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Concord Weekly Update - April 18, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know you can join neighbors and citizens in the Charlotte Metro region to explore nature and document living things as part of a global competition? The City Nature Challenge is coming back April 26-29. The community that makes the most observations of nature, find the most species, and have the greatest number of participants wins the challenge. To learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist in person, come out to the Bunny Run Festival (Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m. in Downtown Concord) and Flutter By Earth Day (Monday April 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at McGee Park). Learn more and see which other cities are participating by visiting citynaturechallenge.org.

City budget process in final development stages
On Tuesday of this week, City Manager Lloyd Payne offered a preliminary look at the proposed FY20 budget to City Council at a special meeting. The budget addresses many priorities included in the recently adopted Strategic Plan. Payne will provide his final recommendation to Council by the end of May, and the City Council will hold a workshop on the budget at the June 11 work session and conduct a public hearing on the budget at the June 13 regular session. The budget must be adopted by the end of June in order to have funding appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Find out more about the City's strategic plan at concordnc.gov/strategicplan and learn more about the City budget at concordnc.gov/budget.

Good Friday holiday, Bunny Run 5K and other events
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, April 19. Some City services are operating on a different schedule this week, and several events are planned throughout the area. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Planning the future of our history: community input needed for Preservation Plan
A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. By the end of the process, the City hopes to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City. The City needs citizen input and will receive feedback from April 25 through May 20. Citizens are strongly encouraged to visit concordnc.gov/preservationplan during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Just a few more weeks: better service coming soon
As we previously announced, improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6. Affected customers who will have a collection schedule change have received a notice in the mail. Anyone can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to check their address and see if any changes are planned for their schedule. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

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.

Flutter By Earth Day
Everyone is welcome to join us for our Earth Day celebration with arts & crafts, activities, and guest organizations who will share knowledge about our community’s natural climate and interesting creatures. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in this fun fluttering day! There no fee to participate. Celebrate on Monday, April 22 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at McGee Park, 219 Corban Avenue E. For more information, call 704-920-5600.

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
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

May
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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