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Concord Weekly Update - January 18, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know Concord Parks and Rec can help teens photograph like pros? Youth ages 13-18 can bring a camera to the David W. Phillips Activity Center for a four-week session beginning January 24 to understand composition, light, exposure, camera controls, and more. Create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Each four-week session is $55 for City residents, $60 for non-residents. More details and registration info at

City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King Day
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 21. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, January 25. For more information about service changes and community celebration events over the weekend, visit

Concord in the Headlines
Bootsmead announces demolition of former Philip Morris plant

Cabarrus EDC: Demolition to Philip Morris plant brings new opportunities to Concord
On Wednesday, an exciting announcement was made in our community: the former Philip Morris plant (now known as The Grounds at Concord) will be demolished. Bootsmead LeaseCo LLC (Bootsmead), who currently owns the property, plans to tear down the facility in an effort to create a blank slate that will be more appealing to future users. Why is this exciting? Because of the tremendous opportunity this represents for both Concord and Cabarrus County residents. Find out more at

Final call for the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Some spaces remain in the 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

Police crime and safety briefings scheduled for January 22, 24
Members of the public invited to Police Department crime and safety briefings
On Thursday, January 24, Concord Police will hold their latest crime and safety briefing, focused on crime statistics for 2018 and the effectiveness of the Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers program. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Concord (200 Branchview Drive), and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the first-ever Spanish language crime and safety briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m., at Barber-Scotia College’s Faith Hall. For more information, visit or contact Sgt. Curtis Anderson at 704-920-5000.

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to be issued early because of federal shutdown.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly. More information is available at

New maximum taxicab rates adopted effective March 1
In response to local operator requests, on January 10 the Concord City Council updated Chapter 18 of the City Code, regulating maximum allowable taxicab rates within the corporate limits of the city and up to two miles beyond as determined by taxicab meters. The maximum rates were last changed in 2005 and the new rates are effective March 1, 2019 as follows: 1) the maximum initial meter charge increasing from $2.00 to $2.50; 2) the maximum additional distance charge changing from $0.50 per ¼ mile to $.30 per 1/8 mile (or $0.60 per ¼ mile). Other maximum rates will not change.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in MONDAY 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 MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at

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.

Stress Management
Ages 18 and up. Do you continue to think about reducing or managing your stress? Dr. Tracey Sellers shares important information regarding different stressors and ways to overcome them. This week we will learn the causes of toxic stress load and how to reduce them in your life. Each class includes exercises to reduce physical stress. Class meets Tuesday, 1/22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each class is $10 for City residents, $15 for non-residents.

Adult Weight Management
Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist, Sonya Ruffin addresses obesity behavioral therapy, meal planning, weight loss management, nutritional education and light exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook or journal. The first four-week session begins 1/22-2/12 on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each four-week session is $30 for City residents, $35 for non-residents.

Instructor, Rashona Sharpless leads this high intensity workout including three sets, each with cardio, kickboxing and functional strength intervals. The first four-week session begins 1/24-2/14 on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each 4 week session is $17 for City residents, $22 for non-residents.

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

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

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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