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City of Concord earns national recognition for electric utility
The City of Concord has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for reliable electric service and safe operating practices in 2011. The City’s designation for the Reliable Public Power Diamond Award and first-place in the APPA Safety Awards of Excellence were announced during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, retired director Bill Seamone was inducted into the International Lineman’s Museum Hall of Fame. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Concord officials complete bond refunding process
City of Concord officials have completed the refunding process for $17.3 million of utilities systems revenue bonds, producing an estimated net present value savings of 13 percent or $2.682 million. The refunding will save the City approximately $260,000 each of the ten remaining years on the life of the bonds. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Utility work to temporarily close portion of Spring Street
City of Concord Electric crews plan to install underground power lines next week for the new Carolina Courts facility currently under construction on Spring Street in Historic Downtown Concord. Because pavement must be removed on Spring Street, crews will close the road to through traffic between Cabarrus Avenue and Barbrick Avenue while work is underway. The closure is expected to last from 8:00 a.m. on Monday April 23 until noon on Tuesday, April 24. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City updates Blackboard Connect™ service
After several years of use, the City of Concord has updated its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents and enable community leaders to reach the public more quickly and effectively, helping keep them safe and better informed. Blackboard Connect enables officials to quickly deliver critical messages, including emergency alerts and important announcements, via phone, text, and email. Concord is holding a community-wide data drive, encouraging residents to verify and register their contact information in the system’s secure Connect Access Portal, where they can also manage their message settings, including their preferred language and mode of contact. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
4/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/7/2012 at 5:30 p.m. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit public hearing at Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, Concord
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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