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Did you know?
Did you know that the Customer Care Center has been in service for 10 years and still has all of the original staff except one? The Center handled 153,602 calls in 2010 for an average of 12,800 calls per month. Based on this average, that would be over 1.5 million calls since it opened for service. The Customer Care Center is your one number to remember for any non-emergency need: 704-920-5555.
 
Highlights of May 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized Michael Masto, Rebecca Valenstein, and Curtis White who were each awarded a $1,100 MPA scholarship from the Brown-Dorton Scholarship Foundation.
 
Recognized Todd Hartsell, Teacher, and the Central Cabarrus Masonry Class for doing the brickwork for a new "Welcome to Concord" sign at the intersection of Warren C. Coleman Boulevard (Hwy 601) and NC 3.
 
Recognized Rita Ellison for her achievement of the North Carolina Tax Collector Certification.
 
Recognized Human Resources Director Jeannine Sargent for graduating from the 2010-2011 Municipal Administration Course at the UNC School of Government.
 
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Mike Poole and Lonnie Bulger of the Transportation Department.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for an Economic Development Grant to FlyRight, Inc.
 
Conducted a public hearing receive and adopted a resolution to redraw City Council district lines to better balance population distribution between districts.
 
Authorized Police Department staff to apply for the FY2011 COPS Hiring Program Grant for the hiring of law enforcement officers.
 
Approved a Recycling Materials Contract with Sonoco Recycling to receive and recover recyclable generated within the City of Concord.
 
Logan Multi-purpose Center reopening
The City of Concord held an open house and neighborhood welcoming ceremony yesterday at the sixty-year-old Logan Multi-Purpose Center after completing substantial renovations to improve its functionality as a recreation center, to enhance the experience of users, and to preserve the building’s status as a community recreation center for the future. The renovations were possible through $300,000 of local funding (City of Concord) for the interior and $200,000 of EECBG stimulus funds for the exterior. While a small amount of work remains in the gymnasium and exterior, the Parks and Recreation staff was ready to re-open the facility to the community so they could enjoy the transformed spaces. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Roll-out recycling cart delivery begins Monday, May 16
Beginning Monday, May 16, the City of Concord will begin delivery of 28,000 new, black, 96-gallon roll-out recycling carts to all Concord residents. The carts are being provided at no charge to residents for the improved every-other-week roll-out recycling program that begins July 5. Crews will deliver carts over the next five weeks according to the schedule on concordnc.gov. Carts may arrive a few days before or after this schedule based on availability and delivery progress.
 
Fire Station 10 open house Wednesday, May 18
The Fire and Life Safety Department will hold an open house at Fire Station 10, located at 9880 Poplar Tent Road, on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to drop in and tour the station, see fire apparatus, and meet the fire personnel providing services to Concord residents and businesses in the area. In addition, the Fire Safety House will be on-site to provide fire safety outreach.
Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
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 concordnc.gov 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. 
 
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
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
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.
 
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.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
May 19 Route 66
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une 16 Too MUCH Sylvia
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
The Spring Into Arts Festival is a day-long arts event in Concord, North Carolina that provides local and regional performing and visual artists an opportunity to show, share knowledge, demonstrate, sell their work and perform. There will be children’s art activities, musical performances, a display of fine art for sale, and food offered for sale by food vendors and local restaurants. The event is free to the public and will be centered in downtown Concord on Union Street.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
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.
May
5/17/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/19/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/24/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
5/7/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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