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The CityLink Newsletter is on hiatus this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. As a reminder, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and frying food has the greatest risk? Two-thirds of home cooking fires start from burning food or cooking materials. More than half of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.
 
We hope everyone thinks twice before using a turkey fryer. Consider using an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. If you do fry a turkey, remember: 
  • 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.
Our best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Regional Airport turns 20 years old this month? The airport opened in November of 1994 after the City of Concord took ownership of the property and used a $25 million FAA block grant to construct the initial facilities, including the runway, taxiway, aircraft parking apron, and terminal building. In the first year, six aircraft were based at the airport and there were 1,500 takeoffs and landings. Today, there are over 160 based aircraft and over 60,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Come Downtown for Tree Lighting and fireworks TONIGHT!
A weekend of fun and festivity starts today with the City of Concord's 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. This year, the festivities return to the original location in Bicentennial Plaza. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Tree Lighting night also features biggest Art Walk of the year
The Cabarrus Arts Council and ClearWater Artist Studios are planning the biggest ArtWalk event of the year concurrent with tonight's Tree Lighting Ceremony. Along Union Street, see visual art and demonstrations at The Galleries and other locations. The ArtWalk Shuttle provides a free link to ClearWater Artist Studios at 223 Crowell Drive NW every 15 minutes, featuring special guest artists, some whose work has never been shown in Concord. ClearWater will also debut its new paint job and art hanging system. The Galleries' current exhibition is called Discover Local, and ClearWater will be featuring Faces and Forms.
 
City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. 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. All yard waste should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 24. There will be no loose leaf collection scheduled next week, and cycle two continues with Thursday customers on Monday, December 1. Visit concordnc.gov for more service changes and additional information.
 
With leaf collection on hiatus next week, a friendly reminder about storm drains
Would you believe that leaves and grass clippings can kill fish? When yard waste is washed into local bodies of water via storm drains and ditches, the unnaturally high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus they contribute (nutrient pollution) causes algal blooms. Subsequent algal die-off and decomposition deplete dissolved oxygen levels, which can suffocate gill-breathing animals like tadpoles, fish, salamanders, crayfish, and freshwater mussels. Pet waste and fertilizers are also sources of nutrient pollution. Please place all yard waste (bagged or loose piles), bulky waste, and roll-out carts at the top of the curb, in the grass if possible, keeping everything out of the street gutter. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Minutes matter: on time performance is a team effort
Rider Transit has been steadily growing ridership since launching in 2004. At the same time, the populations of Concord and Kannapolis have been growing steadily as well. As a result, on time performance of Rider Transit has been declining and has become a significant problem, as noted in our recently completed Transit Development Plan. While staff has adjusted and modified various routes over the years in an attempt to address this issue, the plan recommended significant changes to the system. These will take effect Monday, December 1, 2014. Please visit ckrider.com to learn about these changes and what they will mean for you.
 
Firefighters join forces with Salvation Army to collect food donations
Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive to give a helping hand this holiday season. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord Fire Stations, Odell VFD, and several schools to collect non-perishable food items. Examples of needed items are: dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through December 15.
 
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Period is available through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit crchc.org for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
9 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 City of Concord will have five publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging stations in operation by mid-December? These will be located at the Cabarrus Avenue parking deck, Concord Regional Airport, and the Rider Transit Center. Citizens and visitors with plug-in electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt will be able to charge their batteries while visiting these locations. The charging stations and two electric vehicles are funded through a 2014 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grant from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.
 
Highlights of the November 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a Key to the City to Terry Crawford, retiring general manager of Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord/Golf Resort & Spa.
 
Presentation of the quarterly Shining STAR Award. Police Officer Tracy Law responded to an address to speak with an elderly female who lived alone and had some concerns. Officer Law is familiar with the individual, who is possibly in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer, and spent some time talking with her. She was able to get some contact numbers and put them into the system for future reference. The resident was unsure of if people she saw near her house were neighbors or not, so Officer Law made contact with the neighbors and had them come over to meet her. Before leaving, she went into the residence and made sure the house was clean and she had food to eat and something to drink. She showed compassion and concern for one of Concord's elderly residents who lives alone. Law also passed along the information to the oncoming supervisor and had them check on the citizen throughout the night.
 
Recognized Transportation Director Joe Wilson for receiving the 2014 American Public Works Association - North Carolina Chapter Streets Division Achievement Award.
 
Presented the 2014 Productivity Improvement Award to the Solid Waste Services Department for implementation of Mobile 311 system to locate and route bulky and yard waste. Rather than multiple trucks riding every City street, the department now uses a small scout truck and the right truck for each customer. The bulky waste has saved $226,000 annually and complaints have dropped 72 percent since beginning the program. For yard waste, FY14 program savings were $169,012.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Vickie Dinkins-Clowers, located within the Hallstead Subdivision.
 
Conducted a public hearing to receive comments on the FY15 recommended sidewalk construction requests for the Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) and adopted the FY15 PIP schedule.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Ikes's Construction, Inc. for construction of the new Dog Park and Hector H. Henry, II Greenway Connector on Weddington Road.
 
Established a permanent City Council appointed "Public Art Advisory Committee" (PAAC).
 
Adopted an ordinance to update chapter 34 of the City Code, Fire Prevention and Protection.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a Purchased Power Agreement beginning January 1, 2019 between the City of Concord and NTE Carolinas, LLC.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopting a resolution setting a public hearing on December 11, 2014 for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Elzena Harvey, Linda Fink, and Nancy Barrow.
 
Edwards hired as HR Director
City Manager Brian Hiatt has announced Rebecca Edwards as Concord's new Human Resources Director. Edwards comes to Concord from the City of Charlotte, and brings 13 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She will begin work with the City of Concord on Monday, December 8. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Free community shredding event planned for November 15
A confidential document shredding and recycling event, hosted by Concord Solid Waste Services, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in The Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N, behind Arby's). A shred truck will be onsite to serve Concord citizens, free of charge. Please limit your documents to three regular-sized trash bags or bankers boxes. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Attend this free community shredding event to keep your personal information out of the hands of crooks.
 
Concord's Bravest versus Concord's Finest to meet on the gridiron
Concord Fire and Concord Police will meet at the Concord High School football stadium for the 7th annual Christmas Bowl on Saturday, November 15. Admission to Christmas Bowl VII is one new toy (no stuffed animals) that will be delivered to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. so arrive early to get a good seat!
 
Firefighters join forces with Salvation Army to collect food donations
Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive to give a helping hand this holiday season. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord Fire Stations, Odell VFD, and several schools to collect non-perishable food items. Examples of needed items are: dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted from November 15 through December 15.
 
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers to offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit crchc.org for more information.
 
Holiday kickoff events set for next week!
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 21. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. This year, the festivities return to the original location in Bicentennial Plaza. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Tree Lighting night also features biggest Art Walk of the year
The Cabarrus Arts Council and ClearWater Artist Studios are planning the biggest ArtWalk event of the year concurrent with the November 21 Tree Lighting Ceremony. Along Union Street, see visual art and demonstrations at The Galleries and other locations. The ArtWalk Shuttle provides a free link to ClearWater Artist Studios at 223 Crowell Drive NW every 15 minutes, featuring special guest artists, some whose work has never been shown in Concord. ClearWater will also debut its new paint job and art hanging system. The Galleries' current exhibition is called Discover Local, and ClearWater will be featuring Faces and Forms.
 
Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the second opportunity for residents on the Friday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 17 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Citizens encouraged to provide feedback
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Christmas Tour at Biltmore Estate
‘Tis the season for celebration and decoration! We will begin our visit on Thursday, December 11 with a grand tour of the Biltmore House and its luxurious holiday decorations, all the while overlooking the beautiful estate. Once we have seen all of the House’s great offerings we will meander down to Antler Hill Village for lunch and time for shopping. Join us in the delights of this historic and renowned North Carolina landmark. Bus departs at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. Fee of $58 covers the cost of admission and transportation (lunch is not included in fee).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
December
9 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 City sponsors an annual Productivity Improvement Award to recognize outstanding departmental or team achievements? Improvements can be in efficiency; effectiveness; or money, time, or resources saved—anything that improves performance and service to customers. Last year the Police Department Telephone Reporting Unit and the Customer Service Division of Finance both received the award for their success in becoming more user-friendly in the services they provide. This award celebrates the City's core value of continuous improvement in services and programs. The 2014 award winner will be announced at the November 13 City Council meeting.
 

 

Holiday kickoff events are just around the corner
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 21. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. This year, the festivities return to the original location in Bicentennial Plaza. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the second opportunity for residents on the Monday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 10 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
City to recognize Veterans Day with historic Gamewell Diaphone
On Tuesday, November 11, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will blast at 11:00 a.m. to honor all who have served in the United States armed forces. The City Council discontinued the daily sounding of the diaphone in July of this year, but retained the practice of sounding the device for certain annual events. The City of Concord thanks all those who have served, and plans a special event to honor City coworkers who are veterans on Monday, November 10. The City also encourages the public to attend Cabarrus County's dedication of Vietnam Veterans Park on Saturday, November 15.
 
Free community shredding event planned for November 15
A confidential document shredding and recycling event, hosted by Concord Solid Waste Services, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in The Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N, behind Arby's). A shred truck will be onsite to serve Concord citizens, free of charge. Please limit your documents to three regular-sized trash bags or bankers boxes. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Attend this free community shredding event to keep your personal information out of the hands of crooks.
 
Concord's Bravest versus Concord's Finest to meet on the gridiron
Concord Fire and Concord Police will meet at the Concord High School football stadium for the 7th annual Christmas Bowl on Saturday, November 15. Admission to Christmas Bowl VII is one new toy (no stuffed animals) that will be delivered to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. so arrive early to get a good seat!
 
Citizens encouraged to provide feedback
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 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 City sponsors an annual Productivity Improvement Award to recognize outstanding departmental or team achievements? Improvements can be in efficiency; effectiveness; or money, time, or resources saved—anything that improves performance and service to customers. Last year the Police Department Telephone Reporting Unit and the Customer Service Division of Finance both received the award for their success in becoming more user-friendly in the services they provide. This award celebrates the City's core value of continuous improvement in services and programs. The 2014 award winner will be announced at the November 13 City Council meeting.
 

 

Holiday kickoff events are just around the corner
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord's 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 21. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. This year, the festivities return to the original location in Bicentennial Plaza. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Monday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the second opportunity for residents on the Monday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 10 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
City to recognize Veterans Day with historic Gamewell Diaphone
On Tuesday, November 11, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will blast at 11:00 a.m. to honor all who have served in the United States armed forces. The City Council discontinued the daily sounding of the diaphone in July of this year, but retained the practice of sounding the device for certain annual events. The City of Concord thanks all those who have served, and plans a special event to honor City coworkers who are veterans on Monday, November 10. The City also encourages the public to attend Cabarrus County's dedication of Vietnam Veterans Park on Saturday, November 15.
 
Free community shredding event planned for November 15
A confidential document shredding and recycling event, hosted by Concord Solid Waste Services, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in The Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N, behind Arby's). A shred truck will be onsite to serve Concord citizens, free of charge. Please limit your documents to three regular-sized trash bags or bankers boxes. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Attend this free community shredding event to keep your personal information out of the hands of crooks.
 
Concord's Bravest versus Concord's Finest to meet on the gridiron
Concord Fire and Concord Police will meet at the Concord High School football stadium for the 7th annual Christmas Bowl on Saturday, November 15. Admission to Christmas Bowl VII is one new toy (no stuffed animals) that will be delivered to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. so arrive early to get a good seat!
 
Citizens encouraged to provide feedback
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 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.