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Did you know?
Did you know that you should not just change your clocks, but also your batteries this weekend? As the return to daylight savings times approaches this weekend, the City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety reminds residents to change the batteries in smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors while moving clocks ahead one hour. This is the simplest, most effective way to reduce tragic deaths and injuries due to home fires. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of the March 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Special presentation to Mayor Padgett from the Independent Tribune.
 
Approved neighborhood matching grant applications submitted by Recognized Neighborhoods
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Turner Asphalt Seal Coating Concrete for the parking improvements to the Clearwater Artist Studios on Kerr Street NW.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for construction services relating to the CMAQ C-4919 McCachern Boulevard Streetscape Improvements and adopted ordinances amending the Transportation Improvement Fund, General Projects Fund, and the Recreation Reserve Fund.
 
Adopted the High Efficiency Heat Pump Rebate Program.
 
Appointed Kia Scott Andrews to the Concord ABC Board and Barbara J. Walker to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
 
City of Concord to rehabilitate existing sewer lines
The award-winning City of Concord Wastewater Resources Department will begin work on the fiscal year 2011-2012 slip lining contract next week. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Try Transit and let us do the driving
Have you tried transit? More and more people in our community are. In September, Rider Transit reported record ridership after several months of passenger growth following the November 2010 launch of the Rider Transit Center facility. This has continued as more passengers Try Transit to get around Concord and Kannapolis. Visit the City Hall Blog to read more.
 
Informational workshop planned for Derita Road widening project
NCDOT and the City of Concord are planning the widening of Derita Road in Concord from Popular Tent Road to Concord Mills Boulevard. The City and NCDOT will hold a Citizens’ Informational Workshop for this project on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Fire Station 9 Community Room located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road. The purpose of this workshop is for Concord and NCDOT representatives to provide information, answer questions, and accept written comments regarding this proposed project. Maps presenting the detailed designs will be on display. For more information, visit ncdot.gov.
 
Now seeking volunteers and vendors for Viva Verde Earth Fest!
Save the date! The third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (a partnership between Concord, Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County) is coming from 10:00-3:00 on Saturday, April 14 at North Cabarrus Park. 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; information is also available on the City’s website.
 
Several volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Visit concordnc.gov for details, or contact Taylor Morris at morrist@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5616.
 
Interested in participating as a vendor? Just download a vendor registration form and submit by April 3! For more information visit concordnc.gov.
 
Register now for the 2012 Bunny Run
Registration is open for the 2012 Bunny Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, April 7. The 1-mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Bunny Run begins at 8:30 a.m. The course has changed this year to accommodate the increasing amount of runners, with the race starting and finishing in Historic Downtown Concord.  Online registration and a special pre-registration price of $15 is available until March 30. Registration is $20 from March 31 through April 7. A registration brochure, map of the new course, and more information is available at concordnc.gov
 
City of Concord cemetery cleanup planned for March 12-16
On March 12-16, 2012 the cemetery grounds at Oakwood and West Concord Cemeteries and Rutherford Memorial Park will be cleaned in preparation of spring mowing and grounds work. The City of Concord asks for the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to March 12, 2012. Please do not replace flowers until after March 16. For more information call 704-786-8212.
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Concord History Walk
Saturday, April 14
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Concord
Costumed interpreters, uniformed reenactors, walking tours of historic buildings, and live music bring our past to life. Includes grand opening of new Concord museum inside Historic Courthouse. Concludes at 4:00 p.m. with free outdoor jazz concert by Rowan Big Band All-Stars. Free admission. Family-friendly event co-sponsored by Cabarrus County Community Foundation, Shoe Show, Inc., and Historic Cabarrus Association. www.historiccabarrus.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/15/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/20/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/27/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
April
4/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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