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Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, holds health workshops each month? Community nurse Virginia Adams provides a program from 11:00 until 1:00 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center. The workshops provide information on causes for diabetes, signs and symptoms, and prevention tips.

Governor McCrory to propose reinstatement of Historic Tax Credits in upcoming budget
During a visit to Concord this afternoon, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory joined a crowd of supporters rallying for the reinstatement of the Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Tax Credit program of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Mayor Scott Padgett and all seven City Council Members have joined the over 4,500 concerned people who have signed the petition to reinstate the program at historictaxcredits.org. The Governor was welcomed by Mayor Padgett and Concord Downtown Development Corporation's Diane Young, and joined by NC Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Representative Linda Johnson, Steve and Paul Fisher of F&M Bank, and Patrick Reilly, President of Rehab Development.

The HTC is used in cities and towns of all sizes and provides an incentive to taxpayers who contribute to the preservation of historic buildings by rehabilitating them in a way that preserves the historic character of the building, while allowing for new uses. Since 1998, over 2,400 Historic Tax Credit projects have been completed statewide, bringing nearly $1.65 billion of private investment into North Carolina communities. In Concord, a major rehabilitation project is currently underway because of the HTC, and restoration of the adjacent Hotel Concord will only be possible if the program is restored. The Governor encouraged all North Carolinians to sign the petition and join him in contacting state legislators to reinstate the program in the next session.

Concordnc.gov gets a new look, Concord Mobile Care app launches
You'll notice a new look if you visit the City's website, concordnc.gov. In addition to a fresh design, the site now functions on computers and mobile devices seamlessly. We also hope you'll visit concordnc.gov/ConcordMobileCare. The City has launched a free mobile app for citizens, where many common issues can be reported and tracked. An Android app is available for download in the Google Play store, and an iOS app is in beta testing. A web portal is available for non-Android users to use while other versions are in development.

Road improvements continue on Burrage Road
While the project to replace the bridge over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road is nearing completion, the City has coordinated rehabilitation of the roadway between Lake Concord Road and the new bridge. The existing roadway is concrete and has deficiencies that need repair. The only efficient way to repair the concrete roadway is to remove the concrete, reestablish the existing subgrade, and pave with asphalt. The project will also include installing new curb and gutter and concrete sidewalk. Construction is scheduled to begin in February, and last up to seven months. The detour currently in place for the bridge project will remain for the roadway project. For more information, please contact Phillip Graham at grahamp@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5338.

US Highway 601 and NC Highway 3 intersection improvement to begin
The City of Concord, in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will soon begin the project to widen portions of US Highway 601 South and NC Highway 3 (Union Street South). This project is included in the current NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project C-4918B and is funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). JT Russell and Sons, Inc., the awarded contractor, will initiate construction during the beginning of February and complete construction by Monday, August 31, 2015. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

ClearWater Artist Studios plan Sun Drop Pound Cake Paint-off Extravaganza
The artists at ClearWater Artist Studios are planning their first event of 2015: the Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, set for Saturday, February 7 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is a community development initiative of the City of Concord, located in the Gibson Village Community.

All ages are welcome at the free event intended to encourage the community to learn about ClearWater and have fun watching the painters in action, hearing original spoken-word riffs delivered by a true character (Quentin Talley), munch on Sun Drop Pound Cake, and receive Downtown restaurant discounts and specials, and more. Learn more about the event and RSVP at eventbrite.com or facebook.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015  issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 

Summer camp registration starts next week
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for new campers begins February 4. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.

Thursday afternoon youth drawing classes in February
After school, youth can join instructor Kelly Price in classes to learn basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to a new subject matter at each class and learn a variety of concepts. Meets each Thursday in February at Academy Recreation Center; ages 6-10 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m., ages 11-17 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Registration is $35 ($5 City resident discount available) for the whole month plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

February
3 at 6:00 p.m. Planning Session Part 1 at Union Street Bistro
4 at 8:05 a.m. Planning Session Part 2 at Great Wolf Lodge
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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