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City of Concord Labor Day Holiday Schedule
City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 and reopen on Tuesday, September 7.
 
There will be no garbage, recycling, or bulky waste collection on Monday, September 6. These items will be collected on a one-day delay the week of September 6 (Monday’s on Tuesday and Friday’s on Saturday).
 
All yard waste, white goods, and tires should be placed at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7 and left until they are collected. All of these items will be collected by Friday.
 
Hartsell and Logan Recreation Centers will be open from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6. Academy Recreation Center will be closed from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6 for maintenance. All City parks will operate on a normal schedule.
 
For more information, please contact our Customer CARE Center at 704-920-5555.
 
Concord High School Fire Academy dedicates former City of Concord fire engine
The Concord High School Fire Academy program held a “wet down” ceremony today to dedicate and take possession of a 1973 American LaFrance fire engine formerly used by the City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety. The program is in its third year, with a projected student enrollment of over 120 students. The Cabarrus County Board of Education is leasing the equipment from the City of Concord for $1 per year for five years. Previously, the Fire Department provided a reserve fire engine on a frequent basis. Leasing the 1973 unit provides a unit on site for the students without impacting the Fire Department. For more information visit the City’s Facebook Page.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Academy Recreation Center closed this weekend
From Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6 (Labor Day), the Academy Recreation Center gym’s perimeter floor will be painted.  The floor surface requires a special epoxy paint to properly adhere to the floor and provide the required durability. This paint has a very strong odor and requires masks to be worn by the painters; the fumes will permeate the entire Academy facility. Proper ventilation procedures will be used to minimize the effect. However, for the safety of the public and staff, the Academy Recreation Center will be closed from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6. For more information, please call 704-920-5601.
 
Help fish by picking up after your pets!
When excess levels of nitrogen and phosphorus enter bodies of water, oxygen levels often decline or become depleted, making it especially difficult for fish and other gilled animals to breathe.  Just like yard waste and fertilizers, pet waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus.  That's why it's important to properly manage yard waste, SWEEP up spilled fertilizers from paved surfaces instead of rinsing with water, and pick up after your pets.  Rain water picks up all these things as it flows across our City's paved surfaces, carrying all that nitrogen and phosphorus through the storm drainage system and into bodies of water. 
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs October 1
The 13th annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 24, 2010. Please visit the City's website for more information.
 
B-17 crew members to be honored at open house October 22-24
The Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.”  This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. The tour stop will be at Concord Regional Airport October 22 - 24, 2010, as the featured attraction of the open house with WWII aircraft static displays. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 50 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a dinner on October 23 and be provided a free ride on the B-17. Please email Susan Green or call 704-920-5915 for more information.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Cabarrus Avenue sidewalk extension
Between July 22 and September 10, contract crews will be extending the sidewalk on Cabarrus Avenue from Reed Street down to Branchview Drive. Signs will be erected and traffic will be maintained with some delays. In addition to sidewalks, the work will include installing additional storm drains, curb and gutter, and ADA Ramps. For further information, please visit the Concord Interactive Street Map, or contact Transportation Inspectors Terry Harris or Lonnie Bulger at 704-920-5365.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
September 16 - Band of Oz
October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
September
9/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
9/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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