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The City of Concord cordially invites you to Opening Ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza
The ceremony site is located on Cabarrus Ave near the traffic roundabout. Parking is available at the Evangel Worship Center on Cabarrus Ave.
Sunday, August 30, 2009 Ceremony starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.For more information please contact  Deborah Clark
 704-920-5204
Funded by the City of Concord from a special distribution of revenues by the Concord Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

The City of Concord is conducting a 2009 Solid Waste Survey to measure how well our service is doing, what you think, and how we can better provide recycling, garbage, and other related services.
The survey is available on our website at www.concordnc.gov
Please fill it out and email it to clarkd@concordnc.gov - put it in your utility bill payment and mail it - or drop it off at City Hall, 26 Union St. South, at the receptionist’s desk.
 Thank you for your participation. If you have questions, please call 704-920-5204.

Fats Oils and Grease
The old saying “ Out of sight is out of mind “ may be good for many things but not so with GREASE.

 

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See the attached document for more information on the following City of Concord News items.

The City of Concord is conducting a 2009 Solid Waste Survey to measure how well our service is doing, what you think, and how we can better provide recycling, garbage, and other related services.

The survey is available on our website at www.concordnc.gov

Please fill it out and email it to clarkd@concordnc.gov - put it in your utility bill payment and mail it - or drop it off at City Hall, 26 Union St. South, at the receptionist’s desk.

 Thank you for your participation. If you have questions, please call 704-920-5204


Upcoming Events

City of Concord Expands Permanent Water Conservation Efforts – Adopts Permanent Schedule Restricting Days of Irrigation During this decade, the City of Concord has emerged as a leader in water conservation in the state of North Carolina.

The City of Concord Transportation Department plans to mill and pave roads throughout the City.

The City of Concord cordially invites you to Opening Ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza

The MURDOCK Study Seeking Cabarrus County Participants

 

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The City of Concord is conducting a 2009 Solid Waste Survey to measure how well our service is doing, what you think, and how we can better provide recycling, garbage, and other related services.

Please fill out the survey - mail it back to the City of Concord att: Deborah Clark, PO Box 308 Concord NC, 28026,

Email it to clarkd@concordnc.gov

Drop it at the reception desk at City Hall located at 26 Union St. South.

Thank you for your particiaption.

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 City of Concord Expands Permanent Water Conservation Efforts – Adopts Permanent Schedule Restricting Days of Irrigation

During this decade, the City of Concord has emerged as a leader in water conservation in the state of North Carolina. Concord has been out-front in working with its citizens on water conservation not only during periods of drought, but also during periods of normal rainfall. For example, Concord adopted an aggressive residential tiered rate system over eight years ago where the cost of water increases as monthly use significantly increases. This system is in place permanently in order to help protect this vital natural resource.

 To prepare for dry periods, Concord residents have made water conservation a way of life all year. Most Concord utility customers understand that irrigation is the single largest contributor to peak water use during the warmer months. Dr. Garry Grabow, assistant professor and N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist at North Carolina State University, highlights this impact stating that "Outdoor water use can range from over half of total household water use during peak use months - June, July and August - to nil during the winter months…" He also found that some jurisdictions in the Triangle region of North Carolina experienced over 50 percent of total water use used for irrigation for single-family homes with an irrigation meter during the warmer months.

 www.ncsu.edu/project/calscommblogs/news/archives/2008/02/what_do_we_use.html

 Certainly the entire Charlotte region can also speak to the impact of irrigation on system capacity and reservoir levels.

  At their August 13, 2009 meeting, the Concord City Council extended this leadership role to join a few other North Carolina municipalities in permanently restricting irrigation to specified days of the week even during normal rainfall conditions in case dry conditions surface later in the year. The change amends the water management ordinance to make permanent the current lawn irrigation schedule allowing watering only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of each week. Of course, this ordinance continues to provide for the adoption of higher level restrictions should the area experience extensive periods of low rainfall leading to drought conditions.

We would also like to remind users that Concord has three water rate tiers designed so customers pay more per 1000 gallons if they reach these higher thresholds during the month. This also promotes conservation. The first tier covers all use up to 6000 gallons per month (GPM). The second tier is for usage from 6000 GPM to 8999 GPM. The third tier covers all usage above 9000 GPM. Customers can avoid paying these higher rates by always keeping their monthly use below 6000 GPM.

While these changes promote conservation by area residents and businesses, it does not mean that vegetation has to suffer if residents and businesses follow smart water use conservation techniques.

 How can you have healthy vegetation while conserving water?

Continue to conserve water by following the ordinance regulating irrigation.

Keep grass 3-5 inches long. Grass this length requires less water and mowing.

Water for irrigation in the early morning or late evening hours when grass withers.

Make sure your irrigation system is properly set up and maintained. One big water waster is having poorly adjusted spray patterns, so pay attention to where the water is going. It is easy for the alignment of sprinklers to shift over time, or get knocked off target - check them at least once a year.

Over-watering is one of the worst water wasters, watch for runoff. This is an indication that you are water too much.

Aerate your lawn yearly. It prevents soil compaction and greatly reduces run-off from the lawn.

When you do water, water deeply. Many people water lightly and frequently. This does more harm than good because it creates a shallow root system. Water deeply and infrequently to produce a healthier and deeper root system that is better equipped to withstand heat and drought.

Prepare your soil! Add organic matter such as compost to clay soil to improve soil structure and enable plants to develop dense root systems. Amending clay soil will increase the health and drought tolerance of turf and plants.

Use efficient sprinklers. To reduce evaporation and to maximize watering efficiency, use sprinklers that throw large drops of water close to the ground as opposed to fine mists in the air. Throw out that old oscillating sprinkler and replace it with a rotary, impact, or turbine sprinkler.

 For additional information about water conservation, please call our Water Resource Department at 704-920-5337 or 704-920-5342 and the City of Concord website at www.concordnc.gov/Departments/WaterResources

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Concord cordially invites you to Opening Ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza

The ceremony site is located on Cabarrus Ave near the traffic roundabout. Parking is available at the Evangel Worship Center on Cabarrus Ave.

Sunday, August 30, 2009 Ceremony starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Deborah Clark

704-920-5204

Funded by the City of Concord from a special distribution of revenues by the Concord Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

 

  

Clean Water Frog’s Golden Rule All stormwater flows to the rivers and streams!

 

 Here’s how it works… Our city, like many others, gets its drinking water from reservoirs (lakes and rivers). Concord’s three main reservoirs are Lake Fisher, Coddle Creek/Lake Howell. Two City owned & operated water treatment plants clean up the lake & river water so that it’s safe for us to drink.

 

The water is piped to our homes and used for cleaning and drinking. The used water travels down our shower drains, sink drains and toilets through the wastewater system. Wastewater pipes lead to wastewater treatment plants, managed by the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC). WSACC treats wastewater until it meets state and federal discharge requirements and releases it back into local bodies of water.

 

 Basically we send our (cleaned) wastewater to our downstream neighbors to drink, and we drink the wastewater of our upstream neighbors.

 Where does the dumping part come in? Two ways, actually; it’s important for us to be cognizant of what we’re sending down the drains of our homes. But, it’s even more important that we are aware of what’s going into our storm drains. Unlike the wastewater system, the storm drainage system DOES NOT connect with any wastewater treatment plant. The storm drainage system skips that part. Water from our storm drains empties directly into our local bodies of water.

Clean Water Frog’s golden rule applies in this situation, too. Dump upstream of others as you would have them dump upstream of you! Make sure only rain goes down the drain.

 

 

 

8/20/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation

8/25/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment

 

 

Join us for movies and more on CD Lyons Ballfield at Les Myers Park on the fourth Friday of the summer months, June, July and August.

The outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games and activities and inflatable amusements will begin on the ballfield at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. Food and concessions will be available. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on.

FREE to family and friends.

Friday, 8/28 - Wall-E

 

The following meetings are held at the Municipal Building at 26 Union St. S.

8/18/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning

The Concord Police Department has gun locks for people who wish to have one to secure their weapons at home. Please contact Sgt. Edie Smith at 704-920-5063 for more information on how to obtain a gun lock for your weapon.

 

 

 

 The MURDOCK Study Seeking Cabarrus County Participants

 The MURDOCK Study, was created in September 2007, when Duke University received the generous $35 million gift from David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food and Castle & Cooke.The first MURDOCK Study participant was enrolled in February 2009. The study is working toward enrolling 50,000 local residents of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County, N.C.

 The MURDOCK Study will re-write the textbook of medicine by reclassifying health and disease using genomic technologies and electronic health records. It is a multi-tiered approach with horizons guiding the study’s plans and objectives. In this far-reaching study design, each component stretches toward incremental knowledge that will illuminate the next horizon of inquiry.

 Ultimately, this unprecedented research opportunity will, by applying modern-day technologies, identify genomic linkages within and across major chronic diseases and disorders that are some of today’s leading causes of illness and death. These connections will initiate disease reclassification by identifying novel patterns and characteristics that may predict risk or response to therapy and reveal underlying pathways with therapeutic potential.

 We need your help.

1,200 Cabarrus County and Kannapolis residents have enrolled in the MURDOCK Study - we hope to enroll 50,000. ENROLL NOW by calling 877-673-2508 or visit the website: https://www.murdock-study.com/

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Highlights of the August 13, 2009 Concord City Council Meeting
 
1. Approved a proposal from the Recreation Department and the Concord Rotary Club for the Rotary Club to construct a playground within McGee Park that is totally accessible to disabled children. The Concord Rotary Club proposed a community partnership to construct this playground facility for individuals with disabilities. The Rotary Club will raise the funds and construct the playground in McGee Park, while the City of Concord will provide the land and the on-going maintenance of the equipment and grounds. The equipment will supplement the existing City playground equipment located in the Park.
 
2. Adopted a Resolution and entered into a Municipal Maintenance Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the Computerized Traffic Signal System - The Council approved an agreement providing for City staff to take over the maintenance of the State traffic signals in Concord. City staff will be able to respond to issues more quickly and adjust the system locally to better accommodate traffic flow.  While the State reimbursement will not cover all the City's costs, the level of service and response should improve.
 
3. Entered into a Municipal Agreement with NCDOT to participate in the planning and construction of an extension of the George W. Liles Pkwy from Weddington Rd. (SR-1304) to Roberta Rd. (SR-1431).  This agreement provides for the City of Concord to up-front $10,767,000 in FY 2012 to allow NCDOT to begin this much needed $38,000,000 road project earlier than scheduled in the State Transportation Improvement Plan. The agreement provides for the State to pay the money back to the City, plus an inflation adjustment factor, in FY 2015.  This project will not only provide for a direct connection between Concord Parkway (US 29) and I-85, it will make the Philip Morris and other business properties in the area more accessible for job creation.  The Council approved the agreement contingent upon receiving commitments from the adjacent major property owners to donate right-of-way.

 
4. Received reports from Greenways Incorporated on the development of new pedestrian and bicycle trails.  Greenways Incorporated provided an up-date on possible trail alignments for the Rocky River Greenway, Phase One in advance of the next public meeting.  They also reported on the revisions to the trails portion of the Livable Community Blueprint and revisions to include a Master Plan for the Carolina Thread Trail in Cabarrus County.
 
5. Amended Chapter 42 of the City of Concord Code of Ordinances to limit yard sales. This amendment regulates yard sales by limiting the number held at a commercial or public site or home to three per year. Penalties will begin at $25 for the first violation. A second offense will result in a $50.00 penalty and any third or subsequent offense will result in a penalty of $250.00 per violation.
 
6. Amended Chapter 62 of the Concord City Code entitled "Water and Wastewater Utilities to limit lawn irrigation." Concord continues to be a leader among NC local governments in water conservation. During dry periods, water consumption can double due to irrigation of lawns during grass growing season. The U.S. Geological Survey has shown that outdoor water use can range from over half of total household water use during peak use months - June, July and August - to nil during the winter months.  This change amends the ordinance so outdoor irrigation is permitted three days per week during non-drought conditions, on a permanent basis. The change will not impact the current irrigation schedule of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  All other outdoor water uses are permitted at all times during non-drought conditions but conservation is strongly encouraged.  For more information see attached press release or go to www.concordnc.gov

7. Amended Chapter 62, Water and Wastewater Utilities, of the City Code to require a separate water meter for an in ground irrigation system.  A new state law requires that any new in ground irrigation system must now have a separate water meter. This change was adopted to incorporate this requirement into Concord's City Code.
 
8. Amended the City of Concord Code of Ordinances to prohibit the slaughter of any cattle, sheep, goats, domestic fowl, or swine. The City Code was amended to prohibit anyone from raising and slaughtering any of the above unless operating a recognized and licensed slaughterhouse, butcher shop, or farm. The fine for any unlawful slaughtering of animals will be $500.
 
9. Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by the East Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 5140 Rocky River Road. The Council acted to annex this property located near Rocky River Elementary School and bring it into the City limits of Concord at the request of the property owner. 
  
 
Deborah S. Clark
Public Relations Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5204 office
704-506-0273 work cell
 
 
 
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s you may be aware, statutory bans on the disposal of wooden pallets, oil filters, and plastic bottles are effective October 1 of this year.  With this ban, the General Assembly has recognized that these items are recyclable commodities and not waste, and that the recovery of these materials will contribute to the environmental and economic development goals of the state.

In addition to the recycling programs you offer to the public, we strongly encourage you to take steps to ensure that all of your government operations properly manage the banned materials.  Examples would include recycling filters generated by any fleet maintenance activities and recycling any pallets generated in the receipt of supplies or materials.

In regards to plastic bottles, we recommend initiating recycling efforts at all points of generation, which can include municipal offices, break rooms, community buildings, parks and recreation facilities, and sports fields.  Effective plastic bottle recovery is often best achieved by "twinning" recycling bins with solid waste containers to maximize participation through convenience and to minimize contamination.  We also want to remind you that North Carolina has a statutory disposal ban on aluminum cans.  We highly recommend that you initiate recycling of the cans wherever you have not done so already.

Enforcement of the disposal bans will chiefly be applied at disposal facilities such as landfills and transfer stations by the North Carolina Division of Waste Management.  It is unlikely that enforcement will take place at individual businesses or other generating facilities. However, starting a recycling program for the banned materials is the simplest and easiest way to ensure compliance.  Depending on the type of violator and the severity of the violation, the North Carolina Division of Waste Management may, at its discretion, assess a range of administrative and/or civil penalties for violation of the disposal bans.  The law does allow for accidental or occasional disposal of small amounts of banned materials. The statutory reference for the disposal ban can be found at: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/38/37984.pdf

Information on how to start a recycling program for the banned materials can be found at: http://p2pays.org/BannedMaterials/index.asp.  If you need additional assistance or have questions, please contact the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance at 919-715-6500.

Other Important Facts About the Disposal Bans

Why is it important to recycle more plastic bottles?

North Carolina and the southeastern U.S. are home to many of the nation's largest and most important plastic bottle recyclers in the world, including Shaw Industries, DAK Americas, Mohawk Carpet, Coca Cola, and WM/Recycle America.  The combined market demand for plastic bottles to make products such as carpet, new bottles, strapping, and polyester far exceeds the entire generation of these materials in North Carolina.  The collection, processing, and use of bottle plastic bottles directly creates jobs and contributes to our state's economic growth.  Recycling plastic bottles also conserves resources, saves energy, prevents pollution, reduces our dependence on landfills, and slows climate change.

Why is it important to recycle oil filters?

The steel in oil filters is in high demand by steel manufacturers to make new steel products. The residual oil in filters is also highly valued to produce fuel oil and re-refined lubricants. Recycling oil filters is inexpensive and North Carolina is home to over twenty different oil filter recycling companies. As with plastic bottles, the collection, processing, and use of oil filter materials directly creates jobs and economic opportunity in North Carolina.  Recycling filters also prevents the disposal of oil in landfills and helps promote energy independence.

Why is important to reduce wooden pallet disposal?

Wooden pallets are easily reusable and recyclable into new pallets and many different products, and can sometimes be even eliminated from use.  North Carolina is home to a robust pallet recycling industry employing over 1,000 people.  Pallet recyclers and other companies such as wood fuel users and compost producers have the capacity to consume all of the currently disposed pallet wood in the state.  As with the other banned materials, recycling pallets creates jobs, returns valuable resources to a wide range of uses, and helps conserve valuable landfill space.

For more information, contact the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance at 919-715-6500 or visit the Website at: http://p2pays.org/BannedMaterials/index.asp


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Scott Mouw
State Recycling Director
NC Division of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Assistance

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 A Career Day will be held at Fire Station #3 on Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 9:00 until 1:00 to provide citizens with information about Concord Fire and Life Safety as a career. The skills course will be open for a demonstration for those interested in taking this entry test.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to attend and apply.

For more information, contact Battalion Chief Roger Cline at 704-920-5535.

 

   The City of Concord cordially invites you to Opening Ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza

The ceremony site is located on Cabarrus Ave near the traffic roundabout. Parking is available at the Evangel Worship Center on Cabarrus Ave.

Sunday, August 30, 2009 Ceremony starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Deborah Clark 704-920-5204

Funded by the City of Concord from a special distribution of revenues by the Concord Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

   

 

Team Concord representing all the co-workers in the City of Concord held a softball tournament for one of their co-workers with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. These dedicated co-workers raiseed a total of $1,889.00 for Gary Pressley of the Electric Department! Team Concord would like to thank everyone that came out and participated in this weekends softball tournament. There are so many people that made the tournament work and we want to say thanks to each of you.

Congratulations to McGill Baptist who won the tournament this weekend. We also need to recognize Concord Fire Battalion #2 for the being the top finishing City of Concord team in the tournament.

Thanks again for the participation, the positive attitudes, and supporting Team Concord. Gary Pressley was unanimously voted as tournament MVP (Most Valuable Person).

 

                 

            

 

What is National Night Out? National Night Out, sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWN WATCH, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 26 years, This year will mark the 8th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. Fourteen of our neighborhoods hosted events in 2008. Here are some photos from this year’s event

 

       

   

  

Join us for movies and more on CD Lyons Ballfield at Les Myers Park on the fourth Friday of the summer months, June, July and August.

The outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games and activities and inflatable amusements will begin on the ballfield at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. Food and concessions will be available. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on.

FREE to family and friends.

Friday, 8/28 - Wall-E

 

The following meetings are held at the Municipal Building at 26 Union St. South

8/13/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting

8/18/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning

 8/20/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation

8/25/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment

 

 

 

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the

New Rider Transit Center

August 13, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. 3600 South Ridge Ave, Concord, NC