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Did you know?
Did you know that the Buildings and Grounds Department is working on a restoration of the historic North Union Street tree canopy? The planting strip along Union Street is not big enough for many of the trees, and the department worked with an arborist and homeowners to assess and plan replacement for the damaged and diseased trees. To date, five elms are planted, with two more scheduled for planting in two weeks. Six dogwoods have been planted, and three more will be planted in two weeks.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest is TOMORROW!
The second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (a partnership between Concord, Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County) is TOMORROW, April 16 at North Cabarrus ParkBecause of tomorrow’s possibility of severe weather, please visit the event’s Facebook page or website for status updates in the morning. You may also call 704-920-3359. VVEF is a festival in honor of Earth Day that celebrates nature and environmental stewardship, providing opportunities for environmental education in a fun, family-friendly way! There will be information booths, live music, recycling opportunities, games, and more. Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page and website; information is also available on the City’s website.
 
Highlights of April 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to new Board of Adjustment member Ford Craven.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Harold Phifer for 29 years of service in the Solid Waste Services Department, and Steve Parker for 10 years of service in the Buildings and Grounds Department.
 
Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of May 8-14, 2011 as Food Allergy Awareness Week.
 
Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of April 24-May1, 2011 as (Soil and Water Conservation) Stewardship Week.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for the Concord Housing Department
 
Conducted a public hearing and amended the Concord Development Ordinance Articles 7 and 9 to address dimensional requirements and permitted uses in the Residential-County Originated (R-CO) zoning District.
 
Screened videos produced by Cannon School students for the City’s Solid Waste improvements education campaign.
 
Approved the 2010 N.C. Main Street Energy II Grant and adopted a budget ordinance for the installation of solar panels on top of the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck.
 
Adopted a Resolution and authorized the Mayor to execute an application for the re-establishment of the designation of an Urban Progress Zone (UPZ) in the City of Concord.
 
Adopted a Resolution and authorized the Mayor to enter into a joint cooperation agreement supporting the continuation of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan Housing Consortium through 2014.
 
Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a Carolina Thread Trail Implementation Grant.
 
Awarded a bid in the amount of $226,358 to Terex Utilities for purchase of a utility line truck.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. to perform the Hazard Mitigation Fire Flow Study.
 
Entered into a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Agreement, Project C-4918 B WBS Element 44018.1.2, 2.2, and 3.2, CFDA 20.205 with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) with a 20% local match to Federal funding to provide for the construction of turn lanes and intersection improvements on US 601 and NC 3.
 
Entered into a Review and Inspection Agreement WBS Elements 36249.3049 with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to participate in traffic signal modifications at the intersection of Cabarrus Ave., W. (SR-1002) and Kerr St., NW in Concord.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute the Streets Preservation Contract No. STR11-SPRING to Ferebee Corporation of Charlotte.
 
Approved a request to hold an Airport Open House on October 29th and 30th.
 
Partnered with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to provide in-kind services and insurance for the Spring Into Arts Festival and in-kind services for the Union Street Live concert series for 2011.
 
Approved a process for City Council redistricting based on 2010 Census results in preparation for the 2011 municipal election.
 
Adopted a resolution opposing the passage of HB 117.
 
Adopted Resolutions of Intent for ten City-initiated annexation areas.
 
Concord Police Department promotes Stofford to major
Interim Police Chief Guy Smith announced Wednesday that Walter Stofford has been promoted to the rank of major. Stofford is a nineteen-year veteran of the Concord Police Department, joining as a patrol officer in 1992. After serving in criminal investigations from 1994 until 1996, he was promoted to sergeant and spent time in both the Patrol and Support Services Divisions. Stofford was promoted to captain in 2001, and led the criminal investigations and David patrol district before moving to command of Support Services in 2003. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
City announces new website address: concordnc.gov
The City of Concord will transition its website and employee email addresses to concordnc.gov, beginning Monday, May 2, 2011. The City is leaving the existing concordnc.gov address in place for the foreseeable future for both the website and emails. This will allow a period of transition where either domain works seamlessly without interruption to the customer. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
City to observe Good Friday on April 22
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, April 22. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Republic Services will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, April 21. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
Solid waste improvements begin July 5, request a staffer to speak
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit the City’s website for more information!
 
Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The annual City of Concord Bunny Run 5k presented by Smoothie King will take place on Saturday April 23, 2011. Race day registration and pre-registered race bag pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. in the lower level of Les Myers Park. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 and the 5k Bunny Run begins at 8:30.
 
The 1 Mile Fun Run is free but registration is required. The 5k Bunny Run is $12.00 until April 15, then $15.00 after April 15.
 
The course features the McEachern and Downtown Connector Greenways, as well as, Les Myers Park and McGee Park. More information is available at www.concordparksandrec.org.
 
Egg Hunts
Join Concord Parks & Recreation and sponsors for the 2011 Egg Hunts. The fun starts precisely at times listed. Bring your basket to carry home your eggs!
 
Egg Hunts at Caldwell Park, 362 Georgia Street, SW
Wednesday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Pre-school and elementary age egg hunt.
 
Seniors’ Eggstravaganza at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Avenue SW
Wednesday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Aging, Cabarrus Council on Aging, and Cabarrus Senior Games. Includes a variety of activities and lunch. Call 704-920-3484 to RSVP for lunch ($5.00).
 
Bunny Bash at W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Dr.
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Egg hunts begin at 12:00 noon)
This Spring festival for the entire family includes egg hunts, inflatables, climbing wall, arts and crafts, face painting, and a DJ with games and prizes. Just for pre-school age children, the Bunny Trail offers games with Concord Youth Council members dressed as popular fairy-tale and cartoon characters. Remote parking at Central Cabarrus High School with shuttles to and from will be available.
 
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year through May 13. Applications are available on the City’s website or by contacting Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.  
 
Parks & Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps: Children 6-10 years for Summer Playground and 11-13 years for Summer GoneAlot program. The Summer Camp program is for 8 weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 
Summer Playground registration for new campers is available by online registration or walk-in registration 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center location on Academy Ave., NW.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
Art Walk
Friday, April 15, 6-9 p.m., all over downtown Concord
Enjoy visual art displays, music, refreshments and visiting with the artists. Featuring the opening reception for The Galleries’ Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Friday, April 15, 9 p.m.
Modern Film Fest at the Davis: All About Dad, free
Film about a Vietnamese-American family with a loving, but strict Father whose rigid expectations threaten to ruin the ambitions of his children. The film has not been rated; the arts council recommends that you research the film to decide whether it’s appropriate for your family. www.allaboutdadmovie.com.
 
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., $30
On Stage at the Davis: Blood Done Sign My Name
Moving theatrical adaptation of the book about the murder of a young black man in Oxford, NC, in 1970. Performed by acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley accompanied by powerful gospel singer Mary D. Williams. www.goingbarefoot.com
         
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Through May 19
Exhibition:  Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations
Artwork featuring impressed designs, traditional impressionistic approaches and the marvel of improvisation by 17 artists:  Dan Allegrucci, Clark Whittington’s Art-O-Mat, Ben Betsalel, Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Farmer, Ann Gleason, Mary Kudlak, Marygrace Perkins, John Ransmeier, Stuart Roper, Amy Sanders, Mary Thomas, Justin Turcotte, Janet Warner, Julie Wiggins, R. Wayne Wrights and Darren Young. The exhibition has a little bit of everything – paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery and a cigarette vending machine refurbished into an “Art-O-Mat” that dispenses original works of art for $5. Don’t miss the “I Spy” scavenger hunt – there is one for children and a harder one for adults.
 
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show Up Saturday
Opportunity for people unable to come Monday-Friday to see the Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations exhibition.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e -newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
The Spring into Arts Festival 2011 is now accepting applications for its juried arts show. Artists can request an application by emailing info@concorddowntown.com or calling 704-784-4208. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
Now through Saturday, May 14, free admission
Cabarrus County During Wartime: The War Between the States
Special exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. On display are Confederate battle flags hand-sewn by Concord women, oil paintings, weapons, vintage photographs, and other artifacts. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
April
4/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/10/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/12/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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