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Concord Weekly Update - September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know that the Housing Department hosts programs designed to help promote more self-sufficiency and economic homeownership opportunities for local residents?  The Department will host a career fair at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center (265 Salem Street SW) on Thursday, September 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  For more information call 704-920-6110.

As part of national preparedness month, plan to help your neighbors and community
As National Preparedness Month continues, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, communities in nine impacted states have begun their recovery. Before sunrise on Wednesday, Concord Electric Systems sent its first crew to East Point and Covington, Georgia to assist in power restoration efforts, including Justin Pepper, Marino Perez, Jackie Rushing, Jason Sartain, Larry Barbee, Chandler Rice, Daniel Scott, Robert McClure, Jonathan Sheilds, Chris Aldridge, Darrell Allman, Lannie Cruse, Billy Deese, and Blaine Long.  The crew is now heading to Jacksonville, FL. The City of Concord asks you to consider how you can prepare to help your community and neighbors if needed. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page to learn more and visit ready.gov/september.

Highlights of the September 15 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Received a presentation from Concord Youth Council President Allyson Finley.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 offered a contract for a one year/85 percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to JJ Haines to locate at 1000 Derita Road NW in Concord.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 9, Section 9.1.5, Special Purpose and Overlay Districts, of the
Concord Development Ordinance (CDO).

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

Approved the
Rider Express regional transit route proposal and authorized City staff to work with CATS staff and the Charlotte Metropolitan Transit Commission to reach and finalize an agreement and project execution plan.

Authorized the City Manager to finalize and sign a contract with
Odonnell Company to provide marketing and public relations services for the Rider Transit system.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the extension of Dickens Place NE to connect with Vinehaven Drive NE at Copperfield Boulevard.

Adopted a resolution endorsing and
requesting NCDOT funding for roadway improvements along US 29 (Concord Parkway S) from the intersection of Concord Commons Place to Rock Hill Church Road.

Accepted a
grant from the FAA for the Concord Regional Airport Runway Strengthening project and adopted a related budget amendment.

Adopting resolutions authorizing the City Manager and other appropriate staff to take all appropriate actions to sell City owned property located at 30 Hawthorne Street SW and authorizing the sale of real property located at 95 Kirkwood Drive and 34 Hawthorne Street SW.

Appointed Cesar Correa and Steve Bradley as alternate members to the Board of Adjustment; Kim Greer as an at-large member to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee; and Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne as a member of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Tweet with the Chief
Concord Police are expanding their social media reach with a new presence on Twitter. Follow @ConcordNCPolice for news, information, and updates from Chief Gary Gacek and his team. In the first official tweet, Chief Gacek said the department is “looking forward to connecting with community and keeping public updated on news and events via Twitter.” You can also find the Police Department on Nextdoor.com and on a shared Concord Public Safety Facebook page jointly managed along with Fire, Communications, and Emergency Management staff.

 

Be your Child's Hero at Safety Palooza 2017 TOMORROW!
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.

Flying history museum at Concord Regional Airport this weekend
The “Madras Maiden” WWII Era B-17 Flying Fortress is at Concord Regional Airport this weekend. As part of the 2017 Salute to Veterans Tour, the Liberty Foundation of Claremore, Oklahoma is bringing the historic aircraft to Concord for flights and ground tours on September 16 and 17. Madras Maiden is one of just a handful of airworthy B-17s in the United States. For more information, visit
libertyfoundation.org or call 918-340-0243.

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.

Youth Basketball Registration continues the entire month of September
Youth Basketball (ages 3 – 15) registration is underway through September 30.  Registration is $35 for City of Concord residents and $55 for non-city residents, and is available at any of our 3 Recreation Centers (Academy, Hartsell, and Logan) or online at
concordparksandrec.org. Visit our website or call 704-920-5600 for details.

Greenway Adventures – FREE!
We are back on the greenways with our special tools in search of nature’s supplies and awesome habitats. Are you ready to get down and dirty? This week we are making Muddy Masterpieces. Using soils from along our trail we will sculpt, draw and paint with the mud. Bring a towel for this filthy activity. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. We will meet on Monday, 9/18 at the McGee Park Shelter and Wednesday, 9/20 at the Moss Creek HHH II Greenway trailhead beginning at 5:00 p.m. These activities are created for ages 4 and up and there is no fee to participate.

Big Books and Little Picassos
Our story this week “Ten Apples Up On Top” will lead us into wonderfully creative activities. Instead of apples on our head like the book, we’re going to paint “apples” on the “tree” using fingers and found objects. We are using water-based paints so make sure your child is wearing old clothing! For children ages 2-5; children must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 9/19.
Pre-register by 9/18. Each Big Books and Little Picassos class is $5 for City residents; $10 non-residents.

Big Books and Little Cooks
Children ages 2-5 are welcomed to join us for a story and fun in the kitchen! We’ll play games and make themed snacks with our story, “Marshmallows for Martians”. Blast into space with us as we join George on his quest to find out what sort of sweets aliens like to eat. We’ll make marshmallow goodies fit for a Martian!! We will meet at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, 9/21.
Pre-register by 9/19. Each Big Books and Little Cooks class is $5 for City residents; $10 non-residents.

Ultimate Game Days – FREE!
Think you can play dodgeball? Youth ages 8-17, we challenge you to the ultimate game of Gaga Dodgeball! Join us Thursday, 9/21 at McGee Park in the circle between the parking lot and the playground from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
There is no fee, but do signup; no registrations may result in cancellation.

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

September
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

October
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
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Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
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Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office