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Concord Weekly Update - September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know the City has property for sale? The Legal Department has established a process for the City to divest of extraneous property and to dispose of property acquired through tax foreclosure. Visit concordnc.gov/property4sale to see what's available.

As Irma track changes, long-term preparedness encouraged
Earlier this week, the projected path of Hurricane Irma heightened local awareness of the need to prepare for emergency situations. The City continues to monitor Irma and is ready to respond to local impacts. Although the latest forecasts now have lessened the local threat, the public is encouraged to use this as an opportunity to prepare now for future events. Whether tropical storms, winter weather, or other situations, maintaining emergency plans and supply kits for homes and businesses can have an enormous effect on the ability to recover. The best time to plan for an emergency is now, well in advance.

Over 30 staff members from all Departments assembled in the City's Emergency Operations Center this afternoon for a final briefing in advance of Irma. The City has focused preparations on staffing, equipment and supplies, fuel, and interdepartmental coordination that would be needed in the event of responding to severe weather. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and encourage the community to do the same. Being ready helps you and your family stay safe before and after a severe weather event. It also lowers the workload of fire, police, and medical first-responders, find out how at concordnc.gov and readync.org.

Cabarrus County Fair now open!
Nothing Compares, the theme of the 2017 Cabarrus County Fair, invites you to explore beyond the midway. The Fair features a butterfly encounter, which sits alongside crowd favorites like the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth, and educational exhibits. Live performances include karaoke on Sunday nights, local bands, The Firefighter Training Show, Barnyard Cackle Review, Ackmonster's Chainsaw Art, Robinson's Racing Pigs, and Rockin' A Ranch Petting Zoo. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. Find out more and buy tickets at cabarruscountyfair.com.

Honoring the lives lost on 9/11 and first responders

The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.

Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Monday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition to this remembrance of 9/11, as part of the 2017 Appropriations Act the General Assembly added a new legal holiday, First Responders Day, to occur annually on September 11. The City of Concord thanks all first-responders who work to keep our community safe.

Be your Child's Hero at Safety Palooza 2017
Safe Kids Cabarrus and the Concord Fire Department are hosting this year's Safety Palooza from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. The event will once again be at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N and features the Junior Firefighter Challenge for youth ages 6-17. The event will also feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, free CPR training, and safe disposal of expired and unused medications. Enjoy free food, inflatable amusements for kids, and community vendors! Visit safekidscabarrus.org or call 704-920-5529 for more information.

Final weeks to participate in 2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at
concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

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.

Toddler time and pre-school activities
Concord Parks and Recreation has a variety of programs and classes available for Concord's littlest citizens. From art and dancing to cooking and fitness, check out the Fall 2017 Leisure Times for all the fun things available for kiddos! Pre-registration required for most activities, 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.

September
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.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office