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Did you know?
Did you know Concord has snowfighters ready to keep you safe? You've heard of crime fighters and firefighters, but do you know our snowfighters? Concord's snowfighters are the only North Carolina-based organization to be honored with the Salt Institute's 2016 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award, noting environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt. Click here to learn more.

Stay tuned to concordnc.gov for winter storm and City service updates
Concord's snowfighters are standing by in preparation to begin plowing and salt/sand spreading at 8:00 this evening, and are prepared to provide continuous 24-hour service until all bare pavement routes have been cleared. Rider Transit has canceled all service for Saturday, January 7 in anticipation of poor roadway conditions. Rider Transit will operate as long as safe tonight and will resume service as soon as possible following Saturday's interruption. Passengers can receive updates at 
ckrider.com, the Rider Transit Facebook page, and via the customer service line at 704-920-7433. For more information, and the latest weather and service updates, visit concordnc.gov.

New Year brings new fitness opportunities at Concord Parks and Recreation
In honor of the new year 2017, we've expanded the typical Parks and Rec Highlights section of the CityLink Newsletter to feature all the new fitness opportunities available. Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

CARDIO AND SCULPT
Combines both cardio and strength training to give you two workouts in one class. Fun energetic cardio filled with intervals and circuits and ending with muscle sculpting exercises. Great for all levels. The first session starts January 9 each Monday & Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until Wednesday, February 1. Fee per 6 week session: $33 Concord residents; $38 non-city residents. Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.

TURBO KICK
This high-energy class will feature cardio kickboxing combos and body-sculpting dance moves choreographed to the hottest music mixes! The first session begins January 10 each Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. until February 14. Fee per 6 week session: $25 Concord residents; $30 non-city residents. Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.

PILATES/YOGA FUSION
Invigorating poses will help you feel elongated and full of energy. Closing with Savasana/relaxation method. The first session starts January 7 each Saturday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. until February 11. Fee per 6 week session: $25 Concord residents; $30 non-city residents. Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.

CIRCUIT BLAST
This NEW outdoor fitness program includes 45 minutes of circuits and 15 minutes of yoga stretch. Burn away calories and have a BLAST as we challenge and encourage you to reach your fitness goals.
FREE class are being offered January 24 – February 2 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The first 4 week session will be February 7 – March 2. Fee per 4 week session: $25 Concord residents; $30 non-city residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-city residents. Location: Dorton Park, 5790 Poplar Tent Road.

CHAIR YOGA
Designed for those with limitations. We will work on stretching and strengthening of the body for more flexibility and pain management. The first session begins January 23 on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. until February 27. Fee per 6 week session: $15 Concord residents; $20 non-city residents. Location: Fire Station #8, 1485 Old Charlotte Road.

Find the latest programs in the
Spring 2017 Leisure Times or concordparksandrec.org. You may also request more information or register over the phone at 704-920-5600.

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 Wednesday 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 WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 9 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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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