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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Regional Airport has over twenty acres of ramp space available for aircraft parking? The airport can accommodate any size aircraft up to a Boeing 737. In fact, over two hundred 737 operations have used the CRA ramp in the last year. A capital improvement project to strengthen the existing taxiway and aircraft parking apron is currently underway at the Concord Regional Airport. As larger and heavier aircraft use the airport, the increased pavement strength is needed to support the extra weight. The project is being funded by a federal block grant awarded through the North Carolina Department of Transportation - Division of Aviation.
 
Monday and Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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 FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 29 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Temporary closure on Country Club Drive NE November 1-2
Motorists who travel through Country Club Drive NE in Concord will be detoured next week to accommodate needed electric infrastructure improvements in the area. Electric Systems crews will continue upgrading a substation near Country Club Drive NE, and will have a large crane set up in the roadway as part of the work. This is the same location where work occurred in early August. To provide for public and coworker safety, Country Club Drive NE will be closed to through-traffic on November 1 and 2, 2012. The road is expected to reopen by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
Trick or treat! Halloween health and safety tips
Halloween can be a fun time, although without taking precautions we all may be in for a trick. Safe Kids USA reports that twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year. Taking just a few minutes to discuss safety with your children can provide a much safer and enjoyable Halloween experience for everyone. Learn more about this and safe, community-sponsored Halloween events at the City Hall Blog.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Halloween Fun on Saturday, October 27
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Join us for Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
 
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 3
Kick off the inaugural Historic Downtown Concord Runnin’ Hot Festival with a road race! The one-mile fun run begins at 9:00 a.m., and is FREE (registration required). The 5k begins at 9:30 a.m., and day-of registration is $20, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament – registration ending
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Trick-or-treat Downtown on Wednesday, October 31
Candy Crawl in Historic Downtown Concord, 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Trick-or-treat with the Downtown businesses. Games, Face painting, and more!
 
Runnin’ Hot Festival
Saturday, November 3 on Means Avenue, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 
A free event for all ages (with an entry fee to the beer garden), enjoy: a Chili Cook-Off, with $1 votes supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Red Hot Rodeo children’s area with inflatables and a mechanical bull; blues music featuring The Blues Providers and the CBPC All Star Band; a beer garden for festival attendees age 21+ featuring free 2 ounce samples of seven local home brews provided by the Cabarrus Homebrewers Society. Note: $10 entry fee to beer garden, allows you to receive a free flight glass and free samples of home brew. $2 of the fee supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Purchase tickets at the festival or in advance by clicking here. Maximum 300 tickets available.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/6/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/8/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
11/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/27/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know that Fleet Services disposes of all surplus City vehicles and equipment via online auction? The City switched from traditional auctions in 2006, and make an average of 30 percent more on surplus vehicles due to a wider, nationwide bidder base. This also eliminated hundreds of hours of staff time that was required for standard auctions, saving the City tens of thousands of dollars each year. Check out govdeals.com for surplus City of Concord property and equipment.
 
Yard waste pilot project ends, loose-leaf collection season begins
After ten weeks, the City of Concord’s Solid Waste Services Department has completed its yard waste collection pilot study period. The study evaluated alternative yard waste scheduling methods in an effort to reduce operating cost, while providing the same great customer service to residents. Beginning Monday, October 22, Concord’s yard waste operations will return to normal, with yard waste collection occurring on the same day as customers’ regularly-scheduled garbage collection each week. As always, all customers should have yard waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their collection day to guarantee pick up.
 
Also on Monday, the City will begin its annual loose leaf collection season. This popular program returns to provide each Concord resident three opportunities to have unbagged leaves collected curbside between October 22 and February 1. Customers in the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY collection areas will have their first opportunity for leaf pickup next week. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Resurfacing work continues on Cabarrus Avenue
This week, NCDOT crews are working overnight to continue the Cabarrus Avenue resurfacing project. Milling of the existing surface is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. each night this week and October 22 and 23. The final phase of the project will be night-time paving on October 24 through 26, weather permitting. One lane of travel in the work zone will be closed each evening. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Safety Palooza on Saturday
Join Concord Fire and Life Safety and Safe Kids Cabarrus at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road intersection) Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the first annual Safety Palooza! Free activities will include the fire safety house, car seat checks, texting and driving course, live music, balloon animals, games, giveaways, and more! There will also be a raffle for amazing prizes such as a grill, outdoor patio set, HD TV, passes to the Great Wolf Lodge water park, and more! Kids, come throw a pie at local principals and firefighters for only $1!
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Dog’s Day Out - FREE!
October 20, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave SE
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners for a free day just for you! Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter contests: 11:45-obedience, 12:15-talent, and 1:15-costume. Visit with sponsoring veterinarians, rescues, and vendors.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/23/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
11/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/6/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
11/20/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know that the City's budget staff developed an interactive budget game for citizens and students to illustrate how difficult coming to a balanced budget can be? The activity is presented to citizens enrolled in Concord 101 and third-grade Civic Education students. Real-life requests are presented that total more than the City has available in revenues and it is up to each team to decide what priorities they will have in balancing the budget. Once faced with real-life examples, only one group over the years has proposed lowering the tax rate and cutting City services. Learn more about the budget at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the October 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff members. Nineteen public power communities across the state received 2012 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and community energy efficiency promotion. Concord received awards in all five categories.
 
Recognized the Cinnamon Hill Homeowners' Association into the City's Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services for the Runnin' Hot Festival on November 3, 2012.
 
Approved a request from the Cabarrus Events Association for in-kind services from various departments for the 84th annual Concord Christmas Parade scheduled for November 17, 2012.
 
Approved an Interlocal Agreement to cooperate on Wastewater planning and development within the Midland Sewer Service Area.     
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Bell Construction Co., Inc. for construction services relating to the Dorland Avenue Realignment project at Cabarrus Avenue.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for construction services relating to the Wash Bay Addition to the Fleet Services Building. This project is included in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan and has enabled the existing wash bay to be converted so Fire apparatus can be maintained at Fleet Services in a structure much more suitable for the purpose.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Kannapolis Construction Company, Inc. for renovations to Clearwater Artist Studios.   
 
Approved the submission of a grant application to ArtPlace for the next phase of renovations and improvements at Clearwater Artists Studios.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute contracts with various companies for several enhancements to the Rider Transit System. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (known as Rider Transit) has announced several changes and enhancements coming to the system, starting in late fall 2012 and continuing through winter 2013. Rider Transit presented the enhancements to the Concord and Kannapolis City Councils for final approval during their October meetings, after the Concord Kannapolis Transit Commission gave the initial go-ahead in September.
 
Amended the policy on sounding the Gamewell Diaphone horn at Fire Station 1 to add soundings on September 11 each year to mark the times when the four aircraft crashed in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
 
Utility work, resurfacing scheduled for Cabarrus Avenue
Motorists who travel through Cabarrus Avenue in Downtown Concord will experience a detour all day on Tuesday, October 16. Both lanes of Cabarrus Avenue West between Union and Market Streets will close at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate needed gas and sewer line repairs. The utility work is scheduled in advance of NCDOT’s resurfacing project on Cabarrus Avenue. NCDOT began patching operations this week on 1.5 miles of Cabarrus Avenue between Branchview Drive (NC 3) and Powder Street SW. Resurfacing work will continue overnight for the next two weeks. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Dog’s Day Out - FREE!
October 20, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave SE
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners for a free day just for you! Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter contests: 11:45-obedience, 12:15-talent, and 1:15-costume. Visit with sponsoring veterinarians, rescues, and vendors.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/16/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/18/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/23/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
11/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/6/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know the City's police and fire vehicles are equipped with mobile computer terminals to increase safety when responding to emergencies? The equipment allows telecommunicators to share notes and data directly to responders. Vehicles are also equipped with electronic maps to provide quick routing to the scene.
 
Concord firefighters raise breast cancer awareness
The City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety launched a month-long breast cancer awareness initiative on Monday by unveiling the pink t-shirts firefighters will wear as part of their work uniform during October. The department is putting aside its long-standing gray and blue shirts for the month to raise awareness and show support for those impacted by breast cancer. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Concord celebrates Public Power Week October 8-12
The City of Concord will celebrate Public Power Week October 8 through 12, along with more than 2,000 other utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans.
 
During Public Power Week, the City will host the first of several events to thank customers and explain why the American tradition of public power continues to work in Concord. Concord Electric Systems customers are invited to visit City Hall, located at 26 Union Street South, on three Wednesdays during the month (October 10, 24, or 31) to learn about their hometown public power provider and how to save energy. On these days, staff will give away two compact fluorescent light bulbs to the first 100 customers to visit the information booth located in the lobby of City Hall. In addition, the Electric Systems department will have a drawing for two household energy conservation kits.
 
The City’s Electric Systems department earned state and national recognition for safety and reliability in 2012, including being one of only six RP3® Diamond Level utilities in the United States. The department continues to award rebates to residential customers who purchase and install qualified heat pumps. Thinking about making such an investment? Visit concordnc.gov to learn how the program works and claim your rebate today.
 
Concord Police telephone reporting saves time and money
For several years, Concord Police have provided non-emergency services without dispatching an actual officer and car. The department’s Telephone Reporting Unit helps callers that meet certain criteria, saving public resources. Reports taken by telephone are mostly misdemeanors that do not require an officer’s presence and non-violent felonies such as property crimes. The unit does not take reports for traffic crashes that require completion of a Department of Motor Vehicle Accident Form 349. Reports taken by the Telephone Reporting Unit are processed and assigned to an officer/investigator for any necessary follow-up. Citizens can use the telephone reporting service Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. To use the Telephone Reporting Service, call 704-920-5000 or 704-920-5580.
 
North Carolina-made films highlight Modern Film Fest
North Carolina sets the scene for five films featured at this weekend’s fourth-annual Modern Film Fest at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. Festivalgoers will see a supernatural courtroom drama set in Concord, spend time with a hoarder of Hollywood relics, and relive the birth of a city around its mill. The feature film “Jimmy,” based on Robert Whitlow’s best selling novel, was shot in various locations in and around Concord last year including the Cabarrus County Courthouse and a residence in downtown. “Jimmy” will show at 7:00 p.m. on October 6. Visit modernfilmfest.net to learn about five films that will shed light on the land many of us call home.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Krispy Kreme Factory Tour
Stroll through the factory and observe as the doughnuts are being made. The FREE tour is Friday, October 12, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will depart from the Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 184 Booker Street NW.
 
Zumba
Join Kristina Beamon for this popular fitness dance program that combines fast and slow rhythms that will tone and sculpt your body. Each class is only $3, and meets Mondays and Wednesdays (Continual) from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.
 
Carolina Shag Dance Class
Learn the fundamentals of the dance that originated in the Carolinas. Patty Blackmon’s popular class is open to singles and couples on Thursday evenings until October 25 at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. Pre-registration is required; course fee is $35 per session with a $5 City resident discount. Beginners: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Intermediate: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/9/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/16/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/18/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/23/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.