October 12th 2011
Upcoming CMail Changes
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Help control the cankerworm population and band trees throughout local communities. Neighborhood organizations can apply for up to $3,000 through the City’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Fund. These funds will assist with neighborhood tree banding, including those located on private property. There is no income eligibility to receive the Tree Banding Initiative Neighborhood Matching Grant; however, communities must be located within or adjacent to the Cankerworm Infestation Area
Grant applications will be accepted through Friday, October 21.
For more information, contact Neighborhood & Business Services at 704-336-2061 or visit the tree banding grants
Animal Care & Control to Host Pet Family Reunion
In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care & Control Division (AC&C) is hosting a Pet Family Reunion for pets and owners who were paired through the AC&C adoption program. However, with this reunion, everyone is family so that means everyone, both the two- and four-legged family members are invited.
Saturday, October 15
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Animal Care & Control
8315 Byrum Drive
The fun-filled day will feature activities including:
- Open House at the AC&C Shelter
- Microchip Clinic
- Storm Water Services Scoop the Poop education
- Reduced adoption fees for "veteran" pets
More details can be found at animals.cmpd.org.
CMPD Citizens Academy
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Citizens Academy program continues with two upcoming workshops.
Tuesday, October 18 – Traffic Enforcement
Learn about traffic stops from a police officer’s perspective, how they remain safe and citizens’ responsibilities. Participants will also learn what to do and what not to do during a traffic stop.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Police and Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
Thursday, October 27 – Community Services
Are you interested in volunteer opportunities through CMPD? Participants will review volunteer requirements, training, available positions and time commitments for the Citizens on Patrol Program and other volunteer openings.
6:30 – 9:30 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 email@example.com 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.
Airport to Hold Fifth Annual Runway 5K
Mark your calendar for the Fifth Annual Runway 5K Run/Walk, hosted by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Saturday, October 29 beginning at 8 a.m. The Runway 5K will take place at one of the nation’s most unique locations and busiest airports. Last year’s event drew more than 3,300 runners and walkers and raised more than $40,000 for Lifespan's Community Activities Employment Transition Program (CAET). LifeSpan transforms the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities.
In response to traffic congestion last year, organizers have improved parking, enhanced traffic management and eliminated the option to register on the day of the event. All runners and walkers must be pre-registered by noon on Friday, October 28 and are asked to arrive at least one hour prior to the event start.
Pre-register now to receive a reduced rate. You can register online here.
Local Companies Recognized for Environmental Stewardship
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) honored 37 local companies earlier this month for environmental excellence in protecting our community’s water quality.
Top recognition went to Trane of Charlotte, earning the first ever platinum award given by CMUD. This designation recognizes Trane for five consecutive years of 100 percent compliance for reporting, monitoring, and permit limits related to their wastewater discharge.
Cargill Inc. was the winner of the Crown Award for excellence in water conservation. The company reduced its monthly water consumption by more than 3 million gallons as the result of a new cooling tower project.
The award winners are among more than 60 permitted industrial users that discharge high-strength wastewater into the City’s wastewater system. Their discharge permits and ‘pre-treatment’ processes are monitored by CMUD’s System Protection section, whose mission is to protect the flow of wastewater into local treatment plants. This ensures proper treatment so that water can be safely returned to the environment.
Environmental Excellence Award winners have complied with their pollution discharge requirements, have cooperated fully with Utilities, and have exhibited a proactive and innovative approach to protecting water quality. Click here for more information.
The LYNX Blue Line Extension is Right on Track
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has achieved another major milestone in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) process with the publishing of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). The Final EIS evaluates the social, economic, environmental and transportation effects associated with the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) light rail project.
The principal components of the Final EIS include: 1) identification of a preferred alternative; 2) responses to comments made during the Draft EIS circulation period; 3) commitments to mitigate adverse impacts of the project; 4) evidence of compliance with related environmental statutes, Executive Orders and regulations; and 5) a description of changes that have been made to the project since the Draft EIS was published.
The public review period for the Final EIS will run through Thursday, October 27. The Final EIS is available electronically at www.ridetransit.org. Hardcopies of the Final EIS are available for public review at CATS office, on the 9th Floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E. Fourth St.) and in various libraries (see website for complete listing).
For more information regarding the Final EIS, or to submit written comments, contact:
Safe Kids are Seen on Halloween!
Charlotte Area Transit System
600 East Fourth Street, 9th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Federal Transit Administration
230 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30303-1512
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween as any other night of the year. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween:
- Safely cross streets, don’t cross between parked cars.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths and children under the age of 12 should always trick or treat with adult supervision.
- Carry flashlights and wear reflective items if you will be trick-or-treating in the dark.
- Teach children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
For a complete list of Halloween safety tips, click on Youth Safety Information on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit web page.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. In this episode you will learn how Charlotte's quality of life is on the rise thanks to improved walkability around town. You’ll also learn about how Neighborhood Energy Challenge grants are being used and how Charlotte's new music and entertainment district has transformed the community.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online
by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
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