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Did you know?

Did you know that city and county managers pledge to uphold the tenets of a code of ethics? Adopted in 1924, the ICMA Code of Ethics defined the principles that today serve as the foundation for the local government management profession and set the standard for excellence. The Code was most recently amended by the membership in April, 2015 to reflect changes in the profession. Visit icma.org to find out more.

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 this afternoon's Downtown Candy Crawl continuing until 5:00 p.m. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.

Grand opening of Weddington Road Bark Park and more: October 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Start off your Halloween at Saturday's grand opening of several new recreation and public safety facilities on Weddington Road. The new complex, located at 8955 Weddington Road NW, includes Weddington Road Bark Park, a connection to the newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, Fire Station 11, and Cabarrus EMS Station 9. Click here for more information…dogs in costume encouraged!

Wednesday route next up for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 2 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Change your clock, change your battery
Tick, tock! Sunday, November 1 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Use this opportunity to not only prepare your clocks to “fall back”, but also prepare your home for fire emergencies by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. For 28 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 one hour. Click here to learn more.

Concord Wildlife Alliance to present free screening of "Vanishing of the Bees"
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as colony collapse disorder, this phenomenon has brought crisis to those responsible for producing out of every three bites of food on our tables. Join the Concord Wildlife Alliance for a free screening of Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Theater, 65 Union St S. Refreshments will be served and a panel of experts will take questions after the movie. For more information, visit concordwildlifealliance.com.

Cabarrus County offers Medicare open enrollment assistance
If you’re 65 or older, chances are you feel anxiety as Medicare Open Enrollment deadlines approach. Until December 7, those who qualify for Medicare have the opportunity to change plans or enroll for the first time. Cabarrus County Adult and Aging Services is hosting free sessions to help minimize anxiety and maximize Medicare benefits this enrollment season. Counselors are available, by appointment, November 3 at the Kannapolis Library, November 10 at the Concord Library and November 20 at the Harrisburg Library. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Santa is coming to ClearWater Artist Studios in November
Santa is taking time from his busy schedule to visit with the artists at ClearWater Artist Studios for their November "Second Saturday open studios," on Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Santa is happy to pose for pictures with children of all ages from 12:00 noon (or a little earlier) until 3p.m. Also that day: artists’ inaugural Holiday Art Market! A selection of small affordable art works to purchase as gifts, arranged around the main gallery. The Gallery will also continue to exhibit the current show, "H2O Flow: Perspectives on Water" featuring many paintings and some other types of artwork by resident ClearWater artists. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW, events are always family friendly with plenty of free parking. For more information, call 704-784-9535, email clearwatermgr@gmail.com or visit clearwaterartists.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Taking reservations for seasonal trips and tours
Concord Parks and Recreation partners with David Walter Travel to provide a variety of trips throughout the year. Up next are offerings in November and December to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a trip to Wohlfahrt Haus in Wytheville, Virginia on Wednesday, November 11 or the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville on Saturday December 5. All trips depart from First Assembly Village, 280 Concord Parkway South. Pre-registration required, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for details or reservations.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
19 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know firefighters responding to incidents are exposed to a number of carcinogens through breathing and skin absorption? The Fire Department recently enhanced cancer awareness training and exposure reduction measures such as requiring on-scene decontamination of protective clothing, equipment, and apparatus, with more thorough decontamination back at station. The Department also uses apparatus exhaust removal systems and has upgraded respiratory protection policies and equipment. With a primary goal of reducing occupational cancers and improving firefighter health, these measures can also lead to reduced medical insurance and workers compensation costs to taxpayers, as well as safer environments for visitors. For more information about this initiative, see the recent Time Warner Cable News feature with Chief Ray Allen and Engineer Robert Hagy, visit firefightercancersupport.org, or contact the Fire Department’s Division of Training and Safety at 704-920-5534.

Thursday and Friday routes next up for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 26 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cities celebrate completion of Concord/Kannapolis-Albemarle water transmission line
The Cities of Concord, Kannapolis, and Albemarle celebrated the recent completion of the jointly funded water transmission line Thursday, which provides a new water source for Cabarrus County into the future. The ceremony was the culmination of a regional partnership developed among the cities over the last 16 years. City elected officials, management, and utilities staff from each community gathered at the Mount Pleasant pump station site Thursday afternoon to "Turn the Valve," marking the opening of the line at the approximate mid-way point. State and federal elected officials and staff members were also at the celebration. See the full story and images at concordnc.gov.

Four-legged fun at Dogs' Day Out - TOMORROW!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to beg your owners to bring you to Myers Park for a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the thirteenth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 24, 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 for event details, as well as a sneak preview of the October 31 grand opening of the Weddington Road Bark Park!

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 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.

Early voting underway for 2015 municipal elections
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections will administer Concord's 2015 municipal elections on November 3. One-stop early voting is now available weekdays between October 22 and October 30, and Saturday, October 31. To view a personalized sample ballot and general information on voting, including Absentee and One-Stop Voting, precinct polling places, and voter registration, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Haunted Halloween Happenings
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins that are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our recreation centers. The first opportunity is Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, tonight from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information, or call 704-920-5600.

Final week for 5 Alarm 5K early registration
Parks and Recreation staff are taking registrations for the 5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Runs will begin and end on Means Avenue (beside the Historic Courthouse) in downtown Concord, run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway. A special award is given to the fastest male and female Fire, Police, EMS, or Military personnel. $15 early registrations is available until October 30 at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Do you know you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that assists Concord utility customers in crisis? The City and Cooperative Christian Ministry have established the Neighbor Helping Neighbor fund, and every cent counts. Many people are not eligible for assistance from local or state agencies. Those affected may have an immediate income need from a crisis that has recently affected their family. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Monday and Tuesday 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 19 and January 29. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 19 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Officer Nichols recognized for NC Justice Academy School Resource Officer certification
On Thursday, October 15, Chief Gacek and other Police Department leaders dropped in at Harold Winkler Middle School to surprise School Resource Officer Matt Nichols and present him with his SRO Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy. Officer Nichols is the 149th participant to complete the program since its inception. He is the third Concord Police Officer attain this accomplishment, which included exceeding the 400-hour training requirement. Visit the Flickr Photostream to see an image from the surprise visit and learn more.

NC Clean Transportation Tour to make a regional stop in Concord
The Charlotte regional stop of the NC Clean Transportation Tour will be in Concord on Tuesday, October 20. The NC Clean Transportation Tour is a hands on opportunity for fleets, educators, and advocates to drive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, learn about clean transportation, network with peers and technology providers, and more! Additionally, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and Fleet Services Director Daniel Nuckolls will be on hand to accept an NC Smart Fleet Award. Visit nccleantech.ncsu.edu for more information.

Take an active part in the fight against breast cancer
You may notice Concord firefighters and many groups wearing pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The intent of the campaign is to bring education and awareness on one of the United States' most common forms of cancer. One in eight American women will develop breast cancer, and 95 percent of cases are curable when detected in the earliest stages. Cabarrus Health Alliance advocates early screening and offers free breast exams and mammograms for eligible uninsured low-income women, ages 40-64, and those younger than 40 who have a history of breast problems. For more information, please visit cabarrushealth.org or call 704-920-1205.

Cabarrus County is preparing for 2015 municipal elections
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections will administer Concord's 2015 municipal elections on November 3. One-stop early voting will be available weekdays between October 22 and October 30, and Saturday, October 31. To view a personalized sample ballot and general information on voting, including Absentee and One-Stop Voting, precinct polling places, and voter registration, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Four-legged fun at Dogs' Day Out!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to beg your owners to bring you to Myers Park for a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the thirteenth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 24, 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 concordparksandrec.org for event details and more.

Haunted Halloween Happenings
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins that are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our recreation centers. The first opportunity is Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information, or call 704-920-5600.

Early registration still available for the 5 Alarm 5K
Parks and Recreation staff are taking registrations for the 5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Runs will begin and end on Means Avenue (beside the Historic Courthouse) in downtown Concord, run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway. A special award is given to the fastest male and female Fire, Police, EMS, or Military personnel. $15 early registrations is available until October 30 at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department frequently hosts educational programs that are open to the community? This month, the community is invited to attend a financial literacy workshop on October 22. The program, called "Make better decisions for your money," will be presented from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, 265 Salem Street SW. For more information, please call 704-920-6110.

Highlights of the October 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation establishing the week of October 23-31, 2015 as Red Ribbon Week.

Recognized Assistant Human Resources Director Chantel Thompson for serving as the President of the North Carolina Chapter of the International Personnel Management Association for 2014-2015.

Conducted a Public Hearing and adopted an ordinance annexing a
parcel of land on the west side of Derita Road owned by SL 1000 Derita Road, LLC c/o the Silverman Group.

Adopted a resolution setting a public hearing in accordance with N.C.G.S. 160A-58.24 (d) and 160A-31(c)) to consider the extension of the Annexation Agreement between the City of Concord and the City of Charlotte.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Shelco, LLC for construction of the new parking deck at Concord Regional Airport.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute the contract with Carolina Siteworks for the City of Concord's annual sidewalk system contract maintenance work.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Merrick & Company to complete the Rocky River 2015 Storm Water Drainage Study.

Dedicated funds for additional restoration of the historic Coca-Cola mural in the downtown area.

Pitching in to help SC flood victims
The City of Concord is joining Southeastern Packaging and the Town of Harrisburg to collect non-perishable food, bottled water, and other necessities for South Carolina flood victims. Those interested in providing donations can bring them to Concord Fire Stations 1 and 9 through Thursday, October 15. Visit harrisburgnc.org for more information, or call Stewart Johnson at Southeastern Packaging at 980-621-3895.

Celebrating Public Power Week
This week, the City of Concord has celebrated Public Power Week along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans. Public power utilities put the people of their communities first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to citizens. Click here to learn more about the importance of having a public power utility in Concord, or visit ncpublicpower.com.

ClearWater's next Second Saturday open studio event is TOMORROW
Come to ClearWater Artist Studios this Saturday, October 10 and get your monthly dose of immersion in creativity!  Artist will be working in their studios from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., as well as on two giant easels in the Gallery. Also in the Gallery this month, view the current show: H2O Flow: Perspectives On Water by ClearWater resident artists. ClearWater Artist Studios are located at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village, with plenty of parking available across Crowell Drive. For more information on upcoming events and classes, visit clearwaterartists.com. If you are interested in volunteering or using the space for your own event, please contact Sarah Gay, ClearWater Manager at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Sign up now for the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament
Rediscover your youth while helping those in need at the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament November 14 and 15 at W.W. Flowe Park. Registration is open through November 6 at just $110 per team, with proceeds making a difference locally. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.

Registration is underway for the 5 Alarm 5K
Parks and Recreation staff are taking registrations for the 5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Runs will begin and end on Means Avenue (beside the Historic Courthouse) in downtown Concord, run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway. A special award is given to the fastest male and female Fire, Police, EMS, or Military personnel. $15 early registrations is available until October 30 at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

15 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Regional Airport pumps more than 175,000 gallons of aviation fuel through its tanks every month? The City's Aviation Department is the fixed-base operator (FBO), providing fueling and other services to airport customers. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Flood safety and preparedness encouraged as Joaquin brings additional rain
While much uncertainty remains about the projected path of Hurricane Joaquin, our area can expect to receive several days of heavy rain and wind this weekend. With the ground already being saturated from the last week of rain, conditions are right for flooding to occur. The US National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC has already issued a flash flood watch in effect between Friday morning and Monday morning. Please visit concordnc.gov for important safety information.

City of Concord's United Way events to benefit community agencies
Thank you to the many who supported those most in need locally at today's City of Concord United Way cookout lunch. Several coworker-led special events remain, which benefit Cabarrus County's member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. In 2014, the City's coworker-led campaign raised over $26,000 of the $500,000 raised in Cabarrus County. In return, twenty-one Cabarrus County member agencies received over $1.2 million to help local individuals and families with multiple needs. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Police offer additional place of worship security training opportunity
The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship. In a free, one-hour session, attendees will understand the challenges and needs of worship security. Due to high demand an additional training opportunity has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Also, the initial session of the follow-up emergency preparedness program, which will be more comprehensive in scope, will take place on Monday, November 9. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5000 to register.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Sign up now for the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament
Rediscover your youth while helping those in need at the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament November 14 and 15 at W.W. Flowe Park. Registration is open through November 6 at just $110 per team, with proceeds making a difference locally. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.

 

It’s a Birds’ Life

Learn how to identify birds in their unique habitats during a journey along the Hector H Henry 11 Greenway, 1215 Moss Farm St. SW on Thursday October 8, 2015.  Using our special Nature Adventures gear, we will identify birds and their unique habitats.  Along our hike we will learn about the life cycle of a bird and collect items to construct nests. Fee: $10; $5 city resident discount.  Pre-register by 10/5. 

 


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.