City briefly

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the highlights from City Manager Tom Aspell’s weekly memo. Enjoy.

Wanted: Your parking opinions

When we say “overnight parking,” how does that make you feel? Angry? Happy? A little hungry? The City of Concord’s parking committee wants to know.

“Currently, Concord allows overnight parking in the downtown and portions of the South End,” Tom wrote. “The parking committee is exploring whether overnight parking could be expanded to other areas of the community.”

You can share your ideas at any of the following forums:
– Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., West Street Ward House, 41 West St.
– Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., Dame School, 14 Canterbury Road.
– Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Beaver Meadow Golf Club House, 1 Beaver Meadow Drive.

For more information, contact parking manager Dave Florence at or 225-8600.

Library time for the wee ones

The second sessions of Lapsit and Toddler Tales began this week at the Concord Public Library, but there’s still plenty of time to get in on the action. Here’s the scoop:

Lapsits are held on Nov. 9, 16 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14 at 10 a.m. in the library’s auditorium. The program is for newborns to 2 year olds with an adult. “Together they will share stories, songs and actions rhymes led by a library staff member,” the memo said.

Toddler tales are for 2 and 3 year olds and their caregivers. You and your lil’ munchkin can partake in stories, fingerplays, songs and activities on Nov. 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 10 a.m. in the library’s auditorium.

Registration is not required for either of these programs. The library requests no groups. Got it?

For more information, visit or call 225-8670.

Sidewalk project

The Heights are about to get more walker-friendly. According to Tom’s memo, Advance Excavating and Paving has been awarded the contract for constructing portions of sidewalk on Branch Turnpike in the vicinity of Chase Street and McKenna’s Purchase and on Allard Street.

The contractor began work this week. “Weather pending, we hope to have the sidewalks constructed and base paved by Thanksgiving,” Tom wrote.

Great! Now we’ll have something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. We were going to mention how we’re glad to have our health, but who cares about that when you have sidewalks?!?

Oh, and one more thing:

“Localized traffic delays are anticipated,” Tom added.

N. State St. update

In case you were wondering or haven’t already noticed, North State Street, from Hillcrest Avenue to just north of Lake Street, is still under construction.

“Work has been substantially completed on the south-bound lane,” Tom wrote. “The contractor will now shift focus to the north-bound lane. One lane traffic conditions will persist in this area during the hours of operation, typically 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

As always, Tom added that drivers should expect delays and take alternative routes when possible.

Cassie Pappathan

Author: Cassie Pappathan

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