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The City Nature Challenge starts this weekend! Concord Weekly Update - April 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know Haulers on Union is returning to Concord in just a few weeks? On Thursday, May 16 starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Visit 600festival.com for details.

Concord in the Headlines
City Nature Challenge returns to Cabarrus County this weekend
McLendon, Knox named deputy fire chiefs
Concord Police officers honored for work on Prom Promise

Bost honored with 2019 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
At the April 11 City Council Meeting, Sonya Bost of the Fire Department was surprised with the news that she is the 2019 recipient of the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award. The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. Bost has worked for the City of Concord since 2008, starting as a customer care representative when it was located at Fire Station 3. She joined the Fire Department administration team in 2011 as an administrative assistant and is currently a senior executive assistant. Throughout her tenure with the City, she has led a number of high impact community service initiatives which have benefited over 30 families in Cabarrus County. Find out more about her service to the community at concordnc.gov.

Let’s be citizen scientists!  The City Nature Challenge starts today!
Calling all Concord!  Today through Monday at midnight, the Charlotte Metro region will join 149 other cities across the globe to see which can find the most nature in the City Nature Challenge.  The winning city will have the most observations of nature, find the most species and have the most citizens participating. Any living thing or evidence thereof (bones, scat, tracks, feathers) all count as observations!  We’ll use the iNaturalist website and free mobile app to keep track of all the data we collect.  To learn more about what’s planned for the Charlotte Metro, visit Facebook.com/CltCNC

Cabarrus County results in 2018, expansion to Charlotte metro in 2019
In 2018, Cabarrus County competed against 68 global cities in the City Nature Challenge and unexpectedly came in at number 18 – ahead of large cities like Tokyo!  What a fun and educational experience!  This year, 150 cities are taking the challenge, and we’ve expanded to include the entire Charlotte Metro Region.  We are calling on everyone in the Charlotte Metro to participate!  Doing so couldn’t be easier!  After you’ve created your free iNaturalist account, simply upload photos taken between now and Monday at midnight from anywhere in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Rowan, Union, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties to iNaturalist.org or the mobile app.  You can use a phone, tablet or digital camera.


What is iNaturalist?
What if you could step outside and be able to quickly identify nearly every living thing you saw?  The iNaturalist website and free app make that possible!  After you create your free account, you can easily upload photos of living things, and iNaturalist uses geolocation, photo recognition software and crowd-sourcing to identify them.  iNaturalist allows us to become citizen scientists and use technology to better understand the natural world.  When an observation is verified by 3 other iNaturalist users, it becomes “research grade” and is listed on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a tool used by scientists studying biodiversity!  iNaturalist.org began in 2008 as a UC Berkeley School of Information Master's final project of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda and has become the official tool for keeping track of data during the annual, global City Nature Challenge which is happening now through Monday at midnight!

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.

Preservation Plan surveys underway 
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. Two survey instruments are now open at concordnc.gov/preservationplanOne survey is geared towards existing historic districts and the other towards future historic preservation efforts. The City appreciates your input during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for your neighborhoods. In addition, Architectural Historian Laura Purvis with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. will be in Concord next week (April 29 - May 3) documenting and photographing neighborhoods built prior to 1970. 



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.

Holy Roly Poly!
Parks and Recreation is joining the fun of the City Nature Challenge with Holy Roly Poly! April 29 at McGee Park. This is how we roll - observing roly polies and their neighbors on a Greenway Adventure.  Download the iNaturalist app and create your account before you arrive, if you can!  Meet us at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m., and bring your phone or digital camera.  Just by participating, your family will be entered into a drawing for one of several butterfly puddlers to enhance your backyard habitat! Free and open to ages 3 and up. Click here to register now.

Move & Groove
For ages 2-5. Join us for singing, dancing, and Imagination Playground creativity! Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We’ll meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Yo-Play-Ga
For ages 2-5. Reaching to our toddler toes and back up like the flower grows we’ll use music to stretch our imaginations and min-muscles while laughing and having fun. This week we are Walking the Tightrope and going to the circus to learn how to juggle, and show off our best acrobatic moves! Class meets Friday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this program. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applicants fro the 2019-20 school year through May 3. 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