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Did you know?
Did you know that the Engineering Department has at least 32 active projects in progress? The Engineering Department’s primary function is to provide internal support to other City departments in regards to surveying, engineering design, construction administration, and other technical functions.
 
Happy New Year!  City of Concord holiday schedule
City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day (garbage and recycling is being collected on the normal schedule this week). Rider Transit will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, December 31, 2010. Rider will be closed with no service on Saturday, January 1 2011, and the normal schedule will resume on Monday, January 3 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.
 
Loose leaf collection update
Because the recent snow storm has made it difficult for some residents to place their leaves at the curb for this week's scheduled collection, City crews will return to the Friday route next week to collect any loose leaves placed at the curb by Monday, January 3.
 
Solid Waste Services will be collecting loose leaves in neighborhoods located on the Thursday garbage collection routes from Monday, January 3 to Thursday, January 6.
 
Crews will begin the Friday route on Friday, January 7 to collect any leaves that may be at the curb, but will return to collect any leaves that are out by Monday, January 10 at 7 a.m.
 
You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between January 26 and February 15 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties (call 704-920-5555).  Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
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.
 
Slip lining contract work continues throughout January
Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. The process uses remote-control devices to line the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Work will be underway throughout the month of January. Please visit the City’s website for more information about this project.
 
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.
 
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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