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Did you know?
Did you know it is against the law to make a prank 9-1-1 call? People who call 9-1-1 for a joke or call 9-1-1 and hang up not only waste time and money, but can also harm others. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. If needed, you can 704-782-2121 with non-emergency Fire request and 704-786-9155 with non-emergency Police requests.

Concord in the Headlines
Students learn about dangers of distracted driving

Mayor Padgett announces parade and celebration to celebrate Cox Mill Chargers
The City of Concord is hosting a parade in Moss Creek Village on Thursday, March 30 to honor the 2017 state champion Cox Mill High School men's basketball team. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Monarch Club, followed by a program in the Harris Road Middle School gym featuring the team and 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. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Chairmen of the Board announced for May 18 Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest
The Chairmen of the Board, one of beach music’s most iconic bands, will add an air of musical fun to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest in downtown Concord on May 18. Their performance will be part of an evening of family enjoyment anchored by the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers annual trip down Union Street on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star race on May 20. More than 30 of the colorful haulers are expected to parade down Union Street, part of an evening full of music, games, food vendors and more. There is no admission charge to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest.

“We are excited about another year of Haulers on Union in Concord to kick off the spring race events on May 18, featuring Chairmen of the Board,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “Mark your calendars because there will be fun for fans of all ages, I look forward to seeing you on Union Street.” The City of Concord, Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation partner with the 600 Festival Association to stage the event, with activities kicking off at 5:00 p.m. For more information about Haulers on Union and all 600 Festival events, visit 600festival.com.

Lend your voice to the 2030 Land Use Plan process

Since late January, the City of Concord and Tindale Oliver have gathered data and public comments as part of the process to update the City's Land Use Plan. The updated Land Use Plan will provide the vision and framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007. The process helps the City create a land use map and a plan document that will contain data, specific goals, and policy recommendations focused on land use and development. The plan will also guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. Public feedback has been collected at several meetings and events, but it is not too late for you to participate in the process. Visit concordnc.gov/2030 to take a brief survey that will inform the Land Use Plan's vision statement, and look for additional participation opportunities in the coming months.

Over 8,000 trees to be planted thanks to you!
The results are in! Last weekend, Cabarrus Brewing Company partnered with Concord, Cabarrus County, and all local governments within the county, along with the NC Forest Service, to plant one tree for every pint sold during their first anniversary celebration. CBC has announced that 8,315 trees will be planted this fall thanks to the community's support. Way to go, CabCo! Click here to learn more.

Rider Transit partners with NCDOT Rail Division to help connect the last mile
Rail passengers will now be able to reach their Concord or Kannapolis destination at no additional charge via Rider Transit after getting off the train. Rider is one of 11 local transit systems across the Piedmont participating in the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division's NC By Train Transit Pass program. The pass is now available at no additional charge to passengers on board the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in select cities. Passengers should request the pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding the transit partner’s bus. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel. Visit ncdot.gov for more information, or find out more about Rider Transit at ckrider.com.

Kindergarten Registration Begins in April
Do you known a rising kindergartener? Cabarrus County Schools has announced that children turning 5 years old on or before August 31, 2017 will be eligible to register for kindergarten for the upcoming school year. To register, visit the elementary school located in your child’s attendance area April 3-7. If a language other than English is spoken in the home or the child was born outside the United States, parent(s)/guardian(s) may choose to enroll at the home school or go to the Welcome Center located at Winkler Middle School, Room 716 (4501 Weddington Road) to register their child. Registration times vary by school, so be sure to visit your school’s website for its registration times. Find out more at cabarrus.k12.nc.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last call for adult softball registration
Spring adult softball league registration remains open through March 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, including Men’s Gold, Men’s Blue, Women’s, and Co-ed divisions. The Men’s Gold and Women’s divisions play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Blue and Co-ed divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single elimination tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

April
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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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