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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 16. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, January 20. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Cities of Concord and Kannapolis to benefit United Way of Central Carolinas in flag football challenge
The famed Concord-A.L. Brown high school football series is not the only gridiron rivalry between the cities of Concord and Kannapolis. On Saturday, January 14, employees of both cities will join forces for some friendly competition and to raise awareness and funds for United Way of Central Carolinas. The public is invited to attend this fun, family event and join the cause to help those in the community who need it most. The cities, whose employees are in the midst of organizational United Way campaigns, will face off at Kannapolis Middle School in two flag football games on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of the January 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a proclamation to the Odell Eagles Cadet Division II Football Team for winning the 2011 AYF Regional, State, and National Championships. 
 
Presented retirement plaques to Battalion Chief Bruce Cress for 33 years, Captain James Preddy for 33 years, and Battalion Chief Phil Bryant for 24 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety
 
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Vicki Love in the Communications department. The award nomination read: On the evening of November 8, 2011, Vicki answered a 911 call from a 21 year old man who was sitting alone in a parking lot wanting to take his own life.  While officers responded to him, Vicki remained on the phone with him. On November 9 he called back, this time requesting to speak with a supervisor. His demeanor had completely changed. He wanted to express his gratitude for the service he had received. "I owe my life to the lady who I talked to yesterday and I don't know her. She was compassionate allowing me to vent and never judged me, no one else could help, and no one else cared, but she did. She talked me out of it, and there is no way that I could ever repay that but I want everyone to know how valuable she is."
 
Conducted a Public Hearing and adopted an ordinance amending a portion of the historic district boundary between Bell St. and Spring St. S.W.
 
Approved a request to hold the second annual Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport on October 27 - 28, 2012.
 
Awarded a bid to Kannapolis Glass and Glazing, Inc for replacement of the celestial windows and the weight room and restroom windows in the Academy Recreation Center and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract for such.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopting a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Copperfield Inc./CEENTA Fairview Properties, LLC. 
 
Amended the City Council's Rules of Procedure to remove the specific start time of 7:00 p.m. for public hearings at future meetings.
 
Officials cut ribbon for Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck solar project
The City of Concord’s Downtown Municipal Parking Deck on Cabarrus Avenue has a new look. Solar modules have been installed on the deck's top level, providing shade to 32 parking spaces. The $500,000 project, owned by a private investor, was funded through a North Carolina Main Street Energy II Grant. Power produced from the solar array will be sold back to the energy grid. The modules are expected to generate more than 80,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough energy to power four homes.
 
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m. Visit the City Hall Blog for project information and photos.
 
Mayor Padgett elected vice chair of NC Metro Mayors Coalition
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett was recently elected vice chairman of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors committed to promoting policies that support the state’s urban centers. Founded in 2001, the Coalition represents 27 of the state’s largest cities. Its member mayors work together to develop strategies at both the state and national levels to foster vibrant, livable cities that drive growth and innovation for the state. Specifically, the group is focused on economic development, transportation and public safety. As vice chair, Padgett will be a visible representative for the Coalition and its priorities at the N.C. General Assembly, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other organizations around the state. As a member of the executive committee, Padgett will also be active in setting the Coalition’s agenda for the coming year. Check out the Metro Mayors Winter 2012 newsletter for more information.
 
Free paper shredding available this weekend in Kannapolis
Free paper shredding will be available for anyone at the City of Kannapolis’ E-Cycling Day event on Saturday, January 14. The shredding service is part of the event accepting e-waste at the Old Kannapolis Post Office at 275 Vance Street in Kannapolis from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. More details at cityofkannapolis.com.
 
As a reminder, the City of Concord collects e-waste on your garbage day each week on a scheduled basis.  Anything with a circuit board in it is considered e-waste and prohibited in landfills.  Please call 704-920-5555 to schedule collection of items such as televisions, computers, radios, VCRs, etc.
 
Urban Archery season set for January 14 – February 18
The City of Concord will participate in North Carolina’s Urban Archery season for the second time in 2012. Hunting and fishing in North Carolina is regulated by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). The WRC gives municipalities the option of participating in a specified Urban Archery season by submitting a letter of intent to participate in the season along with a map clearly defining the area to be included in the season. The established dates for North Carolina’s 2011 Urban Archery season are January 14 - February 18, 2012. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Parks and Recreation and REFLEX International are taking the wellness program to the next level with the Couch to 5K challenge. This group training and exercise program does not require any running experience. It is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. The final goal is to run the BUNNY RUN on April 7. Registration fee is required. The Couch to 5k challenge will meet at James L Dorton Park in Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 31, 2012. There is a $10.00 registration fee. This fee includes a T-Shirt.and $5.00 discount on the Bunny Run 5K registration. Stop being a couch potato and sign up today! More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Youth baseball/softball registration begins January 1 and is open the entire month of January.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/26/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
February
2/7/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/9/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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