Town hall meeting: District 4 City Council member Michael Barnes will host a town hall meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 16 at the IKEA Community Room, 8300 Ikea Blvd. Speakers include Barnes, City Manager Ron Carlee, CATS staff members Carolyn Flowers and Danny Rogers, Eric Hunter of the N.C. Department of Transportation, Johanna Quinn of the Charlotte DOT and new police captains for the University City, North Tryon and North divisions. Topics will be upcoming District 4 projects, the Blue Line extension, and updates on Interstate 485 and I-85.
Awards Ceremony: The Mallard Creek High School JROTC Battalion Awards Ceremony will take place 9 a.m. May 9 at the school auditorium, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road. Guest speakers will include a county commissioner and a school board member. The public is invited.
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Safety award: The Charlotte Area Transit System’s Special Transportation Service and Bus Operations Division received honors from the N.C. Public Transportation Association. The Special Transportation System won for safest urban dial-a-ride system in the state for the fifth consecutive year. The Bus Operations Division won for the safest large bus system in the state.
Public input on national study: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input while it evaluates the future use of genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges that host farms in the Southeast. The farms are used as a wildlife management tool to help meet conservation objectives. Public meetings will be in June. The public is invited to review information beforehand and submit comments, which will be considered in determining the use of the crops. Visit www.aphis.usda.gov for more information.
Water pollution: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff is investigating an anonymous tip of pollution in a creek at Latta Park. When staff members arrived, the water was a gray-white color. Testing revealed that the substance was nontoxic, but the staff is continuing to monitor the fish and the surrounding environment. Storm Water staff encourages the public to call 311 or use the new Water Watchers app to report any pollution.