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Did you know?
Did you know paper gift wrap, gift bags (without foil or plastic coatings), and gift boxes are recyclable items? Find out everything you can recycle at concordnc.gov.
 
Happy New Year!
City offices will be closed Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. For residents in the Monday and Tuesday collection areas, garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule, while these items will be collected on a one-day delay next week for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday customers. All yard waste, including live Christmas Trees, should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 30. Cycle three of loose-leaf collection will also begin on December 30 for Tuesday residents. For more details on the solid waste schedule and other City service changes, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Police seek assistance in locating missing 16 year old
Concord police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 16 year-old Hunter Millikin of Concord. If you have information, please contact Sergeant Carlton at 704-920-5058 or Detective Beeker at 704-920-5037. Please click share so as many people can see this post as possible. Click here to share Hunter's picture on Facebook.
 
Residents encouraged to join the Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s tenth Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Recreational Needs Assessment Survey
The mission of the City of Concord is to partner with our community to deliver services; preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life; and plan for the future. With this in mind, the Parks and Recreation Department needs your input and assistance by completing a recreational needs assessment survey. Information gathered through this survey will be used to improve the City's recreational facility network. Please take a few minutes to respond; click here to begin. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
Register now for adult winter basketball leagues
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the adult winter basketball leagues through December 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men’s open, men’s church, and women’s divisions. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
 
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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know today the first of Rider Transit's eight new hybrid electric buses went into production at the Gillig bus facility in California? These state of the art buses will replace the originals Rider started with nearly ten years ago, and feature a sleek design, quieter operation, and increased fuel economy. The buses will be completed by mid-January and all should be delivered before the first of February. After some testing and moving of equipment (such as fare boxes and security systems) from the old buses and onto the new, the hybrid buses will begin going into service in February and March. Check out ckrider.com for more information as the delivery approaches. You can also sign up for e-alerts, or follow Rider Transit on Facebook. Be sure to visit Rider Transit Center and try the new buses once they're rolling!
 
City of Concord to observe Christmas and New Year’s Day
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services over the next two weeks. City offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and New Year's Day on Wednesday, January 1.
 
There will be no yard waste or planned loose-leaf collection the week of December 23. During the weeks of December 23 and December 30, extra recyclables may be placed in clear plastic bags beside your black cart for collection. Remember, paper gift wrap and gift bags (without foil or plastic coatings) and gift boxes are recyclable items. For more details on the solid waste collection schedule and other City service changes, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Commercial service takes off at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport began scheduled passenger service this morning with the arrival of Allegiant Air Flight 638 from Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) at 7:40 a.m. After welcoming the airport's first arriving scheduled commercial passengers with a water salute, special launch day events preceded the 11:57 a.m. departure of Allegiant Air Flight 639 to SFB. See photos and video from this morning on the Flickr photostream.
 
Concord installs new dual-purpose recycling/garbage receptacles Downtown
People visiting Downtown Concord will now have the opportunity to recycle thanks to a partnership between the City and Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and a grant funded by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS). On December 12, crews replaced 21 garbage cans with new, dual-purpose recycling/garbage receptacles in various areas throughout downtown, including sidewalks, parking lots, and the City’s public parking deck. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
City Council to accept applications for District 6 Council Member vacancy
At its December 12 meeting, the Concord City Council approved a process to fill the vacancy left by the death of Hector H. Henry, II. The City Council will accept applications for the District 6 seat until 12:00 noon on Friday, January 10, 2014. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the City Clerk’s Office, located at the City Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, South, or download it from concordnc.gov. Please visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Keep safety in mind during the holidays
Holiday decorations can add to the fun and excitement of the season but they can also increase your risk for a home fire. Follow basic safety guidelines to prevent serious electrical and fire hazards during the festivities. As you deck the halls of your home this season, be fire smart:
  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles or heat vents;
  • Do not let your tree (artificial or live) block exits;
  • Check light sets for frayed or damaged wiring before using;
  • Always turn off holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed; and
  • Connect no more than three mini light sets for decorating.
If you have a live tree, remember to add water to the tree stand daily. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Watch this video by the National Fire Protection Association demonstrating how fast a dry Christmas tree burns compared to one that is watered regularly. Don’t let disaster ruin your holiday! Learn the facts about home holiday fires in support of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign to increase disaster preparedness in your community.
 
Residents encouraged to join the Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s tenth Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Recreational Needs Assessment Survey
The mission of the City of Concord is to partner with our community to deliver services; preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life; and plan for the future. With this in mind, the Parks and Recreation Department needs your input and assistance by completing a recreational needs assessment survey. Information gathered through this survey will be used to improve the City's recreational facility network. Please take a few minutes to respond; click here to begin. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
Register now for adult winter basketball leagues
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the adult winter basketball leagues through December 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men’s open, men’s church, and women’s divisions. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
 
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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Hartsell Recreation Center accommodates full-court basketball games every Tuesday and Thursday between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.? For more information, contact Parks and Recreation staff at 704-920-5602.
 
Highlights of the December 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
The Honorable Donna H. Johnson, District Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council Members Ella Mae Small, Al Brown, Jr., and Lamar Barrier. See photos on the flickr photostream.
 
Established the time and place for Council's 2014 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.
 
Election of Lamar Barrier as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2014.
 
Presented official acknowledgement recognizing the City of Concord as a Commemorative Partner of the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration.
 
Presented a retirement plaque to Police Sergeant Barry Nix, recognizing 26 years of service.
 
Presented a retirement plaque to Master Police Officer Michael L. Drake, recognizing 28 years of service.
 
Recognized the Housing Department for receiving a national award for its newsletter, "The Challenger."
 
Recognized Public Affairs and Projects Manager Peter Franzese, 2013 LGFCU Fellow for UNC School of Government's Leading for Results program.
 
Received the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013.
 
Awarded a contract to Kannapolis Construction for repairs to the basement of the Municipal Building (26 Union Street S).
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Blythe Development Corporation for the demolition and replacement of the Burrage Rd. Bridge over Three Mile Branch. Also authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Campo & Associates, PLLC for the construction engineering inspections services for the same project.
 
Adopted a resolution endorsing a grade separated "left-over" project on Concord Mills Boulevard for inclusion on the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization (CRMPO) regional priority highway list.
 
Adopted a resolution endorsing certain pedestrian and multi-use enhancements along the Bruton Smith/Concord Mills Boulevards corridor for inclusion on the CRMPO regional priority pedestrian list.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with NEO Corporation for the asbestos abatement and demolition of the dormitories at 180 and 188 Corban Avenue SW and adopted a budget ordinance appropriating the funds.
 
Approved the selection of Talbert, Bright and Ellington as the selected Aviation Consultant for Concord Regional Airport, as required for FAA compliance, for a five year period.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with ADW Architects for design and other services for the new City Hall project.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with ACCELA, INC. for professional services upon execution of an Inter-Agency agreement with Cabarrus County.
 
Approved a proposed service change to CATS 80X service.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the FY2013-14 Adopted Fees, Rates, and Charges Schedule to establish a fee for removing items with City-established annual collection limits such as tires or carpet, once a residence has reached its annual limit.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by RiverOaks Land LLC.
 
Appointed Council Members Brown and Sweat (alternate) to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and Transportation Director Joe Wilson, Planning and Neighborhood Development Director Margaret Pearson (first alternate), and Transportation Engineer Phillip Graham (second alternate) to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization.
 
Approved a process to fill the City Council District 6 vacancy.
 
City Council to accept applications for District 6 Council Member vacancy
At its December 12 meeting, the Concord City Council approved a process to fill the vacancy left by the death of Hector H. Henry, II. The City Council will accept applications for the District 6 seat until 12:00 noon on Friday, January 10, 2014. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the City Clerk’s Office, located at the City Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, South, or download it from concordnc.gov. Please visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 16 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Don't forget, bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Deck the Halls, Don’t Burn Them
Holiday decorations can add to the fun and excitement of the season but they can also increase your risk for a home fire. Follow basic safety guidelines to prevent serious electrical and fire hazards during the festivities. As you deck the halls of your home this season, be fire smart:
  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles or heat vents;
  • Do not let your tree (artificial or live) block exits;
  • Check light sets for frayed or damaged wiring before using;
  • Always turn off holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed; and
  • Connect no more than three mini light sets for decorating.
If you have a live tree, remember to add water to the tree stand daily. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Watch this video by the National Fire Protection Association demonstrating how fast a dry Christmas tree burns compared to one that is watered regularly. Don’t let disaster ruin your holiday! Learn the facts about home holiday fires in support of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign to increase disaster preparedness in your community.
 
Residents encouraged to join the Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s tenth Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin February 4, 2014 and end on April 8. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Energy bill assistance available to area seniors and disabled
Too often, families are forced to make difficult decisions when finances aren’t available to cover basic needs, like food, shelter and heat. Through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, families can apply for one-time annual vendor payment to help pay heating expenses. For more information, visit the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services office, located at 1303 S. Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., visit cabarruscounty.us, or call 704-920-1400.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult winter basketball leagues
The Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the adult winter basketball leagues through December 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men’s open, men’s church, and women’s divisions. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
January
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting to interview qualified District 6 applicants
 
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.

 

 

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Did you know?

Did you know plastic bags are not currently acceptable in residential recycle carts?  Only clear plastic bags that contain shredded paper are OK.  Therefore, the City of Concord asks residents to not bag recyclables, and to place acceptable materials loose inside their carts.  Plastic bags can, however, be recycled at local retail locations, including many grocery stores, big box stores, and home improvement stores.  For detailed information about which items are acceptable, please see the lid of your black recycle cart or visit concordnc.gov/solidwaste.
 
Remembering Council Member Hector H. Henry, II (1938-2013)
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Council Member Hector H. Henry, II, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. Dr. Henry was serving his ninth term as a member of City Council, including two years as Mayor Pro-Tem. The longest-serving of the current elected officials, he was first elected in 1973 and served continuously with the exception of a four-year rest between 1989 and 1993. Please visit concordnc.gov to learn more about his legacy and read reflections from the Mayor and Members of City Council.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues through January 31. 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 9 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Twelfth Concord 101 class completes citizens' academy program
The Concord 101 class of 2013 was recognized on December 3 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station Nine. This year's class included twenty-three active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Ramseur for their involvement in the program. Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more about this program and the class of 2013.
 
NCDOT temporarily closes entrance ramp from N.C. 73 to I-85 South
The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the entrance ramp from N.C. 73 to I-85 South in Concord through 6:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, weather permitting. During the closure, crews will build a new ramp alignment next to the existing ramp as part of the $125.2 million I-85 widening project. Motorists should follow posted detours to access I-85 at George Liles/Kannapolis Parkway. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Saturday Yoga
Asanas (postures), breathing, stretching, and meditation to help you feel flexible and relaxed. Wear comfortable clothes. Meets Saturdays at Academy Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.; 12/7 – 1/18 (no class 12/28). Fee per six-week session is $20, $5 City resident discount available. More information and registration available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 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.