Did you know?
Did you know the City sponsors an annual Productivity Improvement Award to recognize outstanding departmental/team achievements? Improvements can be in efficiency, effectiveness, or money, time, or resources saved…anything that improves performance and/or service to customers. Last year the Solid Waste Services Department won for its achievements in waste reduction and higher efficiency of the collection process, including a savings of over $1.8 million from their annual operating budget. This award reflects the City's core value of continuous improvement in services and programs. The FY13 award winner will be announced at the November City Council meeting.
Standard & Poor's upgrades Concord's certificates of participation and limited obligation installment bonds two notches to 'AA+,' gives implied 'AAA' rating to GO debt
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its long-term and underlying ratings (SPUR) on the City of Concord's outstanding certificates of participation (COPs) Series 2001 and Series 2005, and limited obligation bonds Series 2010. The Ratings Services increased Concord's ratings two notches to 'AA+' from 'AA-.' Because the City does not currently have any general obligation (GO) debt, the Ratings Services did not rate Concord's GO status, but informed the City that it has an 'implied AAA rating.' Learn more at
City Council chooses architect for new City Hall
At a special meeting on Thursday, October 24, Concord City Council selected ADW Architects as the firm to design the new municipal building/City Hall planned for the corner of Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street SW. The Council also chose the construction manager at-risk process, by which a selected construction manager delivers the project within a guaranteed maximum price and allows for a more streamlined design and construction process.
New murals dedicated in Historic Downtown Concord
The community got its first glimpse at two new murals in Historic Downtown Concord Thursday afternoon. The new murals replaced artwork in the Union-Market Passageway and the Bicentennial Parking Lot. A committee consisting of Council Members Jim Ramseur and Ella Mae Small, and staff members from the City of Concord, Cabarrus Arts Council, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation began work in 2012 to recommend artists for each project. Learn more at and see photos on the City's flickr photostream.
Thursday and Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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 THURSDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 28 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at
Operation Medicine Drop scheduled for Saturday
Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Safe Kids Cabarrus provide another opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse, and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Cannon Pharmacy at 760 Cabarrus Avenue W in Concord. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Since 2010, over 1,000 sites have collected over 30 million dosage units of medication during take back events statewide. For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to
Rocktoberfest event to raise money for Relay for Life
The City of Concord is cosponsoring a benefit outdoor event with the Speakeasy Alehouse on Union Street North, Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Visit for more information.
NCDOT will temporarily close entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South in Cabarrus County next week
NCDOT continues to make strides on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, October 28, crews will temporarily close the entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South so a new entrance ramp can be built to tie in with the interstate’s alignment. The closure will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, November 11. Visit for detour information and more details.
Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going out trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Don't forget the annual Candy Crawl in Historic Downtown Concord on Thursday, October 31 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Please visit for more details and all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year.
NCDOT to discuss Winecoff School Road railroad grade separation proposal
NCDOT has scheduled a public meeting on Monday, November 4, to discuss an addition to a project proposing to widen more than 13 miles of I-85 from N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Cabarrus County to U.S. 29/601 (Exit 68) in Rowan County. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about a proposed grade separation carrying Winecoff School Road over the Norfolk Southern railroad, South Main Street, and South Ridge Avenue.  The meeting will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Winecoff Elementary School, 375 Winecoff School Road in Concord. Visit for more information.
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Final call for adult kickball tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 704-920-5618.
Parks and Recreation plans Halloween Fun
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 10/26 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 10/26 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center 10/29 3:00-5:00 p.m.: For little ghosts and goblins up to age 12. We’ll treat you to popcorn, hot dogs, and candy bags in our haunted lobby. Treats free to all children present.
Improve your core strength, flexibility, and balance while building strength without bulk. The workout incorporates bands, weights, and fitness balls as well as combining yoga techniques. Meets for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session II: 10/28 – 12/9 Activity #4043.313). Registration fee is $35; $5 City resident discount available.
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Concord
Race Day registration is $20 and will take place on Means Avenue.  The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and will run on the Downtown Connector Greenway and the McEachern Greenway.  This is a family friendly event.  There will be inflatables, a DJ, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety fire safety house for children from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. One-mile fun run: 9:00 a.m. – FREE (registration required), 5 Alarm 5K: 9:30 a.m. with awards following.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment special meeting
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