After 8 is too late!
The Concord Police Department encourages all citizens to celebrate Halloween in a safe way. By going out before 8:00 p.m. children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that the risk for childhood pedestrian deaths and injuries is higher on Halloween evening when compared with all other evenings.

Halloween is generally accepted to take place on October 31.  However, the City has neither the desire nor the authority to designate what day the community trick or treats.

No matter how and when your family chooses to trick or treat, remember that “after 8 is too late!” Please click here for 8 reasons to trick or treat early this year!

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.
Loose-leaf collection for TUESDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season 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.
Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
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.
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. 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
Improvements are planned for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
New exhibitions open next week at The Galleries in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street, S. Black, White and Red includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, blown glass and scissor cuttings in just those three colors. Shop Seagrove brings together a large selection of pottery from seven of the most prominent potteries from Seagrove, North Carolina. Gallery hours are each Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and most artwork is for sale. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit for more information.
Country recording artist Justin David will present a concert at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse, 65 Union Street S, on Thursday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. David has toured with Roy Clark for seven years, played on the Grand Ole Opry and recorded two CDs. This is an all-acoustic concert featuring David’s prowess on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Tickets are $12 and available at all the time and the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
11/9/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
11/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
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