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Did you know Concord has hosted several film productions? Just one week ago people in Downtown Concord watched as scenes were filmed for a bank commercial. Independent movie “A Box For Rob” was filmed in Concord three years ago. Much of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” was filmed in the former Philip Morris buildings, which served as soundstages. Currently, the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Homeland” is scouting a location for filming in Concord, and all filming for the show has been done in our region. Film production is a real part of economic development in our area and North Carolina. For example, production for “Homeland” brings over $160,000 per day into the regional economy. The City of Concord partners with the Charlotte Regional Film Commission and numerous location scouts to help bring the excitement and economic benefits of film production to Concord.
 
Highlights of the August 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Instructed the City Manager to move forward in working with staff to recommend a framework for developing community partnerships that will lead to the Community Wildlife Habitat Certification by the National Wildlife Foundation.
 
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Shelly Brown, April Clark, and Shannon Sturdivant. Members of the Finance Department’s Collections team work with customers who may have trouble paying utility bills and taxes on a daily basis. Recently, team members Shelly Brown, April Clark, and Shannon Sturdivant showed exceptional compassion, concern, customer focus, and teamwork to help a customer in need. They pitched in to pay the balance for a utility customer facing disconnection, who had only a small amount of money available to go towards the bill.
 
Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2012 to the Finance Department. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City has received this award for 24 consecutive years.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three-year, 85 percent, tax-based Economic Development Grant to Windshear, Inc. for expansion of an industrial facility in Concord with an estimated new investment of $5 million.
 
Declared a 1989 Pierce Fire Engine surplus and donated the engine to Cabarrus County Schools to be used by the Concord High School Fire Academy program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Milligan Architecture, Inc. for architectural and engineering services relating to the design and construction of Fire Station 11.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Kannapolis Construction Co. for construction services relating to the renovation of Fire Station 5 and adopted a budget ordinance and capital project ordinance for this project.
 
Awarded the contract to Ferebee Corporation for the City of Concord's annual streets preservation (resurfacing) program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into two agreements for the Albemarle Water Transmission Line. Contract 1: Gilbert Engineering Company, not to exceed $4,722,000; Contract 2: DeVere Construction Company not to exceed $17,816,589.63.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Quest Corporation of America, Inc. (QCA) to provide marketing and public relations services for the Rider Transit system.
 
Authorized Aviation staff to submit an application for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a five-year contract with World Fuel Services, Inc/Air Elite (Phillips 66) as the fuel provider for Concord Regional Airport.
 
Consider authorizing the City Manager to execute a five-year contract with Avis Rent A Car System LLC for a concession agreement for Concord Regional Airport.
 
Authorized Police Department staff to apply for the Lowes Community Partners Grant.
 
Authorized a donation of $2,000 from the Mayor's Golf Tournament proceeds to the Junior Charity League's Mariam Coltrane Schramm Clothing Room program.
 
Approved appointments to various Boards and Commissions as follows:

 

Investigators seek information related to series of armed robberies
Concord Police are investigating a series of armed robberies in Concord reported Friday, August 2 and Sunday, August 4 that may involve some or all of the same suspects. The incidents occurred on Kerr Street NW, Church Street N, and Branchview Drive SE. Anyone with information about any of these incidents or who thinks they recognize the suspects is asked to call Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-93CRIME (704-932-7463). A cash reward is available to anyone providing information that leads to identification and prosecution of any of the suspects involved.
 
Union Street Live continues August 15 with the Craig Woolard Band
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the fourth installment of the 2013 Union Street Live concert series featuring the Craig Woolard 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.
 
Become a CPR Heart Saver
Virginia Adams, Logan Faith Community Nurse, and the Concord Housing Department will host a CPR/Heart Saver certification class on Thursday, August 15. Designed for the average person, rather than health professionals, students will learn adult CPR, child CPR and infant CPR. Registration is limited to 6 students per class, and costs $14.25 (includes book and AHA CPR/Heart Saver Card). For more information, please contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Monthly affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats launch August 21
In response to citizen requests, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Animal Control will sponsor affordable rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats each month. This service was previously offered on an annual basis with select local clinics. The agencies have partnered with Carolina Value Vet to begin the monthly clinics. The first opportunity will be Wednesday, August 21 at the Cabarrus Animal Shelter parking lot (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The affordable $10 fee will in part benefit the Cabarrus County Humane Society. Learn more at cabarrushealth.org.
 
Be ready for the new school year: register Kindergarteners and other new students
Each year, our local schools experience a rush of families registering students new to the district on the first day of school. If your family needs to register a child for school, please take the time to do it before school begins. To register a student for Cabarrus County Schools, bring the following information to the school where the child is assigned: photo identification for the parent/legal guardian, two forms of proof of residence, an original birth certificate for the child, the child’s immunization records, for children entering kindergarten—information on their physical, and for students in high school—their official transcript showing credits earned. Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2013 to be considered for kindergarten. For more information on enrolling your child in school, including a list of required documents, and information on student assignment, visit cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
 
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.
 
Connect our Future – how you can make a difference
The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org
 
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.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays presents the Total Tournament
Wednesday, August 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, come to Hartsell Park for a morning of outdoor games: corn hole, bocce ball, tug-of-war, and more. Teams and individuals will compete to claim their victory of the 2013 summer games! Fee: $10; $5 city resident discount
 
Throw Down Thursdays is hosting its final Geocaching event of the summer
Thursday, August 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, families are welcome to join us at Les Myers Park for a treasure hunt with today’s technology. Explore a multi-cache around the park and investigate the hidden treasures of our community. Come and experience what millions of people around the world are finding and leaving behind. Fee: $10 per family (up to 5 members)
 
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.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the 5 Alarm 5K on November 2. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 27 and October 29 at Dorton Park. Registration fee: $15. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Softball League registration now open
Sign up your adult softball team until August 31 for just $375 per team. Men’s Open, Men’s Church, Women’s, and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open and Women’s Leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Church and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the games are at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. More information and registration are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
23 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
September
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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