Highlights of the August 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
Presentation of the second annual Customer Service “Super Star” Award – Officer Mike Drake, Police Department: “On Feb 04, 2010 we received 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. A male individual was trying to get his dog out. There area was smoke filled. Officer Drake tried to talk the individual 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 individual 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.”
*This award is part of the City’s Customer Service initiative, led by coworkers from all departments in the Customer Service Design Team. The Design Team is charged with leading the City’s effort to make Customer Service the number one priority, promote it as part of our organization’s culture, and recognize those coworkers who go above and beyond in their jobs. Officer Drake has also been recognized by ElectriCities as a Hometown Hero. See the information below about the 2010 ElectriCities awards.
Presentation of Plaque of Appreciation from Cabarrus County Schools 
Board of Education Chair, Holly Blackwelder, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to the Mayor and City Council for the support and contributions provided by the City of Concord to Cabarrus County Schools. The annual direct and in-kind value of services provided to Cabarrus County Schools by the City of Concord is approximately $481,000.
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Concord Development Ordinance – After receiving a request from a local trade association and Rowan Cabarrus Community College, staff proposed a corrective text amendment to allow trade schools in I-2 zoning. Prior to the amendment, trade schools were only permitted uses in I-1 zoning. Areas that are zoned I-2 and have the buildings and infrastructure to accommodate trade schools are generally no different in character than areas zoned I-1. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to forward the CDO amendment to council for consideration with the condition that business schools not be permitted in the I-2; therefore, business schools are defined separately from trade schools.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute Interlocal Agreements and a contract for engineering work associated with the transfer of water from Albemarle – Since a water supply shortage was identified in 2002, the City of Concord has worked with the Cities of Kannapolis and Albemarle to ensure an adequate future water supply in Cabarrus County. The Interlocal Agreements finalize years of negotiation and enable the cities to move forward on constructing a line between Albemarle, Concord, and Kannapolis to bring water to the area from the Yadkin River Basin. W.K. Dickson will perform the necessary engineering work for this infrastructure.
Adopted a budget ordinance and transferred 374 Maiden Lane from the Business and Neighborhood Services department to the Housing Department – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is phasing out traditional public housing in concentrated multi-family developments and replacing it with scattered lower density developments, including single-family dwellings. The 374 Maiden Lane property was constructed by Business and Neighborhood Services as part of the HOME Program. Upon transfer, Housing will manage and operate the property for twenty years in strict compliance with all HUD programs and other legal requirements.
Approved acquisition of real property for a permanent path easement– the City will receive a 30-foot wide permanent path easement across property owned by Cabarrus County for trail development along the Rocky River Greenway Northwest Phase, which will improve connectivity from the trail to Harris Road Middle and Odell Elementary Schools.
Renewed the agreement between the City of Concord and Cabarrus Economic Development, Inc. - The City of Concord and the other local governments in Cabarrus County contract with Cabarrus Economic Development, Inc. to provide "core economic development services" to secure quality economic growth in the private sector. The central purpose of the EDC is to build strong relationships with key decision-makers in targeted industries and to leverage relationships with these decision-makers to cause them to expand existing facilities if here, or to relocate to Cabarrus County if not. EDC staff work closely with each of the local governments in Cabarrus County, as well as the NC Department of Commerce, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce economic development staff, the Cabarrus CVB, and the Concord Downtown Development Corporation.
Various actions related to the Villas at Logan Gardens project - City Council amended the Lease between the City and Logan Community Daycare and the Ground Lease to the Villas at Logan Gardens LLC, and set a public hearing date to consider the closure of right-of-way of Booker Drive SW generally between Lincoln Street SW and Georgia Street SW. These actions finalize the site plans and land rights necessary to proceed with the project. The public hearing on the Booker Street right-of-way will be September 9, 2010.
Authorized the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with the Cabarrus County Board of Education for a 1973 American LaFrance Fire Unit to be used by the Concord High School Fire Academy program - The Concord High School Fire Academy program is in its third year, with a projected student enrollment of 120 plus students. The use of the fire unit will greatly enhance the program and give the students a sense of ownership, while reducing the impact on the Fire Department. The Fire Department currently provides a reserve fire engine on a frequent basis and by leasing the 1973 unit it will provide a unit on site for the students to utilize without impacting the Fire Department. The Department’s long term plans for the 1973 unit are to place the unit in the Fire Museum at Fire Station 1.  Hopefully many former students of the program would be able to visit the museum and comment on using that piece of equipment as part of their high school experience. The lease agreement is for $1.00 a year for five years.
ElectriCities recognizes City of Concord for excellence and heroism
ElectriCities, a membership organization including public power communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, has recognized the City of Concord with six Public Power Awards of Excellence, and the Hometown Hero Award. The Hometown Hero Award, one of four presented at the conference, recognized Police officer Mike Drake for his heroism in saving a life.
The Awards were presented today at the ElectriCities Annual Conference awards banquet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For more information, visit the City’s website.
City of Concord tax bills will be mailed August 16, 2010
The City of Concord will mail City property tax bills Monday, August 16, 2010. Tax bills are arriving about a month later than usual due to technological difficulties experienced during Cabarrus County’s scheduled software conversion.
Under North Carolina law, bills are due September 1, 2010, and will not be past due until January 6, 2011. The City continues to have one of the lowest tax rates with cities of comparable size in North Carolina at 42 cents per $100 valuation. For more information, visit the City’s website.
Law Enforcement Explorer Post 107 attends convention in Atlanta
Congratulations to Cabarrus County Law Enforcement Explorer Post 107, which is supported by the Concord Police Department and Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, went to Atlanta in July for a national conference and did very well in competition. For more information please visit the City Hall Blog.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan announces Conversations with Kay in Concord
Senator Hagan and her staff will be at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, 331 Corbane Ave SE, on Monday, August 16, 2010 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Senator Hagan will meet with constituents on a first come, first served basis from 3:45pm-4:45pm. Representatives from Senator Hagan’s office will be on site from 3:00pm-5:00pm to assist constituents who need assistance with federal agencies.
NCDOT temporarily closes Cox Mill Road
The NC Department of Transportation temporarily closed a section of Cox Mill Road in Concord for fifteen days beginning Tuesday, August 3, weather permitting. The road closure is part of a contract awarded in June to add a left turn lane from Poplar Tent Road to Cox Mill Road and to widen the bridge on Poplar Tent Road over Rocky River.
This closure will allow crews to lower the elevation of Cox Mill Road to tie in with the improvements on Poplar Tent Road. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.
Motorists traveling on Cox Mill Road should use the signed detour through Christenbury Parkway, Derita Road, and Poplar Tent Road back to Cox Mill Road. Be sure to watch signs for construction information, stay alert, and obey the posted speed limit. For more information, please contact the NCDOT resident engineer at (704) 455-2958.
Park Watch program expands to Dorton Park – attend meeting 8/16
Park Ranger Pat Merritt is implementing a Park Watch Program for James Dorton Park. City of Concord Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, August 16 at 6:00pm at Dorton Park. 
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. 
The Park Watch Program has been implemented at McGee Park, Myers Park, and McEachern Greenway. Based on the pilot program in this location, the department is now evaluating how to refine and expand to other locations throughout the City.
A volunteer 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 in the park.
Those interested in volunteering for the Park Watch Program are invited to the orientation meeting at the picnic shelter at Dorton Park. The park is located at 5790 Poplar Tent Rd. in Concord. Refreshments will be served.
Cabarrus Avenue sidewalk extension
Between July 22 and September 10, contract crews will be extending the sidewalk on Cabarrus Avenue from Reed Street down to Branchview Drive. Signs will be erected and traffic will be maintained with some delays. In addition to sidewalks, the work will include installing additional storm drains, curb and gutter, and ADA Ramps. For further information, please visit the Concord Interactive Street Map, or contact Transportation Inspectors Terry Harris or Lonnie Bulger at 704-920-5365.
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs October 1
The 13th annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 24, 2010. Please visit the City's website for more information.
B-17 crew members to be honored at open house October 22-24
The Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.”  This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. The tour stop will be at Concord Regional Airport October 22 - 24, 2010, as the featured attraction of the open house with WWII aircraft static displays. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 50 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a dinner on October 23 and be provided a free ride on the B-17. Please email Susan Green or call 704-920-5915 for more information.
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!
Friday 8/27 - UP
For more information, email
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
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.
8/17/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
8/19/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
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