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The CityLink Newsletter is on hiatus this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  As a reminder, City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

The City of Concord wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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Concord to kick-off the 2011 holiday season TONIGHT!
Get ready for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2011.  Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! The evening of fun takes place in Historic Downtown Concord, with activities focused on Market and Union Streets. Parking is available in several locations.
On Saturday, November 19, the fun continues with the ACN 83rdConcord Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road NE and ends at Union Street South at Corban Avenue SE/SW. For parade line up, winners, and additional information, please visit www.cabarrusevents.org.
 
Visit concordnc.gov for a Tree Lighting event flyer and more information.
 
Remembering former City Council Member Robert Mathis
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Robert L. Mathis, Jr., who passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011. Mr. Mathis served sixteen years as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council), including two years as Mayor Pro-Tem. He retired from City Council in 1997. He also served this community well for many years in numerous other leadership capacities during and after his tenure on City Council. His funeral was held today. Visit concordnc.gov to read the Mayor and members of City Council’s reflections on his life.
 
City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay next week, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. All customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Wednesday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Portion of McGill Avenue closed for stormwater repair
City of Concord Stormwater Services Department has closed all lanes of McGill Avenue NW between Harris Street NW and Kerr Street NW, due to a void under the roadway caused by a stormwater pipe failure. Local residents and businesses will retain access to their driveways. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Youth and Adult Basketball Officials clinics continue November 20 at Academy Recreation Center. Hours of clinics are 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a basketball official please plan on attending these clinics to learn the proper technique.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/6/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/8/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/15/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that a GED graduate can earn more in salary each year and is less likely to be unemployed than a worker without a GED or diploma, and can accomplish as much in college and technical training as traditional high school graduates? The City of Concord Housing Department will begin offering courses in Adult GED beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Classes will be held Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW in Concord.   Interested students must first take an assessment before they can enroll in the class. For more information about the GED Program, contact Zenobia L. Nelson at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
A heartfelt thank you to all veterans
On this Veterans Day, we thank all who have served our country. On Wednesday, the City recognized its coworkers and elected officials who are veterans at a luncheon. Click here to view photos from the event, and click here to see video presentations that were displayed at the event.
 
Donate unwanted items at the Reuse Roundup!
It’s time to clean out your closets, garages, and storage units! TOMORROW, November 12, the City of Concord and Cabarrus County will host the first ever Reuse Roundup from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren Coleman Boulevard N in Concord. Visit concordnc.gov to find out what item will be accepted, a map, and more information.
 
Portion of Cabarrus Avenue to be closed Monday.
The City of Concord and NCDOT will close Cabarrus Avenue between Spring and Market Streets in Concord on Monday, November 14 to accommodate a solar energy construction project at the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck.  The closure is expected to take place between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the detour and project.
 
Concord to kick-off the 2011 holiday season November 18-19
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2011.  Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! The evening of fun takes place in Historic Downtown Concord, with activities focused on Market and Union Streets. Parking is availablein several locations.
On Saturday, November 19, the fun continues with the ACN 83rdConcord Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road NE and ends at Union Street South at Corban Avenue SE/SW. For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit www.cabarrusevents.org.
 
Visit concordnc.gov for a Tree Lighting event flyer and more information.
 
Highlights of November 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Administered the oath of office to Chief of Police Guy Smith.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a text amendment to Article 12 and Article 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to address the use of electronic message board (EMB) signage for on-premise signs only.
 
Conducted a public hearing regarding setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects under the City of Concord's Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) and adopted the FY 12 PIP schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute a Mutual Aid and Emergency Assistance Agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC.
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 50, Article V, Sec. 50-153, Signs or Advertising Matter.
 
Approved a license to the CVB to use City light poles for holiday banners and decorations.
 
 
Discussed "Rotary Square" concept proposed for empty Cabarrus County lot at the corner of Corban Avenue and S. Union Street.
 
Portion of McGill Avenue closed for stormwater repair
City of Concord Stormwater Services Department has closed all lanes of McGill Avenue NW between Harris Street NW and Kerr Street NW, due to a void under the roadway caused by a stormwater pipe failure. Local residents and businesses will retain access to their driveways. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
Loose-leaf collection for THURSDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season continues through February 3. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the Thursday garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 14 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle.
 
Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Youth and Adult Basketball Officials clinics continue November 6 at the CT Sherrill Building at Les Myers Park, and November 20 at Academy Recreation Center. Hours of clinics are 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a basketball official please plan on attending these clinics to learn the proper technique.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/17/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
11/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
December
12/6/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/8/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know that November 30th will mark the first anniversary of the Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue in Concord? In our first 11 months of operation, the Customer Service desk has served 8,812 people in the Transit Center itself, while our Customer Service staff has handled 31,713 phone calls in the same 11 month period. Ridership is booming this year, putting Rider on pace to provide more than 400,000 passenger trips for only the second time in our history!
 
Municipal election on Tuesday, November 8 
Elections for Concord City Council districts 2, 5, 6, and 7 will be held on Tuesday November 8 (one-stop voting continues at the Cabarrus Board of Elections office, 369 Church Street N., until November 5. at 1 p.m.). Council members are elected at-large by district, meaning they must run for the district in which they reside, but may be elected by all registered voters in Concord, regardless of district. Click here for a sample ballot, and click here to look up your polling place.
 
Portion of McGill Avenue closed for stormwater repair
City of Concord Stormwater Services Department has closed all lanes of McGill Avenue NW between Harris Street NW and Kerr Street NW, due to a void under the roadway caused by a stormwater pipe failure. Local residents and businesses will retain access to their driveways. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
Loose-leaf collection for FRIDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season begins next week and will go through February 3. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
 
Customers on the Friday garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 7 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle.
 
Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
Donate unwanted items at the Reuse Roundup!
It’s time to clean out your closets, garages, and storage units! On Saturday, November 12, the City of Concord and Cabarrus County will host the first ever Reuse Roundup from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren Coleman Boulevard N in Concord. Visit concordnc.gov to find out what item will be accepted and more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Day of the Thread 5K Click here to register
Saturday, November 5, Fun Run begins at 5:00 p.m. 5K begins at 5:30 p.m.
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord. Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment, and back to Les Myers Park. Day of race pre-registration starts at 4:00 p.m. Early registration fee is $12.00 $15.00 after 10/28.
 
Honoring our Bravest/Finest/Fastest A special award will be given to the fastest male and female Firefighter, Police Officer or EMS personnel.
 
Youth and Adult Basketball Officials clinics will be November 6 and 13 at the CT Sherrill Building at Les Myers Park, and November 20 at Academy Recreation Center. Hours of clinics are 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a basketball official please plan on attending these clinics to learn the proper technique.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
**11/9/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/17/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
11/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
**The City Council work session originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 9 because of the municipal election.
 
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!