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Did you know?
Did you know a full bathtub can require up to seventy gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only ten to twenty-five gallons? You can find more water conservation tips at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the October 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized Housing Director Angela Graham, CCHRCO President.
 
Recognized Human Resources Director Jeannine Sargent, recipient of 2013 NC-IPMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Recognized City Clerk Kim Deason, NCAMC Certified Municipal Clerk.             
 
Presented Public Power Awards of Excellence to City staff members. Twenty-one public power communities across the state received 2013 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and community energy efficiency promotion. Concord received awards in all five categories for the third year in a row.
 
Recognized new Fire Chief Ray Allen (see full story below).
 
Received information on Public Power Week, featuring a video by the Town of Wake Forest.
 
Received information from Joanne Gonnerman of the Historic Cabarrus Association on their document preservation project.
 
Received presentations from two architectural firms for the design of a new City Hall.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three-year, eighty-five percent, tax-based Economic Development Grant to SL Concord Airport Business Park LLC for development of an industrial speculative building in Concord with an estimated new investment of $16,000,000.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance 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.   
 
Approved a request to close Union Street and co-sponsor an event to benefit Relay for Life with the Speakeasy Alehouse on October 26.
 
Approved a request to close Union Street on October 31 for the annual Candy Crawl event.
 
Approved a request to provide insurance and in-kind services from the Police, Fire and Life Safety, Transportation, and Solid Waste Services Departments to Cabarrus Events Association for the 85th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 23.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Gavel and Dorn Engineering, PLLC for Construction Administration Services associated with the Albemarle Waterline Project.
 
Entered into a Municipal Agreement with NCDOT to fund sidewalk and greenway accommodations as part of the replacement of the bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek on Wilshire Ave.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with IKE'S Construction Inc. for the construction of a temporary commercial service terminal area within Hangar A at Concord Regional Airport
 
Authorized Housing Department staff to submit an application for the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Grant and the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Grant.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of two parcels of land owned by MI Homes of Charlotte.
 
Authorized the City of Concord's participation in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program.
 
Adopted a resolution honoring Ellis Hankins, Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, upon his retirement.
 
Authorized staff to develop a list of potential contract conditions regarding construction and use, as requested by Cabarrus County to be considered along with funding, for the installation of three hydrants along the waterline being constructed along NC 49 from Albemarle, to be used only for firefighting purposes in the Northeast Volunteer Fire Department District.
 
Ray Allen named Fire Chief
City Manager Brian Hiatt named Ray Allen as Concord's next Fire Chief late Wednesday afternoon. Allen succeeds recently retired Chief Randy Holloway in leading the Department of Fire and Life Safety. He was named at the end of a search process launched in August. Ray Allen has served in the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety for his entire career, beginning in 1991.  In his capacity as Fire Chief, he will direct 190 coworkers in meeting departmental goals and objectives, and manage a 16 million dollar budget. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University, and has completed over 4,000 hours of specialized fire service training and over 350 hours of leadership training. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety warns campers of carbon monoxide poisoning risks
The City of Concord is proud to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore area motorsports-related events, attractions, and behind-the-scenes tours. The Department of Fire and Life Safety wants all visitors to have a safe experience. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a particular risk to campers during the cooler fall race, who may unknowingly put themselves in danger while trying cook or stay warm. Learn more at the City Hall Blog.
 
Resurfacing underway on Country Club Drive
Crews began the street resurfacing process on Country Club Drive on Friday, October 11. The street was edge-milled first, and paving will begin on Monday, October 14 and is expected to last up to four days, weather permitting. Work will only take place weekdays between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please exercise caution during this process to avoid conflict with the construction equipment. For more information, please contact the Concord Transportation Department at 704-920-5365.
 
Library offers programs in October for business start ups
The Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library has two great programs during the month of October for individuals who are considering starting a business. How to Develop a Business Plan will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. The second program, How to Develop a Business Funding Proposal will be held on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.  Both programs are free; please register in advance by calling 704-920-2053. These programs are being presented by Charlotte SCORE, chapter #47. Visit cabarruscounty.us for additional information.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Dog’s Day Out - FREE!
October 19, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave SE
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners for a free day just for you! Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter contests: 11:45-obedience, 12:15-talent, and 1:15-costume. Visit with sponsoring veterinarians, rescues, and vendors. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. More details at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Kickball Tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
22 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
November
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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