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Highlights of the August 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff. At the NCMPA1 Board of Commissioners meeting, awards were presented to qualifying municipal electric systems in several categories. The City of Concord was awarded "Awards of Excellence" for their achievements in Communications, Customer Service, Key Accounts, Training, Grassroots, and Energy Efficiency.
 
Recognized Robin Barham, Budget and Performance Manager, for her completion of the Budget and Evaluation Officer Certification program. The Budget and Evaluation Officer Certification program, through the NC Local Government Budget Association, recognizes individual achievement for an established level of knowledge on the topics of budgeting, performance, and evaluation. To become certified, an individual must meet the "years of experience" requirement, complete required courses, and successfully pass exams in each area.
 
Presented the Human Service Award to the City of Concord Housing Department. At the Carolinas Council for Affordable Housing Annual Conference in August, the City of Concord Housing Department was awarded the Human Service Award for its "Youth Life Skills" program held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center. The program provides individual and group support, guidance, education, and skill building tools to youth ages 12 to 18 years old who are preparing to move from adolescent to young adulthood.
 
Presented a proclamation recognizing the week of October 4-8, 2010 as Customer Service Week. The International Customer Service Association has declared that Customer Service Week, a nationally recognized event, is celebrated annually during the first full week in October. Customer Service Week is devoted to recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the people on the front line of the service revolution.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for an economic development grant to DNP IMS America Corporation. DNP's Information Media Supply (IMS) division is the world's largest manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbons for bar code and dye-sublimation printers. The DNP IMS America facility is located at 4524 Enterprise Drive in the International Business Park in Concord. The company will expand into and upfit 1,600 square feet of space within an area of its existing plant that was added a few years ago. The estimated value of the real property improvements is $5 million and the estimated value of equipment that will make the addition of this new manufacturing process possible is $20 million. The company currently employs 100 and expects to add 30 new jobs for this new manufacturing process.
 
Recognized Oakleaf Condominiums and Ramsgate into the City’s Recognized Neighborhoods program. Oakleaf Condominiums is located off Brookwood Avenue and has approximately 174 households. Ramsgate is located off Zion Church Road, with 70 households. Through the program, neighborhoods are partnered with a City staff member who serves as their liaison and will attend the neighborhood meetings and assist residents in identifying solutions to problems. Based upon these relationships, City staff is better able to deliver services tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and obtain feedback on proposed public improvement projects within neighborhoods. For more information, visit the City website. 
 
Adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 42 of the Concord Code of Ordinances to allow and regulate an Urban Archery Season within the City of Concord. The Urban Archery Season is available to cities that submit to the Wildlife Resources Commission a letter of intent to participate in the season along with a map clearly defining the area to be included in the season. The State’s established dates for the 2011 Urban Archery season are January 15-February 19, 2011. Concord advised the Commission of intent to participate in the 2011 Urban Archery season and received approval. The adopted ordinance regulates bow and arrow hunting in the City limits during valid hunting periods if the hunter has a valid hunting license, include the Urban Archery Season. In general this ordinance creates restrictions to include: only allowing bow hunting from a stand at least 10 feet off the ground; not permitting bow hunting within 250 feet of any dwelling or occupied structure; and only allowing bow hunting on lots two acres or larger. The hunter would have to be on their own property or with written permission of the property owner. Also, this amendment clarifies restrictions on the discharge of arrows in the City that does not fall within the hunting restrictions. For more information about hunting regulations in North Carolina, please see http://www.ncwildlife.org/Regs/2010_11/2010-11_Hunting.pdf.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute contracts for interior alterations and renovations of the Logan Recreation Center and for various projects.  The City Manager will negotiate and execute contracts with Holden Building Company in the amount of $252,270 for interior alterations and renovations to the Logan Recreation Center, and with Landmark Structures in the amount of $2,555,500 for the construction of a two million gallon elevated water tank off Rock Hill Church Road.
 
Awarded a bid for one substation power transformer for the Harris St. Substation "L." Electric Staff received bids from six (6) approved vendors and opened the bids on August 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm. The successful bidder was determined to be ABB, Inc., who submitted the low bid of $447,900 (firm price). This transformer will allow replacement of an existing power transformer that is at the end of its useful life cycle.
 
City of Concord Remembers the Heroes of September 11, 2001
The City of Concord Fire and Life Safety Department held its ninth Patriot’s Day Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at Fire Station 8. The annual ceremony was initiated in September 2002 to remember the heroes of September 11, 2001.
 
The event takes place at Station 8, which was the first fire station to open in Concord after September 11, 2001. The Station has a permanent monument and plaque in memory of those that were lost.
 
Even though the event’s purpose is to remember and honor those who departed nine years ago, there are heroes that continue to sacrifice their lives while serving our country. Concord’s own James Fleet McClamrock was killed in action Tuesday while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. The City is grateful for his sacrifice and offers its condolences to his family and loved ones.
 
Friday’s ceremony featured a mixed-agency honor guard, bell-ringing, laying of a wreath at the Station 8 monument, and music from the Concord Fire Department Pipes and Drums. Battalion Captain Ed Shaver of the Department of Fire and Life Safety coordinated the event.
 
Don't fall victim to predatory contractors this fall
These are hard times for everyone, but for some more than others. Many are working multiple part-time jobs (if they can find them) just hoping to hold their families together until better days arrive. Our hearts go out to anyone asking to do yard work or other odd jobs to make a little money during these hard times. Unfortunately, many opportunists also arrive on the scene promising work they don’t fully deliver and you can never find them after they walk away from the job. It is often impossible to tell them apart from those who you want to help and you may end up a victim. Check out the City Hall Blog for helpful tips when hiring contractors to work in your yard.
 
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.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
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
October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
September
9/21/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/12/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/14/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
 
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