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Concord welcomes NASCAR fans
The 2010 Spring race weeks begin this weekend in the City of Concord with the NC Education Lottery 200 on Friday May 21 and the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday May 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The events continue next week with Windstream Pole Night on Thursday May 27, the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 on Saturday May 29, and the world famous Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 30.
 
National Public Works Week May 16th to May 22nd
National Public Works week began in 1960 as an educational campaign by the American Public Works Association to recognize the men and women whose jobs keep our cities and towns moving. Mayor Padgett and the City Council have designated May 16-22 as Public Works Week in the City of Concord. National Public Works Week is held each year during the third week of May. 
 
The City of Concords public works departments include Buildings and Grounds, Fleet Services, Transportation, Water Resources, Wastewater, Electric Systems, Engineering, Solid Waste and Recycling Services, and Stormwater Services. These are the men and women who quietly roll up their sleeves and work behind the scenes to provide well-kept public areas, clean water, electricity, garbage and recycling disposal, and a healthy environment all while helping to protect public health & safety.
 
While the men and women in these departments work for the good of our City doing vital and sometimes dangerous jobs, they often receive little recognition. It is important that we celebrate and honor them by understanding and appreciating the services they provide. Please visit the City of Concord’s website to learn more about the public works departments that help keep Concord moving!
 
Quarterly Shining Star Award winner - Officer Mike Drake
At the May 13 City Council Meeting, Council had the opportunity to recognize the Quarterly Shining Star Award winner - Officer Mike Drake. City Manager Brian Hiatt asks the community to join him in congratulating Office Drake for this well deserved honor. Here is the description of the event that led to the original nomination.
 
"On Feb 04, 2010 the Police Department was dispatched to a call of a house fire at approx. 03:30 at 721 Harris St. Information came in through the communications center that some residents were possibly still inside. Officer Drake was the first unit to arrive. The front of the residence was totally engulfed in flames so Officer Drake quickly decided to go to the back of the residence and see if he could wake anyone up or see if they needed assistance. When he got around the back of the residence he could see a male subject lying on the enclosed back porch near the door leading to the kitchen. The subject appeared intoxicated and was trying to get his dog out. There area was smoke filled. Officer Drake tried to talk the subject into coming out but he continued to try to find his dog. Officer Drake, without hesitation, went up into the enclosed back porch and dragged the subject out of the burning dwelling. At this point the whole house was engulfed in flames. Officer Drake got the man out into the back yard and turned him over to Officer Medlin. Officer Drake then went back to the porch and attempted to locate the dog but was forced out due to the flames. The dog was unable to be saved.  Officer Drake showed exceptional courage, regardless of his own safety, in order to save the man's life."
 
The Shining Star Award concept was developed by the Customer Service Design Team to recognize coworkers who go above and beyond in customer service. Several of the Design Team members were present Thursday night as Team Member Sgt. Lisa Linker of the Police Department presented the award. Special thanks to Team Member Phillip Kingsland in Engineering for communicating these achievements to our organization. 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
PUBLIC SWIM
Swimming open to the general public. Patrons must purchase a Privilege Pass I.D. in order to swim. The Aquatics Center will open for Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31 and will open daily on Friday June 4 - Saturday August 21. The pool will be closed Tuesday June 1 - Thursday, June 3.
Hours for public swimming:
Mon. - Thurs.: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Adult Swim 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Sat.: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sun.: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fees:
$10 Individual Privilege Pass; $ 5 city resident discount
$30 Family Privilege Pass; $15 city resident discount
Daily Swim Fee: $1.50 Youth; $2.50 Adults
 
SWIMMING LESSONS
Group lessons are offered for ages 18 months and up. Lessons are divided from Parent/Child though Level 6. More specific information regarding levels are on our website at www.concordparksandrec.org or by calling Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619. We use the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Group lessons will be offered Monday - Thursday morning and evening with each session lasting 2 weeks except parent/child which are one week.
Sessions begin 6/7 and end 8/19. No classes the week of 7/5 - 7/9.
Fee: $40; $5 city resident discount (different fee for parent/child lessons)
 
Parent/Child lessons are for children 18 months through 2 years of age.
Parents will be in the water with their children. Classes meet for 30 minutes
Monday - Thursday for one week.
Fee: $20; $5 city resident discount
 
Individual lessons are also offered and will be scheduled on an individual
basis. They will last 30 minutes. For more information or to schedule a lesson
contact the pool manager after 5/29 at 704-920-5604.
Fee: $20 per person per lesson; $5 city resident discount
 
Adult lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. for
two sessions, 6/8 - 7/1 and 7/13 - 8/5.
Fee: $40; $5 city resident discount
 
Water Restrictions reminder
City of Concord water customers continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection. We thank our business and residential customers for being mindful of how their use impacts this vital natural resource. 
 
Concord and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought. Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months. Lawn irrigation is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.
 
The following activities are permitted at anytime:
  • The filling, operation, or topping off of ornamental fountains.
  • Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
  • Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
  • Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also using water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 
Union Street Live
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208.
2010 Schedule
May 20 Tim Clark Band
June 17 Mark Roberts and Breeze
July 15 Shakers
August 19 Big Sam
September 16 Band of Oz
 
Booker Drive Street Realignment Project
The City of Concord is proceeding with the Booker Drive realignment project at the intersection with Salem Street. The project will improve the intersection and adjust other infrastructure in the area.
 
There will be a traffic detour and limited access during the construction period, and efforts will be made to minimize inconveniences to the extent possible.  Stakes have been positioned to define the future road and erosion control is in place.
 
This project is partially funded with Federal stimulus funds received through the Community Development Block Grant program and is designed to improve the safety and functionality of this intersection. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Construction Inspection Division at 704-920-5404 during regular working hours.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
May
5/25/2010 at 5:00 p.m. City Manager’s FY11 Budget Recommendation to City Council
5/25/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting
June
6/08/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Worksession and Budget Workshop
6/10/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular Session
6/10/2010 at 7:00 p.m. City Council Public Hearings (includes a public hearing on the FY11 recommended budget)
 
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