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Did you know?
Did you know the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis adopted responsible water use guidelines 2009 that restrict water use for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Mount Pleasant? Under normal, responsible water use, lawn irrigation is ONLY allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of the May 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized former Electric Systems Director Bill Seamone for his induction into the Lineman's Hall of Fame, and presented plaques from the American Public Power Association recognizing the department for receiving the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond designation and first-place in the Safety Awards of Excellence (details at concordnc.gov).
 
Presented retirement plaques to:
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to the Fire and Life Safety Department. On November 28, a local family was burned out of their home. The father had recently lost his job, and the family was left with nothing (including a vehicle) as a result of the fire and employment status. The Department banded together to provide the teenage boys with new clothes and other items for Christmas and gathered used household items to donate for the family once they found a new home.
 
Presentation of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2011 to the Finance Department.
 
Adopted names for the Downtown connector walkways to help guide visitors around the Downtown business district: Union-Market Passage, Bicentennial Passage.
 
Approved plans to modify the Spring Street public parking lot to improve pedestrian connectivity from the Carolina Courts facility and Memorial Gardens to the Downtown business district and to promote Downtown economic development.
 
Received an update from the City of Concord Youth Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopting an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by Roberta United Methodist Church.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a text amendment to Article 8 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to add certain uses to the Light Industrial (I-1) zoning district.
 
Authorized the Concord ABC Board to retain Capital Reserve Funds.
 
Granted a license to the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to display banners for Concord on Canvas.
 
Approved matching grant funds and adopted a budget ordinance for the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace half of the county-wide radio system with digital P25 equipment and connect to theUASI regional control system.
 
Authorized the Police Department to apply for and receive funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with First Transit to operate the Rider Transit System.
 
Allocated HOME funds for multi-family affordable housing rehabilitation project located at 357 Freedom Street SW
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a corrugated cardboard recycling contract with County Garbage Collectors, Inc., d/b/a Benfield Sanitation Services, to collect and recycle cardboard from businesses and non-profits located within the City of Concord.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the NCDOT Division of Aviation to design a replacement Air Traffic Control tower.  
 
Take to the skies at Concord Regional Airport
The EAA Young Eagles Rally, FREE introductory airplane rides for youth ages 8-17, will be at the Concord Regional Airport 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 12. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
The 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be at Concord Regional Airport June 1-3. The Tri-Motor is a unique experience for the whole family to fly in the world’s first airliner. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
$10 rabies vaccinations available May 14-19
Cabarrus County Animal Control and Cabarrus Health Alliance have partnered with local veterinary clinics to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats the week of May 14-19. Information about the program and a list of participating Cabarrus County veterinarians is available at cabarrusheatlh.org.
 
City coworkers participate in local documentary project
The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2012, which includes City coworkers Rita Ellison (Finance), Glenn Hatley (Aviation), and Lesley Reder (Finance), has produced a documentary honoring the impact of the textile industry in Cabarrus County. Stitched in Time includes stories told by former Cannon Mill employees and highlights the rich history of our region. The film will premiere at the Gem Theater on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. More details at cabarruschamber.org.
 
Learn about fair housing rights on May 25
The NC Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or family status.
The Housing and Planning and Neighborhood Development Departments invite the public to an open house on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street SW. A housing counselor will be on site from 11-1, a continental breakfast will be served from 10-noon, and lunch will be served from noon-2. For more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
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. 
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
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 7th annual Spring into Arts Festival is back and ready to share some of the best that North Carolina has to offer tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) from noon until 9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. There will be musical and theatrical performances throughout the day and a concert in the evening at this free event. View the art show or the jewelry for sale. Kids also can be artists with various activities and crafts. For more information, call 704-784-4208 or visit concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Catalinas - May 17
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/22/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
6/12/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/14/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
Stay Connected!
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Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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