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Concord Weekly Update - November 16, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know 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

City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving November 22-23
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but customers are asked to other place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 19. If you have questions or need more information, visit or call 704-920-5555.

21st annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
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 System 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. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 17 and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at

Please be kind: remove your signs
With last week's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 17 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Information on the City's sign standards is available at

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

20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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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