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According to the latest tower airport operations counts as published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Concord Regional Airport is the busiest contract tower and the 5th busiest airport in North Carolina with 60,742 takeoffs and landings in FY 2013. An aircraft operation is counted for each takeoff or landing at an airport. In the entire US, Concord Regional Airport is ranked at number 282. Allegiant Air passenger service which starts on December 20th 2013 with twice weekly service to Central Florida is expected to add almost 1,500 additional operations in 2014.
 
 November 22 and 23 events to begin Concord's holiday season
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's sixteenth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 22. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:30 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 7:30. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Tuesday 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 TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
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.
 
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 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. Both Sweat and Henry are veterans, and Henry's service stretches back to the Vietnam era. Concord is the first North Carolina city to appear on the Commemorative Partners Listing. Learn more at concordnc.gov
 
Electric Utility work prompts overnight road closure on Cabarrus Ave, W between Spring Street NW and Union Street
A section of Spring Street NW and Cabarrus Avenue W will be closed next week to accommodate the installation of new electric cables. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 12th, crews will close both lanes of Spring Street, NW between Corban Avenue SW, and Grove Avenue NW. During construction, no through traffic will be permitted. Local traffic will be able to access driveways. 

Cabarrus Avenue W will be reduced to one lane between Spring Street NW and Union Street N to allow for safe installation of underground electric cables along Cabarrus Ave W. Flaggers will aid traffic along one lane during construction.   Roads will reopen at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13th. Motorists who wish to travel on this section of Spring Street and Cabarrus Avenue should follow the posted detour signs.Visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map for more details.

 
Connect our Future – Input needed to understand housing needs
You can help plan for the future of housing in the region by providing input on housing challenges and its impact on the community. The CONNECT Our Future project, a fourteen county area of North and South Carolina and led by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is soliciting input from stakeholders and residents within the 14-county region to better understand the barriers that exist in our region for fair housing. The purpose of this survey is to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist, such as limitations in available choice in rental markets, public and private policies and practices that inadvertently lead to housing discrimination, or poor practices in mortgage lending, insurance, or appraisal industries. Click here to access the Fair Housing Survey.  The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the study and the housing strategy for the region. To learn more about this initiative, visit www.ConnectOurFuture.org.
 
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.
 
Just for little ones and a parent, let’s meet at the Concord Library for a tour and story time. Parents or guardian must sign-up and attend with child. This is a free event specifically designed for children ages 2 – 5. Date: Wednesday, 12/4 @ 10:30 AM. Pre-registration by Monday 12/2.
 
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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