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Detour planned on Corban Avenue
Corban Avenue will be closed at 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.
 
City Council Adopts FY 2010-11 budget
After conducting a public hearing on Thursday, June 10, 2010, the Concord City Council adopted the Annual Budget and Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-11.  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 budget maintains the property tax rate at $.42, one of the lowest 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 will not increase in FY 2010-11, but due to the loss of revenues from Philip Morris, wastewater rates could not cover the cost of basic needs without an increase. Even with an increase, staff will have to postpone some key capital projects. The increase would raise the average wastewater customer’s bill by 96 cents per month.
 
For more information on the City budget, please visit the City’s website.
 
Highlights of June 10, 2010 City Council meeting
In addition to adopting the FY 2010-11 budget, the City Council took action on several items Thursday night. For more information on the Council agenda visit the City’s website. Highlights include:
         Authorizing staff to apply for federal grants to install vehicle exhaust systems for Fire Stations 7 and 9, and purchase an Index B ARFF Unit for Concord Regional Airport.
        Executing grant agreements with NCDOT to make various airfield and equipment improvements at Concord Regional Airport.
        Authorizing contracts to provide paratransit, administrative, and marketing services for the Rider Transit System. The administrative services contract is only for three months until the new Transit Center opens with City staff in fall 2010.
       Authorizing a three year contract with Technologies Edge, Inc. to continue providing technology services for the City of Concord.
 
Police Department completes first Annual Community Report
The Concord Police Department has completed its first Annual Community Report. The document gives an overview of all the Police department functions and services, as well as crime statistics and performance reports. The report is available for download on the City’s website. For more information contact Captain Crump at 704-920-5010 or crumpb@concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord coworkers recognized at annual banquet
Today, the City recognized the contributions and accomplishments of its coworkers at the annual Coworker Recognition Day banquet. “Our organization is committed to customer service,” said City Manager Brian Hiatt. “Every day we have over 900 coworkers who embody and exemplify this spirit, and we are honored to recognize them.”
 
The program included recognition of:
        2 former coworkers who passed away in the last year
         11 coworkers who retired in the last year
         24 departments or divisions that received safety awards from NCDOL
         140 coworkers who received service anniversary awards
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Join us for FREE movies and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road on the fourth Friday of the summer months – June, July, and August. The free outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games, activities, and inflatable amusements will begin on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on!
 
Upcoming:
Friday 6/25 - Where the Wild Things Are
Friday 7/23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Friday 8/27 - UP
 
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 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
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.
July
7/06/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Work session
7/08/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular session
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