November 23rd 2011
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, November 24. On Friday, November 25, CATS will operate according to its Saturday schedule. No express service will operate on either day.
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 24. Thursday customers will receive service on Friday, November 25 and Friday customers on Saturday, November 26.
For information on how to properly prepare your materials for collection, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
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.
Stay Safe This Holiday Season
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) would like to remind you of some helpful holiday shopping safety tips.
- Park and walk in well-lit areas.
- Don’t leave packages on car seats; keep them out of sight in the trunk.
- While shopping, don’t flash large amounts of cash, instead, use checks or credit cards.
- Don’t leave your purse or you purchases unattended.
- Never leave children alone.
- Report all suspicious activity to the police by calling 911 with a description.
You can find a complete listing of these and more safety tips at the safety and prevention web page at cmpd.org.
Oath of Office Ceremony
The City of Charlotte will hold an Oath of Office ceremony for the 2009 – 2011 Mayor and Members of Charlotte City Council on Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m. in the Council Meeting Chamber at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E. Fourth Street).
CMPD Citizens Academy
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Citizens Academy program continues with a workshop about Criminal Investigations and Gangs. Participants will learn how cases are assigned to detectives, the investigation process and about the four Criminal Investigations Divisions. Additionally, there will be a discussion about gangs, gang prevention and youth initiatives in Charlotte.
Criminal Investigations and Gangs Workshop
Wednesday, December 7
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.
Assistant City Manager Named
City Manager Curt Walton has promoted Ruffin Hall from Budget & Evaluation Director to Assistant City Manager. He replaces Assistant City Manager Jim Schumacher who will retire at the end of December.
Hall joined the City of Charlotte in 2001 as Assistant Budget & Evaluation Director in the City Manager’s Office. He was appointed Interim Director and named Director in 2002. In this role, Hall has been responsible for the development and oversight of the City’s annual operating budget and five-year capital investment plan as well as providing policy and management analysis, coordination of the City Council business agenda, and implementation of the organization’s performance measurement and strategic planning process.
Hall assumes his duties early January 2012 and will serve as liaison for the City Manager’s Office to Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), Charlotte Department of Transportation, Engineering & Property Management and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department. He will also be the staff resource for City Council committees that advance the focus areas of transportation and planning.
As Assistant City Manager, Hall will be responsible for developing policies that guide and manage the growth of the City. This involves coordination of the transportation focus area including planning, transportation, land use, and economic development initiatives.
Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kicks Off
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) and the U.S. Marine Corps have kicked off the 2011 Toys for Tots campaign to help bring Christmas to the underprivileged in Mecklenburg County.
Throughout the campaign the community is encouraged to bring new toys to any of CFD’s 42 fire stations. The items will be collected as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorers Christmas Project.
CMPD, CFD and the U.S. Marine Corps have worked together for more than three decades to ensure the neediest children in our community have toys to open on Christmas Day. For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign and how you can help please contact Officer Tom Allen at 704-432-1604 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
Visit www.cmutilities.com for more Grease Free information. To locate the nearest full-service recycling center, visit www.wipeoutwaste.com.
Purchase CATS Passes Online
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) wants to remind you that before heading out to the next home game, save yourself some time and purchase transit passes online at www.ridetransit.org. Purchasing tickets is an easy way to avoid game day crowds and offers the opportunity to buy passes for the entire season.
For more information about buying passes online, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-7433.
Got Yard Waste? Prep It!
With autumn in full swing, it’s time to get out those rakes and round up leaves that blanket your yard. Wondering when they’ll be collected? The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services collects leaves and other yard waste for all city residents on the same day as your garbage and recycling collection.
Please use the following tips to properly prepare yard waste for collection:
- Place leaves in untied plastic bags or uncovered trash cans
- Cut limbs, logs, and brush to no more than 5 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter
- Separate into piles small enough for one person to handle
- Do not place yard waste in the rollout cart
After items are prepared, place them curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
Want more information about yard waste collection? Visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. This is a special edition that looks at local conservation efforts, including how stimulus money is being used to create jobs and save energy. In this episode you will see how stimulus fund were used to renovate a local apartment complex to improve the quality of life for residents. You’ll also learn how the Neighborhood Energy Challenge has benefited participants and how a local company harnesses sunlight to produce energy.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online
by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
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