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Did you know?
Did you know tomorrow is national prescription drug take back day? Safe disposal of medication will be available on October 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at several locations in Concord and Cabarrus County. Clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose unused or expired medications. Find medication drop off locations on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. Remember, drop boxes are always available (24-hours a day) at the Concord and Kannapolis police headquarters and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.

Loose leaf collection in Concord kicks off next week in the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY areas
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 29 and February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 29 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Early voting in Cabarrus continues through November 2
Voting for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is underway at two locations in Concord. In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally.  Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process.  A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography.  Click here to see the November meeting schedule.  Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at eparker@centralina.org if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit centralina.org.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios - 223 Crowell Drive NW. Call 704-784-9535 or visit clearwaterartists.com. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment.

Gibson Village Fall Festival
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27 from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more.
Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

Dream In Color, expressive paintings by artists Andell McCoy and Erin Allen
Exhibit Dates: November 2, 2018 through Jan. 25, 2019 | Opening Reception, Artist Talk: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 6:30-8:30p.m. These artists' work reflects colors and shapes in both abstract and representational styles, using an array of palettes, seeking to provoke emotion in the viewer. The artists are long-time friends, based in Albemarle, NC; their art reflects their support of each other along their artists’ journey. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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 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 early voting in for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is now available at two locations in Concord? In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord Wildlife Alliance holding barbecue benefit at Cabarrus Brewing
Big sendoff for Ace & TJ Grin Kids at Concord Regional

It's a Sweet 16th party tomorrow at Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

Market Street closing for construction crane removal
The sectional 375-foot construction crane towering over downtown Concord will soon come down after crews finish concrete work on the fifth and final parking deck floor. To accommodate the removal, Market Street SW will close for two 12-hour periods overnight Monday and Tuesday. Market will close entirely between 6 p.m. Monday (Oct. 22) and 6 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and again between 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and 6 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24). Street parking along Market will be affected beginning Monday afternoon to ensure spaces are available for the crane laydown. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us at the Latin Community Festival at Barber-Scotia College, Sunday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.; Cabarrus Brewing Company, Monday, October 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; or 26 Acres Brewing Company, Friday, November 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

NCDOT wants public input on the future of transportation in N.C.
The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina. From now until November 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation in their regions. Examples include safety, better connections to key destinations, better connections to jobs, better transit, better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Links to both the survey and interactive map are available at ncdot.gov/ncmoves. NCDOT will use the feedback to help shape the vision and goals for its next long-range transportation plan, called NC Moves 2050. Find out more at ncdot.gov.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27t from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more. Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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 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 you can always find the latest information on power outages and other City services updates at concordnc.gov/info? Be sure to bookmark this page, or find the link with the red and white "i" (information) symbol on our concordnc.gov home page. PS, Friday Solid Waste customers: on this page you'll note an update about possible delays on today's route, which will be complete on Saturday.

Highlights of the October 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Rick Lambert, 17 years of service – Solid Waste Services

Received a presentation from Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau on their Marketing Plan.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and amended contracts for multiple three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: Project Meadows Building 1 to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW, Project Meadows Building 2 to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW, Project Griffin Building 1 to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive, and Project Griffin Building 2 to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 68.864 acres on the southwest corner of the Davidson Highway and Odell School Rd intersection, owned by Rocky River Crossing LLC, Harrisburg Town Center IX LLC, Erjola 550 Kinderkamack LLC, Elizabeth Parcel, William Parcel, and David Parcel.

Conducted a series of public hearings and adopted ordinances to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to address: family care homes (TA-01-18), changes to Board of Adjustment requirements (TA-02-18), revised notice procedures (TA-05-18), revised front setbacks (TA-08-18), street tree and street yard landscaping requirements (TA-09-18), street trees and street cross sections (TA-10-18), revised Private Club requirements (TA-11-18), and updated flood damanage prevention requirements (TA-12-18).

Awarded a bid to N.C. Quality Home Builders, LLC in the amount of $165,362.50 to construct a new home at 12 Hawthorne Street SW using HOME Investment Partnership funds.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately .08 acres of City property located at the corner of Todd Drive NE and Hillandale Street NE (a portion of PIN 5621 63 2477) from Troutman Land Investments, Inc.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Recycling Process Service Agreement with FCR, LLC/Charlotte Recycling (Republic).

Approved a modification to the Interlocal Agreement with Cabarrus County administering the Central Area Plan.

Appointed Bertram Hinton, Jr., Jenny Reed, and Anthony Weiss to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee and Amy Landis to the Historic Preservation Commission (Alternate), and administered the oath of office to the newly appointed members as well as previously appointed SMAC member Donald Seitz.

NCDOT: Lane Closure Scheduled for U.S. 29 in Concord
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close next week a lane on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. Weather permitting, the right lane will close between Florence Street NW and Davidson Drive NW at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15 to set up traffic control and safely set eight bridge girders in place. The closure will be removed by 7 p.m. the same day. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the spring of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us at the Latin Community Festival at Barber-Scotia College, Sunday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.; Cabarrus Brewing Company, Monday, October 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; or 26 Acres Brewing Company, Friday, November 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Cabarrus County Out & About: Mental Health
On the latest episode of Out & About, County Commissioner Steve Morris talks with Jodi Ramirez - Law Enforcement Liaison and Rebecca True - Daymark Recovery Services Center Director about mental health needs in Cabarrus County. Click here to watch and find out about what the needs are and what is being done to address them and how we all can help, or visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about the County's Mental Health Advisory Board and its initiatives.

Happy Sweet 16, Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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 free, secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents will be available tomorrow (Saturday October 6) from 9-11 a.m. at the CFA Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N)? Please limit your documents to no more than three 13 gallon trash bags or bankers boxes. Keep you information safe and just shred it. For more information call 704-920-3209 or click here.

Concord in the Headlines
Coffee with a Cop held at businesses and schools

Portion of downtown Concord street closing for crane repair
An area near the intersection of Market Street SW and Barbrick Avenue closed this afternoon (October 5) at 3 p.m. as crews make emergency repairs to the on-site construction crane at the Cabarrus County Parking Deck site. If repairs to the crane components are minimal, the work is expected to take about 12 hours. If the damage is significant, the closure could be in place until late Monday (October 8). Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

NCDOT: Weekend Work to Affect U.S. 29 in Concord
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will be working at the intersection of U.S. 29 at Morehead Road this weekend, milling and repaving part of the roadway to give drivers a smoother ride. Traffic on U.S. 29 will be reduced to one lane in both directions starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and wrapping up by noon Saturday, Oct. 6. During this time, traffic on Morehead Road will be detoured around the closure. Motorists traveling westbound will be directed to Hudspeth Road and back to U.S. 29. Eastbound drivers will be detoured to Old Holland Road, Weddington Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard before returning to U.S. 29. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention when approaching the work zone, obey the posted speed limit, follow posted detours, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely. Please visit ncdot.gov for real-time travel information and more.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) is partnering with Cabarrus County Transportation Services (CCTS) to develop a long-range transportation plan for the region. In order to develop transit services that meet the needs of the community and the region now and in the future, we need your help! Please take our survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKQWC8G.

Happy Sweet 16, Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

CabCoTV presents: Historical Moments - Early Movie Theaters in Cabarrus County
Grab some popcorn and relive the glory days of early movie theatres and drive-ins around Cabarrus County. The latest episode of Historical Moments with Clarence Horton tells the story of how motion pictures and the businesses that brought them to our community shaped local history in the 20th Century. Watch on demand at the CabCoTV Youtube Channel, or check out the program schedule on cabarruscounty.us to watch on Spectrum Channel 22 or the CabCoTV livestream.

Feedback sessions planned for Cabarrus County Schools strategic plan
Cabarrus County Schools is developing its Strategic Plan that will guide work through 2020. Superintendent Chris Lowder will host Community Feedback Sessions throughout the district beginning in this month at a variety of locations. Each session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Spanish interpreters will be present at the October 29 session. For the full schedule and more information, go to cabarrus.k12.nc.us.


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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!

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.