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Concord Weekly Update - April 13, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Downtown Development Corporation is seeking photos and videos of Downtown Concord for a contest as part of the May 12 Spring into Arts Festival? Visit concorddowntown.com to learn more and enter by the April 23 deadline.

Concord in the Headlines
Payne takes over as Concord city manager

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

Presented a Proclamation to the Cox Mill High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the NC 3A State Championship for the second consecutive year.

Presentation of retirement plaques to: Tim Jones - 22 years of service, Fire Department; and Brian Hiatt – 19 years of service, City Manager.

Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2017 to the Finance Department.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the month of April 2018 as Fair Housing Month.

Conduct a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for Concord Housing Department.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 5 related to Subdivision Plats, Site Plans, and Construction Plans; and CDO Articles 7 and 14 to allow Open Flags in the Center City (CC) District.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM to create a Long Range Public Transportation Master Plan.

Awarded a contract for the City of Concord's annual street preservation program to Ferebee Corporation.

Received and concurred with staff recommendations for setting a desired cross section for NCDOT Projects on NC 3 (Branchview Dr/Union St) From Kannapolis City Limits to US 601; NC 73 (Davidson Hwy), from US 29 to Poplar Tent Rd.; Poplar Tent Rd, from George W. Liles Pkwy to NC 73; and Derita/Odell School Rd, from Concord Mills Blvd to Mecklenburg County.

Authorizing the Fire Department to apply for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

Adopted a resolution to rename Concord Regional Airport (details follow). 


Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett
Concord Regional Airport will have a new name that recognizes the leadership and legacy of J. Scott Padgett, who recently completed four terms as Mayor in December 2017. The City Council unanimously voted to rename the facility Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Thursday evening. The City Council’s action is effective immediately and was required to begin the formal process to seek FAA approval. The change will be implemented over time once the FAA process is complete, including working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to adjust signage on I-85 and I-485, which both provide access to the airport in minutes. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

Paws off the grass: maintenance at Weddington Road Bark Park April 16-22
Turf maintenance planned at Weddington Road Bark Park will require both off-leash areas to be closed for seven days beginning Monday, April 16. The park is located at 8955 Weddington Road. The maintenance is the result of the Parks and Recreation Department and Buildings and Grounds Department collaborating to improve the turf conditions at the popular facility. The park opened in late 2015 as the City of Concord's first facility with off-leash dog play areas. It has been a particular challenge to grow and maintain turf in the large dog area. The work will include installing Bermuda sod in large dog area, and over-seeding the existing turf in the small dog area. Both areas will require a seven day closure for maximum effectiveness. Find out more and where fido can play at concordnc.gov.

Earth day events abound: from apps to lepidoptera to shredding and more
The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2018 will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day, including the Flutter-By Earth Day events described in the Parks and Rec Highlights below. A new and interactive weekend of events caps off the month with the City Nature Challenge April 27-30. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.
 
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.

Flutter-By Earth Days
These Earth Week celebrations will showcase the monarch butterfly, its pollinator friends and perhaps a few majestic fairies. Guest organizations will share knowledge about our community's natural climate and interesting creatures. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in fluttering fun crafts and activities at two locations. We will meet at McGee Park on Tuesday, 4/17 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, 4/19 at Dorton Park from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Greenway Adventures
For ages 3 and up, what better way to use the greenways than our very own outdoor classroom to explore critters and their habitats. This week we will feature Nature's Scavengers. We will scavenge in search of the most interesting nature artifacts. Whoever finds the most wins!! We will meet Monday, 4/16 at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, 4/18 at Moss Creek at HHH II Greenway at 4:00 p.m. There is no fee for this exciting program and parents are encouraged to participate.

Giggles & Wiggles
Ages 18 months to 3 years of age. We're getting all the wiggles out during this interactive playtime for toddlers as we wiggle to music, giggle with friends and play until we drop. We engage in activities that enhance your little one's social and developmental skills. All toddlers must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We will meet Friday, 4/20 at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. You must pre-register to join the fun.

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

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

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 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