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Concord Weekly Update - August 2, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Feel good Friday: celebrating service milestones
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights the 139 Team Concord members who celebrated continuous service milestones during the last fiscal year. Their collective service to the community exceeds 1,800 years! Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

Concord in the Headlines:
Concord, Kannapolis officers, leaders eager for community engagement at National Night Out
Data Transfer van on Concord streets making quick progress
NC first lady checks out Cabarrus County art scene

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) is America's night out against crime, and this year's celebration is Tuesday, August 6. This annual, nationwide event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 36 years, National Night Out has grown to over 38.5 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 17th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord.

In observation of National Night Out, Concord Police ask you to leave your porch light on from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Many community celebrations are planned across Concord, be sure to attend an event planned in your neighborhood. If there is not a formal event, it is still a great night to get out and meet your neighbors. If you have questions or desire more information regarding National Night Out, please contact Sergeant Kelly Seagraves 704-920-5059 or seagrakl@concordnc.gov. You can also find more information at nno.org.

Elections officials plan seminars on 2020 Voter ID requirement August 12
State officials will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County on August 12. The first session is at 2 p.m. in the Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) and a second session takes place at 6 p.m. that day in the Kannapolis Train Station (201 S. Main Street, Kannapolis). The seminars are free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us/events.

NCDOT: weekend traffic shift on U.S. 29 Bridge Project
This weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will switch traffic on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. The switch involves moving northbound traffic from its current location to a new bridge, so demolition on the existing bridge can get underway. This switch will start tonight and be completed by 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. The work depends on dry weather and will be rescheduled, if rain impedes the contractor's progress. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the summer of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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. Registration and more available at concordparksandrec.org.

Java N' Paint: Watermelon Wedge
Ages 18 & up. With step by step instructions given by our staff you will paint a 16” x 20” canvas of summer's favorite fruit, the watermelon! Enjoy complementary coffee. Class will meet Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-register by August 5. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 for non-residents.

Photography Like A Pro
For ages 18 & up. Learn how to use your camera like a pro by understanding composition, light, exposure, camera controls, creative controls and recognizing personal vision as a photographer. We will create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Bring a camera. Classes will meet on Saturdays, August 10 and August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register or cancel by August 8. Fee for City residents is $55; $60 for non-residents.

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

August
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
19 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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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