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Did you know?
Did you know the 2013 Citizens' Public Safety Academy begins February 4? The academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn about Concord's Police, Fire and Life Safety, Communications, and Emergency Management functions. There is no cost to participate. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.
 
City of Concord to observe New Year’s Day
City of Concord offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in observance of New Year’s Day. For residents in the Monday collection area, garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate normal schedule next week. For all other residents, collection of these items will operate on a one day delay, with Tuesday’s items collected on Wednesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the upcoming holiday schedule, and have a happy New Year!
 
What goes up must come down - police warn against celebratory gunfire
The Concord Police Department wants residents to know that celebratory gunfire is no way to ring in the New Year, and is prohibited by law. If caught, violators will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Celebratory gunfire can cause damage to homes and businesses, injure people and pets, and have the potential to be fatal. Celebrate the New Year responsibly and safely. Residents are urged to refrain from shooting any firearms into the air, and to notify the police of anyone planning to celebrate this way. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Reduce waste and get creative with your holiday gift leftovers
After the holiday gift giving is complete, you may wonder what to do with all that left over packaging! Most packaging (with a few exceptions) can be recycled with a little advanced planning. While recycling is important, reuse is even better! FOX Charlotte’s Jon Wilson visited Trashed Studio in Historic Downtown Concord this week to learn how to creatively turn holiday waste into useful items. Concord’s Environmental Educator, Mandy Smith-Thompson, was on hand as well to lend her expertise and craftiness. Check it out at foxcharlotte.com.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns January 8 – sign up now
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street. Classes will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The course is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Sessions will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday January 8, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Public Safety Academy applications now available
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Vet Connect – providing veterans with the tools for success
On Friday, February 1, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership with other entities will be hosting Vet Connect at the NC Research Campus location in Kannapolis (399 Biotechnology Lane). This FREE one-day seminar will provide hands-on resources to assist veterans in finding employment. Some the services provided will include: Translating military skills to the private sector (i.e. resume workshop, interviewing skills, etc.); instruction in military benefits to pursue further education (not just for RCCC but applicable to any school); Holland Assessments to identify career interests; starting a small business; dress for success; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the veterans in attendance. Registration is required – although this is a free event, space is limited. Please call 888-330-6445 x700 or email amy@matthewpoore.com to reserve your space by January 15.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit www.cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth baseball and softball registration
Youth baseball and softball registration will begin January 1 and continue through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. You may register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit the website or call 704-920-5600.
 
Adult winter basketball registration
Registration for Parks and Recreation adult winter basketball ($375 per team) continues until January 4, 2013. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at City recreation facilities. Ten regular season games and a post season tournament are included with registration. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Advance summer camp registration coming soon
Advance online registration for 2013 summer camp will begin in January for 2012 returning campers only. Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about summer camp, or contact Parks and Recreation with questions at 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/8/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/10/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/15/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/17/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/22/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX will return on Tuesday January 8 at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord operates public housing for eligible individuals and families? The award-winning Housing Department has the newest page on concordnc.gov, to help provide resources and information to residents and customers.
 
City of Concord to observe Christmas and New Year’s Day
In observance of Christmas, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, December 24-26. City offices will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in observance of New Year’s Day. For residents in the Monday collection area, garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate normal schedule for the next two weeks. For all other residents, collection of these items will operate on a one day delay for the next two weeks, with Tuesday’s items collected on Wednesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the upcoming holiday schedules, and have a safe and Merry Christmas.
 
Public encouraged to welcome home a wounded veteran
On Saturday, December 22, US Army Specialist Tyler Jeffries will return from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after recovering from an IED explosion in Afghanistan on October 6. Mayor Padgett will present a proclamation at the public welcome home celebration at Crosspointe Baptist Church. Tyler and his family are estimated to arrive in Concord between 3:00 and 3:45 Saturday afternoon after a 389-mile trip, escorted by members of the Virginia and North Carolina Patriot Guard Riders. Concord Police Department, Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies are working to assist the Patriot Guard Riders with the escort. More details are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns January 8 – sign up now
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street. Classes will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The course is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Sessions will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday January 8, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Public Safety Academy applications now available
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Vet Connect – providing veterans with the tools for success
On Friday, February 1, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership with other entities will be hosting Vet Connect at the NC Research Campus location in Kannapolis (399 Biotechnology Lane). This FREE one-day seminar will provide hands-on resources to assist veterans in finding employment. Some the services provided will include: Translating military skills to the private sector ( i.e. resume workshop, interviewing skills, etc.); instruction in military benefits to pursue further education ( not just for RCCC but applicable to any school); Holland Assessments to identify career interests; starting a small business; dress for success; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the veterans in attendance. Registration is required – although this is a free event, space is limited. Please call 888-330-6445 x700 or email amy@matthewpoore.com to reserve your space by January 15.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit www.cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth baseball and softball registration
Youth baseball and softball registration will begin January 1 and continue through January 31. Youth ages 3 to 15 may participate. You may register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit the website or call 704-920-5600.
 
Adult winter basketball registration
Registration for Parks and Recreation adult winter basketball ($375 per team) continues until January 4, 2013. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at City recreation facilities. Ten regular season games and a post season tournament are included with registration. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Advance summer camp registration coming soon
Advance online registration for 2013 summer camp will begin in January for 2012 returning campers only. Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about summer camp, or contact Parks and Recreation with questions at 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord holiday waste collection reminders
After the presents are open and the “required assembly” has been completed, you may wonder what to do with all that left over packaging! Most packaging (with a few exceptions) can be recycled with a little advanced planning. Here are some helpful tips and things to consider:
 
What items can be reused? Reusing gift boxes, gift bags and wrapping paper will save money. Check the City Hall Blog for more ideas on how to reuse or repurpose Christmas packaging.
 
Wrapping paper and gift bags are recyclable: Paper gift wrap, gift boxes, and gift bags are recyclable in your black recycling cart. Plastic boxes are also acceptable.
 
No foil-lined or plastic-lined paper: This type of packaging is not accepted in your black recycling cart (please consider reusing these items). Plastic bags, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil are also not accepted.
 
Paper and cardboard box recycling: Flatten small gift boxes to conserve space and place them into your recycling cart last so they lay loose on top of your other recyclables. Do not jam boxes or other recyclables into your cart so it will empty properly when collected.
 
A few flattened cardboard boxes should be placed between the cart and the closed lid. If you have more boxes, stack the remaining flattened boxes next to your recycling cart. Boxes from large items like TVs, appliances, and furniture are too large to fit into the truck hopper. Boxes longer than 3 feet should be cut down to size to fit into the truck hopper.
 
Do not place cardboard boxes into other boxes for collection; this makes it more difficult to collect. Boxes not broken down or filled with packing material and other items will be collected as trash.
 
Styrofoam is not recyclable, but it can be reused: Some local packaging/shipping stores will accept and reuse packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and air packing. Never place loose packing items out for collection to avoid them decorating your neighbors’ lawns.
 
Are your carts overflowing? Bag your excess (use clear plastic bags for extra recycling items) and place them next to your carts. You do not have to call to schedule collection of extra trash and recycling bags during the next two weeks, but remember to call 704-920-5555 two days in advance to schedule collection of construction debris, appliances, tires, and other bulky waste.
 
Christmas tree recycling: The City of Concord will collect one live Christmas tree per residence as part of weekly yard waste collection. Simply remove all lights, ornaments, skirts, and stands, and place the tree at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your weekly collection day.
 
Artificial trees are trash: Consider donating reusable artificial trees; otherwise, remember to call 704-950-5555 two days in advance to schedule your tree for bulky waste collection. Please remove all lights, ornaments, skirts, and stands.
 
Other items not recyclable: Common items mistakenly placed into recycling carts include clothing, garden hoses, car parts, ceramic dishes and drinking glasses, window glass, venetian blinds, discarded chemicals, and plastic bottles that contained motor oil or toxic materials, just to name a few. Check the Solid Waste web page at concordnc.gov/solidwaste for more information and to download a copy of the Solid Waste Resource Guide located under printable materials.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/8/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/10/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/15/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/17/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/22/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX will return on Tuesday January 8 at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know the first of round of Rider Transit improvements and enhancements is already underway? New solar powered bus stop lighting has been delivered and installation has already started. These twenty solar lights, the first in a phased series of improvements, are being installed on six of the seven Rider Transit routes. Take a look while you are out and about and see if you can spot them.
 
Highlights of the December 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Established the time and place for Council's 2013 regular meetings and workshops. The Concord City Council meets every second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. A work session is held on the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Council Room of the Municipal Building located at 26 Union Street, South.
 
Recognized the Electric Department crew that assisted with power restoration in West Virginia in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
 
Recognized Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin, recipient of the 2012 Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award.
 
Recognized the Water Resources Pipe Tapping Team. The "Smokin Bits" are winners of the 2012 (and 2011) North Carolina state pipe tapping competition. They will compete at the national competition in Denver, Colorado in June 2013.
 
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Robert Boyd, Fire and Life Safety. While vacationing at Nags Head, NC Robert witnessed an accident involving a 14 year old boy that resulted in a serious neck injury. He acted quickly to assess the situation and realized the importance of protecting the cervical spine of the injured boy. Robert stabilized the cervical spine and kept the parents calm while more advance emergency care responded. A physician later credited Robert for preventing a permanently disabling injury or perhaps even death. The boy was confined to a "halo" stabilizer for three months, but is expected to make a full recovery.
 
Received the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to amend the Concord Development Ordinance Section 8.3.5.L., Electronic Gaming standards. 
 
Approved the submission of a grant application(s) to private foundations for the improvements to Clearwater Artist Studios parking lots on Crowell Drive NW.
 
Approved a contract and authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Cabarrus Habitat for Humanity to sell City-owned property located at 323 Broad Street for the purpose of constructing a single family home.
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute block grant documents between the City of Concord and the North Carolina Department of Transportation - Division of Aviation.  
 
Made appointments to various boards and commissions: Lee Gray and Chris Cooper - Historic Preservation Commission; Wesley Sherrill – Stormwater Management Advisory Committee
 
City of Concord survey - we value your feedback
The City of Concord needs your help so we can serve you better. The City is extending the response deadline for its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences, and 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. You can complete the survey online on the City’s website—concordnc.gov. The new survey deadline is Friday, December 21.
 
NCDOT plans ramp closures as I-85 widening project continues
Beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight (December 14), NCDOT and contractor Lane Construction will shift I-85 traffic to new northbound lanes from Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52). To prepare for the shift, the contractor will repaint pavement and lane markings, reset the barrier wall, and install signs advising motorists of the new traffic pattern. In addition, the exit ramp from I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road will be closed during the shift to ensure a safe transition to the new lanes. Motorists should continue north on I-85 to George Liles Parkway (Exit 54), turn left to go over I-85, then turn left again to the I-85 South on ramp. The ramp will reopen by 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 17. Learn more at ncdot.gov.
 
On Monday, December 17, NCDOT will close the entrance ramp from Bruton Smith Boulevard to I-85 North in Concord at 10:00 p.m., weather permitting. During the ramp closure, contractor Lane Construction will install a pipe under the roadway. Traffic will be detoured from Bruton Smith Boulevard to I-85 South to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46) back to I-85 North. The ramp will reopen by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 18.
 
Metrolina Forum to highlight local charities
Last month, one of the main food pantries in Concord received more requests for assistance than at any time in their 31 year history! This Sunday, TV64’s Metrolina Forum explores why needs continue to increase even as the economy improves. Learn about four important Cabarrus County charities and how you can help. Wake up early for (or set your DVR to record) Metrolina Forum on TV64 (TWC ch. 2/150/1150) Sunday, December 16 at 5:30 a.m. This program will be rebroadcast on Cabarrus County’s Channel 22.
 
Conversational Spanish course returns January 8 – sign up now
The City of Concord Housing Department will once again host an eight week Conversational Spanish course at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center on 265 Salem Street. Classes will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The course is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Sessions will be held for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday January 8, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration is $25. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Public Safety Academy applications now available
Applications are now available for the ninth City of Concord Citizen Public Safety Academy. Participants will learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2013 and end on April 15. Consecutive classes will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a break on April 1 for Easter. Class size is limited to 20; applications are available for download at concordnc.gov and due January 28. You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email: griffinl@concordnc.gov; mail: P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax: 704-788-9313).
 
Vet Connect – providing veterans with the tools for success
On Friday, February 1, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership with other entities will be hosting Vet Connect at the NC Research Campus location in Kannapolis (399 Biotechnology Lane). This FREE one-day seminar will provide hands-on resources to assist veterans in finding employment. Some the services provided will include: Translating military skills to the private sector ( i.e. resume workshop, interviewing skills, etc.); instruction in military benefits to pursue further education ( not just for RCCC but applicable to any school); Holland Assessments to identify career interests; starting a small business; dress for success; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the veterans in attendance. Registration is required – although this is a free event, space is limited. Please call 888-330-6445 x700 or email amy@matthewpoore.com to reserve your space by January 15.
 
Concord Residents invited to join ACS Cancer Prevention Study
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollments are being held at various locations in and around the Greater Charlotte area from March 12-16, 2013. Individuals may participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit www.cps3GreaterCharlotte.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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.
 
Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 17 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball registration
Registration for Parks and Recreation adult winter basketball ($375 per team) continues until January 4, 2013. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at City recreation facilities. Ten regular season games and a post season tournament are included with registration. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Advance summer camp registration coming soon
Advance online registration for 2013 summer camp will begin in January for 2012 returning campers only. Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about summer camp, or contact Parks and Recreation with questions at 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
January
1/8/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/10/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know you can register for many Parks and Recreation activities online at concordparksandrec.org? Registration is available any time of the day or night for: program sessions and classes, day trips and tours, adult and youth athletics, road races, summer camps, picnic shelters, and more!
 
City of Concord survey - we value your feedback
The City of Concord needs your help so we can serve you better. The City is extending the response deadline for its biennial citizen survey. We are interested in your opinions and experiences, and 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. You can complete the survey online on the City’s website—concordnc.gov. The new survey deadline is Friday, December 21.
 
How to reduce waste and impress your friends this holiday season
Have you ever considered how much money you spend on gift wrap? Consider saving money, reducing waste, and impress family and friends with uniquely-wrapped presents this year by making your own gift wrap! Visit the City Hall Blog to learn about this and helpful holiday tips.
 
Utility work planned along Franklin Avenue NW
Utility work will close one lane along Franklin Avenue NW next week. The two-phase project will result in new water and sewer lines to serve properties in the area. Phase one of the project is scheduled to begin the week of December 10, and last six weeks. During this time one lane of Franklin Avenue NW will be closed as crews replace the water line between Crowell Drive NW and Spring Street NW. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through February 1. 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.
 
Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 10 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2012-13 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult winter basketball registration
Registration for Parks and Recreation adult winter basketball ($375 per team) continues until December 31, 2012. The Men’s Open division plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Church and Women’s divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at City recreation facilities. Ten regular season games and a post season tournament are included with registration. For more information and a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Advance summer camp registration coming soon
Advance online registration for 2013 summer camp will begin in January for 2012 returning campers only. Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about summer camp, or contact Parks and Recreation with questions at 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
12/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12/13/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
12/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
12/20/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.