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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord and Cabarrus County are in the final stage of launching a combined plan review system? The City's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department coordinates the review of plans for new buildings and development in the City of Concord. Staff at Cabarrus County also review plans and issue building permits, and until recently these two processes were independent. In order to link their systems together the City and County have both adopted the Accela Automation software. Both the City and County will have access to the same sets of plans in real time, and customers will be able to submit plans, permit requests, and payments. Electronic plan review will eliminate waste generated by traditional paper plans, as well as reduce the physical space it takes to store them. Electronic document review will also save customers submitting plans hundreds of dollars per project they are currently spending on printing and delivery costs. The conversion to the electronic document review and online submittals is in its final stage and will be available in the next few months. For more information, call Planning and Neighborhood Development at 704-920-5152.

Highlights of the January 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Doug Miller - 10 years of service, Water Resources Department.

Conducted a public hearing and approved rezoning
two parcels of land from Residential Medium Density (RM-2) to Residential Compact-Conditional District (RC-CD).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted the 2016 Revision of the City of Concord
Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Consider authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Houston Galveston Area Cooperative Purchasing Program for the purchase of a Pierce manufactured aerial truck, which will be a replacement for Ladder 11.

Adopted modifications to City Ordinance Section 14-2 Primary Fire Limits Described.

Adopted a resolution to approve the sale of City property, considered to be a portion of 68 Cabarrus Avenue West and specifically identified as being the Second Lot, 1,727 Sq. Ft. or 0.040 acres (Part of PIN 5620-81-0568), to Karen M. Gronli for $5,736.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Insituform Technologies, LLC for the lining of sewer lines.

Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Sanders Utility Construction Co., Inc. for the installation of a new Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) and appurtenances at the intersection of Lower Rocky River Road and Rocky River Road.

Adopted a resolution granting a permanent drainage easement to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the I-85 widening project.

City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King Day, City Hall to open after holiday
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 18. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on the normal schedule next week. Click here for more information about City services over the holiday.

Additionally, the new City Hall at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W will be open to customers beginning Tuesday, January 19 and the City’s former downtown administrative buildings will be closed. An open house is planned for 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. For a sneak preview, check out the latest episode of Cabarrus This Week,
available on demand now or airing on TWC Channel 22. For more information about City Hall, visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

Concord Fire Department and FEMA offer winter safety tips
The Concord Fire Department and FEMA wish to remind you that home fires occur more frequently in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these simple tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season: 1) Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, or candles; 2) Never use an oven to heat your home; 3) Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed; 4) Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional. For additional winter safety tips from FEMA, click here.

Spring into Arts announces call for artists, young performers
The Spring into Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Downtown Concord. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with regional artists spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31, 2016. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31, 2016 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected receives a full refund of their application fee.

The children’s stage will present a mix of professional entertainment and young performers participating in the Spring ALIVE! Youth Talent Showcase. Showcase performers between five and eighteen years of age are invited to apply for an opportunity to present a short performance on the day of the festival. Applications along with a $10 non-refundable fee and a link to a performance video are due by March 15, 2016. Those selected to perform will be notified by April 11, 2016.

All applications are available at concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Residents in Thursday collection area up next for final 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 garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at
concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

New fitness classes now available
Parks and Recreation is offering two new weekly fitness classes for just $3 per session. Mixxedfit and Kettlebell Express are held each Tuesday at Academy Recreation Center. Mixxedfit meets at 6:00 p.m. and is a fun, explosive, one-hour dance class full of big and exaggerated movements. Kettlebell Express meets at 7:15 p.m. and is a quick, intense, calorie burning 30-minute workout. Bring your own wide horn kettlebell (5-10 pounds). Learn more about fitness offerings at concordparksandrec.org or 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

January

19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
21 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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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