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Did you know a water leak one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter can waste 296,000 gallons of water per year (at sixty PSI of pressure)? Visit concordnc.gov to learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks. Conserving water helps save the endangered drops...and your hard earned dollars!
 
Highlights of the April 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Received a presentation from Dennis Testerman about the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District and proclaimed April 28 through May 5 Stewardship Week.
 
Received an update from Concord Youth Council President Sarah Aldridge. The 2012-13 Youth Council has 71 members, who have completed over 1,000 cumulative service hours already this year.
 
Received information regarding nine parcels of land on Copperfield Blvd that could be transferred from the Cold Water Volunteer Fire District to the Concord Rural Fire District.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of land in the Hallstead subdivision requested and owned by Sandra D. Watkins, Herman and Stephanie Brown, Aspet S. and Jenik Chater, Rachel L. Franklin, Darla J. Jones, Robert and Denise Kelly and Nadine T. Greco, Norman Lee and Stephanie A. Drains, Jacqueline and Patrice L. Blackwell, Deborah R. Crow, Lindsey E. Terry, and Brandi and Michael Mason.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 8 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to clarify regulation of permitted uses.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for the Concord Housing Department.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc. to create a Transit Development Plan for the Rider Transit System.
 
Authorized the City Manager to finalize and sign a contract with CATS for the operations of the 80X Concord Express.
 
Authorized mutual termination with CATS of the contract for the operations of the 79X Concord Mills Express effective June 3, 2013.
 
Authorized the City Manager negotiate and execute a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for engineering services related to improvements to the Hillgrove Water Treatment Plant to address EPA regulations.
 
Adopted a Resolution in support of the of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reassigning funds for the Ridge Avenue bridge replacement to provide a grade-separated crossing at Winecoff School Road / Mt. Olivet Road and construct the necessary roadway improvements under its Project I-3802/I-3610/B-5365.
 
Approved a license to attach banners to City of Concord property to Conder Flag Company for the placement of temporary race banners on Bruton Smith Blvd. 
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services and liability insurance for the 2013 Spring Into Arts Festival.
 
Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday, April 13
The eighth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday, April 13 is here. Coordinated by the Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the event will be held rain or shine from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market (518 Winecoff School Road). Vendors will offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, copperworks, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and more. Proceeds from the Master Gardeners booth go to the Master Gardeners grant fund, benefitting Cabarrus County schools, organizations, community groups, and individuals with special projects. For more information contact mhagler3@carolina.rr.com or djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us, or visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org.
 
Preschool storytime teaches financial fitness
Join Patches the Pig and N.C. State Treasurer Janet Cowell for a special preschool storytime at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Concord branch of Cabarrus County Public Library. Children will learn about saving money and financial fitness. This program is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Details: call 704-920-2058 or visit cabarruscounty.us or facebook.com/cabarruscountylibrary.
 
Visit the Southern Piedmont Woodturners at ClearWater Artist Studios
The Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association is dedicated to the art of woodturning through education. They achieve this mission through monthly meetings that feature a variety of national, regional and local woodturners. The next meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at their new studio at ClearWater Artist Studios, located at 223 Crowell Drive NW. During this meeting, the group will feature a demonstration from woodturning artist Mark Garner. The group will also present Boy Scout Troop 108 with wood turners’ certificates. The scouts have participated in a special demonstration program where they learned fundamentals of woodturning. Scouts will appear in uniform and will display their turning projects. This meeting is open to the public.
 
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 still looking for volunteers. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Conversational Spanish II begins in May
The conversational Spanish series continues in May with a level two class at the Housing Department’s Neighborhood Network Technology Center. Beginning Tuesday, May 7, this eight-week course is for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have taken Conversational Spanish I or who have a limited background in Spanish.
 
The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. The cost is $25. Text books can be purchased from the Housing Department at the Technology Center. To register, or for more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
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.
 
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.
 
April
4/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/7/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
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