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Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, holds health workshops each month? Community nurse Virginia Adams provides a program from 11:00 until 1:00 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center. The workshops provide information on causes for diabetes, signs and symptoms, and prevention tips.

Governor McCrory to propose reinstatement of Historic Tax Credits in upcoming budget
During a visit to Concord this afternoon, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory joined a crowd of supporters rallying for the reinstatement of the Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Tax Credit program of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Mayor Scott Padgett and all seven City Council Members have joined the over 4,500 concerned people who have signed the petition to reinstate the program at historictaxcredits.org. The Governor was welcomed by Mayor Padgett and Concord Downtown Development Corporation's Diane Young, and joined by NC Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Representative Linda Johnson, Steve and Paul Fisher of F&M Bank, and Patrick Reilly, President of Rehab Development.

The HTC is used in cities and towns of all sizes and provides an incentive to taxpayers who contribute to the preservation of historic buildings by rehabilitating them in a way that preserves the historic character of the building, while allowing for new uses. Since 1998, over 2,400 Historic Tax Credit projects have been completed statewide, bringing nearly $1.65 billion of private investment into North Carolina communities. In Concord, a major rehabilitation project is currently underway because of the HTC, and restoration of the adjacent Hotel Concord will only be possible if the program is restored. The Governor encouraged all North Carolinians to sign the petition and join him in contacting state legislators to reinstate the program in the next session.

Concordnc.gov gets a new look, Concord Mobile Care app launches
You'll notice a new look if you visit the City's website, concordnc.gov. In addition to a fresh design, the site now functions on computers and mobile devices seamlessly. We also hope you'll visit concordnc.gov/ConcordMobileCare. The City has launched a free mobile app for citizens, where many common issues can be reported and tracked. An Android app is available for download in the Google Play store, and an iOS app is in beta testing. A web portal is available for non-Android users to use while other versions are in development.

Road improvements continue on Burrage Road
While the project to replace the bridge over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road is nearing completion, the City has coordinated rehabilitation of the roadway between Lake Concord Road and the new bridge. The existing roadway is concrete and has deficiencies that need repair. The only efficient way to repair the concrete roadway is to remove the concrete, reestablish the existing subgrade, and pave with asphalt. The project will also include installing new curb and gutter and concrete sidewalk. Construction is scheduled to begin in February, and last up to seven months. The detour currently in place for the bridge project will remain for the roadway project. For more information, please contact Phillip Graham at grahamp@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5338.

US Highway 601 and NC Highway 3 intersection improvement to begin
The City of Concord, in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will soon begin the project to widen portions of US Highway 601 South and NC Highway 3 (Union Street South). This project is included in the current NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project C-4918B and is funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). JT Russell and Sons, Inc., the awarded contractor, will initiate construction during the beginning of February and complete construction by Monday, August 31, 2015. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

ClearWater Artist Studios plan Sun Drop Pound Cake Paint-off Extravaganza
The artists at ClearWater Artist Studios are planning their first event of 2015: the Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, set for Saturday, February 7 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is a community development initiative of the City of Concord, located in the Gibson Village Community.

All ages are welcome at the free event intended to encourage the community to learn about ClearWater and have fun watching the painters in action, hearing original spoken-word riffs delivered by a true character (Quentin Talley), munch on Sun Drop Pound Cake, and receive Downtown restaurant discounts and specials, and more. Learn more about the event and RSVP at eventbrite.com or facebook.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015  issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 

Summer camp registration starts next week
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for new campers begins February 4. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.

Thursday afternoon youth drawing classes in February
After school, youth can join instructor Kelly Price in classes to learn basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to a new subject matter at each class and learn a variety of concepts. Meets each Thursday in February at Academy Recreation Center; ages 6-10 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m., ages 11-17 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Registration is $35 ($5 City resident discount available) for the whole month plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

February
3 at 6:00 p.m. Planning Session Part 1 at Union Street Bistro
4 at 8:05 a.m. Planning Session Part 2 at Great Wolf Lodge
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!

Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

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Did you know?
Did you know local residents used to live in Bladen County? Cabarrus County was formed in 1792 from the northeastern portion of Mecklenburg County, which was established in 1762 from a western portion of Anson County, which was established on March 17, 1749 from a portion of Bladen County. The City's Legal Department staff regularly access historical information kept at the Cabarrus County Register of Deeds, and hope this inspires you to explore our local history maintained in vital records.
 
Community invited to share input on regional consolidated plan
The City of Concord and the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium are currently preparing a five year Consolidated Plan. This is a collaborative process whereby a community establishes a unified vision for community development activities. A Consolidated Plan establishes needs and creates priorities for the next five years in the areas of decent affordable housing, suitable living environment, and economic opportunities (focusing on low/moderate income residents).
 
The needs and priorities include a wide range of topics such as (but not limited to) the availability, condition, and affordability of housing; housing for people with special needs and the homeless; transportation; recreation; education and job training; public services and facilities; services and facilities for youth and the elderly, etc.
 
To help identify areas of need, citizens are invited to complete a primary needs survey. Responses will help in developing strategies to address needs and prioritize program funding over the next five years. The survey can be completed online at: surveymonkey.com/s/JVN3TBB. For more information or to obtain a printed copy, contact Pepper Bego at 704-920-5133 or begop@concordnc.gov.
 
Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Tuesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 26 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Have you heard of Nextdoor?
In 2013, the City of Concord partnered with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Since then, the network has grown with over 4,000 users interacting with each other and the City. Nextdoor is not about status updates or photo sharing, it’s about solving problems and there are many benefits for an established neighborhood group. For example, your neighborhood association can post meeting notices or urgent messages with a call for action. It is one of the best online tools for building social capital. Chances are, it is already being used in your neighborhood, so get started today at Nextdoor.com.
 
ClearWater Artist Studios plan Sun Drop Pound Cake Paint-off Extravaganza
The artists at ClearWater Artist Studios are planning their first event of 2015: the Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, set for Saturday, February 7 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is a community development initiative of the City of Concord, located in the Gibson Village Community.
 
All ages are welcome at the free event intended to encourage the community to learn about ClearWater and have fun watching the painters in action, hearing original spoken-word riffs delivered by a true character (Quentin Talley), munch on Sun Drop Pound Cake, and receive Downtown restaurant discounts and specials, and more. Learn more about the event and RSVP at eventbrite.com or facebook.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Thursday afternoon youth drawing classes in February
After school, youth can join instructor Kelly Price in classes to learn basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to a new subject matter at each class and learn a variety of concepts. Meets each Thursday in February at Academy Recreation Center; ages 6-10 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m., ages 11-17 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Registration is $35 ($5 City resident discount available) for the whole month plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on April 4. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between January 27 and April 2. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Bunny Run registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Summer camp registration starts next week
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for new campers begins February 4. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that you can take steps to protect your property against cold weather? One part of this is protecting your water pipes. Be sure that crawl space vents are closed in the winter, and if temperatures are extremely cold consider letting a faucet drip to keep pipes from freezing. Read a special message from Concord Emergency Management for more cold weather safety tips.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. community events and City holiday schedule information
City offices will be closed on Monday, January 19 to mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Information about the City's holiday closings and service changes are available at concordnc.gov, as well as details on daily events planned through Monday.
 
This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Learn more at mlkday.gov.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Wednesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Community Wildlife Habitat Certification approaching final stretch
Local resident and NC Wildlife Federation chairman John Robbins spoke to the Independent Tribune this week about Concord's goal to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community. Robbins stated that if about 60 more households sign up within the next few weeks, Concord will be the fastest city of its size in the state to achieve certification. Find out more about the Concord Wildlife Alliance and their Going Wild Over Concord project at concordwildlifealliance.com.
 
City Hall construction update
Steel erection continues at the City Hall construction site at Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street. All steel for the project has been delivered, and much of the building's shape is already visible. Structural work will continue into February, when the interior up-fit is scheduled to begin. Visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall for project details, photo updates, and more.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult Winter Basketball League
Parks and Recreation Department accepting registrations for the adult winter basketball leagues through Friday, January 23. The registration fee is $375 per team, and a coaches meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on January 27 at the Academy Center. All leagues play a ten-game regular season and post-season tournament at one of the City's Recreation facilities. For more information and a registration form, please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on April 4. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between January 27 and April 2. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Bunny Run registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Colored Pencils Art Class on Wednesday, January 28
Spend a late morning and early afternoon learning the basic techniques of colored pencil drawing with instructor Linda Long. Must pre-register by January 21. Meets Wednesday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center. Registration is $25 ($5 City resident discount available) plus $12 materials fee paid to instructor. Additional dates available in April and May. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Youth diamond sports registration underway
Youth baseball and softball registration, for ages 3 to 16, ends January 31. You can register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City of Concord residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
February
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know over 486,000 passengers used Rider Transit in 2014, eclipsing the previous annual ridership record of 448,000? Service changes took effect on December 1, which has improved Rider's on time performance and opened up service to new areas. Rider is looking forward to topping the half million mark in 2015! If you've never tried Rider Transit before, make it one of your New Year's resolutions; get started at ckrider.com.
 
Highlights of the January 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to:
  • Allen Scott - 18 years of service, Solid Waste Services
  • Edna Ferrell - 27 years of service, Finance
  • James Gaydon - 29 years of service, Fire
Received a presentation regarding the Police Department's participation in the SHIFT group mentoring program.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the 2015 Revision of the City of Concord Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 1 and 3 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to revise procedures relative to rezonings and public hearings.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted amendments to the Historic Preservation Commission Handbook.
 
Approved the restoration of a historic World War I-era cannon originally donated by the French Government to Cabarrus Black Boys Chapter of the DAR, and later presented to the community by the chapter; directed the City Manager to investigate the feasibility of establishing a permanent display of the cannon at the veterans memorial at the corner of Union Street N and Killarney Avenue NE.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a development agreement with Willow Oaks Crossing, LLC for upsize of a sewer main for the Willow Oaks site development on George Liles Parkway and Weddington Road.
 
Established Tuesday, February 3 starting at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 4 starting at 8:00 a.m. as the dates and times for the 2015 Mayor/Council/Staff Planning Session.
 
Appointed Lea Halloway to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).
 
Signed the petition to restore the NC Historic Preservation Tax Credits program. Numerous projects in Concord have been possible due to this program, including the current Church Street Lofts redevelopment. Sign the petition today at historictaxcredits.org. 

 

 

Notice: Cabarrus County Tax Listings 2015
The Cabarrus County Tax Assessor has opened its regular listing period from January 1 through January 31, 2015. Every person, firm, or corporation owning taxable personal property or that has made changes to their real estate must list during the regular listing period as required by North Carolina law. Please visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about the listing period and several tax relief and exclusion programs.
 
Does an easement exist on my property?
The City of Concord Water Resources Department provides water and wastewater (sewer) services via a distribution network that includes pipes, manholes, pump and lift stations, water towers, and treatment plants. An easement is an area where the City of Concord has the right to enter, maintain, clear, repair, inspect, improve, renovate, and replace facilities within this distribution network. The Water Resources Department has put together a helpful brochure to help you find out if you have an easement on your property and why this is important to know, at concordnc.gov.
 
Thursday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Thursday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 12 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Public Safety Academy application deadline is just a few weeks away
Space is still available for the City of Concord’s eleventh Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. Deadline for applications is January 27, 2015. The ten-week academy will begin February 3, 2015 and end on April 7. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth diamond sports registration underway
Youth baseball and softball registration, for ages 3 to 16, ends January 31. You can register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City of Concord residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit our website www.concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.
 
Summer camp registration starts next week
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for returning campers opens Wednesday, January 14, and new campers registration begins February 4. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on April 4. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between January 27 and April 2. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Bunny Run registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
February
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation has a variety of facilities available for athletic events, neighborhood meetings, birthday parties, and more? Visit concordparksandrec.org to learn about the available spaces in the facility rental program.
 
Friday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Friday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 5 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Has your contact information changed?
The City of Concord can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone, text, or email to citizens in minutes using the Blackboard Connect System. The New Year is a great time to update or confirm your contact information if you have not done so recently. Residents with published landline phone numbers are automatically in the system. You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more. Be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency: click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Public Safety Academy application deadline is just a few weeks away
Space is still available for the City of Concord’s eleventh Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. Deadline for applications is January 27, 2015. The ten-week academy will begin February 3, 2015 and end on April 7. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Summer camp registration coming soon
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for returning campers opens Wednesday, January 14, and new campers registration begins February 4. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on April 4. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between January 27 and April 2. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Bunny Run registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
We're throwing ART PARTIES for youth and adults
Join a class designed to help you become inspired through creating art. Each student is encouraged to find and nurture their own unique style in their painting. You will create an acrylic painting on canvas in each class; taking home your own original piece of art. The instructor provides all required materials. Plan to wear clothing that can get dirty or bring an apron or smock to wear. Meets various Saturdays from January through May at Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW)—teens and tweens from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m., adults from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Registration for each session is $35 ($5 City resident discount available), PLUS $10-15 payable to instructor at each session. Visit concordparksandrec.org for class schedules and more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.