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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Transportation Department maintains over 425 miles of roadway, 222 miles of sidewalk, 439 miles of curb and gutter, 4 miles of guard rail, 130 traffic signals, and 22 school zone flashers with a force of 27 coworkers? Visit concordnc.gov/Transportation to learn more about the department.

City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 7. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 11. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

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. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Rider Transit helps provide mobility for all
Transportation is a critical part of everyday life. Whether someone needs to get to work, school, medical appointments, shopping, recreation, or social opportunities, public transit is a great option to help get everyone where they need to go. Even though every Rider bus is ADA accessible, using fixed route (bus) public transit can be challenging or impossible for some people with disabilities. Rider Transit has prepared a special guide to help explain the accessibility options available on the system and how to use the ADA Paratransit program, which is provided in partnership with Cabarrus County Transportation Services. The guide is available at ckrider.com/accessibility or by calling 704-920-RIDER (7433).

Gearing up for another year of the Cabarrus County Fair
There's plenty to share with your friends at the Cabarrus County Fair! Fill up on funnel cakes and face your fears on the rides, or keep your feet on the ground at the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, and milking booth. Live performances include local bands, Master of the Chainsaw, Robinson's Racing Pigs, K9's in Flight, and The Magic of Lance Gifford & Company. Learn more about the 2015 Fair at cabarruscounty.us.

NCDOT advises of new, temporary traffic patterns along I-85
As work continues on the Interstate 85 widening project in Cabarrus County, motorists will begin to notice new, temporary traffic patterns in place along the interstate and its interchange with U.S. 29/601. Traffic shifts, which will be begin the evening of Wednesday, September 9, will allow crews to focus on interchange work and construction in the median. Once the temporary alignment is in place on the interchange on Saturday, September 12, there will be two new temporary signalized intersections to manage traffic getting on and off I-85 at the U.S. 29/601 interchange.

During the week of Sunday, September 13 crews will gradually move traffic to a temporary alignment on I-85 North and South between Exit 58 (U.S. 29/601) and Exit 60 (Dale Earnhardt Boulevard). This shift will allow for construction of the new roadway within the existing median. Motorists are urged to stay alert and pay attention when traveling through the work zone during the traffic shifts, since construction personnel and equipment will be on site. Learn more about these shifts at ncdot.gov.

The I-85 widening project will add two travel lanes in each direction from Exit 55 (N.C. 73) to Exit 63 (Lane Street) in Cabarrus County and will also upgrade several interchanges in the area. The $197 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2017. For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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. Find out more on the ClearWater Facebook page.

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.

Greenway Adventures
Equipped with our special gear and imagination, kids ages 4 and up are invited to adventures on the City's greenways. Explore critters, their habitats and nature for engaging, and other educational and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Each program will meet at the designated greenway. Up next: Recycled Boat Float at Hector H. Henry, II Greenway on September 17 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. Attendees must pre-register by September 14. Registration fee is $10 ($5 City-resident discount available). Call 704-920-5600 or visit
concordparksandrec.org for 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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