Detail view

Concord Weekly Update - May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know that Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is open twenty hours a day, seven day a week? The Aviation Department's coworkers are standing by to serve General Aviation, Corporate, and Airline customers. Last year, the airport pumped a record-setting amount of jet fuel, approaching three million gallons. Learn more about the Aviation Department's services at concordnc.gov.

Deputy Police Chief Stocks among local professionals honored for work in law and order
This morning, the community gathered at the Cabarrus County Government Center for Law Day 2018. The ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Cabarrus County that is representative of national celebrations dedicated to the officers of and ties between written law and the pursuit of order. During this morning’s event Deputy Chief Betty Stocks, a deserving veteran Concord Police Officer, received the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award in memory of the deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty in 1972. Stocks was also recognized for this award on the floor of the US House of Representatives. In addition, the Cabarrus County Bar Association honored a local member with the Liberty Bell Award for their work to promote better understanding of and encourage greater respect for law and the courts. For more information about Law Day, visit cabarruscounty.us and lawday.org.

Great job, Cabarrus County! First ever participation in City Nature Challenge a success
We had lots of fun and learned so much about what’s living in our back yards during the City Nature Challenge! 217 iNaturalist account holders participated, observing 6956 living things and 1030 different species right here in Cabarrus County, putting us ahead of cities like San Antonio, Tokyo, and London. That’s impressive! We can’t wait for CNC 2019. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to find out more, and be sure to follow @CabCoCNC to stay tuned for next year.

Concord Fire launches Twitter newsfeed
In an effort to improve communications, you can now follow the Concord Fire Department on Twitter. Fire Department coworkers are excited to begin sharing insights on daily activities, training scenarios, and community relations. The department hopes that its tweets will be a resource for information on incidents in the community that can impact citizens. Each Wednesday will also be designated for "Words of Wisdom and Warnings," featuring life-safety tips and information bulletins. You can find and follow the Fire Department at @ConcordNCFire.

Family fun with the arts during the 2018 Spring into Arts Festival
The Spring Into Arts Festival returns to Downtown Concord on Saturday, May 12. The annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer and wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for event information.

Work to begin on intersection improvements at Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road
The City of Concord has partnered with NCDOT to improve the intersection of Polar Tent Road/McGill Avenue and Concord Parkway (US 29/601) using federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funds. After several years of planning and coordination, Sealand Construction has been awarded the contract for this work, which is scheduled to begin the week of May 14. The project will include changes to the intersection designed to improve traffic flow along Poplar Tent Road in the area near its intersection with Concord Parkway. The improvements will consist of three signalized U-turn points. This will allow all through and right-turn movements at the intersection but will prohibit left turn movements. For this project, no lane closures or lane restrictions will be allowed on weekdays between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Construction should be complete by mid-December. If you have questions, please contact the City of Concord Engineering Department at 704-920-5401.

Haulers on Union returns to Concord on May 17
We're just a few weeks away from May 17, when the 600 Festival's month-long celebration of racing moves to Concord for the Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest presented by Freightliner. More than 30 colorful NASCAR haulers will parade through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And there is much more: live music from the Tim Clark Band before and after the parade, celebrity appearances including Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon, autograph sessions, games, mascots and show cars. Get a full rundown of all the 600 Festival events, including Concord's Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest on May 17, at 600festival.com.

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.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration
Children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) are invited to a Garden Party. Our latest installment of Wild Child: Nature Exploration will show you how to plant and care for an egg carton garden. Meets at the McGee Park Shelter (219 Corban Avenue E) at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register 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.

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
15 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