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Did you know?
Did you know Concord residents can put leaves and other yard waste in untied, clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags at the curb for collection year-round? Loose leaf collection season is officially over so that means bagging is back, but for the next two weeks customers can pay $75 for a special Second Chance loose leaf collection. Visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555 for more information.

Concord in the headlines – Deputy Chief Stocks featured by Independent Tribune
Stocks is the highest ranking woman, African-American in Concord Police history

Public invited to tour City Hall on Sunday, February 7
Members of the public are invited to tour Concord City Hall on Sunday, February 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. During the drop-in event, staff will be available to tour visitors around the building, which opened to customers on January 19. The 76,000 square-foot structure consolidates the majority of Concord's administrative services, most of which previously functioned out of three Downtown buildings. Parking is conveniently located in the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, just steps away. Learn more at concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

Scheduled maintenance on concordnc.gov planned for January 30
Between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 30, concordnc.gov and all of the City's online service portals will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance. This includes utility and tax payments, the eCare utility account portal, and GIS mapping. Utility payments and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system may also be unavailable during this time. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Cabarrus County Animal Shelter to close February 1-7 for transition
In early January, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted to assume operations of the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord). The final step in the transition will take place February 1-7, when the shelter will close to the public. In that week, the shelter staff will receive training, transition the front office, and take care of technical and physical updates. When the shelter opens on Monday, February 8, the outside will look familiar, but inside operations will have a fresh feel. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn more.

Art Walk, launch of Concord on Canvas TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
This evening, two community favorites are returning to Downtown Concord’s arts scene. The Cabarrus Arts Council’s latest Art Walk will be open from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.  See visual art displays and attend the opening reception for Convergence at The Galleries. While you’re strolling Union Street, enjoy the "launch" of Concord on Canvas 2016. Thirty-eight original paintings created by area professional artists and high school art students will be on display throughout Downtown. Online-bidding for each painting begins during the launch, and continues up to the Concord on Canvas party and auction on Friday, March 11. For more information about Concord on Canvas, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

iRecreate – how do you play?
How do you recreate? This spring, Parks and Recreation wants to see how you play in City parks and greenways with a themed photo contest based once a month in a specific park or greenway. February is all about the Hector H. Henry II Greenway! Please send your photos of running, biking, playing on the playground, or any form of recreation to culbrethk@concordnc.gov, and visit concordparksandrec.org to find out more.

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

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 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!

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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Did you know?
Did you know the Engineering Department uses the latest version of 3D CAD software in order to efficiently and effectively produce design drawings for other City Departments? The Engineering Department acts as an internal consulting firm to assist with everything from water and sewer infrastructure to roadway design. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Winter Storm: Friday evening conditions and service update
The City of Concord has been preparing for and responding to the first significant winter weather of 2016. Crews have plowed (once) and treated (twice) all designated bare pavement routes. Crews will continue to work through the weekend in continuous 12-hour shifts until the streets are clear. Currently there are 11 trucks spreading material, another 3 with plows only, and 1 motor grader in operation. Approximately 210 tons of salt have been applied to streets at this time. Drivers are urged to remain off roads until bare pavement routes are cleared.

Because of the poor conditions of most secondary roadways and the frozen precipitation to continue through Saturday, Rider Transit has suspended service through Saturday, January 23. Rider Transit will continue to monitor conditions and provide an update Saturday afternoon via ckrider.com and the customer service line (704-920-7433) as to the status of service for Sunday.

For additional information and updates about the storm response, visit concordnc.gov.


Cabarrus County seeking community input on reservoir
Cabarrus County will hold a drop in meeting from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2 to gather public input about the Coddle Creek Reservoir. The meeting at will take place at Gilwood Presbyterian Church (2993 Odell School Road).  The County sent letters of notification regarding the meeting to owners of property that adjoins the County's lake property. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. There is also an online feedback form and more information available at cabarruscounty.us.

Community art favorites returning to Downtown Concord next week
On Friday, January 29, two community favorites are returning to Downtown Concord’s arts scene. The Cabarrus Arts Council’s latest
Art Walk will be open from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.  See visual art displays and attend the opening reception for Convergence at The Galleries. While you’re strolling Union Street, enjoy the "launch" of Concord on Canvas 2016. Thirty-eight original paintings created by area professional artists and high school art students will be on display throughout Downtown. Online-bidding for each painting begins during the launch, and continues up to the Concord on Canvas party and auction on Friday, March 11. For more information about Concord on Canvas, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Residents in Wednesday collection area to receive season’s final loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season concludes next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 25 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at
concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Adults—enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us!
March 8: Barn Dinner Theater. Leading Ladies is a hilarious comedy about two British Shakespearean actors who are down on their luck, performing in Moose Lodges. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost nieces, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. What ensues is a classic farce. Registration is $62 (includes meal), and available at concordparksandrec.org. Pre-register by February 9.

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

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 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!

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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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord and Cabarrus County are in the final stage of launching a combined plan review system? The City's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department coordinates the review of plans for new buildings and development in the City of Concord. Staff at Cabarrus County also review plans and issue building permits, and until recently these two processes were independent. In order to link their systems together the City and County have both adopted the Accela Automation software. Both the City and County will have access to the same sets of plans in real time, and customers will be able to submit plans, permit requests, and payments. Electronic plan review will eliminate waste generated by traditional paper plans, as well as reduce the physical space it takes to store them. Electronic document review will also save customers submitting plans hundreds of dollars per project they are currently spending on printing and delivery costs. The conversion to the electronic document review and online submittals is in its final stage and will be available in the next few months. For more information, call Planning and Neighborhood Development at 704-920-5152.

Highlights of the January 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Doug Miller - 10 years of service, Water Resources Department.

Conducted a public hearing and approved rezoning
two parcels of land from Residential Medium Density (RM-2) to Residential Compact-Conditional District (RC-CD).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted the 2016 Revision of the City of Concord
Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Consider authorizing 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 truck, which will be a replacement for Ladder 11.

Adopted modifications to City Ordinance Section 14-2 Primary Fire Limits Described.

Adopted a resolution to approve the sale of City property, considered to be a portion of 68 Cabarrus Avenue West and specifically identified as being the Second Lot, 1,727 Sq. Ft. or 0.040 acres (Part of PIN 5620-81-0568), to Karen M. Gronli for $5,736.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Insituform Technologies, LLC for the lining of sewer lines.

Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Sanders Utility Construction Co., Inc. for the installation of a new Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) and appurtenances at the intersection of Lower Rocky River Road and Rocky River Road.

Adopted a resolution granting a permanent drainage easement to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the I-85 widening project.

City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King Day, City Hall to open after holiday
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 18. 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.

Additionally, the new City Hall at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W will be open to customers beginning Tuesday, January 19 and the City’s former downtown administrative buildings will be closed. An open house is planned for 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. For a sneak preview, check out the latest episode of Cabarrus This Week,
available on demand now or airing on TWC Channel 22. For more information about City Hall, visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

Concord Fire Department and FEMA offer winter safety tips
The Concord Fire Department and FEMA wish to remind you that home fires occur more frequently in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these simple tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season: 1) Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, or candles; 2) Never use an oven to heat your home; 3) Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed; 4) Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional. For additional winter safety tips from FEMA, click here.

Spring into Arts announces call for artists, young performers
The Spring into Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Downtown Concord. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with regional artists spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31, 2016. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31, 2016 the application fee is $110. 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 non-refundable fee and a link to a performance video are due by March 15, 2016. Those selected to perform will be notified by April 11, 2016.

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

Residents in Thursday collection area up next for final loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at
concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

New fitness classes now available
Parks and Recreation is offering two new weekly fitness classes for just $3 per session. Mixxedfit and Kettlebell Express are held each Tuesday at Academy Recreation Center. Mixxedfit meets at 6:00 p.m. and is a fun, explosive, one-hour dance class full of big and exaggerated movements. Kettlebell Express meets at 7:15 p.m. and is a quick, intense, calorie burning 30-minute workout. Bring your own wide horn kettlebell (5-10 pounds). Learn more about fitness offerings at concordparksandrec.org or 704-920-5600.

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

January

19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
21 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
11 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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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Regional Airport served over 113,000 commercial passengers in 2015, an increase from 37,000 in 2014? Allegiant Air started service at Concord Regional in December 2013, with two weekly flights to Orlando Sanford. The airline has continued to grow service at CRA, adding Fort Lauderdale and Tampa/St. Pete in 2014 and now having 10 weekly departures to these three destinations out of the original temporary service facility. The City of Concord has planned and started construction on a new commercial service terminal and parking deck that will better accommodate passengers. The facilities are scheduled to be complete summer of 2016. Learn more at concordnc.gov, or visit wfae.org for a recent feature on Concord Regional.

Concord Police Department announces senior level promotions
Police Chief Gary Gacek has announced the promotions of two experienced officers to senior positions. Effective January 18, Captain Betty Stocks will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police, and Captain Keith Eury will be promoted to the rank of Major. Both are Concord natives and career-long Concord Police Officers. The Police Department is planning a promotional ceremony for Stocks and Eury on Friday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. The event will be held in Concord Police Headquarters located at 41 Cabarrus Avenue W and the public is invited to attend. Visit concordnc.gov for additional information.

City Hall move is underway, sneak peek available on CTW
Administrative staff have begun moving into Concord's new City Hall at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W, working towards opening the facility to customers on Tuesday, January 19. A public dedication ceremony and open house is planned for 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. For a sneak preview, check out the latest episode of Cabarrus This Week, available on demand now or airing on TWC Channel 22 beginning January 11. For more information about City Hall, visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
The artist at ClearWater invite you to see them in action this weekend at the Second Saturday Open Studios. The artists host an open-house at ClearWater Artist Studios the second Saturday of each month, featuring artists working and available for conversation, studios open to view, etc. Some months have special events. The time each month is 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the ClearWater Manager at 704-784-9535, email clearwatermgr@gmail.com or visit clearwaterartists.com.

Residents in Friday collection area up next for final loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 11 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at
concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Camp registration begins next week
Concord Parks and Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps at Summer Playground (ages 6-10) and Camp Gone-A-lot (ages 11-13)! Each program runs eight weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. Registration for returning campers opens January 13, for new City-resident campers on January 20, and to new non-resident campers on February 3. For more information about the summer camp programs and registration process, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Registration underway for youth spring baseball
Spring baseball and softball registration for boys and girls will be available throughout the month of January, for the playing season beginning in April. The fee is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-residents. Registration will be available at
concordparksandrec.org, at each of the recreation centers, and on January 30 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

January

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 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!

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.