J. Scott Padgett
J. Scott Padgett was elected to the position of Mayor in 2001 after serving on the City Council since 1995. A longtime resident of Concord, Scott is a retired elementary school principal who received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Advanced Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Very active in the community, Scott is a member of the Concord Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and former Board of Directors member), and All Saints Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors, is an active participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a current board member of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Boys & Girls Club and Cabarrus Bank & Trust. He is a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has been honored with the Order of The Long Leaf Pine.
Prior to becoming an elected official of the City, Mayor Padgett served as a member of Concord’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He is married and has one child and three grandchildren. Mayor Padgett states, “I have always been impressed with the leadership in Concord, and it is an honor to serve the citizens. We have many challenges today, but they are no greater than those faced by our forefathers. Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”
A Message from the Mayor
Exiting things ahead
This year's cool spring stretched right into our wet June and July, and with fall around the corner I wonder if summer ever really arrived this year. In June our Water Resources department observed over eleven inches of rain at Lake Fisher. Some of that rain fell during the severe thunderstorms that passed through our area and left us with power outages, flooding, and countless tons of debris to clean up. I promised after going through two severe droughts that I would never complain about the rain. I still have not but am thinking about building an ark.
I would like to commend the City coworkers who spent much of the summer working long hours and extra days to help us recover from June's weather. In the immediate response to power outages on June 13, City of Concord Electric Systems returned power to all customers by Saturday afternoon (two days after the storm) with the support of one Carolina Tree Care contract crew and four NC Public Power mutual aid assistance crews from King's Mountain and Monroe. We thank our partners who helped us, as we have helped others many times before.
Crews from multiple City departments were deployed to continue collecting storm debris for several weeks afterward. A total of seventy City coworkers worked on debris clean-up. Crews comprised of personnel from the Water Resources (water, wastewater, and stormwater crews), Transportation, and Solid Waste Departments worked extended hours to collect over one thousand tons of debris. The outpouring of support and gratitude from the community was certainly received and appreciated, and I join the community in thanking our coworkers.
Concord's new fiscal year began July 1, and I commend the City's staff for recommending a carefully thought-out budget that did not raise taxes, and reflects the priorities established by the City Council. I appreciate the City Council's commitment to providing a high value to residents and customers, and goal-oriented approach that begins with the planning session each year.
The City's property tax rate continues to be among the lowest third of full-service North Carolina municipalities with populations greater than thirty-five thousand and the lowest of those that do not charge solid waste and/or recycling fees. This in itself shows the tremendous value City residents get for their tax dollars.
Staff continues to use technology and new ways of doing things to provide better and more efficient service to customers. One example is the use of tablets to locate bulky waste curbside. Now, residents do not have to call-in to schedule collection of these items. By locating bulky waste in advance with more efficient vehicles, the City saves money by having collection trucks go directly where needed rather than searching for items along every street.
An exciting project included in this year's budget is the design of a new City hall. This has been needed for many years as the current three older buildings create challenges for customers and staff. The new facility will be located next to Police Headquarters on Cabarrus avenue, and will be a major step forward for Concord. Be sure to read the City Manager's column for more highlights from this year's budget.
In July, the City Council named what will become the City of Concord's longest greenway project in honor of Council Member Henry. The future Hector H. Henry, II Greenway will follow the banks of the Rocky River fourteen miles through Concord. We appreciate the service of Dr. Henry and I hope you will read more about this project
It may seem far away, but I do hope you will save the date for our annual Tree Lighting and Fireworks show on Friday, November 22. Thanks again to our wonderful, local sponsors: Cabarrus Bank & Trust
. I look forward to seeing you then and hope you have a fantastic fall.