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Did you know?
Did you know Concord's communications center answered 109,382 calls last year? These calls range from 911 calls to non-emergency police, fire, and utility calls after normal business hours. The average answer time is 4.3 seconds and emergency calls are routed to field personnel by radio in an average of 64 seconds. For non-emergency police calls, dial 704-786-9155 and for non-emergency fire calls dial 704-782-2121. For all police, fire, and medical emergencies, dial 911.
 
Happy Halloween!
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as the Downtown Candy Crawl. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.
 
Come downtown for the 5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 1
Enjoy a great Saturday morning in Historic Downtown Concord. The race will begin and end on Means Avenue, and include the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. Race day registration is $20. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Change your clock, change your battery
For 27 years, Energizer has partnered with the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program (CYCCYB). The Concord Fire Department joins in this effort to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for standard time. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
News from the Concord Wildlife Alliance
Concord's Memorial Garden, operated by First Presbyterian Church, has received the "Fellowship Actions Impacting the Habitat," or FAITH, certification from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The FAITH program is a non-denominational initiative designed to recognize and certify places of worship that meet certain requirements for a wildlife-friendly habitat. Find out more on the Concord Wildlife Alliance Facebook Page. The public is invited to the next meeting of the Concord Wildlife Alliance to hear about Bats and Mice in Your Backyard, presented by Angie Larson, PhD student at UNC Greensboro. Meetings are held at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday route begins loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the first opportunity for residents on the Tuesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 3 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between now and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Free community shred event planned for November 15
A confidential document shredding and recycling event, hosted by Concord Solid Waste Services, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in The Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N, behind Arby's). A shred truck will be onsite to serve Concord citizens, free of charge. Please limit your documents to three regular-sized trash bags or bankers boxes. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Attend this free community shred event to keep your personal information out of the hands of crooks.
 
Citizens encouraged to provide feedback
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 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 according to the AWWA Water Research Foundation, more than a quarter of all water usage in the United States goes to flushing toilets? More than 21 percent is used to wash clothes and nearly 17 percent is used for showers. Be sure you do your part to conserve this important resource—learn how at concordnc.gov/savethedrops.
 
Typical seasonal transition causes taste and odor in safe water
In recent days, some City of Concord water customers have noticed a musty taste or odor in their drinking water. This problem is caused by the normal turnover of the City’s reservoirs. This turnover usually occurs in the fall and the spring of each year, due to the warming or cooling of the water. In response to this problem, the Coddle Creek Water Treatment Plant has increased its dosage of powdered activated carbon, a chemical that helps to remove tastes and odors from the water. Because of this increased carbon dosage, the taste and odor problem has been improving at the water plant, but this water still has to travel throughout the City’s distribution system before customers will notice the improvement. It is important to note that, although customers may notice a taste or an odor in the water, the water is tested every day and it is completely safe to drink. The City of Concord encourages anyone who has questions or concerns regarding their drinking water to call 704-920-5555.
 
Monday and Friday routes begin loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the first opportunity for residents on the Monday and Friday garbage collection routes. Residents in these areas must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 27 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between now and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as the Downtown Candy Crawl. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.
 
North Carolina's second DDI to open in Concord at I-85 and NC 73
Beginning Friday morning, the North Carolina Department of Transportation began the process of opening the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on Davidson Highway (NC 73) over I-85. The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals, while providing easier access to an interstate. Closures and detours are in place over the weekend with the new, final pattern opening Monday, October 27 at 6:00 a.m. Visit ncdot.gov for more information about the closures, detours, and new interchange.
 
NCDOT invites you to participate in the 485 Madd Dash
Although NCDOT and Blythe Construction were planning to complete work on the final 5.7-mile segment of the Charlotte Outer Loop by the end of December, engineers now are anticipating the completion will be spring 2015. Construction of the final segment of I-485, a 67-mile highway, was coordinated with the widening of seven miles of I-85 through Concord. To provide a sneak peek of this long-awaited milestone, NCDOT is partnering with the State Employees Combined Campaign to organize the 485 Madd Dash at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. Participants will be able to run on the final segment of I-485 before it opens to traffic. The 5k/10k/Fun Run will start at 12940 Loganville Road. 10k runners will be able to traverse the new turbine interchange at I-485 and I-85, a new connection to the final section of The Loop. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run, walk, or bike on I-485 before you can drive on it. Click here for details and registration information, or visit facebook.com/485madddash.
 
How are we doing?
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Try a new workout at one of many yoga offerings
Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Harmony Yoga, all instructed by Dawn Grant, start new sessions on Tuesday, October 28. Classes are held at Academy Recreation Center.  For times and fees, please visit concordparksandrec.org or contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600.
 
Final call for the 5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 1
Enjoy a great Saturday morning in Historic Downtown Concord. The race will begin and end on Means Avenue, and include the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. Race day registration is $20. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Play kickball and more to benefit community
Relive your youth while helping those in need at the United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9. Proceeds make a difference locally. Visit concordnc.gov for additional details about this and other 2014 City of Concord United Way campaign events.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 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 the City's Human Resources department is involved in the fight against breast cancer and promoting breast health? In addition to regularly hosting the CMC-NorthEast mobile mammography unit and encouraging City coworkers to participate in screening opportunities, the HR staff organizes an annual coworker relay walk to raise funds going directly towards screening local patients. This year's walk is next Friday, October 24.
 
Wednesday and Thursday routes kick off loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 20 and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 20 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
FREE fun! Dogs' Day Out set for Saturday October 18
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 twelfth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 18, 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. Visit concordnc.gov event details and more.
 
Concord and other NC utilities urge customers to be cautious
Across the state, utility customers are once again reporting that scammers are threatening service disconnection unless immediate payment is received. The scammers demand immediate payment over the phone. Some scammers are even using legitimate names of employees when they call. If you receive a call, do not listen to the scammer’s instructions. Please hang up immediately and call the customer service number on your bill. Please do not share any personal information with these scammers and do not return any phone calls. Several customers have lost hundreds of dollars in related scams. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
How are we doing?
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
NCDOT invites you to participate in the “485 Madd Dash”
In July 1988, the North Carolina Department of Transportation started building the I-485 Outer Loop around Charlotte. By the end of 2014, the final segment of this 67-mile highway will be complete, along with the coordinated widening of seven miles of I-85 through Concord. To commemorate the completion of this long-awaited milestone, NCDOT is partnering with the State Employees Combined Campaign to organize the “485 Madd Dash” at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. Participants will be able to run on the final segment of I-485 before it opens to traffic. The 5k/10k/Fun Run will start at 12940 Loganville Road. 10k runners will be able to traverse the new turbine interchange at I-485 and I-85, a new connection to the final section of The Loop. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run, walk, or bike on I-485 before you can drive on it. Click here for details and registration information, or visit facebook.com/485madddash.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Haunted Halloween art parties
These classes are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Participants will use acrylic paints on canvas to create a spooky Halloween scene. Each class features a different Halloween theme so be sure to sign up multiple times! All materials required for this class will be provided with a $10 materials fee. Classes for teens and adults available for just $35 ($5 City resident discount available). Visit concordparksandrec.org for themes, times, and location.
 
5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run planned for Saturday, November 1
Race will begin and end on Means Avenue in Historic Downtown Concord, and run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. $15 pre-registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center until Friday, October 24. Race day registration is $20. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag.
 
Play kickball and more to benefit community
Relive your youth while helping those in need at the United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9. Proceeds make a difference locally. Visit concordnc.gov for additional details about this and other 2014 City of Concord United Way campaign events.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
November
11 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 the City's utility payment drive-through remains during construction of the new City Hall? Market Street SW has been converted to a one-way street, with the drive-through being accessible coming from Barbrick Avenue SW. The drive-through is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about utility payment options.
 
Highlights of the October 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a Proclamation recognizing October 18, 2014 as Kilah Davenport Day
 
Presented ElectriCities Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff members.
 
Recognized Housing Director Angela Graham, for her outstanding leadership and dedication as President of Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment, and Codes Officials for the year 2013 - 2014. 
 
Recognized Water Resources staff for receiving the medium sized Collection System of the Year Award from NC AWWA-WEA.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a
request to rezone property with strict conditions located at 375 Pitts School Road from Residential Village (RV) to Conditional District Light Commercial (CDC-1) for the development of internet used car sales and a live-work unit.    
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance approving a development agreement with Walton North Carolina, LLC.   
 
Authorized staff to submit a grant proposal on behalf of Clearwater Artist Studios to ArtPlace America.  
 
Authorized the City Manager to accept and award a bid to Newton's Fire and Safety Equipment for the purchase of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, manufactured by Mine Safety Appliance.   
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute the second amendment to Contract 11-00285 dated August 23, 2010 between the City of Charlotte and the City of Concord for development and maintenance of the Metrolina Regional Model.
 
Accepted various NCDOT block grant funding totaling $5,370,000 for Concord Regional Airport, and awarded contracts with Talbert, Bright, and Ellington, Inc. and GLF Construction Corporation for design, bidding, and construction of the South Development Area and airfield improvements.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing on November 13, 2014 for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Vickie Dinkins-Clowers, located within the Hallstead Subdivision.
 
Designated Council Member Parsley as voting delegate and Council Member Small as alternate voting delegate for the NC League of Municipalities Annual Business Meeting to be held Monday, October 13.
 
Approved a request from the Cabarrus Events Association for in-kind services related to the 86th annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 22.
 
Citizens invited to provide feedback to the City of Concord
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
Community members join the ranks of NWF Habitat Stewards
In September, 21 people completed Habitat Steward Training, hosted by the Concord Wildlife Alliance. The National Wildlife Federation program educates individuals on multiple aspects of the environment, with an intense focus on creating certified wildlife habitats in various landscapes. In addition to 24 hours of instruction, the program provides Habitat Stewards access to reference materials for continuing their education, as well as local contacts who are experts in their fields. The new Habitat Stewards committed to volunteering at least 30 hours within the year following their training, and will be able to help achieve Going Wild Over Concord. City of Concord coworkers Keith Barnes, Brandy Colon, and Mandy Smith-Thompson were among those who completed the program. See a class photo on the City's Flickr photostream.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Haunted Halloween art parties
These classes are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Participants will use acrylic paints on canvas to create a spooky Halloween scene. Each class features a different Halloween theme so be sure to sign up multiple times! All materials required for this class will be provided with a $10 materials fee. Classes for teens and adults available for just $35 ($5 City resident discount available). Visit concordparksandrec.org for themes, times, and location.
 
5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run planned for Saturday, November 1
Race will begin and end on Means Avenue in Historic Downtown Concord, and run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. $15 pre-registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center until Friday, October 24. Race day registration is $20.  Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
November
11 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 lawn irrigation using the City's water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays? Keep this in mind while feeding and seeding lawns this fall, and visit concordnc.gov/savethedrops to learn more.
 
City of Concord's United Way campaign events to benefit community
With October races around the corner, the City of Concord's coworker-led campaign to benefit member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas - Cabarrus is preparing to shift into high gear. Upcoming events include the barbecue chicken lunch on October 17, the United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9, and the pancake breakfast on November 12. Proceeds from all events make a difference locally. Visit concordnc.gov for additional details about the 2014 campaign events.
 
Burrage Road bridge update
Progress on the Burrage Road Bridge replacement project is proceeding on schedule. This week, contractor Blythe Development Company completed the task of installing the slabs that make up the deck of the bridge. While this causes the project to look substantially complete, several months of work remain on the bridge as well as the surrounding roadway and sidewalks. City Transportation staff is also coordinating the rehabilitation of Burrage Road between Lake Concord Road and the bridge replacement project, which will include replacing the existing concrete surface with asphalt. Coordination of the two projects will allow for replacement of the original concrete surface with minimal additional disruption. For more information about this project, please contact Deputy Engineering Director Rick Blat at 704-920-5425 or blatr@concordnc.gov.
 
Learn more about becoming a poll worker for the November 4 election
Beyond campaigns and high-tech voting machines is a group of individuals who make elections happen—poll workers. In Cabarrus County, it takes approximately 350-400 people to run the 46 polling locations throughout our neighborhoods. Cabarrus County Board of Elections is asking residents to consider applying to work local polling stations for the upcoming general election that takes place on Tuesday, November 4. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.
 
Concord Wildlife Alliance to host guest speaker October 7
On Tuesday, October 7, the Concord Wildlife Alliance will host Jill Palmer of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society, who will talk about the Brown-Headed Nuthatch Project. Learn more about CWA and how to help these special feathered neighbors find good homes. CWA holds free, educational public meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at McGill Baptist Church (5300 Poplar Tent Road). Additional information is available at concordwildlifealliance.com or facebook.com/ConcordWildlifeAlliance.
 
Just two weeks left until the next Big Sweep
In just a few hours, you can make a big difference during one of many North Carolina Big Sweep litter cleanups! The Concord Wildlife Alliance is organizing a cleanup in Concord along Academy Branch. Meet other volunteers at ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW, on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Snacks will be available following the cleanup. For more information, please visit concordwildlifealliance.com, or contact Lynn Tesh at lynn@teshtroxler.com or 704-425-8718.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Haunted Halloween art parties
These classes are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Participants will use acrylic paints on canvas to create a spooky Halloween scene. Each class features a different Halloween theme so be sure to sign up multiple times! All materials required for this class will be provided with a $10 materials fee. Classes for teens and adults available for just $35 ($5 City resident discount available). Visit concordparksandrec.org for themes, times, and location.
 
5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run planned for Saturday, November 1
Race will begin and end on Means Avenue in Historic Downtown Concord, and run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. $15 pre-registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center until Friday, October 24. Race day registration is $20.  Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
7 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.