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The next CityLink email newsletter will be sent on Friday, December 3 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
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 THURSDAY garbage area this 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 Wednesday collection routes starts Monday, November 29.
 
12th Congressional District monthly visit Monday November 22
A staff member from U.S. Representative Mel Watt’s office will be at the Concord Regional Airport on Monday, November 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the 12th District's monthly Cabarrus County Satellite office visit. 
 
Adam Hall, District Liaison for Congressman Mel Watt's office, will be at the Concord Regional Airport from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. each month and available to speak with anyone with a concern, comment, or request for Congressman Watt. No appointments are necessary.
 
City of Concord offices to close for Thanksgiving Holiday November 25-26
City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, 2010 and reopen on Monday, November 29.
 
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule. Thursday and Friday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a one-day delay, with Thursday’s route collected on Friday and Friday’s route collected on Saturday.
 
All yard waste, white goods, and tires for the week should be placed at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22 and left until they are collected. All of these items will be collected by Wednesday.
 
For more information, please contact our Customer CARE Center at 704-920-5555.
 
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
704-920-2787
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
$10
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.
December
12/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
12/16/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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