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This will be the last CityLink Newsletter of 2014, the next edition will arrive on January 2, 2015. Thank you for inviting us into your email each week and have a safe and happy holiday season.
 
Did you know?
Did you know the leaves and yard waste collected from City residents undergo a transformation once they leave the curb? One person's yard waste becomes another person's valuable soil amendment product...compost! Find out how you can do this in your own back yard in a special episode of Cabarrus County's Successful Gardener, featuring Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson.
 
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 Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and New Year's Day on Thursday, January 1.
 
There will be no yard waste or planned loose-leaf collection the week of December 22. During the weeks of December 22 and December 29, 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.
 
City Hall construction update
Footings and cast in place walls are complete on Concord’s new City Hall and structural steel delivery began on Thursday. The vertical structure and shape will begin to form over the next seven weeks, with additional steel deliveries planned on December 23 and 30, and January 3 and 7.
 
Steel delivery trucks will be routed from I-85 to Copperfield Boulevard, left on Branchview Drive, right on Corban Avenue SE, and right on Spring Street SW. Flagmen will be in place on Barbrick Avenue SW and Market Street SW to allow delivery trucks to turn right (against traffic) on Barbrick and then back down Market for unloading at the site. Project lane closure and traffic information: concordnc.gov. For more project information and photos, visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall.
 
Police Chief Guy Smith announces retirement
Guy Smith, Concord's Chief of Police, has announced his retirement effective March 1, 2015. A 33-year veteran of the department, Smith made the announcement at the end of the department's annual award's day ceremony on Wednesday, December 17. Chief Smith began his career with the Concord Police Department as a patrol officer in 1982, and served in numerous roles including a stint as Interim Chief before his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2001. Smith again served as Interim Chief from April through September of 2011, and was promoted to Chief on October 3, 2011. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Loose leaf collection resumes December 29
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season resumes in two weeks with the final opportunity for residents on the Monday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 29 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Period is available through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit crchc.org for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Enjoy traveling, and leave the driving to us!
Join us on Friday, January 16, as we travel to Uptown Charlotte for the Uptown Sites and Sounds tour. This trip will include a short ride to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for a live rehearsal of Don Quixote performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and an exclusive visit to the Mint Museum. For more information on this and to inquire about future trips and programs please call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
We're throwing ART PARTIES for youth and adults
Join a class designed to help you become inspired through creating art. Each student is encouraged to find and nurture their own unique style in their painting. You will create an acrylic painting on canvas in each class; taking home your own original piece of art. The instructor provides all required materials. Plan to wear clothing that can get dirty or bring an apron or smock to wear. Meets various Saturdays from January through May at Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW)—teens and tweens from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m., adults from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Registration for each session is $35 ($5 City resident discount available), PLUS $10-15 payable to instructor at each session. Visit concordparksandrec.org for class schedules and more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.
 

 

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The CityLink Newsletter published on Friday, December 12 included an error for this weeks' loose leaf collection schedule. Please note the following corrected information:
 
Tuesday loose leaf collection this week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues with the second opportunity for residents on the Tuesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 15 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
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Did you know?
Did you know that prior to constructing a driveway that will connect to a City street an approved driveway permit is required? Construction of a commercial or a second residential driveway requires a permit that can be obtained from the Engineering Department.  Visit concordnc.gov for information on driveway standards or to download the Drive Way Connection Permit Form.   
 
Highlights of the December 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Established the time and place for Council's 2015 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.
 
Elected John Sweat as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2015.
 
Presentation of a Retirement Certificate of Appreciation to Lex Patterson.
 
Presentations of retirement plaques were made to:  Ray Farrington for 21 years of service with the City of Concord, Ed Shaver for over 29 years of service with the Concord Fire Department, Deputy Chief Allen Overcash for 30 years of service with the Concord Police Department, and Code Enforcement Manager David Barnhardt for 30 years of service with the City of Concord.
 
Presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
 
Received the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2014.
 
Conducted a public hearing and consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Elzena Harvey, Linda Fink and Nancy Barrow.
 
Conducted a public hearing to consider adopting a resolution ordering the closing of a 10' alley off Market Street.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a contract with Simme, LLC for the purchase of Bus stop seating and amenities for Rider Transit.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a contract with the Houston Galveston Area Cooperative Purchasing Program for the purchase of a Pierce manufactured pumper for replacement of Engine #5.
 
Approved the Fourth Amendment to the Power Purchase and REPS (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards) Compliance Service Agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and authorizing the City Manager to sign the amendment documents.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a contract with Gopher Utility Services, Inc. to replace the Medium Voltage Motor Control Equipment at Coddle Creek Water Treatment Plant for a cost of $357,117.77 and adopted a project budget amendment.
 
Approved the sub lease of Diamond Aviation 25-2 LLC hanger to MD Aviation, Inc.
 
Authorized the submission of the 2016-2021 Concord Regional Airport Capital Improvement Plan ("CIP") to the Federal Aviation Administration for funding consideration.
 
Awarded a contract for the Burrage Rd., NE Street Segment Improvement to Carolina Siteworks, Inc. of China Grove, NC and authorized the City Manager to sign the Notice of Award.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a construction contract with J. T. Russell and Sons, Inc. for construction services relating to the CMAQ C-4918B Turn Lanes at US 601 and NC 3 contingent upon NCDOT's approval and adopt a Capital Project Ordinance amendment.
 
Approved the Compensation Plan developed by Segal Waters Consulting.
 
Appointed Viola Mason to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee.
 
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.
 
Public Safety Academy for citizens
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s elventh 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. Deadline for applications is January 27, 2015. The ten-week academy will begin February 3, 2015 and end on April 7. 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.
 
Wednesday 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 WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 15 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Firefighters join forces with Salvation Army to collect food donations
Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive to give a helping hand this holiday season. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord Fire Stations, Odell VFD, and several schools to collect non-perishable food items. Examples of needed items are: dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through December 15.
 
Concord Housing offers Diabetes Prevention classes
Learn about healthy habits that can help you reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes during this FREE information session. Classes are offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Concord Housing Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem St. Concord N.C. 28025. – Teacher (Virginia Adams). Visit concordnc.gov to find out more about this program and other classes offered by the Concord Housing Department. 
 
Jewelry Class Sponsored by Concord Housing
Have fun and learn lots about the art of jewelry making during this FREE jewelry making class on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The  class is being held at the Villa’s at Logan Garden, 210 Booker St. Concord, NC 28025- In the Community Room - Instructor: Felicia Bodie.
 
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Period is available through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit crchc.org for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
New Disc Golf baskets being installed at James L. Dorton Park.
The Disc Golf Course at James L. Dorton Park will be closed this weekend for the installation of new baskets. The course will reopen on Monday December 15th once the installation is complete.
 
Enjoy traveling, and leave the driving to us! Join us on Friday, January 16th as we travel to Uptown Charlotte during the UPTOWN SITES & SOUNDS tour. This trip will include a short ride to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for a live rehearsal of Don Quixote performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and an exclusive visit to the Mint Museum. For more information on this and to inquire about future trips and programs please give us a call at 704.920.5600 or visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
January
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.
 

 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord is working on updating the Downtown Master Plan? The last Downtown Master Plan was adopted in October 2008, so this update will develop a set of goals and strategies for downtown’s future economic development and revitalization. The Master Plan consists of three components: Parking Management, Market Analysis for Economic Development and Urban Design for Public/Private Investment. The key goal of the Downtown Master Plan is to identify public and private investment opportunities within the downtown area, so it will be a collaborative effort between the community and businesses. For more information, call Concord Planning & Neighborhood Development Department, 704-920-5152.
 

Wednesday 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 WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 8 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Thirteenth Concord 101 class completes citizens' academy program
The Concord 101 class of 2014 was recognized on December 2 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 and City Council members 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 2014.
 
Plan ahead & stay informed
The winter season is upon us and although temperatures are relatively mild today, we realize that old man winter is just around the corner. That is why Concord Emergency Manager Jim Sells is urging residents to plan ahead by updating emergency plans and stock their emergency supply kits. A new all-in-one FREE mobile tool for emergency preparedness created by the N.C. Department of Public Safety and North Carolina Emergency Management can help you plan. The app gives information on how to create an emergency plan and who to call for help when disasters strike. The free ReadyNC mobile app works for iPhone and Android phones. Download it here.
 
Firefighters join forces with Salvation Army to collect food donations
Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive to give a helping hand this holiday season. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord Fire Stations, Odell VFD, and several schools to collect non-perishable food items. Examples of needed items are: dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through December 15.
 
Concord Housing offers Diabetes Prevention classes
Learn about healthy habits that can help you reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes during this FREE information session. Classes are offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Concord Housing Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem St. Concord N.C. 28025. – Teacher (Virginia Adams). Visit concordnc.gov to find out more about this program and other classes offered by the Concord Housing Department. 
 
Jewelry Class Sponsored by Concord Housing
Have fun and learn lots about the art of jewelry making during this FREE jewelry making class on Monday, December 22,2014 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The class is being held at the Villa’s at Logan Garden, 210 Booker St. Concord, NC 28025- In the Community Room - Instructor: Felicia Bodie.
 
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Period is available through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit crchc.org for more information.
 
Watercolor Painting Class
Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting on Wednesday, December 17th from 9am until -2pm at the Academy Recreation Center. Ms. Linda Long, member of National Society of Decorative Painters will teach participants the fundamentals of painting with watercolor. Registration deadline is December 10th Fee is $25 (city resident receive $5 discount. PLUS $12 materials fee paid to instructor. To obtain a list of needed materials or for more information, contact Linda Long at 704-938-1420.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.