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School Recycling Partnership
The School Recycling Partnership, an exciting new partnership between local school systems, the business community, and local government, will bring a comprehensive recycling program to local schools beginning this school year. The Cabarrus Sustainability Council, Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County have all partnered to provide recycling services to local schools. The effort, which was organized by the Sustainability Council, will provide the resources for schools to recycle paper, aluminum, plastic, and cardboard. Prior to the program, each school had a varying level of recycling activity. This program enhances and formalizes efforts that are already underway. For more information about the Sustainability Council, contact Samantha Moose at 704-782-4000 or smoose@cabarrus.biz.
 
Be water wise!
The City of Concord reminds citizens that irrigation is permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Well water irrigation is not restricted. Lawns need about an inch of water per week...that's about the depth of a standard six-ounce tuna can. A great way to tell if your watering strategy is doing the trick is to spread out a few tuna cans while you water.  Keep a check so you'll know how long it takes to fill them up. Now, you know exactly how long to water your lawn each week, and you're helping to conserve water!
 
Plant waste is bad for water
Please remember to keep plant material, like grass clippings, out of the street and off the sidewalk. The street and sidewalk provide a direct path for anything carried by the wind or rain...directly into storm drains. Storm drains, themselves, lead directly into bodies of water. When leaves and grass clippings enter bodies of water, they serve to upset the natural nutrient balance, which depletes the water's dissolved oxygen. Low oxygen levels are especially taxing for animals that breathe with gills. Leaving grass clippings to decay naturally on the lawn is actually good for the grass and easier on you! Decaying grass clippings act as free fertilizer, cycling nutrients back into the soil to sustain the growing grass! 
 
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.
 
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 a FREE movie and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road next week for the FINAL time this year! 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 8/27 - UP
 
For more information, email recreation@concordnc.gov
 
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:
September 16 - Band of Oz
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
September
9/7/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9/9/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
9/16/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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