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Concord Weekly Update - January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know that ordinances are laws that are adopted by each city in North Carolina, which apply only to that city? Because each city adopts its own ordinances, they can differ greatly as long as they remain consistent with North Carolina General Statues. You can access Concord’s Code of Ordinances at concordnc.gov/Government/City-Ordinances, and the Concord Development Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance) at concordnc.gov/planning.

BRRR it's cold outside! Stay safe with these tips from the Fire Department
According to a 2013-2015 study of home fires by the U.S Fire Administration, cooking (50.8 percent) and heating (10.8 percent) are the two leading causes of home fires. More than six of every ten home fires are caused by cooking or heating equipment. The Concord Fire Department has several winter safety tips available at concordnc.gov. Additionally, you are encouraged to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries and or unit if needed. If your heating or cooking appliances use fuel (like natural gas or propane), make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms in the home. If you need assistance with checking or replacing these devices, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5516.

Public Power winter energy savings tips can help you save real dollars
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Check, clean, or replace filters once a month. Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed and be sure they aren’t blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. Let the sunshine in to heat your home for free. These aren't just words of advice to share with someone who has moved out on their own for the first time. They are real, simple ways to save energy and money on your utility bill in this frigid weather! Click here for more winter energy savings tips courtesy of ElectriCities of North Carolina.

CTW checks out the newest phase of the McEachern Greenway
Have you been on the newest segment of the McEachern Greenway? Our friends at Cabarrus County Government celebrate the New Year on Concord Parks and Recreation's McEachern Greenway. The newest segment north of McGee Park creates 5.2 miles of trail in Concord's center-City. Get a tour on Cabarrus This Week, available on CabCoTV.

Loose leaf collection begins the home stretch in Thursday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 8 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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.

Calling artists: apply now for Spring into Arts 2018
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.


Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Start your 2018 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Motivate Wellness Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the 
Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

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
16 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