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Did you know?
Did you know Customer Service attempts to schedule courtesy calls each month about high water usage, reminders for payment before disconnection of services, etc.? However, to receive calls your account's contact information must be up to date. Updating your account information is simple. Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555, speak with a representative in person at 26 Union Street S, log into your eCare account, or e-mail Customer Service at custserv@concordnc.gov.
 
Professional management: life, well run
Life, well run is a program designed to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value that professional government managers bring to building ethical, effective, and efficient local government. Whether it is a decision between bike lanes or parking lanes, green space or garage space, a courthouse or convention center, professional local government managers are the people behind these decisions, turning policy into action and visionary ideas into tangible results. Professional managers help make good communities great, giving us a place we’re proud to call home. To learn more, visit LifeWellRun.org.
 
City completes process to continue discounted flood insurance rates
The City of Concord recently updated its participation in the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimum requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from community actions meeting program goals: 1) reduce flood damage to insurable property; 2) strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and 3) encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management. Concord maintained its previous level eight classification, achieving a ten percent discount on flood insurance premiums for properties in Special Flood Hazard Areas. Too learn more about the program, visit fema.gov, and to learn more about Concord's flood management initiatives, visit concordnc.gov/flood.
 
HUD award emergency, safety, and security funding for Concord Housing
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $250,000 on Wednesday to the City of Concord Housing Department to address emergency, safety, and security needs at public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities. This funding may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items, including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors. Concord Housing was one of fifteen public housing authorities across the United States who received $2.9 million in funding. For more information, visit hud.gov.
 
NCDOT will temporarily close lanes, ramps at I-85 and NC 73 this weekend
The NC Department of Transportation will be working at the I-85 interchanges with NC 73 (Exit 55) in Concord beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, weather permitting. At 9 p.m. tonight, crews will close the exit ramp from I-85 South to NC 73, and the ramp will reopen by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6. During the multi-day closure, please use exits 58 or 54.
 
At 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, crews will close the right lane on I-85 North at NC 73. The interstate will be closed at midnight, and traffic will be directed up and over the ramps until 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 5.
 
Crews will shift traffic in both directions to the inside lanes of the interstate as part of the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project, improving I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of NC 73. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
National Night Out set for Tuesday, August 6
On August 6, neighborhoods across the nation will join together to take a stand against crime. National Night Out (NNO) is celebrated the first Tuesday in August each year. On August 6, the Concord Police Department suggests leaving your porch light on from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it also makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. You can go a step further by getting to know your neighbors better. Go door to door to introduce yourself if you have not done so in the past. Feel free to organize neighborhood activities such as block parties, cookouts, porch sittings, and other events to stand against crime. To learn more about the National Night Out movement, visit nno.org.
 
Cabarrus County asks community to join conversation about aging
Between August 1 and September 15, individuals can provide input through a survey on the type of programs and services they see of benefit to a growing segment of the population—residents age 55 or older. The State budget office estimates seniors will make up more than 26 percent of the Cabarrus County population by the year 2020. The County is looking to understand how to best serve the population, which includes residents in varying stages of activity, ability, health and need.
 
The community can provide input on those topics and more in a short survey, available online or in person, in English and Spanish. To participate in the online survey, visit the cabarruscounty.us. Residents without computer access are invited to take the survey between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers (Concord location is 331 Corban Avenue SE) or Room 235 of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE), or at any scheduled Lunch Plus meal site. For more information on the initiative, visit cabarruscounty.us or call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
 
Conversational Spanish class offers basic conversation skills for real life situations
The next Conversational Spanish class will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 10. This eight week course will help anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Come learn the essentials: daily greetings, useful expressions, basic vocabulary, listening comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and cultural awareness will all be emphasized. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
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.
 
Outdoor Explorers
Youth ages 6-12 can explore the outdoors in a fun and playful way, while learning about the creatures that live there. This experience can help children grow up with a healthy respect for the environment. The next session is Tuesday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at McGee Park, located at 219 Corban Avenue SE. Fee: $10; $5 City resident discount.
 
FREE back to school social at Caldwell Park Thursday, August 15
Rising K-12 students are invited to celebrate going back to school at Caldwell Park, located at 362 Georgia Street SW. Play games,  munch on hotdogs, slurp soda, and receive school supplies as prizes. Wear a swimsuit, you will get wet! Time: 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.
 
For additional information on these programs and more, contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
8/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/8/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/15/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/20/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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