Did you know?
Did you know citizens have the opportunity to weigh in on the FY16 recommended budget at the public hearing scheduled for next Thursday night’s City Council meeting? Attending the public hearing is a great way to participate in the budget process and voice your thoughts on the various ways the City allocates its resources. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 11 in the Council Chambers at 26 Union Street S. For more information on the City’s FY16 recommended budget, please visit

General Assembly's sales tax redistribution plans remain unknown
Despite the deadline passing for North Carolina's local government budget recommendations to be presented to elected officials, and the July 1 statutory adoption deadline quickly approaching, the North Carolina General Assembly has yet to reveal its plans that could impact millions of dollars in sales taxes for Concord and other cities. The General Assembly is considering several bills that could negatively affect local government revenues in addition to the unknown outcome of the state budget process. These impacts would be on top of the anticipated loss of over $1 million in Privilege License revenues beginning July 1. Rumors swirled this week that a revised sales tax redistribution plan would roll out in the Senate, possibly as part of the chamber's budget or part of a bill that has already passed the House, but as the week came to a close no such plan had yet been made public. Visit to learn more about this important issue and click here to contact Concord's local delegation.

Public input requested on proposal to honor the late Allen T. Small
At its June meeting, the Concord City Council will receive public input on a request to honor the late Allen. T Small. Following the public input, the City Council will consider a resolution supporting the designation of NCDOT's Bridge 266 on Cabarrus Avenue West over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in his honor and memory. NCDOT is in the final months of a project to replace the bridge, with the City participating in the project to provide decorative and pedestrian enhancements. This bridge is an entrance to the community where Small lived and worked, as well as a gateway to Historic Downtown Concord, to which he frequently referred as "the heart of the community" and "the core of the apple."

Allen Thurmond Small was born in Pittsboro in 1932, and dedicated his life to public service and education at an early age. He spent over three decades in public education, coming to Concord in 1958 and remaining here since. Small focused throughout his life on ensuring that all citizens have an opportunity to live, work, and play without discrimination. Small served as a member of City Council from December 1997 until his passing on June 7, 2006. He posthumously received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in August, 2006. Those interested in providing feedback on the proposal can speak at the City Council meeting, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 in the Council Chambers at 26 Union Street S. Learn more about the proposal and Allen Small at

Norfolk Southern plans rail crossing maintenance
Norfolk Southern has advised the City of Concord that crews will be performing maintenance work on two railroad crossings in the area on Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9. The railroad crossings on McGill Avenue NW and East Winecoff School Road will be closed while maintenance crews replace asphalt and make other improvements. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow posted detour routes during the closures. Exact closure times are unknown but could take place most of the day on Monday, and potentially Tuesday if additional time is needed. For more information, please contact Greg Bishop with RoadSafe Rail at 304-755-1200 or

Check out the Summer 2015 City Circular and Leisure times digital editions
If you have not yet, you'll be receiving the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Summer 2015 City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also access the Summer 2015 Leisure Times online.

What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
Imagine Caribbean steel drum music, traditional Island food and punch, and crowds milling to view giant canvasses portraying feather-bedecked Carnival dancers in simmering colors. Concord’s Clearwater Artist Studios will host ‘I’m Painting Mas,’ a Caribbean-themed party and debut of one local artist’s work, in its Gallery this Saturday, June 6, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. ClearWater is located at 223 Crowell Drive NW.

Next weekend, the artists invite the community to their new "open studios" the second Saturday of each month. From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the artists at ClearWater will be present and working in their studios and open to questions, conversation, and observation. Free and ample parking is available. The next open studio date is June 13.

For more information, call 704-784-9535 or visit

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

Streetlight 5K and Frolic coming soon
The annual Streetlight 5K and Frolic will take place on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. Pre-registration is $15 and available through July 2 at the Academy Recreation Center or by July 3 at Race day registration will be $20. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a goodie bag and t-shirt. This event is family friendly, and will include activities for children and music from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.

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 and budget workshop
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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