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Windstream had a major outage today that took concordnc.gov offline for a period of time.  We apologize for the delay in this week's CityLink Newsletter.

 

Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord hosts 7 USTA sanctioned youth tennis tournaments a year? The Les Myers Park tennis complex hosts these, as well as the men's and women's South Piedmont Conference tennis tournaments and the 3A Midwest Regional Tennis tournament. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information about our tennis program.
 
Celebration of Flight starts TOMORROW at Concord Regional Airport!
THIS WEEKEND is the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord! The event, scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, FREE flights for youth, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration $30.
 
More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Portion of McGill Avenue closed for stormwater repair
City of Concord Stormwater Services Department has closed all lanes of McGill Avenue NW between Harris Street NW and Kerr Street NW, due to a void under the roadway caused by a stormwater pipe failure. Local residents and businesses will retain access to their driveways. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
Loose-leaf collection for MONDAY AND TUESDAY garbage areas next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season begins next week and will go through February 3. 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.
 
Customers on the Monday and Tuesday garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 31 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle.
 
Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
After 8 is too late!
Halloween is a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety and Police Departments urge parents, children, and all drivers to take extra precautions. 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!”
 
There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark. The Concord Downtown Development Corporation and Downtown businesses will once again host the annual Candy Crawl on Monday, October 31 from 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The Candy Crawl will be a great first stop on Halloween as Safe Kids Cabarrus will be Downtown to provide children with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
 
In addition, trick-or-treaters can visit the Concord Police headquarters at 41 Cabarrus Avenue West between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. for a treat. Concord Fire and Life Safety will open all fire stations (click link for station locations) to trick-or-treaters between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop in for some treats and a tour of their local fire station.
Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City Hall Annex renovations planned, temporary entrance relocation
In an effort to improve customer service, energy efficiency, and security, the front entrance of the City Hall Annex will temporarily close for the months of November and December to facilitate an entry renovation project. The building is located at 66 Union Street South, and contains offices for the Planning and Neighborhood Development andHuman Resources Departments. While under construction, the only entrance for the building will be on the side along Barbrick Avenue. A reception station will be established at the temporary entrance to direct customers to the appropriate department. Project details and visuals are available on the City Hall Blog.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center
Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Families, join us for games, candy, face painting and more for this free night of Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Day of the Thread 5K  Click here to register
Saturday, November 5, Fun Run begins at 5:00 p.m. 5K begins at 5:30 p.m.
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord. Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment, and back to Les Myers Park. Day of race pre-registration starts at 4:00 p.m. Early registration fee is $12.00 $15.00 after 10/28.
 
Honoring our Bravest/Finest/Fastest A special award will be given to the fastest male and female Firefighter, Police Officer or EMS personnel.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/17/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
11/17/2011 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!

 

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Did you know?

Did you know that solid waste is also a culprit in the case of climate change, and recycling can help? Manufacturing with recycled materials takes less energy than harvesting and preparing virgin materials. Click here to learn more.
 
Loose-leaf collection for WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY garbage areas next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season begins next week and will go through February 3. 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.
 
Customers on the Wednesday and Thursday garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 24 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle.
 
Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport October 29-30
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, FREE flights for youth, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration $30.
 
VOLUNTEERS are needed! Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for the 5K, email cof5k@tecedge.com.
 
More details at concordnc.gov.
 
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!”
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs Day Out at Les Myers Park
Saturday October 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring the Doggie Fun Zone, contests, information booths, vendor booths, veterinarian village, food, music, and more! For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Treat Night at Logan Multi Purpose Center
Saturday October 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy and prizes for ages 2-12.
 
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Little ghosts and goblins, ages 4-12 can enjoy Halloween themed games, activities and arts & crafts (and maybe a scare or two) at this family carnival.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center
Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm..
Families, join us for games, candy, face painting and more for this free night of Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
11/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/17/2011 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!
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Did you know?

Did you know that the City of Concord’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has oversight of a HOME Consortium comprised of eight local governments? The Consortium was formed in 1996 to address the housing needs of low and moderate income families and is funded through HUD. Members include the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, and Statesville; and Cabarrus, Iredell, and Rowan Counties. Three Community Housing Development Corporations also participate. The City of Concord is responsible for program administration and is accountable to HUD for all of the Consortium’s HOME activities. Fore more information visit concordnc.gov or contact Cynthia Harrison, Consortium Manager, at 704-920-5147.
 
Carolina Courts to bring thousands of visitors to Historic Downtown Concord
Carolina Courts announced Thursday that it will develop a facility in Historic Downtown Concord that is expected to draw thousands of visitors, and generate 52 direct jobs and many other indirect jobs for the restaurants, hotels, and retailers that serve its visitors. The company, which currently operates a facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina, will build a second facility on land to be acquired from the City of Concord at 24 Spring Street SW, adjacent to Concord’s Memorial Gardens. The site was home to the City’s former public works operations base. The Concord City Council authorized the acquisition and approved a related agreement.
 
Carolina Courts specializes in basketball, volleyball, and fitness, and will serve the community with ongoing leagues, camps, training, and open play. On weekends, Carolina Courts will host basketball and volleyball tournaments that will draw upwards of 1,000 people to Downtown Concord. Based on current operations in Indian Trail, Carolina Courts expects to generate 20,000 annual hotel room nights in Concord from the tournaments in the new facility. 
 
The facility is expected to open in fall 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of October 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the annual Productivity Improvement Award for 2011 to the Wastewater Department.  There were four applicants, all worthy of the award: Police Department's telephone reporting unit, Transportation's traffic management center, Brown Operations Center energy reduction initiative, and Wastewater's initiative on flow monitoring/inflow and infiltration. The Wastewater team took home this year's trophy because they used existing resources to save $473,000 in annual wastewater treatment costs, which will continue into future years.
 
Presented the 2011 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award to Housing Director Angela Graham.
 
Recognized Economic Development and Sustainability Director, Jeff Young, for earning the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
 
Presented the Public Power Awards of Excellence, and a certificate of recognition from ElectriCites for the City of Concord's effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene to City staff.
 
Proclaimed the month of October as National Bullying Prevention Month.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for an Economic Development Grant to PreGel USA, Inc.
 
Approved a request from the Cabarrus Events Association to provide insurance and in-kind services from the Police, Fire and Life Safety, Transportation, and Solid Waste Departments for the eighty-third annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 19.
 
Approved a request from the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to host a downtown event called "Unplugged in the Plaza" to be held on October 22, October 29, and November 5, 2011 in the Bicentennial Plaza.
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to close Union Street on October 31, 2011 for the annual Candy Crawl event.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Manager to sign a petition for the expansion of the Municipal Service District (MSD) to include City property bordering Cabarrus Avenue and Corban Avenue (formerly known as the Old Public Works Site) and adjacent City owned property in accordance with General Statues 160A-538 Extension of Service Districts.
 
Recognizing the Autumn Ridge Homeowners' Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program.
 
Tune in to Metrolina Forum to learn about road improvements
Wake up early for (or set your DVR to record) Metrolina Forum on TV64 (TWC ch. 2/150/1150) Sunday, October 16 at 5:30 a.m.  Over $166 million in relief is on the way to major roads in Concord, including I-85, Bruton Smith Blvd., Poplar Tent Rd., and Highway 73. This week on Metrolina Forum, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett explains where the money will be spent and how soon drivers will see relief. We'll also share video of a new design for both the Highway 73 and Poplar Tent Rd. interchanges.
 
After we learn about the road project, we'll get details about the "Celebration of Flight" event coming to Concord Regional Airport in late October. Interested in airplane exhibits and flybys, kids activities, and tours of the hangar? The event is free!
 
Cabarrus County’s Channel 22 will rebroadcast the episode in the coming weeks.
 
Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport October 29-30
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration $30.
 
VOLUNTEERS are needed! Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for the 5K, email cof5k@tecedge.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs Day Out at Les Myers Park
Saturday October 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring the Doggie Fun Zone, contests, information booths, vendor booths, veterinarian village, food, music, and more! For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Treat Night at Logan Multi Purpose Center
Saturday October 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy and prizes for ages 2-12.
 
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Little ghosts and goblins, ages 4-12 can enjoy Halloween themed games, activities and arts & crafts (and maybe a scare or two) at this family carnival.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center
Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm..
Families, join us for games, candy, face painting and more for this free night of Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
11/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/10/2011 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know the Stormwater Services Department evolved from a ditch digging and pipe fixing crew in the old Public Works Department? It became a division of the Environmental Services Department in 1998. In 2007, the Environmental Services Department split into Solid Waste Services and Stormwater Services.
 
October is Crime Prevention Month
Visit ncpc.org for information, programs, and resources to help you stay safe. For information about Concord Police Department Crime Prevention Programs, contact Sgt. Edie Moss at 704-920-5063.
 
Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport October 29-30
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration $30.
 
VOLUNTEERS are needed! Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for the 5K, email cof5k@tecedge.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Dogs Day Out at Les Myers Park
Saturday October 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring the Doggie Fun Zone, contests, information booths, vendor booths, veterinarian village, food, music, and more! For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Treat Night at Logan Multi Purpose Center
Saturday October 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy and prizes for ages 2-12.
 
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Little ghosts and goblins, ages 4-12 can enjoy Halloween themed games, activities and arts & crafts (and maybe a scare or two) at this family carnival.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center
Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm..
Families, join us for games, candy, face painting and more for this free night of Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
8th District Federal Contracting Symposium
The 3rd Annual 8th District Federal Contracting Symposium will place Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center. The event’s purpose is to keep businesses linked to government contracting initiatives and opportunities. This year’s Symposium will have two main components: 1. Concurrent federal agency presentations on federal contracting and 2. A Resource Fair for networking and business opportunities with federal agencies and companies actively seeking sub-contracts. There will be an overall focus on small business opportunities with the federal government. Last year was a huge success with more than 250 participants and many new relationships established.
 
The website (http://www.ncmbc.us/2011FederalContractingSymposium.php) for this year has and will continue to be updated with further details. It also has a link to last year’s Symposium which lists the federal agencies which attended. The event is free and open to all those who are interested; registration is required and can be accessed through the link above.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!