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Did you know?
Did you know that there are 925.5 City of Concord coworkers to serve 81,370 citizens? There are approximately 11 coworkers per 1,000 people in the population, which is slightly lower than the average for cities participating in the North Carolina Benchmarking Project.
 
Concord 101 participants recognized on November 30
The Concord 101 class of 2010 was recognized on November 30 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station 9. Concord 101 is a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and heard from City staff members about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. The free 13-week course began in September. 2010 participants were: Pearl Asbury, Carolyn Baker, Pat Baker, Ed Brasefield, Jennie Brasefield, Yvette Burwell, Lafa' Coleman, Brenda Cook, William Hall, Carolyn Osborne, Gerry Osborne, Julie Petroff, Tracy Raulerson, James Shepherd, Mary Shepherd, Jeanette Thompson, Dale Wood, and Marybeth Wood. Please visit the City’s website for a class photo and more information.
 
Citizen Survey extended until November 10
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.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), 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 collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, 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.
 
Loose-leaf collection for TUESDAY 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 Monday collection routes starts Monday, December 13.
 
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.
 
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 proposed 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.
 
Beginning Friday December 10, Concord will host the 30th Annual Christmas Basketball Tournament. Over 140 teams from around Cabarrus County will compete in the one week tournament, with Boys and Girls teams ages 7 to 15 playing in eight gyms throughout the County. Contact Athletic Division for more information: 704-920-5617.
 
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
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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