Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Regional Airport is open 24/7 and 365 days per year? The airport’s runway is 7,400 feet long – about 1.4 miles – and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 737. There were over 60,000 take offs and landings at Concord Regional Airport in 2010, and almost 500 jobs are supported annually by activities at the airport.
Improving neighborhood connectivity
Work will begin on Monday, February 7 (weather permitting) on the Community Development Block Grant-funded Powder Street realignment/extension project. Powder Street SW currently terminates at a dead-end near Melrose Drive SW. The project will rework the intersection of Powder and Pecan and extend the road to Melrose, providing additional access to neighborhood residents. Visit the City’s website for more information.
Sewer line installation on Copperfield Boulevard
A portion of one lane of Copperfield Boulevard will be closed on Wednesday, February 9 to accommodate a sewer line installation project. Crews will use a directional boring method, which will minimize damage to the road. For more information, please visit the City’s website.
City staffers available to discuss solid waste improvements
Beginning July 5, 2011, residents will have more recycling options and new black wheeled carts for easier curbside placement. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Look for more information soon on the City’s website. Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
Reduce idling to save lives and the environment
Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson offers some great information about how a simple action can make a big difference in this month’s Sustainable Suggestion.
Second Chance leaf collection program available until February 25
Residents are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew completed third collection cycle.  However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between February 7-25 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. Visit the City’s website for more information, and call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to schedule a second chance collection.
Implementing improvements to the Logan Multi-Purpose Center
The City of Concord is renovating the sixty-year-old Logan Multi-Purpose Center to improve its functionality as a recreation center, to enhance the current experience of users, and to preserve the building’s status as a community recreation center for the future. The renovations are possible through $300,000 of local funding (City of Concord) for the interior and $200,000 of EECBG stimulus funds for the exterior. Visit the City’s website for more information.
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’s website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2011  issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. Applications are available on the City’s website or by contacting Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or  
Parks & Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps: Children 6-10 years for Summer Playground and 11-13 years for Summer GoneAlot program. The Summer Camp program is for 8 weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Summer Playground registration for new campers will begin Wednesday, February 9 by online registration or walk-in registration 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center location on Academy Ave., NW.
Coaches and sponsors are needed for all sports! Please contact us at 704-920-5618 to discuss opportunities.
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
Friday, February 11, 9 p.m. after Art Walk, Free
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre:  The Red Machine
A World War II espionage thriller about a small time thief and icy, mysterious military officer who partner to steal a device the Japanese military is using to encode secret messages.
Thursday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., $10
Brand New Opry
Bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington, a local bluegrass virtuoso who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, features the Brand New Bluegrass Boys house band.
Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., $33
On Stage at the Davis:  Galumpha
One-of-a-kind act has appeared on the The Late Show with David Letterman.  Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha presents a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. 
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
Through March 10
Exhibition:  Word Processing
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exhibition focusing on verbal and nonverbal communication demonstrates how artists use text, letters and words as texture and design to deliver their points of view.  Included are paintings, quilts, ceramics and prints by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowery, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica White.
Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m., Free
Gallery Talk and Demonstration
 “Getting the Message Across”
Michael Klauke, Mary Lou Sussman and Barbara Yale-Read, whose work is included in Word Processing,  will give insights and explanations regarding their works and demonstrate some of their techniques.
Friday, February 11, 6-9 p.m.
Art Walk
Fun and casual evening for all ages featuring free visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments in downtown Concord.  Download a map listing all the stops and artists at after February 4.
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show up Saturday
The Galleries will be open regular hours to give people unable to come on weekdays the opportunity to see Word Processing.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
2/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
2/22/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
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