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Did you know?
Did you know Cabarrus County’s Lunch Plus program provides more than just a meal each weekday at five locations? Learn more on CabCoTV or cabarruscounty.us.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in FRIDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season 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 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 28 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT planning public meetings on NC 73 widening project
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings next week about a project to improve a section of N.C. 73 between N.C. 115 in Mecklenburg County and U.S. 29 in Cabarrus County. The project's aim is to reduce congestion in the corridor and provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Recommendations to improve the roadway are included in comprehensive transportation plans developed by the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization and Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The Cabarrus County meeting is planned for Tuesday, January 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Connect Church (3101 Davidson Highway). Find out more at ncdot.gov.

We’re hiring: join our team
Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career? Consider joining #TeamConcord! With over 1,000 coworkers in our organization needed to deliver services to the community, there is something for everyone. A number of career fields and opportunities are available including both full-time and part-time positions. Visit concordnc.gov to explore our opportunities today.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Get fit with us!
Try something new with all new fitness programs starting this week—check out our menu of adult and active living classes: Chair Yoga, Chair Cardio, Chair Strength Training, Boom, Strength Training and Circuit Training. For details and registration please call 704-920-5604 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

Stress Management
Ages 18 and up. Do you continue to think about reducing or managing your stress? Dr. Tracey Sellers shares important information regarding different stressors and ways to overcome them. This week we will learn the causes of toxic stress load and how to reduce them in your life. Each class includes exercises to reduce physical stress. Class meets Tuesday, 1/22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each class is $10 for City residents, $15 for non-residents.

Painting Tutorials
Are you working on a painting, or inspired to begin one of your own? Instructor, Anne Propst will guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. The first tutorial will meet Tuesday, 1/29 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, each class is $45 for City residents, $50 for non-residents.

Quilt Beginnings: 4 Patch/9 Patch Log Cabin Design
Fiber artist, Susan Edmonson shares her passion of design through quilting and stitching extraordinary works of art. Utilizing basic rules and information for making a quilt this two-part class explores piecing, cutting, sewing and pressing to complete amazing works. Class will meet Wednesday, 1/30 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, the fee for this class is $55 for City residents, $60 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 Concord Parks and Rec can help teens photograph like pros? Youth ages 13-18 can bring a camera to the David W. Phillips Activity Center for a four-week session beginning January 24 to understand composition, light, exposure, camera controls, and more. Create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Each four-week session is $55 for City residents, $60 for non-residents. More details and registration info at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King Day
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 21. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, January 25. For more information about service changes and community celebration events over the weekend, visit concordnc.gov.

Concord in the Headlines
Bootsmead announces demolition of former Philip Morris plant

Cabarrus EDC: Demolition to Philip Morris plant brings new opportunities to Concord
On Wednesday, an exciting announcement was made in our community: the former Philip Morris plant (now known as The Grounds at Concord) will be demolished. Bootsmead LeaseCo LLC (Bootsmead), who currently owns the property, plans to tear down the facility in an effort to create a blank slate that will be more appealing to future users. Why is this exciting? Because of the tremendous opportunity this represents for both Concord and Cabarrus County residents. Find out more at cabarrusedc.com.

Final call for the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Some spaces remain in the 15th 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 January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Police crime and safety briefings scheduled for January 22, 24
Members of the public invited to Police Department crime and safety briefings
On Thursday, January 24, Concord Police will hold their latest crime and safety briefing, focused on crime statistics for 2018 and the effectiveness of the Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers program. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Concord (200 Branchview Drive), and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the first-ever Spanish language crime and safety briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m., at Barber-Scotia College’s Faith Hall. For more information, visit concordnc.gov/police or contact Sgt. Curtis Anderson at 704-920-5000.

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to be issued early because of federal shutdown.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly. More information is available at
cabarruscounty.us.

New maximum taxicab rates adopted effective March 1
In response to local operator requests, on January 10 the Concord City Council updated Chapter 18 of the City Code, regulating maximum allowable taxicab rates within the corporate limits of the city and up to two miles beyond as determined by taxicab meters. The maximum rates were last changed in 2005 and the new rates are effective March 1, 2019 as follows: 1) the maximum initial meter charge increasing from $2.00 to $2.50; 2) the maximum additional distance charge changing from $0.50 per ¼ mile to $.30 per 1/8 mile (or $0.60 per ¼ mile). Other maximum rates will not change.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in MONDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season 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 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.


Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Stress Management
Ages 18 and up. Do you continue to think about reducing or managing your stress? Dr. Tracey Sellers shares important information regarding different stressors and ways to overcome them. This week we will learn the causes of toxic stress load and how to reduce them in your life. Each class includes exercises to reduce physical stress. Class meets Tuesday, 1/22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each class is $10 for City residents, $15 for non-residents.

Adult Weight Management
Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist, Sonya Ruffin addresses obesity behavioral therapy, meal planning, weight loss management, nutritional education and light exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook or journal. The first four-week session begins 1/22-2/12 on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each four-week session is $30 for City residents, $35 for non-residents.

Kickboxing
Instructor, Rashona Sharpless leads this high intensity workout including three sets, each with cardio, kickboxing and functional strength intervals. The first four-week session begins 1/24-2/14 on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each 4 week session is $17 for City residents, $22 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 you can beat this weekend's cold at the David W. Phillips Activity Center? Join Concord Parks and Rec for Spring Defrost Saturday (tomorrow) from 10-1. Click here to find out more.

Highlights of the January 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a proclamation recognizing January 21, 2019 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Presented retirement plaques to Mike Mundale, 25 years of service – Fire; Kerry Ritchie, 29 years of service – Fire; and Deputy Chief Betty Stocks, 28 years of service - Police Department.  

Conducted a public hearing to consider adopting a zoning map amendment for recently annexed property located on the north corner of the Poplar Tent Rd and Harris Rd intersection from Cabarrus County LDR (Low Density Residential) to City of Concord PUD (Planned Unit Development) - Case Z(CD)-20-18 (Oaklawn). City Council adopted a statement of consistency supporting denial of the PUD as recommended by P&Z, then voted to deny the zoning map amendment to PUD, then voted to apply an alternative zoning district on the parcels: Hensley parcel (8.9 acres) to RE and Motley parcel (24.56 acres) to RV.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a five-year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Safety to locate at 225 Wilshire Ave, SW in Concord.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Section 9.8.3 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) regarding local landmark designations (TA-13-18).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to clarify submission requirements for complete site plan and supporting materials for conditional district zoning amendments (TA-14-18).

Authorized staff to apply for $100,000 in funding from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency under the Urgent Repair Program.

Adopted a resolution endorsing new projects at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport for the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional (CRMPO) Priority List for FY2022-FY 2031.

Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances Section 1, Section 18-257, governing the Taxicab Rates Schedule.

Approved a modification to the existing solid waste routes in order to allow increased efficiency and effectiveness. Note: Modified solid waste routes will be implemented in May 2019 and details will be shared over the coming months.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord-Padgett one of NC’s busiest, fastest-growing airports
Concord Fire Dept. Calls Top 12,000 in 2018

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport noted for economic contributions in NC
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport's contributions to North Carolina's economy is approaching $1 billion dollars, according to a recently released state report. In a report released this week, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (JQF/USA) is listed as one of ten commercial service airports in North Carolina, and airline partner Allegiant Air served nearly a quarter-million passengers in Concord going to six destinations. The report analyzed data from 2017, and Concord's contribution included $821 million in economic output, over 4,500 jobs, over $191 million in personal income, and over $30 million in state and local taxes. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Check out the City's Facebook Page for TeamConcord accomplishments
Do you follow the City's Facebook Page? Today we shared professional accomplishments from several members of TeamConcord. Safety, Health, and Risk Manager Susan Tolbert is part an important alliance between the NC Department of the Labor and the NC Association of Local Government Employee Safety Officials to achieve mutual goals and promote a statewide dialogue on workplace safety and health. This afternoon, we shared images from the Police Department's promotional ceremony for Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes and Major Bobby Ledwell. You can find more images on the Police Department's new Instagram.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in TUESDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season 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 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 14 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th 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 January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Friends of the Library to annual meeting
At the annual meeting of the Concord Friends of the Library, speaker Jim Lutzweiler will give a speech on The Roots of Billy Graham in a program sponsored by the NC Humanities Council. Mr. Lutzweiler has made a lifelong study of religious fundamentalism.  He has been archivist and rare book collector at Southeastern Theological Seminary and a history professor at Guilford Community College. This free public event will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 at the Cabarrus County Public Library, Concord Branch. If you have questions, call 704-920-2000.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Basic Yoga
Coordinate movement with breath to flow dynamically from posture to posture. Recommended for the experienced student. Instructor, Kelly Bost will start your day with stretching and relaxation. This four week session begins 1/16 – 2/6 meeting 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Each four week session is $15 for City residents, $20 non-residents or come and try the first class of the session for $5 for City residents, $6 for non-residents. All classes meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE.

Chair Yoga
This gentle form of yoga is for those unable to participate in traditional yoga classes. Seated and standing poses use the support of the chair. Instructor Kelly Bost will begin this four week session 1/18 – 2/8 meeting 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Each four week session is $15 for City residents, $20 non-residents or come and try the first class of the session for $5 for City residents, $6 for non-residents. All classes meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE.

Fit 4 All
This all level workout combines stability and toning balls to increase mobility, flexibility and tone muscles. Instructor, Jackie Deaton will begin this continual class Friday, 1/18 meeting every Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class.

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

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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 households in Cabarrus County can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes? The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (previously limited to seniors and those who qualify for disability) provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300, or $400. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

New Year, new power generation source for Concord Electric
The new year brings a new source of cleaner, more efficient energy to residents of Concord when the city begins receiving power from NTE Energy. January 1 marked the beginning of a 20-year power purchase agreement between NTE and Concord that local officials say will generate significant wholesale energy cost savings for the city.

“Concord Electric Systems has a long history and a reputation in our community for reliable hometown public power,” said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. "In addition to celebrating 115 years of providing this service to the community, 2019 will mark a new chapter for our customers and the professionals who keep the system running every day."

"The City of Concord is thrilled with our new partnership with NTE Energy and look forward to the energy stability we will be able to offer our citizens for at least the next 20 years,” added City Manager Lloyd Payne.

Find out more in the Winter 2019 City Circular.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in WEDNESDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season 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 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 7 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County DHS offers powerful tools for caregivers
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational component of the Cabarrus County DHS Family Caregiver Support Program. During the free, six-week course, attendees learn ways to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate effectively in challenging situations and manage their emotions. Registration for the winter session will begin soon. Find out more on CabCoTV or call 704-920-1400 for more information.

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th 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 January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus youth find their voice through photography
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) connects with youth through the ParentVOICE program. The program offers monthly support groups, which will resume in January. Each quarter, MHA hosts PhotoVoice, a digital storytelling project for youth ages 12-18 that promotes self-expression, self-empowerment and breaks the stigma of discussing mental health concerns. Learn more about these opportunities and the upcoming PhotoVoice project at cabarruscounty.us.

Real estate and personal property tax bills due January 7
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills for 2018 are classified as past due if not paid by January 7, 2019. Bills paid after January 7 are subject to interest charges, collection actions and/or tax foreclosure. The County now provides tax collection services for all of Cabarrus municipalities, including Concord. The consolidated 2018 municipal/County bills were mailed in July to the address owner on the tax record as of Jan. 1, 2018. The single-bill initiative means the Cabarrus County Tax Administration Office is now the point of contact for taxpayers countywide. Property owners can view their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, tax.cabarruscounty.us. Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online or over the phone using a credit card or debit card; mailed in with payment using the envelope and coupon provided with the bills; or in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. SE, Concord) Mondays-Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call the Cabarrus County Tax Collector at 704-920-2119 or email taxinfo@cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Start your 2019 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, February 12 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 2019 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
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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.