​Solid Waste Services Updates-January 20, 2021


In this week’s update:

  • ITM Program

  •  GOVies Nominations 

  •  Homeownership Classes

  • Wellness Updates

  • Mask Mandate Reminder

Internal Talent Mobility Program :

Are you looking to grow your career with the City of Charlotte? The City recently launched its Internal Talent Mobility (ITM) Pilot Program as an effort to increase economic mobility within the city’s workforce. The program helps equip current employees with the tools needed for career advancement. To qualify, employees must be in their current position for at least six months (at the time of application) and in good standing; not currently engaged in a disciplinary process. 15 employees (Citywide) will be selected to take part in this pilot program.
Program participants will complete a curriculum with a focus on personal and professional development. If you, or someone within your division is interested, please complete the online application and submit a current resume no later than January 25, 2021. 
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Crystal or Merica.  

GOVies Nominations are Open!

We can all agree that 2020 is a year we are glad to see behind us.  Even so, challenging times such as these often produce outstanding, innovative and inspirational results. As you look across our organization, you see this is true in each department. We have reason to be proud! The City’s annual GOVies event is a great way to celebrate these employees who have made these results happen! Nominations for GOVies 2020 will close on Sunday,  January 31. If you know of an employee that should be nominated for a GOVie, in the below listed categories, please contact Brandi Williams. 

• Civic Engagement
• Innovation
• Inspiration (People’s Choice Award)
• Oustanding Work
• Employee of the Year

Homeownership Classes

Do you have questions about homeownership or home buying but don't know who to ask? Are you interested in buying a home but not sure if you can qualify? This is the class for you. This recording is a snippet from a previous session on homeownership. This section specifically focuses on the Community Hero's portion.

  • Friday, February 12, 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
  • Tuesday, March 30, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
  • Thursday, May 20, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

If you would like to sign up please notify your supervisor or Merica.

Wellness Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination

Vaccination is now available for anyone 65 or older. However, supplies are very limited. You may contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department to schedule. Also, if you have a physician in the Atrium or Novant healthcare system, you may be able to get vaccinated there. To schedule your vaccine appointment and find out where you can get vaccinated, learn more here.

The City is preparing for the next phase which includes essential workers, as defined by public health. Your department Director or HR Manager will provide more information as it becomes available.

Physical Therapy Coming to a Clinic Near You!

Beginning January 13, Marathon Clinic will begin offering physical therapy services at select clinic locations (Wilkinson, Tower Place and Albemarle).

Services include: evaluation and treatment of muscular and skeletal disorders, customized exercise programs and wellness assessments to identify risk of injury and provide corrective action plans.

For acute care, including physical therapy, there is a $30 copay to HSA plan members due to IRS requirements. For PPO plan members there is no charge for this service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Marathon Health at 1-866-451-3467. No need to let those aches and pain make you suffer in 2021.

2021 BCBS Cards

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has experienced a delay issuing medical plan cards. In the event you need your card before you receive your wallet card, you may access a digital copy through Blue Connect. You may log onto https://www.bluecrossnc.com/.Click on Get Your ID Card, change the policy date to 2021 and you will be able to print your card. You may also access your card on your phone ifyou have the Blue Connect Mobile app. 

Wellness Works 2021 Wellness Incentive – Scheduling is now open

  • Wellness screenings begin January 1, 2021 and run through May 1, 2021.
  • You may now begin scheduling your screening appointment or physical at any MyClinic location, log into https://member.ourhealth.org or call the Member Relations Team at 866-451-3467.
  • Please see a member of SWS HR if you prefer to visit your own doctor for your wellness screening to obtain an outside provider form .
  • Marathon is now offering virtual appointments. Please reach out to Maria Bando at 704-572-0761 if you are interested in a virtual appointment.


Mask Mandate – Mandatory Wearing of Masks :

In keeping with the Governor, Mayor and the Mecklenburg County Public Health department suggestions, the City of Charlotte adopted wearing masks as a safety and health standard. As a reminder, this applies to all city and contractor employees while indoors and in open areas, public areas, and in work spaces where social distancing is difficult to maintain or not possible.  If you are unable to wear a cloth mask, due to a medical condition, you must wear a face shield as approved by Risk Management.     
You can read the latest order for N.C. here:  Governor’s latest executive order.
Practicing the 3 W’s: Always remember to wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose, maintain a safe social distance from others, and wash your hands often. It’s the best way to keep yourself and others safe.

Birthdays This Week :

  • Abdul Abdul-Haqq- 21st
  • Darnell Dandy- 21st
  • Charles Carter -22nd
  • Lamont Gray- 23rd
  • Melvin Lockhart- 25th
  • Antoquie Forney- 26th
  • James Grier -26th
  • Kevin Wattley- 26th

Solid Waste Services Updates-July 20, 2020

This week's update includes :

  • Director’s Q&A call

  • Premium Pay

  • Return to Office Date

  • Free Masks

  • Events this week

  • Vacation update

Director’s Q&A Call Thursday, July 23rd 9AM – We want to hear from you:

  • Please text any questions you may have concerning COVID-19, State Mandates, premium pay or anything else to the number you received this update from.  Questions will be addressed on the Director’s Call. 
  • You will receive directions for dialing into the call on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Premium Pay :

  • Premium pay has been extended through August 7th.

Teleworking Return to Office Date Change

  • Staggered re-entry in the office has been adjusted to the week of August 24th for employees that are currently working from home.

Vacation Updates :

  • Last week we provided the new vacation blackout dates. Do you know them? Reply to this text with the new dates. The first 5 correct responses will receive a prize!

Free Masks :

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be providing free masks on Friday’s at all schools that serve as a meal location.  A list of schools where you can obtain mask is available here: CMS FREE MASK LOCATIONS.


  • Jason Hammiel – 21st

  • Ryan Phillips – 21st

  • Richard Greene – 23rd

  • Reinel Sanchez Herrera – 24th

  • Wayne Stitt – 24th

Have an amazing week!