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Concord Weekly Update - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know hundreds of Concord utility customers struggle to pay their electricity bill each month? Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a partnership of the City of Concord and Cooperative Christian Ministry, is here to help. Neighbor Helping Neighbor provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways you can give: Round up your bill and donate the extra cents, donate a set amount each month, or make a one-time donation. Sign up today at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com.

City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving November 23-24
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 20. If you have questions or need more information, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

20th annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 89th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 18, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at concordnc.gov.

Before the parade, come to our FREE shredding event
The City of Concord and Cabarrus County are hosting a free secure document shredding event Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing FREE secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County Citizens at the Village Parking Lot (located behind Arby's at 280 Concord Parkway N). Please limit documents to no more than 3 regular-sized trash bags OR bankers boxes. For more information, visit the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page.

Community and Rotarians celebrate new playground for Housing residents
The Concord Rotary Club’s latest service project was funding a playground for Concord Housing Department community members. Community members, Rotarians, and City officials gathered on Thursday, November 16 to celebrate. To see pictures from the event, visit the City's Facebook Page, or learn more about the Concord Rotary Club's service projects at concordrotary.com.

Concord Police to offer place of worship security training
The Concord Police Department will once again host a training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. In a free, 90-minute session, Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell will help attendees understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. Those interested can attend this training on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. in training room 304 of Concord Police Headquarters. Find out more at concordnc.gov, or contact Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell at 704-920-5000 or ferrellr@concordnc.gov.

Please be kind: remove your signs
With last week's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 18 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Looking for a few good volunteers
Have you always wanted to share your expertise in a special area or do you have a love for the outdoors? We invite you to become a part of our Volunteer Program and make a difference in your community.  Coaches are a very valuable part of our athletic programs but are not the only areas where volunteers are needed. We have volunteer opportunities available for families and individuals in our parks, greenways, and recreation facilities.  Just ask and we will find an opportunity for you. Please visit concordparksandrec.org for details.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

December
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office