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Remembering Council Member Sam Leder: Concord Weekly Update - July 5, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Did you know?
Did you know that as a benefit to citizens, the City of Concord offers a service to provide advice regarding drainage issues outside the right-of-way and City-maintained easements. Although the City of Concord maintains all drainage ditches and stormwater pipes within City-owned rights-of-way and is limited to working within these locations, this advisory assistance can be helpful to customers with private draining system questions. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about this and other stormwater services provided by the Water Resources Department.

Concord in the headlines
City of Concord mourns the loss of councilman Leder
Concord 'anchor' Sam Leder remembered for his smile and character

Remembering Council Member Sam Leder
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Council Member Samuel Mayer Leder, who passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Sam Leder was elected to the City Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro-Tem since December 2018.

A native of Whiteville, he was a lifelong North Carolinian, and lived and worked in Concord since 1995. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degrees. A Certified Public Accountant, he was managing partner of local accounting firm Potter & Company.

He was active in the community and served on the Uwharrie Bank Board, the CMC NorthEast Hospital Advisory Board, the Academic Learning Center Board, and volunteered last four years as Treasurer of the Ella Foard Foundation for Rett Syndrome. He was also a member of the Concord Rotary Club, a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and past president (2008) and director. He was involved with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1996, served as its Chairman of the Board in 2010.

The elected officials and staff of the City of Concord express their heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Shannon and their two sons, Matthew and Bennett. The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 3. For more information, visit 
hartsellfuneralhomes.com/notices/Samuel-Leder.

The Mayor and members of City Council interacted with Sam Leder in various capacities, and offered reflections on his life at
concordnc.gov.

Introducing the Water Loss Protection Plan
Unexpected water leaks are a challenge for customers and the City of Concord. Some of the most common ways that customers experience water loss are toilet leaks, hot water tank leaks and broken pipes. Since customers are charged for all water passing through their meters (including leaks), those who have leaks can experience high water bills. Historically, customers with leaks have been eligible for a partial leak adjustment, leaving an amount due higher than the typical monthly bill, which can create an unexpected financial burden. Effective July 1, 2019, the City of Concord is able to assist customers who experience high water bills due to unexpected leaks with a new program that provides a 100 percent leak adjustment. The program allows a customer to receive this adjustment one time over a 24-month period. Find out more at concordnc.gov/WaterLossProtection.


NCDOT: nighttime road work planned at Concord Parkway and Rock Hill Church Road
North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced roadwork at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rock Hill Church Road Sunday and Monday, July 7 and 8, to mill and resurface the roadway. Once work at the intersection is complete, additional nighttime resurfacing will take place on U.S. 29 between Rock Hill Church Road and George Liles Parkway for the next several weeks. Find out more about lane closures at ncdot.gov.

Community invited to Courthouse project Q&A event
Cabarrus County Commissioners on Monday experienced the first 3D images of the possible future of downtown Concord, viewing renderings of the Cabarrus County Courthouse as it could exist at the completion of the project. During commissioners’ agenda work session, officials also welcomed the public’s input and announced a Q&A information session for July 10. The multiple Courthouse views will be on display for comments, questions and general thoughts during the drop-in session from 3 to 8 p.m. in the rotunda of the Governmental Center at 65 Church St. S. At the same time, the County will host a live Facebook chat for those who cannot attend the session in person. Find out more about the project and how to participate at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County launches municipal election process, seeks volunteers
Candidate filing for city, town, and village offices across North Carolina began at noon today and ends at noon Friday, July 19. Elections for Cabarrus municipalities are held in November. You must be a resident of the municipality to vote in its elections. Voters must be registered 25 days before an election to vote on Election Day. For November elections, the registration deadline is Oct. 11. Voters may also register after the regular deadline and vote during the early voting period using “same-day registration” in places where absentee voting is authorized. Cabarrus County is also looking for poll workers to help conduct elections. Please call 704-920-2860 for visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about elections held in Cabarrus or to inquire about precinct jobs.

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.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Java N’ Paint: Moonlight
For ages 18 & up. Step by step instructions are given by our staff artist as you paint a 16” x 20” canvas. Enjoy complementary coffee. Paint the moonlight’s reflection on the water for a calming décor in any room. Class meets Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 non-residents.

Shaping Summer: Styrofoam Printmaking
For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll print cheery designs and transfers. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

Art Just for Teens: Screen Printing
For ages 13-18. Forming art from paint, mesh and our very own stencils. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and 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

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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 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