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Concord Weekly Update - November 2, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know there have been 117 fire deaths in North Carolina this year, with the majority of those fires in homes without the presence of a working smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector? When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Find out more at, or contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517 if you have additional questions.

Concord's holiday kickoff just a few weeks away on November 16 and 17

Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Stay tuned for full details in next week's CityLink Newsletter.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the MONDAY and FRIDAY areas
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 5 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at

Election Day is November 6, early voting still available
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has resources to help you be informed: View your sample ballot, Get directions to your polling location, View election results. Early voting is still available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). For more information, visit

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us TODAY at 26 Acres Brewing Company until 7:30 p.m.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally. Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process. A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography. Click here to see the November meeting schedule. Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit

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

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
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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 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5210 office