1. Presented a proclamation to the Concord High School Boys Basketball team for their achievements in the 2009-2010 season.  The team was runner-up in the State 3-A Championship.
2. Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2009 to the Finance Department. The City of Concord has participated in the Government Finance Officer's Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) award program for several years and again has been successful in meeting  the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the period ending June 30, 2009. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City has received this award for 21 consecutive years.
3. Presented the 2010 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award.
Jo Atwater's life is synonymous with heartfelt service to others in our community and the highest dedication to our organizational core values. Jo worked for the City from 1994-2004. During this time, she became a respected friend and inspirational teammate to all co-workers. This award continues Jo's vibrant spirit and valued legacy by annually recognizing one co-worker that embodies our organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste was nominated by coworkers to be this year's recipient of the award based on his numerous activities to help people in distressed communities.
4. Presented a plaque from the American Public Power Association recognizing the City of Concord Electric Systems Department for receiving the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation. Concord is one of 94 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The RP3 recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.
5. Approved  the request of Grant Conversano of Boy Scouts Of America Troop 128 to install a flag pole in McGee Park as his Leadership Service Project in pursuit of the rank of Eagle Scout. Grant would secure the funding and have installed a 30' flag pole and provide the city an American Flag and a NC State Flag as his Eagle Scout Service Project.
6. Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a USTA grant to reimburse the City for the painting of tennis court lines. The Parks and Recreation Department requested to apply for a grant from the United States Tennis Association for reimbursement of 75% ($1,425) of the total cost ($1,900) to paint additional lines on eight tennis courts. These lines will enable P&R to continue with efforts to develop the VIBE and QuickStart Tennis Program. This program's focus is on the neighborhoods of Logan, Hartsell and Gibson Village and will allow us to reach younger children on courts by providing an identified smaller playing area. The VIBE Tennis program currently uses the Logan Gym.
7. Amended a contract with Cabarrus County  for the Concord Rural Fire Protection District Inter-local agreement. In July of 1991 the City entered into an agreement with the Pitts Volunteer Fire Department to provide fire protection in their fire protection district after the dissolution of their Fire Department. In 2004 the City and County entered into an agreement to form the Concord Rural Fire Protection District to better define the boundaries of the old Pitts VFD fire district. It has come to the attention of Cabarrus County that there are several small parcels in close proximity to the Concord Rural District that are not covered by a formal agreement for fire protection services. These parcels are north of I-85 on the Cabarrus / Mecklenburg County line. The amended contract calls for both parties to cooperate to do what is necessary or required to create and impose a fire district tax for all properties in the Concord Rural Fire District. Currently the City provides fire protection at no cost based on the 1991 agreement with the former Pitts VFD.
8. Supported the City of Concord's implementation of the NC Department of Labor Apprenticeship program. Apprentices will be given supervised, on-the-job training by qualified co-workers as approved and registered by the Apprenticeship and Training Bureau of the North Carolina Department of Labor. The City will work in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Labor and the Department of Veteran  Affairs on this effort.
9. Received a report on this year's Justice Assistance Grant and authorized staff to apply for this grant. The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is a non-competitive grant from the Department of Justice. JAG award amounts are predetermined based on Part I offenses. Cabarrus is considered a "disparate" county which means funds from Concord and Kannapolis must be shared with the Sheriff's Office as they house our arrested offenders. The total received by Concord will then be $26,009. The total for Kannapolis will be $18,014 and Cabarrus County will be $7,770.
10. Established a schedule for consideration of Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget. Under the North Carolina Fiscal Control Act, the City Manager must present a balanced budget to Council by June 1st of every year. City Council must adopt the budget by July 1. City Council decided to hold a special meeting to hear the City Manager's budget presentation on Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 PM, a budget workshop after the Council Work Session on Tuesday, June 8 and the required public hearing during the regular meeting on Thursday, June 10. Additional review meetings may be scheduled by Council as necessary.

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