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Did you know?
Did you know the Electric Systems Department maintains 12,865 street and rental lights? To report a problem with one these lights, call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555. You can also report light problems using the Concord Mobile Care app, available at concordnc.gov/ConcordMobileCare.

Another week, another winter storm
City staff members spent another week clearing roads and keeping the City's facilities and services going through winter weather. There were minimal delays and disruptions, and temperatures helped snow removal go quickly on Thursday. Residents in the Friday Solid Waste collection area will have their garbage, recycling, and bulky waste picked up on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Steel-signing ceremony marks milestone in City Hall construction
City officials and representatives from ADW Architects and CM Black Construction signed a piece of steel to be included in the structure of the new City Hall Monday afternoon. See images from the ceremony on the City's flickr photostream. Crew are now beginning to enclose the building, with electrical and plumbing work also set to start soon. Visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall 
for project details, photo updates, and more.

March 1-7 is Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week in NC is March 1-7. The goal is to help the community be prepared for weather events that affect our part of the state during the spring and summer months.  The City of Concord is proud to promote this program and asks the community to take time this week and better prepare for severe weather in our area. Check out the City Hall Blog for details.

Mayor Padgett proclaims March 2-8 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett has issued a proclamation declaring March 2-8, 2015 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Concord. "We encourage anyone in our community who has multiple sclerosis, or has a family member with MS, to learn more about the resources, programs, information and support available through the National MS Society and other agencies," said Mayor Padgett. "Multiple sclerosis affects more than 13,000 people throughout North Carolina and Concord encourages all citizens to contribute to efforts to find a cure for this debilitating disease."

Concord's residents can show their commitment to the MS movement with simple actions throughout the week, including: Signing up to volunteer or participate at an upcoming chapter event; Forming a Walk MS team at www.walkMS.org; Emailing a legislator about an issue important to people with MS; Telling five people about MS Awareness Week, and Supporting the Society – every donation moves us closer to a world free of MS. To find more ways to join the movement, and to encourage others to join, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct.

2015 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 9-13
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. 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 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at
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.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.

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

March
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!

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Did you know?
Did you know over 30 Buildings and Grounds Department staff coordinated with other City departments this week to keep the City's public buildings operating? While many in the community had delayed or cancelled work days, the B&G team was in by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots at City facilities were safe for customers and staff. The Department pre-staged equipment at several recreation centers and the Rider Transit Center to ensure crews would be able to open these facilities as soon as possible.

Concord keeps moving through icy blast and cold temperatures
With frigid temperatures and no school, it is certainly been a memorable week in Concord and the surrounding area. City staff members put emergency plans into action to clear roads and keep services available as much as possible.

Through pretreatment, strategic placement and timing, and calibration methods, the City used less material than anticipated to clear 670 lane miles. Several NCDOT facilities are included in the City's snow and ice abatement plan such as Poplar Tent Road, Concord Mills/Bruton Smith Boulevard, and Branchview Drive.

At Concord Regional Airport, crews worked to reopen the runway Tuesday afternoon to accommodate scheduled Allegiant passengers and dozens of NASCAR team charter aircraft scheduled to depart for Daytona this week. The team at Charlotte Motor Speedway assisted by making the jet trucks used to dry the track available to the airport, which received national media attention.

The City's teamwork continued with the record-setting cold temperatures Thursday and Friday this week. Emergency Management, Fire, and Police staff worked together to ensure several safe locations were available overnight for those who might be displaced or waiting for family members to arrive in the event of vehicle accidents, building fires, or other emergencies. Electric and Buildings and Grounds staff partnered to make sure the City's facilities were conserving energy during peak demand times, and remained accessible to staff and the public.

City Manager Brian Hiatt thanked the staff members who were dedicated to providing needed services, as well as the public for their understanding and cooperation. "I thank the community for working with us so our team could safely clear roads and sidewalks, and continue delivering public services," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "A special thanks goes out to hundreds of City coworkers from all departments who traveled through the weather, worked extra hours, and braved the elements to keep the public safe, City facilities accessible, and services and operations functioning."

Steel-signing ceremony rescheduled for Monday afternoon
The Mayor and City Council members will sign a piece of steel to be included in the structure of the new City Hall on Monday, February 23 at 4:00 p.m. (the original date of February 19 was rescheduled due to predicted cold temperatures). The Ceremony will take place on the top level of the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, located across the street from the construction site. Visit
concordnc.gov/newcityhall for project details, photo updates, and more.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension annual plant sale order due February 25
Gardeners, get your garden cart or red wagon ready to take advantage of the Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension annual plant sale. Order from a selection of fruit trees, including fig, apple, persimmon and plum. In addition flowering trees, flowering shrubs, shade trees and fruit plants are available. All trees and plants are grown in nurseries in Georgia or Alabama for continued growth in this area. Plant prices range from $9-$40. Visit the Cooperative Extension website for a brochure or to place your order online. You can also call 704-920-3310. Orders are due by noon on Wednesday, February 25.

2015 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 9-13
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. 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 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at 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.

Warm up at Bingo Bash!
Looking for a fun afternoon with other adults? Join Parks and Recreation's Bingo Bash, every other Wednesday from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center. Save the dates of March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. For more information, contact Frances Bost at 704-920-5620.

Stay in shape with Concord Parks and Recreation
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation offers a variety of affordable fitness classes and programs? From boot camp to yoga and beyond, there is something adults and seniors of all fitness levels. Check out concordparksandrec.org to learn more and register today.

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

March
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!

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Did you know?
Did you know there are currently 30 City and NCDOT transportation projects in the Concord area under contract and being constructed, or about to be constructed—an investment of nearly half a billion dollars. Although citizens and commuters may experience some inconveniences, we are fortunate to have this kind of investment and infrastructure improvements occurring in our community. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

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

Presented a Key to the City to Coleman Keeter,
recently retired Executive Director of the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County.

Presented retirement plaques to:

  • Larry Bradley - 14 years of service, Electric Systems
  • Edna Ferrell - 27 years of service, Finance
  • Edie Moss - 29 years of service, Police

Administered Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission member Lea Holloway.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 8 (Use Regulations) to amend minimum spacing requirements for tattoo parlors and body piercing establishments in the General Commercial (C-2) District.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 8 (Use Regulations) to amend the development standards relative to self-service storage facilities (mini-warehouses) in the General Commercial (C-2) District.

Received a presentation, allowed for public comment, and endorsed an application submitted to the State for National Register of Historic Places designation of the Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill site (completed at Tuesday Work Session).

Adopted a resolution to adopt the Cabarrus Stanly Union Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Abandoned a sanitary sewer easement across Lot 1A, Coddle Creek Market, Phase II.


Entered into a Utility Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the water construction on Project B-5136 Replacement of Bridge 66 and 69 over Norfolk Southern Railway on US 29/US601.

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services and liability insurance for the 2015 Spring Into Arts Festival.

Considered review of the Concord Development Ordinance Article 12 regulations related to A-frame signs.

Considered changing the date of the May 14, 2015 regular session.

Adopted a formal statement regarding the unsolicited and unwanted delivery of free newspapers to residents.

City warns against increasingly creative scam attempts
The City frequently warns residents and customers against several types of scams, such as the unfortunately common scam of phony requests for utility payments. Recently two "new" and somewhat unusual types of scams have been reported to the City. In one, the caller fraudulently claims to be from the City of Concord, and offers to trim tree limbs obstructing power lines if the customer's bill is higher than $100. This is likely an attempt to secure confidential account information from victims. The City of Concord does have a comprehensive tree trimming program to maintain rights-of-way, but it has nothing to do with a customer's utility bill amount. Click here to read the spring 2014 City Circular article that describes the Electric Systems Department's tree trimming program.
 

In another scam, targeting the Spanish-speaking community in particular, unknown parties are attempting to solicit funds from citizens in the name of the Concord Fire Department. Generally the calls indicate that the person should make a donation or send money in order to ensure that they will continue to receive emergency services in the future. The Concord Fire Department is funded through local tax money and other governmental funds made available for its operation. The Fire Department never solicits funds from citizens by phone or any other means. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about this scam. The public is urged to hang up the phone any time someone claims to be from the City of Concord or other agencies demanding money, and call Concord Police at 704-920-5000.

City Hall construction update, steel-signing ceremony planned
Progress on City Hall continues, with only one level of concrete left to be poured above ground. Visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall for project details, photo updates, and more. The Mayor and City Council members will sign a piece of steel to be included in the structure of the building on Thursday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. More information about this event will be available next week.

2015 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 9-13
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. 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 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at concordnc.gov.

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

February
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

March
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 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!

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Did you know?
Did you know you can now file a police report by simply pushing a button? At concordnc.gov/police, look for "Click here to file Police Report online," answer a few basic questions about yourself and your incident, and a member of the Telephone Reporting Unit will contact you. The Telephone Reporting Unit, a part of the Concord Police Department’s Customer Service Division, provides an alternative method of handling calls for police services by using the telephone and internet when dispatching an officer is not required.

Concord City Council receives goals update and sets FY 2015-16 priorities
On Tuesday evening and Wednesday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to receive updates on current year projects and establish focus areas for FY 2015-16. The Council also received the results of the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The presentations and discussions that followed formed the basis of goals statement to be adopted at the March City Council meeting. These goals will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY 2015-16 budget in May.

External Agency funding process open through February 27 
Each year, the City of Concord grants funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Further guidance by North Carolina Supreme Court case law allows the City Council to choose to fund activities that 1) are within the appropriate scope of governmental involvement and reasonably related to community needs and 2) benefit the general public, as opposed to special interests or persons. Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY15-16 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).  The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Sun Drop Pound Cake Paint-off Extravaganza this weekend
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.

2015 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 9-13
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. 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 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at concordnc.gov.

Warning- Tech Support Scam
Computer users beware! Concord Police have received reports from citizens about out-of-the-blue phone call from scammers wanting remote access to your computer.  The caller spoke with a foreign accent and claimed to be a computer technician associated with well-known companies like Microsoft. Please be aware that these scammers are attempting to steal money and to access your personal information.  They will ask to obtain remote access to your computer. If you give remote access, the scammer may go on to plant malware on the computer. In some cases the scammers offer to fix the computer for a fee – paid by credit card over the phone.  Do not give control of your computer and never provide your credit card or financial information to a cold caller claiming to be a tech support person. If you suspect or experience fraud, hang up the phone and call Concord Police at 704 920 5000. Learn more about tech support scams at consumer.ftc.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
Parks and Recreation is 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.

Adult Spring Softball League
The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for the Spring Adult Softball Leagues. The registration fee is $375.00 per team and registration ends March 31st 2015. The leagues consist of Men’s Gold Division, Men’s Blue Division, Women’s and Co-ed. The Men’s Gold Division and Women’s League play on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. The Men’s Blue Division and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. All the leagues play at WW Flowe. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form can be found at the Parks and Recreation web site www.concordparksandrec.org .

NEW Adult Kickball League - Giving Adults a chance to go back in time
The Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking registration for a NEW Spring COED Adult Kickball League. The registration fee is $375.00 per team and registration ends March 31st, 2015. The league will play at WW Flowe Field. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form can be found at the Parks and Recreation web site www.concordparksandrec.org. The league will follow WAKA Kickball rules and regulations.


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
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!