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Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The City of Concord remembers all those who died in military service throughout our Country’s history. All are encouraged to actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice by:

         visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes
         visiting memorials
         flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
        flying the POW/MIA Flag
        by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day
       by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of the fallen, and to aid the disabled veterans
 
City offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31.
 
Garbage, recycling, building materials and bulky waste will be collected on a one-day delay (Monday’s on Tuesday, etc.) with Friday route collected on Saturday. 
 
All Monday through Friday yard waste customers are requested to place all their yard waste by the curb before 7 am on Tuesday. Yardwaste crews will be working extra hours to finish all routes by Friday.
 
For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.
 
City Manager presents FY2010-11 budget recommendation
Tuesday night City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget recommendation to the Concord City Council at a special meeting. The budget, including all the various municipal funds, totals $195,146,632, a 1.9 percent increase from the current year adopted budget due to increases in purchased power (electric) costs, federally funded firefighter positions to establish an additional ladder company in western Concord, and a change in the way the City accounts for recycling expenses. However the City budget was reduced for FY 2009-10 by 3.2 percent (or $6.42 million), and the decrease in operational items was 17 percent. These cuts all carry over into the new fiscal year.
 
“The City took preventative measures in the past to avoid going into a crisis mode during the economic downturn” said Hiatt. “While we have had to cut expenditures, be aggressive to find ways to be even more efficient, and eliminate the funding for targeted vacant positions, we have been able to meet the City Council’s goal of continuing the basic municipal services needed to support the community.”
 
The proposal calls for no property tax increase, with the rate remaining at $.42, one of the lowest tax rates among North Carolina full-service municipalities above 35,000 in population. The primary focus of the budget is maintaining basic levels of service during the economic downturn and while experiencing the decline of revenues from the closure of Philip Morris, the City’s single largest taxpayer.
 
Water rates are not recommended to increase in FY 2010-11, but due to the loss of revenues from Philip Morris, wastewater rates cannot cover the cost of basic needs without an increase. Even with an increase, staff will have to postpone some key capital projects. The recommended increase would raise the average customer’s wastewater bill by 96 cents per month.
 
The City Council will hold at least one budget workshop on June 8, 2010 and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 10, 2010 during the regular City Council meeting. Interested individuals can view the City Manager’s recommended budget on the City of Concord’s website and also through the City Clerk’s office.
 
Concord welcomes NASCAR fans
The 2010 Spring race weeks continue this weekend in the City of Concord 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.
 
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. 
 
Park Ranger Pat Merritt is implementing a Park Watch Program for McGee Park and McEachern Greenway. The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm at McGee Park.  If the pilot program in this location is successful, the department will evaluate how to refine and expand to other locations throughout the City.
 
The Park Watch Program is similar to a typical Neighborhood Watch Program, with the idea of volunteers keeping their eyes open for suspicious activity in the parks and greenway trail. If any suspicious activity is seen, the volunteers will be instructed to call 911. They will also be instructed to stay uninvolved and to not confront anyone before calling 911. 
 
A “job description” will be distributed by Park Ranger Pat Merritt at the orientation meeting along with a Park Watch t-shirt for the volunteer. Participants are encouraged but not required to wear the t-shirt while walking the greenway trail and parks.
 
Those interesting in volunteering for the Park Watch Program are invited to the orientation meeting at the picnic shelter at McGee Park. The park is located at 219 Corban Avenue, East in Concord. Refreshments will be served.
 
Detour planned on Corban Avenue
Corban Avenue will be closed at near the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets will be open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403. 
 
Two films in production around Concord
Various locations around the City will be seen in two upcoming films. A Box for Rob, by Moving Box Entertainment in association with Uptone Pictures, will be an action-thriller set in Concord. For more information visit aboxforrob.com or their page on Facebook. Witness Insecurity is also in production in the City and elsewhere in the region. It is a mystery-thriller by Cascade Pictures. For more information visit witnessinsecurity.com.
 
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
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
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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