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Did you know?
Did you know you can check out the Winter 2019 City Circular digital edition, where you can read all the articles from the recently mailed issue on your screen of choice? Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also get ready for spring (warm weather is just a few months away!) in the Spring 2019 Leisure Times digital edition.

Christmas and New Year holiday schedule - wishing you a wonderful start to 2019
City offices will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Customers in the Monday collection area will have normal garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection the week of December 24. However, customers in the Tuesday through Friday areas will operate on a one-day delay the week of December 24. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste routes will operate on a normal schedule the week of December 31. During the weeks of December 24 and December 31, 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 additional information, please visit concordnc.gov. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

No yard waste collection week of December 24, resumes December 31
There will be no yard waste collection the week of December 24. Yard waste collection will operate on a normal schedule the week of December 31. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside (with stand, lights, and ornaments removed) with your regular yard waste.

No loose leaf collection is scheduled the week of December 24. Loose leaf collection will resume December 31 with the Thursday area's second cycle. The third and final cycle will begin in the Wednesday area on January 7 and continue through February 8. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Update on garbage collection – landfill delays
For several weeks, we have received reports from Waste Pro of major delays at the landfill, with trucks lined up for hours waiting to access the area currently being filled. Republic Services, who operates the landfill, offers the following information:

"The lynchpin cause for delays on site is weather; i.e., excessive rain far exceeding historical averages and the resulting effect on the working face is an exceedingly muddy condition that causes (i) need for slowed down (safer) processing and (ii) unavoidable struck/obstructing trucks (estimating every 4th or 5th unloading truck getting stuck and needing a tow).

Secondarily, and particular to last week’s weather effect, there was a day delay for the City of Charlotte collection operations due to winter storms on 12/9-12/11. This caused the City [of Charlotte] to generate 2.5x its normal truck traffic through the LF from 12/11-12/15 (i.e., 150 City trucks running through the LF vs. 60 in the normal course, daily)."

We anticipate continued rain and muddy conditions at the landfill may cause additional delays over the coming weeks. All customers should leave carts at the curb until they are collected. Find out more at facebook.com/concordnc.

Rider Transit collects nearly 1,800 pounds of food through Stuff the Bus
Thank you, Concord and Kannapolis! Together with Rider Transit, the Stuff the Bus food drive benefitting the Cooperative Christian Ministry Crisis Center Food Pantry brought in 1,799 pounds of food. Several Stuff the Bus event days and a month-long collection station at the Rider Transit Center were organized by Transit staff. Visit the Rider Transit Facebook Page for more information, and look for Stuff the Bus to return next year! 

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

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

January
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 Santa dropped some candy canes in Dorton Park and we need help finding all of them? Find out more about the Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt planned for December 18 in the Leisure Times or the Concord Parks and Rec Facebook Page.

Highlights of the December 13 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 2019: which will continue the pattern of meeting in City Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m., including a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Elected Council Member Sam Leder as Mayor Pro-Tem for the next year.

Presented retirement plaques to: Sam Gill, 25 years of service – Solid Waste Services; and Darell Gazeley, 28 years of service – Water Resources.

Presented the World Fuel Air Elite second place North America Diamond Location award to Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.

Presented a proclamation of December 13, 2018 as CSM Payne Day in honor of City Manager Lloyd Payne's recent retirement from the North Carolina National Guard and the National Guard's 382nd birthday.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a zoning map amendment for the southwest quadrant of the Davidson Hwy/Odell School Rd. intersection.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance designating Cabarrus Savings Bank (51-57 Union St, S) as a local historic landmark.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution amending the City Council Districts to better balance population distribution between districts.   

Awarded a bid to C & S Construction in the amount of $155,550 to construct a new home at 445 Cabarrus Avenue West.

Recognized the Brookvue Homeowners Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Performance Managed Construction Inc. for the construction of the NE Subset Sidewalk project (contingent upon approval from NCDOT) and adopted a capital project amendment.

Appointed Council Members King and McKenzie (alternate) to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and staff members Phillip Graham and LeDerick Blackburn (alternate) to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization (CRMPO).

Last weekend's winter weather still affecting solid waste collection
While most City services returned to normal earlier this week, solid waste services is still working to catch up from the snow and ice that arrived in North Carolina last weekend. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection generally ran on a one-day delay this week. Delays at the landfill have caused garbage trucks to have longer turnaround times and some areas are running an additional (second) day behind on collection. Waste Pro will work to complete all routes for this week as soon as possible and customers are asked to leave unemptied carts at the curb until collected. Yard waste collection (including loose leaf collection in the Monday area) was also delayed and crews will collect anything not picked up this week at the first of next week. If you have questions, please call 704-920-5555.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the FRIDAY (and MONDAY) area(s)
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, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 17 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Additionally, as noted above, some customers in the Monday area who did not receive service this week will have their loose leaves collected next week as well. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Customer alert: Scammers targeting City of Concord utility customers
The City of Concord is once again alerting its residents, businesses, and other customers to be vigilant against scams targeting utility customers. While utility scams are not new or unique to Concord, the tactics these criminals use frequently change and become increasingly sophisticated over time.

Common scam tactics

  • Power disconnection threats: Customers may receive threats to turn off electric service – usually in less than an hour – if a large payment is not made.
  • Immediate payment requests: Customers are asked to quickly purchase a prepaid debit card and provide the card information, which grants the scammer instant access to personal funds. Some scammers may also request a money wire.
  • Calls that appear to be from your utility: Scammers may rig caller ID to make it look like the call is from a service provider.

The latest variation is that scammers are posing as City of Concord and Duke Energy employees, claiming that you are behind on your bills. They'll tell you that you have until the end of the day to make a payment, or risk having your power shut off. In order to pay, you'll need to dial an 800-number. When you call, an automated message will play, saying that you have reached your utility provider. It's then followed by a customer service menu, similar to what you'd hear if you called the actual number. When you follow the prompts, you'll directed to a scammer who will try to convince you they legitimately have your account information and solicit payment.

The City of Concord is telling its customers that this is a scam. Never give out your credit card information over the phone, unless you are confident that you have called your utility company on your own accord using the number printed on your bill. For City of Concord utility customers, this number is 704-920-5555.

If you've fallen victim to this scam or have received a similar call, please contact your utility company (for City of Concord, 704-920-5555) and local law enforcement (for Concord Police, 704-920-5000). We also encourage you to visit concordnc.gov for more tips and information.

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

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

January
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 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 Concord's Emergency Management Coordinator has prepared as special "behind the scenes" winter weather preparation message for our community? See it now on the Public Safety Facebook Page or the Concord NC YouTube Channel.

Concord in the headlines
Help your neighbors through a tax-deductible donation

December 7 Winter Weather Update
A winter storm warning has been issued for Cabarrus County from 7pm Saturday until noon on Monday. While the forecast continues to change and snow accumulation predictions remain challenging to pin down, it is very likely that our event will start with rain or a wintry mix. Therefore City crews have not applied salt brine to roadways as it would be washed away and a waste of resources. It appears that ice accumulation is a threat for our area and crews are on call in case roads become hazardous due to ice. Initially, crews will only respond to designated Bare Pavement Routes and will not respond to calls into neighborhoods for ice conditions. Our key message now is to prepare for potential hazardous roads and power outages, remain off roads if at all possible, and monitor local weather forecasts. We will continue to post updates at concordnc.gov and on our social media accounts.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the MONDAY area
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, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 10 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County DHS offers powerful tools for caregivers
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational component of the Cabarrus County DHS Family Caregiver Support Program. During the free, six-week course, attendees learn ways to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate effectively in challenging situations and manage their emotions. Registration for the winter session will begin soon. Find out more on CabCoTV or call 704-920-1400 for more information.

Final stretch underway for Stuff the Bus
STUFF THE BUS is a partnership of Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry to feed hungry families during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the entire holiday season. Donations of non-perishable food items will stock the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Make a difference at one of our special events with a donation bus on site, or bring your donation to Rider Transit Center located at 45 Transit Court NW (former address 3600 South Ridge Ave) weekdays through December 14, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. This weekend, find our donation bus at the Sam's Club tomorrow, December 8 from 10:00 until 4:00. Visit facebook.com/ridertransit for more information.

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

December
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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 Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has staff available to help citizens understand their rights related to the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988? Individuals are protected from a variety of practices involving housing sales, rentals, advertising, and financing. Special provisions are in place for disabled persons and families with children. The department invites landlords and property managers to an informational workshop on December 11, find out more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5122.

Concord in the headlines
Concord firemen pay off Bell Game bet

Cross-section of the community completes 17th Concord 101
The Concord 101 class of 2018 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 20. This year's class set a participation record for the second year in a row, with 47 active community members who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Bill Dusch for their involvement in the program. 2018 participants were: Esmeralda Aguilera, David Anderson, Pearl Asbury, Evelyn Barbee, Ray Brickner, Meredith Buskey, Ramesh Chandanala, Brittany Craig, Clara Culnon, Sandra Cusack, John England, Joanne Evans-Hoover, Takhiya Glover, Rosa González, Coretta Grant, Karen Green, Rod Hanson, Frank Hoover, Chuck Howard, Daryl Huffman, Angela Banks-Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Chris Kallio, Prakash Kammula, Doug Kull, Sara Kull, Norman Lefebvre, Pamela Lefebvre, James Macdonald, Mylene Matthews, James McDonnell, Maria Melendez, Elizabeth Mueller, Kathy Murphy, Mei Olson, Clifford Patton, Alecia Shirley Phifer, Theresa Scott-Stills, Robert Skillman, Youndolyn Smith, Robert Stevenson, Kimberly Strong, Richard Walkup, Donald Watson, Wayne Wilson, Lynda Womble, and Mike Womble. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the TUESDAY area
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, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 3 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Stuff the Bus through December 14, special events next two weekends
STUFF THE BUS is a partnership of Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry to feed hungry families during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the entire holiday season. Donations of non-perishable food items will stock the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Make a difference at one of our special events with a donation bus on site, or bring your donation to Rider Transit Center located at 45 Transit Court NW (former address 3600 South Ridge Ave) weekdays through December 14, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. This weekend, find our donation bus at the Thunder Road Walmart on Sunday, December 2 from 10:00 until 4:00. Visit facebook.com/ridertransit for more information.

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

December
6 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Special Meeting
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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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The CityLink Newsletter is not being published this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. As a reminder, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit concordnc.gov.

However, the Concord Fire Department urges the community to use SAFE cooking practices over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and frying food has the greatest risk. Two-thirds of home cooking fires start from burning food or cooking materials. More than half of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.

Please think twice before using a turkey fryer. Consider using an outdoor cooking appliance that does not use oil or leave the frying to professional establishments. If you do fry a turkey, remember:

  • Completely thaw and dry the turkey before cooking;
  • Never use a turkey fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, porch or any structure that can catch fire;
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn off gas supply; and
  • If a fire occurs, call 911.
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Did you know?
Did you know hundreds of Concord utility customers struggle to pay their electricity bill each month? Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a partnership of the City of Concord and Cooperative Christian Ministry, is here to help. Neighbor Helping Neighbor provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways you can give: Round up your bill and donate the extra cents, donate a set amount each month, or make a one-time donation. Sign up today at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com.

City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving November 22-23
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but customers are asked to other place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 19. If you have questions or need more information, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

21st annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 17 and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at concordnc.gov.

Please be kind: remove your signs
With last week's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 17 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Information on the City's sign standards is available at concordnc.gov/signs.

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

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

December
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 there are tons of new activities available for registration at the David W. Phillips Activity Center? Coming up next: Teen Tube: Pool Noodle Playground—teams of 3 or more will build creations with pool noodles and film the results for all to see at the showcase. Find out more and register by November 12 at concordparksandrec.org.

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

Presented a Veterans Day resolution marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I.

Conducted a public hearing on priorities for
Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP) sidewalk construction projects and adopted the recommended FY19 PIP schedule funded in the Capital Improvement Plan.

Conducted a public hearing and amended Concord Development Ordinance, Article 7, to conditionally allow metal awnings in the Center City Zoning District.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 47.73 acres located 413, 375, 349, and 321 Goodman Rd, owned by SL Goodman Rd LLC, Frank & Jo Ann Scotton, and Keith Gass.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) SL Goodman Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for a 600,000 SF manufacturing speculative building located at 431 Goodman Road; and 2) Hydromer Inc to locate at 4715 Corporate Drive, Suite 200.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Development Fee Schedule to incorporate wireless fees.

Adopted a resolution to sell the vacant lot at 350 Broad Drive SW to Habitat Cabarrus for $6,000 for the construction of a new house and to fund Habitat Cabarrus in the amount of $60,000 to construct two new homes at 330 Broad Drive SW and 350 Broad Drive SW using HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for the replacement of the culvert on Havencrest Ct. NW.

Recognized Edison Square Townhome Association and Stonebridge Townhome Association into the Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to execute the North Carolina Park and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) project agreement in the amount of $350,000 and adopted a project ordinance to appropriate the funds.

Accepted the conveyance of 13.605 acres from Rocky River Project, LLC, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and in associated action authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for the construction of the trail head parking lot at Hector H. Henry II Greenway, Mills at Rocky River.

Appointed Assistant City Manager Joshua Smith to the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Board of Directors.

Concord's tree lighting and parade return November 16 and 17: next week!
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Find out more at concordnc.gov, or join the conversation and invite your friends on our Facebook event page.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the THURSDAY area
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, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 12 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County parking deck construction update
Over the next two months, workers will periodically close the lanes of Corban Avenue SW and Spring Street SW to accommodate further construction on the courthouse parking deck. Alternate routes will be marked as needed. The closures will allow crews to complete work on the building façade and curbing and landscaping around the parking deck, which sits at the corner of Corban and Spring across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

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

November
14 at 6:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

December
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 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 there have been 117 fire deaths in North Carolina this year, with the majority of those fires in homes without the presence of a working smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector? When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Find out more at ncdoi.com, or contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517 if you have additional questions.

Concord's holiday kickoff just a few weeks away on November 16 and 17

Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 90th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Stay tuned for full details in next week's CityLink Newsletter.

Loose leaf collection in Concord continues next week in the MONDAY and FRIDAY areas
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, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 5 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Election Day is November 6, early voting still available
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has resources to help you be informed: View your sample ballot, Get directions to your polling location, View election results. Early voting is still available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us TODAY at 26 Acres Brewing Company until 7:30 p.m.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally. Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process. A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography. Click here to see the November meeting schedule. Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at eparker@centralina.org if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit centralina.org.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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.

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Did you know?
Did you know tomorrow is national prescription drug take back day? Safe disposal of medication will be available on October 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at several locations in Concord and Cabarrus County. Clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose unused or expired medications. Find medication drop off locations on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. Remember, drop boxes are always available (24-hours a day) at the Concord and Kannapolis police headquarters and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.

Loose leaf collection in Concord kicks off next week in the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY areas
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 29 and February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 29 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Early voting in Cabarrus continues through November 2
Voting for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is underway at two locations in Concord. In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally.  Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process.  A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography.  Click here to see the November meeting schedule.  Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at eparker@centralina.org if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit centralina.org.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios - 223 Crowell Drive NW. Call 704-784-9535 or visit clearwaterartists.com. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment.

Gibson Village Fall Festival
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27 from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more.
Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

Dream In Color, expressive paintings by artists Andell McCoy and Erin Allen
Exhibit Dates: November 2, 2018 through Jan. 25, 2019 | Opening Reception, Artist Talk: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 6:30-8:30p.m. These artists' work reflects colors and shapes in both abstract and representational styles, using an array of palettes, seeking to provoke emotion in the viewer. The artists are long-time friends, based in Albemarle, NC; their art reflects their support of each other along their artists’ journey. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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.

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Did you know?
Did you know early voting in for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is now available at two locations in Concord? In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord Wildlife Alliance holding barbecue benefit at Cabarrus Brewing
Big sendoff for Ace & TJ Grin Kids at Concord Regional

It's a Sweet 16th party tomorrow at Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

Market Street closing for construction crane removal
The sectional 375-foot construction crane towering over downtown Concord will soon come down after crews finish concrete work on the fifth and final parking deck floor. To accommodate the removal, Market Street SW will close for two 12-hour periods overnight Monday and Tuesday. Market will close entirely between 6 p.m. Monday (Oct. 22) and 6 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and again between 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and 6 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24). Street parking along Market will be affected beginning Monday afternoon to ensure spaces are available for the crane laydown. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us at the Latin Community Festival at Barber-Scotia College, Sunday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.; Cabarrus Brewing Company, Monday, October 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; or 26 Acres Brewing Company, Friday, November 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

NCDOT wants public input on the future of transportation in N.C.
The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina. From now until November 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation in their regions. Examples include safety, better connections to key destinations, better connections to jobs, better transit, better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Links to both the survey and interactive map are available at ncdot.gov/ncmoves. NCDOT will use the feedback to help shape the vision and goals for its next long-range transportation plan, called NC Moves 2050. Find out more at ncdot.gov.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27t from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more. Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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.

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