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Did you know?
Did you know that the Engineering Department has at least 32 active projects in progress? The Engineering Department’s primary function is to provide internal support to other City departments in regards to surveying, engineering design, construction administration, and other technical functions.
 
Happy New Year!  City of Concord holiday schedule
City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day (garbage and recycling is being collected on the normal schedule this week). Rider Transit will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, December 31, 2010. Rider will be closed with no service on Saturday, January 1 2011, and the normal schedule will resume on Monday, January 3 2011.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Loose leaf collection update
Because the recent snow storm has made it difficult for some residents to place their leaves at the curb for this week's scheduled collection, City crews will return to the Friday route next week to collect any loose leaves placed at the curb by Monday, January 3.
 
Solid Waste Services will be collecting loose leaves in neighborhoods located on the Thursday garbage collection routes from Monday, January 3 to Thursday, January 6.
 
Crews will begin the Friday route on Friday, January 7 to collect any leaves that may be at the curb, but will return to collect any leaves that are out by Monday, January 10 at 7 a.m.
 
You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between January 26 and February 15 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties (call 704-920-5555).  Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
New utility bill design
Utility customers will notice that there is a new look to utility bills. These improvements provide more information to the customer, and we hope you find the changes helpful. To learn more about the new design, visit the City’s website and check out our interactive sample.
 
Slip lining contract work continues throughout January
Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. The process uses remote-control devices to line the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Work will be underway throughout the month of January. Please visit the City’s website for more information about this project.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades planned in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning January 2011
The City of Concord Stormwater Department will replace the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue intersection beginning January 3, 2011. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition: Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m., free
"Sita Sings the Blues"
Animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that when the St. Cloud Hotel opened in 1889, it originally contained 27 bedrooms, along with other luxuries, such as electricity, water works, and sewer? This is typical of the information found by the Legal Department during real estate research. One of the Legal Department's responsibilities is to check ownership and liens on all titles for acquisition, litigation, and code enforcement purposes in order to ensure that the City obtains clear property titles, and in order to name the proper parties in litigation and code enforcement actions.
 
Visit the City’s website for updated road conditions
“White Christmas” has a different meaning for those who drive a brine truck or snow plow. As winter weather approaches this weekend, be sure to visit the City’s website for road condition updates.
 
New utility bill design
Utility customers will notice that there is a new look to utility bills. These improvements provide more information to the customer, and we hope you find the changes helpful. To learn more about the new design, visit the City’s website and check out our interactive sample.
 
City of Concord holiday schedule
City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27, 2010 in observance of Christmas, and closed on Friday, December 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day.
 
Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will be collected on the normal schedule both this week and next week.
 
All yard waste, white goods, and tires for next week (December 27-31) should be placed at the curb 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28 and left until they are collected. All of these items will be collected by Thursday, December 30.
 
Citizens are reminded that those wishing to pay tax bills before the end of the year should do so by Thursday, December 30, 2010, as City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 31. Tax bills will be considered delinquent after January 5, 2011.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Police department launches tip411 anonymous text program
The Concord Police Department is launching tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat.” Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to Concord Police by texting the word CONCORDPD and the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s page on the City website. Please visit our website for more information.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades planned in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning January 2011
The City of Concord Stormwater Department will replace the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue intersection beginning January 3, 2011. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Extreme cold impacting City’s water mains
With temperatures hitting record lows, the City's water mains are breaking at a higher frequency than usual. Motorists should use caution as the leaking water may freeze on roads and create icy conditions. If you discover a broken water main, please call the Customer CARE Center at 704-920-5555 to let us know.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition: Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m., free
"Sita Sings the Blues"
Animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know specifics surrounding current employment opportunities with the City of Concord are provided through various avenues? Details can be obtained at the Human Resources Department (66 Union Street South, Concord, NC ), via Jobs Line (704-920-JOBS), the City’s website, and from the Employment Security Commission (2275 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord, NC 28025, 704-786-3183).
 
Electric Department offers energy-savings tips for the winter
Winter of 2009-2010 was one of the coldest winters in 30 years, and this winter is shaping up to be just as cold (if not colder). Now is the best time to start thinking about ways to save on your energy bill. To keep warm and cut down your energy use, try our helpful energy-saving tips around your house all winter.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades planned in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning January 2011
The City of Concord Stormwater Department will replace the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue intersection beginning January 3, 2011. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). Georgia Street will also be closed on December 15 for a water line repair in preparation for the culvert replacement. For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Extreme cold impacting City’s water mains
With temperatures hitting record lows, the City's water mains are breaking at a higher frequency than usual. Motorists should use caution as the leaking water may freeze on roads and create icy conditions. If you discover a broken water main, please call the Customer CARE Center at 704-920-5555 to let us know.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
704-920-2787
Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Through December 21
 
Black, White and Easily Red
Group exhibition by 16 artists
 
Shop Seagrove
Pottery by Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, King’s Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Box office:  Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, 704-920-2753
 
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Brand New Opry Christmas Show
$10
Christmas version of the popular bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
December
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills in these hard times? With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by the Cooperative Christian Ministry. CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills.
 
Highlights of the December 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Determined annual organization and procedure of City Council.  The City Council established the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 26 Union Street, S. as the time and place for regular meetings for the calendar year 2011. Workshops will be held in the City Council Chambers each Tuesday prior to a regular meeting. The City Council also elected Council Member Alfred Brown, Jr. as the Mayor Pro-Tem for 2010.
 
Presented a graduation certificate from the National Forensic Academy to Police Sergeant Bobby Ledwell. The National Forensic Academy is conducted by the US Department of Justice and the University of Tennessee. It is a 10-week, 400 hour session that provides intense hands-on training specifically related to crime scene investigations. This Academy is recognized as the top forensic training course in the Country. On November 19, Sgt. Ledwell successfully graduated from the Academy.
 
Adopted the FY11 Pedestrian Improvement Program schedule. After receiving staff's recommendation for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects under the City of Concord's Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP), and conducting a public hearing, the Council adopted the FY 11 schedule under the City's Capital Improvement Plan.
 
Received a presentation of Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2010. G.S. 159-34 requires 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 auditor shall be selected by and report directly to the governing board. As a minimum, the required report shall include 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 auditor issued an "unqualified opinion" on the statements of the City of Concord as of June 30, 2010. An unqualified report is the highest level of assurance that independent auditors can issue and states that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the City at June 30, 2010. This is commonly referred to as a clean opinion. A copy of the report will be available upon request and is also available on the City's website.
 
Recognizing the Wyndham Place Town Homes Owners' Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program. The City implemented the neighborhood program in 2000 to build relationships with the City’s neighborhoods in an effort to enhance the quality of life in the City and stimulate activity within neighborhoods and in City events. Through the program, neighborhoods are partnered with a City staff member who serves as their liaison and will attend the neighborhood meetings and assist residents in identifying solutions to problems. Based upon these relationships, City staff is better able to deliver services tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and obtain feedback on proposed public improvement projects within neighborhoods.
 
Approved a change in the scope of the Fire Station 5 Renovation Project to the Fire Station 11 Construction Project. The Fire Station 11 Construction Project will provide expanded fire protection for the Bruton Smith Blvd and Concord Mills Blvd areas of the city. Based on estimates provided by the City of Concord Engineering Department as well as independent architectural firms and general contractors, the cost of construction for Fire Station 11 as well as basic updates to Fire Station 5 can be accomplished within the same budget estimate for the full Fire Station 5 renovations. Fire Department operations will benefit greatly as a result of strategically locating a ladder truck from this proposed new station located on Weddington Road rather than from the existing Fire Station 5 location.
 
Approved a Reserve Firefighter Program for the Department of Fire and Life Safety. This program will provide members of the community that have an interest in the fire service or in becoming a career firefighter the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of fire and life safety operations. This program would also give the graduates on the Concord High School Fire Academy program the opportunity to become part of the Department to enhance their fire service experience. The Reserves would also increase the number of firefighters that would be available during large scale emergencies.
 
Directed the Department of Fire and Life Safety to restore the Gamewell Diaphone horn at Fire Station 1. The horn was originally used to alert volunteer firefighters to the locations of fire calls with a code. Until falling into disrepair in the late 1980s, the horn sounded each day at noon and eleven times on Veteran's Day at 11:00 a.m. in remembrance of all Veterans.
 
Adopted the 2010 City of Concord Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a revision of the 2004 plan, is the community's foundation for its long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is important as it establishes a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damage to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
 
Approved a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document to select a developer to partner with the City in redeveloping 7.32 acres consisting of Logan Homes Public Housing and the adjacent vacant parcel owned by the City. Since 2006 the City has made numerous incremental infrastructure improvements within the Logan community and partnered with a private developer to construct the Villas at Logan Gardens. The next step in the redevelopment strategy is to select a private developer to explore partnering with the City to redevelop the existing Logan Homes public housing property and the adjacent +/- 2.03 acre parcel that is owned by the City. Together the redevelopment area will consist of +/- 7.32 acres. The developer will work with City staff to refine the site development plans and create a proforma projecting revenues and expenses. The developer will be a partner with the City and will work through issues that may arise with the neighborhood, the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the City.
 
Citizen Survey ends tonight!
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
Electric Department offers energy-savings tips for the winter
Winter of 2009-2010 was one of the coldest winters in 30 years, and this winter is shaping up to be just as cold. Now is the best time to start thinking about ways to save on your energy bill. To keep warm and cut down your energy use, try our helpful energy-saving tips around your house all winter.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Loose-leaf collection for MONDAY garbage area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. The third round for Friday collection routes starts Tuesday, December 28.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades planned in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning January 2011
The City of Concord Stormwater Department will replace the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue intersection beginning January 3, 2011. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). Georgia Street will also be closed on December 15 for a water line repair in preparation for the culvert replacement. For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
 
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Beginning Friday December 10, Concord will host the 30th Annual Christmas Basketball Tournament. Over 140 teams from around Cabarrus County will compete in the one week tournament, with Boys and Girls teams ages 7 to 15 playing in eight gyms throughout the County. Contact Athletic Division for more information: 704-920-5617.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
704-920-2787
Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Through December 21
 
Black, White and Easily Red
Group exhibition by 16 artists
 
Shop Seagrove
Pottery by Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, King’s Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef
 
Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m.
What is Black, White and Easily Red?
Gallery talk and demonstration by photographer Byron Baldwin, ceramicist Holly Fischer and painter Isaac Payne
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Box office:  Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, 704-920-2753
 
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Brand New Opry Christmas Show
$10
Christmas version of the popular bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
December
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that there are 925.5 City of Concord coworkers to serve 81,370 citizens? There are approximately 11 coworkers per 1,000 people in the population, which is slightly lower than the average for cities participating in the North Carolina Benchmarking Project.
 
Concord 101 participants recognized on November 30
The Concord 101 class of 2010 was recognized on November 30 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station 9. Concord 101 is a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and heard from City staff members about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. The free 13-week course began in September. 2010 participants were: Pearl Asbury, Carolyn Baker, Pat Baker, Ed Brasefield, Jennie Brasefield, Yvette Burwell, Lafa' Coleman, Brenda Cook, William Hall, Carolyn Osborne, Gerry Osborne, Julie Petroff, Tracy Raulerson, James Shepherd, Mary Shepherd, Jeanette Thompson, Dale Wood, and Marybeth Wood. Please visit the City’s website for a class photo and more information.
 
Citizen Survey extended until November 10
The City of Concord is conducting its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences so that we can best serve you. We will use your responses to help us plan for the next few years. This is your opportunity to anonymously and confidentially give us your honest opinions. Your opinions are important; we hope that you will participate in this study. Click here to get started.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal (disassembled swing sets, bicycles, metal bed frames, etc.), old appliances (white goods), and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for collection could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting these items. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of metal, appliances, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Loose-leaf collection for TUESDAY garbage area this week
Solid Waste’s annual loose-leaf collection season will go through January 25. Schedules have been distributed in utility bills, in the City Circular, and on the City’s website.   Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. The second round for Monday collection routes starts Monday, December 13.
 
Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that despite recent rainfall, late summer’s dry and hot weather has put the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in a Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the first of four drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin.
 
The City of Concord would like to remind water customers that normal responsible water use includes more stringent guidelines than the voluntary conservation measures suggested by CW-DMAG. Concord water users may irrigate lawns Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only.  We thank you for your continued efforts to conserve our limited and essential water resources.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Beginning Friday December 10, Concord will host the 30th Annual Christmas Basketball Tournament. Over 140 teams from around Cabarrus County will compete in the one week tournament, with Boys and Girls teams ages 7 to 15 playing in eight gyms throughout the County. Contact Athletic Division for more information: 704-920-5617.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
704-920-2787
Monday-Friday and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Through December 21
 
Black, White and Easily Red
Group exhibition by 16 artists
 
Shop Seagrove
Pottery by Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, King’s Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef
 
Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m.
What is Black, White and Easily Red?
Gallery talk and demonstration by photographer Byron Baldwin, ceramicist Holly Fischer and painter Isaac Payne
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Box office:  Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, 704-920-2753
 
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Brand New Opry Christmas Show
$10
Christmas version of the popular bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
December
12/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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