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Did you know?
Did you know the City is at the mid-point of its fiscal year at the same time we're getting ready for New Year's Eve? Departments are already preparing for the upcoming budget cycle by submitting mid-year performance measure updates and developing presentations for the City Council annual planning session in late January. The planning session will establish FY18 budget goals and priorities, to inform the City Manager's recommend balanced budget due by the end of May. A balanced budget must be adopted by City Council prior to the July 1, 2017 start of FY18. Learn more at concordnc.gov/budget.

Happy New Year! Holiday information, service updates
City offices will be closed Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the week of January 2, please visit concordnc.gov for details. 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.

Concord in the Headlines
Franklin named Hometown Hero – Independent Tribune. Concord Assistant Fire Marshal Norman Franklin was honored by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association after being nominated as a "Hometown Hero" by Cyndie Mynatt of the Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships. Franklin has served the community for many years, leading many efforts including free car seat checks at Fire Station 3 every Monday (except holidays) from 10:00-2:00. Learn more about fire and life safety education at concordnc.gov.

Residents encouraged to join the 2017 Public Safety Academy
Spaces are still available for the City of Concord’s 13th 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 January 31 and end on April 4, and applications are due January 24. To learn more and apply, visit concordnc.gov.

January education workshops planned for 2016 sign standards update
In November, Concord City Council adopted an ordinance that entirely repealed and replaced Article 12 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO), which regulates all signage within the City limits. Beyond the need for a general update, Concord and other municipalities in the United States are revising sign standards in response to a 2015 US Supreme Court decision that greatly expands the definition of content neutrality in the enforcement of sign standards. City Council adopted the updated standards effective immediately (November 10, 2016) to allow businesses to take advantage of quality incentives, but provided a 120-day grace period to educate customers. Two identical workshops are currently planned for January to allow business, citizens, and other interested customers learn about the many benefits to the community, the permitting process, compliance methods, and more. The workshop dates are Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the 2016 sign standards update or to register for these workshops, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5152.

Final loose leaf collection of the season coming up for Thursday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf season is in the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Calling all regional and budding artists to apply  for Spring into Arts
The Spring into Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with artists spanning a wide variety of mediums, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31, 2017 with a discounted $85 fee available. After January 31 the application fee is $110. A jury selects artists for the festival based on their applications. Any artist who is not selected receives a full refund of their application fee.

The children’s stage will present a mix of professional entertainment and young performers participating in the Spring ALIVE! Youth Talent Showcase. Showcase performers between five and eighteen years of age are invited to apply for an opportunity to present a short performance on the day of the festival. Applications along with a $10 nonrefundable fee and a link to a performance video are due by March 15, 2017. Those selected to perform will be notified by April 11, 2017.

All applications are available online at concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

New FREE toddler classes now available
Check out the concordparksandrec.org classes page, where you will find something for everyone now through May. Our newest addition to the programs lineup are Toddling Towards Art and Giggles and Wiggles, geared for 18 month through 4 year-old children (with accompanying adult). Each program meets every-other-week February through May at the Academy Recreation Center. These are FREE opportunities, and registration is required. Click here to register or call 704-920-5600.

Now hiring for summer 2017 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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 stormwater fee collected on your monthly utility bill helps the City of Concord maintain and install hundreds of miles of infrastructure along public street rights-of-way that protect concord from flooding? This and many other proactive measures are funded through the monthly stormwater fee. Visit concordnc.gov to find out where the money goes, and click here to see recent and upcoming stormwater capital improvement projects.

Concord coworkers team up to save the life of 16 year old Tyler Brock
On December 17, 16 year-old Tyler Brock collapsed in cardiac arrest during a Concord Parks and Rec youth basketball league game. Thanks to the quick actions of Concord Police Officer Corey Hynson and Parks and Rec supervisor Rodney Smith (Tyler's basketball coach), along with first responders from the Concord Fire Department and Cabarrus County EMS, he later woke up recovering in the hospital. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page for more on Tyler's story and his reunion with Hynson and Smith.

Next quarterly crime and safety meetings scheduled for January 17 and 19
Concord Police are continuing efforts to engage the community with the fourth quarter 2016 crime and safety meetings scheduled for January. The meetings are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19, 2017. The East Patrol Bureau will be the focus of the January 17 meeting at Concord Police Headquarters (41 Cabarrus Avenue West, parking in Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck.). On January 19, the discussion will be dedicated to the West Patrol Bureau and held at the Fire Station 9 Community Room (1020 Ivey Cline Road). Come hear a 2016 year in review from Police executive and command staff, as well as about important community partnerships with Cabarrus Health Alliance and Project SAFE Cabarrus. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Christmas and New Year holiday information, service updates
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services through January 6. City offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule during this time. During the weeks of December 26 and January 2, 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.

Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the weeks of December 26 and January 2,
please visit concordnc.gov for details. 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.

Loose leaf collection begins the home stretch in Friday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Last chance for NCDOT’s second annual customer survey
The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department's second annual customer survey at go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The online survey will close December 31, visit ncdot.gov in 2017.

Group Show, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ at ClearWater Artist Studios in January
ClearWater Artist Studios has planned a special guest artist exhibition in the Main Gallery: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view January 7 through February 3. The opening reception on Friday January 13, 6-8:30 p.m., will feature all four artists, refreshments, music, discussion, and an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7:00. Additional Artist Demonstrations and more will follow on Saturday January 14, during the monthly Second Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater, (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Click here to learn more, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Just a few weeks left for Adult basketball registration
Adult Basketball registration is open through January 3, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues, a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. The two men's leagues we offer are men's gold and men's blue with the gold league being the most competitive. Sunday afternoon games will start the second week of January. To register or find out more, visit
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

December
27 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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 Concord Police have offered tips to keep your holidays safe from the "Grinch" at home, and while shopping in stores or online? The Concord Police Department invites the community to be proactive in reducing opportunities for theft and fraud while shopping. Click here to read a special message from Concord Police.

Christmas and New Year holiday information, service updates
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services over the next three weeks. City offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for the next three weeks. During the weeks of December 26 and January 2, 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.

Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the weeks of December 19, December 26, and January 2,
please visit concordnc.gov for details. 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.

Check out the newest City Circular and Leisure Times digital editions
Most of you have already received the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail, which includes your 2017 recycling and bulky waste calendar. The Winter 2017 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 2017 Leisure Times online (learn more in Parks and Rec Highlights below).

Public invited to informational workshop about coyotes on December 19
Increasingly, residents of urban and suburban areas are having firsthand experience with coyotes – seeing them in their yards, parks and neighborhoods. Coyotes now inhabit every state in the country except Hawaii. Like other wildlife, they are adapting to the urban-suburban environment and are opportunistic in finding food and resources available in these places. The City of Concord is hosting a discussion on December 19 at the Fire Station 9 Community Room (1020 Ivey Cline Road) that will help attendees learn how these animals arrived in our area, why they have been so successful, and how to avoid negative interactions. A professional wildlife biologist from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will share factual information on coyote behavior, wildlife laws, and best practices for coexisting and wildlife management. To register for this important workshop, email jzarc@concordnc.gov. To learn more about coyotes, visit ncwildlife.org.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Monday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 19 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

How is NCDOT doing? Let it know in second annual customer survey
The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department's second annual customer survey at go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The online survey will close December 31, visit ncdot.gov in 2017.

Final call: take Cabarrus County website redesign survey by December 22
To create a better customer experience, Cabarrus County wants to know how it can meet your online needs. Residents can make comments through a community survey until December 22 at bit.ly/cabcoweb16. The Board of Commissioners approved the cabarruscounty.us website redesign as part of the County's FY17 budget. Visit cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Group Show, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ at ClearWater Artist Studios in January
ClearWater Artist Studios has planned a special guest artist exhibition in the Main Gallery: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view January 7 through February 3. The opening reception on Friday January 13, 6-8:30 p.m., will feature all four artists, refreshments, music, discussion, and an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7:00. Additional Artist Demonstrations and more will follow on Saturday January 14, during the monthly Second Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater, (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Click here to learn more, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Fitnastics
This low impact class incorporates resistance training with strength exercises using bands and weights. Equipment is provided by the instructor. A new six week session begins Tuesday, December 20. The one hour class meets at 9:00 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursdays at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. Each session (12 classes) costs just $30 for City residents; $35 for non-residents. Click here to register and find out more at or call 704-920-5600.

Now registering new winter and spring programs
With the official start of winter just around the corner, you might already be wanting to think of spring. Our new programs are now open for registration through the warmer spring months. Find the latest programs in the Spring 2017 Leisure Times or at
concordparksandrec.org. You may also request more information or register over the phone at 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

December
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 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!

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 one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems? Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires. To learn more, watch the U.S. Fire Administration's helpful video or visit fema.gov.

Highlights of the December 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Established the time and place for Council’s regular meetings and work sessions in 2017, and elected Council Member Ella Mae Small Mayor Pro-Tem for 2017.

Presented a Proclamation to the state champion Cox Mill High School Women's Volleyball Team (additional recognition at Concord Christmas Parade).

Presented a retirement plaque to Mark Brown, 11 years of service, Fire Department.

Recognized City Coworkers who volunteered to help others in need in response to mutual aid requests: Electric Systems crews to Hurricane Matthew recovery in October, Firefighters to Party Rock wildfire in November.

Recognition of the Water Resources "Smokin' Bits" Pipe Tapping Team, who placed first in the 30th annual state competition in November. This is the second first place finish in a row and the fourth victory in the last six years.

Received the Independent Auditor's report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016.

Received a presentation from Water Resources staff about the Stormwater Master Plan.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 7, Base Zoning Districts-Table 7.6.2.A, as it relates to height requirements in the Center City (CC) district.

Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for the Zemosa Acres Culvert Replacement and a contract amendment for construction administration services to HDR Engineering, Inc of the Carolinas.

Awarded the bid for the Killarney Ave., NE Street Segment Improvement to Carolina Siteworks, Inc.

Tabled consideration of a Municipal Ordinance until January 2017, for declaring NO PARKING ANY TIME along one side of Village Dr., NW from Yorke St., NW to Yorke St., NW and one side of Yorke St., NW from Kesler Ave., NW to Village Dr., NW per Chapter 58 Section 303 of the City Code.

Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances Chapter 30 Environment, Sections 30-204 (14) Noises Prohibited and 30-205 Exemptions.

Approved taking ownership of the 2.3-mile trail in the Mills at Rocky River upon construction to be part of the Hector H. Henry II Greenway. 

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

Concord Police: Don't let thieves steal your holiday
While the Grinch may be a fictional character, thieves are not. There are some among us that seek to take advantage of our good will, dampening otherwise cheerful spirits. Concord Police have offered tips to keep your holidays safe from the "Grinch" at home, and while shopping in stores or online. "Too many people have the potential to be victims of theft," said Chief Gary Gacek. "The Concord Police Department invites the community to be proactive in reducing opportunities for these crimes." Click here to read this special message from Concord Police.

Concord Fire Marshal lifts burning ban, emphasizes caution
On Monday, City of Concord joined Cabarrus County in lifting a burning ban that previously prohibited burning within 100 feet of a structure. In addition, the State of North Carolina lifted its open burning ban in Cabarrus and 31 other counties effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 2. The Concord Fire Marshal's office has a permit process available to approve certain types of burning within City limits. Any previously issued burning permits were invalidated on November 16 and the Fire Department ceased issuing new permits. With the burning ban lifted, residents wishing to burn certain specified materials are now able to reapply for a new permit.

Even though we have received rainfall over the last weeks, Concord remains in a moderate drought. Citizens are urged to still take additional precautions to ensure permitted cooking fires, recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces are attended at all times and a means of extinguishment is provided on the property in which the burning is occurring. For additional details, visit concordnc.gov or call Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517.

Generosity abounds on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page
This week, the City's public safety departments have been on both ends of very generous actions. Check out the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page to learn how Concord Firefighters worked to help children of active duty military personnel this Christmas when they are visited by "Gunny Claus." You can also find out about Concord Police K-9 officers Rico and Bendix, received custom-fitted protective vests to replace their older vests thanks to a generous private fundraising effort. Visit facebook.com/ConcordNCPublicSafety for this, safety tips, and more.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Tuesday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 12 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT launches second annual customer survey
The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department's second annual customer survey at go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The online survey will close December 31, visit ncdot.gov in 2017.

Cabarrus County opens website redesign survey to the public through December 22
To create a better customer experience, Cabarrus County wants to know how it can meet your online needs. Residents can make comments through a community survey until December 22 at bit.ly/cabcoweb16. The Board of Commissioners approved the cabarruscounty.us website redesign as part of the County's FY17 budget. Visit cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

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

Adult basketball registration now open
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 3, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues, a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. The two men's leagues we offer are men's gold and men's blue with the gold league being the most competitive. Sunday afternoon games will start the second week of January. To register or find out more, visit
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Youth baseball/softball registration coming soon; softball clinic planned for February 4
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 28 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

Also
available for registration in January: Softball players age 7-15 can register for the Softball Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 4 from 12pm to 4pm at W.W. Flowe Park. For just $20 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Central Cabarrus High School Varsity Softball staff.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

December
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 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!

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 2017 Citizen Public Safety Academy begins January 31? 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 and apply by January 24.

Citizens complete 15th Concord 101 program
The Concord 101 class of 2016 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 22. This year's class included 26 active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-Tem Al Brown, Jr. 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 next class will begin in fall of 2017, with applications available in May. Learn more about Concord 101 at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Wednesday route
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 5 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Drought conditions, fire risk remain at a level needing community action
The community is encouraged to continue responding to drought conditions through voluntary water conservation (http://bit.ly/savethedrops). This week's rain is not enough to solve the drought problem and associated fire risk (visit ncdrought.org to see how drought conditions are worsening); the community's attention is still needed to protect life and property. Bans remain in place for all open burning, even when a permit is not required (with the exception of cooking fires such as grills or outdoor cookers). For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus Human Services offers energy bill assistance for seniors and disabled
North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) made a difference in more than 1,750 Cabarrus County households last year, providing a total of $474,900 in aid to qualified residents. The program, administered locally by Cabarrus County Human Services, is once again taking applications for one-time annual vendor payment to help with heating bills. For the month of December, the program targets households with a member age 60 or older and households in which one member is determined disabled by the Social Security or Veterans Administration and is receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. The program opens to all other households between January 1 and March 31, 2017. For more information visit cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-1400.

Community warned against criminals attempting to scam local residents and businesses
This week, Cabarrus County officials warned residents about a scammer calling households reportedly claiming to represent the Cabarrus County Senior Centers and asking the seniors to put money into accounts at the Senior Center. The caller is not a representative of the Senior Centers or Cabarrus County. Representatives from the Senior Center will never call and ask for personal banking information over the phone. Residents contacted as part of the Senior Center scam should call the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3000. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Unfortunately, the City receives calls from customers where were similarly contacted by scam artists on a regular basis. Scammers fraudulently threaten to have utilities cut off unless immediate payment is received. This sort of scam is not new or limited to any certain type of utility. The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information is a scam.
If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill and notify Concord Police at 704-920-5000.

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

Adult basketball registration now open
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 3, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues, a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. The two men's leagues we offer are men's gold and men's blue with the gold league being the most competitive. Sunday afternoon games will start the second week of January. To register or find out more, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Youth baseball/softball registration coming soon; softball clinic planned for February 4
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 28 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

Also available for registration in January: Softball players age 7-15 can register for the Softball Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 4 from 12pm to 4pm at W.W. Flowe Park. For just $20 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Central Cabarrus High School Varsity Softball staff.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

December
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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.