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Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department hosts a monthly program for seniors and veterans? The Connect Center program allows community partners to meet with seniors and veterans to assist them with various topics, such as nutrition, remaining active, and life skills. The program is held at the Neighborhood Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street, SW. You can learn more about this and many other opportunities by calling the Housing Department at 704-920-6110.

 

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2018 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 2018-19. The presentations and discussions that followed will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY19 budget in May. A video celebrating accomplishments for the community in 2017 was presented and is available on the City’s Facebook page. Find out more about the budget process at concordnc.gov/budget.


Last chance to meet Spring into Arts Early bird deadline
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Monday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. 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 29 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Higher utility bills expected because of record low temperatures

New Year’s brought in record low temperatures. Based on these low temperatures and how energy was used in homes and business to keep warm, customers may see an increase on their monthly utility bill. During severely cold weather, customers use more electricity and natural gas to heat their homes and businesses. Outdoor temperatures drive indoor energy usage more than any other single factor. While we cannot control the weather, we do encourage customers to take steps to reduce energy usage and lower bills as much as possible during the winter months. Here are some suggested tips: set thermostat between 68° and 72°, insulate and seal any air leaks with caulk or weather-stripping, cover drafty windows, and properly maintain your heating system.  See the impact of weather on your utility bill: temptracker365.com

Neighbor Helping Neighbor program helps to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Hundreds of Concord utility customers struggle to pay their electricity bill each month. Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a partnership of the City of Concord and Cooperative Christian Ministry, is here to help. Neighbor Helping Neighbor provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways you can give: Round up your bill and donate the extra cents, donate a set amount each month, or make a one-time donation. Sign up today at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com.

 

Concord Downtown Development Corporation Launches Parking Initiative

Concord Downtown Development Corporation, CDDC has been working to create and promote alternative parking options in Downtown Concord in anticipation of the closing of Cabarrus County surface parking lots 3 & 4 to make way for construction of a new County parking deck in Downtown Concord.  The recently released update of the Concord Downtown NC app now includes an interactive parking feature that has real time lot accessibility and offers the ability for a visitor to plan ahead for their visit to Downtown Concord and view parking options depending on when they will be arriving. Users can toggle between the option of Weekday and Nights/Weekends to find available parking locations. The parking feature utilizes one’s phone navigational component to provide directions to a specified lot. iPhone users will pull up parking lot directions via Maps; Android users will automatically pull up directions via Google Maps. The CDDC has also been working with private property owners in the district to make private lots available to the public during evenings and weekends. The free Concord Downtown NC app is available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store. To learn more, visit concorddowntown.com.

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.


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

February
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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 
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Did you know?
Did you know North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is available to qualified Cabarrus County residents who need assistance with heating bills? Last year, 1,700 qualified Cabarrus County households received a total of $456,500 in aid. For more information about this program, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Winter Weather and City services update
City services resumed normalcy today after this week's winter weather, with Rider Transit starting on time this morning, and solid waste collection beginning later in the morning once additional melting occurred. City Solid Waste crews have progressed through most of the City and will finish collecting yard waste (including this week's Loose Leaf schedule) on Saturday.

 

Waste Pro continues working to complete the Wednesday Garbage, Recycling, and Bulky waste routes today after starting their service around 11:00 a.m. Waste Pro will work as late as practical this evening; any areas of the Wednesday route that Waste Pro cannot reach today will be first on their list Saturday morning. Waste Pro anticipates completing collection for Thursday customers on Saturday, and Friday customers on Sunday.

"We certainly appreciate the efforts of our coworkers working on the front lines and behind the scenes who are keeping the community safe and continuing to deliver essential services," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "We also want to acknowledge our Solid Waste partners, Waste Pro and Republic Services, for their role in helping us provide excellent service to our customers."

Find out more at concordnc.gov.

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule. It is anticipated that public hearings on the recommended plan will be held at Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings in the coming months, but the dates have not been determined yet. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

What's Happening at ClearWater – new exhibit opens tonight!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord announces the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The show is on view in the ClearWater Gallery now through the end of February. The Opening Reception will be held TONIGHT, January 19 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Tuesday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. 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 Monday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Be sure to attend community wide crime and safety briefing with Concord Police January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

NCDOT announces completion of Piedmont Improvement Program
Hop on the train to experience firsthand the improvements between Charlotte and Raleigh with the completion of the NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Program. This series of 40 rail projects, that included station improvements, closures of street-level crossings and new bridges, have greatly increased safety for vehicle drivers and rail passengers. Additionally, the ability to more efficiently move freight traffic will help spur new economic development and job growth. You can learn more about this program at ncdot.gov/projects/pip.

Early bird deadline coming soon: apply now for Spring into Arts 2018
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

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

February
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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 the 2018 Recycling & Bulky Waste Calendar originally published in the Winter 2018 City Circular inversed the blue and green colors for the month of March only? A correct calendar, with March starting and ending in a green week, is available in the Winter 2018 City Circular digital edition and at concordnc.gov/whatsmyday. We will also republish the correct calendar in the Spring 2018 City Circular and apologize for any confusion.

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 15. 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.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others? That is this year's challenge from the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which works to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Learn more at mlkday.gov.

A variety of local celebrations in honor of Martin Luther King Day are organized by the MLK Celebration Planning Committee of Concord-Cabarrus. For information on community celebrations, visit mlkccnc.org.

Highlights of the January 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Gerald Harris, 28 years of service - Fire Department; and David Little, 41 years of service – Finance Department.

Presented a Proclamation declaring February 1, 2018 as Warren C. Coleman Day in the City of Concord.

Continued a public hearing and consider adopted an ordinance designating the Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill (625 Main St. SW) as a local historic landmark.

Received a presentation of the Independent Auditor's report of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for the renovation of 946 Burrage Road for use by the Parks and Recreation Department and adopted an associated a capital project amendment ordinance.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) for the receipt of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant funds. 

 

Adopted an ordinance revising the Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) Rate & Charges structure to include a new regional transit fare and pass options to facilitate the recently approved Concord-Charlotte Express service to begin in March in conjunction of the CATS Blue Line Extension opening.

Appointed Kevin Killough as a regular member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Brian Floyd as alternate member of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Wednesday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. 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 Tuesday, January 16 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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

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

February
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 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 that ordinances are laws that are adopted by each city in North Carolina, which apply only to that city? Because each city adopts its own ordinances, they can differ greatly as long as they remain consistent with North Carolina General Statues. You can access Concord’s Code of Ordinances at concordnc.gov/Government/City-Ordinances, and the Concord Development Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance) at concordnc.gov/planning.

BRRR it's cold outside! Stay safe with these tips from the Fire Department
According to a 2013-2015 study of home fires by the U.S Fire Administration, cooking (50.8 percent) and heating (10.8 percent) are the two leading causes of home fires. More than six of every ten home fires are caused by cooking or heating equipment. The Concord Fire Department has several winter safety tips available at concordnc.gov. Additionally, you are encouraged to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries and or unit if needed. If your heating or cooking appliances use fuel (like natural gas or propane), make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms in the home. If you need assistance with checking or replacing these devices, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5516.

Public Power winter energy savings tips can help you save real dollars
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Check, clean, or replace filters once a month. Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed and be sure they aren’t blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. Let the sunshine in to heat your home for free. These aren't just words of advice to share with someone who has moved out on their own for the first time. They are real, simple ways to save energy and money on your utility bill in this frigid weather! Click here for more winter energy savings tips courtesy of ElectriCities of North Carolina.

CTW checks out the newest phase of the McEachern Greenway
Have you been on the newest segment of the McEachern Greenway? Our friends at Cabarrus County Government celebrate the New Year on Concord Parks and Recreation's McEachern Greenway. The newest segment north of McGee Park creates 5.2 miles of trail in Concord's center-City. Get a tour on Cabarrus This Week, available on CabCoTV.

Loose leaf collection begins the home stretch in Thursday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 8 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

Calling artists: apply now for Spring into Arts 2018
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.


Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Start your 2018 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Motivate Wellness Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the 
Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.

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

January
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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.