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Did you know?
Did you know the City is at the mid-point of its fiscal year at the same time we're getting ready for New Year's Eve? Departments are already preparing for the upcoming budget cycle by submitting mid-year performance measure updates and developing presentations for the City Council annual planning session in late January. The planning session will establish FY18 budget goals and priorities, to inform the City Manager's recommend balanced budget due by the end of May. A balanced budget must be adopted by City Council prior to the July 1, 2017 start of FY18. Learn more at concordnc.gov/budget.

Happy New Year! Holiday information, service updates
City offices will be closed Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the week of January 2, please visit concordnc.gov for details. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside (with stand, lights, and ornaments removed) with your regular yard waste. Visit concordnc.gov for additional information and service updates.

Concord in the Headlines
Franklin named Hometown Hero – Independent Tribune. Concord Assistant Fire Marshal Norman Franklin was honored by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association after being nominated as a "Hometown Hero" by Cyndie Mynatt of the Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships. Franklin has served the community for many years, leading many efforts including free car seat checks at Fire Station 3 every Monday (except holidays) from 10:00-2:00. Learn more about fire and life safety education at concordnc.gov.

Residents encouraged to join the 2017 Public Safety Academy
Spaces are still available for the City of Concord’s 13th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The academy will begin January 31 and end on April 4, and applications are due January 24. To learn more and apply, visit concordnc.gov.

January education workshops planned for 2016 sign standards update
In November, Concord City Council adopted an ordinance that entirely repealed and replaced Article 12 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO), which regulates all signage within the City limits. Beyond the need for a general update, Concord and other municipalities in the United States are revising sign standards in response to a 2015 US Supreme Court decision that greatly expands the definition of content neutrality in the enforcement of sign standards. City Council adopted the updated standards effective immediately (November 10, 2016) to allow businesses to take advantage of quality incentives, but provided a 120-day grace period to educate customers. Two identical workshops are currently planned for January to allow business, citizens, and other interested customers learn about the many benefits to the community, the permitting process, compliance methods, and more. The workshop dates are Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the 2016 sign standards update or to register for these workshops, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5152.

Final loose leaf collection of the season coming up for Thursday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf season is in the final cycle of collection opportunities. 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 THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Calling all regional and budding artists to apply  for Spring into Arts
The Spring into Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with artists spanning a wide variety of mediums, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31, 2017 with a discounted $85 fee available. After January 31 the application fee is $110. A jury selects artists for the festival based on their applications. 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 nonrefundable fee and a link to a performance video are due by March 15, 2017. Those selected to perform will be notified by April 11, 2017.

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

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

New FREE toddler classes now available
Check out the concordparksandrec.org classes page, where you will find something for everyone now through May. Our newest addition to the programs lineup are Toddling Towards Art and Giggles and Wiggles, geared for 18 month through 4 year-old children (with accompanying adult). Each program meets every-other-week February through May at the Academy Recreation Center. These are FREE opportunities, and registration is required. Click here to register or call 704-920-5600.

Now hiring for summer 2017 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.


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

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 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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