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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Water Resources Department maintains 667 miles of pipe from 2 to 30-inches, 5 distribution pump stations, 6 storage tanks holding 5.7 Million Gallons of water, and 2 water treatment plants capable of treating 24 Million gallons of water per day? The facilities are used to serve approximately 83,000 customers for whom we proudly provide drinking water daily that meets or exceeds EPA water quality standards.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety restores historic diaphone
Wonder what that sound was at noon on Thursday or Friday downtown? At the December 2010 City Council meeting, City Council directed staff to restore the 1935 Gamewell Diaphone located at Station 1 on Church Street, and gauge public opinion on restoring the tradition of sounding it daily at noon (except Sunday). Please visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Loose leaf collection update
Customers on the Wednesday garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 10 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle.
 
Crews will begin the Tuesday route on Thursday, January 13 to collect any leaves that may be at the curb, but will return to collect any leaves that are out by Tuesday, January 18 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.
 
Winter 2011 City Circular available on City’s website
The latest edition of the Concord City Circular will be mailed to you later this month, but it is available for viewing now on the City’s website. Check it out for a peek inside the new Rider Transit Center, information on changes to solid waste and recycling service, energy-saving tips, and more!
 
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan updated
At the December 2010 Concord City Council meeting, City Council adopted an updated Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). Improvements include: new definitions of risk based on new hazard information, consideration of additional capabilities of the City, a new user-friendly format that is easier to understand. In addition, the 2004 NHMP included several action items that have been completed, creating an opportunity for developing new mitigation strategies. Please visit the City’s website for more information.
 
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.
 
Utility customers make a difference with Neighbor Helping Neighbor
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. One contribution option is to “round-up” your bill to the next dollar, an easy way to make a difference with your spare change! CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills.
 
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 in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue continue
The City of Concord Stormwater Department is replacing the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue. 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. 
 
New quarter-mile markers featuring the iconic red lizards are in place to help users of Concord’s Downtown Greenway Loop keep pace. The Downtown Greenway Loop is a four-mile exercise adventure. For more information contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 or visit the City website.
 
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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