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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord's used vehicles and equipment are auctioned to the public online? This service enables the City to dispose of vehicles and equipment in a timely and cost-effective manner, while improving the buying experience for customers. To view current items for sale please visit govdeals.com. Fleet Services assists City departments with acquisition of and disposal of fleet vehicles and equipment, management of fuel operations, and the development of City's air quality initiatives in conjunction with regional partners.

Crews working to repair and reopen facilities impacted by flooding
Wednesday's heavy rain brought flash flood conditions to much of North Carolina, including Cabarrus County. At the peak, NCDOT reported at least 18 road closures in Cabarrus County, with many caused by damaged or undermined roadways. Several area roads remain closed until repairs are complete. For the latest information about road conditions, visit ncdot.gov. City of Concord crews worked to reopen parks and greenways today after flooding caused temporary closures. Visit concordparksandrec.org for recreation facility updates or call 704-920-5600.

Concord Police warn against celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire
The Concord Police Department reminds residents that celebratory gunfire is not the way to ring in 2016. This reckless action can cause damage to property, injure people and pets, and have the potential to be fatal. The Concord Police Department encourages all citizens and visitors to celebrate the 2016 New Year in a responsible and safe manner, and to notify the police of anyone planning to celebrate in an unsafe way. Call the police non-emergency line at 704-920-5580 to report illegal or suspicious activity. The City of Concord wishes a safe and happy New Year to all. As a reminder, City offices will be closed on Friday, January 1. Visit concordnc.gov for details on how the holiday will affect some City services.

Online service outage on concordnc.gov planned January 1 and 2
Between 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 1 and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, most online service portals offered to City of Concord customers will be unavailable while infrastructure is relocated. This includes utility and tax payments, the eCare utility account portal, and GIS mapping. Utility payments and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system will also be unavailable during this time. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Residents in Monday collection area up next for final loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 4 for crews to collect them during the final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Get fit in the New Year 2016
While you are searching for the right New Year's resolution plan, remember Concord Parks and Recreation as you determine your fitness goals. There are several new fitness sessions beginning in January: Pilates, boot camp, classical stretch, fitnastics, kettlebell, mixxedfit, total body sculpt, yoga, and more! Full listings are available in the Leisure Times or concordparksandrec.org, or call 704-920-5600.

Registration starting for youth spring baseball
Spring baseball and softball registration for boys and girls will be available throughout the month of January, for the playing season beginning in April. The fee is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-residents. Registration will be available at concordparksandrec.org, at each of the recreation centers, and on January 30 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

January

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the City has a five-year plan for large capital expenses? The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) compiles all City projects that are projected to cost more than $100,000, have a lifespan of more than five years, and are not routine maintenance. As part of the annual budget process, City Council adopts an ordinance to fund first-year projects. More information about the City’s CIP can be found at concordnc.gov.

Residents encouraged to join the 2016 Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s twelfth 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 academy will begin February 1 and end on April 11, and applications are due January 25. To learn more and apply, visit concordnc.gov.

Christmas and New Year holiday, service updates
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services over the next two weeks. City offices will be closed Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas, and New Year's Day on Friday, January 1. For residents in the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday collection areas, garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for the next two weeks. For Friday residents, collection of these items will operate on a one day delay for the next two weeks, with Friday’s items collected on Saturday. During the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 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.

The City of Concord will not collect limbs and bagged yard waste the week of December 21. All customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, December 31. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside (with stand, lights, and ornaments removed) with your regular yard waste. Visit concordnc.gov for additional information and service updates.

There is no planned loose leaf collection next week, however crews will be working in neighborhoods where needed to remain on schedule. Crews working ahead will return to each street during the scheduled loose leaf collection week. Cycle three begins with Tuesday customers on Monday, December 28. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at 
concordnc.gov.

Coleman Mill featured in headlines after inclusion on National Register of Historic Places
Earlier this year, the Concord structure built by former slave Warren C. Coleman and opened in 1901 as the United States' first African-American owned and operated textile mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the property owner applied have the mill added, the Concord Historic Preservation Commission and City Council were required to support the application, which both did unanimously. The story of Coleman and his business was recently covered in-depth on WFAE, and subsequently by the Atlanta BlackStar.

NCDOT to open new segment of George W. Liles Parkway
As construction progresses on NCDOT's George W. Liles Parkway extension project, crews are implementing a traffic shift today that will move traffic onto the new, eastern half of the project between Concord Parkway and Roberta Road. Crews have constructed the right side of the proposed highway at this location and are shifting traffic onto this new section so construction can begin on the left side of the highway, which is existing Roberta Church Road. Also as of today, the intersection of Concord Parkway and George W. Liles Parkway will be open and all ramps and spurs will be fully functional. The existing intersection of Concord Parkway and Roberta Church Road will be closed permanently, and the bridge taking George W. Liles Parkway over U.S. 29 will be opened at a later date. Learn more at ncdot.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

A jumpstart to a fitness resolution
Get a jumpstart on your fitness New Year resolution with Zumba! Tone and sculpt your body with this popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by several instructors five days a week at two of our recreation centers. The fee is only $3 per class, visit concordparksandrec.org for a schedule and more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

January

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Water Resources Department has a Pipe Tapping team that competes and wins on a state and national level? Pipe Tapping is a high-energy contest requiring teamwork, skill, and communication in order to drill into a cement-lined, ductile iron pipe, install a tap, and make a connection to a curb stop. These award winning skills are the same ones that provide excellent service to the community on a daily basis. Learn more about the team in the Council Meeting highlights.

Highlights of the December 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit
concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Formally adopted a rotation system for the annual selection of Mayor Pro-Tem (adopted at Tuesday Work Session by outgoing City Council).

Administered the Oath of Office to elected and reelected City Council Members Leder, King, Parsley, and Sweat.

Established the time and place for Council’s regular meetings and work sessions in 2016.

Elected Council Member Al Brown, Jr. to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2016

Presented a retirement plaque to Phillip Kingsland - 30 years of service, Engineering Department.

Recognized the Water Resources Pipe Tapping Team, "Smokin' Bits," who placed first in the 2015 NC-AWWA pipe tapping contest and qualified for the national competition. Team Members Anthony Allman, Jason Eudy, Ranone Good, JC Whitley, and Keith Barnes had a winning time of 1 minute 25 seconds.

Received the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015.

Conducted a public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for a three-year / 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Grant to SunCap Charlotte, LLC and FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. for a Distribution Facility and Office.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Vulcan Lands, Inc. and part of one parcel of land owned by Curtis L. Andrews Jr., Robert E. Andrews, Michael J. Andrews, Larry B. Andrews, and Sherri A. Graham, adjacent to Vulcan's existing quarry on the east side of Trail Road, northwest of Goodman Road.

Authorized City planning staff to pursue a conditional rezoning to facilitate the proposed redevelopment of City property specifically identified as being a portion of 68 Cabarrus Avenue West and being all of 74, 76, 78 Cabarrus Avenue West based on a proposal from Jim Potter, Old Towne Development Corporation and assigns.

Adopted a resolution to accept an offer to acquire a portion of City property located at 68 Cabarrus Avenue West from Karen M. Gronli in the amount of $5,736 and directed the City Clerk to advertise for an upset bid pursuant to GS 160A-269.

Received and tabled voluntary annexation petitions for a parcel of land owned by the Estate of John M. Licari, and two adjacent parcels of land owned by James and Brenda Cook (Parcel 1, Parcel 2).

Approved assignment of an economic development grant agreement from Carolina Tractor & Equipment Company to BIN - Riveroaks, LLC.

Appointed Council Members Al Brown and John Sweat to the Cabarrus-Rowan MPO Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and staff members Joe Wilson, Phillip Graham, and Lloyd Payne to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC).

Reappointed Mayor Scott Padgett to the Fireman's Relief Fund Board.

Concord Police Officers complete Crisis Intervention Training
In early December, 20 Concord Police Officers completed Crisis Intervention Training. The officers, who completed 40 hours of specialized training, now have enhanced skills for assisting persons suffering from a mental health crisis. The Police Department currently has 75 sworn personnel trained. Another class of 25 officers will begin in early 2016. Chief Gary Gacek's goal is to have every sworn officer complete Crisis Intervention Training by mid-2016.

Residents in Wednesday collection area up next for second loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 14 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Check out the newest City Circular and Leisure Times digital editions
If you have not yet, you'll be receiving the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon, which includes your 2016 recycling calendar. The Winter 2016 City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also access the Spring 2016 Leisure Times online.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

December

15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

January

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)

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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know that the City has a JOBSLine, which list current job vacancies?  You can reach this recording at (704) 920-JOBS (5627). Applications for available positions are accepted online. For those who may not have easy access to the internet, onsite computer assistance is available in the Human Resources office from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.  

Citizens complete 14th Concord 101 program
The Concord 101 class of 2015 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 24. This year's class included 29 active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Scott Padgett and Members of City Council 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. The course also included special sessions about Concord’s history, economic development, and the impact of tourism and motorsports. The free 14-week course began in August. Visit 
concordnc.gov for more information about this year's graduates.

Concord joins list of cities taking NWF's "Mayors’ Monarch Pledge”
In November, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, signifying the City of Concord and Concord Wildlife Alliance's (CWA) committing to take specific actions to help the monarch and other pollinators. This new campaign will work with mayors and local government chief executives nationwide to help save the declining monarch butterfly. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Mayor Padgett honored as “Citizen of the Year” by local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapter
At its third annual John Black Jr. and Carl J. Willie Achievement Week scholarship luncheon, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett was among honorees of hosting fraternity Omega Psi Phi, Phi Chi Chapter. Padgett was named as the 2014 Citizen of the Year for Concord, alongside Kannapolis honoree Jeanne Dixon. The program was held on November 14 at the Allen T. Small Family Life Center, Price Memorial AME Zion Church.

Residents in Thursday collection area up next for second loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 7 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the 
Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

A Jumpstart to a Fitness Resolution
Get a jumpstart on your fitness New Year resolution with Zumba! Tone and sculpt your body with this popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by several instructors five days a week at two of our recreation centers. The fee is only $3 per class, visit concordparksandrec.org for a schedule and more information.



City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

December

8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
10 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (in new City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W)
15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
17 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!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.