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Did you know?
Did you know the Electric Systems Department has completed 1,194 street and security light LED upgrades?  The department operates and maintains over 13,000 outdoor lights, and plans to upgrade all fixtures in the City's system over the next four to five years. To learn more, visit concordnc.gov.

Mayor Padgett proclaims September 17-23 as Constitution Week
Yesterday marked the 228th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. Since 1956, the President has proclaimed the week of September 17-23 of each year as Constitution Week in the United States. As proclaimed by Mayor Padgett, the City of Concord joins in this annual time to reflect on the importance of active citizenship, the enduring strength of the Constitution, and our rights and obligations as citizens. Learn more about Constitution Week at dar.org.

Place of worship security training
The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship. In a free, one-hour session, attendees will understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. The first session will be held on Friday, September 25. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5000 to register.

Safe Kids Cabarrus presents Safety Palooza 2015 TOMORROW!
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, Safe Kids Cabarrus is hosting 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. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket. 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.

Customer Service team adjusts hours for new service applications
Customers who are in the Municipal Building or call the Customer Care Center for assistance late in the afternoon have been experiencing a longer than desired wait. In order to better serve customers, the City's Customer Service team is no longer processing new utility service applications after 4:00 p.m. This allows more representatives to focus on the growing number of customers needing assistance with other issues in the last hour of business, and reduces wait times. It also aligns the application period with the existing hours of Customer Service technicians, who are not able to physically connect new service after 4:00 p.m. each day. As an alternative, customers are always able to access the application available at concordnc.gov/newcustomer, and email or fax their materials in prior to calling 704-920-5555 to complete the process. All applications received via email or fax after 4:00 p.m. will processed the next day. In the future, the City will be implementing a more streamlined online application. You can find out more about setting up a utility account at concordnc.gov.

Governor McCrory signs state budget, cities escape most damaging proposals
On Friday, the Governor signed the long overdue FY16 budget adopted by the General Assembly this week. Communities across the state banded together during the long session to oppose a variety of harmful measures considered as part of the budget discussion. “Given the earlier proposals for sales tax redistribution coming out of the Senate, this budget compromise is probably as good an outcome as we could have hoped for since Concord does not lose revenue,” said Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt. “Even though it is a few months late and others in the State will gain revenue, we can now move forward with planning for the future with some sense of certainty. This shows what is possible if communities and organizations work together with their local legislators to advocate for their residents and businesses.”

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

October

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