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Did you know?
Did you know that when the St. Cloud Hotel opened in 1889, it originally contained 27 bedrooms, along with other luxuries, such as electricity, water works, and sewer? This is typical of the information found by the Legal Department during real estate research. One of the Legal Department's responsibilities is to check ownership and liens on all titles for acquisition, litigation, and code enforcement purposes in order to ensure that the City obtains clear property titles, and in order to name the proper parties in litigation and code enforcement actions.
 
Visit the City’s website for updated road conditions
“White Christmas” has a different meaning for those who drive a brine truck or snow plow. As winter weather approaches this weekend, be sure to visit the City’s website for road condition updates.
 
New utility bill design
Utility customers will notice that there is a new look to utility bills. These improvements provide more information to the customer, and we hope you find the changes helpful. To learn more about the new design, visit the City’s website and check out our interactive sample.
 
City of Concord holiday schedule
City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27, 2010 in observance of Christmas, and closed on Friday, December 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day.
 
Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will be collected on the normal schedule both this week and next week.
 
All yard waste, white goods, and tires for next week (December 27-31) should be placed at the curb 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28 and left until they are collected. All of these items will be collected by Thursday, December 30.
 
Citizens are reminded that those wishing to pay tax bills before the end of the year should do so by Thursday, December 30, 2010, as City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 31. Tax bills will be considered delinquent after January 5, 2011.
 
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.
 
Police department launches tip411 anonymous text program
The Concord Police Department is launching tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat.” Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to Concord Police by texting the word CONCORDPD and the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s page on the City website. Please visit our website for more information.
 
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). 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.
 
Extreme cold impacting City’s water mains
With temperatures hitting record lows, the City's water mains are breaking at a higher frequency than usual. Motorists should use caution as the leaking water may freeze on roads and create icy conditions. If you discover a broken water main, please call the Customer CARE Center at 704-920-5555 to let us know.
 
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.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition: Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m., free
"Sita Sings the Blues"
Animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
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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