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Concord Weekly Update - February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know it is illegal to turn right at a traffic signal with a red arrow? Find out more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. While you're on the page, check out today's post from our Emergency Management team, who reminds you on this Groundhog Day to monitor weather forecasts closely.

Whether your team wins or loses (or isn't playing) this weekend, celebrate responsibly
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, now is the time for drivers to get a game plan in place if they’ll be drinking. NCDOT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are reminding motorists to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver and always buckling up, every seat, every time.

In addition, those watching the game:

  • Should ask a sober friend for a ride home or use a ride sharing app, if no designated driver is present;
  • If hosting a party, never let friends drive if they’ve had too much to drink; and
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game.

Drivers can also download the Be Smarter Than That app before drinking to designate a sober driver, find ride sharing services, locate public transportation options, or call a cab. Find out more about this and an efficient way to report potholes to NCDOT at

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review – public hearing scheduled
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for the February 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, who will consider if the 2030 Land Use Plan is ready for City Council adoption. Pending the outcome of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could hold a Public Hearing as soon as March 8. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to Find out more at or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

FY19 external agency funding opportunity process now open through March 2
This week, the Finance Department opened the City's annual external agency funding process until March 2. Annually, the City of Concord grants limited funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY17-18. Learn more at

HR Director Rebecca Edwards to be featured at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday
On Monday, February 12, Concord's Human Resources Director will be part of a select group of women featured as influential in the local business community. Rebecca Edwards is one of this year's mentors at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, an event sponsored by Business Journals nationwide focused on networking and strengthening communities of business women. Find out more at

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at 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 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5210 office