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Did you know today the first of Rider Transit's eight new hybrid electric buses went into production at the Gillig bus facility in California? These state of the art buses will replace the originals Rider started with nearly ten years ago, and feature a sleek design, quieter operation, and increased fuel economy. The buses will be completed by mid-January and all should be delivered before the first of February. After some testing and moving of equipment (such as fare boxes and security systems) from the old buses and onto the new, the hybrid buses will begin going into service in February and March. Check out ckrider.com for more information as the delivery approaches. You can also sign up for e-alerts, or follow Rider Transit on Facebook. Be sure to visit Rider Transit Center and try the new buses once they're rolling!
 
City of Concord to observe Christmas and New Year’s Day
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services over the next two weeks. City offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and New Year's Day on Wednesday, January 1.
 
There will be no yard waste or planned loose-leaf collection the week of December 23. During the weeks of December 23 and December 30, extra recyclables may be placed in clear plastic bags beside your black cart for collection. Remember, paper gift wrap and gift bags (without foil or plastic coatings) and gift boxes are recyclable items. For more details on the solid waste collection schedule and other City service changes, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Commercial service takes off at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport began scheduled passenger service this morning with the arrival of Allegiant Air Flight 638 from Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) at 7:40 a.m. After welcoming the airport's first arriving scheduled commercial passengers with a water salute, special launch day events preceded the 11:57 a.m. departure of Allegiant Air Flight 639 to SFB. See photos and video from this morning on the Flickr photostream.
 
Concord installs new dual-purpose recycling/garbage receptacles Downtown
People visiting Downtown Concord will now have the opportunity to recycle thanks to a partnership between the City and Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and a grant funded by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS). On December 12, crews replaced 21 garbage cans with new, dual-purpose recycling/garbage receptacles in various areas throughout downtown, including sidewalks, parking lots, and the City’s public parking deck. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
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 concordnc.gov. Please visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Keep safety in mind during the holidays
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 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.
 
Recreational Needs Assessment Survey
The mission of the City of Concord is to partner with our community to deliver services; preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life; and plan for the future. With this in mind, the Parks and Recreation Department needs your input and assistance by completing a recreational needs assessment survey. Information gathered through this survey will be used to improve the City's recreational facility network. Please take a few minutes to respond; click here to begin. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
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 concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
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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