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Did you know?
Did you know that no ozone action days were recorded during the 2013 Ozone Season? The Fleet Services department monitors and reports the Air Quality Index daily as part of the Air Awareness Program. This was the first summer in eleven years of the program with no ozone action days (code orange or red), thanks to the cool, cloudy weather. While Concord has taken steps to reduce vehicle emissions and improve regional air quality, more is needed to minimize ozone action days in the future. Concord has applied for a grant to install plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations for visitors of Downtown, Concord Regional Airport, or Rider Transit Center. It is estimated North Carolina will have 38,000 zero-emission PEVs on the road by 2020.
 
Change your clock, change your battery
While you're changing your clocks this weekend, remember to test and change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too! Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to prevent deaths and injuries from home fires. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. The International Association of Fire Chiefs also recommends replacing smoke alarms every ten years. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Wednesday 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 WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 4 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
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 ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Vote!
Remember that municipal elections for the positions of Mayor and City Council Member (Districts 3, 4, and 5) are Tuesday, November 5. Polling places will be open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. In Concord, the Mayor and City Council Members are all elected at-large (city-wide) to four-year staggered terms. Candidates for City Council must reside in the district in which they are running. Early voting is available at the Board of Elections office located at 369 Church Street N through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1 and 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. More information is available at cabarruscounty.us. A public viewing of election results will be available in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street S at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5.
 
Cabarrus Health Alliance warns against community-wide Shigella outbreak
As of October 30, Cabarrus Health Alliance and NC Division of Public Health officials are considering local cases of Shigellosis that were originally linked to specific schools and institutions as a community-wide outbreak. Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools can be bloody. Illness usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Visit cabarrushealth.org for more information, or call your child’s health care provider or the Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.

 

NCDOT closes entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South
NCDOT continues to make strides on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. Crews have temporarily closed 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 ncdot.gov for detour information and more details.
 
Concord Regional Airport joins Air Elite Network
Announced at NBAA2013, Concord Regional Airport will be joining the Air Elite Network. Air Elite is the global network of select FBOs that combines the reliability and quality of the worldwide brand with the local expertise and value of the locally operated FBO. First-class service, facilities, and amenities, with a strong emphasis on excellence in safety and training, make Air Elite locations ideal for VIPs, executives, charters, business, and corporate aviation. Air Elite member FBOs belong to the World Fuel Services Network. As part of the Air Elite Network, Concord Regional Airport customers will benefit with Triple FlyBuys Loyalty Rewards points. More details are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord joins Vietnam War commemoration program
At its October meeting, the Concord City Council authorized the City of Concord's participation in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program. Since this receiving this authorization, the City has completed the steps necessary to be recognized as a Commemorative Partner. A committee, led by Council Members and veterans John Sweat and Hector Henry, will work with City staff and community representatives to plan local events to recognize Vietnam War veterans and their families. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
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.
 
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.
 
November
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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