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Did you know?
Did you know firefighters responding to incidents are exposed to a number of carcinogens through breathing and skin absorption? The Fire Department recently enhanced cancer awareness training and exposure reduction measures such as requiring on-scene decontamination of protective clothing, equipment, and apparatus, with more thorough decontamination back at station. The Department also uses apparatus exhaust removal systems and has upgraded respiratory protection policies and equipment. With a primary goal of reducing occupational cancers and improving firefighter health, these measures can also lead to reduced medical insurance and workers compensation costs to taxpayers, as well as safer environments for visitors. For more information about this initiative, see the recent Time Warner Cable News feature with Chief Ray Allen and Engineer Robert Hagy, visit firefightercancersupport.org, or contact the Fire Department’s Division of Training and Safety at 704-920-5534.

Thursday and Friday routes next up for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 26 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cities celebrate completion of Concord/Kannapolis-Albemarle water transmission line
The Cities of Concord, Kannapolis, and Albemarle celebrated the recent completion of the jointly funded water transmission line Thursday, which provides a new water source for Cabarrus County into the future. The ceremony was the culmination of a regional partnership developed among the cities over the last 16 years. City elected officials, management, and utilities staff from each community gathered at the Mount Pleasant pump station site Thursday afternoon to "Turn the Valve," marking the opening of the line at the approximate mid-way point. State and federal elected officials and staff members were also at the celebration. See the full story and images at concordnc.gov.

Four-legged fun at Dogs' Day Out - TOMORROW!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to beg your owners to bring you to Myers Park for a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the thirteenth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 24, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination before entrance, and dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash. The festival will include a variety of activities for dogs and their owners. Visit concordnc.gov for event details, as well as a sneak preview of the October 31 grand opening of the Weddington Road Bark Park!

Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as the Downtown Candy Crawl from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.

Early voting underway for 2015 municipal elections
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections will administer Concord's 2015 municipal elections on November 3. One-stop early voting is now available weekdays between October 22 and October 30, and Saturday, October 31. To view a personalized sample ballot and general information on voting, including Absentee and One-Stop Voting, precinct polling places, and voter registration, visit cabarruscounty.us.

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

Haunted Halloween Happenings
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins that are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our recreation centers. The first opportunity is Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, tonight from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information, or call 704-920-5600.

Final week for 5 Alarm 5K early registration
Parks and Recreation staff are taking registrations for the 5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Runs will begin and end on Means Avenue (beside the Historic Courthouse) in downtown Concord, run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway. A special award is given to the fastest male and female Fire, Police, EMS, or Military personnel. $15 early registrations is available until October 30 at concordparksandrec.org.

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

November

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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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