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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord has the lowest fleet services cost per Vehicle Equivalent Unit in North Carolina? Concord is one of fifteen municipal fleets participating in the NC Benchmarking Program administered by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Various industry standard measures are reported each year that fall within three categories: workload, effectiveness, and efficiency measures. While Concord rates high in many of these categories, Fleet Services has maintained the lowest cost per VEU for the past three years in a row, while maintaining a 98 percent availability rate.
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday on April 6
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, April 6. Friday solid waste customers will have a one day delay, with Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord receives Excellence in Communications Awards
The City of Concord was among 19 North Carolina local governments to earn recognition in the fourth North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards presented Thursday, March 29 in Chapel Hill as part NC3C’s annual Spring Conference.
 
The City of Concord received second-place awards in the two categories. The Special Events award was given for the public homecoming ceremony for the remains of Vietnam-era soldier Donnie Shue in April, 2011. The Service Delivery award was presented for Concord’s comprehensive solid waste education campaign leading up to its July 2011 service enhancements. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord offers residential heat pump rebate
The City of Concord is pleased to announce a new residential high-efficiency heat pump rebate program for customers of the City’s electric system. The goal is to promote the purchase and installation of higher efficiency electric heat pumps, with a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14.00, as a new installation or to replace an existing, lower efficiency system. The program is a way to help lower customers’ cost with an added benefit of helping to lower the City’s peak demand during the summer. In addition, customers switching from gas to an electric HAVC system may qualify for a lower monthly electric utility rate. Heat pump rebates of $400 per unit are available to qualified customers, with no maximum number of units. Dual fuel or mini-split systems do not qualify. Other standards apply to this rebate. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Win an iPad 2 at Viva Verde Earth Fest (and stay for Earth-friendly fun)
Wish you had an iPad? Be sure to mark down Saturday, April 14 on your calendar, where attendees at the third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) will have the opportunity win a free refurbished iPad 2. To highlight the importance of reuse, VVEF organizers will award an Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to one lucky winner who registers for the drawing at the event. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
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 concordnc.gov.
 
VVEF Sneak peak at Concord Mills beginning April 9! Click here for details.
 
Check out the City Hall Blog for everything you need to know about VVEF!
 
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.
 
Community cleanup event scheduled for Friday, April 13
The City of Concord Housing Department’s annual Taking Pride in Our Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Housing residents and Youth Council members, along with members of the community, are uniting to clean-up the neighborhood.
 
Taking Pride in Our Community is held each spring to give residents the opportunity to give back to the community. People may work in their own yards or choose another location within the surrounding area to make a difference.
 
Individuals interested in participating will gather behind the Concord Housing Administrative Office, located at 283 Harold Goodman Circle, at 10:00 a.m.  Safety vests, gloves, and trash bags for litter collection will be available.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
 
A clean neighborhood is a safer neighborhood. When people take pride in the way their community looks the residents feel better about themselves and where they live.  For more information, contact Zenobia L. Nelson in Resident Services 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Sewer project underway for Bell Street
City of Concord Wastewater Resources crews are installing a new gravity sewer main on Bell Street. This project is the final phase of the downtown sewer system upgrade. To accommodate the project, Bell Street will be closed between 79 Bell Street and the intersection with Corban Avenue. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and to follow posted detour routes. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Registration stil available 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. 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.
 
Bunny Bash THIS WEEKEND!
Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
W. W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive
Egg hunts begin at 12:00 noon. Festival includes egg hunts, inflatable amusements, climbing wall, arts & crafts, face painting and DJ with games and prizes. The Bunny Trail includes games and activities offered by Concord Youth Council members dressed as popular fairy-tale and cartoon characters. Remote parking at Central Cabarrus High School with a shuttle to and from the park.
 
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.
 
April
4/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session and external agency hearing
4/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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