Did you know?
Did you know the City's Communications Department maintains the telephone and radio systems used by all City departments on a daily basis? The Department's "Radio Shop" team also assists with special projects such as installing emergency lighting and other equipment in public safety vehicles. The team saved the City $87,000 in the City Hall construction project by installing over 26.5 miles of Cat 6A cabling and fiber for data and telephone services, including 1,100 "data drops."

Highlights of the March 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaques to:

  • Gary Hatley – 16 years of service, Police Department
  • Richard Armstrong – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Patrick Bergeron – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Steve Blackwelder – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Mike Gaskey – 29 years of service, Fire Department

Received a presentation from Police Chief Gary Gacek on body cameras and other important information concerning the police department during the last six months.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a rezoning request from Residential Village to General Commercial-Conditional District

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by James and Brenda Cook.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by the Estate of John M. Licari.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by Beverly and William Hooks, Freddie Anne Davis, William P. Martin, and Betty Jo Denny.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by Von Stephen Blackwelder, Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr. Irrevocable Trust, Fannie B Blackwelder Revocable Trust, June E. Barringer, Telka D. Ritch, and the Credit Shelter Trust established under the Last Will and Testament of Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Incentive Grant to 1000 Derita Road, LLC (The Silverman Group).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 5, Subdivision Plats and Site Plans, of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to address the expiration of preliminary subdivision plats.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Historic District Handbook, repealing and readopting Chapter 5, Section 9, Fences and Walls.

Received an update on 2016 Haulers on Union event scheduled for May 19.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Transdev to operate the Rider Transit System.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with National Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc. utilizing the North Carolina Department of Transportation State Contract for the purchase of three new Ford Transit High Top vans for the Rider Transit system’s federally required ADA Paratransit service, and a contract with RouteMatch Software for the purchase of Paratransit service scheduling software.

Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopting a resolution setting a public hearing on April 14, 2016 for annexation of one parcel of land owned by Lelia McGraw.

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to co-sponsor the upcoming Spring Into Arts Festival by providing in-kind services and liability insurance for the event.

Awarded the fiscal year 2015-16 audit contract to Elliott Davis Decosimo and to authorize City Manager to negotiate and execute the agreement.

Adopted City Council goals for FY 2016-2017 and State and Federal Legislative Goals for the City of Concord.

Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios TOMORROW!
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 or, or call 704-784-9535.

Utility system maintenance planned for March 11-14
Between 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14 the City's utility management system will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance. This includes utility payments, the eCare utility account portal, and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Change your clock, change your battery
The Concord Fire Department encourages residents to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when changing clocks forward to Daylight Saving Time over the weekend. Although smoke alarms are present in 95 percent of American homes, 20 percent do not work—mostly because of dead or missing batteries. Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to reduce tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. The International Association of Fire Chiefs also recommends replacing smoke alarms every ten years. Visit for more information.

Come for the fun, stay for your health
Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks invites all senior citizens to the Cabarrus Arena on Wednesday, March 16 for a morning of engaging and exciting educational sessions, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, and more. Be sure to visit the demonstration area where participants can watch and participate with people their own age, and probably older, stepping back the hands of time through dance and exercise. The message is clear—there is no age limit for fun. This event is free and everyone walks away with tools to help you live healthy. Call 704-920-3484 for more information or visit

Last call for early voting
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting, concludes Saturday at select polling locations in Cabarrus County for the March 15 Primary Election. For the final early voting day, all registered North Carolina voters may cast their ballot in person at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m, or at Concord Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW) and Harrisburg Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library System (201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg) from 8:30 a.m.–noon. All polling places will reopen for the primary on Tuesday, March 15. For more information on early voting and North Carolina's new voter identification requirements, visit

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.

Go hiking!
Adults and youth ages 14-18 (with accompanying registered adult) are invited to explore hiking—a lifelong activity that will impact your physical and mental health. Each meeting and trip will focus on the importance of a different vital aspect to hiking: proper footwear, how and what to pack, adjusting to varying terrains, and the many perspectives on the trails we seek. This five step program progresses from easy greenway trails to strenuous and challenging opportunities in North Carolina's mountains. The hikes vary in days and meet up locations. The five-step spring session costs $70 ($10 City-resident discount). Visit or call 704-920-5600 for more information and registration.

Bunny Run 5K and Festival coming soon!
The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Pre-registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $15 until 3/18; $20 on race day.  Registration is available online at and at the Academy Recreation Center until 3/18.  Race Day registration will open at 8:00 am on Means Avenue.  The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting and a DJ

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

15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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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 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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