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Concord Weekly Update - February 1, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know over 700 fire service chief officers and personnel from across the state have been in Concord this week? The NC Association of Fire Chiefs annual mid-winter conference was at the Concord Convention Center for the ninth consecutive year. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page or to learn more.

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2019 Planning Session
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to establish focus areas for FY 2019-20. The presentations and discussions at the annual planning session will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY20 budget in May. Find out more about the budget process at

Improved solid waste collection routes take effect week of May 6
The City of Concord will implement an improved solid waste collection route system in May of this year, following the approval of a new route concept by City Council in January. The adjusted routes will provide relief to customers who have experienced collection delays over the past months. Schedule changes will affect less than half of the City’s more than 32,000 solid waste customers. Customers who will have a change in their schedule will receive a notice in the mail by early April, with instructions on how to verify their new schedule using the CARTology mobile app and customized calendar available at Please visit for details.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport sets passenger record in 2018
Passengers boarding commercial airline flights at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport set a new record in 2018 with 145,510 passenger enplanements, up 21 percent over the previous year. All enplanements came from 990 Allegiant departures in 2018, averaging 19 commercial flights per week at the airport with an average load factor, how full the planes were on a monthly basis, of 85 percent. Including the addition of Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Allegiant provides service to six destinations from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. Additional information is available at

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in THURSDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season finishes 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 THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, February 4 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at

Cabarrus Commissioners to get first look at courthouse expansion plans
At the February meeting, Cabarrus County Commissioners will see concepts for the planned 250,000-square-foot Cabarrus County Courthouse expansion in downtown Concord. The project includes a proposal to relocate the courthouse entrance to Means Avenue, creating easy access from Church and Union streets. The change will create a public space between the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse (65 Union St. S) and the historic bank building (51 Union St. S), along with a pedestrian thoroughfare along Means Avenue between Church and Union Streets. This proposal will need to go before the Concord City Council to consider the proposed changes to Means Avenue. Find out more 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.

Youth Art with Jessica: Printmaking

For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll create cheery designs and transfers. Instructor, Jessica Floeter will lead the class on Tuesday, 2/5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required by 2/4. The program is $15 for City residents, $20 for non-residents.


Introduction to Zentangle

This artform is both meditative and inspirational. No previous art experience required, and all materials are included. Learn the art of varying patterns and 2D illustration. Instructor, Sandra Riggins will share her knowledge for beginners on Thursday, 2/7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center. Pre-registration is required by 2/5. The class is $25 for City residents, $30 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