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Did you know?
Did you know "hands only" or compression only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents? Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation classes are regularly offered free of charge to the public courtesy of the Concord Fire Department. In just two hours, you will learn the fundamentals of CPR in adults and infants, and the use of an automatic electronic defibrillator. Space is still available for the next class on June 3, click here to register and learn more.
 
City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 30. Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, June 3. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

City Manager Brian Hiatt presents FY 2017 budget recommendation
City Manager Brian Hiatt just presented his fiscal year 2016-17 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council. The property tax rate is recommended to stay at the current 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council will hold at least one budget workshop on June 7, 2016 and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 during the regular City Council meeting. Interested individuals can view the City Manager's recommended budget on concordnc.gov and also in print at the City Clerk's office.

Introducing the “Smart Community” project to upgrade City utility meter infrastructure
This week, the City announced details of the Smart Community project. This investment will provide City utility customers a system-wide upgrade of electric and water metering infrastructure, as well as the introduction of new online portal with tools to help customers take better control of their energy and water use. The new technology will be installed starting in the summer of 2016, with the customer portal being offered sometime in 2017.

What's in store? Enhanced communication and other benefits that will be available to customers, including faster restoration after electric outages, improved customer service, remote electric meter activation, enhanced water leak detection, online portal with utility management tools for all customers, the ability to reconcile energy and water use concerns more quickly, and environmental benefits due to reduced emissions from City vehicles. Please visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Registration for 15th session of Concord 101 now open!
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for the 2016 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free fourteen-week session begins August 16 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 25.  Class size is limited to 30 participants. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.

ClearWater Artist Studios special guest artist show THE GO-BETWEEN opens TONIGHT!
The newest Clearwater Artist Studios guest artist exhibit show, THE GO-BETWEEN remains on exhibit through June 30. Featuring 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 through June 30. Also tonight: live violinist Dennis Spring playing in the gallery, local luthier Richard Kluttz with some hand-made guitars on display, and local Cabo winery products by the glass. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Get ready for summer with the newest City Circular and Leisure Times
If you have not yet, you'll be receiving the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Summer 2016 City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also access the Summer 2016 Leisure Times online, now expanded to 24 pages of activities for the whole family!

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.

ClearWater teams up with Parks and Rec! Summer 2016 Art Camps begin June 13
Concord Parks and Recreation and ClearWater Artist Studios are pleased to offer new art camps and classes for kids and teens this summer! Classes will be taught by ClearWater resident artists and other local artist-teachers. All classes will take place on-site in the Gallery, open Market Space, or unfinished Great Room in the lower level.  Advance registration required, available any time on concordparksandrec.org or in person at one of our Recreation Centers. See the new Summer 2016 Leisure Times for more information. Classes and camps begin June 13 and continue throughout the summer. There are also some adult classes! Call 704-920-5600 with questions, for more information about ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

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

June
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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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