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Concord Weekly Update - October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know early voting in for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is now available at two locations in Concord? In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord Wildlife Alliance holding barbecue benefit at Cabarrus Brewing
Big sendoff for Ace & TJ Grin Kids at Concord Regional

It's a Sweet 16th party tomorrow at Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

Market Street closing for construction crane removal
The sectional 375-foot construction crane towering over downtown Concord will soon come down after crews finish concrete work on the fifth and final parking deck floor. To accommodate the removal, Market Street SW will close for two 12-hour periods overnight Monday and Tuesday. Market will close entirely between 6 p.m. Monday (Oct. 22) and 6 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and again between 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) and 6 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24). Street parking along Market will be affected beginning Monday afternoon to ensure spaces are available for the crane laydown. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us at the Latin Community Festival at Barber-Scotia College, Sunday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.; Cabarrus Brewing Company, Monday, October 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; or 26 Acres Brewing Company, Friday, November 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

NCDOT wants public input on the future of transportation in N.C.
The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina. From now until November 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation in their regions. Examples include safety, better connections to key destinations, better connections to jobs, better transit, better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Links to both the survey and interactive map are available at ncdot.gov/ncmoves. NCDOT will use the feedback to help shape the vision and goals for its next long-range transportation plan, called NC Moves 2050. Find out more at ncdot.gov.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27t from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more. Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

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

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 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 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