Information Area located at the Charlotte Transportation Center will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. Both areas will resume their regular weekend schedule on Saturday, November 27th.
For more information, please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org
Solid Waste Services
will not provide residential garbage, recyclable, yard waste or bulky item collection on Thursday, November 25. Thursday customers will receive service on Friday, November 26 and Friday customers on Saturday, November 27. For information on how to properly prepare your materials for collection, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org
Hear What is in Store for Center City Charlotte!
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 Center City 2020 Vision Plan Community Workshop to hear the DRAFT plan’s recommendations. (Snacks and beverages will be provided.)
Thursday, November 18
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College Street
Free parking is available in “The Green” parking garage on College Street, across from the Convention Center. You can also take the LYNX Light Rail to 3rd Street Station.
Understanding the Quality of Life Study
Community University is offering a series of free workshops focused on the 2010 Charlotte Neighborhood quality of Life Study throughout November.
Workshops will give participants a better understanding of the purpose and interpretation of the Quality of Life Study data and how that data is used by the City. Visit nbs.charlottenc.gov
for a complete listing of the meetings.
The Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Study is conducted every two years to evaluate social, crime, physical and economic conditions in Charlotte’s neighborhood statistical areas (NSA). Each NSA is categorized as stable, transitioning or challenged, which the City then uses to determine its neighborhood focus areas.
Tuesday, November 16
6:30 – 8 p.m.
1401 Central Avenue
Additional parking available behind the building.
Thursday, November 18
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Johnson C. Smith University, Biddle Hall
100 Beatties Ford Road
Please note: The same information will be presented at each workshop; however, some geographical distinctions may be highlighted based on the Community & Commerce’s districts.
Register today by calling 704-336-2061, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or visiting nbs.charlottenc.gov
and clicking on the Community University link
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.
Reduce Plumbing Costs and Save the Environment!
Here are the Grease Free recipes you can use to prevent a costly repair this Thanksgiving and all year long:
- Never pour cooking grease or other fats and oils down any drain. They can clog your pipes!
- Freeze cooking grease and oils in a coffee can, or mix liquid vegetable fats with kitty litter or coffee grounds in a lidded container. Deposit it in the trash, or take it to a full-service recycling center.
for more Grease Free information. To locate the nearest full-service recycling center, visit www.wipeoutwaste.com
Airport Anticipates Busy Holiday Travel Season
Are you taking to the skies this holiday season? If so, you could be one of the 700,000 customers anticipated to travel through Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport and its parking areas will be congested, so plan ahead, park smart and pack properly. Travelers are reminded to be prepared:
- Know the latest security regulations and pack accordingly
- Increased passenger volumes are expected, anticipate and plan for longer wait times at check-in and security checkpoints
- Allow more time to park
Stay Informed, know the parking ABC’s …
A = Ample parking available
B = Be Prepared, allow time to park
C = Congested parking conditions, expect delays
For up-to-date parking conditions call 704-FLY-5555 and visit www.charlotteairport.com
for the complete list of travel tips.
Beginning Sunday, November 14, crews will begin routine maintenance on the overhead electrical wires that power the light rail trains on the LYNX Blue Line. The maintenance is expected to last several months and must be conducted during daylight hours. LYNX trains will operate on a single track around the work areas.
Mondays through Thursdays, rail maintenance crews will conduct work from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. On Sundays, trains will operate every half hour from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The LYNX Blue Line has been operating for nearly three years. Preventative maintenance will tighten the overhead wire, which has had time to uncurl and stretch fully. The overhead electrical wire system, also called the catenary, should undergo this process to continue to provide safe and enjoyable light rail rides.
For more information, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.
The episode will give you an in-depth look at tree ordinance that will go into effect at the beginning of 2011 and why trees are so important to our community. You’ll also learn about the bonds package that was approved by voters, Solid Waste Services’ Natural Gas Vehicle pilot program and how you can receive prizes for properly recycling.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source
online at www.charlottenc.gov
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.