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Did you know that a large number of false 911 calls from cell phones are caused by carrying your phone in your pocket without having the key locked? Most phones have single button speed dial keys for calling 911 and other frequent numbers so anything that accidentally hits that button can initiate a call. You can check your owners manual or with your carrier on how to lock your keypad to keep this from happening.
 
Highlights of the January 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Fire Captain Joe Morley for 30 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Concord Department of Fire & Life Safety, and to Roman Ortiz for 10 years and 11 months of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord's Buildings and Grounds Department.
 
Presented a graduation certificate to Captain Michael Greene for completing the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program.
 
Presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment members Mr. Joe Trull and Mr. Brian Cone.  
 
Conducted a public hearing and approved an amendment to the 2009 and 2010 Annual Action Plans to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to reallocate $159,263 in Community Development Block Grant funds to complete renovations to the Clearwater Artist Studios and purchase playground equipment for Logan Day Care.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 9 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to adopt Low Impact Development (LID) Regulations.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire and Life Safety staff to submit a grant application to the State Farm Community Safety Grant.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM for engineering services relating to the Derita Road Improvement Project (U-4910) Phase I.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Duke's Root Control, Inc. for the treatment of over 32,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with DE Brown Construction, Inc. for interior renovations to the City's former electric operations building located at 223 Crowell Drive, a.k.a. Clearwater Artist Studios.
 
Approved an agreement with Talbert & Bright, Airport Consultant, for the purpose of providing Engineering services for the siting, surveying, geotechnical investigation, and preliminary architecture schematics for an Air Traffic Control Tower at the Concord Regional Airport.
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with C.M. Black Construction Co., Inc. of Concord, N.C. to construct a mezzanine with an associated lift in the Transportation shed at the Alfred M. Brown Operations Center and to adopt an ordinance amending the FY10-11 budget ordinance to provide the additional funds needed for this project.
 
Amended the Electric section of the FY 2010-11 adopted fees, rates and charges schedule.
 
Selected black as the cart and lid color to be used for the new automated residential recycling program.
 
Established January 28, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. as the date and time for the 2011 Mayor/City Council Annual Planning Session.
 
Established a sounding protocol for the restored Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1.
 
City of Concord to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 17. Please visit the City’s website for information on Solid Waste, Transit, and Parks and Recreation schedule adjustments.
 
Loose leaf collection update
The City has not been able to collect loose leaves this week due to the weather. Collection will resume next week, running approximately one week behind the published schedule. All Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday garbage customers should place leaves at the curb as soon as possible to ensure collection during the final round.
 
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.
 
City of Concord coworkers respond to winter weather
Many City of Concord coworkers worked around the clock this week to minimize the impact of Monday’s snow and ice storm. Visit the City’s website for an inside look at what it takes to keep the City running during inclement weather.
 
Concord Police Department implements Telephone Reporting Unit
In December 2010, the Concord Police Department began its trial run of a newly established Telephone Reporting Unit. The Telephone Reporting Unit allows citizens to file certain incidents, investigative reports, and supplemental reports by telephone instead of dispatching a sworn officer to the scene. For more information, visit the City’s website.
 
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.
 
Due to construction at Logan and Hartsell Recreation Centers, Cross Court Basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hartsell Center and Mondays and Wednesdays at Logan Center is temporarily suspended until further notice. Please visit the City’s website for updates or call Frances Bost 704-920-5620 or Dawn Simpson at 704-920-5617
 
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
1/18/2011 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
February
2/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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