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Did you know?
Did you know it is illegal to turn right at a traffic signal with a red arrow? Find out more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. While you're on the page, check out today's post from our Emergency Management team, who reminds you on this Groundhog Day to monitor weather forecasts closely.

Whether your team wins or loses (or isn't playing) this weekend, celebrate responsibly
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, now is the time for drivers to get a game plan in place if they’ll be drinking. NCDOT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are reminding motorists to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver and always buckling up, every seat, every time.

In addition, those watching the game:

  • Should ask a sober friend for a ride home or use a ride sharing app, if no designated driver is present;
  • If hosting a party, never let friends drive if they’ve had too much to drink; and
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game.


Drivers can also download the Be Smarter Than That app before drinking to designate a sober driver, find ride sharing services, locate public transportation options, or call a cab. Find out more about this and an efficient way to report potholes to NCDOT at ncdot.gov.


2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review – public hearing scheduled
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for the February 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, who will consider if the 2030 Land Use Plan is ready for City Council adoption. Pending the outcome of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could hold a Public Hearing as soon as March 8. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

FY19 external agency funding opportunity process now open through March 2
This week, the Finance Department opened the City's annual external agency funding process until March 2. Annually, the City of Concord grants limited funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY17-18. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

HR Director Rebecca Edwards to be featured at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday
On Monday, February 12, Concord's Human Resources Director will be part of a select group of women featured as influential in the local business community. Rebecca Edwards is one of this year's mentors at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, an event sponsored by Business Journals nationwide focused on networking and strengthening communities of business women. Find out more at bizjournals.com.

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

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

Now hiring for summer 2018 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.

February
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.

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Did you know?
Did you know North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is available to qualified Cabarrus County residents who need assistance with heating bills? Last year, 1,700 qualified Cabarrus County households received a total of $456,500 in aid. For more information about this program, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Winter Weather and City services update
City services resumed normalcy today after this week's winter weather, with Rider Transit starting on time this morning, and solid waste collection beginning later in the morning once additional melting occurred. City Solid Waste crews have progressed through most of the City and will finish collecting yard waste (including this week's Loose Leaf schedule) on Saturday.

 

Waste Pro continues working to complete the Wednesday Garbage, Recycling, and Bulky waste routes today after starting their service around 11:00 a.m. Waste Pro will work as late as practical this evening; any areas of the Wednesday route that Waste Pro cannot reach today will be first on their list Saturday morning. Waste Pro anticipates completing collection for Thursday customers on Saturday, and Friday customers on Sunday.

"We certainly appreciate the efforts of our coworkers working on the front lines and behind the scenes who are keeping the community safe and continuing to deliver essential services," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "We also want to acknowledge our Solid Waste partners, Waste Pro and Republic Services, for their role in helping us provide excellent service to our customers."

Find out more at concordnc.gov.

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule. It is anticipated that public hearings on the recommended plan will be held at Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings in the coming months, but the dates have not been determined yet. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

What's Happening at ClearWater – new exhibit opens tonight!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord announces the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The show is on view in the ClearWater Gallery now through the end of February. The Opening Reception will be held TONIGHT, January 19 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Tuesday route next week
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 February 9. 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, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Be sure to attend community wide crime and safety briefing with Concord Police January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

NCDOT announces completion of Piedmont Improvement Program
Hop on the train to experience firsthand the improvements between Charlotte and Raleigh with the completion of the NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Program. This series of 40 rail projects, that included station improvements, closures of street-level crossings and new bridges, have greatly increased safety for vehicle drivers and rail passengers. Additionally, the ability to more efficiently move freight traffic will help spur new economic development and job growth. You can learn more about this program at ncdot.gov/projects/pip.

Early bird deadline coming soon: apply now for Spring into Arts 2018
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

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

February
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.

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Did you know?
Did you know the 2018 Recycling & Bulky Waste Calendar originally published in the Winter 2018 City Circular inversed the blue and green colors for the month of March only? A correct calendar, with March starting and ending in a green week, is available in the Winter 2018 City Circular digital edition and at concordnc.gov/whatsmyday. We will also republish the correct calendar in the Spring 2018 City Circular and apologize for any confusion.

Martin Luther King Day community events and City holiday schedule
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 15. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on the normal schedule next week. Click here for more information about City services over the holiday.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others? That is this year's challenge from the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which works to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Learn more at mlkday.gov.

A variety of local celebrations in honor of Martin Luther King Day are organized by the MLK Celebration Planning Committee of Concord-Cabarrus. For information on community celebrations, visit mlkccnc.org.

Highlights of the January 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Gerald Harris, 28 years of service - Fire Department; and David Little, 41 years of service – Finance Department.

Presented a Proclamation declaring February 1, 2018 as Warren C. Coleman Day in the City of Concord.

Continued a public hearing and consider adopted an ordinance designating the Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill (625 Main St. SW) as a local historic landmark.

Received a presentation of the Independent Auditor's report of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for the renovation of 946 Burrage Road for use by the Parks and Recreation Department and adopted an associated a capital project amendment ordinance.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) for the receipt of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant funds. 

 

Adopted an ordinance revising the Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) Rate & Charges structure to include a new regional transit fare and pass options to facilitate the recently approved Concord-Charlotte Express service to begin in March in conjunction of the CATS Blue Line Extension opening.

Appointed Kevin Killough as a regular member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Brian Floyd as alternate member of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Wednesday route next week
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 February 9. 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 Tuesday, January 16 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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

January
16 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

February
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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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

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Did you know?
Did you know that ordinances are laws that are adopted by each city in North Carolina, which apply only to that city? Because each city adopts its own ordinances, they can differ greatly as long as they remain consistent with North Carolina General Statues. You can access Concord’s Code of Ordinances at concordnc.gov/Government/City-Ordinances, and the Concord Development Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance) at concordnc.gov/planning.

BRRR it's cold outside! Stay safe with these tips from the Fire Department
According to a 2013-2015 study of home fires by the U.S Fire Administration, cooking (50.8 percent) and heating (10.8 percent) are the two leading causes of home fires. More than six of every ten home fires are caused by cooking or heating equipment. The Concord Fire Department has several winter safety tips available at concordnc.gov. Additionally, you are encouraged to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries and or unit if needed. If your heating or cooking appliances use fuel (like natural gas or propane), make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms in the home. If you need assistance with checking or replacing these devices, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5516.

Public Power winter energy savings tips can help you save real dollars
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Check, clean, or replace filters once a month. Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed and be sure they aren’t blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. Let the sunshine in to heat your home for free. These aren't just words of advice to share with someone who has moved out on their own for the first time. They are real, simple ways to save energy and money on your utility bill in this frigid weather! Click here for more winter energy savings tips courtesy of ElectriCities of North Carolina.

CTW checks out the newest phase of the McEachern Greenway
Have you been on the newest segment of the McEachern Greenway? Our friends at Cabarrus County Government celebrate the New Year on Concord Parks and Recreation's McEachern Greenway. The newest segment north of McGee Park creates 5.2 miles of trail in Concord's center-City. Get a tour on Cabarrus This Week, available on CabCoTV.

Loose leaf collection begins the home stretch in Thursday route next week
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 February 9. 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 Monday, January 8 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

Calling artists: apply now for Spring into Arts 2018
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.


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

Start your 2018 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Motivate Wellness Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Now hiring for summer 2018 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
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 you can use Rider Transit's trip planner to find out how to get where you want to go? Go to ckrider.com now to see how fast and easy it is to try transit!

Happy New Year! City offices will be closed January 1
City of Concord offices will be closed Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay next week, with Monday's items collected on Tuesday, and Friday's items collected on Saturday. All customers are asked to place limbs and bagged yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside with stand, lights, and ornaments removed. For additional information, please visit concordnc.gov. Go to the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page for an important message about New Year celebrations.

Friends of the Library to host program on famous NC women

North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Randell Jones is coming to Concord on January 20 to present Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina. The program is part of the Concord Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 20 at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library second floor auditorium (27 Union Street N). After the program, Mr. Jones will sell and sign copies of his regional history books including Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State. This free event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a coffee and dessert social, followed at 2:00 p.m. by the program. If you have questions, call 704-920-2000.

Cabarrus County Animal Shelter aims for accessibility in 2018
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office hopes that new approaches to community outreach at the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) will support an upward trend in animal placements. Beginning January 2, the animal shelter will offer extended hours for limited services, including public adoptions, reclaiming of lost pets, and rescue partner transfers. The animal shelter also recently began administering a Facebook page, @CabCoAnimalShelter. Visitors can browse pets in the animal shelter’s custody, learn about events and follow important messages about shelter operations. The new tools complement an improved animal shelter website, created in 2016, that allows visitors to view photos of pets as they are made available for adoption or rescue, and missing pets upon intake. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Winter 2018 City Circular and Spring 2018 Leisure Times digital editions now available
The latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times have arrived in the mail and you can also check out the Winter 2018 City Circular digital edition, 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 – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also get ready for spring (warm weather is just a few months away!) in the Leisure Times digital edition.

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

Youth baseball/softball registration starts Jan 1; clinics planned for February

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 27 at the Academy Sports located at 2211 Elder Lane.

Also available for registration in January: Softball and Baseball players age 7-15 can register for one-day clinics in February. For just $20 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Central Cabarrus High School Varsity Softball or Baseball staff.

Start your 2018 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Motivate Wellness Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Now hiring for summer 2018 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
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 Parks and Recreation offers over 100 unique programs, classes, and events are offered for all age groups? Many are priced with City-resident discounts or even free. The Spring Leisure Times magazine is on the way to homes and businesses across Concord with these opportunities; you will also find them in all recreation centers and City Hall. Learn more about Parks and Recreation at concordparksandrec.org.

Merry Christmas, Concord! Wishing you a happy holiday season and the best in 2018
City of Concord offices will be closed Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay for the next two weeks, with Monday's items collected on Tuesday, and Friday's items collected on Saturday. Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the weeks of December 25, and January 1. All customers are asked to place limbs and bagged yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, with all yard waste collected by Friday, December 29. The following week, all yard waste should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside with stand, lights, and ornaments removed.

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!


Rider Transit collects over 1,500 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 1,579 pounds of food. Two Stuff the Bus event days and a month-long collection station at the Rider Transit Center got this program off to a great start in its first year. Visit the Rider Transit Facebook Page to see the results, and look for Stuff the Bus to return next year!

Residents encouraged to join the 2018 Public Safety Academy
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 14th 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 30 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 23 at concordnc.gov.

Construction update: Cabarrus County begins construction on new parking deck
This week, Cabarrus County posted signs informing visitors to downtown Concord that Surface Parking Lot 3 (located at the corner of Barbrick Avenue and Spring Street) and Surface Parking Lot 4 (Corban Avenue and Spring Street) will close on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County’s Surface Parking Lot 2 (located next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard). The closures signal the start of the County’s project to construct a new County five-story, 628-spot parking deck on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. The deck is being built to address parking demands for courthouse activities. Additional information about the project and construction zone impacts are available at cabarruscounty.us.

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

Healthy Holidays
Kick off the holidays and the new year with better health! Our present to you is a health and wellness menu with options for everyone! Try one of our many group fitness classes: Pilates, Body Sculpt, Boot Camp in the Park, Outdoor Circuit Training, Mindful Yoga Stretch, Chair Yoga, Forever Fit, Step It Up, Mommy & Me Yoga, Stroller Fitness & Play, Turbo Kick, Dance2Fit, Fit & Fabulous, Zumba (for all levels), or Walk Away The Pounds. We also offer Personal Training. Visit our recreation centers for free use of the fitness equipment, gymnasiums, and more! Adults ages 50 and up, learn the greatest game in town, Pickleball, at Hartsell Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or at Logan Multi-Purpose Center on Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. To register, learn more, or you’re just looking for fun 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.

January
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 Engineering Department issues utility work permits to utility companies to work within the public right-of-way? If you have a problem with a private utility company in the right-of-way, you can connect the Engineering Department for assistance at 704-920-5425.

Concord's newly and reelected officials take oath of office
Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch took the oath of office on Thursday, along with reelected City Council Member Ella Mae Small and newly elected City Council Members JC McKenzie and Terry Crawford. After outgoing Mayor Padgett administered the oath to each new official at the beginning of the regularly scheduled December City Council meeting, their outgoing counterpart assisted them into their new seats for the first time. The proceedings capped off a week of transition for Concord's governing body, as former Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council Members Al Brown, Jr. and Lamar Barrier were honored at Tuesday's work session for their combined 70 years of service to the community. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Additional highlights of the December 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Don Starnes, 31 years of service – Buildings and Grounds (work session).

Renamed the section of Elm Avenue NW between Union Street and Spring Street, "Donnie Avenue NW" (work session).

Established the time and place for Council’s regular meetings and work sessions in 2018: 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 Jennifer Parsley as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year.

Presented the 2017 North Carolina Smart Fleet Champion Award to Fleet Services.

Conducted a public hearing and amended the Concord Development Ordinance Articles 7 and 8 to limit split-faced block as an exterior building material.

Conducted a public hearing and amended Concord Development Ordinance Article 12 (Signs) to allow up to two Type 3 Signs on large properties.

Continued a public hearing until January 11, 2018, to consider designating Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill (625 Main St. SW) as a local historic landmark.

Entered into a real estate broker/consulting service agreement with New Branch Real Estate Advisors, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Ken Griffin Architecture, for the design of a permanent Fire Station 10.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Houston Galveston Area Cooperative Purchasing Program for the purchase of a Mobile Command Unit.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Sealand Contractors Corporation for the construction of intersection improvements at Poplar Tent Road and Concord Parkway (US 29) contingent upon NCDOT approval.

Made the following appointments: Fireman's Relief Fund – Council Members Sam Leder and Terry Crawford; Concord Kannapolis Transit Commission – Council Members Ella Mae Small and JC McKenzie; CRMPO Transportation Advisory Committee – Council Member Jennifer Parsley, Member and Council Member Brian King, Alternate; CRMPO Technical Coordinating Committee – Interim Transportation Director Phillip Graham, Member and Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne, Alternate.

Monday route up next for second cycle of loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 18 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Rider Transit's Stuff the Bus food drive coming to Sam's Club this weekend
Help Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry make a difference by helping to STUFF THE BUS with non-perishable food items to benefit the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Donations can be made at Sam's Club located at 2421 Supercenter Drive on Sunday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or daily through December 21 at Rider Transit Center (3600 S Ridge Avenue). For more information call 704-920-RIDER (7433).

Next Concord Police community wide crime and safety briefing is January 25
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety Briefing on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Forest Hill UMC Ministry Center (251 Union Street N), starting at 6:30 p.m. During the briefing the department will present Citywide crime statistics for calendar year 2017. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Anyone attending and in need of special accommodations should contact Sergeant Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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

Adult basketball registration continues through January 2
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 2, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues (different levels of competitiveness), a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. 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
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

January
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 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 North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) made a difference in more than 1,700 Cabarrus County households last year, providing a total of $456,500 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. Visit cabarruscounty.us for information on this program, or call 704-920-1400.

New phase of McEachern Greenway now open
City officials and members of the McEachern family celebrated the newest phase of the McEachern Greenway on Saturday, December 2. "Since opening as the City's first greenway in 2004, the McEachern Greenway has significantly enhanced the quality of life in Concord," said Mayor Scott Padgett. "We haven't stopped building greenways since then because they have been so popular, whether you are walking or running, riding a bike or pushing a stroller, or have two legs or four. It is a pleasure to be with Harold's family today and remember him as we continue to add recreation opportunities for Concord's citizens." Learn more and see photos at concordnc.gov.

Signs of pride: officials unveil Purple Heart City placards at entrance signs
On Monday, City of Concord officials and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 unveiled the newest supplemental placard on “Welcome to Concord” sign assemblies. Concord joined the program upon a proclamation by Mayor Scott Padgett on behalf of the City Council on September 12, 2013. On the majority of roadway corridors entering the City Limits, there are "Welcome to Concord" sign assemblies. On six of these, Purple Heart City is now be among the City-endorsed initiatives indicated. The designation is included at four new sign locations and two existing sign locations. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Fire Station Drive SW closure planned through mid-March 2018
Beginning Monday, December 11, 2017 Fire Station Drive SW will be closed to the public through mid-March 2018 while crews rebuild a failed retaining wall adjacent to the roadway. Fire Station Drive SW is located near the intersection of Union Street South (NC 3) and Warren C Coleman Boulevard (US 601), and provides an alternate connection between the two highways. Motorists should exercise caution in the vicinity, in case some motorists attempt to enter the closed street and are not able to proceed off the highway. For more information, about this project, please contact Rick Blat in the Engineering Department at 704-920-5425 or blatr@concordnc.gov.

Oath of Office for reelected and newly elected officials on December 14 Council agenda
Following established tradition, the recently elected Mayor and City Council Members will take the oath of office at the December City Council Meeting. The City Council will also establish its meeting schedule for 2018. The City Council meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall, with a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Visit concordnc.gov for more information, and click here to see a recent Mayor training session with Mayor Padgett and Mayor-Elect Dusch, hosted by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday route up next for second cycle of loose leaf collection

Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 11 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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 message from Concord Police (originally published in 2016 but just as useful today).

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

Adult basketball registration open through January 2
Adult Basketball registration is currently open through January 2, for $375 per team. Two men's leagues (different levels of competitiveness), a women's league, and an age 40+ league are available. 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
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 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. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5122.

Class of 2017 completes 16th Concord 101
The Concord 101 class of 2017 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 21. This year's class was the largest in program history, with 37 active participants who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-tem Ella Mae Small for their involvement in the program. 2017 participants were: Terry Alexander, Margaret Andersen, Michael Anderson, Betty Auten-Sides, Janet Brown, Anthony Clark, Laura Croke, Peter Davis, Liz Hickman, Bertram Hinton, Nickie Hinton, Jeffrey Hoover, David Hunkele, J. King, Sherry Lassiter-McCullers, Michael Lyles, John Mastro, Melissa McGuire, Deanna Miles, Mudassar Ali Mohammed, Cheryl Morgan, Ashley Moye, Brenda Patrick, Frank Patterson, Deanna Hope Powers, Rita Pyndus, Arthur Ray, Linda Ray, Matilde Reeves, Pamela Reiter, Steven Reiter, Sandra Riggins, James Smith, Joshua Talbert, Lynnetta Tilford, Marc Van Brunt, and Corey Wells. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Welcome to Concord, Purple Heart City
Join City of Concord officials and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 to unveil the newest supplemental placard on “Welcome to Concord” sign assemblies. A public ceremony is planned for Monday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the North Carolina Army National Guard Armory, 1454th Transportation Company, located at 1501 Old Charlotte Road (near the Old Charlotte Road and NC Highway 49 intersection). Details on this event are available at concordnc.gov.

Don't be a victim: stay alert to scams and fraudulent phone calls
The City of Concord once again alerts customers to be vigilant against fraudulent attempts to demand payment for utility bills, taxes, or other fees while falsely claiming to be the City of Concord or other entities. Such false payment scams targeting people with phone calls have unfortunately been a problem for several years, however, the criminals behind these scams are now using a technique called “spoofing.” Many times, the scammers make the phone number appear similar to the person they are calling, in an attempt to trick them into answering the unknown number. Recently, the City of Concord has been made aware of a case where scammers are showing the City’s Customer Care number (704-920-5555) when fraudulently calling to demand payment for a utility account. 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. For more information about scams in your area, check out the BBB Scam Tracker. For more information about spoofing, visit fcc.gov.

CTW goes behind the scenes with Concord Electric Systems
Recently Cabarrus County's CTW team visited the Brown Operations Center to get a behind the scenes tour of the Concord Electric Systems Department. In case you didn't catch the show when it aired on Channel 22, you can watch it on demand thanks to CabCoTV online. Visit cabarruscounty.us to plug into this excellent overview of your hometown Public Power provider.

Everyone can make a difference with Neighbor Helping Neighbor
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.

Rider Transit Stuff the Bus food drive TOMORROW and continuing through December 21
Help Rider Transit and Cooperative Christian Ministry make a difference by helping to STUFF THE BUS with non-perishable food items to benefit the Crisis Center Food Pantry. Donations can be made at Wal-Mart located at 5825 Thunder Road on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., or daily through December 21 at Rider Transit Center (3600 S Ridge Avenue). For more information call 704-920-RIDER (7433).

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

Join us for fun youth holiday programs
Holiday-themed books, cooking, art, and craft programs are coming soon at your local Fire Station community room. Bring your 2-5 year olds to Gingerbread Pirates on December 7 and Dream Snow on December 12. For older kids, come to Holiday Sweet Treats on December 7 or Washi Tape Gift Center on December 14. Fees range from $5-$15, and pre-registration is required. Visit us on Facebook for more information, and register online or call us 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
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 23 and Friday, November 24. 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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