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Did you know?
Did you know the City Manager’s recommended budget is based on goals established by the Mayor and City Council each year at their annual planning session? The City Council adopted goals for the next fiscal year at the February 14 regular session. City staff is currently making budget requests and the City Manager will recommend a balanced budget for the next fiscal year in May. Learn more about the FY14 goals at concordnc.gov.
 
CTW highlights child safety seat checks at Fire Station 3
Concord Fire Station 3 hosted Cabarrus County’s David Baxter and Kasia Thompson for Channel 22’s Cabarrus This Week. The episode included a demonstration by Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin about properly installing child safety seats. Any individual who needs a car seat installed or checked for proper installation can stop by Fire Station 3 at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mondays or by appointment. View the episode and learn more at cabarruscounty.us.
 
Community Garden spots and gardening lessons available
Applications for community garden spots at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm are now being accepted by the NC Cooperative Extension. Each plot costs $32 for the growing season. The kick-off date for community gardening is Saturday, March 16. In addition, extension agent David Goforth is offering a Learn to Garden series to any community member beginning February 23. For details or registration, contact David Goforth at 704-920-3310 or djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us.
 
Art Walk TONIGHT in Historic Downtown Concord
The Cabarrus Arts Council will host the Art Walk from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. tonight, February 22. Galleries and shops throughout Downtown Concord will display visual art and host artists' demonstrations. The evening features live music and refreshments. For maps and more information, visit cabarrusartscouncil.org or call 704-920-2787
 
Unused and expired medicine collection available at community event
On Saturday, February 23, the Junior Charity League is hosting the JCL Good for the Heart 5K and Health Fest at Concord’s Les Myers Park. Part of the event includes an Operation Medicine Drop program from the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department. The park is located at 338 Lawndale Avenue, and medicine will be collected between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. More information is available at jclofconcord.com.
 
2013 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 4-8
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 4. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 4. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 8. More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for vendors and volunteers.
 
Inspirational speaker to share story in National Hearth Month observance
In observance of National Heart Health Month, Concord Housing is hosting author Nellie Anita Wosu, who will speak about her courageous fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. Ms. Wosu, a New Jersey native, is the Founder and CEO of Encouraging Word Ministries International, an organization that provides support to individuals who have been diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses, particularly women with heart disease. Come hear her journey as she sought to find the strength to overcome this devastating disease, even through a myriad of trials, tribulations and debilitating setbacks. A dynamic, sought after writer and speaker, Wosu has conducted seminars across the United States, Europe and Australia on matters of the heart from a mind, body, and spiritual perspective. The event is scheduled for Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Registration for new summer campers underway
Summer camp registration is available for new campers at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
2/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
March
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
3/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 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.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Fire and Life Safety began training Recruit Class 19-8 earlier this month? The class number signifies both Concord Fire and Life Safety (nineteenth recruit class) and Harrisburg Fire Department’s participation for the eighth time. There are seven recruits in Class 19-8 (four from Concord and three from Harrisburg). The training process is eighteen weeks long, and covers all required state-level certifications needed to graduate as an entry-level firefighter. Learn more about firefighter recruitment at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the February 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to Historic Preservation Commission Member Christopher Cooper.
 
Presentation of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Level Leadership Award to City Manager Brian Hiatt.
 
Presentation of the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Buildings and Grounds maintenance mechanic Don Hines. While working at the Transit Center, Don heard a conversation between Transit staff and an upset woman who lost her purse on a bus. Among the items she lost in her purse was a 31-day bus pass, purchased earlier in the day. Don, showing compassion for the woman and her companion who were down on their luck, provided twenty dollars to Transit staff to replace the lost pass.
 
Presentation from Concord Rotary Member, Brian King, updating City Council on the Rotary Square project.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and accepted a contract for an Economic Development Grant to Simon Property Group for the SEA LIFE Aquarium project.
 
Continued a public hearing to consider an ordinance amending Articles 8 and 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to permit "banquet homes" as special uses in the residential zoning districts.
 
Adopted a resolution to accept an offer from Connolly Net Lease, LLC to acquire City property located at 29 Cabarrus Avenue E (former Heilig-Meyers Building). 
 
Entered into a Utility Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the water and sewer construction on Project R-2246B (construction of George Liles Parkway from Roberta Road to Weddington Road).
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM for engineering services relating to the Derita Road Improvement Project U-4910 Phase II.
 
Authorized Solid Waste staff to submit an application for the 2013 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant.
 
Authorized the Housing Department to submit an application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire and Life Safety to apply for the Federal Assistance to Firefighters' Grant Program for Fire Prevention and Safety.
 
Approved the Federal and State Legislative agendas to guide Concord officials in working with our elected representatives.
 
Adopted City Council goals for FY 2013-2014.
 
A friendly reminder, only rain down the drain
Last week, Water Resources staff received a report of a large amount of salad discarded behind a local restaurant. This may surprise you that it is a problem, but it certainly is. Learn why at the City Hall Blog.
 
2013 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 4-8
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 4. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 4. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 8. More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in the event of severe weather the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com.
 
Educators, mentors, and community leaders are invited to provide educational exhibits at VVEF! Event planners are looking for eco‐friendly businesses to provide vendor booths with products and services such as organic produce, fair trade gifts, eco-fashions, as well as information and materials to promote energy savings, reduce waste, and encourage sustainable living. Participating business and for-profit vendors will pay a $25 fee, while non-profit and educational partners may participate at no cost. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Several volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are available as well! Details on how to sign up are at concordnc.gov.
 
Register now for line dancing classes
Are you looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy? Line Dancing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, stimulate the mind and body, and have fun. Learn how to have better rhythm and coordination. Develop a healthier lifestyle and lift your energy level and spirits. Practice the most popular universal dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Biker’s Shuffle, and more! Concord Housing is hosting a six week program, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning February 21. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Inspirational speaker to share story in National Hearth Month observance
In observance of National Heart Health Month, Concord Housing is hosting author Nellie Anita Wosu, who will speak about her courageous fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. Ms. Wosu, a New Jersey native, is the Founder and CEO of Encouraging Word Ministries International, an organization that provides support to individuals who have been diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses, particularly women with heart disease. Come hear her journey as she sought to find the strength to overcome this devastating disease, even through a myriad of trials, tribulations and debilitating setbacks. A dynamic, sought after writer and speaker, Wosu has conducted seminars across the United States, Europe and Australia on matters of the heart from a mind, body, and spiritual perspective. The event is scheduled for Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Registration for new summer campers underway
Summer camp registration is available for new campers at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
2/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
2/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
March
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
3/14/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord’s S&D Coffee & Tea is the largest custom coffee roaster, and the largest blender of foodservice iced tea in America? The company provides coffee, iced coffee, iced tea, and juice to more than 70,000 commercial customers throughout the country. S&D also has a thriving ingredients business—extracting coffee, tea, and botanicals for use in a variety of food and beverage applications. As a result of their success in building the brands of their customers with quality products, S&D is investing to expand and enhance their capabilities. This includes a major renovation of their corporate headquarters on Concord Parkway and new expansion facilities. The new facilities, near Concord Regional Airport, will create manufacturing capacity and redundancy, and will provide much needed office space to support S&D’s growing business. Find out more about local business development at concordnc.gov.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in the event of severe weather the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com.
 
Educators, mentors, and community leaders are invited to provide educational exhibits at VVEF! Event planners are looking for eco‐friendly businesses to provide vendor booths with products and services such as organic produce, fair trade gifts, eco-fashions, as well as information and materials to promote energy savings, reduce waste, and encourage sustainable living. Participating business and for-profit vendors will pay a $25 fee, while non-profit and educational partners may participate at no cost. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Register now for line dancing classes
Are you looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy? Line Dancing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, stimulate the mind and body, and have fun. Learn how to have better rhythm and coordination. Develop a healthier lifestyle and lift your energy level and spirits. Practice the most popular universal dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Biker’s Shuffle, and more! Concord Housing is hosting a six week program, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning February 21. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Inspirational speaker to share story in National Hearth Month observance
In observance of National Heart Health Month, Concord Housing is hosting author Nellie Anita Wosu, who will speak about her courageous fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. Ms. Wosu, a New Jersey native, is the Founder and CEO of Encouraging Word Ministries International, an organization that provides support to individuals who have been diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses, particularly women with heart disease. Come hear her journey as she sought to find the strength to overcome this devastating disease, even through a myriad of trials, tribulations and debilitating setbacks. A dynamic, sought after writer and speaker, Wosu has conducted seminars across the United States, Europe and Australia on matters of the heart from a mind, body, and spiritual perspective. The event is scheduled for Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
2/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
2/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord’s Customer CARE Center has been in service for 12 years and still has most of the original staff? In 2012, the Call Center team logged 206,144 calls from citizens and customers. The Customer Care Center is your one number to remember for any non-emergency needs: 704-920-555.
 
Second Chance Collection
Loose leaf collection season ends today, but Solid Waste Services is once again offering the Second Chance collection program for residents who were not yet able to place leaves curbside, and are willing to pay $75 for a special collection. The program will be available weekdays from February 4-15. To participate, residents should call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555. Second Chance collections will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis; the City will only schedule as many collections as one loose leaf crew can provide during the two-week time period. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord partners with EPA’s WaterSense® program
The City of Concord has teamed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to help consumers save water for future generations and reduce costs on their utility bills. WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and simple water-saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which have been independently certified for efficiency and performance, and promotes water-saving techniques that reduce stress on water systems and the environment. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Register now for line dancing classes
Are you looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy? Line Dancing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, stimulate the mind and body, and have fun. Learn how to have better rhythm and coordination. Develop a healthier lifestyle and lift your energy level and spirits. Practice the most popular universal dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Biker’s Shuffle, and more! Concord Housing is hosting a six week program, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning February 21. To register or for more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Registration for new summer campers coming soon!
Summer camp registration begins for NEW campers on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. Registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
2/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
2/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.