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Concord Weekly Update for July 9, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010
Highlights of the July 8 City Council Meeting
Presented the 100 Best Fleets award to Fleet Services Department - Government Fleet Magazine recognized the City of Concord’s Fleet Services Department as the 18th best public sector fleet operation in North America at its 100 Best Fleets award announcement in Austin, Texas last week. Concord was the only NC fleet to make the top 20. For more information please visit our website.
Recognized the Christenbury Mews Neighborhood Association in the City’s Neighborhood Association Program – Christenbury Mews is now the 42nd recognized neighborhood in the City. For more information on the neighborhood program visit our website or contact Pepper Bego at or 704-920-5133
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a one year contract extension with Signature Waste Systems, Inc. - to provide corrugated cardboard dumpsters and collection services at schools, businesses, and non-profits within City limits. The City has provided corrugated cardboard recycling to commercial customers at no extra cost for several years and recently worked with public, private, and parochial schools to expand recycling opportunities.
Entered into a Municipal Agreement with NCDOT to provide for sidewalks along Poplar Tent Road and NC-73 during the I-85 improvements between exits 49-55 – City Council adopted a resolution in March 2009 to provide 40 percent of the funding for new sidewalks along Poplar Tent Road from Derita Road to just west of Woodhaven Place and along NC-73 from the Concord City Limits to Cambridge Heights Place. The Municipal Agreement estimates the total cost of the sidewalks at $392,602 and the City’s cost at $152,041. The I-85 improvements will be complete in 2015.
Renewed agreements with NCDOT for the City of Concord to operate and maintain the traffic signal system on state highway system streets in City limits -  In order to minimize travel delays and provide a higher level of service to the traveling public, the City’s Transportation Department maintains both the traffic signal components and the computerized network that coordinates timing throughout the City. Per the agreement NCDOT will continue to reimburse the City for both types of maintenance expenses. This reimbursement does not provide the total amount needed to provide this higher level of service so the City supplements these services. 
Adopted an updated resolution authorizing the lease of City property to Logan Gardens, LLC for housing purposes - The City negotiated a ground lease and related documents with the Douglas Group to enable the development of The Villas at Logan Gardens, a 44-unit senior citizen apartment complex to be built on the grounds of the former Logan High School. Plans for development of the project have been through plan review and are approved for permitting.
Some North Union Street trees to be replaced
Over the past five years, the City has engaged the services a professional arborist to conduct assessments of the trees growing in the planting strips along North Union Street. Unfortunately, there are seven trees that have not responded to any of the preservation efforts, and have reached a point where they pose a threat to cars, homes, and pedestrians. We have no choice but to cut these trees down.
Because the City is very concerned about preserving the tree canopy over North Union Street, staff is working with the Homeowners of Historic Union Street to purchase North American elm trees to replace the trees that have to be cut. Since the trees will not do well in the planting strip, the Historic Union Street neighborhood group is working on securing permission to plant these trees in the yards of the residents, at locations selected by the arborist. The City will supply the tree, and the neighborhood group will be responsible for hiring a nursery to plant and maintain these trees for one year. In addition, the City will plant white dogwood trees in the planting strip and remove a few crepe myrtles that are not doing well.
Cutting will start Tuesday July 6, and finish, weather permitting, by Wednesday July 14. Crews will grind the stumps, remove the debris, and fill in the holes with dirt. The new North American elms and dogwoods will be planted in October. If you have any questions about this process please contact David Ratchford, Buildings and Grounds Director, at 704-920-5380. For more information please visit our website.
Rider Transportation System open house meetings July 22
RIDER Transportation System will hold two public open house meetings on July 22, 2010 to receive public input and comments on the proposed system route changes associated with the opening of the new transit center at 3600 Ridge Avenue. The meetings will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Kannapolis Train Station and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the rotunda of the Cabarrus County Government Center. Exhibits and staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.
For additional information please contact the RIDER office at 704-920-7433. The maps of the proposed system route changes are posted at
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
Fall adult athletics are coming soon!  Adult softball men’s church, men’s open, co-ed, and women’s leagues are registering now. The season has ten guaranteed regular-season games and one single-elimination tournament, all being played at W.W. Flowe Field.  The softball organizational meeting will be held July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center. For more information, please call 704-920-5618 or visit our website.
There will also be men’s church, men’s open, and women’s basketball leagues. The playing season will be from late August until October, with two games per week.  The organizational meeting for adult basketball will be held on July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Recreational Center.  For more information, please call 704-920-5618 or visit our website.
McInnis Aquatic Center is now open! Swim Lessons available.
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run on July 16 - registering now.
Join us for FREE movies and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road on the fourth Friday of the summer months – June, July, and August. The free outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games, activities, and inflatable amusements will begin on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food. No alcoholic beverages permitted.  Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on!
Friday 7/23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Friday 8/27 - UP
For more information, email
Sign up for Concord 101 through August 10
Ever wonder just how many water lines supply Concord? How many dump trucks does the City have? Sign up for Concord 101! You'll enjoy learning more about your local government and the services it provides. The free class is open to citizens of Concord at least 18 years of age. The course will meet every Tuesday beginning in September and end with a graduation ceremony in December. Class will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. each week. Visit our website for more information and an application!
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit
NEXT WEEK! July 15 - Shakers
August 19 - Big Sam
September 16 - Band of Oz
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
7/22/2010 at 3:00 p.m. RIDER Open House at Kannapolis Train Station
7/22/2010 at 6:00 p.m. RIDER Open House at County Government Center
8/10/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/12/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
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Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5210 office