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Did you know?
Did you know that celebratory gunfire (the shooting of a firearm into the air in celebration) is illegal? Celebratory gunfire can cause injuries to people and pets, and in some cases is fatal. It also can damage homes, businesses, and other structures. What goes up must come down - a bullet fired into the air comes down somewhere; there is no way to predict where the bullet will land. Concord Police Department warns against celebrating in this manner. Violators will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Concord Police Department wishes you a safe and Happy New Year!
 
City of Concord offices to close for New Year’s Day holiday
In observance of New Year’s Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about solid waste collection and the City’s holiday schedule. Best wishes for a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2012.
 
City partners with community for transformation in Logan
A historic block in Concord has been transformed in 2011, and City officials hope the improvements will spur continued investment and development in the surrounding community. Several properties at the site of the former Logan High School along Booker Drive in Concord have received much-needed improvements funded by a combination of City dollars, federal grants, and private investment. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Parks and Recreation and REFLEX International are taking the wellness program to the next level with the Couch to 5K challenge. This group training and exercise program does not require any running experience. It is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. The final goal is to run the BUNNY RUN on April 7. Registration fee is required. The Couch to 5k challenge will meet at James L Dorton Park in Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 31, 2012. There is a $10.00 registration fee. This fee includes a T-Shirt.and $5.00 discount on the Bunny Run 5K registration. Stop being a couch potato and sign up today! More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Adult basketball registration ends January 6. Games begin the week of January 16.
 
Youth baseball/softball registration begins January 1 and is open the entire month of January.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/26/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!
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Did you know?
Did you know that before there were mayors, town councils and town managers, there were town clerks? The municipal clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector, and the profession traces back before Biblical times. Then and now, the municipal clerk’s office serves as a direct link between citizens of the community and their government. The Clerk serves as the custodian of official public records; communicator of public policy; organizer of public business; recorder of the community's history; and performer of many varied tasks that assist in the smooth operation of local governance. The municipal clerk's office serves the citizens, the mayor, the city council, the city manager, and all departments of the city without exception.
 
City of Concord offices to close for Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays
In observance of Christmas, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27. City offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 in observance of New Year’s Day. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay for the next two weeks, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about solid waste collection and the City’s holiday schedule.
 
City prepares for 2012 winter weather response
A few weeks ago on the City Hall Blog, you learned about the City’s policy for garbage and recycling collection during adverse winter weather. The weather has been quite mild recently, but City’s Transportation Department staff members are thinking ahead to prepare for what lays ahead this winter. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn about how crews prepare to respond to severe weather.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Parks and Recreation and REFLEX International are taking the wellness program to the next level with the Couch to 5K challenge. This group training and exercise program does not require any running experience. It is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. The final goal is to run the BUNNY RUN on April 7. Registration fee is required. The Couch to 5k challenge will meet at James L Dorton Park in Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 31, 2012. There is a $10.00 registration fee. This fee includes a T-Shirt.and $5.00 discount on the Bunny Run 5K registration. Stop being a couch potato and sign up today! More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/26/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!

 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord Electric System has 1,374 miles of power lines? 633 miles (or 46 percent) of those power lines are underground. To learn more about the City's award winning, reliable public power system, visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord asks residents to report illegal waste dumping
In addition to its residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City of Concord provides free curbside collection of yard waste and bulky waste for citizens. Bulky waste refers to items too large to fit inside the rollout garbage container, like tires, furniture, appliances, and scrap metal. However, many non-residents are taking advantage of the City’s residential service and turning property owners into victims. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Radio System completes 800 MHz rebanding
In compliance with federal mandates, the City of Concord is now operating its radio system channels on lower frequencies. All channels were lowered by 15 megahertz (MHz) on Monday, December 12.
 
This rebanding was mandated by the FCC in order to reduce interference between public safety radios and “ESMR” (Nextel) and other non-public safety radio channels. For more information, visit http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Rebanding.
 
Tune in to Metrolina Forum to learn about local charities
One Concord food pantry reports a 25 percent increase in the number of families needing help this year. Another Concord charity is helping seniors who must choose between medicine and nutritious food. As high unemployment lingers, many of our neighbors are facing a crisis and don't always know where their next meal will come from. On the next Metrolina Forum, TV64 sits down with leaders of local charities to learn more about the need and how all of us can help.
 
Wake up early for (or set your DVR to record) Metrolina Forum on TV64 (TWC ch. 2/150/1150) Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 a.m. The show features interviews with Ed Hosack of Cooperative Christian Ministry, Harriet Stafford of Operation Breadbasket, and Kimberly Strong from Cabarrus Meals on Wheels.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
January
1/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/19/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know the 2012 Citizens' Public Safety Academy begins February 13? The academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn about the City of Concord Police, Fire and Life Safety, and Communications departments. There is no cost to participate. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.
 
Highlights of the December 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Administered the oath of office to City Council Members David Phillips, Jim Ramseur, Hector Henry, and John Sweat.
 
Established the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. as the time for the 2012 regular City Council meetings. A work session will be held on the Tuesday preceding the regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, the location for all meetings is the second floor of the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
Elected Council Member Ella Mae Small as Mayor Pro-Tem.
 
Received a resolution of appreciation from the Town of Cornelius for Concord’s assistance during a total power outage on November 14.
 
Received a resolution of appreciation from the City of Kinston for Concord’s assistance during Hurricane Irene recovery in August.
 
Recognized the City of Concord Wastewater Resources Department for receiving the Collection System of the Year Award for large systems in the State of North Carolina.
 
Recognized the Water Resources Pipe Tapping Team members, who at the state contest qualified for the national competition in Houston, Texas in June 2012. The City Council also authorized the team to request sponsorships from local vendors and consultants for the national competition.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by Skybrook, LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution amending the April 1989 Resolution to expand the Municipal Service District (MSD) boundaries by petition.
 
Adopted an ordinance to ban smoking and use of other tobacco products on grounds of the City parks system and in buildings located within the City parks system. 
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 42, Article I, Section 11 - Weapons Prohibited on City Property. The N. C. General Assembly passed HB 650 in July, a law that allows individuals with concealed-weapon permits to carry concealed weapons in public parks. The state law allows local governments to exempt swimming pools, playgrounds and athletic fields or athletic facilities. This ordinance amendment prohibits those with concealed carry permits from carrying concealed weapons at city swimming pools, playgrounds, athletic fields or athletic facilities. Prohibitions on weapons in parks aside from those covered with carry concealed permits will remain.
 
 
Have bulky waste? Call 704-920-5555 to schedule collection
To provide better and more efficient service, the City of Concord collects bulky and electronic waste on customers' regularly scheduled garbage days. The City asks that all customers call in to schedule bulky and electronic waste collection a minimum of two business days before their regularly scheduled garbage collection.  For more information visit the City Hall Blog, or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/15/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
January
1/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/12/2012 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord City Circular is now available in a digital edition? Click here to read the new Winter 2012 issue online. The issue will be mailed residents and businesses later this month.
 
Tenth Concord 101 class completes citizens’ academy program
The Concord 101 class of 2011 was recognized on November 29 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station Nine. The twenty-six active participants in the class were the largest in the program’s history. 2011 participants were: Mollie Bangert, Mark Barnett, Robert Carpenter, Charles Copeland, Jason Furr, Leslie Furr, Barry Hannibal, Tarri Hannibal, Virginia Herron, Arabella Malone-Trahey, Norma Mosley, Griselle Negron, Bob Neilson, Jayne Neilson, Donie Parker, Brian Patterson, Vincent Plummer, Ian Shepherd, Linda Stransky, Emily Tate, Lauren Thomas, Jeanne Torello, Michael Torello, Thomas Trahey, Victor Vanover, and Becky Wilson. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Regional Airort and emergency responders plan exercise
Local emergency responders will conduct a full-scale tactical exercise at Concord Regional Airport on December 5, 2011, beginning around 1:00 p.m. This exercise is designed to validate and improve our community’s response to a crisis situation. Local responders and representatives from Concord Regional Airport have worked together to design this exercise. Emergency responders will simulate the scene and use volunteers posing as role players. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Have bulky waste? Call 704-920-5555 to schedule collection
To provide better and more efficient service, the City of Concord will collect bulky and electronic waste on customers' regularly scheduled garbage days. The City asks that all customers call in to schedule bulky and electronic waste collection a minimum of two business days before their regularly scheduled garbage collection.  For more information, please call our Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.
 
Staying safe as we deliver services in winter weather
As the season of colder temperatures and winter weather approaches, so does the risk of unsafe road conditions. We want to remind everyone of the City policy for garbage and recycling collection if we experience unsafe road conditions due to adverse weather. The City of Concord’s goal is to provide reliable and cost-effective solid waste and recycling collection for City residents throughout the year. When adverse weather occurs that may impact or interrupt these services, every reasonable effort will be made to minimize the interruption and to resume collection service as soon as road conditions will allow. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith, a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/6/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/8/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/15/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!