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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Housing Department is planning a career fair open to the general public? The Housing Department and Logan Community Association's second annual career fair will be Friday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, 265 Salem Street SW. In addition to learning about job opportunities with the City of Concord, attendees will be able to interact with several local employers and employment assistance centers. For more information, call 704-920-6110.

Concord Police request public feedback on policy changes
The Concord Police Department wants to hear your perspectives, concerns, and suggestions on various policies and procedures that are under review or have recently changed. During listening sessions scheduled for March 3 and 7, Chief Gary Gacek and staff will share information, answer questions, and receive feedback about the department’s proposed body-worn and existing in-car camera programs, and other important policy changes that have been made in the last six months. Two sessions are planned: Thursday, March 3 or Monday, March 7, each at 6:00 p.m. in Concord Police Headquarters, located at 41 Cabarrus Ave W. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and RSVP to Leslie Griffin at 704-920-5007 or griffinl@concordnc.gov.

 

Lawing recognized by Police Department

Congratulations to Concord Police Officer Garron Lawing, who was recognized by Chief Gary Gacek as the Department's 2015 coworker of the year. Officer Lawing rendered aid to a shooting victim in July 2015, whose wound could have been life threatening. EMS responders commented that Officer Lawing's actions contributed to the victim surviving the trauma. Sworn and civilian Police Department coworkers are eligible for recognition by the Department's Commendations committee. Those recognized each month are considered for coworker of the year. Contact Captain Ledwell at 704-920-5000 for more information.

Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios

ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday
Join the Concord Youth Council at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library for Seussfest 2016! Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a story, games, and crafts! Seussfest will be Saturday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

iRecreate moves to Dorton Park for March
How do you recreate? This spring, Parks and Recreation wants to see how you play in City parks and greenways with a themed photo contest based once a month in a specific park or greenway. Visit Parks and Recreation's Facebook Page for voting on February's entries. March's featured facility will be James L. Dorton Park. Please send your photos of running, biking, playing on the playground, or any form of recreation to culbrethk@concordnc.gov.

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

March
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 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!

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 General Assembly recently enacted laws (HB 44 and SB 699) that impact how cities and towns throughout North Carolina do a wide variety of things? These laws affect enforcement of high vegetation ordinances, notification of Citizens regarding impending construction projects, protecting the privacy of emergency workers, and even regulating beehives within city limits. The Legal Department tracks legislation to ensure the City complies with state and federal law. Visit ncleg.net for more information about recent acts of the North Carolina General Assembly.

City receives update on redevelopment of Union Street properties
As a part of this year's annual planning session, the City Council received an update on the Downtown Master Plan process that is underway. The City has engaged the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program of the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, to assist with the market analysis phase of the master plan. In addition, DFI is assisting to determine redevelopment plans for the City of Concord’s former Municipal Building and City Hall Annex sites on Union Street South in Downtown Concord. Visit
concordnc.gov to learn more about these properties and the Downtown Master Plan process.

CTW goes to Weddington Road Bark Park

Still waiting to try out the Weddington Road Bark Park? Our friends at Cabarrus County braved the elements to give you a tour of the City's newest recreation facility. The Weddington Road Bark Park includes separate large dog and small dog off-leash play areas, convenient parking, a trailhead for the newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, and more. Concord Fire Station 11 and Cabarrus EMS Station 9 are also located at the complex on Weddington Road near the Rocky River. Click here to see the video tour, and visit concordparksandrec.org for more information about Weddington Road Bark Park.


Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios

ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Up next in Messy Art: Gritty Playdough!
Parks and Recreation is registering its next session of the new "Messy Art" series, Gritty Playdough, where children ages 4 to 8 will create sand that won’t run through your fingers! It’s sticky, gooey, and makes shapes like playdough! Meets at 4:00 on Tuesday, February 23 at Academy Recreation Center. Each Messy Art session costs $10 ($5 City-resident discount available), visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

March
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 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!

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 all Rider Transit buses are ADA accessible, designed with low floors, and have curb-level entry? Buses can be lowered to make boarding easier and are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Priority seating is available for persons with disabilities as well as senior citizens. Onboard systems announce via both audio and text every stop on each routes. Passengers finding it difficult to use and/or navigate the Rider Transit fixed-route (bus) system may qualify for paratransit door-to-door service. Please visit ckrider.com/Accessibility for more information.

Highlights of the February 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit
concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Bob Merwin – 25 years of service, Finance Department.

Formally accepted the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and recognized staff.

Recognized Fire Chief Ray Allen for receiving the Fire Chief of the Year award from the NC Association of Fire Chiefs.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with
Concord-Afton Sunset Rotary Club for the construction of a shelter at the Dorton Park Disc Golf Course.

Adopted budget ordinances and authorized the City Manager to execute contracts with the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) related to multiple in 2015
REACH grant funds awarded to the City of Concord in 2015 and 2016. An original $45,000 grant for the Planning Department to incorporate active living components in Downtown Concord is being supplemented by a second grant of $40,000. An original $10,000 grant for Rider Transit to incorporate active living components throughout the community is being supplemented by a second grant of $10,000.

Entered into a Supplemental
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) with a 20% local match to federal funding to provide for the construction of intersection improvements for additional turn lanes at Poplar Tent Road (SR-1394) and Concord Parkway (US Highway 29).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Kimley-Horn for engineering services relating to the Concord ITS Expansion Project (U-5522).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. for Terminal Court Roadway Improvements and adopt a capital project amendment ordinance.

Received voluntary annexation petitions and adopted resolutions setting public hearings for annexations of various parcels of land owned by the Estate of John M. Licari; James and Brenda Cook; Beverly and William Hooks, Freddie Anne Davis, William P. Martin, and Betty Jo Denny; and

Von Stephen Blackwelder, Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr. Irrevocable Trust, Fannie B Blackwelder Revocable Trust, June E. Barringer, Telka D. Ritch, and the Credit Shelter Trust established under the Last Will and Testament of Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr.

Adopted an ordinance to amend the City of Concord Code of Ordinances to require irrigation restrictions upon declaration of a Level II or greater water emergency.

City Council completes 2016 Planning Session
On Tuesday evening and Friday 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 2016-17. The presentations and discussions that followed formed the basis of goals statement to be adopted by City Council, and will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY 2016-17 budget in May.

Fire Department recruitment underway, start your career today
Ready to begin an exciting career? The Concord Fire Department is accepting applications for this year's recruitment process through February 29. Click here to learn more about a career with the Concord Fire Department, and visit concordnc.gov for details about the 2016 recruitment process.

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

February
16 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
18 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

March
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 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?
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation brings programming into parks nearly year-round? A variety of half-day offerings include Greenway Adventures, Habitat Heroes Club, and Chilly Willy Wednesdays. Be on the lookout for new programs in parks, greenways, and regional trail destinations this summer, and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Public invited to tour City Hall on Sunday, February 7
Members of the public are invited to tour Concord City Hall on Sunday, February 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. During the drop-in event, staff will be available to tour visitors around the building, which opened to customers on January 19. The 76,000 square-foot structure consolidates the majority of Concord's administrative services, most of which previously functioned out of three Downtown buildings. Parking is conveniently located in the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, just steps away. Learn more at
concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

External Agency funding process open through February 29 
Each year, the City of Concord grants limited 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 FY16-17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017).  The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2016. Learn more at concordnc.gov.


2016 City cemetery cleanup planned for February 27 - March 4

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.

Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County partners launch Network of Care site
The Cabarrus Health Alliance in partnership with Cabarrus County has launched an innovative, online web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families, and individuals with key health information and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness (cabarrusnetworkofcare.org) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records; and much more. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Free tax preparation, reinstated deductions available for Cabarrus senior citizens
Trained volunteer tax specialists are ready to assist area seniors in filing their taxes at no cost. This free service is provided through the AARP Tax-Aide program every Monday and Wednesday through April 18 at the Cabarrus County Senior Center (331 Corban Ave SE). Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the sessions typically last around an hour, but may vary depending on each customer. Find out additional details at cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-3484.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Get messy!
Parks and Recreation is registering its next session of the new "Messy Art" series, Crayon The Rainbow, where children ages 4 to 8 will color with crayons in an entirely new way! Meets at 4:00 on Tuesday, February 9 at Academy Recreation Center. Each Messy Art session costs $10 ($5 City-resident discount available), visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

Summer Camp registration still available
Concord Parks and Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps at Summer Playground (ages 6-10) and Camp Gone-A-lot (ages 11-13)! Each program runs eight weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. For more information about the summer camp programs and registration process, visit 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.

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session and annual Planning Session Part 1
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
12 at 8:05 a.m. Planning Session Part 2
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 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!

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.