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Did you know plastic bags are not currently acceptable in residential recycle carts?  Only clear plastic bags that contain shredded paper are OK.  Therefore, the City of Concord asks residents to not bag recyclables, and to place acceptable materials loose inside their carts.  Plastic bags can, however, be recycled at local retail locations, including many grocery stores, big box stores, and home improvement stores.  For detailed information about which items are acceptable, please see the lid of your black recycle cart or visit concordnc.gov/solidwaste.
 
Remembering Council Member Hector H. Henry, II (1938-2013)
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Council Member Hector H. Henry, II, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. Dr. Henry was serving his ninth term as a member of City Council, including two years as Mayor Pro-Tem. The longest-serving of the current elected officials, he was first elected in 1973 and served continuously with the exception of a four-year rest between 1989 and 1993. Please visit concordnc.gov to learn more about his legacy and read reflections from the Mayor and Members of City Council.
 
Thursday 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 garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 9 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Twelfth Concord 101 class completes citizens' academy program
The Concord 101 class of 2013 was recognized on December 3 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station Nine. This year's class included twenty-three active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Ramseur for their involvement in the program. Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more about this program and the class of 2013.
 
NCDOT temporarily closes entrance ramp from N.C. 73 to I-85 South
The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the entrance ramp from N.C. 73 to I-85 South in Concord through 6:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, weather permitting. During the closure, crews will build a new ramp alignment next to the existing ramp as part of the $125.2 million I-85 widening project. Motorists should follow posted detours to access I-85 at George Liles/Kannapolis Parkway. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Saturday Yoga
Asanas (postures), breathing, stretching, and meditation to help you feel flexible and relaxed. Wear comfortable clothes. Meets Saturdays at Academy Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.; 12/7 – 1/18 (no class 12/28). Fee per six-week session is $20, $5 City resident discount available. More information and registration available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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