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Did you know?
Did you know the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has staff available to help citizens understand their rights related to the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988? Individuals are protected from a variety of practices involving housing sales, rentals, advertising, and financing. Special provisions are in place for disabled persons and families with children. The department invites landlords and property managers to an informational workshop on December 11, find out more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5122.

Concord in the headlines
Concord firemen pay off Bell Game bet

Cross-section of the community completes 17th Concord 101
The Concord 101 class of 2018 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 20. This year's class set a participation record for the second year in a row, with 47 active community members who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Bill Dusch for their involvement in the program. 2018 participants were: Esmeralda Aguilera, David Anderson, Pearl Asbury, Evelyn Barbee, Ray Brickner, Meredith Buskey, Ramesh Chandanala, Brittany Craig, Clara Culnon, Sandra Cusack, John England, Joanne Evans-Hoover, Takhiya Glover, Rosa González, Coretta Grant, Karen Green, Rod Hanson, Frank Hoover, Chuck Howard, Daryl Huffman, Angela Banks-Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Chris Kallio, Prakash Kammula, Doug Kull, Sara Kull, Norman Lefebvre, Pamela Lefebvre, James Macdonald, Mylene Matthews, James McDonnell, Maria Melendez, Elizabeth Mueller, Kathy Murphy, Mei Olson, Clifford Patton, Alecia Shirley Phifer, Theresa Scott-Stills, Robert Skillman, Youndolyn Smith, Robert Stevenson, Kimberly Strong, Richard Walkup, Donald Watson, Wayne Wilson, Lynda Womble, and Mike Womble. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the TUESDAY area
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 3 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Stuff the Bus through December 14, special events next two weekends
STUFF THE BUS is a partnership of Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry to feed hungry families during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the entire holiday season. Donations of non-perishable food items will stock the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Make a difference at one of our special events with a donation bus on site, or bring your donation to Rider Transit Center located at 45 Transit Court NW (former address 3600 South Ridge Ave) weekdays through December 14, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. This weekend, find our donation bus at the Thunder Road Walmart on Sunday, December 2 from 10:00 until 4:00. Visit facebook.com/ridertransit for more information.

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

December
6 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Special Meeting
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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.

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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 22 and Friday, November 23. 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 22-23
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 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 other place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 19. If you have questions or need more information, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

21st annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health 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 90th 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 17 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.

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 17 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Information on the City's sign standards is available at concordnc.gov/signs.

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

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

December
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 there are tons of new activities available for registration at the David W. Phillips Activity Center? Coming up next: Teen Tube: Pool Noodle Playground—teams of 3 or more will build creations with pool noodles and film the results for all to see at the showcase. Find out more and register by November 12 at concordparksandrec.org.

Highlights of the November 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Veterans Day resolution marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I.

Conducted a public hearing on priorities for
Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) sidewalk construction projects and adopted the recommended FY19 PIP schedule funded in the Capital Improvement Plan.

Conducted a public hearing and amended Concord Development Ordinance, Article 7, to conditionally allow metal awnings in the Center City Zoning District.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 47.73 acres located 413, 375, 349, and 321 Goodman Rd, owned by SL Goodman Rd LLC, Frank & Jo Ann Scotton, and Keith Gass.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) SL Goodman Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for a 600,000 SF manufacturing speculative building located at 431 Goodman Road; and 2) Hydromer Inc to locate at 4715 Corporate Drive, Suite 200.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Development Fee Schedule to incorporate wireless fees.

Adopted a resolution to sell the vacant lot at 350 Broad Drive SW to Habitat Cabarrus for $6,000 for the construction of a new house and to fund Habitat Cabarrus in the amount of $60,000 to construct two new homes at 330 Broad Drive SW and 350 Broad Drive SW using HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for the replacement of the culvert on Havencrest Ct. NW.

Recognized Edison Square Townhome Association and Stonebridge Townhome Association into the Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to execute the North Carolina Park and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) project agreement in the amount of $350,000 and adopted a project ordinance to appropriate the funds.

Accepted the conveyance of 13.605 acres from Rocky River Project, LLC, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and in associated action authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for the construction of the trail head parking lot at Hector H. Henry II Greenway, Mills at Rocky River.

Appointed Assistant City Manager Joshua Smith to the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Board of Directors.

Concord's tree lighting and parade return November 16 and 17: next week!
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health 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 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Find out more at concordnc.gov, or join the conversation and invite your friends on our Facebook event page.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the THURSDAY area
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 12 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County parking deck construction update
Over the next two months, workers will periodically close the lanes of Corban Avenue SW and Spring Street SW to accommodate further construction on the courthouse parking deck. Alternate routes will be marked as needed. The closures will allow crews to complete work on the building façade and curbing and landscaping around the parking deck, which sits at the corner of Corban and Spring across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

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

November
14 at 6:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

December
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 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 there have been 117 fire deaths in North Carolina this year, with the majority of those fires in homes without the presence of a working smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector? When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Find out more at ncdoi.com, or contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517 if you have additional questions.

Concord's holiday kickoff just a few weeks away on November 16 and 17

Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health 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 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Stay tuned for full details in next week's CityLink Newsletter.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the MONDAY and FRIDAY areas
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 5 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Election Day is November 6, early voting still available
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has resources to help you be informed: View your sample ballot, Get directions to your polling location, View election results. Early voting is still available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us TODAY at 26 Acres Brewing Company until 7:30 p.m.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally. Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process. A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography. Click here to see the November meeting schedule. Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at eparker@centralina.org if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit centralina.org.

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. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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.