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Did you know that you can access your utility account and pay your bill online? e-Care is the City of Concord's utility account information system and allows customers to view billing and usage history as well as provide payment options. Users have access to their account(s) whenever it's convenient for them. Please call 704-920-5555 or visit concordnc.gov to sign up for e-Care today.
 
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition – final chance today!
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! Concord is in the lead but it is up to you to help Union Street take the checkered flag! Check out concordnc.gov to learn how, voting ends at 5:00 p.m. today!
 
Highlights of the March 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 8 and 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to permit "banquet homes" as special uses in the residential zoning districts.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a 3-year/85 percent tax-based Economic Development Grant to FlyRight, Inc. for expansion of its flight simulator and training facility in Concord with an estimated new investment of $5,000,000.
 
Approved participation in Coca-Cola Consolidated's Recycle and Win program.
 
Approved a street closure request from the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) for the 2013 Union Street Live concert series and approved partnering with the CDDC to provide in-kind services for the events.
 
Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the George Liles Parkway extension project
 
Entered into a Utility Agreement with NCDOT for the water main construction along the NC 49 widening project from east Walker Road to east of NC 73.
 
Directed staff to discontinue the call-in/two-day advanced scheduling requirements for bulky waste collection and implement location of bulky waste with GPS-enabled devices, effective July 8, 2013.
 
Authorized staff to negotiate with the current air traffic control provider at Concord Regional Airport, to continue the current contract in case FAA funding of the contract tower program is not restored before April 7, 2013.
 
Many Concord businesses will see lower fire insurance rates
Concord business owners will have lower fire insurance costs following a recent evaluation by the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal and the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Many retail, commercial, and industrial businesses should see fire insurance rates fall by an average of five to eight percent. ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM) — a number from 1 to 10, with Class 1 generally representing superior property fire protection. The City of Concord’s ISO rating has improved to Class 2, effective June 1, 2013. The Class 2 rating places Concord’s Department of Fire and Life Safety in the top one percent in the nation. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety featured in video celebrating life-saving work
Concord Firefighter Eric Sager was among many local first-responders and health care professionals featured in a video celebrating the Hearts & Heroes program. In 2011, a group of Cabarrus County paramedics came together to address ways to improve cardiac arrest care. With the backing of their medical director, Dr. Craig Corey, and support from CMC-NorthEast, the team rewrote protocols and methods for responding and caring for patients in cardiac arrest. More than 21 patients, including dads, husbands, sons and even an emergency responder, have a second chance at life because of simple and strategic steps made by the partnership. Learn more on the Cabarrus County YouTube channel or cabarruscounty.us.
 
Learn why “money matters”
The Housing Department’s next community workshop will be “Money Matters.” This FDIC-approved workshop will include information on setting financial goals, tracking spending habits, developing a spending plan, identifying ways to decrease spending and increase income, and more. The workshop is open to the public and scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Irrigation water use – why maintenance matters
Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is being wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. Homes with automatically timed irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than those without. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. A home with an automatic irrigation system that isn’t properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 30,000 gallons of water annually. A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season. To learn about smart outdoor practices, visit epa.gov. Look for simple tips for sprucing up your sprinkler in next week’s CityLink Newsletter.
 
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 sponsorsvendors, and volunteers.
 
Schools in Cabarrus County invited to “Rock the Earth Fest!”
How can we make a difference to improve our environment? This is an important question, and students in Cabarrus County are invited to answer it in a creative competition. Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) has launched the “Rock the Earth Fest!” competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their school’s spirit rock with their ideas on how students can make a difference. Schools that do not have a spirit rock may decorate their main bulletin board instead. The winning school will receive a $500 prize courtesy of PowerHouse Recycling. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
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
3/19/2013 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
April
4/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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