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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord has reduced the fuel consumption of its fleet each year for the past five years? The City now uses eight percent or 41,000 gallons less fuel each year than it did five years ago. We attribute these fuel and cost savings to smaller and more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels, a no-idling policy, and working smarter. The savings are just half the story, with another major benefit of placing emissions in the air, helping to improve our regional air quality. Learn more about Fleet Services air quality and environmental sustainability efforts at concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the June 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Keith Smith, 20 years of service, Police.

Received the 2015 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a Land Use Plan amendment for properties located at 2501, 2463, 2431, 2411, 2355, and 2301 Eva Drive from "Residential" to "Commercial."

Received public input and adopted a resolution supporting the designation of NCDOT's Bridge 266 on Cabarrus Avenue in honor of Allen T. Small.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2015-2016 budget.

Received an update from Concord Sister Cities Association Co-President John Dunlap and adopted a resolution inviting Siena, Italy to become a Sister City with the City of Concord.

Adopting a resolution authorizing the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to administer the North Carolina Main Street program requirements for the City of Concord.

Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Code of Ordinances, Section 46-2 to establish a warning and citation procedure for violation of the requirement that approved solid waste rollout carts shall not be curbside before 5:00 p.m. of the evening prior to the collection day and shall be removed no later than 9:00 p.m. the evening of collection day.

Approved an inter-local agreement with Cabarrus County for the pass-through of State 911 Secondary PSAP funding.

Adopted rules pertaining to time limits and conduct at public hearings before City Council.

Gary Gacek to serve as chief of police
City Manager Brian Hiatt has announced the hiring of Gary Gacek as Concord's chief of police. Gacek comes to Concord from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and brings with him extensive law enforcement and police management experience. Citing Concord's established community oriented policing philosophy, Gacek plans to build on the work already accomplished by the Concord Police Department in this area. He considers interaction between police and the community essential, and feels open lines of communication will assist in making sure Concord’s strategies, tactics, and interventions are procedurally just and supported by the community. He will begin work in Concord in July, and the City will plan an event to introduce him to the community. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Senate reveals revised sales tax redistribution plan
After weeks of waiting, the NC Senate unveiled a revised version of its sales tax redistribution plan this week. While the numbers presented appear less harmful to City revenues than original projections, they most likely do not reflect reality. This is because the sales tax growth rate used state-wide in this model is less than the historical growth rate for Cabarrus County and other revenue generating localities. Although cities would be unable to share in the proceeds, the model also assumes revenues from optional County sales taxes that have yet to be requested or authorized in a public referendum. The City of Concord remains concerned about the impact of this proposal on future revenues and the ability to deliver services.
Click here to contact Concord's local delegation.

NCDOT reopens Wilshire Avenue bridge
The NC Department of Transportation has completed the project to replace the Wilshire Avenue bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek. In addition to needed improvements for vehicles, the now open bridge better accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians through the City of Concord's participation. For more information, please contact NCDOT at 980-523-0080.

Daytime lane closure planned on Church Street
Construction work will require a daytime lane closure and traffic shift Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 on Church Street in Downtown Concord. As part of the ongoing renovation of the historic Bell and Harris-Maxwell Brothers Furniture Store building at 29 Cabarrus Avenue East, the right lane on Church Street NE approaching Cabarrus Avenue E will be closed beginning at Killarney Avenue NE. All traffic will be guided into the left lane, which will be converted to allow all movements instead of the typical left turn only. The closure will accommodate crews working between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to install windows and replace the downspouts on the elevation adjacent to Church Street. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Arts all around this weekend
Cabarrus Arts Council's first Art Walk of the year begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. Galleries and shops display visual art and host artist demonstrations. Live music, refreshments, and artists make these downtown evenings fun for all ages. Visit cabarrusartscouncil.org to find out more about tonight's event.

Tomorrow, June 13, the artists of ClearWater Artist Studios invite the community to their new "open studios." From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, 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. For more information, call 704-784-9535 or visit
clearwaterartists.com.

Union Street Live concert and block party, featuring two stages in June
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the free, outdoor Union Street Live concerts the third Thursday of every month through August. On June 18, the Concord Downtown Development Corporation has arranged for two stages of live music to start off the weekend. Regional favorite Too Much Sylvia will perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Means Avenue, next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Local band The Kodiak Brotherhood will begin playing on the north stage at 7:00 p.m., located on Union Street North in front of the library. In between the stages, have fun at the Union Street Live Block Party! During concert nights Union Street will be closed from the Concord Library to Corban Avenue. Walk Union Street to enjoy outside dining, games, shopping, and more! For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

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.

Boot Camp Mondays
This indoor group workout uses a combination of strength, cardio, muscle endurance, flexibility, core, and more functional movements. Each class varies, so you will never get the same workout twice. Join the group at Academy Recreation Center from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 15 for the next six week session. Registration is $25 ($5 City resident discount available). Learn more or sign up now at concordparksandrec.org.

Sign up now for Youth Soccer
Soccer Registration open now through June 30 for the playing season that runs August through November. Children ages 3-15 are invited to participate. The registration fee for City residents is $30, non-City residents is $50.  Register Monday-Friday 8-5 at our recreation centers, online anytime at concordparksandrec.org, or at Academy Sports in Kannapolis on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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 a
concordparksandrec.org. Race day registration will be $20. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed goodie bags and t-shirts. 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.

June
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
29 at 5:00 p.m. City Council special meeting

July
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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