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Concord Weekly Update - May 31, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord has a certified arborist on staff? Watch the newest episode of CabCoTV's Successful Gardener to learn about how Bill Leake is working to care for one of Concord's most important resources.

Sign up for Concord 101 and learn more about your community
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2019 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 20 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 26.  Class size is limited. Get started now at concordnc.gov.

Your input requested: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration will temporarily transform a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. You're invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback. During the demonstration, Planning Department staff will share details of the design options and collect feedback from participants. Attendees will have the chance to view draft plans for long-term changes to Union Street and provide their input through conversations and a brief survey. Get all the details at concordnc.gov and join us on Union Street through 9pm tonight or 10-2 tomorrow!

City Manager Payne proposes $257 million FY19-20 budget for Concord
City Manager Lloyd Payne provided his fiscal year 2019-20 (FY20) budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council today. The City-wide budget totals $257,752,019 for all funds, including utilities and special revenue funds. The total represents an overall budget increase of 2.7 percent over the fiscal year 2018-19 adopted budget. While keeping the property tax rate level, Payne recommended adjusting revenues in three key service areas. The proposed changes include the addition of a minimal monthly solid waste fee for residents, a nominal fee for water customers to support a new program to protect customers from the cost of water leaks, and an increase in the motor vehicle tax paid while registering vehicles with the NC DMV. The City Council held a budget workshop at a special meeting on April 16, where Payne presented an overview of his recommendation and solicited feedback from the Mayor and Council. The Council will discuss the budget at its June 11 work session, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 during the regular City Council meeting. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Talk about the future of public transportation in CabCo June 12 and 14
Join us June 12 or 14 to hear details of and provide your feedback on the draft of the Cabarrus County Long Range Public Transportation Plan. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Services (CCTS) will host public input and information sessions on Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 pm in Room 106 at the Rowan Cabarrus Community College South Campus (1531 Trinity Church Road, Concord, NC 28027); and Friday, June 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rider Transit Center (45 Transit Court NW, Concord, NC 28025). The sessions are designed to be drop-in in nature, so please feel free to stop by at any point during the scheduled time. Brief presentations from staff will be provided at various points throughout the sessions. For more information, visit
ckrider.com or contact Rider Transit Planner Andy Christy at 704-920-5875 or christya@concordnc.gov.

Citizen active violence awareness and training workshop
Concord's public safety departments are teaming up to offer their first citizen active violence awareness and training workshop on Thursday, June 6, at Cannon School's Cindric Performing Arts Center (5801 Poplar Tent Road). The free, two-hour class will begin at 6:30p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Public safety professionals from the City of Concord's Communications, Emergency Management, Fire, and Police Departments will jointly present this interactive program for citizens age 14 and older or members of any business, place of worship, school, or other organization located in the City of Concord.
Click here to find out more.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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