Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills in these hard times? With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by the Cooperative Christian Ministry. CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills.
Highlights of the December 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
Determined annual organization and procedure of City Council.  The City Council established the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 26 Union Street, S. as the time and place for regular meetings for the calendar year 2011. Workshops will be held in the City Council Chambers each Tuesday prior to a regular meeting. The City Council also elected Council Member Alfred Brown, Jr. as the Mayor Pro-Tem for 2010.
Presented a graduation certificate from the National Forensic Academy to Police Sergeant Bobby Ledwell. The National Forensic Academy is conducted by the US Department of Justice and the University of Tennessee. It is a 10-week, 400 hour session that provides intense hands-on training specifically related to crime scene investigations. This Academy is recognized as the top forensic training course in the Country. On November 19, Sgt. Ledwell successfully graduated from the Academy.
Adopted the FY11 Pedestrian Improvement Program schedule. After receiving staff's recommendation for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects under the City of Concord's Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP), and conducting a public hearing, the Council adopted the FY 11 schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Plan.
Received a presentation of Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2010. G.S. 159-34 requires each unit of local government or public authority to have its accounts audited as soon as possible after the close of each fiscal year by a certified public accountant or by an accountant certified by the Local Government Commission as qualified to audit local government accounts. The auditor shall be selected by and report directly to the governing board. As a minimum, the required report shall include the financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, all disclosures in the public interest required by law, and the auditor's opinion and comments relating to the financial statements. The auditor issued an "unqualified opinion" on the statements of the City of Concord as of June 30, 2010. An unqualified report is the highest level of assurance that independent auditors can issue and states that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the City at June 30, 2010. This is commonly referred to as a clean opinion. A copy of the report will be available upon request and is also available on the City's website.
Recognizing the Wyndham Place Town Homes Owners' Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program. The City implemented the neighborhood program in 2000 to build relationships with the City’s neighborhoods in an effort to enhance the quality of life in the City and stimulate activity within neighborhoods and in City events. Through the program, neighborhoods are partnered with a City staff member who serves as their liaison and will attend the neighborhood meetings and assist residents in identifying solutions to problems. Based upon these relationships, City staff is better able to deliver services tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and obtain feedback on proposed public improvement projects within neighborhoods.
Approved a change in the scope of the Fire Station 5 Renovation Project to the Fire Station 11 Construction Project. The Fire Station 11 Construction Project will provide expanded fire protection for the Bruton Smith Blvd and Concord Mills Blvd areas of the city. Based on estimates provided by the City of Concord Engineering Department as well as independent architectural firms and general contractors, the cost of construction for Fire Station 11 as well as basic updates to Fire Station 5 can be accomplished within the same budget estimate for the full Fire Station 5 renovations. Fire Department operations will benefit greatly as a result of strategically locating a ladder truck from this proposed new station located on Weddington Road rather than from the existing Fire Station 5 location.
Approved a Reserve Firefighter Program for the Department of Fire and Life Safety. This program will provide members of the community that have an interest in the fire service or in becoming a career firefighter the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of fire and life safety operations. This program would also give the graduates on the Concord High School Fire Academy program the opportunity to become part of the Department to enhance their fire service experience. The Reserves would also increase the number of firefighters that would be available during large scale emergencies.
Directed the Department of Fire and Life Safety to restore the Gamewell Diaphone horn at Fire Station 1. The horn was originally used to alert volunteer firefighters to the locations of fire calls with a code. Until falling into disrepair in the late 1980s, the horn sounded each day at noon and eleven times on Veteran's Day at 11:00 a.m. in remembrance of all Veterans.
Adopted the 2010 City of Concord Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a revision of the 2004 plan, is the community's foundation for its long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is important as it establishes a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damage to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
Approved a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document to select a developer to partner with the City in redeveloping 7.32 acres consisting of Logan Homes Public Housing and the adjacent vacant parcel owned by the City. Since 2006 the City has made numerous incremental infrastructure improvements within the Logan community and partnered with a private developer to construct the Villas at Logan Gardens. The next step in the redevelopment strategy is to select a private developer to explore partnering with the City to redevelop the existing Logan Homes public housing property and the adjacent +/- 2.03 acre parcel that is owned by the City. Together the redevelopment area will consist of +/- 7.32 acres. The developer will work with City staff to refine the site development plans and create a proforma projecting revenues and expenses. The developer will be a partner with the City and will work through issues that may arise with the neighborhood, the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the City.
Citizen Survey ends tonight!
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.
Electric Department offers energy-savings tips for the winter
Winter of 2009-2010 was one of the coldest winters in 30 years, and this winter is shaping up to be just as cold. Now is the best time to start thinking about ways to save on your energy bill. To keep warm and cut down your energy use, try our helpful energy-saving tips around your house all winter.
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 MONDAY 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 third round for Friday collection routes starts Tuesday, December 28.
Stormwater culvert upgrades planned in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning January 2011
The City of Concord Stormwater Department will replace the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue intersection beginning January 3, 2011. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). Georgia Street will also be closed on December 15 for a water line repair in preparation for the culvert replacement. For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
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
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.
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
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