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Concord Weekly Update - March 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday? This is also a good time to test the batteries in smoke alarms as you turn clocks ahead an hour. Learn more about smoke alarms at

Be ready: 2019 Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. This week, Concord Public Safety officials joined the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in bringing this safety campaign residents. With warmer weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season. If each resident would take a few moments to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized. Follow along on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page and learn more at

Spring 2019 City Circular digital edition now available
If it has not already, the latest issue of the City Circular will soon arrive in the mail loaded with information and updates from your local government. You can also access the digital edition, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page.

NCDOT plans, postpones traffic shift and detour on Concord Parkway
North Carolina Department of Transportation has postponed a traffic shift and detour originally planned for Concord Parkway this weekend. Earlier this week, our partners at NCDOT announced a significant road detour for Concord Parkway near Charlotte Motor Speedway that would have started Friday evening. Crews were to shift traffic on U.S. 29 northbound where two bridges over the Rocky River are being replaced. Due to the rainy weather now expected, this has been postponed. Once rescheduled, the traffic shift will allow the demolition of the northbound bridge. Southbound traffic on Concord Parkway will proceed normally without a detour. For updated traffic information from NCDOT, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.

Mayor Dusch joins Commissioner Morris for Out & About on the new parking deck
Prior to last week’s event celebrating the opening of Cabarrus County’s new parking deck, Mayor Bill Dusch joined Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris to film the latest episode of CabCoTV’s Out & About. The episode centered on the impact of the project and the partnership between the City and County. Johnson Bray of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation joined in the discussion on what the new deck means for Downtown Concord. Catch the episode on CabCo TV (Spectrum Cable Channel 22 or livestream) each morning this week at 8:30 a.m. and at various other times during the day and evening. You can also watch the episode on demand on the CabCoTV YouTube Channel. The new five-story structure, located at 81 Spring St. SW, has 614 new parking spots. Visitors to downtown Concord can access the deck 24-hours a day from entrances on Spring Street and Corban Avenue. Find out more about the project at
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Recreation Centers offer affordable fun for the whole family
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department has three recreation centers with a variety of recreational opportunities available to the public at no charge. The centers are equipped with game areas offering billiards, foosball, bumper pool, and table tennis. The centers have weight rooms available to men and women and are equipped with machines, free weights, and cardiovascular equipment. Especially popular are free-play basketball in the gymnasiums, and meeting rooms that are available for rental. Find weekly activity schedules and more about the Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Centers at 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.

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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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