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Did you know?
Did you know the 2017 Citizen Public Safety Academy begins January 31? The academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn about Concord's Police, Fire and Life Safety, Communications, and Emergency Management functions. There is no cost to participate. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more and apply by January 24.

Citizens complete 15th Concord 101 program
The Concord 101 class of 2016 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 22. This year's class included 26 active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-Tem Al Brown, Jr. and Members of City Council for their involvement in the program. Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. The next class will begin in fall of 2017, with applications available in May. Learn more about Concord 101 at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Wednesday route
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 5 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Drought conditions, fire risk remain at a level needing community action
The community is encouraged to continue responding to drought conditions through voluntary water conservation (http://bit.ly/savethedrops). This week's rain is not enough to solve the drought problem and associated fire risk (visit ncdrought.org to see how drought conditions are worsening); the community's attention is still needed to protect life and property. Bans remain in place for all open burning, even when a permit is not required (with the exception of cooking fires such as grills or outdoor cookers). For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus Human Services offers energy bill assistance for seniors and disabled
North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) made a difference in more than 1,750 Cabarrus County households last year, providing a total of $474,900 in aid to qualified residents. The program, administered locally by Cabarrus County Human Services, is once again taking applications for one-time annual vendor payment to help with heating bills. For the month of December, the program targets households with a member age 60 or older and households in which one member is determined disabled by the Social Security or Veterans Administration and is receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. The program opens to all other households between January 1 and March 31, 2017. For more information visit cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-1400.

Community warned against criminals attempting to scam local residents and businesses
This week, Cabarrus County officials warned residents about a scammer calling households reportedly claiming to represent the Cabarrus County Senior Centers and asking the seniors to put money into accounts at the Senior Center. The caller is not a representative of the Senior Centers or Cabarrus County. Representatives from the Senior Center will never call and ask for personal banking information over the phone. Residents contacted as part of the Senior Center scam should call the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3000. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Unfortunately, the City receives calls from customers where were similarly contacted by scam artists on a regular basis. Scammers fraudulently threaten to have utilities cut off unless immediate payment is received. This sort of scam is not new or limited to any certain type of utility. The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information is a scam.
If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill and notify Concord Police at 704-920-5000.

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

Adult basketball registration now open
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 3, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues, a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. The two men's leagues we offer are men's gold and men's blue with the gold league being the most competitive. Sunday afternoon games will start the second week of January. To register or find out more, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Youth baseball/softball registration coming soon; softball clinic planned for February 4
Spring baseball and softball registration for boys and girls will be available throughout the month of January, for the playing season beginning in April. The fee is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-residents. Registration will be available at concordparksandrec.org, at each of the recreation centers, and on January 28 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

Also available for registration in January: Softball players age 7-15 can register for the Softball Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 4 from 12pm to 4pm at W.W. Flowe Park. For just $20 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Central Cabarrus High School Varsity Softball staff.

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

December
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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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