September 15th 2010
Water/Sewer Rate Study Seeks Input
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (Utilities) customers are urged to attend upcoming information and public input sessions related to the first comprehensive review of water/sewer rates and fees since 1977.
There are two sets of meetings scheduled throughout Mecklenburg County. The first series started this week and includes presenting information and gathering input related to the existing water and sewer rate structure. The second series of meetings will begin in late October and introduce potential rate and fee alternatives for public feedback.
For detailed information about the meeting times and locations visit the Utilities Water and Sewer Rate Study web site
where you can also submit feedback electronically.
The goal of the study is to recommend a rate structure that is considered fair and equitable, while generating the revenues required to operate the water and sewer system.
Charlotte Citizens to Vote on City Bonds
On Tuesday, November 2, Charlotte citizens will vote on $203.6 million in transportation, neighborhood improvement and affordable housing bonds. The bonds are a part of City Council’s adopted Capital Investment Plan and, if approved by voters, will not require a tax increase.
For complete details about the bonds, visit http://citybonds.charmeck.org
LYNX Blue Line Extension Public Hearing
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) invites the public to come out and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for the LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project.
The Draft EIS discusses the environmental, physical and socioeconomic impacts associated with the project, and lists mitigation measures that would lessen or eliminate those impacts. The public review period of the Draft EIS runs until Tuesday, October 12.
Attend and speak at the public hearing which will be held during the next Metropolitan Transit Commission meeting.
Wednesday, September 22
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267
600 E. Fourth Street
Please sign up to speak by calling 704-432-0872 before 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Written comments will also be accepted at the public hearing.
The proposed LYNX Blue Line Extension is an 11-mile extension of the existing light rail line to serve the Northeast Corridor from Center City Charlotte to I-485 at North Tryon Street.
Small Business Programs and You!
Community University has teamed up with the City’s Small Business Opportunity Program to offer a series of four free workshops for small businesses throughout September.
Workshops will provide information on how to start, grow and manage a small business in Charlotte with a focus on financing, marketing and communication.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room CH-14
600 E. Fourth Street
Parking available in the Davidson Street parking deck across from the CMGC – bring your parking ticket for validation.
Thursday, September 23 – Effective Business Communication
Learn the keys to effective business communication and its importance in today’s marketplace.
Tuesday, September 28 – Business Funding 101
Attendees will learn about various funding sources available to their businesses, the difference between equity and debt funding and common mistakes bankers look for in loan proposals.
Register today by calling 704-336-2061, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or visiting http://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.
Streetcar Public Meetings
Join us to wrap up the 30% design and engineering phase. The Charlotte Streetcar Project team will hold its final round of public meetings for the design and engineering phase of the 10-mile alignment. At this meeting, you will hear and discuss results including:
- Technology findings
- Defined alignment, shelter design and stop locations
- Capital cost estimate
- Next steps
- Streetcar Starter Project (1.5-mile segment)
6 – 8 p.m.
Memorial United Methodist Church
4012 Central Avenue
Visit the Charlotte Streetcar Project web site
for all of the meeting dates.
Neighborhoods Empowered to Reduce Energy Consumption
Seven Charlotte neighborhoods have been selected to receive grant funding from the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, a program encouraging neighbors to join forces to develop innovative and practical strategies for improving their neighborhoods’ energy use. Initially the program was designed to fund five neighborhoods, but additional American Resource and Recovery Act funding enabled the selection of the following seven neighborhoods:
- Avenue Condos (Uptown)
- Eco District (Belmont, Optimist Park, Villa Heights)
- Merry Oaks
- Plaza Midwood
- Spring Park
Applications were judged on their proposed Energy Conservation Action Plans which focused on a variety of projects ranging from education and awareness to promoting the use of alternative transportation. The scopes of work for each of the neighborhood’s plans are currently under review to ensure compliance with U.S. Department of Energy criteria.
Funding for these neighborhoods is provided through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. For more information, visit the City’s Economic Recovery web site
Airport to Hold Fourth Annual Runway 5K Run/Walk
Mark your calendar for the Fourth Annual Runway 5K Run/Walk, hosted by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Saturday, October 30 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 close to 2,000 runners and walkers and raised more than $20,000 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.
Pre-register now to receive a reduced rate. You can register online at charlotteairport.com
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
The episode will give you an in-depth look at public housing in Charlotte and how to get involved with the Housing Location Policy. You’ll also learn about bonds that are on the November ballot and how the City’s towing ordinance may be modified to better serve those parking in Charlotte.
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.