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Did you know?
Did you know over 30 Buildings and Grounds Department staff coordinated with other City departments this week to keep the City's public buildings operating? While many in the community had delayed or cancelled work days, the B&G team was in by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots at City facilities were safe for customers and staff. The Department pre-staged equipment at several recreation centers and the Rider Transit Center to ensure crews would be able to open these facilities as soon as possible.

Concord keeps moving through icy blast and cold temperatures
With frigid temperatures and no school, it is certainly been a memorable week in Concord and the surrounding area. City staff members put emergency plans into action to clear roads and keep services available as much as possible.

Through pretreatment, strategic placement and timing, and calibration methods, the City used less material than anticipated to clear 670 lane miles. Several NCDOT facilities are included in the City's snow and ice abatement plan such as Poplar Tent Road, Concord Mills/Bruton Smith Boulevard, and Branchview Drive.

At Concord Regional Airport, crews worked to reopen the runway Tuesday afternoon to accommodate scheduled Allegiant passengers and dozens of NASCAR team charter aircraft scheduled to depart for Daytona this week. The team at Charlotte Motor Speedway assisted by making the jet trucks used to dry the track available to the airport, which received national media attention.

The City's teamwork continued with the record-setting cold temperatures Thursday and Friday this week. Emergency Management, Fire, and Police staff worked together to ensure several safe locations were available overnight for those who might be displaced or waiting for family members to arrive in the event of vehicle accidents, building fires, or other emergencies. Electric and Buildings and Grounds staff partnered to make sure the City's facilities were conserving energy during peak demand times, and remained accessible to staff and the public.

City Manager Brian Hiatt thanked the staff members who were dedicated to providing needed services, as well as the public for their understanding and cooperation. "I thank the community for working with us so our team could safely clear roads and sidewalks, and continue delivering public services," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "A special thanks goes out to hundreds of City coworkers from all departments who traveled through the weather, worked extra hours, and braved the elements to keep the public safe, City facilities accessible, and services and operations functioning."

Steel-signing ceremony rescheduled for Monday afternoon
The Mayor and City Council members will sign a piece of steel to be included in the structure of the new City Hall on Monday, February 23 at 4:00 p.m. (the original date of February 19 was rescheduled due to predicted cold temperatures). The Ceremony will take place on the top level of the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, located across the street from the construction site. Visit
concordnc.gov/newcityhall for project details, photo updates, and more.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension annual plant sale order due February 25
Gardeners, get your garden cart or red wagon ready to take advantage of the Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension annual plant sale. Order from a selection of fruit trees, including fig, apple, persimmon and plum. In addition flowering trees, flowering shrubs, shade trees and fruit plants are available. All trees and plants are grown in nurseries in Georgia or Alabama for continued growth in this area. Plant prices range from $9-$40. Visit the Cooperative Extension website for a brochure or to place your order online. You can also call 704-920-3310. Orders are due by noon on Wednesday, February 25.

2015 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 9-13
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Warm up at Bingo Bash!
Looking for a fun afternoon with other adults? Join Parks and Recreation's Bingo Bash, every other Wednesday from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center. Save the dates of March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. For more information, contact Frances Bost at 704-920-5620.

Stay in shape with Concord Parks and Recreation
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation offers a variety of affordable fitness classes and programs? From boot camp to yoga and beyond, there is something adults and seniors of all fitness levels. Check out concordparksandrec.org to learn more and register today.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

March
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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