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Did you know you can fly from Concord Regional Airport to five sunny destinations this summer, with convenient parking just steps away and short security lines? Find out more at ConcordAirportNC.com.

City Manager presents FY 2018 budget recommendation, Public Hearing June 8
City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2017-18 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 30. The City-wide budget totals $246,574,923. The proposed plan prioritizes investments with a focus on the future, including infrastructure, parks and recreation capital needs, and maintenance of City assets. The FY18 budget recommendation allows for service and infrastructure expansions where necessary to meet the demands of growth. In the General Fund, 52 percent of proposed expenditures will go to public safety. Other recommended budget highlights include:

  • Addressing public parking needs by contributing approximately $3 million to Cabarrus County's construction of a parking deck in the downtown area.
  • Aligning City staffing with growth and service needs, to include 38.47 FTE in additional positions across the City to focus on public services, recreation, expanded airport operations, public safety, and economic growth.
  • Investing in the City’s parks and recreation facilities and programs, including completing the Burrage Road house renovation, McEachern and Henry greenway expansions and connectivity, ramping up outdoor programming, and preparing for the implementation of other needs identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
  • No increase in Water or Sewer rates, despite a five percent increase in WSAAC treatment costs and other challenges created by residential growth.
  • Recommending modest increases to Stormwater fees for the first time in program history, in order to accelerate master plan project completion from 21 to 14 years.

The City Council will hold a budget workshop at the June 6 work session (4:00 p.m.) and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 during the regular City Council meeting (6:00 p.m.). The recommended budget is available on concordnc.gov and also in print at the City Clerk's office.

How to help your dogs be good neighbors
We encourage dog owners to help their canine family members be excellent neighbors that enrich families and communities. Cabarrus County law requires dogs to be on a leash any time they are not on their owner’s property. To keep your dog safe—even if your dog can be controlled without one—it’s necessary to keep him or her on a leash any time your dog is outdoors and not inside a fence. Click here to read the Cabarrus County animal restraint ordinance.

Dog owners have the opportunity to protect other animals - aquatic wildlife like fish, crayfish, and tadpoles –just by picking up their dog’s waste. Keeping the lawn and sidewalk clean is just one benefit to picking up after your dog. Pet waste left on the ground is carried into local bodies of water via the storm drainage system, and because it contains nitrogen and phosphorus, it causes oxygen depletion in our waterways. Pet waste also contains E. coli bacteria which can make waters unsafe for swimming. Learn more at concordnc.gov/stormwater.

Help Cabarrus play: propose recreation matching incentive grant projects through June 9
Do you have an idea for something FUN but lack the FUNds? The Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department is accepting applications for a matching incentive grant to assist in improving or adding to recreation facilities located on Cabarrus County property. The deadline for submission is June 9. Find out more about this opportunity at cabarruscounty.us.

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

Open wide for some soccer!
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Special in-person registration at Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors from 11-2 on July 1. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. A parents meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 15. Learn more and register online at concordparksandrec.org.

Want to get your skills in shape? Click here to sign up for the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, which will run July 31-August 4.

Youth fall baseball/softball registration coming soon; register now for baseball clinics
Fall baseball and softball registration for boys and girls will be available throughout the month of July, for the playing season beginning in August. The fee is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-residents. Registration will be available at concordparksandrec.org, at each of the recreation centers, and on July 31 at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Now available for registration: Baseball players age 7-14 can register for the baseball clinic scheduled for late July at Concord Middle School. For just $35 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Concord Middle School baseball staff.

Call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

June
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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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