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Did you know?

Did you know there were 58,305 takeoffs and landings, and over 1.6 million gallons of aviation fuel pumped at Concord Regional Airport last year? An updated 2012 NCDOT Airport Economic Contribution Study found that the Concord Regional Airport contributes over $175 million (up from $110 million in 2006) to the local economy and supports almost 2,000 jobs annually.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 28 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. The Second Chance Program is available for anyone who misses their final collection and is willing to pay $75 rather than bagging leaves. Learn more and download the schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Public Safety Academy begins February 4 – last chance to apply
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Seniors can apply for heating bill assistance
Senior adults in Cabarrus County have until January 31 to apply for assistance with heating bills through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provided program funds are not exhausted before the deadline. The program offers one-time annual payment towards heating for winter months in the form of a $200, $300, or $400 credit, depending on income and number of people in the household. Eligibility requirements vary depending on age, household income, disability and/or enrollment in certain social services. Submit your application from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services, located at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-1400.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Baseball registration ends next week
Youth baseball and softball registration, ages 3 to 15 ends January 31, 2013. You can register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at www.concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City of Concord residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit our website or call 704-920-5600.
 
Registration for new summer campers coming soon!
Summer camp registration begins for NEW campers on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. Registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
2/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
2/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know the monthly City Council meeting agenda is prepared by the City Clerk and distributed to the Mayor and Council Members on the Friday prior to the meeting date? The agenda is also sent to the news media and posted on concordnc.gov. Regular City Council meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Council Chambers, with a work session on the Tuesday preceding the regular meeting at 4:00 p.m.
 
City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year to pay honor to Dr. King and to the principles for which he lived and died. As in years past, the Logan Community Association, in partnership with various churches and service organizations, organize a variety of educational, inspirational, and celebratory events to honor and celebrate the life and work of Dr. King. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn about these events, which are free and open to the public.
 
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 21. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, January 25. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. The Second Chance Program is available for anyone who misses their final collection and is willing to pay $75 rather than bagging leaves. Learn more and download the schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Public Safety Academy begins February 4 – apply now!
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Take the Couch to 5K Challenge!
The next Couch to 5K challenge begins January 22 at Dorton Park, meeting each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This training and exercise group does not require any running experience and is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with peers. The final goal is to complete the Bunny Run 5K on March 30. Registration is $10, and includes a T-Shirt and $5 discount on the Bunny Run 5K registration. Sign up today at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Registration for new summer campers coming soon!
Summer camp registration begins for NEW campers on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. Registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/22/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
1/25/2013 at 8:05 a.m. City Council annual planning session at Concord Police Headquarters
February
2/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know there are eight renewable generation installations connected to the City's municipal public power system? The eight individual systems have capacities ranging from 4 to 750 kilowatts. More installations are planned for the future; learn about the program at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the January 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented of retirement plaques to:
  • Larry Coleman, Buildings and Grounds, 10 years of service
  • Matt Sellers, Fire & Life Safety, 10 years of service
  • Deana Martin, Fire & Life Safety, 17 years of service
  • Tim Crainshaw, Fire & Life Safety, 25 years of service
Presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award with Special Performance Measurement Recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
 
Presented the 2013 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award to Police Sergeant Edie Moss. This is the highest award presented to City of Concord coworkers. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the 2013 Revision of the City of Concord Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
 
Granted a license to the CDDC (Concord Downtown Development Corporation) to display banners
 
Approved the amended 2012 Action Plan Resale and Recapture provisions to meet HUD requirements.   
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation for the Airport Safety/Maintenance Program.
 
Entered into a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) covering work to be performed under TIP # C-5557 - WBS Element No. 45845.3.1 and Federal Aid No. CMS-1004(52) for the construction of the NE Subset Sidewalks Project. 
 
Awarded a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. of China Grove, N. C. for construction of the Old Charlotte Rd. Sidewalk Extension Phase I project. 
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Improved Technologies, LLC an IPR Company for the rehabilitation of sewer lines using the cured-in-place method.
 
Approved the expenditure of $3,000 to assist in the repair of vandalism damage at Oakwood Cemetery and to adopt a budget ordinance reflecting the expenditure.
 
Adopted a resolution opposing legislation that provides for the forced taking of municipal water systems.
 
Adopted a resolution proposing to advertise a bid received from Connolly Net Lease, LLC to acquire City property located at 29 Cabarrus Avenue E (former Heilig Meyers Building) using the upset bid process dictated in NC General Statute 160A-269.
 
Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 14 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. The Second Chance Program is available for anyone who misses their final collection and is willing to pay $75 rather than bagging leaves. Learn more and download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
NCDOT plans lane and ramp closures as I-85 widening project continues
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the right lane on I-85 North between Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) and George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, weather permitting. During the closure, crews will repair a 250-foot section of pavement. The left lane will remain open to motorists.
 
NCDOT will close the left lanes on I-85 North and South near Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) from 9 p.m. Monday, January 14, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, while crews perform bridgework at the interchange. One lane will remain open in both directions.
 
Additionally, NCDOT will close the exit ramp from I-85 South to N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Concord at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 17, weather permitting. The ramp will be closed while contractor Lane Construction resets temporary barrier wall to prepare moving traffic to the ramp’s new configuration. While the ramp is closed, motorists can continue south on I-85 to George Liles Parkway (Exit 54), turn left to cross over the interstate, then left to get on I-85 North back to N.C. 73. The ramp will open at 6 a.m. Friday, January 18.
 
Public Safety Academy begins February 4 – apply now!
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Vet Connect – providing veterans with the tools for success
On Friday, February 1, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership with other entities will be hosting Vet Connect at the NC Research Campus location in Kannapolis (399 Biotechnology Lane). This FREE one-day seminar will provide hands-on resources to assist veterans in finding employment. Some the services provided will include: Translating military skills to the private sector (i.e. resume workshop, interviewing skills, etc.); instruction in military benefits to pursue further education (not just for RCCC but applicable to any school); Holland Assessments to identify career interests; starting a small business; dress for success; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the veterans in attendance. Registration is required – although this is a free event, space is limited. Please call 888-330-6445 x700 or email amy@matthewpoore.com to reserve your space by January 15.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth baseball and softball registration
Youth baseball and softball registration continues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. You may register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit the website or call 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/15/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/17/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/22/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
February
2/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/14/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know all the City’s buildings, parks and greenways, cemeteries, and other public facilities are maintained by just 47 staff members in the Buildings and Grounds Department?
 
Winter 2013 City Circular coming soon
If you have not received it already, your Winter 2013 issue of the City Circular will arrive very soon. The digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page.
 
Automated hiring process begins on Monday
The City of Concord’s Human Resources Department will launch a new web-based applicant tracking system on Monday that will drastically reduce the amount of paper and time required to fill vacancies. Beginning, Monday, January 7, applicants can apply for City of Concord jobs, update contact information, and check the status of applications any time of the day online. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 7 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. The Second Chance Program is available for anyone who misses their final collection and is willing to pay $75 rather than bagging leaves. Learn more and download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Public Safety Academy begins February 4
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Vet Connect – providing veterans with the tools for success
On Friday, February 1, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership with other entities will be hosting Vet Connect at the NC Research Campus location in Kannapolis (399 Biotechnology Lane). This FREE one-day seminar will provide hands-on resources to assist veterans in finding employment. Some the services provided will include: Translating military skills to the private sector (i.e. resume workshop, interviewing skills, etc.); instruction in military benefits to pursue further education (not just for RCCC but applicable to any school); Holland Assessments to identify career interests; starting a small business; dress for success; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the veterans in attendance. Registration is required – although this is a free event, space is limited. Please call 888-330-6445 x700 or email amy@matthewpoore.com to reserve your space by January 15.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit www.cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth baseball and softball registration
Youth baseball and softball registration continues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. You may register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit the website or call 704-920-5600.
 
Advance summer camp registration coming soon
Advance online registration for 2013 summer camp will begin in January for 2012 returning campers only. Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about summer camp, or contact Parks and Recreation with questions at 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/8/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/10/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/15/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/17/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/22/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.