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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Police Code Enforcement Division handles a wide range of issues across the City? Since January, Code Enforcement Officers have responded to over 4,000 complaints, ranging from minimum housing code violations to overgrown vacant lots. Code Enforcement Manager David Barnhardt leads a team of 6 officers focused on keeping Concord a clean and safe place to live. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Labor Day holiday schedule for week of September 1
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 1. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Backyard composting made easy
In the latest episode of Successful Gardener, Concord’s Environmental Educator, Mandy Smith-Thompson joins Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Agent David Goforth to discuss backyard composting. By composting you can recycle some kitchen and yard waste items in your backyard, and produce a great nutrient-rich supplement for your garden soil. Check out the episode on Cabarrus County’s Channel 22 or anytime on the YouTube channel. You can also get tips for taking care of our environment at facebook.com/ConcordEnvironmentalEd.
 
Night work planned along Church Street
Beginning Tuesday, September 2, utility crews will be rehabilitating sewer lines under the full length of Church Street. This work will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday evenings. No streets will be closed, but crews will close lanes around their work areas. Motorists traveling through the area should exercise caution. The work is part of the Water Resources Department's annual sewer lining contract. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. Since 2004, the City has saved over a million dollars using this process. For more information, contact Mark Colangelo in the Water Resources Department at 704-920-5339 or colangem@concordnc.gov.
 
How to recycle CFL bulbs
Solid Waste Services would like to remind you that while compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are recyclable, they are not allowed in residential recycle carts due to special handling required to process them. These bulbs are accepted at area home improvement stores as well as many Cabarrus County government facilities. Visit cabarruscounty.us for a full list of CFL recycling locations.
 
Rider Transit hosting second workshop for proposed service changes
Rider Transit is hosting its second public workshops to gather feedback on proposed service changes on Thursday, September 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rider Transit Center located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue in Concord. The public is invited to attend and share thoughts and provide feedback on the changes that will impact all seven routes this fall. Some routes have small but key changes. Others have been modified significantly. Rider Transit staff will be available to answer any questions.  For additional information and a preview of the proposed service changes, visit ckrider.com.
 
Free program available for teen drivers
Concord Police will be present at the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, September 6 and 7 at zMax Dragway. The free, half-day workshops teach new drivers the skills needed to better handle accident avoidance situations, ways to eliminate distracted driving behaviors, and basic vehicle maintenance tips to keep cars running newer, longer. Each session includes group discussion that reinforces smart decision making on the road, as well as hands-on driving exercises— staged on a safe, closed course— that show the dangers of multitasking behind the wheel as well as ways to respond in less-than-ideal driving situations. It's fun. It's free. But most of all, It's an important first step for a lifetime of smart driving decisions. Register at teensdrivesmarttour.com.
 
Community ceremony planned for Thursday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots’ Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Become a Wildlife Habitat Steward
Are you a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, or gardener? The Concord Wildlife Alliance invites you to attend Habitat Steward Training in September. This National Wildlife Federation program educates people about environmental concerns, conservation issues, and teaches attendees how to create certified wildlife habitats at their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship. Training will take place September 12, 13, 26, and 27 at Fire Station 9 (located at 1020 Ivey Cline Drive). The Friday evening sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m., and the Saturday sessions last most of the day from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The $50 registration fee covers attendance at all four required sessions, and class size is limited to 40 people. To request an application, contact Debbie Foster at fostdebbie@gmail.com or 704-841-1372. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Ongoing Zumba fitness classes available
Tone and sculpt your body with Zumba, the popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by several instructors five days a week at varied times and locations. The fee is only $3 per class, visit concordparksandrec.org for a schedule and more information.
 
2014-2015 Youth Basketball Registration begins
Registration for youth basketball (ages 3-15) will be available for the month of September, with the playing season running from November until March. In addition to registering online at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at one of the recreation centers, Parks and Recreation staff will also be at Academy Sports + Outdoors two Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Visit us at the Concord Mills location September 20, and the Northlite shopping center location September 27.
 
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking coaches and assistant coaches for all age divisions. It’s only through volunteer coaches that we can offer the best program possible. If you are interested, please contact Sheila Lowry at lowrys@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5618.
 
Third annual United Way Adult Kickball Tournament
It’s that time again to revisit your youth and register for the Third annual United Way Kickball Tournament, scheduled for November 8 and 9 at WW Flowe Park. Registration will be available September 1 through October 31, at just $110 per team with a minimum guarantee of two games. All teams will be Coed, for ages 16 and older. Teams can register 24/7 at concordparksandrec.org, or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session at Moss Creek Clubhouse, 9505 Moss Plantation Drive
 
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