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Did you know?
Did you know there are some spaces left in the 13th Citizen Public Safety Academy? Join the academy 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.

Martin Luther King Day community events and City holiday schedule
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 16. 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.

This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Learn more at mlkday.gov.

Highlights of the January 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the month of January as National Mentoring Month.
  
Recognized Corey Hynson (Police) and Rodney Smith (Parks and Recreation) for saving the life of 16 year-old Tyler Brock.

Continued a public hearing related to Economic Development Incentive Grants for a local private sector manufacturing expansion project.

Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three-year, 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Incentive Grant to SkyGroup Investments, LLC (subsidiary of iFLY Holdings) for the development of an indoor skydiving facility.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Harold B. McEachern Greenway Extension

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Tindale Oliver & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $147,147.32 to complete the 2030 Land Use Plan.

Authorized staff to submit applications for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for projects at 1) the intersection of Bruton Smith Blvd and Weddington Rd and 2) US 601 at Flowes Store Rd/Miami Church Rd.

Authorized 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 fire truck.

Appointed Warren Nance (move from alternate to regular member) and Jean King (as alternate member) to the Planning and Zoning Commission


TONIGHT: Group Show, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ at ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios has planned a special guest artist exhibition in the Main Gallery: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view January 7 through February 3. The opening reception on Friday January 13, 6-8:30 p.m., will feature all four artists, refreshments, music, discussion, and an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7:00. Additional Artist Demonstrations and more will follow on Saturday January 14, during the monthly Second Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater, (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Click here to learn more, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Final loose leaf collection of the season coming up for Tuesday 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 TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Next quarterly crime and safety meetings scheduled for January 17 and 19
Concord Police are continuing efforts to engage the community with the fourth quarter 2016 crime and safety meetings scheduled for January. The meetings are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19, 2017. The East Patrol Bureau will be the focus of the January 17 meeting at Concord Police Headquarters (41 Cabarrus Avenue West, parking in Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck.). On January 19, the discussion will be dedicated to the West Patrol Bureau and held at the Fire Station 9 Community Room (1020 Ivey Cline Road). Come hear a 2016 year in review from Police executive and command staff, as well as about important community partnerships with Cabarrus Health Alliance and Project SAFE Cabarrus. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

January 18 and 19 education workshops planned for 2016 sign standards update
In November, Concord City Council adopted 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 planned for next week 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.

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.

Calling future Youth Council members!!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

January
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

February
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 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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