Did you know?
Did you know the Hartsell Recreation Center accommodates full-court basketball games every Tuesday and Thursday between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.? For more information, contact Parks and Recreation staff at 704-920-5602.
Highlights of the December 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
The Honorable Donna H. Johnson, District Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council Members Ella Mae Small, Al Brown, Jr., and Lamar Barrier. See photos on the flickr photostream.
Established the time and place for Council's 2014 regular meetings and workshops. The Concord City Council meets every second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. A work session is held on the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Council Room of the Municipal Building located at 26 Union Street, South.
Election of Lamar Barrier as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2014.
Presented official acknowledgement recognizing the City of Concord as a Commemorative Partner of the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration.
Presented a retirement plaque to Police Sergeant Barry Nix, recognizing 26 years of service.
Presented a retirement plaque to Master Police Officer Michael L. Drake, recognizing 28 years of service.
Recognized the Housing Department for receiving a national award for its newsletter, "The Challenger."
Recognized Public Affairs and Projects Manager Peter Franzese, 2013 LGFCU Fellow for UNC School of Government's Leading for Results program.
Received the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013.
Awarded a contract to Kannapolis Construction for repairs to the basement of the Municipal Building (26 Union Street S).
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Blythe Development Corporation for the demolition and replacement of the Burrage Rd. Bridge over Three Mile Branch. Also authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Campo & Associates, PLLC for the construction engineering inspections services for the same project.
Adopted a resolution endorsing a grade separated "left-over" project on Concord Mills Boulevard for inclusion on the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization (CRMPO) regional priority highway list.
Adopted a resolution endorsing certain pedestrian and multi-use enhancements along the Bruton Smith/Concord Mills Boulevards corridor for inclusion on the CRMPO regional priority pedestrian list.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with NEO Corporation for the asbestos abatement and demolition of the dormitories at 180 and 188 Corban Avenue SW and adopted a budget ordinance appropriating the funds.
Approved the selection of Talbert, Bright and Ellington as the selected Aviation Consultant for Concord Regional Airport, as required for FAA compliance, for a five year period.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with ADW Architects for design and other services for the new City Hall project.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with ACCELA, INC. for professional services upon execution of an Inter-Agency agreement with Cabarrus County.
Approved a proposed service change to CATS 80X service.
Adopted an ordinance amending the FY2013-14 Adopted Fees, Rates, and Charges Schedule to establish a fee for removing items with City-established annual collection limits such as tires or carpet, once a residence has reached its annual limit.
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by RiverOaks Land LLC.
Appointed Council Members Brown and Sweat (alternate) to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and Transportation Director Joe Wilson, Planning and Neighborhood Development Director Margaret Pearson (first alternate), and Transportation Engineer Phillip Graham (second alternate) to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Approved a process to fill the City Council District 6 vacancy.
City Council to accept applications for District 6 Council Member vacancy
At its December 12 meeting, the Concord City Council approved a process to fill the vacancy left by the death of Hector H. Henry, II. The City Council will accept applications for the District 6 seat until 12:00 noon on Friday, January 10, 2014. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the City Clerk’s Office, located at the City Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, South, or download it from Please visit for more information.
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 16 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at
Deck the Halls, Don’t Burn Them
Holiday decorations can add to the fun and excitement of the season but they can also increase your risk for a home fire. Follow basic safety guidelines to prevent serious electrical and fire hazards during the festivities. As you deck the halls of your home this season, be fire smart:
  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles or heat vents;
  • Do not let your tree (artificial or live) block exits;
  • Check light sets for frayed or damaged wiring before using;
  • Always turn off holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed; and
  • Connect no more than three mini light sets for decorating.
If you have a live tree, remember to add water to the tree stand daily. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Watch this video by the National Fire Protection Association demonstrating how fast a dry Christmas tree burns compared to one that is watered regularly. Don’t let disaster ruin your holiday! Learn the facts about home holiday fires in support of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign to increase disaster preparedness in your community.
Residents encouraged to join the Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s tenth Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit
Energy bill assistance available to area seniors and disabled
Too often, families are forced to make difficult decisions when finances aren’t available to cover basic needs, like food, shelter and heat. Through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, families can apply for one-time annual vendor payment to help pay heating expenses. For more information, visit the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services office, located at 1303 S. Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., visit, or call 704-920-1400.
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.
Register now for adult winter basketball leagues
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the adult winter basketball leagues through December 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men’s open, men’s church, and women’s divisions. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season tournament. For more information or to register, visit
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
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