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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills? With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by Cooperative Christian Ministry. CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the September 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the Annual SUPER STAR Award to Robert Boyd, Fire and Life Safety. While vacationing at Nags Head, NC Robert witnessed an accident involving a 14 year old boy that resulted in a serious neck injury. He acted quickly to assess the situation and realized the importance of protecting the cervical spine of the injured boy. Robert stabilized the cervical spine and kept the parents calm while more advance emergency care responded. A physician later credited Robert for preventing a permanently disabling injury or perhaps even death.
 
Presented a retirement plaque to Archie Clontz for 20 years of service to the City of Concord in the Transportation and Solid Waste Services Departments.
 
Presented a proclamation supporting Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 and declaring Concord to be a "Purple Heart City."
 
Presented a proclamation recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to Planning and Zoning Commission member Clyde Kluttz.
 
Received an update from Concord Youth Council President Sarah Aldridge.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 9 "Special Purpose and Overlay Districts" of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to clarify regulation of uses permitted within established Public Interest Development Districts (PIDs).
 
Received a progress update on Concord Regional Airport's scheduled service and approved conceptual plans for related construction and processes.
 
Resolved that is the policy of the City Council to appoint only residents or citizens of Concord to City Boards or Commissions.
 
Adopted an ordinance to demolish the structure and accessory building located at 705 Health Department Drive SW.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Kannapolis Construction Company, Inc. for the construction of a 1,000 square foot addition and interior renovations of the Housing Administration Building on Harold Goodman Circle.
 
Received a vacant lot located at 371 Broad Drive SW from Cabarrus County that will be combined with an adjacent City-owned parcel.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a long-term agreement with Agromatters, LLC to provide the City of Concord with residential yard waste processing and composting services at the Cabarrus County landfill.    
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the FY 2013-14 Adopted Fees, Rates and Charges Schedule to reduce fees for residential roll-off container services.
 
Authorized Fleet Services to submit a Clean Fuels Advanced Technology Grant for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and two electric vehicles.
 
Granted an encroachment to Bright Parsun LLC and Castle and Cooke Mortgage for a permanent ramp in front of 78 Union St. S.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract for the extension of Weddington Road.
 
Received voluntary annexation petitions and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing on October 10 for annexation of land owned by Courtney Artis and Avery Young, Robert B. and Allison M. Robinson, and Thomas and Staci Cousar located within the Hallstead Subdivision.
 
Renamed the public street named Health Department Drive SW to Lark Court SW.
 
Concord remembers 9/11
Concord Fire and Life Safety hosted a ceremony Wednesday morning at Fire Station 8 to remember the heroes of 9/11. Local law enforcement, fire, EMS, and military personnel from several agencies participated in community-wide remembrance. Visit the City's Flickr photostream to see images.
 
City seeks solution to lighting malfunction at gym facilities
Until further notice, the City of Concord Parks and Recreation's three gyms will be open only while natural light is available due to a malfunction in the lighting system at all three facilities. Lighting at the City's Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Center gyms will not be used until the lighting manufacturer recommends and implements a solution. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Kerr Street resurfacing process to begin September 16
Crews will begin the street resurfacing process on Kerr Street NW on Monday, September 16. The entire street will be milled first, and then paving will follow. Work will only take place weekdays between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and is expected to last about two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists traveling in the area should exercise caution and refrain from parking on the street during this process to avoid conflict with the construction equipment. For more information, please contact the Concord Transportation Department at 704-920-5365.
 
Second annual Safety Palooza on Saturday September 21
Join Concord Fire and Life Safety and Safe Kids Cabarrus at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road intersection) Saturday, September210 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the second annual Safety Palooza! Free activities will include the fire safety house, car seat checks, texting and driving course, live music, balloon animals, games, giveaways, and more! There will also be a raffle for amazing prizes such as a grill, patio furniture, HDTV, bicycles, and more! Download a flyer at concordnc.gov.
 
Why do you come Downtown?
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is conducting a short survey through September 28 to determine where its customers live, the types of events they enjoy attending, and explore what new businesses they would like to see open in Downtown Concord. Each person who takes the survey and provides an email address will be registered into the September Small Business Saturday drawing for $100 in Downtown Concord Dollars. These email addresses will not be used for any additional purpose beyond the drawing registration. Participate in the survey by clicking on the survey link found on the home page of the CDDC's website, concorddowntown.com.
 
Rider Transit needs your help
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) needs your help to make sure bus service in Concord and Kannapolis is meeting customer and community needs. The system invites feedback from both people who have never used Rider before as well as regular users of the system to help improve in the coming years. Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about transit service and priorities. Your feedback is very important and will help update the strategic and operating plans for Rider Transit for the next five years. Thank you for your participation, to learn more about Rider Transit; visit ckrider.com.
 
Affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats launch continue September 25
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 next opportunity will be Wednesday, September 25 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.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 27
The sixteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 27 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Memphis Belle to return to Concord Regional Airport
The Liberty Foundation's "The Movie Memphis Belle" B-17 is coming back to Concord Regional Airport for a tour stop the weekend of September 28. Aircraft tours and flight experiences are available. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

 

Upcoming events at Concord Housing
Visit concordnc.gov for a full listing of programs and events.
 
G.I.F.T.E.D. Girls: promotes reading comprehension and life-skills development to school-age girls – every other Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
 
Conversational Spanish: Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning September 10.
 
For more information and to register for any of these programs, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Pilates
Improve your core strength, flexibility, and balance while building strength without bulk. The workout incorporates bands, weights, and fitness balls as well as combining yoga techniques. Meets for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session I: 9/16 – 10/23 Activity #4042.213). Registration fee is $35; $5 City resident discount available.
 
Body Blitz
Weight and strength training to work your whole body. Every muscle group will be targeted using weights, your body weight, and equipment. Meets Wednesdays for six weeks, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session I: 9/18 – 10/23 Activity #4046.213). Registration fee is $20; $5 City resident discount available.
 
Register for youth basketball in September
Parks and Recreation will accept registration for the 2013-2014 youth basketball season through September 30. Youth basketball is open for boys and girls ages 3-15. The playing season runs from November until March. For more information or to register online beginning September 1, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
New adult coed flag football league
Coed flag football is a new adult athletics offering, and registration will be open through September 30. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
24 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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