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Concord Weekly Update - January 4, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know households in Cabarrus County can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes? The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (previously limited to seniors and those who qualify for disability) provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300, or $400. For more information, visit

New Year, new power generation source for Concord Electric
The new year brings a new source of cleaner, more efficient energy to residents of Concord when the city begins receiving power from NTE Energy. January 1 marked the beginning of a 20-year power purchase agreement between NTE and Concord that local officials say will generate significant wholesale energy cost savings for the city.

“Concord Electric Systems has a long history and a reputation in our community for reliable hometown public power,” said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. "In addition to celebrating 115 years of providing this service to the community, 2019 will mark a new chapter for our customers and the professionals who keep the system running every day."

"The City of Concord is thrilled with our new partnership with NTE Energy and look forward to the energy stability we will be able to offer our citizens for at least the next 20 years,” added City Manager Lloyd Payne.

Find out more in the Winter 2019 City Circular.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in WEDNESDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season 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 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 7 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at

Cabarrus County DHS offers powerful tools for caregivers
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational component of the Cabarrus County DHS Family Caregiver Support Program. During the free, six-week course, attendees learn ways to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate effectively in challenging situations and manage their emotions. Registration for the winter session will begin soon. Find out more on CabCoTV or call 704-920-1400 for more information.

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

Cabarrus youth find their voice through photography
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) connects with youth through the ParentVOICE program. The program offers monthly support groups, which will resume in January. Each quarter, MHA hosts PhotoVoice, a digital storytelling project for youth ages 12-18 that promotes self-expression, self-empowerment and breaks the stigma of discussing mental health concerns. Learn more about these opportunities and the upcoming PhotoVoice project at

Real estate and personal property tax bills due January 7
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills for 2018 are classified as past due if not paid by January 7, 2019. Bills paid after January 7 are subject to interest charges, collection actions and/or tax foreclosure. The County now provides tax collection services for all of Cabarrus municipalities, including Concord. The consolidated 2018 municipal/County bills were mailed in July to the address owner on the tax record as of Jan. 1, 2018. The single-bill initiative means the Cabarrus County Tax Administration Office is now the point of contact for taxpayers countywide. Property owners can view their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online or over the phone using a credit card or debit card; mailed in with payment using the envelope and coupon provided with the bills; or in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. SE, Concord) Mondays-Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call the Cabarrus County Tax Collector at 704-920-2119 or email

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Start your 2019 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at

Now hiring for summer 2019 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.

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

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 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 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