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Did you know?
Did you know the law does not permit drivers turning turn right on red traffic signal arrows? In North Carolina, drivers are accustomed to turning right on red at most signals with a red "ball" indication. Many of the new signalized intersections in coordinated signal systems provide protected movements with a green arrow and use red arrows to provide protection for unique operations and efficiencies in the intersection and corridor. Supplemental signs are sometimes installed to reinforce the signal indication, but citizens are best served by knowing the law. The City of Concord Transportation Department installs and maintains traffic signals and other traffic infrastructure throughout the community, visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

March 21 parade to honor Jay M. Robinson High School boys basketball team
The City of Concord is hosting a parade on Monday, March 21 to honor the 2016 state champion Jay M. Robinson High School boys' basketball team. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Union Street N and Buffalo Ave NW. Heading south on Union Street, the parade will arrive at the intersection of Union Street S and Means Ave SE at approximately 6:00 p.m. A stage program will feature the team and continue with public recognition by Mayor Scott Padgett and the Concord City Council, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, the Cabarrus County Board of Education, and others. The public is encouraged to attend to show support, visit concordnc.gov for more information.

City to host Downtown Concord urban design workshops, March 21-24
Members of the public are invited to take part in the next phase of the City of Concord's Downtown Master Plan update process. The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department will host a series of urban design workshops in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W), March 21 through March 24. During the workshops, planners and participants will develop and test new ideas for the downtown area. All interested individuals and groups are invited to spend as much or as little time as they would like to share ideas. Public input is essential and will inform and guide the development of the updated Downtown Master Plan. The series begins with an opening presentation on Monday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. For the full workshop schedule and more, visit concordnc.gov.

Good Friday holiday schedule, Bunny Run 5K and other events
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, March 25. Some City services will operate on a different schedule the week of March 21, and several events are planned throughout the area including egg hunts on Thursday, March 24 and the Bunny Run 5K and festival on Saturday, March 26. For details, visit concordnc.gov.

Concord firefighters develop and adopt cancer risk mitigation practices
The Concord Fire Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and the North Carolina Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, is introducing an affordable and innovative method to help mitigate firefighter occupational cancer risks. Historically, dirty and soiled bunker gear (or turnout gear) was viewed as a badge of honor, representing "battle scars" accumulated over a career of service. However, data has revealed that the lack of basic personal, equipment, and station hygiene presents a significant and totally preventable risk to firefighters and those around them. Visit concordnc.gov to find out how the Concord Fire Department is making a difference locally and encouraging peer organizations to follow.

Concord Fire Department to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve on over 5,000 hydrants to ensure water can be obtained should the need arise. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.

Make your voice heard through CabCo 2016 Community Survey
Cabarrus County Government is asking the community to participate in its 2016 Community Survey. Through March 28, the public can take the confidential online survey at cabarruscountysurvey.org. The survey measures several factors of Cabarrus County Government, including satisfaction, perception, customer service, funding and department-specific questions. Your feedback is critical to evaluating programs, improving services and providing excellent customer experiences. For more information, visit “Hot Topics” at cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us.

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.

Youth Council seeking 2016-17 members
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to the City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

Make plans to attend the Bunny Run 5K and Festival
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.  Race-day registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $20, opening 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 and 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.

March
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Urban Design Workshop opening session
22 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
23 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
24 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, closing session at 6:00 p.m.)

April
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 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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