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Did you know?
Did you know one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems? Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires. To learn more, watch the U.S. Fire Administration's helpful video or visit fema.gov.

Highlights of the December 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Established the time and place for Council’s regular meetings and work sessions in 2017, and elected Council Member Ella Mae Small Mayor Pro-Tem for 2017.

Presented a Proclamation to the state champion Cox Mill High School Women's Volleyball Team (additional recognition at Concord Christmas Parade).

Presented a retirement plaque to Mark Brown, 11 years of service, Fire Department.

Recognized City Coworkers who volunteered to help others in need in response to mutual aid requests: Electric Systems crews to Hurricane Matthew recovery in October, Firefighters to Party Rock wildfire in November.

Recognition of the Water Resources "Smokin' Bits" Pipe Tapping Team, who placed first in the 30th annual state competition in November. This is the second first place finish in a row and the fourth victory in the last six years.

Received the Independent Auditor's report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016.

Received a presentation from Water Resources staff about the Stormwater Master Plan.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 7, Base Zoning Districts-Table 7.6.2.A, as it relates to height requirements in the Center City (CC) district.

Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for the Zemosa Acres Culvert Replacement and a contract amendment for construction administration services to HDR Engineering, Inc of the Carolinas.

Awarded the bid for the Killarney Ave., NE Street Segment Improvement to Carolina Siteworks, Inc.

Tabled consideration of a Municipal Ordinance until January 2017, for declaring NO PARKING ANY TIME along one side of Village Dr., NW from Yorke St., NW to Yorke St., NW and one side of Yorke St., NW from Kesler Ave., NW to Village Dr., NW per Chapter 58 Section 303 of the City Code.

Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances Chapter 30 Environment, Sections 30-204 (14) Noises Prohibited and 30-205 Exemptions.

Approved taking ownership of the 2.3-mile trail in the Mills at Rocky River upon construction to be part of the Hector H. Henry II Greenway. 

Appointed Council Members Al Brown and John Sweat to the Cabarrus-Rowan MPO Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and staff members Joe Wilson and Lloyd Payne to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC).

Concord Police: Don't let thieves steal your holiday
While the Grinch may be a fictional character, thieves are not. There are some among us that seek to take advantage of our good will, dampening otherwise cheerful spirits. Concord Police have offered tips to keep your holidays safe from the "Grinch" at home, and while shopping in stores or online. "Too many people have the potential to be victims of theft," said Chief Gary Gacek. "The Concord Police Department invites the community to be proactive in reducing opportunities for these crimes." Click here to read this special message from Concord Police.

Concord Fire Marshal lifts burning ban, emphasizes caution
On Monday, City of Concord joined Cabarrus County in lifting a burning ban that previously prohibited burning within 100 feet of a structure. In addition, the State of North Carolina lifted its open burning ban in Cabarrus and 31 other counties effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 2. The Concord Fire Marshal's office has a permit process available to approve certain types of burning within City limits. Any previously issued burning permits were invalidated on November 16 and the Fire Department ceased issuing new permits. With the burning ban lifted, residents wishing to burn certain specified materials are now able to reapply for a new permit.

Even though we have received rainfall over the last weeks, Concord remains in a moderate drought. Citizens are urged to still take additional precautions to ensure permitted cooking fires, recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces are attended at all times and a means of extinguishment is provided on the property in which the burning is occurring. For additional details, visit concordnc.gov or call Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517.

Generosity abounds on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page
This week, the City's public safety departments have been on both ends of very generous actions. Check out the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page to learn how Concord Firefighters worked to help children of active duty military personnel this Christmas when they are visited by "Gunny Claus." You can also find out about Concord Police K-9 officers Rico and Bendix, received custom-fitted protective vests to replace their older vests thanks to a generous private fundraising effort. Visit facebook.com/ConcordNCPublicSafety for this, safety tips, and more.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Tuesday 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 TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 12 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT launches second annual customer survey
The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department's second annual customer survey at go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The online survey will close December 31, visit ncdot.gov in 2017.

Cabarrus County opens website redesign survey to the public through December 22
To create a better customer experience, Cabarrus County wants to know how it can meet your online needs. Residents can make comments through a community survey until December 22 at bit.ly/cabcoweb16. The Board of Commissioners approved the cabarruscounty.us website redesign as part of the County's FY17 budget. Visit cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

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
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 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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