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Highlights of October 14, 2010 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Mitch Furr, Code Enforcement Manger – 23 years of service, and Letha Mauldin, Development Services Manager – 25 years of service.
 
Conducted a public hearing and denied an appeal regarding the Planning and Zoning Commission's zoning map amendment decision for the property located at 3220 Concord Parkway South.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a Blighted Building Rehabilitation Economic Development Grant to Distribution Technology, Inc. pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1.
 
Conducted two public hearings to receive and review comments regarding leasing to Classic Aviation, LLC Lot CB-3 and Pelican Holdings LLC Lot CB-6 at the Concord Regional Airport and adopted resolutions authorizing such leases.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire & Life Safety to purchase a 105' Ladder Truck utilizing the piggy back procedure from the specifications of the City of LaGrange, Kentucky, from Pierce Manufacturing in the amount of $742,942.00.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the N.C. Department of Transportation-Division of Aviation for Backup ATC Weather Equipment and Preliminary Work for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower Site grant
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the N.C. Department of Transportation-Division of Aviation for a Pavement Strengthening for Apron and Taxiways and to adopt an ordinance amending the budget ordinance for this project.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc. for the rehabilitation of sewer lines using the cured-in-place method.
 
Entered into a Municipal and Crossing Closure Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), and the Norfork Southern Railroad Company (NSR) to provide for the closure and removal of the Corban Ave., SW at-grade railroad crossing pending the completion and acceptance of the Cabarrus Ave. Bridge Replacement Project.
 
Adopted a resolution in support of intersection signal upgrades at Cabarrus Avenue and Powder Street as part of the Cabarrus Avenue railroad bridge replacement project.
 
Loose-leaf collection season begins
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season began today and will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.  Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. 
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
On October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! As part of the weekend’s events, the Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 65 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a BBQ dinner on October 23. Tickets are available airport (call 704-920-5915 or email Susan Green). Some crew members will be able to participate in a free ride on the B-17 on October 22. Please email Chuck Porter with the EAA Chapter or call 704-231-4867 for more information.
 
We value your feedback!
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
NCDOT temporarily closes a section of Poplar Tent Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a section of Poplar Tent Road at the intersection with Cox Mill Road for sixteen days beginning on Saturday, October 9, at 12 midnight. The closure is part of a project to add a left turn lane from Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road and to widen the bridge on Poplar Tent Road over Rocky River. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
 
Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from I-85 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Odell School Road to Harris Road back to Poplar Tent Road. Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from N.C. 73 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road to Christenbury Parkway to Derita Road back to Poplar Tent Road. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for additional construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department’s free travel information line, or get real-time travel information on line at www.ncdot.gov/travel. For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 455-2958.
 
Road closure on Spring Street
Stormwater Services closed Spring Street SW, between Wilshire Avenue SW and Oakland Avenue SW, to replace a failing storm drain pipe on September 29. Weather permitting, the closure will last for 25 calendar days. No through traffic will be permitted but all residents will have access to their driveways. Motorists should exercise caution and use the posted detour route of Oakland Ave. SW, Union St. South, and Wilshire Ave. SW. For more information, please contact Stormwater Deputy Director Jeff Corley at 704-920-5372.
 
After 8 is too late!
The Concord Police department suggests that trick-or-treaters go out before 8:00 p.m. on Halloween. Click here to find out why “After 8 is too late!”
 
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.
 
EEOP Short Form available on website
The Department of Justice requires communities with law enforcement agencies receiving certain federal funding to complete an EEOP Short Form to help recipients comply with regulations. A copy of this form is available on the City's website.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
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:
FINAL CONCERT OF 2010 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.
October
10/19/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/21/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
November
11/9/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
 
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