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 City of Concord New Year Holiday Schedule
All City of concord offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2010 for the New Year Holiday.

Garbage, Recycling, Bulky Waste and Building Materials Collection
New Year’s Holiday, week of 12/28/09-1/02/10
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through
Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday

Yard Waste and White Goods Collection
New Year’s Holiday, week of 12/28/08-1/01/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7AM on Tuesday 12/29
Leaf Collection

Leaves will be collected on the Monday Collection Route from Monday, December 28 to Thursday, December 31. No leaf collection on Friday, January 1, 2010.

 The City of Concord will pick up your Christmas tree on your regular garbage collection day over the next two weeks. Please remove all lights, decorations, tree stand, and tinsel before placing the tree at the curb.

Christmas trees, like all other yard waste, are chipped for use as mulch. Consider composting your tree and other natural Christmas decorations such as wreaths. If you have a favorite fishing spot, use the tree to create a natural habitat for the fish and other aquatic animals.

*If you are disposing of an artificial Christmas tree, please do not place by the curb.
- Consider using branches from your old artificial tree to decorate around your house
- Our Environmental Educator uses suction cups to affix old, artificial tree branches to her windows during the holiday season.  They look great with a red bow tied in the center!
- Old branches can also be used in flower arrangements, vases and sprays and even made into wreaths.

*Don’t forget to re-use gift bags, boxes, bows and tissue paper
*Remember to recycle non-reusable paper products like:  cards, envelopes, gift tags, bags, boxes, wrapping paper (no foiled, velum or plastic paper) and tissue paper.

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

Culvert Work to be Completed in February 2010
Overbrook Drive NE, near 123 and 128 Overbrook Drive NE, has been closed to through traffic due to a culvert failure. The road is now expected to be closed through the end of February 2010.
The initial phase of the project is complete. The remaining sections of culvert have been removed and utility conflicts have been addressed. The new culvert materials will be manufactured within the next three weeks. Contract construction crews will begin work installing the new culvert in mid January 2010. Motorists can use Wilhelm Pl NE and Bridlewood PL NE as alternate routes.

The check on the status of the road closure, residents can view the City of Concord Interactive Street Map system at http://concordnc.micromaps.com/


Concord Police Department Warns Against Celebratory New Year’s Eve Gunfire

The Concord Police Department is reminding residents that firing a gun into the air is no way to ring in the New Year.
 
 Celebratory gunfire is defined as the shooting of a firearm into the air in celebration. Discharging a firearm into the air is prohibited by law. If caught, violators will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 
 
Based on City of Concord Code, it is unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm, BB gun, air compression gun, spring gun or other similar device which propels with force a shot, pellet or other projectile within the municipal corporate limits of the city. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined $500.00 or imprisoned 30 days, or both. Violators may be subject to a civil penalty of $500.00 to be recovered in the nature of a debt. Also, violators may be charged under North Carolina General Statues.
 
Calls for Service data shows nine cases of reported gunfire on New Year’s Eve 2007, followed by 13 reported gunfire calls on New Year’s Day 2008. On New Year’s Eve 2008, Concord Police Department received two gunfire calls followed by six gunfire calls on New Year’s Day.
 
Many times people engaging in celebratory gunfire do not understand or realize the danger posed by firing a bullet into the air. Celebratory gunfire can cause damage to homes and businesses, injure people and pets, and have the potential to be fatal. Persons that decide to celebrate in this manner will face criminal prosecution, and possibly be responsible for civil penalties.
 

Concord Police Department wants to ensure that all citizens celebrate the New Year responsibly and safely. Residents are urged to refrain from shooting any firearms into the air, call 704-920-5580 or in emergencies call 9-1-1 to report any gunfire, and if you know of anyone planning to celebrate this way, notify the police.

2009-2010 Leaf Collection Dates
This is the last week for loose leaf collection
 
If your garbage collection day is Tuesday, your leaves will be collected: January 4-8

If your garbage collection day is Wednesday, your leaves will be collected:January 11-15

If your garbage collection day is Thursday, your leaves will be collected:January 19-22

If your garbage collection day is Friday, your leaves will be collected: January 25-29
Place loose leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. the Monday of your scheduled collection week so crews can remain on schedule. Keep loose leaves away from storm drains, mail boxes, and parked cars. Leaves must be free of tree/shrub limbs or foreign objects.

This schedule is subject to change due to weather delays and equipment breakdown.  Contact the Customer Care Center or check our website for updates.

 Receive timely notifications by telephone, cell phone, and e-mail. 
Sign up now for Connect-CTY on the City’s website Check the City’s website for more information. 
www.concordnc.gov - Customer Care Center 704-920-5555  Monday - Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


 

 


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The City of Concord will pick up your Christmas tree on your regular garbage collection day. Please remove all decorations, tree stand, and tinsel before placing the tree at the curb.

Christmas trees, like all other yard waste, are chipped for use as mulch. Consider composting your tree and other natural Christmas decorations such as wreaths. If you have a favorite fishing spot, use the tree to create a natural habitat for the fish and other aquatic animals.

*If you are disposing of an artificial Christmas tree, please do not place by the curb.
- Consider using branches from your old artificial tree to decorate around your house
- Our Environmental Educator uses suction cups to affix old, artificial tree branches to her windows during the holiday season.  They look great with a red bow tied in the center!
- Old branches can also be used in flower arrangements, vases and sprays and even made into wreaths.

*Don't forget to re-use gift bags, boxes, bows and tissue paper
*Remember to recycle non-reusable paper products like:  cards, envelopes, gift tags, bags, boxes, wrapping paper (no foiled, velum or plastic paper) and tissue paper

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.


City of Concord New Year Holiday Schedule
 All City of concord offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2010 for the New Year Holiday.

Garbage and Recycling Collection
New Year’s Holiday, week of 12/28/09—1/02/10
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through
Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday

Yard Waste, White Goods & Building Materials Collection
New Year’s Holiday, week of 12/29/08-1/3/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7AM on Monday 12/29

Leaf Collection
Leaves will be collected in the Monday Collection Route from Monday, December 28 to Thursday December 31.

 

 
 
 
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City of Concord Christmas Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday
Thursday, December 24, 2009 and Friday, December 25, 2009
 
Leaf collection
No collection scheduled Christmas Week, but some machines will be running to collect misses or to catch up if we are running behind.

Solid Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7:00 a.m on Monday 12/21

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 or check out the City of Concord website at www.concordnc.gov

City of Concord New Year Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed January 1, 2010 for the New Year Holiday

Solid Waste
Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through
Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday

Yard Waste, White Goods & Building Materials Collection
Week of 12/29/08-1/3/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7:00 a.m. on Monday 12/29

Leaf Collection
Leaves will be collected Monday, December 28 to Thursday, December 31 - No Collection on Friday, January 1, 2010

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 or check out the City of Concord website at www.concordnc.gov

 

Culvert Work to be Completed in February 2010
Overbrook Drive NE, near 123 and 128 Overbrook Drive NE, has been closed to through traffic due to a culvert failure. The road is now expected to be closed through the end of February 2010.
The initial phase of the project is complete. The remaining sections of culvert have been removed and utility conflicts have been addressed. The new culvert materials will be manufactured within the next three weeks. Contract construction crews will begin work installing the new culvert in mid January 2010. Motorists can use Wilhelm Pl NE and Bridlewood PL NE as alternate routes.

The check on the status of the road closure, residents can view the City of Concord Interactive Street Map system at http://concordnc.micromaps.com/

 

Concord Police Department Safety Tips - Prevention of Larceny from Auto
No matter what county or city you live in, property crimes have risen.  One such property crime is theft of items from vehicles. Here are some helpful hints on how to avoid being a victim of a larceny from vehicle.

Always lock your car.  Whether you are at the mall, work, or home, always lock your car.  Lock the car even if you don’t have anything in it for a criminal to take.  The thieves could always take your car or hide inside and wait on you to get in.  You may have cash, credit cards, house keys, or other items they will take from YOU.

Never leave any valuables visible.  Never leave packages, purses, or money lying on the seats or between the seats.  DO NOT leave your garage door opener in the car. A thief can steal your garage opener and drive around the neighborhood hitting the button until your garage door opens.  If you leave your wallet or registration in the car, the suspect will know your address; go directly to your house; and use the garage door opener to enter your home.

Park your car inside the garage if possible.  Most criminals ride around looking for easy opportunities.  When you leave your car unlocked in the driveway with valuables sitting on the seat, you are providing criminals an easy opportunity.

Adding sensor lights on your house will keep subjects away who do not want to be seen. Sensor lights come on automatically when an object passes in its path.  They are fairly easy to install and relatively inexpensive.

The best way to prevent crime is to know your neighbors and your neighborhood.  Being a nosy neighbor is the best way to stop crime.  If you see something suspicious, emergency or not, CALL 911!!  When you are familiar with your neighborhood you will now if the activity is suspicious. You know what right looks like, so if it looks wrong CALL 911!!  Don’t be the second part of the wrong.

Don’t wait until you are the victim to lock your car, or to CALL 911; the police are there for that reason.  Do not assume your neighbor will call 911; you must call 911.  The more calls the police receive, the faster the response.  You may prevent a crime just by having an officer come out.  If you call 911, ask to see an officer.  Asking to see an officer gets the officer to your house, patrolling your streets, and puts a crime prevention element in your neighborhood.

 

 
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City of Concord Christmas Holiday Schedule

City offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday
Thursday, December 24, 2009 and Friday, December 25, 2009

 
Leaf collection
No collection scheduled Christmas Week, but some machines will be running to collect misses or to catch up if we are running behind.

Solid Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7AM on Monday 12/21

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 or check out the City of Concord website at www.concordnc.gov

 

Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Accepting Applications
The City of Concord believes in creating partnerships with the citizens who live and work in our City.  We believe this partnership keeps our quality of life at a high level and allows us to provide the best municipal services possible.

 To help build this partnership, the Concord Police Department, Communications Department and Department of Fire and Life Safety are proud to announce the fourth session of our Citizen Public Safety Academy.  This course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s Public Safety Departments, meet our staff, and help us evaluate the services we provide.

 The ten-week academy will begin March 01, 2010 and end on May 10, 2010.  Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 Four classes will be taught by members of the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety and will include presentations on the various services provided as well as how all of us can be safer in our daily lives.  Members of the Concord Police Department will instruct four classes on all functions of the police department as well as an in depth look at our Community Policing Philosophy.  One class will be presented by members of Concord’s Communications Department and will explain what happens when you call 911 or request any service from our Public Safety Departments.  The tenth week will be a graduation dinner when we honor academy participants.

We expect this academy to be very enlightening with class participants who are urged to participate in an exchange of information that will benefit all involved.  Class size is limited to 20, so please fill out the application found on our website www.concordnc.gov under Community News and the Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Taking Applications! article and mail or email it as soon as possible to Leslie Griffin, Concord Police Department, P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026. If you are able you may fax it back to Leslie at 704-788-9313, or you may email it to griffinl@concordnc.gov.

 

Concord Police Department Safety Tips - Prevention of Larceny from Auto

No matter what county or city you live in, property crimes have risen.  One such property crime is theft of items from vehicles. Here are some helpful hints on how to avoid being a victim of a larceny from vehicle.

Always lock your car.  Whether you are at the mall, work, or home, always lock your car.  Lock the car even if you don’t have anything in it for a criminal to take.  The thieves could always take your car or hide inside and wait on you to get in.  You may have cash, credit cards, house keys, or other items they will take from YOU.

Never leave any valuables visible.  Never leave packages, purses, or money lying on the seats or between the seats.  DO NOT leave your garage door opener in the car. A thief can steal your garage opener and drive around the neighborhood hitting the button until your garage door opens.  If you leave your wallet or registration in the car, the suspect will know your address; go directly to your house; and use the garage door opener to enter your home.

Park your car inside the garage if possible.  Most criminals ride around looking for easy opportunities.  When you leave your car unlocked in the driveway with valuables sitting on the seat, you are providing criminals an easy opportunity.

Adding sensor lights on your house will keep subjects away who do not want to be seen. Sensor lights come on automatically when an object passes in its path.  They are fairly easy to install and relatively inexpensive.

The best way to prevent crime is to know your neighbors and your neighborhood.  Being a nosy neighbor is the best way to stop crime.  If you see something suspicious, emergency or not, CALL 911!!  When you are familiar with your neighborhood you will now if the activity is suspicious. You know what right looks like, so if it looks wrong CALL 911!!  Don’t be the second part of the wrong.

Don’t wait until you are the victim to lock your car, or to CALL 911; the police are there for that reason.  Do not assume your neighbor will call 911; you must call 911.  The more calls the police receive, the faster the response.  You may prevent a crime just by having an officer come out.  If you call 911, ask to see an officer.  Asking to see an officer gets the officer to your house, patrolling your streets, and puts a crime prevention element in your neighborhood.


2009-2010 Leaf Collection Dates
If your garbage collection day is Monday,  your leaves will be  collected: December 28-31

If your garbage collection day is Tuesday, your leaves will be collected: January 4-8


If your garbage collection day is Wednesday, your leaves will be collected:January 11-15

If your garbage collection day is Thursday, your leaves will be collected:January 19-22

If your garbage collection day is Friday, your leaves will be collected: January 25-29

Place loose leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. the Monday of your scheduled collection week so crews can remain on schedule. Keep loose leaves away from storm drains, mail boxes, and parked cars. Leaves must be free of tree/shrub limbs or foreign objects.

This schedule is subject to change due to weather delays and equipment breakdown.  Contact the Customer Care Center or check our website for updates.

 Receive timely notifications by telephone, cell phone, and e-mail. 
Sign up now for Connect-CTY on the City’s website Check the City’s website for more information. 
www.concordnc.gov - Customer Care Center 704-920-5555  Monday – Friday 7 a.m.—6 p.m.

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The City of Concord Transportation Department Street Division will be performing brine application this morning on assigned bare pavement routes around the city in response to the Winter Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service. Crews are pre-treating  major routes as necessary with a special salt and water solution called salt brine, which sticks to the roads and keeps ice from bonding to the pavement during the first few hours of a storm.
 
Motorists are asked to use caution and provide adequate distance around service vehicles in areas where these operations are occurring.  
 
A Winter Storm Watch is currently in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.
 
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow…sleet…ice accumulations that may impact travel.  
 
*****
 
For conditions on area NCDOT routes, go to http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/tims   
 

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1. Oath of office administered to Mayor and City Council members - Mayor Scott Padgett, Council member Ella Mae Small, District 3; Council member Alfred M. Brown, Jr,. District 4; and Council member W. Lamar Barrier, District 5 were officially sworn into office as a result of their re-election in November. Newly appointed Council member John Sweat, Jr. was also sworn into office as he assumes the rest of the unexpired term for District 7.
 
2. Election of Mayor Pro-tem- David Phillips was elected Mayor Pro-tem by the City Council.
 
3. Presentation of Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2009.  The North Carolina General Statutes require each unit of local government or public authority to have its accounts audited as soon as possible after the close of each fiscal year by a certified public accountant or by an accountant certified by the Local Government Commission as qualified to audit local government accounts. The required report includes the financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, all disclosures in the public interest required by law, and the auditor's opinion and comments relating to the financial statements. The City of Concord's independent  auditor issued an unqualified audit opinion meaning that the financial statements were prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 
 
A copy of the report is available on the City's website.
 
4. Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a Center City Economic Development Grant to SBM Solar Inc. pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1. SBM Solar Inc. is a North Carolina corporation that will manufacture solar panels at 379 Central Drive. The company will lease 22,000 square foot in this existing building and plans to purchase the entire building within the second or third year. The Center City Economic Development Grant request was for equipment that will be used in the manufacturing process. The estimated value of the equipment is 1.3 million dollars. The company currently employs four and expects to increase to fifteen employees at production start-up and increase to sixty employees at full production. On November 18, 2009 Governor Perdue announced that SBM Solar was awarded a $100,000 grant through the NC Green Business Fund. This grant is awarded to develop and market green and alternative energy technologies and products. The company requested a three-year / 85% Center City Economic Development Grant.
 
5. Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a Municipal Service District (MSD) Economic Development Grant to 8 Church, LLC for building renovations at 8 Church Street pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1.  and for building  renovations at 24 Cabarrus Avenue East pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.18 Church, LLC is a North Carolina corporation that plans to renovate 8 Church Street (former York & Wadesworth building) for offices and to renovate 24 Cabarrus Avenue East (former Concord Standard building) for offices. The company's local representative is Chris McCartan. The company requested a three-year / 85% MSD Economic Development Grant.
 
6. Conducted a public hearing and approved an amendment to the 2009-2010 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for Community Development Block Grant funds to reallocate funds for the next phase of artisan space at the former Electric Operations Center on Kerr Street. The City's Annual Action Plan outlines projects to be carried out under the CDBG program. This action amended the Action Plan to incorporate the renovation of the former Electric Operations property so it can be developed into artist studios and galleries in accordance with the Gibson Village Neighborhood Plan.  The old Water Works Building is already occupied by two artists. The next phase of creating more studios targets the upstairs of the former office and warehouse building that is directly behind the Water Works Building.  Artists have already spoken for several of these spaces and are awaiting the completion of renovations.
 
7. Conducted a public hearing and received staff priorities for sidewalk construction requests and adopted the FY 10 Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Program. The City of Concord Pedestrian Improvement Program's Policy was developed in 2004 to establish an equitable process for making annual capital recommendations for sidewalk requests by identifying where the greatest sidewalk needs exist. The Policy provides for sidewalk requests to be evaluated and prioritized by staff based on five (5) criteria that address issues of continuity and integration, location (including availability of right-of-way), pedestrian generators, safety, and existing and projected pedestrian traffic. Council has the final authority for determining the adopted PIP schedule. Projects in the schedule adopted by Council are constructed using $100,000 that is budgeted annually from the Transportation Project Fund until the authorized funding for each fiscal year budget is expended. Staff recommended that the FY 10 PIP schedule remain the same as the projects approved for FY 09
 
8. Received a presentation of the conceptual Master Plan for Rocky River Greenway, Northwest Phase and authorized staff to apply for a PARTF Grant for trail development. If the grant is awarded, the City would take ownership of approximately 43 acres as conveyed by the Moss Creek Village Master Association, Inc. Conveyance of the property is contingent to being awarded a PARTF grant, which will be used to upgrade the existing trails into a public greenway.
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Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Accepting Applications
The City of Concord believes in creating partnerships with the citizens who live and work in our City.  We believe this partnership keeps our quality of life at a high level and allows us to provide the best municipal services possible.

 To help build this partnership, the Concord Police Department, Communications Department and Department of Fire and Life Safety are proud to announce the fourth session of our Citizen Public Safety Academy.  This course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s Public Safety Departments, meet our staff, and help us evaluate the services we provide.

 The ten-week academy will begin March 01, 2010 and end on May 10, 2010.  Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 Four classes will be taught by members of the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety and will include presentations on the various services provided as well as how all of us can be safer in our daily lives.  Members of the Concord Police Department will instruct four classes on all functions of the police department as well as an in depth look at our Community Policing Philosophy.  One class will be presented by members of Concord’s Communications Department and will explain what happens when you call 911 or request any service from our Public Safety Departments.  The tenth week will be a graduation dinner when we honor academy participants.

We expect this academy to be very enlightening with class participants who are urged to participate in an exchange of information that will benefit all involved.  Class size is limited to 20, so please fill out the application found on our website www.concordnc.gov under Community News and the Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Taking Applications! article and mail or email it as soon as possible to Leslie Griffin, Concord Police Department, P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026. If you are able you may fax it back to Leslie at 704-788-9313, or you may email it to griffinl@concordnc.gov.

 

This year's City of Concord Parks and Recreation Christmas card winner is Jaylyn Gilliam. 
She is 9 years old and attended the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Summer Playground Program at Caldwell Park. Jaylyn is in the 3rd grade at Rocky River Elementary School. 
Her card was chosen out of about 200

 
 

City of Concord Christmas Holiday Schedule

City offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday
Thursday, December 24, 2009 and Friday, December 25, 2009
 
Leaf collection
No collection scheduled Christmas Week, but some machines will be running to collect misses or to catch up if we are running behind.

Solid Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Normal garbage & recycling collection Monday through Thursday
• Friday’s garbage & recycling will be collected on Saturday
 
Yard Waste
Christmas, week of 12/21/09
• Please place all yard waste by the curb before 7AM on Monday 12/21

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 or check out the City of Concord website at www.concordnc.gov


City of Concord Upcoming Meeting

Public hearings Held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

12/15/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
12/17/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Commission Meeting
12/22/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting

 

2009-2010 Leaf Collection Dates

If your garbage collection day is Monday,  your leaves will be  collected: December 28-31
If your garbage collection day is Tuesday, your leaves will be collected: January 4-8
If your garbage collection day is Wednesday, your leaves will be collected:January 11-15
If your garbage collection day is Thursday, your leaves will be collected January 19-22
If your garbage collection day is Friday, your leaves will be collected: December 14-18, January 25-29

Place loose leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. the Monday of your scheduled collection week so crews can remain on schedule. Keep loose leaves away from storm drains, mail boxes, and parked cars. Leaves must be free of tree/shrub limbs or foreign objects.
This schedule is subject to change due to weather delays and equipment breakdown.  Contact the Customer Care Center or check our website for updates.  Receive timely notifications by telephone, cell phone, and e-mail. 

Sign up now for Connect-CTY on the City’s website Check the City’s website for more information.  www.concordnc.gov

Customer Care Center 704-920-5555  Monday – Friday 7 a.m.—6 p.m.


 

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Concord 101 Graduates

Concord 101 is a program designed to give citizens a first hand look at their local government. For 13 consecutive weeks these citizens have voluntarily learned about the City of Concord, its employees, mission, and organizational structure. Participants meet on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at various City departments from the Airport, Fire and Life Safety, and Police to Parks and Recreation and the Utilities at the Brown Operations Center. Applications are on line at www.concordnc.gov under the Residents Tab and Concord 101.

2010 Graduates
James Radlein, Michael Kerins, Vicky Albers, Rashaan Roberston, Bea Flower, Sherman Childers, Tara Heglar, Hannah Murr, Linda Maudlin, Faye Bedford, Randy Peterman, Delores Griffith, Eric Harrison, Ingrid Nurse, Travis Eudy, Julia Pacifico, John  Stanley, Leslie Cook Abby Claar.

 

Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Accepting Applications
The City of Concord believes in creating partnerships with the citizens who live and work in our City.  We believe this partnership keeps our quality of life at a high level and allows us to provide the best municipal services possible.

 To help build this partnership, the Concord Police Department, Communications Department and Department of Fire and Life Safety are proud to announce the fourth session of our Citizen Public Safety Academy.  This course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s Public Safety Departments, meet our staff, and help us evaluate the services we provide.

 The ten-week academy will begin March 01, 2010 and end on May 10, 2010.  Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 Four classes will be taught by members of the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety and will include presentations on the various services provided as well as how all of us can be safer in our daily lives.  Members of the Concord Police Department will instruct four classes on all functions of the police department as well as an in depth look at our Community Policing Philosophy.  One class will be presented by members of Concord’s Communications Department and will explain what happens when you call 911 or request any service from our Public Safety Departments.  The tenth week will be a graduation dinner when we honor academy participants.

We expect this academy to be very enlightening with class participants who are urged to participate in an exchange of information that will benefit all involved.  Class size is limited to 20, so please fill out the application found on our website www.concordnc.gov under Community News and the Citizens Public Safety Academy Now Taking Applications! article and mail or email it as soon as possible to Leslie Griffin, Concord Police Department, P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026. If you are able you may fax it back to Leslie at 704-788-9313, or you may email it to griffinl@concordnc.gov.

 

Fire Safety Tips for Winter

Kerosene Heaters
•    Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect exhaust parts for carbon buildup.
•    Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater is tipped over.
•    Never use fuel burning appliances without proper room venting. Burning fuel (coal or kerosene or propane, for example) can produce deadly fumes.
•    Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer.
•    NEVER introduce a fuel into a unit not designed for that type fuel.
•    Keep kerosene, or other flammable liquids stored in approved metal containers, in well ventilated storage areas, outside of the house.
•    NEVER fill the heater while it is operating or hot. When refueling an oil or kerosene unit, avoid overfilling.
•    DO NOT use cold fuel for it may expand in the tank as it warms up.
•    Refueling should be done outside of the home (or outdoors).
•    Keep young children away from space heaters - especially when they are wearing night gowns or other loose clothing that can be easily ignited.
•    When using a fuel burning appliance in the bedroom, be sure there is proper ventilation to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
Wood stoves and fireplaces are becoming a very common heat source in homes. Careful attention to safety can minimize their fire hazard.
To use them safely:
•    Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Woodstoves should have adequate clearance (36”) from combustible surfaces, and         proper floor support and protection.
•    Woodstoves should be of good quality, solid construction and design, and should be UL listed.
•    Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
•    Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
•    Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.
•    The stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce the amount of creosote buildup.
•    Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.
•    Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
•    Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials.
•    Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
•    If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.

Furnace Heating 
•    It’s important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition.
•    Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
•    Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified.
•    Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
•    Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported; free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak.
•    Is the chimney solid, with cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry.
•    Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.

Other Fire Safety Tips
•    Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
•    Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
•    If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry the amp load.
•    TIP: Choose an extension cord the same size or larger than the appliance electrical cord.
•    Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms, or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
•    Frozen water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame, (otherwise the pipe could conduct the heat and ignite the wall structure inside the wall space). Use hot water or a UL labeled device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
•    If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.

Finally. . .
Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.
Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.
Contact the Concord Fire and Life Safety Department for more safety tips at 704-920-5528

City of Concord Upcoming Meeting

Public hearings Held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

12/10/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
12/15/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
12/17/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Commission Meeting
12/22/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting