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Entries for November 2017

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The CityLink Newsletter is not being published this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. As a reminder, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit concordnc.gov.

However, the Concord Fire Department urges the community to use SAFE cooking practices over the Thanksgiving Holiday. 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.

Please think twice before using a turkey fryer. Consider using an outdoor cooking appliance that does not use oil or leave the frying to professional establishments. 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.
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Did you know?
Did you know hundreds of Concord utility customers struggle to pay their electricity bill each month? Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a partnership of the City of Concord and Cooperative Christian Ministry, is here to help. Neighbor Helping Neighbor provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways you can give: Round up your bill and donate the extra cents, donate a set amount each month, or make a one-time donation. Sign up today at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com.

City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving November 23-24
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. 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 customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 20. If you have questions or need more information, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

20th annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 89th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 18, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at concordnc.gov.

Before the parade, come to our FREE shredding event
The City of Concord and Cabarrus County are hosting a free secure document shredding event Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing FREE secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County Citizens at the Village Parking Lot (located behind Arby's at 280 Concord Parkway N). Please limit documents to no more than 3 regular-sized trash bags OR bankers boxes. For more information, visit the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page.

Community and Rotarians celebrate new playground for Housing residents
The Concord Rotary Club’s latest service project was funding a playground for Concord Housing Department community members. Community members, Rotarians, and City officials gathered on Thursday, November 16 to celebrate. To see pictures from the event, visit the City's Facebook Page, or learn more about the Concord Rotary Club's service projects at concordrotary.com.

Concord Police to offer place of worship security training
The Concord Police Department will once again host a training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. In a free, 90-minute session, Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell will help attendees understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. Those interested can attend this training on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. in training room 304 of Concord Police Headquarters. Find out more at concordnc.gov, or contact Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell at 704-920-5000 or ferrellr@concordnc.gov.

Please be kind: remove your signs
With last week's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 18 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Looking for a few good volunteers
Have you always wanted to share your expertise in a special area or do you have a love for the outdoors? We invite you to become a part of our Volunteer Program and make a difference in your community.  Coaches are a very valuable part of our athletic programs but are not the only areas where volunteers are needed. We have volunteer opportunities available for families and individuals in our parks, greenways, and recreation facilities.  Just ask and we will find an opportunity for you. Please visit concordparksandrec.org for details.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

December
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will blast at 11:00 a.m. on Veterans Day (tomorrow) to honor all who have served in the United States armed forces? The City of Concord thanks all who wear our nation's uniform, past, present, and future.

Highlights of the November 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Keith Fitch, 28 years of service - Fire Department.

Presented the 2017 Productivity Improvement Award to the Solid Waste Services Department.

Received a presentation from Raftelis Financial Consulting on their work to update the City's water and wastewater system development fees in compliance with newly adopted
HB436.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of: one parcel located at 9000 Poplar Tent Road, owned by Marsha and Robin Hood (Trustees); and one parcel located at 4960 Roberta Rd, owned by Charles and Susan Trevathan.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution to rename the public street Transit Court NE to Brodick Court NE.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Mix to locate at International Business Park.

Conducted a public hearing, considered staff's recommendation for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects in the Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP), and adopted the FY18 PIP schedule in the Capital Improvement Program.

Received a report from Transportation staff and approved the use of Purple Heart Recipient City placards at new Welcome to Concord City Limit sign assemblies.

Recognized the Cannon Crossing Homeowners Association into the City's
Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Accepted assignment of the easements for the 2.3 mile
Hector H. Henry II Greenway Trail in the Mills at Rocky River.

Concord holiday kickoff just one week away! November 17 and 18
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 89th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 18, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at concordnc.gov.

City of Concord encourages responsible political sign disposal
With Tuesday's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 18 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Friday route up next for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 13 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

ClearWater Second Saturday Open Studios is November 11
Tomorrow is the perfect day for a first-time or returning visit to ClearWater Artist Studios in Gibson Village. At the monthly art open house you will find artists on-site working in studios, and the Gallery and studios open to the public for exploration, asking artists questions, and seeing art being created! ClearWater Artist Studios artist members will be available with doors open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Gallery will also be open for perusal of the featured exhibition by Barbara Ellis. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Ultimate Game Days – Gaga Dodgeball
For ages 8-17. Think you can play dodgeball? We challenge you to the ultimate game of Gaga Dodgeball. Bring your friends and meet us at McGee Park in the circle off the parking lot from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16.

Pickleball
Ages 50 & up. Have you heard of the fastest growing game in town? This racquet sport combines badminton, tennis and table tennis. Bring your own equipment or use ours. No fee. Join us at Hartsell Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for indoor or outdoor play, or visit Logan Multipurpose Center on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for indoor play. Find out more in the
Leisure Times or call 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

December
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord was named this year's healthiest local government employer in the Charlotte region by the Charlotte Business Journal? Visit concordnc.gov to find out more reasons why the City Concord is a great place to work and to browse career opportunities.

Municipal Election Day is November 7, early voting still available
Election Day in Concord is Tuesday, November 7. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has resources to help you be informed:

Early voting is still available from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections website.

City Council meeting schedule adjusted to accommodate municipal election
Mayor Padgett has called a special City Council Work Session on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 35 Cabarrus Avenue, West. The scheduled Tuesday, November 7 City Council Work Session will not be held, but the Council Chambers will be open beginning at 7:00 p.m. for viewing of election results.

Change your clock, change your batteries
When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm. The NFPA reports three out of every five home fire deaths across the nation resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Of those, in fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than half of them had missing or disconnected batteries after nuisance alarms, such as the alarm going off during cooking. Dead batteries caused one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures. Hardwired power source problems caused 7 percent of the failures. The rest of the failures occurred because of defective or improperly installed alarms. Find out more at ncdoi.com, or contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517 if you have additional questions.

37 million household fire extinguishers recalled by US CPSC

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 37 million Kidde Fire Safety fire extinguishers produced since 1973. Recalled fire extinguishers require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. One death was reported involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. Contact 855-271-0773 or kidde.com for a free replacement. Full recall announcement: http://bit.ly/2zbBvcs

Monday and Tuesday routes up next for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 6 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Veterans Salute 5k
Concord Parks and Recreation is proud to host the Veterans Salute 5K on Saturday, November 4 in Downtown Concord. Day-of registration begins at 8:00 a.m., $10 for veterans and $20 for all other runners. The Veterans Salute 5K will raise funds for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Combat Wounded Veterans Chapter 634. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. Special City Council work session
7 at 7:00 p.m. Municipal election results viewing open to public
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.