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Concord Weekly Update - December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has staff available to help citizens their rights related to the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988? Individuals are protected from a variety of practices involving housing sales, rentals, advertising, and financing. Special provisions are in place for disabled persons and families with children. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5122.

Class of 2017 completes 16th Concord 101
The Concord 101 class of 2017 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 21. This year's class was the largest in program history, with 37 active participants who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-tem Ella Mae Small for their involvement in the program. 2017 participants were: Terry Alexander, Margaret Andersen, Michael Anderson, Betty Auten-Sides, Janet Brown, Anthony Clark, Laura Croke, Peter Davis, Liz Hickman, Bertram Hinton, Nickie Hinton, Jeffrey Hoover, David Hunkele, J. King, Sherry Lassiter-McCullers, Michael Lyles, John Mastro, Melissa McGuire, Deanna Miles, Mudassar Ali Mohammed, Cheryl Morgan, Ashley Moye, Brenda Patrick, Frank Patterson, Deanna Hope Powers, Rita Pyndus, Arthur Ray, Linda Ray, Matilde Reeves, Pamela Reiter, Steven Reiter, Sandra Riggins, James Smith, Joshua Talbert, Lynnetta Tilford, Marc Van Brunt, and Corey Wells. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Welcome to Concord, Purple Heart City
Join City of Concord officials and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 to unveil the newest supplemental placard on “Welcome to Concord” sign assemblies. A public ceremony is planned for Monday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the North Carolina Army National Guard Armory, 1454th Transportation Company, located at 1501 Old Charlotte Road (near the Old Charlotte Road and NC Highway 49 intersection). Details on this event are available at concordnc.gov.

Don't be a victim: stay alert to scams and fraudulent phone calls
The City of Concord once again alerts customers to be vigilant against fraudulent attempts to demand payment for utility bills, taxes, or other fees while falsely claiming to be the City of Concord or other entities. Such false payment scams targeting people with phone calls have unfortunately been a problem for several years, however, the criminals behind these scams are now using a technique called “spoofing.” Many times, the scammers make the phone number appear similar to the person they are calling, in an attempt to trick them into answering the unknown number. Recently, the City of Concord has been made aware of a case where scammers are showing the City’s Customer Care number (704-920-5555) when fraudulently calling to demand payment for a utility account. The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information is a scam. If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill and notify Concord Police at 704-920-5000. For more information about scams in your area, check out the BBB Scam Tracker. For more information about spoofing, visit fcc.gov.

CTW goes behind the scenes with Concord Electric Systems
Recently Cabarrus County's CTW team visited the Brown Operations Center to get a behind the scenes tour of the Concord Electric Systems Department. In case you didn't catch the show when it aired on Channel 22, you can watch it on demand thanks to CabCoTV online. Visit cabarruscounty.us to plug into this excellent overview of your hometown Public Power provider.

Everyone can make a difference with Neighbor Helping Neighbor
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.

Rider Transit Stuff the Bus food drive TOMORROW and continuing through December 21
Help Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry make a difference by helping to STUFF THE BUS with non-perishable food items to benefit the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Donations can be made at Wal-Mart located at 5825 Thunder Road on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., or daily through December 21 at Rider Transit Center (3600 S Ridge Avenue). For more information call 704-920-RIDER (7433).

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.

Join us for fun youth holiday programs
Holiday-themed books, cooking, art, and craft programs are coming soon at your local Fire Station community room. Bring your 2-5 year olds to Gingerbread Pirates on December 7 and Dream Snow on December 12. For older kids, come to Holiday Sweet Treats on December 7 or Washi Tape Gift Center on December 14. Fees range from $5-$15, and pre-registration is required. Visit us on Facebook for more information, and register online or call us at 704-920-5600.

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

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
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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