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Did you know?
Did you know you can place a bid on the City's used vehicles and equipment? In addition to maintenance, the Fleet Services Department manages the acquisition and disposal of City vehicles and equipment. The City uses govdeals.com to dispose of vehicles in a timely, cost-effective manner while improving the buying experience for customers. To view current items for sale please visit govdeals.com.

Concord in the Headlines
First responders participate in training at Concord Regional Airport

Concord Regional Airport hosts disaster drill

Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Some older youth go out later in the evening looking for mischief. Turn off your porch light at 8:00 p.m. to deter people from approaching your house. Click here for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark, including the annual Candy Crawl on Tuesday, October 31 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Police officers, fire fighters, and other City coworkers will participate in the Candy Crawl event along with Downtown businesses. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Safely dispose of medications TOMORROW at various locations
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Tomorrow, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Wednesday and Thursday routes kick off loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 30 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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

Have a spooky good time with Concord Parks and Rec!
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our facilities on October 27 and 28. The first opportunity is tonight at Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. See the Fall 2017 Leisure Times for locations and more information or call 704-920-5600.

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

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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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Did you know?
Did you know local first responders and Concord Regional Airport staff regularly train for emergency situations? On the morning of Tuesday, October 24, first responders will take part in a simulated incident near the airport. Through the realistic portrayal of this event in a learning environment, participants will rehearse the emergency protocols and procedures that would be needed should an actual aircraft accident occur. The public may see additional emergency traffic around the airport Tuesday morning. Volunteers will play the role of injured passengers. Concord Regional Airport’s response to the incident and interaction with other agencies will be evaluated to find ways to improve future training, equipment, and response procedures. Additional information about airport safety requirements is available at faa.gov.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election continues until November 4
One-Stop Voting (known as early voting) for the November 7 municipal election is now underway. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices (369 Church Street N) during set hours weekdays through October 30, as well as Friday, November 3 and part of Saturday, November 4. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find one-stop voting times and more information on the municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections website.

CTW visits ClearWater Artist Studios to preview Barbara Ellis exhibition
Tune into Cabarrus This Week for a peek at ClearWater Studios new solo exhibition: "Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction," featuring work of tenant artist Barbara Ellis. Ellis' abstract expressionist works have evolved over the years as she delved deeper into how spirit moves her artistic practice. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village (223 Crowell Drive NW). Through December 1, you can view the exhibition Wednesdays through Fridays (noon until 5:00 p.m.), at 2nd Saturday Open Studios (10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), or by appointment. Find out more at clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

CDDC Innovation Day in Downtown Concord TOMORROW!
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is hosting a one-day event called Create the Connection tomorrow, October 21. Last month, creative artists, inventors, and members of the greater community were invited by the CDDC to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord. The 13 entries will be placed along Union Street for a one-day viewing by the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. During this event, attendees will vote for their favorite installation, whose designer will receive a $500 prize. Judges will also pick a $1,000 prize winner with potential for a permanent installation. Participants should meet at the Old Courthouse lawn (65 Union Street, South) to get their voting ticket and punch card. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information.

CommUNITY conversations, medication take-back events start next week
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Cabarrus County – America Thrives Here
Cabarrus County has introduced its new brand identity, known as America Thrives Here. Wanting more than a logo and tagline, Cabarrus County sought an authentic, research-based brand that reflected the community as it is today. The research overwhelmingly showed that the community united around four values—family, faith, collaboration and tradition. Starting with Living the Brand Workshops, the County began a year-long project to develop the brand storyline in conjunction with the County’s 225th anniversary. The County will use the brand to project its strategic vision, develop recognition among residents, attract new residents and businesses, engage employees, and aid with the recruitment of a talented and diverse workforce. More information is available at cabarruscounty.us.

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

Dogs' Day Out TOMORROW!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for
Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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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Did you know?
Did you know the best thing to do with leaves that might have fallen from your trees is to leave them in place? If you must rake your leaves, visit our Facebook Page for some helpful tips and dates to make sure you aren't putting loose leaves at the curb too soon.

Highlights of the October 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment member Steve Bradley.

Presented retirement plaques to Keith Fitch, 28 years of service, Fire (unable to attend), and Barry Perkins, 30 years of service, Electric Systems.

Continued a public hearing and denied an annexation petition for approximately 402 acres owned by Redus NC Land LLC.

Received a presentation by Tindale Oliver to introduce the 2030 Land Use Plan draft concepts to the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Conducted public hearings and adopting ordinances for annexation of: one parcel located at 510 Archibald Rd, owned by Matthew and Heather Perrault; and one parcel located at 1948 Cold Springs Road, owned by Ronas Hess and Patti Bost.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and modified an existing contract for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for a 500,798 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1000 Derita Road.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for: a 451,074 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 980 Derita Road; and for a 252,646 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1040 Derita Road.

Adopted a resolution for the City of Concord to declare its intentions to issue tax exempt bonds (secured by and payable solely from private development revenues, not City of Concord revenues) in the amount not to exceed $17,000,000 to finance the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of multi-family dwelling units to be known as the Norcott Mill Lofts and for related purposes.

Recognized the Hackberry Place Homeowner's Association and the Hidden Pond Property Owner's Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Sealand Contractors Corporation for the Runway Strengthening project at Concord Regional Airport.

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. 

Make a difference in the local opioid epidemic at upcoming events
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

News from Concord Downtown Development Corporation
The final Music on Means concert of the year is less than a week away on Thursday, October 19 featuring The Tams! The concert is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Means Avenue beside the Historic Courthouse (65 Union Street S). Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Call to Chili Cookers! – As part of the Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival (Saturday, November 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord) the public is invited to participate in a chili competition, open to individuals and teams, and businesses or organizations looking for exposure. Simply register to participate by October 20. This event is presented by the Historic Concord Preservation Trust with a portion of proceeds to benefit Cabarrus member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Fall Plant Sale
The Cabarrus Cooperative Extension fall plant sale is available through October 25. Plants will be available for pick up between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on November 2 and 3 at the Extension Office (715 Cabarrus Ave W). All proceeds from the Plant Sale provide Cooperative Extension programming support. All berry plants are sold in 1-gallon containers and are well adapted to the piedmont growing conditions. Cost for plants is $10 each. For more information, visit cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu or call 704-920-3310 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election starts on Oct. 19
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting starts on Thursday, October 19 and goes until Saturday November 4. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices located at 369 Church Street N during set hours. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information on early voting and the November 7 municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections.

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

Dogs' Day Out coming October 21!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

October
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 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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Did you know?
Over 1,400 people have subscribed to receive updates from the City of Concord’s Twitter feed. You can join them by visiting https://twitter.com/ConcordNCgov and clicking "Follow."

Public invited to review Draft 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday October 10

The public is invited to get a first glimpse of the policies and maps that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at Concord First Assembly Village Suite 75 located at 280 Concord Parkway N. During the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the consultants and city staff regarding the land use plan. The 2030 Land Use Plan will be an official statement by the City of its vision, intentions, goals, objectives, and strategies for future land use development. The study area includes land within the City’s current boundaries, as well as areas outside the City limits that could be annexed in the future. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov/2030 or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

New video makes Concord budget more accessible
Concord has a new approach to make its annual budget accessible to the public with the debut of its first ever budget highlights video. Although Concord has been nationally recognized with GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 15 consecutive years, the Finance Department's budget staff were excited to make a new option available to the public for fiscal year 2018, which started July 1. Available at concordnc.gov/budget, and youtube.com/concordnc1, the six-minute video condenses the information found in the City’s Annual Operating Budget and Performance Plan into a visual summary of how Concord is spending $246 million in public funding this fiscal year.  To learn more about the budget in detail, visit concordnc.gov/budget, or call 704-920-5261 if you have questions about the budget process.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election starts on Oct. 19

One-Stop Voting, known as early voting starts on Thursday, October 19 and goes until Saturday November 4. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices located at 369 Church Street N during set hours. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information on early voting and the November 7 municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections.


Closure on Corban Avenue W planned for utility work related to County parking deck construction

Corban Avenue W between Spring and Union Streets will be closed Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13 to facilitate utility work in advance of the Cabarrus County parking deck project. This closure will include the roadway and sidewalks on both sides of the street. Motorist and pedestrian should exercise caution and follow posted detour routes. For additional information or questions about the planned utility work, contact Alex Burris at 704-920-5335 or burrisa@concordnc.gov. For additional information about Cabarrus County's parking deck project, contact Kyle Bilafer at 704-920-3200 or KDBilafer@cabarruscounty.us.

D. G. Martin to speak in Concord: reserve your seat by October 12
D. G. Martin, author, columnist, and host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is the guest speaker at the Deana Irvin Author's Symposium luncheon, sponsored by the Concord Friends of the Library. The event will be Thursday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at City Club at Gibson Mill (325 McGill Avenue NW). Book signing for Martin's "North Carolina's Roadside Eateries" book to follow program. Open to the public. Tickets are $27 (includes lunch buffet). Registration form available at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, or via the Concord Friends of the Library’s Facebook Page. Registration deadline is October 12. Call 704-920-2050 for additional information.

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

Final Call for Youth Basketball registration
Registration for Youth Basketball ends this weekend! Online registration ends at 11:59 pm Saturday night. Additionally, Parks and Recreation staff will be at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. register in-person (cash or check only). Find out more about the youth basketball league at concordparksandrec.org.

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

October
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
17 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.