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Concord Weekly Update - December 15, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know the Engineering Department issues utility work permits to utility companies to work within the public right-of-way? If you have a problem with a private utility company in the right-of-way, you can connect the Engineering Department for assistance at 704-920-5425.

Concord's newly and reelected officials take oath of office
Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch took the oath of office on Thursday, along with reelected City Council Member Ella Mae Small and newly elected City Council Members JC McKenzie and Terry Crawford. After outgoing Mayor Padgett administered the oath to each new official at the beginning of the regularly scheduled December City Council meeting, their outgoing counterpart assisted them into their new seats for the first time. The proceedings capped off a week of transition for Concord's governing body, as former Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council Members Al Brown, Jr. and Lamar Barrier were honored at Tuesday's work session for their combined 70 years of service to the community. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Additional highlights of the December 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Don Starnes, 31 years of service – Buildings and Grounds (work session).

Renamed the section of Elm Avenue NW between Union Street and Spring Street, "Donnie Avenue NW" (work session).

Established the time and place for Council’s regular meetings and work sessions in 2018: which will continue the pattern of meeting in City Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m., including a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Elected Council Member Jennifer Parsley as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year.

Presented the 2017 North Carolina Smart Fleet Champion Award to Fleet Services.

Conducted a public hearing and amended the Concord Development Ordinance Articles 7 and 8 to limit split-faced block as an exterior building material.

Conducted a public hearing and amended Concord Development Ordinance Article 12 (Signs) to allow up to two Type 3 Signs on large properties.

Continued a public hearing until January 11, 2018, to consider designating Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill (625 Main St. SW) as a local historic landmark.

Entered into a real estate broker/consulting service agreement with New Branch Real Estate Advisors, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Ken Griffin Architecture, for the design of a permanent Fire Station 10.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Houston Galveston Area Cooperative Purchasing Program for the purchase of a Mobile Command Unit.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Sealand Contractors Corporation for the construction of intersection improvements at Poplar Tent Road and Concord Parkway (US 29) contingent upon NCDOT approval.

Made the following appointments: Fireman's Relief Fund – Council Members Sam Leder and Terry Crawford; Concord Kannapolis Transit Commission – Council Members Ella Mae Small and JC McKenzie; CRMPO Transportation Advisory Committee – Council Member Jennifer Parsley, Member and Council Member Brian King, Alternate; CRMPO Technical Coordinating Committee – Interim Transportation Director Phillip Graham, Member and Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne, Alternate.

Monday 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 MONDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 18 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Rider Transit's Stuff the Bus food drive coming to Sam's Club this weekend
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 Sam's Club located at 2421 Supercenter Drive on Sunday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or daily through December 21 at Rider Transit Center (3600 S Ridge Avenue). For more information call 704-920-RIDER (7433).

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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

January
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 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