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Concord Weekly Update - February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know you can help Concord Police provide toothbrushes and other dental care supplies to children who need them? Find out more about the SmileDrive on the Public Safety Facebook page.

 

Highlights of the February 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member Brian Floyd.

Presented retirement plaques to Joe Wilson, 15 years of service – Transportation Department, and Johnnie Eudy, 29 years of service – Finance Department (Billing).

Received a presentation from the
600 Festival Association on the 2018 Haulers on Union event.

Received a presentation from Elaine Conti, Raftelis Financial Consulting, on the City's fee studies for water and wastewater system development fees, conducted a public hearing, and
approved the  System Development Fee Study

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels located on the south side of Ellenwood Rd, owned by Mitchell Hartsell Construction.

Tabled the public hearing for annexation of one parcel located at 8200 Poplar Tent Rd, owned by Steve Pinkerton (SMC Investments LLC) to allow the developer additional time to resolve issues with the annexation petition.

Authorized the
Planning and Neighborhood Development Department to submit an application for a Certified Local Government Grant for a Preservation Plan.


Customers rate City of Concord services better than national average
Survey says: Concord residents have a positive perception of the community, and higher satisfaction with City services compared to other communities. Most respondents rated Concord as an excellent or good place to live and raise children. Of residents who had an opinion, 79 percent indicated they were either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall quality of City services, and 60 percent had a positive rating of the value received for tax dollars and fees. Concord significantly outperformed the national and regional averages in about 75 percent of the covered topics. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

 

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 concordnc.gov/2030. 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 
sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

Drop-in workshops planned to discuss Concord's next greenway phase
The Parks and Recreation Department is planning two drop-in workshops to discuss the next greenway construction project with the community. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. Residents are invited to attend one of the two drop-in workshops planned at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivery Cline Road. City staff members will be on hand from 4:00 until 7:00 on both Tuesday, February 13 and Monday, February 26 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov
 
Concord Deputy Fire Chiefs honored by peers

Recently, the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs hosted its annual conference in Concord. Part the conference includes a banquet to recognize exemplary fire service professionals across the state. This year, both of Concord's deputy fire chiefs were recognized by their peers in the association for their contributions to the fire service. Deputy Chief Todd Eury, who has served the City for 28 years, was awarded Career Fire Officer of the Year.  Deputy Chief Jake Williams received the honor of Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for his dedication and service in his capacity as Chief of the Odell Volunteer Fire Department. Williams has served as a leader and dedicated servant to both the Concord and Odell communities for over 20 years. These awards are considered among the highest honors for fire officers in North Carolina. To find out more about the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, visit ncafc.com; for more on the Concord Fire Department, visit concordnc.gov/fire.


Cabarrus Economic Development wants women to Go Bold!
Local economic development professionals introduced Go Bold!, a new initiative this week Go Bold! Bold Women in Bold Careers exists to encourage women in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, to learn about challenging and rewarding career opportunities that they may not have considered. Check out the first story and find out more at goboldnc.com.

New Concord Charlotte Express bus service to launch with free rides on March 19
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

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.

February
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 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