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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Housing has a new phone number? You can now call 704-920-6100 to contact members of the Housing team.
 
Hometown Showdown announced
Be sure to visit N.C. League of Municipalities Facebook page on Monday, where you can vote for Concord's picture in the 2014 Hometown Showdown March Madness contest! Only 32 of 60 entries across the state made it into the brackets. Concord's was captured at the 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks by Michael A Anderson Photography. Concord takes on Chapel Hill February 24-28 in the Piedmont bracket. After photos are posted Monday morning, click "like" on Concord's to vote. Most likes wins!
 
SEA LIFE Aquarium opens
Thursday morning, Mayor Scott Padgett, Council Members, and other local and state officials welcomed Concord's newest residents, who happen to live underwater! SEA LIFE Aquarium opened to the public February 20 at Concord Mills. Click here for photos from the event.
 
Pardon our dust: municipal building repair project information
The City of Concord will soon begin a project to remedy a moisture intrusion problem currently affecting the foundation of the municipal building at 26 Union Street S. This work will involve closing and excavating the sidewalk directly in front of the municipal building. Parking spaces in front of the building will also be closed as part of the work site. The project is expected to last one month, weather permitting. The exact start date is not known yet, but the contractor is looking for a window of time where weather will be favorable. During this time, all Downtown businesses will be able to remain open. However, a detour will be established to take pedestrians across Union Street and back, so they can safely access all businesses on either side of the work zone. More information and future project updates will be available on concordnc.gov.
 
Out of date phone books are completely recyclable
The publisher of local yellow pages directories has started deliveries of new phone books. Residents can recycle old phone books in the City's curbside program; visit concordnc.gov to find out all the items that can be recycled every other week. You can and learn more about recycling, reducing, and reusing phone books, or how to opt-out of future deliveries at yellowpagesoptout.com.
 
Bridge replacement to cause detour on Burrage Road
The City of Concord, in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will soon begin the project to replace Bridge No. 151 over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road. The new bridge will better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. Beginning Monday, March 10, Burrage Road will be closed in the vicinity of the project for up to twelve months. A temporary detour will re-route traffic along Lake Concord Road, Branchview Drive, and Bradley Street. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord on Canvas continues
Thirty-three original paintings remain display along Union Street and Church Street in Downtown Concord. The month-long event concludes on Friday, March 14 at the Hotel Concord for a fun evening of great food, beverage, and bidding on artwork produced by Cabarrus County professional artists and high school student artists. Funds raised support the professional artists, the high school art departments, and the CDDC. Silent auction offered as well, with items from businesses throughout theConcord area. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information, to vote on your favorite student art,and to bid on original artwork.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Concord Youth Council now seeking members for next school year
Rising high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can apply to Concord Youth Council for the 2014-2015 school year. Students who attend a school in Cabarrus County or are a City of Concord resident may apply.  CYC meets twice a month on Monday evenings throughout the school year. Learn more and find an application at concordnc.gov.
 
10 and Under Tennis
Formally known as Quick Start Tennis, this program is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to introduce the game with specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions, and modified scoring all tailored to age and size.  Group lessons for ages 5 – 10.  Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, and 22 at Les Myers Park.  Fee: $20 for City residents; $25 for non-residents.  Registration is available online at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center.
 
Summer program registration now available
Registration for Camp GoneAlot (ages 11-13) and Summer Playground (ages 6-10) is now available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center. The 8-week day programs operate from June 23 through August 15 (closed on July 4). A $100 deposit is due with registration.  Fee: $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Adult yoga classes for all types
Parks and Recreation has several types of yoga classes available to meet different needs and schedules. Sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays are available on a weekly basis. Learn more and register for these and other adult fitness opportunities at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
25 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
26 at 6:30 p.m. Rider Transit Development Plan presentation at Kannapolis Train Station
March
11 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 theft from a motor vehicle is crime of opportunity? The decision to commit such a crime is an on-the-spot decision, and does not require a long planning process. For example, when an item of value inside the car is visible, it creates an opportunity for a perpetrator to remove the items from the vehicle. Lean more at concordnc.gov. You can also report crime tips to Concord Police online or call the tip hotline at 704-920-5801.
 
Winter storm update, solid waste services to resume Monday
City crews are continuing their work to remove snow and ice in Concord, approaching forty-five hours of continuous snow removal efforts. The City maintains over seven hundred lane miles of street, and approximately seventy-five percent of City streets are clear. One hundred-fifty tons of salt have been applied to primary routes.
 
Crews are currently working to clear main collector streets in neighborhoods, as outlined on the snow and ice abatement plan. The City is divided into five zones to spread resources across all areas of Concord. Many neighborhood streets are still significantly covered, although today's sunshine and warmer temperatures are helping to melt snow. Transportation staff anticipates this phase of removal to extend overnight and into Saturday, as operations on primary routes required a lot of time. The City thanks residents for their patience and understanding that the forecasted warm weather may clear remaining streets and cul-de-sacs before crews are able to shift to the last phase of the removal plan.
 
Solid waste services will resume collection of all items according to the normal schedule on Monday, February 1. For more information and additional City service updates, please visit concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the February 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presentation to 2013 City coworker United Way campaign chairs Rita Ellison, Kim Smith, and Doug Wilhelm from Cabarrus Community Director Barbi Jones.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Council Member, Jennifer Parsley.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance readopting a second Annexation Agreement with the City of Kannapolis for a term of 20 years.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent Economic Development Grant to SL Concord Airport Business Park LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent Economic Development Grant to MPP International Drive, LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance annexing a parcel of land owned by Luis R. and Maria M. Galo. 
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 8 (Use Regulations) and Article 14 (Definitions) of the Concord Development Ordinance relative to electronic gaming.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with CM Black Construction Co., Inc. for construction manager at risk pre-construction services for the proposed new City Hall.
 
Authorized staff to finalize design, acquire right-of-way, and construct restoration water quality improvements on Stricker Branch in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Tolar Manufacturing for the purchase of forty bus shelters and associated amenities for Rider Transit.
 
Entered into a Municipal TIP Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide for certain sidewalk improvements associated with the next phase of I-85 widening in the City of Concord.
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services and liability insurance for the 2014 Spring Into Arts Festival.
 
Approved a request from CrossFit Unite to allow an event to be held in downtown Concord on April 26, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a joint cooperation agreement supporting the continuation of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan Housing Consortium through 2017.
 
Adopted City Council goals for FY 2014-2015.
 
Concord on Canvas brings original artwork to the Downtown streetscape
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is once again celebrating Concord on Canvas. Thirty-three original paintings will be on display along Union Street and Church Street in Downtown Concord for four weeks. Come enjoy our Downtown gallery beginning Saturday, February 8. The month-long event concludes on Friday, March 14 at the Hotel Concord for a fun evening of great food, beverage, and bidding on artwork produced by Cabarrus County professional artists and high school student artists. Funds raised support the professional artists, the high school art departments, and the CDDC. Silent auction offered as well, with items from businesses throughout theConcord area. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information, to vote on your favorite student art, and to bid on original artwork.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
25 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
March
11 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 the Concord Housing Department offers an after-school program for all school-aged children two days a week? With a variety of community partners, that program provides homework assistance, snacks, and educational workshops on a wide range of topics. The program is offered each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Resident Services at 704-920-6110.
 
Concord on Canvas brings original artwork to the Downtown streetscape
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is once again celebrating Concord on Canvas. Thirty-three original paintings will be on display along Union Street and Church Street in Downtown Concord for four weeks. Come enjoy our Downtown gallery beginning Saturday, February 8. The month-long event concludes on Friday, March 14 at the Hotel Concord for a fun evening of great food, beverage, and bidding on artwork produced by Cabarrus County professional artists and high school student artists. Funds raised support the professional artists, the high school art departments, and the CDDC. Silent auction offered as well, with items from businesses throughout the Concord area. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information, to vote on your favorite student art, and to bid on original artwork.
 
Caution advised along Rocky River after illegal dumping incident
This morning, the City of Charlotte confirmed an intentional illegal dumping of toxic waste into the sewer system, which impacted Charlotte's Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department (CMUD), there has been no risk to the public, and all indications are the contamination was contained. However, as a precaution, CMUD advises to avoid human or animal contact with Mallard Creek and Rocky River in Cabarrus County until more testing is completed. Visit charmeck.org for more information; for specific questions please call the City of Charlotte at 704-336-7600.
 
Credit counseling workshops aim to prepare future homeowners
The Concord Housing Department is launching a series of credit counseling workshops to help families understand the importance of a credit score. The program will use exercises to demonstrate how to increase and maintain a credit score while preparing to purchase a home. The series continues each Friday through February 28 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center, located at 265 Salem St. Please contact Housing staff with questions at 704-920-6110.
 
Computer competency classes offer basic computer skills for beginners
Computer competency classes are offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center. Classes offer individuals opportunities to gain life-rewarding computer skills in a non-threatening atmosphere. Topics include basic computer skills, word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, job readiness training (resume writing, letter of application, interviewing techniques, etc.), internet and e-mailing. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Resident Services at (704) 920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
FREE craft programs: youth can make timeless Valentine treasures
Crafty Monday at Hartsell Recreation Center (ages 6-16): bring a friend and make a crafty Valentine's card. Monday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Card Making Thursday at Academy Recreation Center (ages 4-12): let’s get together and show our loved ones how much you care and make a card. No fee. Thursday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Make-a-Heart Friday at Logan Multi-Purpose Center (ages 3-16): come out and make that special person a Valentine. Friday, February 14 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Registration for Summer Playground continues
Registration for Camp GoneAlot (ages 11-13) and Summer Playground (ages 6-10) begins Wednesday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m. Registration can be made online concordparksandrec.org, or by walk-in at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW.  This 8 week day camp operates from June 23 – August 15. Closed on July 4.   A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.  Fee: $350 for city residents; $450 for non-city residents. 
 
Couch to 5K training program starts next week
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience necessary.  The final goal is to run the Bunny Run 5K on 4/19.  Meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between February 11 and April 15 at Dorton Park.  Fee: $15 Registration is available online at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW.
 
Register now for 10 & Under Tennis
Formally known as Quick Start Tennis, this program is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size.  Group lessons for ages 5 – 10.  Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at Les Myers Park.  Fee: $20 for city residents; $25 for non-city residents.  Registration is available online at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW. 
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
25 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.