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Did you know?
Did you know Concord’s first public school system, the Concord Graded Schools, was established in 1891 by the North Carolina General Assembly? The first day of the 1891 academic school year was December 10 and remained in session for only six months.
 
Highlights of the September 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the annual SUPER STAR Award to Vicki Love in the Communications department. The award nomination read: On the evening of November 8, 2011, Vicki answered a 911 call from a 21 year old man who was sitting alone in a parking lot wanting to take his own life.  While officers responded to him, Vicki remained on the phone with him. On November 9 he called back, this time requesting to speak with a supervisor. His demeanor had completely changed. He wanted to express his gratitude for the service he had received. "I owe my life to the lady who I talked to yesterday and I don't know her. She was compassionate allowing me to vent and never judged me, no one else could help, and no one else cared, but she did. She talked me out of it, and there is no way that I could ever repay that but I want everyone to know how valuable she is."
 
Presented Certificates of Appreciation to Ed Hill, Donna White-Cook, and Harriet Slaughter recognizing their service to the City of Concord Board of Adjustment.
 
Received an update from the City of Concord Youth Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 5 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) relative to Stormwater Certifications for Subdivisions and Site Plans.  
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and submit for City Council approval an agreement with Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County to purchase City-owned property in the 300 block of Broad Street in order construct a single family home for a Habitat identified home buyer, utilizing HOME funds.
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 50, Sections 50 (1), 53 (3), (4), (5) and 57 of the City Code of Ordinances regarding sidewalk encroachments.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Richard Burrage Grading and Hauling for the replacement of the culvert under James St., SW.
 
National Preparedness Month, are you ready for tomorrow?
This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month when families are encouraged to take time to prepare for any emergency from a fire to a hurricane. This year’s slogan is “Pledge to Prepare, Awareness to Action.” We encourage you to ensure that your family has taken time to plan for and prepare for a disaster. Learn how at the City Hall Blog.
 
Special Household Hazardous Waste Drop off
Cabarrus County hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on the first Wednesday or the third Saturday of every month. Two Girl Scouts from Cabarrus County want to encourage you to participate. Come to 124 Cottontail Lane in Hunters Pointe Development on Saturday, September 15 from 8-10 a.m. for a one time opportunity to drop off your household hazardous waste, and Erin and Olivia will take care of it for you. Drop off items such as cans of paint and spray paint, electronics, used household cleaning products that are labeled and in original container, used oil and anti-freeze that are labeled and in original container, and household batteries. For more information about the County’s normal Household Hazardous Waste collection, call 704-920-3278 or visit cabarruscounty.us.
 
Take a Child Outside Week begins September 24
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences created Take a Child Outside Week, which is now observed by partners across the U.S. and Canada. Take a Child Outside Week 2012 is September 24-30, and the City of Concord will host outdoor scavenger hunt events that week. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Cabarrus Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament October 29
The tenth annual Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 29 at the Cabarrus Country Club. Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. exists to ensure that our community is a safe place to live and conduct business through support of local law enforcement efforts. Proceeds from the tournament will help Crime Stoppers maintaining its crime tip hot line and tip rewards program. Event details, sponsorship information, and registration are available at cabarruscrimestoppers.com.
 
Yard waste collection pilot study August 6 - October 19
Solid Waste Services is evaluating a new yard waste collection procedure until October 19. Customer procedures remain the same; visit concordnc.gov to learn more. Concord provides yard waste disposal and other solid waste services to residents at no additional charge.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Youth basketball registration underway
Registration opened September 1 for the 2012-2013 youth basketball season. The league is open to youth ages 4-15, and registration ends September 30. The fee is $30 for City residents or instructional leagues, and $50 for non-residents. For more information or to register online visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
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.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Balsam Range - September 20
 
Take a trip down memory lane at The Galleries
The Cabarrus Arts Council’s High 5 Exhibit in The Galleries and runs through Thursday, October 4. This marks five years that The Galleries has been open, and to celebrate they are welcoming back 50 previously featured artists. Admission is free. The Galleries hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2787 or visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/25/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/9/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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