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Concord Weekly Update - October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know the best thing to do with leaves that might have fallen from your trees is to leave them in place? If you must rake your leaves, visit our Facebook Page for some helpful tips and dates to make sure you aren't putting loose leaves at the curb too soon.

Highlights of the October 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment member Steve Bradley.

Presented retirement plaques to Keith Fitch, 28 years of service, Fire (unable to attend), and Barry Perkins, 30 years of service, Electric Systems.

Continued a public hearing and denied an annexation petition for approximately 402 acres owned by Redus NC Land LLC.

Received a presentation by Tindale Oliver to introduce the 2030 Land Use Plan draft concepts to the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Conducted public hearings and adopting ordinances for annexation of: one parcel located at 510 Archibald Rd, owned by Matthew and Heather Perrault; and one parcel located at 1948 Cold Springs Road, owned by Ronas Hess and Patti Bost.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and modified an existing contract for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for a 500,798 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1000 Derita Road.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for: a 451,074 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 980 Derita Road; and for a 252,646 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1040 Derita Road.

Adopted a resolution for the City of Concord to declare its intentions to issue tax exempt bonds (secured by and payable solely from private development revenues, not City of Concord revenues) in the amount not to exceed $17,000,000 to finance the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of multi-family dwelling units to be known as the Norcott Mill Lofts and for related purposes.

Recognized the Hackberry Place Homeowner's Association and the Hidden Pond Property Owner's Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Sealand Contractors Corporation for the Runway Strengthening project at Concord Regional Airport.

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. 

Make a difference in the local opioid epidemic at upcoming events
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

News from Concord Downtown Development Corporation
The final Music on Means concert of the year is less than a week away on Thursday, October 19 featuring The Tams! The concert is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Means Avenue beside the Historic Courthouse (65 Union Street S). Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Call to Chili Cookers! – As part of the Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival (Saturday, November 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord) the public is invited to participate in a chili competition, open to individuals and teams, and businesses or organizations looking for exposure. Simply register to participate by October 20. This event is presented by the Historic Concord Preservation Trust with a portion of proceeds to benefit Cabarrus member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Fall Plant Sale
The Cabarrus Cooperative Extension fall plant sale is available through October 25. Plants will be available for pick up between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on November 2 and 3 at the Extension Office (715 Cabarrus Ave W). All proceeds from the Plant Sale provide Cooperative Extension programming support. All berry plants are sold in 1-gallon containers and are well adapted to the piedmont growing conditions. Cost for plants is $10 each. For more information, visit cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu or call 704-920-3310 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election starts on Oct. 19
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting starts on Thursday, October 19 and goes until Saturday November 4. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices located at 369 Church Street N during set hours. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information on early voting and the November 7 municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections.

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.

Dogs' Day Out coming October 21!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more at 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.

October
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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