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Did you know?
Did you know that water conservation is important all the time? While we've received lots of rain in the past several weeks, we must not forget our water supply is not unlimited. As always, please remember that irrigation from Concord's public water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Learn more at concordnc.gov/savethedrops.
 
Mayor Padgett meets with Governor and legislative leadership
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and members of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition met with Governor Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger, and House Speaker Thom Tillis Tuesday in Raleigh. The Coalition, which is comprised of the mayors of the state’s twenty-eight largest cities and represents more than three million citizens, focused on issues important to Concord and all the state’s metropolitan areas. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition
Do you LOVE Union Street? Now's your chance to show it! Concord’s historic Union Street has been named one of six finalists for the Great Main Street People’s Choice Award! The award is part of the North Carolina Great Places competition, sponsored by the state’s professional planners. And it’s up to you to vote! Check out concordnc.gov to learn how!
 
Airport control tower funding to be discontinued by FAA
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the discontinuation of the contract tower program at Concord Regional Airport, related to federal sequestration. The economic impact to our community could be significant. In 2012, Concord Regional had a total of 59,811 operations (landings and take offs) with 3,959 of those being commercial operations. Concord Regional is part of the tenth busiest airspace in the country.
 
Economic impact could be realized by the high probability of losing all 737 charter flights, almost all of which involve NASCAR race teams. In addition some tenants, including major race teams, have operating restrictions that only allow them to use tower controlled airports.
 
Our airport will remain open with or without a tower. Currently, options are being considered to keep our tower open on a short term basis without FAA support, with long range alternatives being considered. The FAA is accepting comments until March 13 at closurecomments@faa.gov.
 
March work session to be held at ClearWater Artist Studios
The March City Council work session (4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12) will be held at ClearWater Artist Studios. The City Council holds a work session each month on the Tuesday preceding the second Thursday’s regular session. The site, located at 223 Crowell Drive NW, has served the community for nearly a century. Originally the City Water Works in the 1920s, the site eventually became home to the City's Electric Operations. By the late 1990s, all of the buildings were vacated and used as storage. As a strategy to spur community development within Gibson Village, the City made plans to redevelop the site and offer studios to artists at affordable rates. Old buildings are being used as the seeds to encourage both growing and established artists to move into the Gibson Village area and use space to create, display, and sell their art.
 
As of September 2011, ClearWater artists began moving into the first completed phase of renovations. Together, the WaterWorks Studio and the first phase of the Operations Studios contain 10 studios and a 2,200 square-foot gallery. In addition, the master plan calls for a café, a community market, and a large open green space that can be used for recreation and community events. Additional studios will be included in future phases, and over 30 artist studios are expected to be in filled once the project is complete. Learn more at clearwaterartists.com.
 
Change your clocks, change your batteries
With the return to daylight saving time this weekend, the City of Concord reminds residents to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors while moving clocks ahead one hour.
 
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths occur overnight, when residents are typically sleeping. The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns. Nonworking smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries.
 
Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. Additionally, the international Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years. The Concord Department of Fire and Life safety can assist you with replacing your smoke alarm if needed. Call 704-920-5516 for more information.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for vendors and volunteers.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men’s (church and open), women’s, and co-ed leagues are available. The men’s open and women’s leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (ClearWater Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW)
3/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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