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City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
All offices will reopen on Monday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Garbage and Recycling Schedule
Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Wednesday
Thursdays garbage & recycling will be collected on Friday
Fridays garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste Collection
Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Please place all yard waste by the
curb on Monday 11/23
 
 
Council Appoints John Sweat, Jr. to Vacant District 7 Seat
 The Concord City Council has filled the District 7 Council seat vacated when Council Member Randy Grimes resigned by selecting John Sweat, Jr. The City Council appointed Sweat Monday night to fill the vacant seat until the next municipal election occurs in November, 2011 in accordance with the NC General Statutes.
 
Mr. Sweat is currently employed with S&D Coffee and spent 23 years in the United States Air Force and the North Carolina Air National Guard. He has served on both the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Concord. He is also the president of the Autumn Ridge Homeowners Association. Mr. Sweat has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Park University. Sweat and his wife Dana have four children.
 
“It is an honor to serve my neighbors as their District 7 councilman. I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council members on issues to better the City of Concord,” remarked Mr. Sweat.
 
Mr. Sweat will take the oath of office and be sworn in as a council member at the December 10th City Council Meeting.
 
 
New Neighborhood Network Technology Building Opens
Technology has become an everyday necessity whether it is for work, school, or business. Computers, cell phones, and other technical devices provide us the ability to reach out beyond our own small network to a world wide web. Now, residents of the City of Concord Housing Department are enabled to reach out and use technology to connect to the internet, learn new applications and programs, and attain computer literacy.
 
“Today we dedicate this new Neighborhood Network Technology Building for our residents to provide everyone an opportunity to enhance their technology skills to meet today’s demands and expectations. Every child and adult must become familiar with computer based technology to succeed,” said Mayor Scott Padgett.
 
The City of Concord Housing Department along with the Mayor and City Council and the Housing Residents’ Council dedicated a new Neighborhood Network Technology Building on Monday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. The Neighborhood Network Technology Center is located at 265 Salem St. near the Cabarrus County Health Alliance.
 
“We are really fortunate to have this new technology building.  Residents now have access to a computer laboratory consisting of 8 computers, printers, and Internet access to help them learn how to use technology to achieve success at work or to gain experience for better employment, for education opportunities for all ages, and to learn about the world ,” remarked Angela Graham, Director of Housing.
 
Costs to build the Technology Building were $395,850.00 and provided from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Residents Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Neighborhood Network grant along with some other federal funding. Lorenz Architecture designed the building and Ike’s Construction built the facility.
 
“Available space includes the state-of-art computer lab, conference room, multi-purpose room that can be separated into 2 separate rooms with sound proof barriers, four small offices, and a small kitchen,” said Graham.
 
The Center provides a variety of services to Public Housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants.  Additionally, the programs are offered to residents in the community. 
 
In addition to computer training, the following services are available:
• Employment related services/workshops including resume assistance and interview coaching
• Internet Safety workshops for children
• Open Lab for computer/Internet use
• Financial management workshops
• Entrepreneurial workshops on “How to Start a Small Business” in conjunction with the Small Business Administration
• Tax preparation assistance
• Voter registration
• Home buyer’s Club for persons interested in purchasing their own home
• Health Education
• Physical Fitness Information
Resources and services are available to meet the human services needs which includes; Financial Literacy, Literacy, basic computer training, after-school program and job career needs. The center provides job searches; resume writing, and interview roll play sessions and many other job skill training services preparing families for employment.
 
“I believe this is a wonderful addition for all of our residents and the community and we welcome them to come in and use this facility,” said Graham.
 
Fats Oils and Grease
The old saying “ Out of sight is out of mind “ may be good for many things but not so with GREASE.
Once out of sight your problems are just starting.
Cooking grease is one of the major causes of residential sewer clogs. These clogs can end up causing sewer spills. Cooking grease coats pipelines much the same as fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the insides of the pipe, eventually causing blockage and potential sewer spills.
A few simple kitchen procedures now will prevent costly problems in the future.
Instead of putting meat trimmings down the garbage disposal place them in the trash can.
Wipe greasy residue from frying pans and cooking pots with a paper towel prior to washing. Place the towel in the trash.
Cooking oil and grease should be collected in a non-recyclable container and disposed of in the trash. These fats and oils include salad oil, bacon fat, sausage and ham fat, and frying oil.
Help us keep Concords arteries clean. Dispose of your grease in the proper manner.
 
City of Concord Upcoming Meeting
Public hearings held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
12/10/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
12/15/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
12/17/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Commission Meeting
12/22/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting
 
 

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