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Did you know?
Did you know an improved utility payment system is now in place that offers more convenient options than before? Pay utility bills online, by phone (24/7 at 704-920-5555), or by text. A new, one-time online payment option is in now place with no registration required. Of course, walk-in service in City Hall is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the July 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized Kendra Nichols (5th grade) and Alexis Nichols (4th grade), who on Sunday, June 11, 2017 discovered their 2-year-old sister, Alyssa, face down in the family swimming pool.  Remembering the lessons Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin provided at Furr Elementary, the sisters acted quickly to remove their sister from the water, place her in a position to help the water drain from the airway, and notify the parents.  The parents began CPR and notified emergency responders, who assumed care upon arrival.  While the situation for Alyssa was very serious and she was required to spend time in the hospital, the story has a happy ending thanks in large part to the quick action of Kendra and Alexis.

Presented a "retirement plaque" to Canine Kilo for seven years of service as a Police K9 Officer.

Presented a retirement plaque to Thomas F. Purser - 21 years of service, Police.

Recognized City staff for achieving a Charlotte Business Journal Healthiest Employers award.

Continued a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of approximately 34.75 acres owned by New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations), Section 8.3.5.F.2 relative to permitting private clubs in the Center City (CC) district.

Conducted a public hearing and authorized a contract with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to provide enhanced services in the downtown Municipal Service District (MSD).

Conducted a public hearing and denied a request to amend Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations) regarding the keeping of domestic fowl in residential districts in certain instances.

Authorized the City Manager to sign a contract amendment with CATS for the operations of the 80X Concord Express.

Awarded FY18 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods.

Authorized accepting and executing a grant from the FAA for the updated Master Plan Project and adopting the budget amendment.

CabCoTV give you a tour of Hartsell Recreation Center
The newly renovated Hartsell Recreation Center has been open for a few weeks, but if you have not made it there yet you're in luck. Tune into this week's CTW for a tour of the $1.8 million upgrade. 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. Find out more about the project at concordnc.gov, and click here to see CTW on CabCoTV.

Vanderleest to join City of Concord as Aviation Director
City Manager Brian Hiatt has selected Dirk Vanderleest as Concord's new Aviation Director. Vanderleest will oversee operations and development at Concord Regional Airport and begin work in early September. “We welcome Dirk to the City’s management team,” said Hiatt. “We believe his experience with over 30 years in airport leadership and business development will be vital to maintaining and growing general aviation and commercial services. Concord Regional Airport is a key economic cog for this region and Dirk's administrative and customer service skills will support its continued success.” Visit concordnc.gov for more information about Concord Regional Airport's new leader.

Check out construction progress at ClearWater Artist studios
Studio and event space up-fits continue at ClearWater Artist Studios in Gibson Village. Federal CDBG funds are being used to create a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization with the Gibson Village community. Since 2011, artists have leased studios from which they work to create, teach, and sell art, and exhibit their work in a 2,200 square foot gallery. Site improvements have been completed as well. The current phase of the improvements includes further renovation of interior space within the site. Once fully renovated, Clearwater Artist Studios will contain over 30 studios, a gallery, a community market space, and potentially a café. The adjacent Village Greenway and open space will offer opportunities for outdoor concerts and events. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535, and check out the ClearWater Facebook Page for progress photos on the current improvement project.

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.

FREE fun: get your glow on!
July is national Parks and Recreation Month and we’re incorporating this year’s theme “Get Your Play On” with glow sticks! On Friday, July 21 bring mom and dad to Dorton Park to play gaga dodgeball, archery attack, disc golf, capture the flag, jail break, pickleball, and more.  We’ll supply the glow sticks—you have the fun! Even runs 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m., no fee! Dorton Park is located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road. 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
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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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