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Concord Weekly Update - March 22, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know the David W. Phillips Activity Center has something fun for everyone? Find out more on the newest episode of Cabarrus This Week.

Robin Barham named Solid Waste Director
Robin Barham will be the City of Concord's next Solid Waste Director, effective May 1. Her new role builds on 12 years as Concord's Budget and Performance Manager. Barham began her career in Concord in 2007, after working in Greensboro as a budget analyst for 5 years. Her service with both cities has included considerable work with solid waste services. She has focused on efforts to improve service, contain or reduce costs, and ensure efficiency in operations. The Solid Waste Services Department provides curbside collection and disposal to Concord residents. Additionally, the department offers commercial recycling and other waste reduction opportunities to businesses. Find out more at

Jake Williams promoted to Fire Chief
Jake Williams will begin a new role as Concord's Fire Chief, effective May 1. Williams has 20 years of experience with the City of Concord and will lead the Fire Department after the retirement of Chief Ray Allen. William's service in the Concord Fire Department began as a Firefighter in 1999. As Deputy Chief, he managed daily operations for the Department. He also contributed to the budget, strategic planning, and promotional processes. In his new capacity as Fire Chief, he will direct over 210 coworkers in meeting departmental goals and objectives, and manage a budget exceeding $22.5 million. Read the full article at

Registration open for Cabarrus County's spring Government 101 series
Three sessions of the Cabarrus county Government 101 series focusing on human services, recycling, and budget are planned through mid-June. Cabarrus Government 101 sessions last one day and cover one area of focus. Residents ages 18 and older can sign up for the sessions that fit their interest and schedule, individually. Local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders, and residents with an interest in learning about the area of focus are encouraged to register. It's a free and fun way to engage in the work of local government. Get started today 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.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or

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

9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at 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 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