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Did you know the Concord Police Department is also gearing up for Monday's first day of school? Concord Police encourage all citizens to be aware of school bus and school pedestrian traffic. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus in North Carolina, and those who speed in a school zone are subject to increased fines. School zones are marked with signs and electronic flashing lights to help drivers know when they are in the zone. The authorized speed limit, days, and times when the lower speed limit is in effect are posted on the signs. The City employs 13 school crossing guards to help children and family members safely arrive to school, and joins the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in encouraging you to "be patient, stay alert, save a life, know the law." To learn more about school bus and school pedestrian safety, visit

Continued disagreement in General Assembly may assist in combating sales tax redistribution
Following weeks of little to no action on the state budget, the Governor's office announced this week that House and Senate leaders have agreed on a total spending number, allowing negotiations on additional details to move forward. There was less agreement on the Senate's version of HB 117-NC Competes Act. That bill, as approved by the Senate, contains a plan to shift local sales tax distributions to a 50 percent per-capita/50 percent point-of-sale plan, while also including state incentive funding and other tax changes. The House, many of whose members have expressed opposition to the various sales tax reallocation plans, voted 111-2 not to concur with the Senate's version of HB 117. That bill will now go to a conference committee, with the negotiators from the House and Senate trying to strike a compromise.  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.

Crews winding down projects on Burrage Road, Cabarrus Avenue
Barricades were removed this week from two projects that bring major vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements in Concord. While final striping and other finishing touches remain, motorists traveling through Burrage Road NE and Cabarrus Avenue W are now able to use the upgraded bridges in their final alignment. The City's Burrage Road improvements included multiple funding sources to replace a deficient bridge over Three Mile Branch, resurface decades-old concrete roadway between the bridge and Lake Concord Road NE, and provide safe pedestrian accommodations. NCDOT's new bridge on Cabarrus Avenue W takes motorists and pedestrians across the Norfolk Southern Railroad, serving as a major gateway into the Center-City area. The City participated to provide pedestrian and decorative upgrades, and requested that NCDOT designate the new bridge for the late Allen T. Small.

Save the date for Safety Palooza 2015
Safe Kids Cabarrus is planning the fourth annual Safety Palooza on September 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road). The event will feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, severe weather simulator, fire safety house, and a shredding truck. Enjoy raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment, and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket.

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.

Pardon our dust
Today, crews started a resurfacing project at the Dorton Park tennis courts. Weather permitting, tennis players will be able to enjoy the new surface once the project is complete in about two weeks. IN the meantime, visit one of the tennis courts at Beverly Hills, Les Myers, or Marvin Caldwell Parks. Visit for more information about these facilities.
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 for $375. The playing season runs from October through December. Teams play one or two games per week. Call 704-920-5600 or visit for rules and more information.

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

8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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