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Concord Weekly Update - January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is available to qualified Cabarrus County residents who need assistance with heating bills? Last year, 1,700 qualified Cabarrus County households received a total of $456,500 in aid. For more information about this program, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Winter Weather and City services update
City services resumed normalcy today after this week's winter weather, with Rider Transit starting on time this morning, and solid waste collection beginning later in the morning once additional melting occurred. City Solid Waste crews have progressed through most of the City and will finish collecting yard waste (including this week's Loose Leaf schedule) on Saturday.

 

Waste Pro continues working to complete the Wednesday Garbage, Recycling, and Bulky waste routes today after starting their service around 11:00 a.m. Waste Pro will work as late as practical this evening; any areas of the Wednesday route that Waste Pro cannot reach today will be first on their list Saturday morning. Waste Pro anticipates completing collection for Thursday customers on Saturday, and Friday customers on Sunday.

"We certainly appreciate the efforts of our coworkers working on the front lines and behind the scenes who are keeping the community safe and continuing to deliver essential services," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "We also want to acknowledge our Solid Waste partners, Waste Pro and Republic Services, for their role in helping us provide excellent service to our customers."

Find out more at concordnc.gov.

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule. It is anticipated that public hearings on the recommended plan will be held at Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings in the coming months, but the dates have not been determined yet. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

What's Happening at ClearWater – new exhibit opens tonight!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord announces the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The show is on view in the ClearWater Gallery now through the end of February. The Opening Reception will be held TONIGHT, January 19 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Tuesday 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 TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Be sure to attend community wide crime and safety briefing with Concord Police 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.

NCDOT announces completion of Piedmont Improvement Program
Hop on the train to experience firsthand the improvements between Charlotte and Raleigh with the completion of the NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Program. This series of 40 rail projects, that included station improvements, closures of street-level crossings and new bridges, have greatly increased safety for vehicle drivers and rail passengers. Additionally, the ability to more efficiently move freight traffic will help spur new economic development and job growth. You can learn more about this program at ncdot.gov/projects/pip.

Early bird deadline coming soon: 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.

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

February
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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