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Concord Weekly Update - December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) made a difference in more than 1,700 Cabarrus County households last year, providing a total of $456,500 aid to qualified residents? The program, administered locally by Cabarrus County Human Services, is once again taking applications for one-time annual vendor payment to help with heating bills. Visit cabarruscounty.us for information on this program, or call 704-920-1400.

New phase of McEachern Greenway now open
City officials and members of the McEachern family celebrated the newest phase of the McEachern Greenway on Saturday, December 2. "Since opening as the City's first greenway in 2004, the McEachern Greenway has significantly enhanced the quality of life in Concord," said Mayor Scott Padgett. "We haven't stopped building greenways since then because they have been so popular, whether you are walking or running, riding a bike or pushing a stroller, or have two legs or four. It is a pleasure to be with Harold's family today and remember him as we continue to add recreation opportunities for Concord's citizens." Learn more and see photos at concordnc.gov.

Signs of pride: officials unveil Purple Heart City placards at entrance signs
On Monday, City of Concord officials and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 unveiled the newest supplemental placard on “Welcome to Concord” sign assemblies. Concord joined the program upon a proclamation by Mayor Scott Padgett on behalf of the City Council on September 12, 2013. On the majority of roadway corridors entering the City Limits, there are "Welcome to Concord" sign assemblies. On six of these, Purple Heart City is now be among the City-endorsed initiatives indicated. The designation is included at four new sign locations and two existing sign locations. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Fire Station Drive SW closure planned through mid-March 2018
Beginning Monday, December 11, 2017 Fire Station Drive SW will be closed to the public through mid-March 2018 while crews rebuild a failed retaining wall adjacent to the roadway. Fire Station Drive SW is located near the intersection of Union Street South (NC 3) and Warren C Coleman Boulevard (US 601), and provides an alternate connection between the two highways. Motorists should exercise caution in the vicinity, in case some motorists attempt to enter the closed street and are not able to proceed off the highway. For more information, about this project, please contact Rick Blat in the Engineering Department at 704-920-5425 or blatr@concordnc.gov.

Oath of Office for reelected and newly elected officials on December 14 Council agenda
Following established tradition, the recently elected Mayor and City Council Members will take the oath of office at the December City Council Meeting. The City Council will also establish its meeting schedule for 2018. The City Council meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall, with a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for more information, and click here to see a recent Mayor training session with Mayor Padgett and Mayor-Elect Dusch, hosted by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday route up next for second cycle of loose leaf collection

Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 11 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Concord Police: Don't let thieves steal your holiday
While the Grinch may be a fictional character, thieves are not. There are some among us that seek to take advantage of our good will, dampening otherwise cheerful spirits. Concord Police have offered tips to keep your holidays safe from the "Grinch" at home, and while shopping in stores or online. "Too many people have the potential to be victims of theft," said Chief Gary Gacek. "The Concord Police Department invites the community to be proactive in reducing opportunities for these crimes." Click here to read this message from Concord Police (originally published in 2016 but just as useful today).

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.

Adult basketball registration open through January 2
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 2, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues (different levels of competitiveness), a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. Sunday afternoon games will start the second week of January. To register or find out more, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 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