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November 7, 2012
Charlotte Recycles Event
The Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee
is hosting a Charlotte Recycles event on Saturday,
November 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tryon Street Wal-Mart.
Citizens can bring documents, files and other paper to be shredded as well as
drop off their old electronic items (cell phones, TV’s, printers, etc.).
Participants can learn about recycling, get some cool giveaways and help the
This local recycling event is part of Keep America Beautiful’ s
national program, America Recycles DaySM, which is the only
nationally recognized community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting
and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997,
communities across the county have participated in American Recycles Day to
educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.
Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8180 S. Tryon Street
Visit the Neighborhood & Business
Services' webpage for more information.
CDOT Open House Events
The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) has
completed a study to develop an overall plan for roadway classification of W.T.
Harris Boulevard (NC 24) and Brookshire Boulevard (NC 16) that will affect
motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and development along the corridors over
After gathering information and receiving public input, the
study team has drafted recommended classifications for distinct segments of
each corridor. The study’s results are intended to guide future decisions for
transportation projects and land development.
On November 14
and 29, CDOT will sponsor the
following community open houses:
Brookshire Boulevard Open House:
Wednesday, November 14, 5 - 7 p.m.
Cook Memorial Presbyterian Church
3413 Mount Holly – Huntersville Road
W.T. Harris Boulevard Open House:
Thursday, November 29, 5 - 7 p.m.
University City Regional Branch Library
301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard
Visit the project page for more open house information
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24 marks the third annual Small
Business Saturday, a national movement to support the local businesses that
create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.
Mayor Anthony Foxx is joining elected officials across the country in
proclaiming November 24 Small Business Saturday in Charlotte and encouraging
residents to support the local businesses that make our city great.
Visit CharlotteBusinessResources.com for signs and other
resources for both businesses and consumers. For more information about Small
Business Saturday, contact Gail Whitcomb firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognition for Environmental Stewardship
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) recently honored
27 local companies for environmental excellence in protecting our community's
The winners are among more than 60 industrial companies in
Mecklenburg County that discharge high-strength wastewater into the city’s
wastewater system. The discharge permits and pretreatment processes are
monitored by CMUD to ensure that wastewater is treated properly and returned to
the environment safely. Environmental Excellence Award
winners have complied with pollution discharge requirements and have exhibited
a proactive and innovative approach to protecting water quality.
For a full list of companies honored for environmental
initiatives, click here.
Purchase CATS Passes Online
Football has reached mid-season, and LYNX
has the perfect pass for your game day experience. This season, purchase
your LYNX Light Rail ticket online to enjoy a convenient, safe and inexpensive
ride to and from every home football game. Purchasing tickets online is an
easy way to avoid game day crowds and offers the opportunity to buy passes for
the entire season.
Simply select the pass type and quantity, place
them in your shopping cart, and you’re ready to check out. Passes can be
mailed to your home or office, or can be picked up at the Charlotte
Riding LYNX is cheaper than driving and parking
is free at all LYNX Park and Ride locations. To
purchase your LYNX tickets, visit the CATS
Online Pass Store.
Eastland Mall Update
acquiring 80.452 acres at the former Eastland Mall site in August, City staff
has worked to prepare for its redevelopment. A Request for Expressions of
Interest (REI) has been released to interested parties in the film industry to
gauge demand and determine needs for the site. This information will be used to
create a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be released at the end of
the year. The City will use information gained from the REI in the development
of the RFP.
hopes to determine the following from the REI:
Potential for film facilities in Charlotte
Suitability of the site for film facilities
Needed square footage and acreage
Potential development costs
Studio developers’ experience and/or willingness to partner with
Conceptual financial structure and return to the City
Reliance on state incentives
Potential financing sources
An estimated development timetable.
A web page has been created to keep the public informed of the City’s
redevelopment efforts. A mechanism for the public to submit questions and
is also included.
Keeping Your Home Safe
The Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) wants to remind residents to make sure all smoke alarms are
installed correctly and operational in the event of a fire. While
making sure to replace the alarm’s batteries, it is also important be sure to
also dust the alarm’s grill and perform regular tests (test alarms monthly or
according to the manufacturer’s instructions).
Most fire deaths are preventable and a working smoke alarm can increase the
chance of surviving a house fire by more than 50 percent. Here are some other
tips to protect yourself and your family:
should be at least one smoke alarm on each level of a household
and practice escape routes
For more fire prevention and safety tips, visit CFD’s webpage.
Got Yard Waste? Prep It!
The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services (SWS)
collects leaves and other yard waste for all city residents on the same day as
your garbage and recycling collection.
Use these tips to make sure you prep your yard
yard waste at the curb by 6:30 am on your scheduled collection day,
but no sooner than the day before collection. A minimum $50 citation
may be issued if you place yard waste at the curb sooner than the day
yard waste within 2 feet of the curb and at least 3 feet away from
other collection items (including other yard waste) and obstacles such as
mailboxes, phone poles, vehicles and etc. Do
not block the sidewalk.
Items NOT accepted:
lumber and wood
For more information about yard waste and
recycling, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City
Source episode on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. In this episode, learn about a possible historic restoration, see what the City is doing to 'go green,' get insights to a Councilman's thoughts on pedicab regulations, learn what not to put in your drain and see how to protect your trees during the winter.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online
at www.charlottenc.gov by clicking on the GOV Channel
For additional information, be sure to visit www.charlottenc.gov, or the City of Charlotte’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.
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