Did you know?
Did you know Rider Transit is mid-way through a series of system improvements and enhancements? Five new bus shelters are on the way for Concord, with several already installed in Kannapolis. Information displays have been installed at most bus stops in Concord, complete with a route map, basic schedule, projected individual stop location times, and a wealth of other information. These signs will be rolled out shortly in Kannapolis as well. Solar bus shelter lighting installations will begin in the next weeks, and our new hybrid electric replacement buses are still on schedule for delivery in March 2014! Learn more about Rider Transit and why you should try transit at
City continues storm recovery
City of Concord utilities, public safety, and public works crews are continuing their response to Thursday afternoon's severe thunderstorm, which is expected to extend into next week. The City urges the public to put safety first. Do not approach downed power lines, and keep a distance from fallen trees. Electric repairs will continue well into the night, as officials expect it could be tomorrow before all power is restored. The City will use extra coworkers from multiple departments to collect yard waste throughout next week, trying to follow the normal collection schedule. Residents are thanked in advance for their patience, as large volumes are expected to be added to the debris already at the curb. Learn more at
Highlights of the June 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
Received a presentation from United Way of Central Carolinas Cabarrus Community Director Barbi Jones, recognizing the City of Concord with the following awards for the 2012 Cabarrus County campaign: Top 10 Account, Outstanding Account, Season of Caring Team, and Best Campaign Special Events. The City of Concord helped United Way provide $1.2 million to 24 Cabarrus County health and human service agencies in June that will serve over 30,000 of our neighbors in need. The City's 2012 campaign effort was led by coworkers Gary Fritz, Doug Wilhelm, and Kim Smith.
Presented retirement plaques to
  • Karen Miller - Aviation, 13 years of service
  • Scott Newell, Police, 26 years of service
  • Cynthia Wilkerson, Housing, 30 years of service
Acknowledged Merl Hamilton for receiving the Charlotte Motor Speedway 2013 Tony Plummer Excellence in Service Award.
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to and adopted the proposed FY 2013-2014 budget for the City of Concord.
Adopted a resolution urging Altria Group to follow through with the donation of right-of-way for the extension of George W. Liles Parkway.
Received information on bids and funding for the Albemarle Waterline, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Gavel & Dorn Engineering, PLLC for construction observation.
Awarded a bid to Eagle Wood, Inc. for Phase I of the Moss Creek Section of the Rocky River Greenway.
Authorized the City Manager to execute a renewal addendum with CCTS for the operation of federally-required complimentary ADA paratransit service for the Rider Transit system.
Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Code of Ordinances, Chapter 46 - Solid Waste to implement Bulky Waste Collection Improvements approved by City Council in March.
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract addendum with Granite Sky Design, Inc. for preparation and production of four additional issues of the City Circular through June 2014.
Approved appointments (a) and reappointments (r) to various Boards and Commissions as follows:
Enjoy the Arts in Historic Downtown Concord tonight - Friday, June 14!
Art Walk, 6-9 pm, Downtown Concord: Enjoy visual art displays all over Downtown. Take the free shuttle from The Galleries to ClearWater Artist Studios on Kerr Street and The Peggy on Spring Street. Don't miss the grand opening of the Sundae Art Gallery at 21 Union Street.
Opening Reception for Fantasy Island, 6-9 pm, The Galleries: Meet artists and enjoy the fun and colorful artwork that lets you escape the ordinary through artistic flights of fancy and whimsy. The group invitational features paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures and quilts by 18 artists.
Free Screening of Beatles Stories, 9 pm, Davis Theatre: Modern Film Fest @ the Davis presents a free screening of a documentary about a variety of people's encounters with members of the legendary rock band.
Union Street Live continues June 20 with the Tim Clark Band
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the second installment of the 2013 Union Street Live concert series featuring the Tim Clark Band. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer through September on the Third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
Seniors can have fun while being healthy at Fit 'n Silver
Exercise is important to keep seniors moving and active. The Concord Housing Department will host a free exercise class for seniors in July and August. Fit 'n Silver is a one-hour class for seniors who wants to ease into an exercise program. The class is designed to increase energy, reduce joint stiffness, improve flexibility, and increase strength and balance while keeping participants motivated, smiling, and primed for everyday activities. Hosted by the City of Concord Housing Department, “Fit N’ Silver” is one of several exercise classes sponsored by the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures program. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 continues through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit or call 704-920-5618.
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 5 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements. At 8:00, we’ll crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
6/18/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/20/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/25/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
7/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
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