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Concord Weekly Update - December 21, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know you can check out the Winter 2019 City Circular digital edition, where you can read all the articles from the recently mailed issue on your screen of choice? Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also get ready for spring (warm weather is just a few months away!) in the Spring 2019 Leisure Times digital edition.

Christmas and New Year holiday schedule - wishing you a wonderful start to 2019
City offices will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Customers in the Monday collection area will have normal garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection the week of December 24. However, customers in the Tuesday through Friday areas will operate on a one-day delay the week of December 24. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste routes will operate on a normal schedule the week of December 31. During the weeks of December 24 and December 31, extra recyclables may be placed in clear plastic bags beside your black cart for collection. Remember, paper gift wrap and gift bags (without foil or plastic coatings) and gift boxes are recyclable items. For additional information, please visit concordnc.gov. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

No yard waste collection week of December 24, resumes December 31
There will be no yard waste collection the week of December 24. Yard waste collection will operate on a normal schedule the week of December 31. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside (with stand, lights, and ornaments removed) with your regular yard waste.

No loose leaf collection is scheduled the week of December 24. Loose leaf collection will resume December 31 with the Thursday area's second cycle. The third and final cycle will begin in the Wednesday area on January 7 and continue through February 8. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Update on garbage collection – landfill delays
For several weeks, we have received reports from Waste Pro of major delays at the landfill, with trucks lined up for hours waiting to access the area currently being filled. Republic Services, who operates the landfill, offers the following information:

"The lynchpin cause for delays on site is weather; i.e., excessive rain far exceeding historical averages and the resulting effect on the working face is an exceedingly muddy condition that causes (i) need for slowed down (safer) processing and (ii) unavoidable struck/obstructing trucks (estimating every 4th or 5th unloading truck getting stuck and needing a tow).

Secondarily, and particular to last week’s weather effect, there was a day delay for the City of Charlotte collection operations due to winter storms on 12/9-12/11. This caused the City [of Charlotte] to generate 2.5x its normal truck traffic through the LF from 12/11-12/15 (i.e., 150 City trucks running through the LF vs. 60 in the normal course, daily)."

We anticipate continued rain and muddy conditions at the landfill may cause additional delays over the coming weeks. All customers should leave carts at the curb until they are collected. Find out more at facebook.com/concordnc.

Rider Transit collects nearly 1,800 pounds of food through Stuff the Bus
Thank you, Concord and Kannapolis! Together with Rider Transit, the Stuff the Bus food drive benefitting the Cooperative Christian Ministry Crisis Center Food Pantry brought in 1,799 pounds of food. Several Stuff the Bus event days and a month-long collection station at the Rider Transit Center were organized by Transit staff. Visit the Rider Transit Facebook Page for more information, and look for Stuff the Bus to return next year! 

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

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

January
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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