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Statement from Mayor Scott Padgett on Oakwood Cemetery vandalism
On behalf of the Concord City Council, we empathize with all the family members and other loved ones of those whose gravesites in our historic Oakwood Cemetery were vandalized yesterday. This space, as all final resting places of our loved ones, is a sacred place in our community.
 
We are grateful to the vigilance of the City’s Buildings and Grounds Department staff who use care and professionalism to maintain the grounds around the gravesites owned by so many individuals and families in our community.
 
We also thank the Concord Police Officers who responded with a sense of urgency, and ended yesterday’s situation without incident.
 
Unfortunately, damage has been done to these gravesites and the emotions of the families involved. Law enforcement will do everything in its capacity to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent.
 
Did you know?
The City is proud to offer yard waste collection at no extra cost to residents, but did you know composting your own fall leaves is an excellent, budget-friendly way to enrich the soil in your garden, lawn and flower beds? When yard waste and kitchen scraps become homemade compost, household waste decreases and nutrients are allowed to cycle naturally back into the lawns from which they are generated. Compost helps soil retain water, discourages weeds and acts as natural and inexpensive fertilizer. Learn more about how to prevent stormwater pollution at concordnc.gov.
 
Fifteenth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks TONIGHT!
Kick off the holidays with the City of Concord fifteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony TONIGHT in Historic Downtown Concord! 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.
 
Concord’s unique holiday festivities continue next week with the US Capitol Christmas Tree making a Thanksgiving Day stop at the zMAX Dragway. Visit the City Hall Blog for details on how you can see the tree (which is 73 feet tall) for free!
 
City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay next week, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 26 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Electric crews return from West Virginia
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 and Shelby to West Virginia. Crews worked 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 climbed most poles they worked on, and dragged and carried materials and poles in with them. Crews worked from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day, and repaired over 50 miles of lines in the rugged terrain. They returned home after 10 days on Sunday, November 11. See photos from their trip on the City’s flickr photostream, and check out coverage from the Cabarrus News, WSOC and the Independent Tribune.
 
Check out Concord’s YouTube channel to see an energy conservation video produced by a local high school student.
 
Temporary closures planned for James Street SW, Kerr Street NW
City of Concord Water Resources Department will begin projects that will temporarily close two streets in Concord’s center-city area next week, with one closure lasting for thirty days. Both projects will improve aging infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts. James Street SW will be closed from November 19 until December 19, weather permitting. Kerr Street NW will be closed between Cabarrus Avenue W and Guy Avenue W on the evening of Tuesday, November 20. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
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.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
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
12/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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