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Did you know Concord Regional Airport is home to MedCenter Air’s Charlotte area base? The flight crew is approaching their fourth year stationed at Concord Regional. MedCenter Air helicopters serve a 150-mile radius from each base and are equipped to make scene and inter-facility responses. Each helicopter is equipped to maintain radio contact throughout the flight with an Emergency Department physician. Learn more about Concord Regional Airport at
Highlights of the August 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Police Officer Mark Hansen. In April, Officer Hansen and his training officer responded when a couple called to report the theft of their eight-year-old son's bicycle. After taking the report, the officers felt bad for the boy. When Officer Hansen came back to work a few days later, he brought with him a brand new bicycle for the boy. Officer Hansen spent his time off searching several stores for a replacement bicycle. He first checked many pawn shops and the internet for a good replacement, but ended up buying the boy a brand new bicycle from a retail store with his own money. When Officer Hansen and his training officer presented the new bicycle to the family, the boy was thrilled and his parents were brought to tears. The STAR program is an opportunity for City of Concord coworkers to recognize each other for excellent customer service. STAR stands for Special Thanks and Recognition. The City of Concord would like to congratulate Mark for his commitment to our community.
Presented a retirement plaque to Roger Griffin for over 15 years of service with the Aviation Department.
Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2013 to the Finance Department. This is the twenty-fifth consecutive year the City of Concord has earned this achievement.
Received a Resolution of Appreciation from the City of High Point, recognizing Concord Electric Systems’ mutual aid provided after High Point experienced heavy damage from an ice storm in early March.
Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member Casey Killough. 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent Economic Development Grant to JQF Properties, LLC and AC Controls Company.
Conducted a public hearing and adopting an ordinance amending Article 7 (Base Zoning Districts) and Article 8 (Use Regulations) of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to permit photography studios, live-work units, and single family homes in the O-I (Office Institutional) District, and to clarify Outdoor Recreational Instruction in the non-residential districts.    
Received a presentation from the Concord Wildlife Alliance board and adopted a resolution in support of Concord Wildlife Alliance's efforts in certifying Concord as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
Scheduled a public hearing to be held at the September 11, 2014 City Council meeting to consider entering into an installment financing agreement to finance the construction of the new City Hall.   
Adopted the 2014 Rider Transit Development Plan, which has been approved by the Concord Kannapolis Area Transit Commission.
Adopted an ordinance amending the FY14-15 Fees, Rates, and Charges Schedule to add a new 1-day unlimited ride pass option for Rider Transit passengers at $4 full fare, $2 reduced fare.
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for September 11, 2014 on the question of annexation of a parcel of land owned by Carl M. and Linda Swett
City Hall Construction update – Cabarrus Ave closure extended
Last week’s rainy weather delayed progress on the utility work around the new City Hall construction site, causing the closure on Cabarrus Avenue W between Union and Spring Streets to remain until August 26. The Cabarrus Avenue parking deck is accessible from Union Street using the library driveway. Those approaching from the west/roundabout should turn left on Spring Street NW, right on Grove Avenue NW, and right back on to Union Street to access the parking deck behind the library. Leaving the parking deck, traffic will be directed left onto Cabarrus Avenue W. Visit for more information.
Wilshire Avenue bridge replacement to begin
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced that it is ready to move forward with the Wilshire Avenue bridge replacement project. NCDOT will temporarily close a section of Wilshire Avenue at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, weather permitting. Crews will replace the bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek, requiring the road to remain closed through April, 2015.The City of Concord is partnering with NCDOT to replace the aging bridge, with the completed product better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians. Traffic will be detoured from Wilshire Avenue to Union Street to Branchview Drive (N.C. 3) to Warren Coleman Boulevard (U.S. 601) back to Wilshire Avenue. Visit for more information.
Concord Downtown Annual Party is open to the public
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is having their Annual Party on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Carolina Courts located at 24 Spring Street SW. Open to the public, tickets are just $15 each and may be purchased via or by calling 704-784-4208. Known as the Annual Meeting in years past, this year’s gathering is a party to celebrate the close of an extremely successful fiscal year for the Downtown Concord community. In the last few months Downtown Concord has received a lot of attention due to the flurry of diverse restaurants that have opened or are soon to open, offering a wide variety of cuisine choices. Most of the Downtown Concord restaurants will be offering a tasting at the Annual Party to let attendees sample the diversity of the district’s restaurants, along with craft beer.
Union Street Live, featuring Lakeside Drive
Historic Downtown Concord welcomes Lakeside Drive, an exciting group of master musicians who are making a big splash in the Carolina Beach Music scene, to Union Street Live next Thursday, August 21. In just three years of existence, Lakeside Drive has released five charted beach music hit songs, and their repertoire is varied and entertaining, consisting of a variety of beach music, rock classics, good ole boogie tunes, country, and jazz. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues through September on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Visit for this summer’s concert schedule and more.
Rider Transit hosting workshops for proposed service changes
Rider Transit is hosting two public workshops to gather feedback on proposed service changes scheduled to take place this fall. Workshops will be held on Thursday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursday, September 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rider Transit Center located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue in Concord. The public is invited to attend and share thoughts and provide feedback on the changes that will impact all seven routes. Some routes have small but key changes. Others have been modified significantly. Rider Transit staff will be available to answer any questions.  For additional information and a preview of the proposed service changes, visit
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Boot camp in the park
This outdoor extreme fitness class incorporates cardio drills, body weight resistance training, and core workouts. Bring bottled water, mat or towel, and a pair of hand weights. Must be 18 years of age; medical clearance required for those over 40 years of age. Meets 5:00-6:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from August 18-September 4 at Les Myers Park. Learn more and register at
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 1. Meets at Dorton Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 26-October 1 at 6:30 p.m. Registration fee: $15. Learn more and register at
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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