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Did you know?
Did you know local government managers from across the state are in Concord this week for the North Carolina City and County Management Association summer seminar? The NCCCMA is the professional association for city and county managers and assistant managers from counties and municipalities throughout North Carolina. Welcome to Concord, managers!

Utility payment system to be unavailable for part of Saturday
The City of Concord has system maintenance planned for Saturday, 24 that will impact some customers’ ability to access their City utility accounts. Concord utility customers who wish to access their account or make payments over the phone or via eCare on Saturday, June 24 will not be able to do so for most of the morning and some of the afternoon. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep systems running at optimal levels.

Hartsell Recreation Center reopening celebration set for June 29
City of Concord officials will gather with the Silver Hill community and members of the general public at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Hartsell Recreation Center. Hartsell was closed between August 12, 2016 and June 18, 2017 for an extensive, $1.8 million renovation.

The facility was the historical site of Hartsell High School’s gym and classrooms, and was purchased by the City in 1994 for use by the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to an updated look and better ADA accessibility compliance, the Center now has renovated exercise, fitness, and multi-purpose rooms available to the public.

This project is the latest in a series of capital improvements to the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. In recent years, major renovations have been completed at the Academy and Logan Centers, along with new outdoor recreation options such as the Hector H. Henry II, Greenway and the Weddington Road Bark Park. The City Council continues to focus on demand for improved recreation facilities as adopted in the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, adopted in December, 2016. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-920-5600.

Town of Midland to host community safety awareness day and blood drive
The Town of Midland is inviting neighbors in Concord and around the region to visit on Friday, June 30. The Midland community safety awareness day will run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 at Midland Fire Station 1, located at 12805 U.S. Hwy 601 S. There will be activities for the youth to learn how to be safe in hazardous situations, and the Cabarrus County smoke house will also be on hand. In addition, the American Red Cross will have a blood drive donation center set up at the event. You can make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org.

In light of the recent passing of Midland Mayor
Kathy Kitts, Mayor Padgett encourages Concord citizens to support Midland in this time of loss by joining them to help others in need through the blood drive. "I have the deepest admiration for Kathy and express my sympathy to her family, friends, and colleagues," said Padgett. "Just as she was courageous in her battle with cancer, she led Midland with the same courage. She was a consensus-builder who was the perfect cheerleader for her community. She will be missed greatly in Midland and throughout Cabarrus County."

Interact with Concord Police at July 25 community crime and safety meeting
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety meeting, where the department will present crime statistics for the entire City for the first half of 2017. Additionally, Code Enforcement Manager Robert Watson will be speaking about the Code Enforcement process. The meeting will be held at CFA Suite 15, 280 Concord Parkway North (Next to Big Lots) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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.

Final week to sign up for fall youth 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.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic coming soon!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
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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