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Did you know?
Did you know multiple non-emergency numbers are available in the 911 Communications Center? For non-emergency law enforcement assistance, call 704-786-9155. For non-emergency fire assistance, call 704-782-2121. The same professional staff will answer your calls, and you can help ensure that 911 lines for life-threatening emergencies remain available.

Remembering Frank Dusch, 1924-2015
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Frank A. Dusch, Jr, who passed away early the morning of August 25 at the age of 91. Mr. Dusch served fourteen years (1981-1995) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council). At the Celebration of Life held for him this afternoon, Mayor Scott Padgett noted, "if Concord had a Mount Rushmore, his face would certainly be on it." He also spoke at length of how Mr. Dusch was part of a courageous generation of leaders who embraced the change necessary to create the community we know today, which few could imagine being possible at the time. The City named the Frank Dusch Amphitheater at Les Myers Park, located on Lawndale Avenue, after him in 2001. Visit concordnc.gov for reflections on Mr. Dusch's life from the Mayor and members of City Council.

Voluntary water conservation remains as regional drought continues
On Wednesday July 22, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis announced that customers of both municipalities’ water systems should follow Level 1 water use restrictions, due to regional drought conditions. These restrictions are for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Midland. The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) also announced that dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 drought levels of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP).

Despite recent rainfall and as reported by the NC Drought Management Advisory Council, Cabarrus County remains part of the majority of North Carolina counties urged to implement drought response actions. The City urges customers to take these conditions seriously. Customers are reminded that under normal, responsible water use guidelines adopted by Concord and Kannapolis, lawn irrigation is ONLY allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. To learn more about what activities are permitted by Level 1 voluntary restrictions, visit concordnc.gov.

Union Street is set for the Cabarrus Art Walk
Cabarrus Arts Council's next Art Walk starts 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.

Evening utility work planned on Kerr Street
On the evening of Thursday, September 3, Water Resources crews will close Kerr Street NW between Cabarrus Avenue W and Guy Ave NW beginning at 9:00 p.m. while repair work is underway. Motorists should exercise caution in the area and follow posted detour routes. For more information, please contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

Community ceremony planned for Friday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.

The fall 2015 City Circular and Leisure times are coming soon
The latest edition of the City Circular will arrive in the soon if it has not already. In the meantime, the digital edition is available, 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 digital edition of the Fall 2015 Leisure Times for the latest from Parks and Recreation.

September is National Preparedness Month
FEMA is asking you to take action to be ready for an emergency now –make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. Encourage family and friends to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

Flood is the theme for Week 1 (September 1-5) of National Preparedness Month. During this time, talk with your family about flooding. Learn how to take action for this common hazard by using the How to Prepare for a Flood guide, which outlines ways to protect yourself and your property before a flood threatens your community. In particular, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home by: elevating critical utilities such as electrical panels, appliances, wiring, and heating systems; waterproofing your basement and installing a water alarm; and clearing debris from downspouts and gutters. Learn more at ready.gov/September.

Mosaic artwork to be unveiled September 12 at ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios recently 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, has 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. Stay tuned for more information, and see images of the installation on the ClearWater Facebook page and the entireprogression here.

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 Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Yoga in the Park
Yoga in the Park continues in McGee Park until Thursday, September 17. Participants ages 13 and up are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a yoga mat and beach towel. Meets weekly from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. (no class if it is raining), for just $3 per class. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.

Last call 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.

September
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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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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