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Concord Weekly Update - September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know Concord Police will be increasing the visible police presence, traffic enforcement citations, bike patrols, and foot patrols in the Concord Mills Boulevard area beginning October 1? It’s all part of a federally supported operational model called DDACTS. Find out more about this new program on the new @ConcordNCPolice Twitter feed.

Electric crews on their way home after restoring power in Georgia and Florida
For the last ten days, 14 Concord Electric Systems coworkers have been working as part of a 42-person team deployed by ElectriCities to restore power in Georgia and Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Concord’s team joined crews from Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Huntersville/Cornelius, Maiden, Morganton, and Statesville first going to East Point and Covington, Georgia, and then to Jacksonville, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Fort Myers, Florida. The team was released this afternoon after helping restore power to thousands of customers and is expected back in Concord tomorrow.   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. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page or ready.gov/september to find out how you can be involved and part of something larger when disaster strikes.

Updated water sampling shows compliance with all standards
The City of Concord is pleased to announce that as of August 2017, drinking water supplied to our customers has returned to compliance with all federal and state regulations. In June of this year, customers were notified of the exceedance of haloacetic acids, in violation of a drinking water standard. Haloacetic acids (HAAs) are a type of by-product formed when the chlorine used to disinfect drinking water reacts with naturally occurring organic matter (NOM) in water. Although water remained safe for drinking, cooking, bathing, swimming, and other activities, the City prioritized keeping customers aware of what happened, actions they could consider, and what the City would do to correct the situation. August's sampling results show that Concord's water has returned to compliance with haloacetic acid levels and all other regulations at all sampling locations. To achieve compliance, Water Resources professionals immediately started new efforts to correct the HAA issue, including adjusting the pH of the treated water to be less favorable for HAA formation, and using carbon in raw water to adsorb as much of the organics as possible prior to chlorination. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT to shift traffic on Concord Parkway near NC 73 tonight
The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to shift traffic on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. Weather permitting, work will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, when northbound traffic will be shifted from its current pattern to the existing southbound lanes. The new pattern will leave two lanes available for both northbound and southbound traffic, and will be in place up to a year. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the spring of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

C-54 that participated in Berlin Airlift coming to Concord Regional Airport
The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's WWII era C-54 Spirit of Freedom aircraft will visit Concord Regional Airport and be open to the public on September 27 and 28, with tours available 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. each day. This four engine cargo aircraft was a Berlin Airlift participant; it’s now a flying museum to the airlift, owned and flown by a volunteer crew of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. There is free parking available and no charge tour the aircraft on the ground. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

D. G. Martin to speak in Concord reserve your seat by October 12
D. G. Martin, author, columnist, and host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is the guest speaker at the Deana Irvin Author's Symposium luncheon, sponsored by the Concord Friends of the Library. The event will be Thursday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at City Club at Gibson Mill (325 McGill Avenue NW). Book signing for Martin's "North Carolina's Roadside Eateries" book to follow program. Open to the public. Tickets are $27 (includes lunch buffet). Registration form available at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, or via the Concord Friends of the Library’s Facebook Page. Registration deadline is October 12. Call 704-920-2050 for additional information.

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.

Take a Child Outside week: Park Passport and Wilderness Hunt
Each year,
Take a Child Outside week is September 24-30. Playing outside connects children to the natural world, helping them focus in school and reducing the chance of childhood obesity. Join us for a week-long BINGO scavenger hunt, where participating children will receive passport stamps at each location they visit. Visit two or more programs and receive a special wilderness adventure prize! No registration required. Drop in 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week (September 25-29)! Visit concordparksandrec.org for locations.

Pardon our dust: upgrades coming to Caldwell Parks' Dan Pharr Building
The Dan Pharr Building at Caldwell Park is currently under renovation and is scheduled to reopen in early 2018 with more program/meeting space (increase from 2,219 to 2,667 square feet), an improved kitchen, and upgraded flooring (existing floors are concrete). The Dan Pharr Building is used often by the community and these renovations will enhance its use for family gatherings and other community events. Parks and Rec staff anticipate reopening the reservation process for this facility in January. If you have questions, please call 704-920-5600. Construction photos are available at facebook.com/ConcordNC.

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

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
16 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