City Hall Briefing For March 25, 2020

Charlotte city government has a single, clear mission: To protect the public health, safety and welfare. Much of our work in recent weeks has been devoted to fulfilling that mission while doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). During these challenging times, the City Council, employees and I remain committed to providing the essential services that residents count on.

It is not business as usual, however, as measures have been taken to safeguard the health of employees and citizens alike. All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice. To comply with the Governor’s order, services in most departments have been reduced or suspended at this time. Some functions are being performed with reduced crew sizes. Most administrators are working from home.

City parks are open but playground and other equipment is not being sanitized. The recycling center is open on reduced hours only for the purpose of trash disposal. Those hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to noon and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00.

The City Council will be conducting its meetings via conference call so that we can continue to give direction to the administration and perform our oversight role. Members of the public will be able to “attend” those meetings by using their phones and will be able to make comments during the meeting. Information about this will be published on the City website. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Finally, I urge all citizens of Charlotte and the surrounding area to be good neighbors. Be thoughtful and generous. Stay home; stay safe. If you must go out, take precautions to avoid coming into contact with the virus or spreading illness. Call friends and relatives who are elderly or disabled to make sure they are safe and well. Find joy in the simple and ordinary parts of your life that have not been disrupted by this epidemic.

As always, please feel free to email me at yridge@charlottemi.org.

Yvonne Ridge, Mayor

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Special Council Meeting Cancelled

A special meeting of the Charlotte City Council originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 to discuss the Vision 2025 strategic plan has been cancelled.

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CARA Open For Trash Disposal Only

Pursuant to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order 2020-21, the Charlotte Area Recycling Authority (CARA) center will be CLOSED FOR RECYCLING until April 13.

For those that depend on CARA for trash disposal services, the center will be open during limited hours for TRASH DISPOSAL ONLY. These hours are as follows:

  • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Please continue to store your recyclable materials as CARA will reopen with full services following the mandated closure. Remember: Dumping at CARA at any time is ILLEGAL and subject to a $500 fine.

Finally, stay home and stay safe.

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City Buildings Closed To The Public

Effective Monday, March 23, all Charlotte municipal buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. This action is being taken as an additional measure to limit the spread of COVID-19.

City employees will be maintaining regular office hours and can be reached via telephone or email. A telephone and email directory of City departments and staff can be found on this website under “Contact Us.”

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Agenda Packet For Monday March 23, 2020 City Council Meeting

Citizen Comments
The City Council encourages citizens to express their opinions about actions the Council is considering. For information about submitting comments about matters on the Council’s agenda, please visit the Citizen Comments page.
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