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Concord Weekly Update - January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department hosts a monthly program for seniors and veterans? The Connect Center program allows community partners to meet with seniors and veterans to assist them with various topics, such as nutrition, remaining active, and life skills. The program is held at the Neighborhood Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street, SW. You can learn more about this and many other opportunities by calling the Housing Department at 704-920-6110.

 

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2018 Planning Session
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to receive updates on current year projects and establish focus areas for FY 2018-19. The presentations and discussions that followed will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY19 budget in May. A video celebrating accomplishments for the community in 2017 was presented and is available on the City’s Facebook page. Find out more about the budget process at concordnc.gov/budget.


Last chance to meet Spring into Arts Early bird deadline
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.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Monday 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 MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 29 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Higher utility bills expected because of record low temperatures

New Year’s brought in record low temperatures. Based on these low temperatures and how energy was used in homes and business to keep warm, customers may see an increase on their monthly utility bill. During severely cold weather, customers use more electricity and natural gas to heat their homes and businesses. Outdoor temperatures drive indoor energy usage more than any other single factor. While we cannot control the weather, we do encourage customers to take steps to reduce energy usage and lower bills as much as possible during the winter months. Here are some suggested tips: set thermostat between 68° and 72°, insulate and seal any air leaks with caulk or weather-stripping, cover drafty windows, and properly maintain your heating system.  See the impact of weather on your utility bill: temptracker365.com

Neighbor Helping Neighbor program helps to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. 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.

 

Concord Downtown Development Corporation Launches Parking Initiative

Concord Downtown Development Corporation, CDDC has been working to create and promote alternative parking options in Downtown Concord in anticipation of the closing of Cabarrus County surface parking lots 3 & 4 to make way for construction of a new County parking deck in Downtown Concord.  The recently released update of the Concord Downtown NC app now includes an interactive parking feature that has real time lot accessibility and offers the ability for a visitor to plan ahead for their visit to Downtown Concord and view parking options depending on when they will be arriving. Users can toggle between the option of Weekday and Nights/Weekends to find available parking locations. The parking feature utilizes one’s phone navigational component to provide directions to a specified lot. iPhone users will pull up parking lot directions via Maps; Android users will automatically pull up directions via Google Maps. The CDDC has also been working with private property owners in the district to make private lots available to the public during evenings and weekends. The free Concord Downtown NC app is available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store. To learn more, visit concorddowntown.com.

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.


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 

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office