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Did you know?
Did you know April 12-18 is National Telecommunicators Week? Let’s not forget to remember and recognize the unseen heroes, the "first" first responders of the City of Concord. Telecommunicators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Day or night, holidays and weekends, several are there to answer your call. Whether it is a water leak, a fender bender in the parking lot, the unexpected emergency of a loved one, or a fire, these individuals stand ready to help you get the response you need.


Remembering Mickey McGee, 1919-2015
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Jacob W. "Mickey" McGee, who passed away early this morning at the age of 95. Mr. McGee served over twelve years (1965-1977) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council), including service as Mayor Pro-Tem. He also served as an elected School Commissioner in the 1950s, an elected Light and Water Commissioner from 1978-1986, and an appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member from 1991-1992. Funeral arrangements under the care of Wilkinson Funeral Home are pending. The City named McGee Park, located at Corban Avenue and Branchview Drive, after him in 2005. The Mayor and several members of City Council interacted with Mr. McGee in various capacities, and offer reflections on his life at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the April 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented retirement plaques to Fire Department coworkers
Michael T. Smith, with over 29 years of service and Scott W. Hinson, with over 26 years of service.

Recognized the Water Resources Department for receiving the inaugural North Carolina Source Water Collaborative Source Water Protection Award (more details follow in the newsletter).

Presented a
Proclamation recognizing the week of April 26 - May 3, 2015 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

Received an update from the
Concord Youth Council.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Five-Year Agency Plan for the
Housing Department.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of five parcels of land owned by the Estate of Kirksey Dunn Ramsey, Kirksey C. Rankin, Sue R. Baty, Ben F. Rankin, Thomas A. Rankin, Martha R. Lowery, and Joyce R. Cox (aka Rankin Family Properties).

Approved street closures for the
2015 Union Street Live concert series.

Approved a street closure request from
Crossfit Unite for June 13, 2015.

Recognized the Winding Walk Owners Association into the City's
Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Awarded the annual
streets preservation program contract to Ferebee Corporation.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with
Unified AV Systems for the audio visual system for the new City Hall.

Received information from
Present Age Ministries, a local nonprofit committed to combatting human trafficking.


Concord recognized in inaugural NC Source Water Protection Awards
The Water Resources Department is one of eight inaugural winners of the NC Source Water Collaborative's Source Water Protection Awards. Source Water is untreated water from streams, rivers, lakes, and aquifers that serves as a source of drinking water. The Collaborative and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the winners in late March, and Concord was one of two awardees in the Education category. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Admire beautiful art and learn local history on free tour, part of Phifer exhibit on April 18
See Robert Phifer's art collection and then take a tour through the Phifer Family's history on Saturday, April 18. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, where 14 original pieces of art are on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art in the Concord Museum. The Cabarrus Arts Council will hold continuous screenings of Judge Clarence Horton’s "Historical Moments: The Phifer Family" in the Davis Theatre. Then, take a journey through history. Local experts will narrate tours through Oakwood Cemetery on Church Street, Phifer Cemetery on Lucky Drive, and Memorial Garden on Spring Street. Transportation will be provided to the first 15 participants on each tour, others may use their own vehicles to travel. The entire tour will take approximately three hours. For more information on the Robert F. Phifer Art Collection exhibit and tour, contact the Historic Cabarrus Association at 704-920-2465, view the flyer, or visit cabarruscounty.us.

10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival
Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 18, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will have heirloom plants, horticultural supplies and perfect Mother's Day gifts available for purchase at the 10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival. Explore 85 vendors with unique items for the horticulturally inclined or earth-friendly enthusiast, and delights for any garden shopper. The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 4:00 p.m. in the Winecoff Farmer’s Market at 518 Winecoff School Road. Visit
cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Last call to enter the Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge
Do you live in one of Concord's Recognized Neighborhoods? If so, you can participate in a new initiative for neighborhoods to complete beautification projects that create native habitats for wildlife. The challenge includes a year of bragging rights for the winning neighborhood. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

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.

Classical Stretch
This 30 minute exercise class will increase mobility, help release tension, and keep joints healthy and pain-free through dynamic strengthening and stretching exercises. Great for all ages.  Max. 20 participants. Meets at the Academy Recreation Center, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. from April 13 through May 20. Registration is available in advance at concordparksandrec.org or in person the day of the first class. 


City of Concord upcoming meetings

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

April
16 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
May
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)

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