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Did you know that the City's budget staff developed an interactive budget game for citizens and students to illustrate how difficult coming to a balanced budget can be? The activity is presented to citizens enrolled in Concord 101 and third-grade Civic Education students. Real-life requests are presented that total more than the City has available in revenues and it is up to each team to decide what priorities they will have in balancing the budget. Once faced with real-life examples, only one group over the years has proposed lowering the tax rate and cutting City services. Learn more about the budget at
Highlights of the October 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
Presented Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff members. Nineteen public power communities across the state received 2012 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and community energy efficiency promotion. Concord received awards in all five categories.
Recognized the Cinnamon Hill Homeowners' Association into the City's Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services for the Runnin' Hot Festival on November 3, 2012.
Approved a request from the Cabarrus Events Association for in-kind services from various departments for the 84th annual Concord Christmas Parade scheduled for November 17, 2012.
Approved an Interlocal Agreement to cooperate on Wastewater planning and development within the Midland Sewer Service Area.     
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Bell Construction Co., Inc. for construction services relating to the Dorland Avenue Realignment project at Cabarrus Avenue.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Ike's Construction, Inc. for construction services relating to the Wash Bay Addition to the Fleet Services Building. This project is included in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan and has enabled the existing wash bay to be converted so Fire apparatus can be maintained at Fleet Services in a structure much more suitable for the purpose.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Kannapolis Construction Company, Inc. for renovations to Clearwater Artist Studios.   
Approved the submission of a grant application to ArtPlace for the next phase of renovations and improvements at Clearwater Artists Studios.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute contracts with various companies for several enhancements to the Rider Transit System. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (known as Rider Transit) has announced several changes and enhancements coming to the system, starting in late fall 2012 and continuing through winter 2013. Rider Transit presented the enhancements to the Concord and Kannapolis City Councils for final approval during their October meetings, after the Concord Kannapolis Transit Commission gave the initial go-ahead in September.
Amended the policy on sounding the Gamewell Diaphone horn at Fire Station 1 to add soundings on September 11 each year to mark the times when the four aircraft crashed in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Utility work, resurfacing scheduled for Cabarrus Avenue
Motorists who travel through Cabarrus Avenue in Downtown Concord will experience a detour all day on Tuesday, October 16. Both lanes of Cabarrus Avenue West between Union and Market Streets will close at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate needed gas and sewer line repairs. The utility work is scheduled in advance of NCDOT’s resurfacing project on Cabarrus Avenue. NCDOT began patching operations this week on 1.5 miles of Cabarrus Avenue between Branchview Drive (NC 3) and Powder Street SW. Resurfacing work will continue overnight for the next two weeks. For more information, visit
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Dog’s Day Out - FREE!
October 20, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave SE
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners for a free day just for you! Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter contests: 11:45-obedience, 12:15-talent, and 1:15-costume. Visit with sponsoring veterinarians, rescues, and vendors.
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
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
10/16/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/18/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/23/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
11/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11/6/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
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