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Highlights of the November 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Acknowledged the 2012 North Carolina League of Municipalities Susan M. Burgess Sustainability Award awarded at the NCLM Annual Conference on October 22, 2012.
 
Presented awards to the winners of the high school energy conservation video contest created for Public Power Week.
 
Presented the 2012 Productivity Improvement Award to the Solid Waste Services department, which saw transition and change this past year unlike any other City department. The City’s residential service improvements that began July 5, 2011 resulted in an average household recycling weight increase of 54 percent, higher participation, more efficient processes, lower customer complaints, and an annual savings of $1.8 million. Congratulations to the Solid Waste Services team!
 
Although only one winner is possible, the Buildings and Grounds department was another organizational leader in continuous improvement and environmental stewardship. Their floor maintenance process improvements resulted in 55,800 gallons of water saved annually throughout City facilities, significantly less staff time spent on floor care, and a reduction in the amount of chemicals used in the process.
 
Adopted and presented a resolution in support of Kilah's Law
 
Received a presentation of findings from the 2012 Community Needs Assessment as prepared by the Healthy Cabarrus Community Planning Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing to receive and review staff recommendations for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects under the City of Concord's Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) and adopted the FY 13 PIP schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Program.
 
Approved Neighborhood Matching Grants for six Recognized Neighborhoods.
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc of the Carolinas to perform the Cold Water Creek/Three Mile Branch Stormwater Master Plan
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 62, Article III, Sections 98 of the Concord City Code entitled Minimum Design Criteria.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 30 of the City of Concord Code of Ordinances regarding lot mowing
 
Awarded a bid to Charlotte Truck Center for the purchase of a rear-loading refuse truck for the Solid Waste Department.
 
Curious about the new “superstreet” design planned for Concord Parkway?
The Independent Tribune published an article on November 2 describing the upcoming project to rebuild the intersection of Concord Parkway (US 29) and Poplar Tent Road. The online version of this article featured a video simulation of a superstreet that operates differently than this project’s design, which will allow straight through movements in all directions. The video has been removed from the IT website, and a correction is planned by the newspaper for Sunday, November 11. Click here to see an overview of the new intersection, and here to see how each movement will be affected by the project.
 
City of Concord says thank you to veterans
The City of Concord honored City staff and elected officials who have served in the armed forces at a special recognition event on Thursday, November 8. The event included remarks from Mayor Scott Padgett, Concord First Assembly Pastor Rick Ross, City Council Member Col. Hector Henry, First Assembly Christian School Principal David Freberg, and City Manager Brian Hiatt. First Assembly students provided patriotic music, and attendees watched interactive videos and presentations. The event was organized by a team of City staff members led by Safety, Health, and Risk Manager Julie Waller. As Veterans Day approaches this weekend, the City of Concord thanks all those who have served our nation and community in the armed forces.
 
Fifteenth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks November 16!
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord fifteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16, 2012. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Event activities begin at 5:30 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday, November 17 with the 84th Annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and a downloadable flyer.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 12 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Electric crews working in West Virginia to restore power after Sandy
City of Concord Electric Systems joined forces to assist First Energy Corporation with power restoration efforts in areas that were hit with heavy snow and wind during of Hurricane Sandy. A crew supervisor, coordinator, and six line technicians left Concord on November 1 to travel with crews from Kings Mountain, Dallas, and Shelby to West Virginia. Crews have been working in the area of Weston, WV, where the rugged terrain and many feet of snow have provided difficult conditions while restoring power to thousands. Their trucks and specialized equipment are not of much use -- crews are climbing most poles they work on, and dragging and carrying the material and poles that are to be replaced in with them. Crews are expected to return home by Sunday, November 11.
 
Time to band your trees!
If your property has been one of the many affected by cankerworms in the spring, now is the time to install bands if you have not already. Buildings and Grounds staff began installing tree bands on City-owned trees located in cankerworm populated areas on Wednesday November 7. The City is waiting until there are two consecutive nights of below freezing temperatures before applying Tanglefoot (sticky material). This will help reduce the amount of leaves being caught in the Tanglefoot.
 
City maintained locations identified as within the canker worm population zone include Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, Dorton Park, Myers Park, Mcgee Park, the McEachern Greenway, all trees along Union Street located in the curbside planting strip, as well as curbside trees along Corban, Cabarrus, and Means Avenues.
 
City staff is targeting all trees that lose their leaves each season (deciduous or non-evergreens) for banding, with a special focus on older trees. This mechanical pest control method has been found to be the lowest cost, most effective method of controlling canker worm populations. It works best when everyone in the effected areas install bands on as many trees as possible.
 
The public is invited to attend two upcoming tree banding demonstrations. Buildings and Grounds Staff will host a 30-minute demonstration on Saturday November 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Dorton Park on Poplar Tent Road. A second banding demonstration is scheduled for Sunday November 11 at 4:00 p.m. on North Union Street, near Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. A demonstration tree is already banded at this location, near the corner of North Union and Elm Avenue, near 265 North Union Street. Additional trees will be banded during the demonstration.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns November 27
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street, Concord NC 28025. This course is for those who wish to learn basic Spanish communication skills. The class will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday November 27, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration cost is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball league
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for the winter basketball leagues. The registration fee is $375 per team and registration ends December 31, 2012. The leagues include Men’s Open, Men’s Church, and Women’s divisions. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at one of the City’s recreation facilities. The league season includes 10 regular season games and a post season tournament. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Lake Fisher’s final weekend of the year
The Lake Fisher Reservoir will close for the season on Sunday November 11. The lake will reopen for the 2013 Season on March 6, 2013. For more information about the lake schedule and hours of operation please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
11/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/27/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
December
12/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/13/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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