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After 8 is too late!
The Concord Police Department encourages all citizens to celebrate Halloween in a safe way. By going out before 8:00 p.m. children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that the risk for childhood pedestrian deaths and injuries is higher on Halloween evening when compared with all other evenings.

Halloween is generally accepted to take place on October 31.  However, the City has neither the desire nor the authority to designate what day the community trick or treats.

No matter how and when your family chooses to trick or treat, remember that “after 8 is too late!” Please click here for 8 reasons to trick or treat early this year!

 
We value your feedback!
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
Loose-leaf collection for TUESDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
 
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
Improvements are planned for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
New exhibitions open next week at The Galleries in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street, S. Black, White and Red includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, blown glass and scissor cuttings in just those three colors. Shop Seagrove brings together a large selection of pottery from seven of the most prominent potteries from Seagrove, North Carolina. Gallery hours are each Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and most artwork is for sale. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org for more information.
 
Country recording artist Justin David will present a concert at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse, 65 Union Street S, on Thursday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. David has toured with Roy Clark for seven years, played on the Grand Ole Opry and recorded two CDs. This is an all-acoustic concert featuring David’s prowess on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Tickets are $12 and available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org all the time and the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
November
11/9/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
11/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Loose-leaf collection for THURSDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. 
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
THIS WEEKEND on October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! As part of the weekend’s events, theCharlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 65 years ago. Please email Chuck Porter with the EAA Chapter or call 704-231-4867 for more information.
 
We value your feedback!
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
After 8 is too late!
The Concord Police department suggests that trick-or-treaters go out before 8:00 p.m. on Halloween. Click here to find out why “After 8 is too late!”
 
Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
 
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday,and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
 
NCDOT temporarily closes a section of Poplar Tent Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a section of Poplar Tent Road at the intersection with Cox Mill Road for sixteen days beginning on Saturday, October 9, at 12 midnight. The closure is part of a project to add a left turn lane from Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road and to widen the bridge on Poplar Tent Road over Rocky River. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
 
Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from I-85 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Odell School Road to Harris Road back to Poplar Tent Road. Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from N.C. 73 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road to Christenbury Parkway to Derita Road back to Poplar Tent Road. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for additional construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department’s free travel information line, or get real-time travel information on line at www.ncdot.gov/travel. For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 455-2958.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.

 

Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
New exhibitions open next week at The Galleries in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street, S. Black, White and Red includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, blown glass and scissor cuttings in just those three colors. Shop Seagrove brings together a large selection of pottery from seven of the most prominent potteries from Seagrove, North Carolina. Gallery hours are each Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Admission is free and most artwork is for sale. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org for more information.
 
Country recording artist Justin David will present a concert at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse, 65 Union Street S, on Thursday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. David has toured with Roy Clark for seven years, played on the Grand Ole Opry and recorded two CDs. This is an all-acoustic concert featuring David’s prowess on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Tickets are $12 and available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org all the time and the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
November
11/9/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
11/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Highlights of October 14, 2010 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Mitch Furr, Code Enforcement Manger – 23 years of service, and Letha Mauldin, Development Services Manager – 25 years of service.
 
Conducted a public hearing and denied an appeal regarding the Planning and Zoning Commission's zoning map amendment decision for the property located at 3220 Concord Parkway South.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a Blighted Building Rehabilitation Economic Development Grant to Distribution Technology, Inc. pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1.
 
Conducted two public hearings to receive and review comments regarding leasing to Classic Aviation, LLC Lot CB-3 and Pelican Holdings LLC Lot CB-6 at the Concord Regional Airport and adopted resolutions authorizing such leases.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire & Life Safety to purchase a 105' Ladder Truck utilizing the piggy back procedure from the specifications of the City of LaGrange, Kentucky, from Pierce Manufacturing in the amount of $742,942.00.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the N.C. Department of Transportation-Division of Aviation for Backup ATC Weather Equipment and Preliminary Work for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower Site grant
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the N.C. Department of Transportation-Division of Aviation for a Pavement Strengthening for Apron and Taxiways and to adopt an ordinance amending the budget ordinance for this project.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc. for the rehabilitation of sewer lines using the cured-in-place method.
 
Entered into a Municipal and Crossing Closure Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), and the Norfork Southern Railroad Company (NSR) to provide for the closure and removal of the Corban Ave., SW at-grade railroad crossing pending the completion and acceptance of the Cabarrus Ave. Bridge Replacement Project.
 
Adopted a resolution in support of intersection signal upgrades at Cabarrus Avenue and Powder Street as part of the Cabarrus Avenue railroad bridge replacement project.
 
Loose-leaf collection season begins
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season began today and will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.  Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. 
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
On October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! As part of the weekend’s events, the Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 65 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a BBQ dinner on October 23. Tickets are available airport (call 704-920-5915 or email Susan Green). Some crew members will be able to participate in a free ride on the B-17 on October 22. Please email Chuck Porter with the EAA Chapter or call 704-231-4867 for more information.
 
We value your feedback!
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
NCDOT temporarily closes a section of Poplar Tent Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a section of Poplar Tent Road at the intersection with Cox Mill Road for sixteen days beginning on Saturday, October 9, at 12 midnight. The closure is part of a project to add a left turn lane from Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road and to widen the bridge on Poplar Tent Road over Rocky River. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
 
Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from I-85 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Odell School Road to Harris Road back to Poplar Tent Road. Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from N.C. 73 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road to Christenbury Parkway to Derita Road back to Poplar Tent Road. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for additional construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department’s free travel information line, or get real-time travel information on line at www.ncdot.gov/travel. For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 455-2958.
 
Road closure on Spring Street
Stormwater Services closed Spring Street SW, between Wilshire Avenue SW and Oakland Avenue SW, to replace a failing storm drain pipe on September 29. Weather permitting, the closure will last for 25 calendar days. No through traffic will be permitted but all residents will have access to their driveways. Motorists should exercise caution and use the posted detour route of Oakland Ave. SW, Union St. South, and Wilshire Ave. SW. For more information, please contact Stormwater Deputy Director Jeff Corley at 704-920-5372.
 
After 8 is too late!
The Concord Police department suggests that trick-or-treaters go out before 8:00 p.m. on Halloween. Click here to find out why “After 8 is too late!”
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
EEOP Short Form available on website
The Department of Justice requires communities with law enforcement agencies receiving certain federal funding to complete an EEOP Short Form to help recipients comply with regulations. A copy of this form is available on the City's website.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
FINAL CONCERT OF 2010 October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
October
10/19/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/21/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
November
11/9/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
Yesterday, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
 
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday,and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
 
NCDOT to temporarily close a section of Poplar Tent Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Poplar Tent Road at the intersection with Cox Mill Road for sixteen days beginning on Saturday, October 9, at 12 midnight, weather permitting. The closure is part of a project to add a left turn lane from Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road and to widen the bridge on Poplar Tent Road over Rocky River. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
 
Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from I-85 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Odell School Road to Harris Road back to Poplar Tent Road. Motorists traveling on Poplar Tent Road from N.C. 73 should use the signed detour of: Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road to Christenbury Parkway to Derita Road back to Poplar Tent Road. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for additional construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department’s free travel information line, or get real-time travel information on line at www.ncdot.gov/travel. For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 455-2958.
 
Everybody Plays Playground opens
The City of Concord and Concord Rotary Club celebrated the opening of the new Everybody Plays Playground at McGee Park on Saturday, October 1. The Rotary Club raised nearly $110,000 to build the playground that will be accessible to children in wheelchairs, and include areas specifically for children with visual and hearing impairments. Photos from the event are available in the City’s Flickr Photostream.
 
Groundbreaking at the Villas at Logan Gardens
City elected officials and staff, developers, and community members attended the groundbreaking for the Villas at Logan Gardens project on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The new 44-unit independent senior living facility will be located on a three-acre tract on Booker Drive in the Logan Community. Photos from the event are available in the City’s Flickr Photostream.
 
Road closure on Spring Street
Stormwater Services closed Spring Street SW, between Wilshire Avenue SW and Oakland Avenue SW, to replace a failing storm drain pipe on September 29. Weather permitting, the closure will last for 25 calendar days. No through traffic will be permitted but all residents will have access to their driveways. Motorists should exercise caution and use the posted detour route of Oakland Ave. SW, Union St. South, and Wilshire Ave. SW. For more information, please contact Stormwater Deputy Director Jeff Corley at 704-920-5372.
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
On October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! Proceeds to benefit Rotary Polio Plus Program.
 
As part of the weekend’s events, the Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 65 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a BBQ dinner on October 23. Tickets are available airport (call 704-920-5915 or email Susan Green). Some crew members will be able to participate in a free ride on the B-17 on October 22. Please email Chuck Porter with the EAA Chapter or call 704-231-4867 for more information.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Take a picture of you and your dog and upload for the Parks and Recreation Who Looks Like Their Dog Contest.  Deadline for entry is October 10, and winners will be announced at the Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival on October 23.
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
October
10/12/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/14/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
10/19/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Faceboook and our other interactive features!
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Everyone Plays Playground ribbon cutting on Saturday, October 2
Construction of the Everyone Plays Playground at McGee Park is complete, and the ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. The Concord Rotary Club raised nearly $110,000 to build the playground that will be accessible to children in wheelchairs, and include areas specifically for children with visual and hearing impairments.
 
Villas at Logan Gardens groundbreaking on Wednesday, October 6
After several years of working with the NC Housing Finance Agency and Douglas Development, LLC the Villas at Logan Gardens project is ready to move forward. The vacant, City-owned property on about four acres between Booker Drive SW and Rone Avenue SW (the former site of Logan High School) will become a 44-unit apartment complex for senior citizens. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Road closure on Spring Street
Stormwater Services closed Spring Street SW, between Wilshire Avenue SW and Oakland Avenue SW, to replace a failing storm drain pipe on September 29. Weather permitting, the closure will last for 25 calendar days. No through traffic will be permitted but all residents will have access to their driveways. Motorists should exercise caution and use the posted detour route of Oakland Ave. SW, Union St. South, and Wilshire Ave. SW. For more information, please contact Stormwater Deputy Director Jeff Corley at 704-920-5372.
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
On October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! Proceeds to benefit Rotary Polio Plus Program.
 
As part of the weekend’s events, the Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 50 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a dinner on October 23. Some crew members will be able to participate in a free ride on the B-17 on October 22. Please email Susan Green or call 704-920-5915 for more information.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Take a picture of you and your dog and upload for the Parks and Recreation Who Looks Like Their Dog Contest.  Deadline for entry is October 10, and winners will be announced at the Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival on October 23.
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council upcoming events
Thursday, October 7
Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord
Brand New Opry, a bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
Tickets: $10 and available at www.cabarrusartscouncil.org and at the box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753
 
Through October 7
The Galleries, 65 Union Street S, Concord
Multi-Tasking, an exhibition of works by six artists who create in more than one medium, and Cabarrus Art Guild Juried Exhibition, features 71 works by 35 area artists
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 –p.m., Monday-Friday, and Saturday, October 2
For more information, visit www.cabarrusartscouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.  
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
September
10/12/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/14/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
10/19/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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