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Did you know?
Did you know fallen leaves can cause problems? If not managed properly, they can clog drain pipes, causing flooding. They can also contribute to nutrient pollution and oxygen depletion in nearby bodies of water. Please take special care to keep leaves clear of storm drains when placing them out for loose collection during Loose Leaf Season. City service crews always continue to collect bagged leaves year round. Remember to place by the curb in untied paper or clear plastic bags. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Tree bands are ready for sticky Tanglefoot material
Have you noticed all the black bands around trees on North Union Street or the McEachern Greenway and not known why you’re seeing them? The black bands help prevent cankerworms from hatching in the spring. These little crawlers, which migrated into Cabarrus County over the last few years, can be a big pest. The weather turned colder last weekend, which makes now the appropriate time to move into the next phase of the tree banding process. Learn more at the City Hall Blog.
 
Tips for a safe holiday season
Many homes and businesses across Concord are already decorated for Christmas. While decorations bring cheer to the holiday season, they also present a safety risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving lights and other decorative material occur each year in the United States. Visit the City Hall Blog to for safety tips that will help you while decorating and while out and about for shopping.
 
Eleventh Concord 101 class completes citizens’ academy program
The Concord 101 class of 2012 was recognized on November 27 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station Nine. The twenty-eight active participants in the class were the program’s largest to date. Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. Visit concordnc.gov for more details.
 
Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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 MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 3 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
CONNECT Our Future open house on Tuesday in Kannapolis
Help to plan for the future growth and vitality of Cabarrus County and the Charlotte region at a drop-in open house on Tuesday, December 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
 
Residents and business owners attending the "CONNECT Our Future" open house will be asked to provide input on what they value about their community and region, and what they think are the biggest challenges faced by the region. The open house will be held in Room 115 of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College building located at 399 Biotechnology Lane. Learn more at connectourfuture.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball registration
Registration for Parks and Recreation adult winter basketball ($375 per team) continues until December 31, 2012. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at City recreation facilities. Ten regular season games and a post season tournament are included with registration. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/13/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/20/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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The CityLink Newsletter will not be published this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. As a reminder, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Be sure to visit the US Capitol Christmas Tree on its stop in Concord! The tree, which is 73 feet tall and was harvested in Colorado on November 2, will be on display at zMAX Dragway from 2:00 from 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. All festivities with the Tree are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Click here to learn more about this great opportunity for our community! For more information on the Concord tour stop, visit CabarrusChristmas.com. To track the tree’s route, visit CapitolChristmasTree2012.com or you can also follow the tree on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
 
Our best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
 
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Statement from Mayor Scott Padgett on Oakwood Cemetery vandalism
On behalf of the Concord City Council, we empathize with all the family members and other loved ones of those whose gravesites in our historic Oakwood Cemetery were vandalized yesterday. This space, as all final resting places of our loved ones, is a sacred place in our community.
 
We are grateful to the vigilance of the City’s Buildings and Grounds Department staff who use care and professionalism to maintain the grounds around the gravesites owned by so many individuals and families in our community.
 
We also thank the Concord Police Officers who responded with a sense of urgency, and ended yesterday’s situation without incident.
 
Unfortunately, damage has been done to these gravesites and the emotions of the families involved. Law enforcement will do everything in its capacity to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent.
 
Did you know?
The City is proud to offer yard waste collection at no extra cost to residents, but did you know composting your own fall leaves is an excellent, budget-friendly way to enrich the soil in your garden, lawn and flower beds? When yard waste and kitchen scraps become homemade compost, household waste decreases and nutrients are allowed to cycle naturally back into the lawns from which they are generated. Compost helps soil retain water, discourages weeds and acts as natural and inexpensive fertilizer. Learn more about how to prevent stormwater pollution at concordnc.gov.
 
Fifteenth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks TONIGHT!
Kick off the holidays with the City of Concord fifteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony TONIGHT in Historic Downtown Concord! Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Event activities begin at 5:30 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday, November 17 with the 84th Annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and a downloadable flyer.
 
Concord’s unique holiday festivities continue next week with the US Capitol Christmas Tree making a Thanksgiving Day stop at the zMAX Dragway. Visit the City Hall Blog for details on how you can see the tree (which is 73 feet tall) for free!
 
City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. 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. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 26 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Electric crews return from West Virginia
City of Concord Electric Systems joined forces to assist First Energy Corporation with power restoration efforts in areas that were hit with heavy snow and wind during of Hurricane Sandy. A crew supervisor, coordinator, and six line technicians left Concord on November 1 to travel with crews from Kings Mountain and Shelby to West Virginia. Crews worked in the area of Weston, WV, where the rugged terrain and many feet of snow have provided difficult conditions while restoring power to thousands. Their trucks and specialized equipment are not of much use – crews climbed most poles they worked on, and dragged and carried materials and poles in with them. Crews worked from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day, and repaired over 50 miles of lines in the rugged terrain. They returned home after 10 days on Sunday, November 11. See photos from their trip on the City’s flickr photostream, and check out coverage from the Cabarrus News, WSOC and the Independent Tribune.
 
Check out Concord’s YouTube channel to see an energy conservation video produced by a local high school student.
 
Temporary closures planned for James Street SW, Kerr Street NW
City of Concord Water Resources Department will begin projects that will temporarily close two streets in Concord’s center-city area next week, with one closure lasting for thirty days. Both projects will improve aging infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts. James Street SW will be closed from November 19 until December 19, weather permitting. Kerr Street NW will be closed between Cabarrus Avenue W and Guy Avenue W on the evening of Tuesday, November 20. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns November 27
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street, Concord NC 28025. This course is for those who wish to learn basic Spanish communication skills. The class will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday November 27, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration cost is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball league
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for the winter basketball leagues. The registration fee is $375 per team and registration ends December 31, 2012. The leagues include Men’s Open, Men’s Church, and Women’s divisions. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at one of the City’s recreation facilities. The league season includes 10 regular season games and a post season tournament. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/27/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
December
12/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/13/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/20/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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The City of Concord is planning system maintenance that will take its website, concordnc.gov, offline at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13. The outage will affect all pages on the City’s website, including the e-Care utility customer service system.

 
The outage was planned for overnight hours to minimize customer disruption, and is estimated to last between three and eight hours.

 

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Highlights of the November 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Acknowledged the 2012 North Carolina League of Municipalities Susan M. Burgess Sustainability Award awarded at the NCLM Annual Conference on October 22, 2012.
 
Presented awards to the winners of the high school energy conservation video contest created for Public Power Week.
 
Presented the 2012 Productivity Improvement Award to the Solid Waste Services department, which saw transition and change this past year unlike any other City department. The City’s residential service improvements that began July 5, 2011 resulted in an average household recycling weight increase of 54 percent, higher participation, more efficient processes, lower customer complaints, and an annual savings of $1.8 million. Congratulations to the Solid Waste Services team!
 
Although only one winner is possible, the Buildings and Grounds department was another organizational leader in continuous improvement and environmental stewardship. Their floor maintenance process improvements resulted in 55,800 gallons of water saved annually throughout City facilities, significantly less staff time spent on floor care, and a reduction in the amount of chemicals used in the process.
 
Adopted and presented a resolution in support of Kilah's Law
 
Received a presentation of findings from the 2012 Community Needs Assessment as prepared by the Healthy Cabarrus Community Planning Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing to receive and review staff recommendations for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects under the City of Concord's Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) and adopted the FY 13 PIP schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Program.
 
Approved Neighborhood Matching Grants for six Recognized Neighborhoods.
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc of the Carolinas to perform the Cold Water Creek/Three Mile Branch Stormwater Master Plan
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 62, Article III, Sections 98 of the Concord City Code entitled Minimum Design Criteria.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 30 of the City of Concord Code of Ordinances regarding lot mowing
 
Awarded a bid to Charlotte Truck Center for the purchase of a rear-loading refuse truck for the Solid Waste Department.
 
Curious about the new “superstreet” design planned for Concord Parkway?
The Independent Tribune published an article on November 2 describing the upcoming project to rebuild the intersection of Concord Parkway (US 29) and Poplar Tent Road. The online version of this article featured a video simulation of a superstreet that operates differently than this project’s design, which will allow straight through movements in all directions. The video has been removed from the IT website, and a correction is planned by the newspaper for Sunday, November 11. Click here to see an overview of the new intersection, and here to see how each movement will be affected by the project.
 
City of Concord says thank you to veterans
The City of Concord honored City staff and elected officials who have served in the armed forces at a special recognition event on Thursday, November 8. The event included remarks from Mayor Scott Padgett, Concord First Assembly Pastor Rick Ross, City Council Member Col. Hector Henry, First Assembly Christian School Principal David Freberg, and City Manager Brian Hiatt. First Assembly students provided patriotic music, and attendees watched interactive videos and presentations. The event was organized by a team of City staff members led by Safety, Health, and Risk Manager Julie Waller. As Veterans Day approaches this weekend, the City of Concord thanks all those who have served our nation and community in the armed forces.
 
Fifteenth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks November 16!
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord fifteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16, 2012. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Event activities begin at 5:30 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday, November 17 with the 84th Annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and a downloadable flyer.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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 WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 12 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Electric crews working in West Virginia to restore power after Sandy
City of Concord Electric Systems joined forces to assist First Energy Corporation with power restoration efforts in areas that were hit with heavy snow and wind during of Hurricane Sandy. A crew supervisor, coordinator, and six line technicians left Concord on November 1 to travel with crews from Kings Mountain, Dallas, and Shelby to West Virginia. Crews have been working in the area of Weston, WV, where the rugged terrain and many feet of snow have provided difficult conditions while restoring power to thousands. Their trucks and specialized equipment are not of much use -- crews are climbing most poles they work on, and dragging and carrying the material and poles that are to be replaced in with them. Crews are expected to return home by Sunday, November 11.
 
Time to band your trees!
If your property has been one of the many affected by cankerworms in the spring, now is the time to install bands if you have not already. Buildings and Grounds staff began installing tree bands on City-owned trees located in cankerworm populated areas on Wednesday November 7. The City is waiting until there are two consecutive nights of below freezing temperatures before applying Tanglefoot (sticky material). This will help reduce the amount of leaves being caught in the Tanglefoot.
 
City maintained locations identified as within the canker worm population zone include Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, Dorton Park, Myers Park, Mcgee Park, the McEachern Greenway, all trees along Union Street located in the curbside planting strip, as well as curbside trees along Corban, Cabarrus, and Means Avenues.
 
City staff is targeting all trees that lose their leaves each season (deciduous or non-evergreens) for banding, with a special focus on older trees. This mechanical pest control method has been found to be the lowest cost, most effective method of controlling canker worm populations. It works best when everyone in the effected areas install bands on as many trees as possible.
 
The public is invited to attend two upcoming tree banding demonstrations. Buildings and Grounds Staff will host a 30-minute demonstration on Saturday November 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Dorton Park on Poplar Tent Road. A second banding demonstration is scheduled for Sunday November 11 at 4:00 p.m. on North Union Street, near Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. A demonstration tree is already banded at this location, near the corner of North Union and Elm Avenue, near 265 North Union Street. Additional trees will be banded during the demonstration.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns November 27
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street, Concord NC 28025. This course is for those who wish to learn basic Spanish communication skills. The class will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday November 27, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration cost is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball league
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for the winter basketball leagues. The registration fee is $375 per team and registration ends December 31, 2012. The leagues include Men’s Open, Men’s Church, and Women’s divisions. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at one of the City’s recreation facilities. The league season includes 10 regular season games and a post season tournament. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Lake Fisher’s final weekend of the year
The Lake Fisher Reservoir will close for the season on Sunday November 11. The lake will reopen for the 2013 Season on March 6, 2013. For more information about the lake schedule and hours of operation please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
11/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/27/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
December
12/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/13/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
The City of Concord Wastewater Collection System consists of over 530 miles of sewer pipelines, approximately 12,938 manholes, and 23 wastewater pump stations. The system came into existence in the early 1900s and continued to be upgraded and extended to become the system we operate today.
 
Change Your Clock Change Your Battery
The City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety encourages residents to replace batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when changing clocks back to standard time over the weekend. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. An average of three children die in home fires each day and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Nonworking smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. For more information visit concordnc.gov.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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 routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 5 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Movember
City staff will participate in "Movember," a month-long event in November that generates awareness of prostate cancer and other men's health issues. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo's, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. For more information on the Movember program, visit us.movember.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament – registration deadline extended
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team. The registration deadline has been extended to November 6. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 3
Kick off the inaugural Historic Downtown Concord Runnin’ Hot Festival with a road race! The one-mile fun run begins at 9:00 a.m., and is FREE (registration required). The 5k begins at 9:30 a.m., and day-of registration is $20, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Runnin’ Hot Festival
 
Saturday, November 3 on Means Avenue, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 
A free event for all ages (with an entry fee to the beer garden), enjoy: a Chili Cook-Off, with $1 votes supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Red Hot Rodeo children’s area with inflatables and a mechanical bull; blues music featuring The Blues Providers and the CBPC All Star Band; a beer garden for festival attendees age 21+ featuring free 2 ounce samples of seven local home brews provided by the Cabarrus Homebrewers Society. Note: $10 entry fee to beer garden, allows you to receive a free flight glass and free samples of home brew. $2 of the fee supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Purchase tickets at the festival or in advance by clicking here. Maximum 300 tickets available.Visit www.concorddowntown.com for more information. 
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11/6/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/8/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
11/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
11/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
11/27/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.