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Did you know?
Did you know the General Assembly recently enacted laws (HB 44 and SB 699) that impact how cities and towns throughout North Carolina do a wide variety of things? These laws affect enforcement of high vegetation ordinances, notification of Citizens regarding impending construction projects, protecting the privacy of emergency workers, and even regulating beehives within city limits. The Legal Department tracks legislation to ensure the City complies with state and federal law. Visit ncleg.net for more information about recent acts of the North Carolina General Assembly.

City receives update on redevelopment of Union Street properties
As a part of this year's annual planning session, the City Council received an update on the Downtown Master Plan process that is underway. The City has engaged the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program of the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, to assist with the market analysis phase of the master plan. In addition, DFI is assisting to determine redevelopment plans for the City of Concord’s former Municipal Building and City Hall Annex sites on Union Street South in Downtown Concord. Visit
concordnc.gov to learn more about these properties and the Downtown Master Plan process.

CTW goes to Weddington Road Bark Park

Still waiting to try out the Weddington Road Bark Park? Our friends at Cabarrus County braved the elements to give you a tour of the City's newest recreation facility. The Weddington Road Bark Park includes separate large dog and small dog off-leash play areas, convenient parking, a trailhead for the newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, and more. Concord Fire Station 11 and Cabarrus EMS Station 9 are also located at the complex on Weddington Road near the Rocky River. Click here to see the video tour, and visit concordparksandrec.org for more information about Weddington Road Bark Park.


Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios

ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Up next in Messy Art: Gritty Playdough!
Parks and Recreation is registering its next session of the new "Messy Art" series, Gritty Playdough, where children ages 4 to 8 will create sand that won’t run through your fingers! It’s sticky, gooey, and makes shapes like playdough! Meets at 4:00 on Tuesday, February 23 at Academy Recreation Center. Each Messy Art session costs $10 ($5 City-resident discount available), visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

March
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 at concordnc.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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