Between March 22nd through April 30th, Building and Grounds staff will be working with contractors in Oakwood Cemetery to replace some trees that have become diseased. Contractors will also be pruning other trees in the cemetery as required.
"Trees reach a point where they become diseased from insect damage or age. Once this happens, limbs or whole trees can fall due to high wind or ice storms, creating danger and causing damage to property. By replacing these trees with similar, younger trees, we can prevent damage to the headstones, roads, or structures in the cemetery," commented David Ratchford, Building and Grounds Director.
Each tree that must be removed was evaluated by Senior Corporate Consulting Arborist Barry Gemberling, ASCA and ASA Certified Arborist and Tree Preservation Specialist. Many of these trees were damaged during Hurricane Hugo and/or other storms, and all of them have reached a point that they are at the end of their life and need to be removed for safety reasons. David Goforth from the Cabarrus Agricultural Extension Service assisted City staff with reviewing the Arborist's reports.
 Kleen Kut Tree Service will be cutting five Oaks, one Sugar Maple, one Post Oak and one Spruce tree , in Oakwood Cemetery. They will also grind the stumps and remove several other stumps.
Arborguard Tree Services will be performing tree preservation work on several trees in Oakwood including tree trimming services. They will also feed and perform insect treatments on several trees in the Cemetery.
Trees slated for re-planting includes Pin Oaks, Shumard Oak, Chinkapin Oak , White Oak, and one tree form Holly.
"We plan to replace the trees to keep the aesthetics of the cemetery and provide shade for visitors," remarked Ratchford.
Contact David Ratchford, Building and Grounds Director for more information at 704-920-5380 or by email at


Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis - along with Cabarrus County - will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.
Plans include information booths, classes at the Dogwood Shelter, nature walks, geocaching, art contests, recycling, arts & crafts, music, children's activities, paper shredding, Carolina Raptor Center,Paper Shredding,Voodoo  U Junk Art, food and more.
There will also be a shuttle to and from the Piedmont Farmer's Market.
The following will be accepted for recycling or safe disposal:
Eyeglasses,Plastic Bags, Cell Phones, Batteries, Athletic Shoes, Medications, Electronics, Plastic Pill Bottles, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
For more information, please contact:
Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson smithal@concordnc.govor 704-920-5379
Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox ecox@cityofkannapolis.comor 704-920-4314
Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz papsterz@cabarruscounty.usor 704-920-3280
Youth Council Applications Available
The City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders are encouraged to apply. Youth Council is composed of representatives of High School students in Concord and its surrounding area.  Any youth who is willing to accept the responsibility and challenge may be a member. Youth Council strives to make Concord a more enjoyable place for its youth through the wide variety of educational, social, recreational, and service projects for the community.  The Youth Council provides a unique opportunity to build leadership skills and techniques, to learn organizational and administrative skills, to enhance personal skills, enjoy social and recreational outings and become a member of an active, exciting organization.
Youth Council provides 9th-12th grade youth the opportunity to serve as a liaison between our city's officials and youths. The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.
For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 littlefd@concordnc.govor on line at www.concordnc.govunder the community tab at the top left side of the web page.
Bunny Bash
Event Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 Event Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm Event Location: W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive.
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will present the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  The event and all activities are free to the public.
The festival will be held at W. W. Flowe Park, located at 99 Central Heights Drive, beside Central Cabarrus High School, in Concord.  Additional parking will be available at the high school with shuttles to and from the park. From 11:00am -2:00pm children can enjoy free activities including face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ.
Pre-school age children can participate in activities on the Bunny Trail.  They can meet and play games with story-book and popular cartoon characters portrayed by Concord Youth Council members.  The Bunny Trail is sponsored by Southgate Masonry & Lumber.
Egg hunts, beginning at 12:00 noon, will be divided into age groups on the ball fields.  Parents are asked to remain behind the fence while their children hunt for eggs.
Hunts are divided into the following age groups: 
3 & 4 year olds at 12:00 (sponsored by Ruckus House Learning Center)
5 - 7 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital)
8 - 10 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Technologies Edge)
Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers will be on hand to give out safety tips.  Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.  Food and drink will be sold by Concord Youth Council. 
Contact Debbie Littlefield, 704-920-5600 or littlefd@concordnc.govfor additional information.
Spring Into Arts Festival
The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010    Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For information call the CDDC at 704-784-4208. 
Are you ready for Census 2010? 
The next decennial census is in 2010.  The Business & Neighborhood Services Department has already been working on the new Census for a couple years now.  Making sure the Census Bureau has a complete list of addresses and maps is imperative for Concord to have the most accurate count of population possible.  When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
Responding to the census is:
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
     Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
      Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
      Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run Saturday, April 3, 2010
Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale AvenueConcord, NC 28025
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Thursday March
26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.
1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern Greenway.
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and sizes may be limited, so please order early.
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run at no cost.
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation
Department Office at 704-920-5600 Email: recreation@ci.concord.
City of Concord Community Swap Shop
The City of Concord recently launched the Community Swap Shop, a Facebook page where citizens in and around Concord can go to advertize items they want to give away. 
The page is designed to promote REUSE, one of the three Rs.  "The Community Swap Shop is win-win-win," says Mandy Smith-Thompson, Concord's Environmental Educator, "People can visit the site to get rid of things they no longer want, avoiding disposal cost.  Others can visit to get things they need for free, and by doing so, citizens are helping to divert useable items from the waste stream, keeping them out of the landfill." 
The City of Concord also has a separate Facebook page designed to share information with the public.  "Friends" of Concord can also use the page to communicate directly and conveniently with the City.  If you haven't already, to log into Facebook at www.concordnc.govand click the Facebook icon in the social media block on the right of the website to check out these convenient resources!
City of Concord Upcoming Meetings
Public hearings Held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
March Meetings
3/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
3/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
3/23/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
April Meetings
4/8/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
4/15/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
4/20/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
4/27/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting



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