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Belk Bowl, New Year's Eve declared "Extraordinary Events" in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has declared “CLT New Year’s Eve” and the Belk Bowl as an Extraordinary Events.

An Extraordinary Event, in Charlotte, is defined as a large scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city.

“As has been our practice over I guess the last month or 6 weeks or so based on events we’ve seen nationwide and worldwide we’re very attuned to public events that take place here in the Charlotte area,” Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said Tuesday.

The designation allows the city to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies certain items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.

The Belk Bowl will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Bank of America stadium in uptown Charlotte.

“As always we’ll be prepared, we will have people expect to see plenty of officers out and about, we’ll be on foot, cars, motorcycles, helicopters, watching cameras, the whole nine yards to make sure we create a safe environment  as possible,” Estes said.

The area that will be under close watch on Wednesday is more than the stadium and on Thursday it is more than Romare Bearden Park.  Deputy Chief Estes explains this extra attention does not come at the cost of other police work like the open homicide investigations from Labor Day or the Christmas eve mall shooting.

“We set standard operating levels already,” Estes explained, “ Everything else is on top of that so no area of the city goes understaffed or different staffing levels we make sure all our neighborhoods are staffed properly investigating full on.”

WEB EXTRA: List of items banned from 'Extraordinary Events'

The designation means residents may see changes to usual city services during the New Year’s Eve holiday.  All city and county offices will be closed on Jan. 1. 

Some changes include: 

Charlotte Department of Transportation

  • The CLT New Year’s Eve event will be held at Romare Bearden Park starting at 6 p.m.  Mint Street, between Third Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. until Friday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.
  • Heavy Uptown traffic is expected with many pedestrians crossing the streets. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are cautioned to be alert at all times.  Riding CATS transit is encouraged.

Charlotte Area Transit System

  • Thursday, Dec. 29 to Monday, Jan. 4: There will be no Gold Rush service.
  • Thursday, Dec. 31: Buses and trains will operate according to their weekday service. LYNX Blue Line will operate additional service in support of First Night activities with the last departures from the Charlotte Transportation Center at 1:30 a.m. for select bus routes only, and for the LYNX Blue Line.
  • Friday, Jan. 1: CATS will operate buses and trains according to its Sunday schedule.
  • Saturday, Jan. 2: CATS will resume normal operating schedule.
  • The CATS Call Center, as well as the Pass Sales and Information Office at the CTC, will be closed on New Year’s Day.

CharMeck 311

  • CharMeck 311 will be closed Jan. 1, 2016.
  • CharMeck 311's normal hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Outside of regular business hours, callers can report water, sewer, storm water and animal emergencies via an automated service that dispatches assistances. You can also make many service requests online 24/7 at http://charmeck.org/services/Pages/default.aspx.
  • Please call 911 for any emergencies.

Solid Waste Services

  • Trash and recycling will be picked according to the regular schedule.

The City of Charlotte has also recently declared the ACC Championship Game and several Panthers' home games at the Bank of America Stadium as "Extraordinary events," along with the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade.

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