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Did you know?
Did you know you can now report pot holes, street light malfunctions, and many other non-emergency issues to the City using your smartphone? Visit concordnc.gov/ConcordMobileCare to download the Concord Mobile Care app, free for your android or iOS device, or access the web-version on any other device, including PC and laptop computers.

Highlights of the August 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented the 26th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2014 to the Finance Department.

Presented retirement plaques to Police coworkers, Captain Michael Greene (26 years) and Major Wendell Rummage (27 years).

Continued a public hearing related to annexation of a parcel of land owned by Lelia McGraw.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels of land owned by Inaara, LLC (
Parcel 1, Parcel 2).

Recognized the Lanstone Homeowners Association into the City's
Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods Program.

Approved Neighborhood Matching Grant requests submitted by Recognized Neighborhoods.

Adopted resolutions authorizing the donation of surplus self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment to the Rimer Volunteer and City of Kannapolis Fire Departments.

Approved one additional State-funded elementary school resource officer position and receive an update on the status of funds for elementary school resource officers provided by the City of Concord.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an addendum to the contract with AECOM for engineering services related to the Derita Road Improvement Project (U-4910) Phase II upon concurrence by NCDOT.

Adopted a resolution authorizing the negotiation of an installment financing contract, application to the Local Government Commission, appointing of the financing team, and setting a public hearing for September 10, 2015 related to planned improvements at Concord Regional Airport.

Adopted a resolution supporting redistricting reform, as proposed by a bipartisan majority of NC House members to end gerrymandering in North Carolina in the form of HB92.

City of Concord, other local organizations join Alliance for a Prosperous NC
The City of Concord, Cabarrus County, and the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce have all joined the Alliance for a Prosperous North Carolina, an organization representing communities across the state united against the redistribution of local sales tax revenues. Members include business owners, managers and elected officials of local governments, and chamber of commerce staffs. Despite the passage of the
revised sales tax redistribution plan through the State Senate, communities still have an opportunity to express their concerns about this proposal to members of the House of Representatives. Click here to read more about the Alliance and its members, and click here to learn about alternative policy solutions that will benefit all NC cities and towns proposed by the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

The proposal adopted by the Senate creates a 50-50 split between distributing sales tax on a "point-of-sale" basis (returning sales taxes to the counties that generated them) and per-capita (distributing local revenues across the entire state based on population). While not as severe as earlier plans, such as one that would only return 20 percent point-of-sale, this latest proposal creates at least 23 "losing" counties, including Cabarrus, which along with Concord and the other municipalities would all lose about six percent from current sales tax revenue levels, according to NC General Assembly projections. However, these estimates likely underestimate the impact to Concord and other jurisdictions because they assume even growth rates across the state. For example, they assume sales growth here in Cabarrus County will be the same as the growth in rural counties without the retail and tourism businesses that have been attracted here through local investments in infrastructure and services.

No matter how inaccurate the projections are, the taking of local revenues by the General Assembly will likely leave Concord and other jurisdictions' elected officials (representing over 5 million North Carolina residents) with no choice other than to raise fees, property taxes and/or cut needed services. Please continue to
let your local General Assembly delegation know that taking local revenues from the parts of the state generating a majority of North Carolina's sales taxes is not an effective way to address the economic challenges of our rural neighbors.

Mosaic artwork installed at ClearWater Artist Studios
On Wednesday, ClearWater Artist Studios received a new piece of commissioned artwork in the Gallery floor. Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert A. Crum, who is one of the artists at ClearWater, installed a sixteen square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift. The work, called "Clearwater Pond," will be unveiled and dedicated at the next ClearWater Second Saturday open studios event on Saturday, September 12. See images of the installation on the ClearWater Facebook page and the entire progression here.

Center City area utility work update
The Water Resources Department will temporarily close Spring Street NW to through-traffic between Cabarrus and Grove Avenues for a sewer main repair on Wednesday, August 19. Local traffic will retain access to the area. Northbound motorists will be detoured along Cabarrus Avenue, Yorktown Street, and Grove Avenue back to Spring Street NW. Southbound motorists will be detoured along Grove Avenue, Union Street N, and Cabarrus Avenue back to Spring Street SW. The work is expected to last one day, weather permitting. For more information, please contact Mark Colangelo at 704-920-5339.

Motorists traveling along Union Street South this week have experienced a detour to Spring Street between Wilshire and Blume Avenues. This has allowed crews to repair a failed stormdrain under the roadway. A water main was also located in the area, which required a relocation to complete the stormdrain work. We appreciate your understanding during this unexpected, but needed repair. Water crews completed work on the new stormdrain this afternoon, but the detour will remain in place until Transportation crews can patch the roadway on Monday, weather permitting.

Final 2015 Union Street Live concert and block party set for August 20
The final concert and block party for the 2015 Union Street Live series will be next Thursday, August 20. Regional favorite
Jim Quick and Coastline will perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Means Avenue, next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Pluto for Planet 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.

Sign up now for adult flag football leagues
Registration is open for the adult flag football leagues through September 4. Both men's and co-ed leagues are available, and teams of five players can register at
concordparksandrec.org for $375. The playing season runs from October through December. Teams play one or two games per week. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for rules and more information.

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

August
18 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
20 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

September
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting
concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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