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Did you know?
Did you know the City’s utility and tax collections is one of the services moving soon to the new City Hall at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W? By late January, the collections team will move to the City Hall main lobby, in a more spacious area that will eliminate the long lines that often form in the current location. More representatives will be available to assist walk-in customers, as the new building does not have a drive-through payment window to staff. However, there will be a convenient drive-up payment drop box on Market Street. Learn more about the Finance Department's collections team at concordnc.gov.

Concord to join cities across the US in observing moment of silence
Earlier this week, National League of Cities President Melodee Colbert-Kean asked that, in a show of solidarity with the City of Paris, all cities and towns join together at 3:20 p.m. EST for a moment of silence to commemorate the lives lost to violence in Paris, Beirut, and around the world. City of Concord elected officials and coworkers will participate in this moment of silence and invites the community to do the same. “The National League of Cities continues to stand united in condemning senseless acts of extremism and global terrorism – not just those endured by Paris, but all acts of senseless violence around the globe. We know that many of us feel hopeless and frustrated by these acts. You are not alone,” President Colbert-Kean wrote.

Tonight's TREE LIGHTING AND FIREWORKS kickoff 2016 holiday season
The time has arrived for a weekend of fun and festivity, starting with the City of Concord's 18th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this evening. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. Festivities will be centered in Bicentennial Plaza again this year. The 87th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade follows on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

NCDOT's images from Allen T. Small bridge dedication now available
Mayor Scott Padgett and North Carolina Department of Transportation Board of Transportation Member Tracy Dodson officially dedicated the Allen T. Small Bridge on Monday, November 9. At the event, the Concord City Council unveiled a monument constructed by the City to honor the life and legacy of Mr. Small. A large group attended the on-site ceremony, including the congregation of Price Memorial AME Zion Church and the Phi Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., who hosted a reception following the event. See NCDOT's coverage of the event at
flickr.com.

Thanksgiving holiday schedule announced
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one-day delay. All yard waste should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 23. There will be no loose leaf collection scheduled next week, and cycle two continues with Friday customers on Monday, November 30. Visit concordnc.gov for more service changes and additional information.

With leaf collection on hiatus next week, a friendly reminder about storm drains
Would you believe that leaves and grass clippings can kill fish? When yard waste is washed into local bodies of water via storm drains and ditches, the unnaturally high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus they contribute (nutrient pollution) causes algal blooms. Subsequent algal die-off and decomposition deplete dissolved oxygen levels, which can suffocate gill-breathing animals like tadpoles, fish, salamanders, crayfish, and freshwater mussels. Pet waste and fertilizers are also sources of nutrient pollution. Please place all yard waste (bagged or loose piles), bulky waste, and roll-out carts at the top of the curb, in the grass if possible, keeping everything out of the street gutter. Learn more at 
concordnc.gov.

New statewide poll shows positive views of government
More than two out of three likely voters in North Carolina approve of the performance of their city or town government, according to new statewide public opinion survey from the North Carolina League of Municipalities. The poll also found that 75 percent of state residents would support giving local government more decision-making authority through so-called home rule. To read more about this poll that dives into citizen opinions of local government, visit nclm.org.

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.

Boot Camp in the Park Fitness Class
Work off that turkey and stuffing in this extreme fitness class that focuses on levels of exercise incorporating cardio drills, core workouts and resistance training with your body weight! The Boot Camp in the Park fitness classes will be held at Les Myers.  The next session will start on November 30 and run through December 17. Fee per session: $40; (9 classes per session) $5 city resident discount,
click here to register online and for more information.

Winter Wonderland Youth Art Party
On Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m., participants ages 9-19 will create an original acrylic masterpiece through step by step instruction. Please have young artists dress in clothing suited for painting or send an apron/smock to wear. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks of your choice are welcome. The instructor will provide all materials. Meets at Fire Station 7, located at 250 International Drive NW. Registration is $40 ($5 City-resident discount available) through December 4 at concordparksandrec.org.

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

December

8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.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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