Highlights of the November 11, 2010 City Council Meeting
Presented Certificates of Appreciation to Mr. William (Bill) Dusch, Ms. Darise Caldwell, and Mr. Donald Dobrzynski for each serving six years on the Board of Adjustment for the City of Concord.
Presented the Quarterly Shining Star Award to Carl Cress Jr. and Jason Mitchell in the Solid Waste Department.
Presented the 2010 Productivity Improvement Award to the Buildings and Grounds Department for their improved process for cleaning carpets and vinyl floor tiles, saving the City 77 percent of the cost of previous cleaning methods. 
Recognized Budget Analyst Lesley Reder as a Certified Budget and Evaluation Officer by NC Local Government Budget Association and the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
Conducted a public hearing and offered an amended contract for an Economic Development Grant to ACN Communication Services, Inc. pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1.
Received a presentation of the conceptual Master Plan for Rocky River Greenway, Northwest Phase and authorized staff to apply for a PARTF Grant for trail development.
Adopted a Resolution of Support for providing sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and greenway accommodations as part of the NCDOT Wilshire Bridge Replacement Project B-4973.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute the residential Solid Waste and Recycling Collection contract between the City of Concord, North Carolina and Waste Pro of North Carolina, Inc.
Approved an amended HUD Section 108 Loan Recipient Agreement between the City of Concord and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Adopted an ordinance to demolish the structure located at 521 Greenwood Dr. SW (PIN # 5529-67-1043) owned by Johnny Ray Eury and Pearl S. Eury.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ritchie Construction Company, Inc. for the Poplar Woods pump station elimination and the installation of sewer lines on Blackberry Trail and Pokeberry Trail.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Richard Burrage Hauling and Grading for the replacement of the culvert under Georgia St. and the extension of the culvert under Young Ave.
Appointed Brian Cone as Regular Member and Joe Trull as Alternate Member of the Board of Adjustment; and Wendy Irvin and Carol Anderson as Members of the Greenway Advisory Committee.
Adopted the Concord legislative agenda in preparation for the 2011 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Received an update from Development Services staff relative to annexation procedures contained in special Senate Bill 1444, and received an update on the City-initiated annexation areas, which are in process.
Rider Transit Center ribbon-cutting Tuesday November 16
Elected officials and staff from the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Rider Transit Center on Tuesday, November 16 at 3:15 p.m. The Transit Center is located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, just off Concord Parkway near I-85. Construction of the Rider Transit Center is nearly complete and service will begin out of the facility on Monday, November 29. Built and operated by the City of Concord to serve the Concord Kannapolis Area Transit System (known as “Rider”), the Transit Center represents a great enhancement in the service level available to Rider customers. The Transit Center is the first LEED-eligible government facility in Cabarrus County.
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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 FRIDAY 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. The second round for Thursday collection routes starts next Friday, November 19.
Concord to kick off holiday season November 19 and 20
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 19, 2010. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event on Market Street will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! For more information, please visit the City’s website.
On Saturday, November 20, the fun continues with the ACN 82nd Concord Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road NE and ends at Union Street South at Corban Avenue SE/SW. This year’s parade marshall will be former Concord Mayor Harold McEachern. The City Of Concord is presenting the Marching Bands, and CMC-NorthEast is the sponsor of the Float Awards. The parade is produced by the Cabarrus Events Association. For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit
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. 
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
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Through December 21
Black, White and Easily Red
Group exhibition by 16 artists
Shop Seagrove
Pottery by Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, King’s Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef
Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m.
What is Black, White and Easily Red?
Gallery talk and demonstration by photographer Byron Baldwin, ceramicist Holly Fischer and painter Isaac Payne
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Box office:  Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, 704-920-2753
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Brand New Opry Christmas Show
Christmas version of the popular bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
11/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
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