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Did you know?
Did you know the City sponsors an annual Productivity Improvement Award to recognize outstanding departmental/team achievements? Improvements can be in efficiency, effectiveness, or money, time, or resources saved…anything that improves performance and/or service to customers. Last year the Solid Waste Services Department won for its achievements in waste reduction and higher efficiency of the collection process, including a savings of over $1.8 million from their annual operating budget. This award reflects the City's core value of continuous improvement in services and programs. The FY13 award winner will be announced at the November City Council meeting.
 
Standard & Poor's upgrades Concord's certificates of participation and limited obligation installment bonds two notches to 'AA+,' gives implied 'AAA' rating to GO debt
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its long-term and underlying ratings (SPUR) on the City of Concord's outstanding certificates of participation (COPs) Series 2001 and Series 2005, and limited obligation bonds Series 2010. The Ratings Services increased Concord's ratings two notches to 'AA+' from 'AA-.' Because the City does not currently have any general obligation (GO) debt, the Ratings Services did not rate Concord's GO status, but informed the City that it has an 'implied AAA rating.' Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City Council chooses architect for new City Hall
At a special meeting on Thursday, October 24, Concord City Council selected ADW Architects as the firm to design the new municipal building/City Hall planned for the corner of Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street SW. The Council also chose the construction manager at-risk process, by which a selected construction manager delivers the project within a guaranteed maximum price and allows for a more streamlined design and construction process.
 
New murals dedicated in Historic Downtown Concord
The community got its first glimpse at two new murals in Historic Downtown Concord Thursday afternoon. The new murals replaced artwork in the Union-Market Passageway and the Bicentennial Parking Lot. A committee consisting of Council Members Jim Ramseur and Ella Mae Small, and staff members from the City of Concord, Cabarrus Arts Council, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation began work in 2012 to recommend artists for each project. Learn more at concordnc.gov and see photos on the City's flickr photostream.
 
Thursday and Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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 THURSDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 28 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Operation Medicine Drop scheduled for Saturday
Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Safe Kids Cabarrus provide another opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse, and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Cannon Pharmacy at 760 Cabarrus Avenue W in Concord. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Since 2010, over 1,000 sites have collected over 30 million dosage units of medication during take back events statewide. For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to www.ncsafekids.org.
 
Rocktoberfest event to raise money for Relay for Life
The City of Concord is cosponsoring a benefit outdoor event with the Speakeasy Alehouse on Union Street North, Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Visit thespeakeasyalehouse.com for more information.
 
NCDOT will temporarily close entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South in Cabarrus County next week
NCDOT continues to make strides on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, October 28, crews will temporarily close the entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South so a new entrance ramp can be built to tie in with the interstate’s alignment. The closure will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, November 11. Visit ncdot.gov for detour information and more details.
 
Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going out trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Don't forget the annual Candy Crawl in Historic Downtown Concord on Thursday, October 31 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Please visit concordnc.gov for more details and all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year.
 
NCDOT to discuss Winecoff School Road railroad grade separation proposal
NCDOT has scheduled a public meeting on Monday, November 4, to discuss an addition to a project proposing to widen more than 13 miles of I-85 from N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Cabarrus County to U.S. 29/601 (Exit 68) in Rowan County. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about a proposed grade separation carrying Winecoff School Road over the Norfolk Southern railroad, South Main Street, and South Ridge Avenue.  The meeting will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Winecoff Elementary School, 375 Winecoff School Road in Concord. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Final call for adult kickball tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
Parks and Recreation plans Halloween Fun
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 10/26 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 10/26 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center 10/29 3:00-5:00 p.m.: For little ghosts and goblins up to age 12. We’ll treat you to popcorn, hot dogs, and candy bags in our haunted lobby. Treats free to all children present.
 
Pilates
Improve your core strength, flexibility, and balance while building strength without bulk. The workout incorporates bands, weights, and fitness balls as well as combining yoga techniques. Meets for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session II: 10/28 – 12/9 Activity #4043.313). Registration fee is $35; $5 City resident discount available.
 
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Concord
Race Day registration is $20 and will take place on Means Avenue.  The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and will run on the Downtown Connector Greenway and the McEachern Greenway.  This is a family friendly event.  There will be inflatables, a DJ, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety fire safety house for children from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. One-mile fun run: 9:00 a.m. – FREE (registration required), 5 Alarm 5K: 9:30 a.m. with awards following.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment special meeting
 
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.

 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the City's communications department not only operates the Emergency 911 dispatch for Concord Police and Fire and Life Safety, but also maintains telephone and radio equipment for all City departments? In addition, the Communications Department installs flashing lights, sirens, and other equipment into vehicles as needed.
 
Leaf contamination in recycling truck leads to fire
On Tuesday, a recycling truck operated by Waste Pro was forced to dump its load into an empty parking lot after the operator discovered smoke coming from the back of the truck. Fire investigators, Solid Waste services, and Waste Pro have determined a major source of fuel for the fire was an abundance of leaves mixed in with recyclables. Most likely, a significant number of residents in that day's route were placing leaves at the bottom of their recycling carts and covering them with recyclables to avoid bagging as required. Leaves inside of a recycling or garbage truck are highly combustible and can cause significant danger, damage, and expense. In addition, leaves or any other high levels of contamination can cause the City's recycling facility to reject the load and cost additional loss of revenue. The City of Concord reminds all residents to never place yard waste in recycling or garbage carts, and to take advantage of the free and convenient weekly yard waste collection offered by Solid Waste Services.
 
Monday and Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week and continues through January 31. 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 21 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Dogs' Day Out Saturday October 19 – FREE!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners to a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the eleventh annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 19, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination before entrance, and dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash. The festival will include a variety of activities for dogs and their owners. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
Residents encouraged to stay alert against scams
The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information could be a scam. If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
New murals to be dedicated in Historic Downtown Concord
A dedication ceremony for two new murals in Historic Downtown Concord is planned for Thursday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. The new murals replace existing artwork in the Union-Market Passageway and the Bicentennial Parking Lot. A committee consisting of Council Members Jim Ramseur and Ella Mae Small, and staff members from the City of Concord, Cabarrus Arts Council, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation began work in 2012 to recommend artists for each project. Learn more at concordnc.gov. Also, visit ourstate.com for a story that features Concord's restored 1966 Coca-Cola mural originally painted by Clarence Hampton.
 
United Way BBQ lunch to benefit community agencies
On Friday, October 25 the City of Concord is hosting a barbecue chicken lunch as part of its annual campaign to support the member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Dine-in and to-go plates are available for $8 each. The event will take place behind Fire Station 3 from 11:00 until 2:00. Full details are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Until further notice, the City of Concord Parks and Recreation's three gyms will be open only while natural light is available due to a malfunction in the lighting system at all three facilities. Lighting at the City's Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Center gyms will not be used until the lighting manufacturer recommends and implements a solution. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Hector H. Henry II Greenway Community Workshop
Join Concord Parks and Recreation at Fire Station 9 on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Drop in anytime during the workshop to talk with your neighbors, city staff, and project consultants about how to best connect people and places with trails in Concord. Provide input and learn about the future greenway along the Rocky River and potential PARTF Grant application. Station 9 is located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road (on Poplar Tent Road between I-85 and Derita Road). For more information, contact Mark Kincaid at 704-920-5611 or kincaidm@concordnc.gov.
 
Adult Kickball Tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
Parks and Recreation plans Halloween Fun
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 10/26 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 10/26 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center 10/29 3:00-5:00 p.m.: For little ghosts and goblins up to age 12. We’ll treat you to popcorn, hot dogs, and candy bags in our haunted lobby. Treats free to all children present.
 
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Concord
Pre-registration is $15 until October 25 at concordparksandrec.org or the Academy Recreation Center.  Race Day registration is $20 and will take place on Means Avenue.  The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and will run on the Downtown Connector Greenway and the McEachern Greenway.  This is a family friendly event.  There will be inflatables, a DJ, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety fire safety house for children from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. One-mile fun run: 9:00 a.m. – FREE (registration required), 5 Alarm 5K: 9:30 a.m. with awards following.
 
What's happening at Cabarrus Arts Council
Davis Theatre, Chic Gamine, Soulful Nouveau-Pop – Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m., Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S.  Chic Gamine’s fresh new sound has earned them multiple Juno Awards, the Canadian version of the Grammy, and a worldwide audience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  With tight harmonies and hip-shaking beats, these four women and one man could be straight out of Motown until you throw in the curveball of French pop and four rotating lead singers.  Tickets are $35 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online at CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday,10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
 
The Galleries, Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery and Soft Focus – Opens Monday, October 21, The Galleries, 65 Union Street S, Concord. On display through December 19. Annual show and sale of pottery from the Seagrove and Piedmont areas of North Carolina features clay works by 10 potters/potteries. Soft Focus includes artwork by15 artists embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory.  Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.
 
Film, The Moleman of Belmont Avenue – Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m., Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord. Modern Film Fest at the Davis presents a free screening of a scary movie for Halloween.  The Mugg brothers’ slacker ways have run the building they inherited from their mother into the ground. The tenants are moving out, no one but them and their friends drinks at the bar on the ground floor, and the building’s pets are going missing. Now, there seems to be a monster living in the basement.  The film has not been rated; Modern Film Fest estimates it would receive an “R” for drug use, language and adult themes.  Caution is advised.  Visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-ARTS (2787) for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know a full bathtub can require up to seventy gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only ten to twenty-five gallons? You can find more water conservation tips at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the October 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized Housing Director Angela Graham, CCHRCO President.
 
Recognized Human Resources Director Jeannine Sargent, recipient of 2013 NC-IPMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Recognized City Clerk Kim Deason, NCAMC Certified Municipal Clerk.             
 
Presented Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff members. Twenty-one public power communities across the state received 2013 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 for the third year in a row.
 
Recognized new Fire Chief Ray Allen (see full story below).
 
Received information on Public Power Week, featuring a video by the Town of Wake Forest.
 
Received information from Joanne Gonnerman of the Historic Cabarrus Association on their document preservation project.
 
Received presentations from two architectural firms for the design of a new City Hall.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three-year, eighty-five percent, tax-based Economic Development Grant to SL Concord Airport Business Park LLC for development of an industrial speculative building in Concord with an estimated new investment of $16,000,000.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of land owned by Courtney Artis and Avery Young, Robert B. and Allison M. Robinson, and Thomas and Staci Cousar located within the Hallstead Subdivision.   
 
Approved a request to close Union Street and co-sponsor an event to benefit Relay for Life with the Speakeasy Alehouse on October 26.
 
Approved a request to close Union Street on October 31 for the annual Candy Crawl event.
 
Approved a request to provide insurance and in-kind services from the Police, Fire and Life Safety, Transportation, and Solid Waste Services Departments to Cabarrus Events Association for the 85th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 23.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Gavel and Dorn Engineering, PLLC for Construction Administration Services associated with the Albemarle Waterline Project.
 
Entered into a Municipal Agreement with NCDOT to fund sidewalk and greenway accommodations as part of the replacement of the bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek on Wilshire Ave.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with IKE'S Construction Inc. for the construction of a temporary commercial service terminal area within Hangar A at Concord Regional Airport
 
Authorized Housing Department staff to submit an application for the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Grant and the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Grant.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of two parcels of land owned by MI Homes of Charlotte.
 
Authorized the City of Concord's participation in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program.
 
Adopted a resolution honoring Ellis Hankins, Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, upon his retirement.
 
Authorized staff to develop a list of potential contract conditions regarding construction and use, as requested by Cabarrus County to be considered along with funding, for the installation of three hydrants along the waterline being constructed along NC 49 from Albemarle, to be used only for firefighting purposes in the Northeast Volunteer Fire Department District.
 
Ray Allen named Fire Chief
City Manager Brian Hiatt named Ray Allen as Concord's next Fire Chief late Wednesday afternoon. Allen succeeds recently retired Chief Randy Holloway in leading the Department of Fire and Life Safety. He was named at the end of a search process launched in August. Ray Allen has served in the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety for his entire career, beginning in 1991.  In his capacity as Fire Chief, he will direct 190 coworkers in meeting departmental goals and objectives, and manage a 16 million dollar budget. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University, and has completed over 4,000 hours of specialized fire service training and over 350 hours of leadership training. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety warns campers of carbon monoxide poisoning risks
The City of Concord is proud to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore area motorsports-related events, attractions, and behind-the-scenes tours. The Department of Fire and Life Safety wants all visitors to have a safe experience. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a particular risk to campers during the cooler fall race, who may unknowingly put themselves in danger while trying cook or stay warm. Learn more at the City Hall Blog.
 
Resurfacing underway on Country Club Drive
Crews began the street resurfacing process on Country Club Drive on Friday, October 11. The street was edge-milled first, and paving will begin on Monday, October 14 and is expected to last up to four days, weather permitting. Work will only take place weekdays between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please exercise caution during this process to avoid conflict with the construction equipment. For more information, please contact the Concord Transportation Department at 704-920-5365.
 
Library offers programs in October for business start ups
The Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library has two great programs during the month of October for individuals who are considering starting a business. How to Develop a Business Plan will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. The second program, How to Develop a Business Funding Proposal will be held on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.  Both programs are free; please register in advance by calling 704-920-2053. These programs are being presented by Charlotte SCORE, chapter #47. Visit cabarruscounty.us for additional information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Until further notice, the City of Concord Parks and Recreation's three gyms will be open only while natural light is available due to a malfunction in the lighting system at all three facilities. Lighting at the City's Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Center gyms will not be used until the lighting manufacturer recommends and implements a solution. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Dog’s Day Out - FREE!
October 19, 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. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. More details at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Kickball Tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
22 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that the Engineering Department typically makes the first contact with property owners on behalf of the City when pursuing easement acquisitions?  The City's right-of-way agent contacts property owners, explains property needs, and facilitates the necessary paperwork. Learn more about the engineering department at concordnc.gov
 
New Sunday Bus Service Begins October 6, 2013
Rider Transit’s new Sunday service will begin operating Sunday, October 6, along all seven routes throughout Concord and Kannapolis. Passengers will now have access to employment opportunities, medical facilities, shopping, local restaurants and church services seven days a week. Weekend service will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and staff will be available on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for over-the-phone or in-person assistance at the Transit Center. Rider Transit staff will be celebrating the launch of the new service during various outreach activities. Teams will be at the Transit Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 4, at the Walmart in the Northlite Shopping Center from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, and at the Transit Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. For more information and news schedules, visit ckrider.com.
 
Concord Fire & Life Safety Reminds Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, from October 6-12 Concord Fire & Life Safety will join forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Domino’s Pizza to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' Anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza during this week may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza is delivered. Concord Fire & Life Safety will check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free! If the smoke alarm is not working, firefighters will replace the batteries and/or smoke alarm and leave the home with a fully functioning fire safety device. Fire Educators will also visit area neighborhoods during the month of October to remind citizens that leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. For more information on the National Fire Prevention Week campaigns visit the NFPA website.
 
Concord celebrates Public Power Week October 6-12
The City of Concord will celebrate Public Power Week October 6 through 12, along with more than 2,000 other utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans. Concord Electric Systems customers are invited to drop by City Hall, located at 26 Union Street South, during the month of October to receive valuable information on how to save energy and ways to lower utility bills. Customers who visit City Hall will be given an opportunity to register for a chance to win a complete Home Energy Conservation Kit. These kits will be given away each Friday for 4 weeks beginning October 11, 2013 through November 1, 2013. Watch the video Pride in Public Power to learn more about the benefits of public power utilities. For more information call 704-920-5555.
 
CDC says “Take 3” actions to fight the Flu, local flu shot clinics available
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes three actions you can take to fight the flu, including a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most-important step. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn more about upcoming flu shot clinics for veterans and seniors, and learn more about flu prevention at cdc.gov.
 
Concord Library Offers programs in October for Business Start Ups
The Concord Public Library has two great programs during the month of October for individuals who are considering starting a business. How to Develop a Business Plan, will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. The second program - How to Develop a Business Funding Proposal will be held on Tuesday October 29th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.  Both programs are free, please register in advance by calling 704-920-2053. These programs are being presented by Charlotte SCORE, chapter #47. Click here for additional information. 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Until further notice, the City of Concord Parks and Recreation's three gyms will be open only while natural light is available due to a malfunction in the lighting system at all three facilities. Lighting at the City's Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Center gyms will not be used until the lighting manufacturer recommends and implements a solution. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Bricks 4 Kidz
Reinforce essential preschool skills with a fun, new approach based on the time-tested popularity of LEGO® bricks! Each week children build an engaging model based on the letter of the week, while practicing essential preschool skills including letter recognition, counting, fine motor skills, and more. Meets Mondays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session II:   10/7-28 Activity # 1144.313). Registration fee is $40 per four-week session; $5 City resident discount available.
 
Adult Kickball Tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
22 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.