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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The CityLink Newsletter will not be published this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.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 28 and Friday, November 29. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit concordnc.gov.
 
If you plan to fry a turkey, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety guidelines:
  • Completely thaw and dry the turkey before cooking;
  • Never use a turkey fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, porch or any structure that can catch fire;
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn off gas supply; and
  • If a fire occurs, call 911.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. For a safer alternative to deep-frying your bird, consider using an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not require oil.

Fire is Everyone’s Fight™! Join in this national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration to lower the number of home fires and injuries to make your holiday season disaster free.

Our best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department recently updated its page on concordnc.gov to be more customer-friendly? Click here to check it out!
 
It's time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade!
Come Downtown tonight for the sixteenth annual City of Concord Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:30 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 7:30.
 
Also, be sure to visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the free Modern Film Fest @ Davis screening of Lloyd the Conqueror.
 
Another tradition continues Saturday with the eighty-fifth annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade produced by the Cabarrus Events Association. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Church Street and Lake Concord Road, heading towards Downtown.
 
Visit concordnc.gov for more details on these events.
 
City to observe Thanksgiving, no loose leaf collection next week
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. 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, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but all bagged yard waste and limbs should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord partners with Nextdoor to strengthen communication within neighborhoods
Today, the City of Concord joined more than 120 cities across the country using Nextdoor to create safer, more well-connected communities. Nextdoor is a private, neighborhood-based online social network, specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to build stronger communities. It is an easy way for neighbors to connect online - and it's free. The City will have the ability to share information with neighborhoods through its Nextdoor account, but cannot view discussions that take place outside its posts. Visit concordnc.gov for details and to get started.
 
Property owners encouraged to prevent cankerworms with tree bands
Concord property owners are once again encouraged to install tree bands to prevent invasive cankerworms from hatching in the spring. Banding trees in mid-November and smearing the bands with a sticky substance (after most of the leaves have fallen from the tree) prevents the female moths from climbing up the trunks to lay eggs in the tops of the trees. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
Connect our Future – Input needed to understand housing needs
You can help plan for the future of housing in the region by providing input on housing challenges and its impact on the community. The CONNECT Our Future project, a fourteen county area of North and South Carolina and led by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is soliciting input from stakeholders and residents within the 14-county region to better understand the barriers that exist in our region for fair housing. The purpose of this survey is to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist, such as limitations in available choice in rental markets, public and private policies and practices that inadvertently lead to housing discrimination, or poor practices in mortgage lending, insurance, or appraisal industries. Click here to access the Fair Housing Survey.  The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the study and the housing strategy for the region. To learn more about this initiative, visit ConnectOurFuture.org.
 
Food Truck Friday set for December 6
Come out to Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N) on Friday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for Food Truck Friday! The City's second annual "Movember" finale event aims to bring awareness to men's health and raise funds for zerocancer.org. Food Truck Friday will feature "manly events," raffles, prizes, and more! You can even try the Concord Rescue Challenge Course.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Quilting
Enjoy creating a lifetime keepsake with instructor Carolyn Sweet. Daytime class is open to beginner and intermediate quilters. Meets Tuesdays at Logan Multi-Purpose Center from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; 11/26 – 1/21; (no class 12/24). Fee per eight-week session is $40; $5 City resident discount available. For more information and a materials list, please call 704-920-5603.
 
Saturday Yoga
Asanas (postures), breathing, stretching, and meditation to help you feel flexible and relaxed. Wear comfortable clothes. Meets Saturdays at Academy Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.; 12/7 – 1/18 (no class 12/28). Fee per six-week session is $20, $5 City resident discount available. More information and registration available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Transportation Department updates long-range plans on an annual basis? Visit concordnc.gov to learn about future transportation improvements.
 
Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade next weekend!
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's sixteenth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 22. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:30 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 7:30. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Highlights of the November 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the quarterly Shining STAR Award to Police Sergeant VaShon Clark. On August 13, 2013, Clark was the first to respond to a possible prescription medication overdose. He arrived to find the subject not breathing and without a pulse, and began to administer CPR, successfully resuscitating the person. Medical personnel later credited Clark with playing a major role in saving the person's life, since he was able to begin CPR before the arrival of other responders.
 
Presented the 2013 Productivity Improvement Award to the Finance and Police departments. Although this award typically goes to a single department or workgroup, equally significant enhancements by the Finance and Police departments were both deserving of recognition this year. Congratulations to the Finance Department's Customer Service team, and the Police Department's Telephone Reporting Unit. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the annexation of two parcels of land owned by MI Homes of Charlotte, LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the FY-14 PIP schedule for the City's Capital Improvement Program.
 
Received a staff presentation of the site plan for a dog park along Weddington Road at the Rocky River and Hector H. Henry II Greenway, Exit 49 Phase, authorized staff to apply for Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) and Carolina Thread Trail Grants for construction and trail development.
 
Awarded Neighborhood Matching Grants to: (1) $3,000 - Glen Grove Neighborhood; (2) $2,000 - Yates Meadow Homeowners' Association; (3) $975 - Zemosa Acres Homeowners' Association; (4) $3,000 - Kings Crossing Homeowners Association; (5) $3,000 - Afton Village Homeowners' Association; (6) $2,325 - Roberta Farms Property Owners' Association; (7) $3,000 - Brandon Ridge Homeowners' Association; (8) $2,467.50 - Carriage Downs Property Owners' Association.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Carolina Siteworks for construction services relating to phase two of the ClearWater Artist Studios parking improvements.
 
Requested a committee to study what process is needed to promote and manage a Downtown public art program.
 
Adopted an ordinance to allow all-day on-street parking in the marked spaces on Spring Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues.
 
Called for a public hearing on the extension of the Annexation Agreement with the City of Kannapolis.
 
Appointed Mark Antoszyk and Debbie Medlin to the Board of Adjustment, and Terry Crawford to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
 

 

Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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, November 18 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Saturday Yoga
Asanas (postures), breathing, stretching, and meditation to help you feel flexible and relaxed. Wear comfortable clothes. Meets Saturdays at Academy Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.; 12/7 – 1/18 (no class 12/28). Fee per six-week session is $20, $5 City resident discount available. More information and registration available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
19 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment special meeting
December
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

 

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Did you know?

According to the latest tower airport operations counts as published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Concord Regional Airport is the busiest contract tower and the 5th busiest airport in North Carolina with 60,742 takeoffs and landings in FY 2013. An aircraft operation is counted for each takeoff or landing at an airport. In the entire US, Concord Regional Airport is ranked at number 282. Allegiant Air passenger service which starts on December 20th 2013 with twice weekly service to Central Florida is expected to add almost 1,500 additional operations in 2014.
 
 November 22 and 23 events to begin Concord's holiday season
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's sixteenth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 22. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:30 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 7:30. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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 TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.
 
Concord joins Vietnam War commemoration program
At its October meeting, the Concord City Council authorized the City of Concord's participation in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program. Since this receiving this authorization, the City has completed the steps necessary to be recognized as a Commemorative Partner. A committee, led by Council Members John Sweat and Hector Henry, will work with City staff and community representatives to plan local events to recognize Vietnam War veterans and their families. Both Sweat and Henry are veterans, and Henry's service stretches back to the Vietnam era. Concord is the first North Carolina city to appear on the Commemorative Partners Listing. Learn more at concordnc.gov
 
Electric Utility work prompts overnight road closure on Cabarrus Ave, W between Spring Street NW and Union Street
A section of Spring Street NW and Cabarrus Avenue W will be closed next week to accommodate the installation of new electric cables. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 12th, crews will close both lanes of Spring Street, NW between Corban Avenue SW, and Grove Avenue NW. During construction, no through traffic will be permitted. Local traffic will be able to access driveways. 

Cabarrus Avenue W will be reduced to one lane between Spring Street NW and Union Street N to allow for safe installation of underground electric cables along Cabarrus Ave W. Flaggers will aid traffic along one lane during construction.   Roads will reopen at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13th. Motorists who wish to travel on this section of Spring Street and Cabarrus Avenue should follow the posted detour signs.Visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map for more details.

 
Connect our Future – Input needed to understand housing needs
You can help plan for the future of housing in the region by providing input on housing challenges and its impact on the community. The CONNECT Our Future project, a fourteen county area of North and South Carolina and led by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is soliciting input from stakeholders and residents within the 14-county region to better understand the barriers that exist in our region for fair housing. The purpose of this survey is to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist, such as limitations in available choice in rental markets, public and private policies and practices that inadvertently lead to housing discrimination, or poor practices in mortgage lending, insurance, or appraisal industries. Click here to access the Fair Housing Survey.  The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the study and the housing strategy for the region. To learn more about this initiative, visit www.ConnectOurFuture.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Just for little ones and a parent, let’s meet at the Concord Library for a tour and story time. Parents or guardian must sign-up and attend with child. This is a free event specifically designed for children ages 2 – 5. Date: Wednesday, 12/4 @ 10:30 AM. Pre-registration by Monday 12/2.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment special meeting
 
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.
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Did you know?
Did you know that no ozone action days were recorded during the 2013 Ozone Season? The Fleet Services department monitors and reports the Air Quality Index daily as part of the Air Awareness Program. This was the first summer in eleven years of the program with no ozone action days (code orange or red), thanks to the cool, cloudy weather. While Concord has taken steps to reduce vehicle emissions and improve regional air quality, more is needed to minimize ozone action days in the future. Concord has applied for a grant to install plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations for visitors of Downtown, Concord Regional Airport, or Rider Transit Center. It is estimated North Carolina will have 38,000 zero-emission PEVs on the road by 2020.
 
Change your clock, change your battery
While you're changing your clocks this weekend, remember to test and change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too! Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to prevent deaths and injuries from home fires. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. The International Association of Fire Chiefs also recommends replacing smoke alarms every ten years. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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 4 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
NCDOT to discuss Winecoff School Road railroad grade separation proposal
NCDOT has scheduled a public meeting on Monday, November 4, to discuss an addition to a project proposing to widen more than 13 miles of I-85 from N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Cabarrus County to U.S. 29/601 (Exit 68) in Rowan County. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about a proposed grade separation carrying Winecoff School Road over the Norfolk Southern railroad, South Main Street, and South Ridge Avenue. The meeting will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Winecoff Elementary School, 375 Winecoff School Road in Concord. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Vote!
Remember that municipal elections for the positions of Mayor and City Council Member (Districts 3, 4, and 5) are Tuesday, November 5. Polling places will be open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. In Concord, the Mayor and City Council Members are all elected at-large (city-wide) to four-year staggered terms. Candidates for City Council must reside in the district in which they are running. Early voting is available at the Board of Elections office located at 369 Church Street N through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1 and 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. More information is available at cabarruscounty.us. A public viewing of election results will be available in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street S at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5.
 
Cabarrus Health Alliance warns against community-wide Shigella outbreak
As of October 30, Cabarrus Health Alliance and NC Division of Public Health officials are considering local cases of Shigellosis that were originally linked to specific schools and institutions as a community-wide outbreak. Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools can be bloody. Illness usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Visit cabarrushealth.org for more information, or call your child’s health care provider or the Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.

 

NCDOT closes entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South
NCDOT continues to make strides on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. Crews have temporarily closed the entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South so a new entrance ramp can be built to tie in with the interstate’s alignment. The closure will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, November 11. Visit ncdot.gov for detour information and more details.
 
Concord Regional Airport joins Air Elite Network
Announced at NBAA2013, Concord Regional Airport will be joining the Air Elite Network. Air Elite is the global network of select FBOs that combines the reliability and quality of the worldwide brand with the local expertise and value of the locally operated FBO. First-class service, facilities, and amenities, with a strong emphasis on excellence in safety and training, make Air Elite locations ideal for VIPs, executives, charters, business, and corporate aviation. Air Elite member FBOs belong to the World Fuel Services Network. As part of the Air Elite Network, Concord Regional Airport customers will benefit with Triple FlyBuys Loyalty Rewards points. More details are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord joins Vietnam War commemoration program
At its October meeting, the Concord City Council authorized the City of Concord's participation in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program. Since this receiving this authorization, the City has completed the steps necessary to be recognized as a Commemorative Partner. A committee, led by Council Members and veterans John Sweat and Hector Henry, will work with City staff and community representatives to plan local events to recognize Vietnam War veterans and their families. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Concord
Race Day registration is $20 and will take place on Means Avenue.  The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and will run on the Downtown Connector Greenway and the McEachern Greenway.  This is a family friendly event.  There will be inflatables, a DJ, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety fire safety house for children from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. One-mile fun run: 9:00 a.m. – FREE (registration required), 5 Alarm 5K: 9:30 a.m. with awards following.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment special meeting
 
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.