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November 2017 E-Newsletter

Post Date:10/23/2017 2:21 PM

City Ward Meetings Highlighted Finances, Workforce, Paving & Neighborhood Services

Customer Service Spotlight: Resident Resources for Events & City Info


Holiday Trash Collection Schedule


Rock Hill Celebrates Thirty Years as Tree City USA

Can I Recycle This?

Seasonal Leaf Collection: November through February

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City Ward Meetings Highlighted Finances, Workforce, Paving & Neighborhood Services

Rock Hill City Council completed six citizen information and engagement ward meetings throughout the city.  Hosted by each ward’s council representative, the meetings served as an opportunity to update citizens on projects and initiatives, and answer questions.

An outline of topics is included under “News” at cityofrockhill.com, and all City of Rock Hill financial data is available online at cityofrockhill.com/transparency.

Mayor Echols summarized, “The projects and issues presented during these ward meetings are just a small sampling of the great work that City employees do every day.  The City of Rock Hill is always on and strives to be a place where we provide quality services, develop quality places and foster a quality community, all while remaining financially strong.”

Meeting Highlights

  • Annual rate comparison of 29 regional cities ranks Rock Hill 14th overall.
  • The City employs about 900 people and receives approximately 110 applications for every vacancy.
  • Based on citizen input, City Council prioritized funding for City-owned road maintenance, increasing the budget for paving from $300,000 in 2011 to $1,385,000 this fiscal year.
  • Body-worn cameras are now deployed to Rock Hill police officers.
  • Housing Development Corporation & City work to build affordable housing units and maintain low-income rentals across the city.


Customer Service Spotlight: Resident Resources for Events & City Info

New to Rock Hill and not sure where to look for fun events or important info about City services? The City has lots of resources for both longtime residents and those new to the area.

A new resident reference guide is available at cityofrockhill.com on the “Residents” link. Designed as a comprehensive guide to City services, citizens can learn everything from the City’s history to when City Council meetings are held, info about utilities, park rentals, and permitting.

Interested in events, shopping and dining in the heart of Rock Hill? Want to know when the next Food Truck Friday is or when the Founders Holiday Ice Rink opens? For everything happening in Old Town Rock Hill, check onlyinoldtown.com. The site includes info about events, places to go and features Old Town News. Be sure to follow on facebook, twitter and instagram (@onlyinoldtown) and tag yourself and your friends!

For a broader view of Rock Hill events, rockhillrocks.com, the Visit Rock Hill website, is the place to check. It highlights a wide range of tourism locations in the area, and includes events that visitors might enjoy. Sporting events, art exhibits, live performances, festivals and other family-friendly activities offer options for nearly every night of the week. A true community site for Rock Hill and the surrounding area.

Take advantage of all Rock Hill has to offer by bookmarking these resources and enjoying our city to the fullest!


Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Public Works collects trash on regular schedule every holiday except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year’s holiday trash collection schedule is:

Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 23)
Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, Nov. 24.
City offices closed Nov. 23 and 24.

Week of Christmas (starting Monday, Dec. 25)
Trash collection will be delayed by one day throughout the week:
Monday routes will be collected Tuesday, Dec. 26
Tuesday routes will be collected Wednesday, Dec. 27
Wednesday routes will be collected Thursday, Dec. 28
Thursday routes will be collected Friday, Dec. 29
City offices closed at noon Dec. 22 and reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1)
No change to trash pickup. Monday routes will be collected on Monday, Jan. 1.
City offices closed Jan. 1.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15)
No change to trash pickup. Monday routes will be collected on Monday, Jan. 15.
City offices closed Jan. 15.


Rock Hill Celebrates Thirty Years as Tree City USA

Tree City USA 30 yearsThe Rock Hill Tree Commission is proud to announce that the City Of Rock Hill has been designated as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 30th year in a row.  
 
Four standards, established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, must be met to achieve the designation: Rock Hill must have a Tree Board such as the Tree Commission, have and abide by a Tree Ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree-related maintenance and planting, and have an official Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.
 
Rock Hill was also awarded a “Tree Growth” award for the successful re-forestation of Laurelwood Cemetery.  Over 200 trees were planted in 2016 to provide a thriving urban forest in the downtown area for future generations.
 
The Tree Commission unveiled a flag displaying the 30th year as a Tree City USA. The flag will be flown at City Hall this coming Arbor Day on Friday, December 1, 2017.


Can I Recycle This?

Residential recycling is collected in blue bins at the curb on the same day as residential garbage. Place bins at the curb no sooner than noon the day before collection and remove from the curb by 7 AM the day after collection. Keep the blue collection bins at least four feet away from roll carts to avoid damage by the other collection vehicles.  Items collected for recycling include:

  • Aluminum and steel cans (push  lids inside the cans)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic soda, detergent, and shampoo bottles
  • Plastic motor oil bottles (emptied with the lids on)
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Plastics labeled #1 through  #7 (NO STYROFOAM)
  • Newspaper (tied securely in bags)
  • Magazines and mail (tied securely in bags)
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, cracker boxes, shoe boxes, cardboard tubes from paper towels, etc.)
  • Cartons (juice boxes, milk cartons, egg substitutes, etc.)
  • Composite containers (chips, frozen juice, etc.)
  • Corrugated cardboard (stack empty, flattened cardboard next to your curbside recycling bin). Corrugated Cardboard must be cut down to 2-foot x 2-foot sections.
  • Glass bottles and jars (all colors)

Rinse
Please rinse all containers and remove lids from glass and plastic containers and cartons (except used motor oil bottles).  Then place both the container and lid in your recycle bin.

Corrugated Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard materials can also be flattened and taken to red dumpsters at City of Rock Hill Fire Stations for recycling.

NO Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are no longer accepted in your curbside bin.  Please take them to your local grocery store for recycling.

NO Styrofoam
Styrofoam materials cannot be recycled. Please bag all Styrofoam and place it in the roll cart for disposal.

A set of wheels and a handle for your recycling bin are available upon request. To report a missed pick up or to order a new recycle bin, please complete an online service request at www.cityofrockhill.com or contact Customer Service at 803-325-2500.


Seasonal Leaf Collection: November through February

Rock Hill is nationally recognized for its trees and with those trees comes a lot of fallen leaves!

Leaves and brush will be collected on a two week alternating schedule November through January. There will be no leaf collection on Thanksgiving, November 23, week of December 25 and week of January 1. Please have leaves at the curb on Monday for pick up on your collection weeks. February collection is by request only.  Submit an online service request or call 803-325-2500.

Collection Schedule
Monday and Tuesday Garbage Collection Routes
Leaves and brush will be collected as follows:
Week of Mon, Oct. 30
Week of Mon, Nov. 13
Week of Mon, Nov. 27
Week of Mon, Dec. 11
Week of Mon, Dec. 25—NO LEAF/BRUSH COLLECTION
Week of Mon, Jan. 15
Week of Mon, Jan. 29
February collection by request only.

Wednesday and Thursday Garbage Collection Routes
Leaves and brush will be collected as follows:
Week of Mon, Nov. 6
Week of Mon, Nov. 20
Week of Mon, Dec. 4
Week of Mon, Dec. 18
Week of Mon, Jan. 1—NO LEAF/BRUSH COLLECTION
Week of Mon, Jan. 8
Week of Mon, Jan. 22
February collection by request only.

Tips for Leaf Collection

  • Leaves should be raked along the curb (not bagged) and kept separate from brush piles.
  • Leaves can be placed into YardCarts for collection year round.
  • Keep leaves and brush piles away from obstacles including mailboxes, water meters and hydrants.
  • Do not blow leaves into storm drains or put them in creeks. Penalties with fines up to $1000 will be enforced.
  • Blocking traffic lanes or creating line-of-sight hazards for motorists can result in liabilities to the homeowner.

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