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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord is in the process of completing its third bond refunding since 2012? The current process will refund over $19 million of utilities systems revenue bonds, producing an estimated net present value (NPV) savings of 13 percent or $2.71 million. The refunding will save the City an average of approximately $135,500 each of the 20 remaining years on the life of the bonds. The revenue bonds were originally issued in 2008 to fund improvements to the City’s electric, water, and wastewater systems. Concord City Council authorized the refunding the 2008 utility bonds with a bond order at the March 10, 2016 City Council meeting. A bond refunding is similar to an individual refinancing a mortgage. In 2012, the City achieved a $2.682 million NPV savings on 2002 utility bonds, and in 2015 a $1.37 million NPV savings was realized on 2005 general fund Certificates of Participation as part of the financing for City Hall.

City of Concord honored for exceeding drinking water standards
The City of Concord has been named one of 56 utilities honored with the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, recognizing that Concord’s drinking water surpasses federal and state standards. This is the first time Concord has received this honor.

"We are pleased to receive this honor from the NC Department of Environmental Quality," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "This recognition is possible because of the professionalism and expertise of Water Resources Director Christie Putnam and her staff."

Putnam notes that plant staff was able to achieve this goal through collaborative communication efforts, shared knowledge, and improved optimization strategies. Water treatment coworkers successfully implemented an optimization plan that included rigorously managed filter operations and backwash cycles, as well as enhanced coagulation practices. These activities result in the production of high quality drinking water that Concord is proud to deliver to customers. Learn more at
deq.nc.gov.

Spring into Arts returns May 14
Enjoy art, musical entertainment, fantastic food, and a hands-on children's creation activity area in Downtown Concord from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 14 during the 2016 Spring into Arts Festival. The Spring into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts.  New to this year’s festival - celebrate the art of wine-making and the art of brewing by enjoying a tasting of area wines and beers from select wineries and breweries!  Visit concorddowntown.com (704) 784-4208, for more information.


Don't miss Haulers on Union: coming May 19
On Thursday, May 19, don't miss the annual Haulers on Union parade and fan fest. More than 30 of your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will parade down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Starting at 5 p.m., fans can get into the racing spirit with a variety of activities including race cars on display, celebrity autographs, corn hole, horseshoes, life-size Connect 4, a beer garden and more. A free concert will kick off at 6:30 p.m. featuring country music artists Acoustic South followed by the sounds of beach music, soul, and R&B from The Tams. Admission is free. For more information, visit 600festival.com or call 704-455-8888.

Volunteers are needed to help make a bigger, better Haulers on Union on May 19, including a beer/wine friendly street festival atmosphere similar to Union Street Live events. The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is organizing the beer/wine area, and the City of Concord is looking for "Orange Crew" volunteers to make this possible. Each volunteer receives an official "CDDC Orange Crew" t-shirt, and is entered into a drawing for $25 in Downtown Concord Dollars. To learn more and sign up, visit signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fadae22a3f49-haulers.


ClearWater Artist Studios Special Guest Artist Show THE GO-BETWEEN opens May 20

The next Clearwater Artist Studio Guest Artist Exhibit Show, THE GO-BETWEEN kicks off with an opening reception on May 20 from 6-8pm. The Go Between features the paintings and sculpture artwork of Phillip Larrimore.  The show is described by the artist as “a swift survey or ‘aerial view’ of his artwork. Phillip Larrimore experiments in a variety of ways with how the eyes and the mind re-construct imagery. This is his largest show to date, the first that includes work from 1999 to the present. The exhibit will run from mid-May thru June 30. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com and/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.

Greenway Adventures!
For ages 4 and up.  Equipped with our special gear and imaginations participants will explore critters and their habitats with fun, creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Next up – It’s A Bird’s Life: It’s time we put on our wings and take a bird’s eye view of life in the sky. Along our flight we will look at the life cycle of a bird and create our own nests. Meets at Hector H. Henry II Greenway on Thursday, May 12. Pre-register and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.


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

May
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
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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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