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Did you know?
Did you know that the Engineering Department has a two man survey crew that performs surveys for design projects and property maps which saves the City money?  The surveyors use GPS equipment that collects coordinate information of various things from satellites? Some examples include sewer manholes, edge of pavement, and property irons. The collected coordinates have an accuracy of +/- 1/8 of an inch.  They also use other equipment that can measure distances accurately, as far away as 19,685 ft. (3.73 miles). Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2017 Planning Session

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to receive updates on current year projects and establish focus areas for FY 2017-18. The presentations and discussions that followed will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY 2017-18 budget in May. A video celebrating accomplishments for the community in 2016 was presented and is available on the City’s Facebook page. Much of the discussion related to preparations to update the City's Land Use Plan and receiving recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan. Click here to read The Year of the Master Plan and learn more about these projects.
 

FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators
The City of Concord is hosting a FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators and educators-in-training of ANY background. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. The hands-on activities facilitate the exploration of topics including communication, economics, energy and fuels, geology, government, history, recycling, transportation, watersheds, wildlife, and much more! Participants will learn about the materials through direct engagement in the PLT activities throughout the workshop. Workshop materials (a $25 value!) will be provided at no cost to participants through partnership with the NC Forestry Association.  Pre-registration is required. To register or for additional information contact Mandy Smith-Thompson, City of Concord Environmental Educator - smithal@concordnc.gov or call 704.920.5379.

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.

Walking Lunch Hour

Did you know short, but frequent walks in nature may improve mental health and even reduce stress? We’ve got tons of places you can walk in nature and are excited to offer this program at Harold B. McEachern Greenway! Join us every Monday beginning 1/30 at 12:00 noon at the trailhead across from the post office, 66 McCachern Blvd. SE. Parking is available along the street. For more information call 704-920-5600 or visit www.concordparksandrec.org. #WalkInAPark

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.

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.

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


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
21 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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Did you know?
Did you know most temporary signage in Concord should be registered with our Planning Department (it's free, click here). Dozens of sign manufacturers, business owners, and community attended workshops this week to learn about this and other features of the City's updated sign standards. Concord City Council adopted updated standards in November effective immediately to allow businesses to take advantage of quality incentives, but provided a 120-day grace period to educate customers. For more information about the 2016 sign standards, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5152.

Our friends at CTW visit Clearwater to take in ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’
Tune into this week's Cabarrus This Week for a tour of ClearWater Artist Studios' special guest artist exhibition: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view through February 3. ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are also available to rent out for private events and parties. Click here to watch the CTW preview, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Protect yourself against identity theft this tax season
The IRS reports that thousands of Americans fall victim to tax-related identity theft each year. Learn the warning signs and steps to protect yourself from this crime at the Cabarrus County Senior Center on Wednesday, January 24. Click here to learn more or call 704-920-2787.

Final loose leaf collection of the season coming up for Monday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf season has just one week remaining. 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 MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 23 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Just a few days left 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.

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.

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 classes are being offered January 24 – February 2 on Tuesdays and 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-residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Dorton Park, 5790 Poplar Tent Road. Learn more here.

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-residents. Location: Fire Station 8, 1485 Old Charlotte Road. Register now.

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
26 at 12:45 p.m. City Council annual planning session Part 1
27 at 8:05 a.m. City Council annual planning session Part 2

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
21 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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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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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.