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City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
All offices will reopen on Monday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Garbage and Recycling Schedule
Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Wednesday
Thursdays garbage & recycling will be collected on Friday
Fridays garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste Collection
Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Please place all yard waste by the
curb on Monday 11/23
 
 
Council Appoints John Sweat, Jr. to Vacant District 7 Seat
 The Concord City Council has filled the District 7 Council seat vacated when Council Member Randy Grimes resigned by selecting John Sweat, Jr. The City Council appointed Sweat Monday night to fill the vacant seat until the next municipal election occurs in November, 2011 in accordance with the NC General Statutes.
 
Mr. Sweat is currently employed with S&D Coffee and spent 23 years in the United States Air Force and the North Carolina Air National Guard. He has served on both the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Concord. He is also the president of the Autumn Ridge Homeowners Association. Mr. Sweat has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Park University. Sweat and his wife Dana have four children.
 
“It is an honor to serve my neighbors as their District 7 councilman. I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council members on issues to better the City of Concord,” remarked Mr. Sweat.
 
Mr. Sweat will take the oath of office and be sworn in as a council member at the December 10th City Council Meeting.
 
 
New Neighborhood Network Technology Building Opens
Technology has become an everyday necessity whether it is for work, school, or business. Computers, cell phones, and other technical devices provide us the ability to reach out beyond our own small network to a world wide web. Now, residents of the City of Concord Housing Department are enabled to reach out and use technology to connect to the internet, learn new applications and programs, and attain computer literacy.
 
“Today we dedicate this new Neighborhood Network Technology Building for our residents to provide everyone an opportunity to enhance their technology skills to meet today’s demands and expectations. Every child and adult must become familiar with computer based technology to succeed,” said Mayor Scott Padgett.
 
The City of Concord Housing Department along with the Mayor and City Council and the Housing Residents’ Council dedicated a new Neighborhood Network Technology Building on Monday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. The Neighborhood Network Technology Center is located at 265 Salem St. near the Cabarrus County Health Alliance.
 
“We are really fortunate to have this new technology building.  Residents now have access to a computer laboratory consisting of 8 computers, printers, and Internet access to help them learn how to use technology to achieve success at work or to gain experience for better employment, for education opportunities for all ages, and to learn about the world ,” remarked Angela Graham, Director of Housing.
 
Costs to build the Technology Building were $395,850.00 and provided from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Residents Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Neighborhood Network grant along with some other federal funding. Lorenz Architecture designed the building and Ike’s Construction built the facility.
 
“Available space includes the state-of-art computer lab, conference room, multi-purpose room that can be separated into 2 separate rooms with sound proof barriers, four small offices, and a small kitchen,” said Graham.
 
The Center provides a variety of services to Public Housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants.  Additionally, the programs are offered to residents in the community. 
 
In addition to computer training, the following services are available:
• Employment related services/workshops including resume assistance and interview coaching
• Internet Safety workshops for children
• Open Lab for computer/Internet use
• Financial management workshops
• Entrepreneurial workshops on “How to Start a Small Business” in conjunction with the Small Business Administration
• Tax preparation assistance
• Voter registration
• Home buyer’s Club for persons interested in purchasing their own home
• Health Education
• Physical Fitness Information
Resources and services are available to meet the human services needs which includes; Financial Literacy, Literacy, basic computer training, after-school program and job career needs. The center provides job searches; resume writing, and interview roll play sessions and many other job skill training services preparing families for employment.
 
“I believe this is a wonderful addition for all of our residents and the community and we welcome them to come in and use this facility,” said Graham.
 
Fats Oils and Grease
The old saying “ Out of sight is out of mind “ may be good for many things but not so with GREASE.
Once out of sight your problems are just starting.
Cooking grease is one of the major causes of residential sewer clogs. These clogs can end up causing sewer spills. Cooking grease coats pipelines much the same as fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the insides of the pipe, eventually causing blockage and potential sewer spills.
A few simple kitchen procedures now will prevent costly problems in the future.
Instead of putting meat trimmings down the garbage disposal place them in the trash can.
Wipe greasy residue from frying pans and cooking pots with a paper towel prior to washing. Place the towel in the trash.
Cooking oil and grease should be collected in a non-recyclable container and disposed of in the trash. These fats and oils include salad oil, bacon fat, sausage and ham fat, and frying oil.
Help us keep Concords arteries clean. Dispose of your grease in the proper manner.
 
City of Concord Upcoming Meeting
Public hearings held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
12/10/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
12/15/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
12/17/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Commission Meeting
12/22/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting
 
 

Concord News Update  www.concordnc.gov  for the latest information and news

Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 for information concerning City Services

 
 
 
 
 
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The City of Concord will host the 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 20, from 6 - 8 p.m.
 

The ceremony will be held on Market Street in downtown Concord.
Join Santa Claus, the Mayor and City Council Members as we light the City’s Christmas Tree.
 
Irvin Elementary School, Cox Mill Elementary School and Gary Gilmore will perform during the ceremony.
 
The public is invited to enjoy free Kid Zone with Santa’s Village, trackless train, crafts, and  visit with Santa Claus.
The motorized trolley rides are from 6-7:30 p.m.
 
Tree is officially lit at 6:30 p.m. by the  Mayor, Council, and Santa

We hope to see you and your families at the ceremony as we kick off the holiday season.
FIREWORKS START AT 7:30 P.M.  Sponsored by CMC-NorthEast
 
 
Cabarrus Events Association presents the 81st Concord Christmas Parade Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM
 
The parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road NE and ends   at Union Street South at Corbin Avenue SE/SW
 
Each year the parade committee selects a local Concord and or Cabarrus County resident to honor for his or her service to the community.
 
This year’s Parade Marshal is Col. Hector H. Henry II, MD.
 
Contact: Brenda Drye, Executive Director, Cabarrus Events Association
  704-699-1702 or email
Cea@ctc.net
 
 
 
City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
All offices will reopen on Monday, November 30th.
 

Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Garbage and Recycling Schedule
Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Wednesday
Thursdays garbage & recycling will be collected on Friday
Fridays garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste Collection
Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Please place all yard waste by the curb on Monday 11/23
 
Loose Leaf Collection is scheduled for Tuesday's garbage collection route between Friday, November 20th to Wednesday, November 25th to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Fats Oils and Grease
The old saying “ Out of sight is out of mind “ may be good for many things but not so with GREASE.
Once out of sight your problems are just starting.


Cooking grease is one of the major causes of residential sewer clogs. These clogs can end up causing sewer spills. Cooking grease coats pipelines much the same as fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the insides of the pipe, eventually causing blockage and potential sewer spills.

A few simple kitchen procedures now will prevent costly problems in the future.
Instead of putting meat trimmings down the garbage disposal place them in the trash can.
Wipe greasy residue from frying pans and cooking pots with a paper towel prior to washing. Place the towel in the trash.
Cooking oil and grease should be collected in a non-recyclable container and disposed of in the trash. These fats and oils include salad oil, bacon fat, sausage and ham fat, and frying oil.

Help us keep Concords arteries clean. Dispose of your grease in the proper manner.
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City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

All offices will reopen on Monday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Garbage and Recycling Schedule
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Wednesday
• Thursday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Friday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday

Thanksgiving, week of 11/23/09 Yard Waste Collection
• Please place all yard waste by the curb on Monday 11/23

Loose Leaf Collection is scheduled for Tuesday's garbage collection route between Friday, November 20th to Wednesday, November 25th to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Leaves should be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20th.

 

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1. The pledge of Allegiance and presentation of flags was provided by the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church Cub Scout Pack 38.

 

2. The Transportation Department was presented the City's Productivity Improvement Team (PIT Crew) award for their work. In December 2007, the Federal Highway Administration established standards for minimum retroreflectivity levels for traffic signs.  Higher visibility has proven to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes and damage to those vehicles.  After assessing our existing approach towards sign retroreflectivity, staff was able to determine a lack of information regarding the sign inventory, minimal technical expertise in determining retroreflectivity, and poor performance of the signs themselves. Rather than contracting out for the testing and replacement of the signs, staff worked more efficiently to complete the work in-house while still doing their own jobs, at an estimated savings to the City of $1.1 million over the 5 years of implementation. 

Joe Wilson, Transportation Director, Del Eudy, Transportation Coordinator, and Mike Poole, GIS Analyst received the award.

 

3. Continued a public hearing regarding adopting the Preliminary Assessment Roll for a Sanitary Sewer Collection System Extension into The Mills Subdivision – Continued to December 10th Council Meeting

 

4. Amended Article 12, Signs, of the Concord Development Ordinance In July staff was contacted by a school located in a residential area that wanted to install a ground mounted sign with a manual changeable copy board in order to notify parents of school related news; however, the school already had an existing ground mounted sign. The school discussed with staff the need for schools and others such as churches, with multiple frontages to be able to communicate with parents and staff.

 

After review of the ordinance, staff agreed to recommend to Council to allow more than one ground mounted sign as long as there were no problems with the surrounding area.

 

5Recognized the Covington Homeowners Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program. Covington is a development located off Pitts School Road. The neighborhood is approximately ten years old with currently about 434 households.

 

6. Recognized the Oxford Commons Homeowners Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program. Oxford Commons is a townhome development located off Pitts School Road. The neighborhood is approximately five years old with currently about 85 households. This brings the total City of Concord recognized neighborhood to 41.

 

7. Approved an agreement with NCDOT for the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant funding for Phase II of the Downtown Connector Greenway and adopted a related budget ordinance amendment. Funding will complete the Downtown Connector project including improvements to McCachern Blvd. between Cabarrus Ave. and Corban Ave. with bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements and safety and traffic flow improvements, the narrowing of street widths, construction of bump outs and bicycle lanes, traffic pattern modifications and on-street parking.

 

8. Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Mulkey, Inc. for engineering services for the replacement of the Burrage Road Bridge.  City has received approval from NCDOT to move forward with the engineering services for this project.  The contract  is with Mulkey, Inc. for $332,739.43

 

9. Adopted a resolution requesting distribution of state funds appropriated for the Concord Stream Restoration Project and request future appropriations sufficient to fund the total project. The General Assembly has appropriated $432,500 for the State’s contribution toward the Concord Stream Restoration project.  This State money and dollars generated from the Concord Stormwater Fund will be used to match Federal grants for the project. While $432,500 is available now, a total of $1,099,000 will eventually be needed from the State to fund the entire project. The resolution verifies that the City will provide its share of the money to start the initial phases and is requesting the larger amount for the entire project.

 

10. Authorized the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc. for the rehabilitation of sewer lines using the cured-in-place method. The Wastewater department performs inspections of the City's sewer system on a yearly basis, and identifies lines that are in need of repair. This company uses a method that does not require digging up of the streets as it “slip lines” existing pipes. The lines identified for repaired this year total 10,889 linear feet of various pipe diameters.  This is an on-going City program to invest in the maintenance of existing infrastructure.

 

11. Approved the creation of a program to allow customers to donate money to provide assistance to persons on Concord's utility system whose financial circumstances limit their ability to maintain public utility services.  Staff is currently researching how to set up a program that will provide assistance to City of Concord citizens who are financially unable to pay their utility bill. The City hopes to contract with a nonprofit agency with an existing process to evaluate needs to distribute any funds collected. The money will be collected from the City's utility customers who are willing to donate to the program.  Plans are to have this in place early in the first quarter of 2010.

 

12. Set a special meeting date and time to hear presentations from each District 7 applicants. Eight eligible candidates submitted applications for the vacant District 7 seat. The special meeting date and time are November 23, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 26 Union St. S.

 

The order of the presentations are as follows:

Starting at 5:00 p.m.

Debra Ann Winn

Josie Gambardella

John Sullivan

John Singler

Bob Prescott

John A. Sweat, Jr.

James Shepherd

Dione S. Mobley

 


 

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The City of Concord will host the 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 20, from 6 - 8 p.m.
 
The ceremony will be held on Market Street in downtown Concord.

Join Santa Claus, the Mayor and City Council Members as we light the City’s Christmas Tree.

Irvin Elementary School, Cox Mill Elementary School and Gary Gilmore will perform during the ceremony.

The public is invited to enjoy free trolley rides, Kid Zone with Santa’s Village, trackless train, crafts, and
visit with Santa Claus.

The trolley rides are from 6-7:30 p.m.
We hope to see you and your families at the ceremony as we kick off the holiday season.
FIREWORKS START AT 7:30 P.M.  Sponsored by CMC-NorthEast

 

2009-2010 Leaf Collection Dates

If your garbage collection day is Monday,  your leaves will be  collected: October 12-16, November 16-19, December 28-31

If your garbage collection day is Tuesday, your leaves will be collected: October 19-23, November 20-25, January 4-8

If your garbage collection day is Wednesday, your leaves will be collected: October 26-30, November 30-December 4, January 11-15

If your garbage collection day is Thursday, your leaves will be  collected: November 2-6, December 7-11, January 19-22

If your garbage collection day is Friday, your leaves will be collected: November 9-13, December 14-18, January 25-29
Place loose leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. the Monday of your scheduled collection week so crews can remain on schedule. Keep loose leaves away from storm drains, mail boxes, and parked cars. Leaves must be free of tree/shrub limbs or foreign objects.

No loose leaf collection is scheduled on City observed holidays including Thanksgiving (November 26-27), Christmas (December 24-25), New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1, 2010), and Martin Luther King’s Birthday (Monday, January 18, 2010)


This schedule is subject to change due to weather delays and equipment breakdown.  Contact the Customer Care Center or check our website for updates.  Receive timely notifications by telephone, cell phone, and e-mail. 

Sign up now for Connect-CTY on the City’s website Check the City’s website for more information.  www.concordnc.gov

Customer Care Center 704-920-5555  Monday – Friday 7 a.m.—6 p.m.

 

City of Concord is recognized as an NCLM Green Challenge municipality
Raleigh, NC – October 30, 2009 …. The City of Concord has been honored as an NCLM Green Challenge municipality by the N.C. League of Municipalities. Concord achieved Intermediate status by completing specific activities and projects to save energy, natural resources and money. The City was previously recognized for Level One recognition in October 2008.

Cities and towns that achieved NCLM Green Challenge status were honored at the NCLM Annual Conference, October 25-27, 2009, at the Greenville Convention Center.
“Municipalities continue to lead the way in implementing sustainable operations and innovations that save energy, natural resources and money,” said Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones, 2008-2009 NCLM president. “The League is proud to honor these cities and towns that have made tough decisions that will have a positive impact on their communities, citizens, region and state for years to come.”

The NCLM Green Challenge was the brainchild two years ago of then-NCLM President Susan Burgess, Charlotte council member, as a way to honor those municipalities that have taken the initiative to conserve energy and natural resources at the local government level.

“It is so exciting to see so many municipalities across the state continue to work hard on sustainability issues,” said Burgess. “We will no doubt see municipal officials from these cities and towns share their good ideas with others over the next months and years so that more communities can save energy, natural resources and the taxpayers’ money.”

Some of the programs that contributed to Concord’s recognition include:
  • Providing community-wide curbside recycling;
  • Installation of energy-efficient outdoor lighting;
  • Adoption of anti-idling policy for operating City vehicles;
  • Implementation of energy-saving technology in vending machines throughout City  facilities;
  • Internal reduction, reuse, and recycling of paper, plastic and other materials;
  • Adoption of land use plans with high-density transit-oriented and mixed-use development;
  • Promotion of permanent conservation easements.

Concord is currently performing several energy-efficient lighting and building retrofit projects under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG). With $638,000 in stimulus funding, Concord will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City by over 8,400 metric tons, save over 13,000 gallons of gasoline, and reduce energy consumption by 11.5 million kilowatt-hours.

If you are interested in more information about the NCLM Green Challenge, please contact Margot Christensen at (919) 715-3931 or
mchriste@nclm.org or Matt Lail at (919) 715-3929 or mlail@nclm.org.
Founded in 1908, the League is a voluntary, nonpartisan association of more than 540 cities, towns and villages in North Carolina. The League advocates for municipalities at the state and federal level and provides a variety of direct services