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Top News Stories Jan. 26 - Feb. 8, 2012
WHY: This list will be issued twice a month to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.

1. Residents Invited to the Waste Disposal Planning Table

Should recycling be mandatory? What’s the plan for the local landfill 5, 10, 15 years down the road? These are the questions that may be asked during a series of public forums occurring this weekend at the Hal Marshall Service Center in uptown Charlotte.  

2. Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) will start to take applications for the remainder of Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds. The funds are to be used to help pay for heating assistance by such means as natural gas, oil, electric or propane. Funds that are awarded to a recipient will be paid directly to the utility and the amount awarded will be based on need and the amount of energy used.

3. Community Service Grants Info Session

Mecklenburg County budget staff plan to hold an information session for nonprofits to learn how the Request for Proposal process works for Community Service Grants. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1, at 10 a.m., at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

4. Cervical Cancer Screenings

Did you know that most cases of cervical cancer are easily preventable with regular screening tests? And they are highly curable when found and treated early.
For more information, contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 704-336-4700.

5. Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Unveils Paperless Permitting

Starting Jan. 29, EPS/EPR (Electronic Plan Submittal and Electronic Plan Review) will be up and running. Customers will be able to schedule their projects for review at Code Enforcement’s Electronic Plan Management system and submit all their plans and drawings online at Users will also be able to schedule and follow their projects, and interact with Code officials, without ever having to set foot in the office.

6. Park and Recreation Summer Camps

Registration for 2012 Park and Rec Summer Camps will begin in February. For more information, visit

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