Yard sales and Yard Sale Signs
The City of Concord has an ordinance regulating yard, garage, yard, attic, porch, room, backyard, patio, flea market and rummage sales. There can be no more than three sales per year and no single sale can be longer than two consecutive days or more than 16 hours in a single week. Yard sales can only occur during the daylight hours and only on the property of the person holding the sale.

Yard sale signs should not be attached to utility poles, telephone poles, trees, bridges and overpasses, rocks, other signs, benches and refuse container in the City limits. If you place a sign on the public-right-of way, it may be confiscated by City of Concord Code Enforcement.

Scheduled sales events such as rummage and bake sales can only have signs in place for no more than 72 hours. There is also only one sign per yard or street frontage allowed for these events

Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis - along with Cabarrus County - will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.

We have some very interesting exhibitors on the roster!  The Carolina Raptor Center will be there with live birds.  Beholdance, a local service group for young people, will be providing all the children's activities including games, crafts, face painting and more.  Northeast Medical Center will team  up with the Catawba College Center for the Environment to share information on air quality and asthma. 

We will also have the following classes going on during the event, for which participation is FREE:
-Composting 101, 10 am
-Weatherize Your Home, 11 am
-Yards Are More Than Grass, 12 am
-Local Food, 1 pm

Visitors certainly don't want to miss the music!  We've got the bluesy Jo Gore and the Alternative from Durham, southern rockers The Joe Davis Band from Kannapolis, funk pop rocker Zach Fowler from Charlotte, folk rockers Old Rusty Mandolin from Concord, and our MC, Jeff Whittington will team up with John Culbreath for some bluegrass, too!

What will participants get out of the event? Entertainment, education, fun, and unique opportunities for recycling (paper shredding, prescription medication, photo film & disposable cameras, eyeglasses, cell phones, all batteries, athletic shoes, electronics, plastic pill bottles, compact fluorescent bulbs)!  There will be something for everyone at the Viva Verde Earth Fest!

Should visitors bring anything to the event? Visitors should bring plants and books to swap, as well as all the items listed above to recycle. 
Those with large quantities of paper (8 boxes or more) to be shredded should arrive early.  They should also bring lawn chairs or towels to sit on while they enjoy the music.

For more information, please contact:

Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson or 704-920-5379

Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox or 704-920-4314

Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz or 704-920-3280


Call before you dig - keeps you and your neighbors safe
Digging in the dirt is a pleasure for some and work for others. But did you know that North Carolina law requires you to notify your area utilities at least 48 hours (two working days) in advance of an excavation project? By simply dialing "811," you can talk toll-free to the North Carolina One Call Center who will handle everything for you - except the digging part!

 At no charge, North Carolina One Call will notify all your local utilities. The utility company will then locate and mark its company-owned underground facilities in the area of your dig.  That way you or your contractor can be sure to avoid them when installing the new swimming pool, sprinkler system or even trees and shrubs.

Remember calling before you dig doesn't cost a thing, but not calling could result in property damage or serious injury. North Carolina One Call Center, 811

Yard Waste- What you Need to Know About Disposal
Yard waste includes all the plant material generated from your lawn area such as grass clippings, leaves, trees and shrubbery trimmings less than 12-inches in length - all of which must be placed into clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags.

When placing limbs by the curb they must be less than 12 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet long and stacked neatly at the curb so as not to obstruct the sidewalk or the roadway, nor create an unsafe condition to the traveling public. No yard waste should ever be placed in your roll out cart.

Place all yard waste 6 feet away from parked vehicles, utility poles, and other structures, and away from low overhead lines or low hanging tree limbs. This helps the truck by allowing vertical clearance for the knuckle boom to safely operate when picking up limbs.

Youth Council Applications Available
The City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders are encouraged to apply. Deadline is May 14, 2010.

The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.

For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or on line at under the community tab at the top left side of the web page.


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