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Did you know?

Did you know that Allegiant Air began nonstop service from Orlando-Sanford International Airport to Concord Regional Airport on December 20, 2013? Since that time, every flight has been nearly full. In January, there have been 9 Allegiant Air operations and Concord Regional Airport has processed almost 2800 passengers and over 1000 bags from those 9 operations. Learn more about the airport and Allegiant Air passenger service at concordnc.gov.

 

City Council appoints Parsley to fill District 6 Council Member vacancy
At a special meeting on Monday, January 27, the Concord City Council appointed Jennifer Haas Parsley to fill the vacancy left by the death of Hector H. Henry, II. Parsley is a graduate of A.L. Brown High School and King’s College, and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the owner of AIM Tours, a destination management company. Parsley's appointment will take effect when she takes the oath of office at the February 13 regular session. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Second chance program available for final loose leaf collection opportunity
Now that loose leaf collection season is over, Concord residents are required to bag all leaves placed at the curb. The Second Chance Program is for anyone who missed the last collection and is willing to pay rather than bagging leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties. For a fee of $75, the City will schedule a special loose leaf collection weekdays between February 3-7 and February 10-14. Call the Customer Care Center to schedule a second chance collection at 704-920-5555.
 
Speaker’s Bureau available to educate public on City programs and services
The City of Concord is pleased to announce a new effort to enhance its communications and expand outreach to the community. The new Speakers’ Bureau is a free educational tool created for citizens to receive information about City programs and services, and other topics of interest. Learn more at the link below or browse topics at concordnc.gov.
 
Stay in the know with Blackboard Connect™
The City of Concord can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone, text, or email to citizens in minutes using the Blackboard Connect System. Residents with published landline phone numbers are automatically in the system. You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more so you can be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Line dancing classes to help you stay fit
Are you looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy? Concord Housing is offering a six-week line dancing fitness program to help your residents promote a healthier lifestyle change. Line Dancing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, stimulate the mind and body, and have fun. Learn how to have better rhythm and coordination. Develop a healthier lifestyle and lift your energy level and spirits. Practice the most popular universal dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Biker’s Shuffle, and more! Classes are offered on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Concord Housing Resident Services at (704) 920-6110.
 
Free diabetic educational workshop and risk assessments testing
The City of Concord Housing Department has teamed up with Cabarrus County Health Alliance to offer Diabetic workshops that provide support, education with interactive activities for type 2 diabetes patients and their families. Each session will have nutritious refreshments pertaining to the discussion for the week. The class will be held every Wednesday, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
 
City of Concord Housing Department has partnered with the Cabarrus County Health Alliance to provide free Diabetes Risk Assessments, screenings, exercise, and nutrition information, and much more to the community during a American Diabetes Association Alert Day Event.  The event will be held on Friday, March 21st from 10am-2pm. The purpose of the event is a wakeup call asking the American Public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
 
Computer Competency classes offer basic computer skills for beginners
Concord Housing Department offers Computer Competency classes are offered at the City of Neighborhood Network Technology Center. Classes offer individuals opportunities to gain life-rewarding computer skills in a non-threatening atmosphere. Classes, which are designed for beginners, to those needing a more advanced level, include Basic Computer Skills, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel, Job Readiness Training (Resume Writing, Letter of Application, Interviewing Techniques, etc.), Internet and E-mailing.   Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-10:30am. For more information, please call (704) 920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Registration for Summer Playground 
Registration for Camp GoneAlot (ages 11-13) and Summer Playground (ages 6-10) begins Wednesday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m. Registration can be made online www.concordparksandrec.org, or by walk-in at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW. This 8 week day camp operates from June 23 – August 15. Closed on July 4.  A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.  Fee: $350 for city residents; $450 for non-city residents. 
 
Couch to 5K training program
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience necessary. The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on 4/19.  Meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between February 11 and April 15 at Dorton Park.  Fee: $15 Registration is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW.
 
Register now for 10 & Under Tennis
Formally known as Quick Start Tennis, this program is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size.  Group lessons for ages 5 – 10.  Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at Les Myers Park.  Fee: $20 for city residents; $25 for non-city residents.  Registration is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW. 
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
25 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know municipal clerks, county clerks, regional council secretaries, and their deputies are invited to increase their knowledge and improve their skills each year at the City and County Clerks’ Academy? The school provides help with practical problems confronted by clerks as well as opportunities for professional development and informal learning. Visit ncamc.com to learn more about what clerks do and how they do it.
 
Residents and businesses encouraged to stay alert against scams
The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information could be a scam. If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill. For more information, visit duke-energy.com.
 
Just a small drip can do the trick
With the bitterly cold weather our area is experiencing, residential water and irrigation services are more susceptible to freezing. Concord Water Resources staff encourages residents to consider leaving a faucet dripping overnight to keep water moving through pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures. This simple tip may help keep your privately owned plumbing from freezing in your yard or under your house, and can prevent costly damage to your pipes.
 
Another round of record-breaking cold to affect energy bills
This time of year, about half of your home electric costs come from heating. When frigid temperatures set in, your heating system has to work even harder to keep you warm, and that means more electric consumption and higher electric bills. New record low temperatures were set on January 7. Today will be the second day this winter with the high temperature below the freezing mark. Forecasters predict next week might add two more sub-freezing days, which would total four for the season.
 
Be prepared for a higher-than-normal electric bill. While there’s nothing you can do to change the past, brush up on winter energy saving tips so you can be prepared the next time Mother Nature strikes. ElectriCities' TempTracker365 also provides helpful videos and a customized weather calendar to help you manage household electric use. At concordnc.gov, you can find more resources, such as the Peak Partners program, the residential energy assessment program, and more.
 
Final call for Public Safety Academy
Only a few seats and days remain to join the City of Concord’s tenth 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 ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season begins its final week next week. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 27 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Second chance program available for final loose leaf collection opportunity
Concord residents are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works their street during the third collection cycle. The Second Chance Program is for anyone who missed the last collection and is willing to pay rather than bagging leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties. For a fee of $75, the City will schedule a special loose leaf collection weekdays between February 3-7 and February 10-14. Call the Customer Care Center to schedule a second chance collection at 704-920-5555.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Boot Camp in the Park
This outdoor extreme fitness class focuses on levels of exercise incorporating cardio drills, resistance training with your body weight, and core workouts. Participants must be 18 years of age or older; medical clearance is required for those over age 40. Bring bottled water, mat or towel, and a pair of hand weights. The hour-long class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 5:00 a.m. at Les Myers Park located at 338 Lawndale Ave. New session begins January 27 and runs until February 13. Fee per 9 class session is $40; $5 City resident discount available. Register online at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Register now for youth baseball and softball
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the youth baseball and softball leagues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents, and available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
28 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
February
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord has had electricity since 1889? The Town formed an agreement with J.M. Odell to provide electric lights on February 18, 1889, forming the Concord Electric Light Company. The company began with 75 street lights of 20 candlepower each. The street lights would burn during night hours, seven days per week (with the exception of moonlit nights). On April 20 of the same year, the St. Cloud Hotel was lit with electricity. The Concord Electric Light Company continued to progress until March 14, 1904 when the City of Concord purchased the company from J.M. Odell and the other stockholders. Learn more about Concord Electric Systems at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 20. 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 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21. Visit the City Hall Blog for information on community events, and concordnc.gov for more details on City services next week.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Be ready for winter weather
Concord Emergency Management and the Centers for Disease Control encourage you to be ready for winter weather. Visit cdc.gov for an infographic with several key tips on preparing for exposure to the winter elements.
 
Sign up now for the Public Safety Academy
Applications are available for the City of Concord’s tenth 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 ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Habitat Heroes Club
School's Out!!! Let's get outside (weather permitting) Tuesday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. until noon and check out habitats in our backyard. Habitat Heroes are boys and girls who enjoy animals, nature, and being outdoors. This month's focus is arthropods, our little friends in nature! We will peer into the lives of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans in our parks and greenways; even those that might visit you at home. We will play games, craft habitats to take home, and even have little arthropod snacks! Meets at the Academy Recreation Center; come prepared for the weather and bring a change of clothes. Fee is $10; $5 City resident discount available.
 
Register now for youth baseball and softball
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the youth baseball and softball leagues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents, and available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
February
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know you can help inform and remind people that their littering, whether deliberate or unintentional, can end with their personal commitment to stop? Littering North Carolina roadways is not an acceptable behavior, and never has been. NCDOT's Swat-A-Litterbug Program is available to help. Upon receipt of the litterbug information, NCDOT will notify the vehicle owner of the littering offense, inform the vehicle owner of the penalties for littering, and urge the litterbug to stop littering. The Swat-A-Litterbug Program provides every citizen an opportunity to be an active participant in ensuring roadways are kept clean, beautiful, and safe. Visit ncdot.gov to learn more about how you can help.
 
Highlights of the January 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to:
  • Tommy Smith, Engineering, 16 years of service
  • James Isenhour, Fire and Life Safety, 27 years of service
  • John Eury, Fire and Life Safety, 31 years of service
Presented the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence to Fleet Services.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels of land owned by RiverOaks Land LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the 2014 revision of the City of Concord Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
 
Awarded a bid and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract for Pike Corporation to provide contract labor and equipment for installation and maintenance of electric infrastructure.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Adopted Fees, Rates & Charges as it relates to the Rider Transit system One Ride Pass program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into three development agreements between the City of Concord and Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County to partner in constructing single family homes on lots located on Ring Avenue using HOME Funds.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Luis R. and Maria M. Galo.
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) for the installation of the 2014 Concord on Canvas banners in the Downtown area. 
 
Scheduled the Concord City Council Annual Planning Session to be held on Friday, January 17, 2014.
 
Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 13 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Eury promoted to Deputy Fire Chief
Todd Eury has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations for the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety. The position has been vacant since October 2013, when Ray Allen was named Fire Chief. Deputy Chief Eury is a lifelong Cabarrus County resident, and began his career in Concord in 1990 as a Firefighter at Fire Station 1. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Check out the Winter 2014 City Circular and Spring 2014 Leisure Times
The Winter 2014 issue of the City Circular 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.
 
Those who received the City Circular in the mail also received the Spring 2014 issue of the Leisure Times, which is also available online. See new listings of classes, activities, and events from Concord Parks and Recreation.
 
Stokes Masonic Lodge honors Concord public safety coworkers
Congratulations to Concord Firefighter Dylan Daquila and Police Major Wendell Rummage for being recognized with Outstanding Service Awards by Concord's Stokes Lodge Number 32. Daquila was recognized for his work in organizing the annual fire-police football game to benefit children at the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital. Rummage was recognized for his outstanding service throughout his career in the City of Concord Police Department.
 
2014 Urban Archery season begins on January 11
The City of Concord will participate in North Carolina’s Urban Archery season for the fourth time in 2014. Hunting and fishing in North Carolina is regulated by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). The established dates for North Carolina’s 2014 Urban Archery season are January 11 - February 15. More information is available on the City Hall Blog.
 
2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration events, January 18 – 20
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year (January 20, 2014) 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 for details.
 
Sign up now for the Public Safety Academy
Applications are available for the City of Concord’s tenth 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 ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for youth baseball and softball
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the youth baseball and softball leagues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents, and available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
17 at 7:45 a.m. City Council Annual Planning session at Concord Police Headquarters
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
February
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know professional tree service and landscape contractors are responsible for the removal and disposal of all waste they generate? Be sure to discuss this important part of the project before agreeing to use a contractor. This helps the City provide its weekly yard-waste collection program to all residents at no extra charge. Households in violation will be subject to fees. Find out more about yard waste collection at concordnc.gov. 

 

Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 6 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Sign up now for the Public Safety Academy
Applications are available for the City of Concord’s tenth 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 ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for January 8
Because the first Wednesday of January, 2014 fell on New Year's Day, this month's Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste collection day is rescheduled for Wednesday, January 8. The Saturday collection in January is still scheduled for January 18. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Recreational Needs Assessment Survey
The mission of the City of Concord is to partner with our community to deliver services; preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life; and plan for the future.  With this in mind, the Parks and Recreation Department needs your input and assistance by completing a recreational needs assessment survey. Information gathered through this survey will be used to improve the City's recreational facility network. Please take a few minutes to respond; click here to begin. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
Register now for youth baseball and softball
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the youth baseball and softball leagues through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents, and available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
 
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.