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Did you know?
Did you know the City has property for sale? The Legal Department has established a process for the City to divest of extraneous property and to dispose of property acquired through tax foreclosure. Visit concordnc.gov/property4sale to see what's available.

Concord in the Headlines
Public input sought for 2030 land use plan; interactive meetings Feb. 28 and March 1

Concord approves incentives package: Alevo considers expansion

Next week: lend your voice to the 2030 Land Use Plan process
The City of Concord kicked off the Land Use Plan update process in late January, and the first public involvement opportunities of the process are scheduled for February 28 and March 1. Public involvement is an essential component to this process. All members of the public are invited to attend the open house (3-5 p.m.) and interactive workshop (6-8 p.m.) sessions planned for each these dates. On Tuesday, February 28, come to Fire Station 9 (1020 Ivey Cline Rd), or meet the project team at Cabarrus Brewing Company (329 McGill Ave NW) on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov/2030 or call the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5127.

Believe it or not: voluntary water conservation still requested
In November, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the Town of Harrisburg announced that customers of the municipalities’ water systems should follow Level 1 (voluntary) water use restrictions, due to regional drought conditions. Although many perceive 2017 to have started with plenty of rain, the reality is the amount of water making it into local reservoirs is not enough to improve storage levels after one of the driest years on record.

This deficit, combined with an unusually warm winter and little precipitation in long-range forecasts, requires us to strengthen our resolve. We cannot control the weather, but we can control our behavior. Being conservation-minded now can go a long way when it comes to helping keep our area out of mandatory water restrictions this summer.

Level 1 voluntary restrictions means the following activities are permitted, but users are encouraged to limit:

  • Lawn Irrigation
  • The filling, operation or topping off of ornamental fountains.
  • Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
  • Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
  • Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
  • All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.

Concord, Kannapolis, and Harrisburg are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought. Visit concordnc.gov/water for more information.

ElectriCities awards Concord for excellence in Public Power
ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has announced that Concord is among the recipients of the 2016 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor public power communities across the state for outstanding performance in five key areas: business environment, energy efficiency, financial stability, legislative involvement and customer service. Concord received awards in all five areas. "This award recognizes the teamwork it takes beyond the Electric Department to make a public power utility successful," said Concord Electric Systems Director Bob Pate. "I thank the coworkers throughout the City organization for their dedication in serving customers and City Council for their commitment to Concord's Public Power team." Learn more at electricities.com.

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

Spring adult softball registration coming soon
The Parks and Recreation Department will open registration for the Spring Adult Softball Leagues March 1-31. The registration fee is $375 per team, including Men’s Gold, Men’s Blue, Women’s, and Co-ed divisions. The Men’s Gold and Women’s divisions play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Blue and Co-ed divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single elimination tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.

Visit us on March 6 to learn about Parks and Rec job opportunities
Need a head start in your career? The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking seasonal and part-time team members. Learn about available opportunities and meet staff at the first annual Summer Job Social: 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at Fire Station 9 (1020 Ivey Cline Road). You can also learn more and apply through the Concord Jobs Portal.

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

March
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 ckrider.com has a fresh new look? See maps and schedules, real-time bus location, and more. Check out Rider Transit's website to learn about the system and plan your next trip today.

Concord in the Headlines
Officer of the Year Rodriguez following in his hero's footsteps with humility and compassion

Expansions planned for ClearWater Artist Studios attracting more artists to revitalization project

Cabarrus County and Carolinas HealthCare System celebrates Hearts and Heroes night

TOMORROW: ClearWater's live action spectator painting event
ClearWater Artist Studios invites you to the Third Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off: Saturday, February 18 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Painters are given the challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. The public is given the thrill of watching blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region! This free, live-painting event also includes demonstrations by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, and scrumptious locally-baked cake. Find out more on the Facebook Event Page and sign up on the Eventbrite page, or call 704-784-9535.

Land Use Plan 2030 process underway, public involvement requested
The City of Concord kicked off the Land Use Plan update process in late January, and the first public involvement opportunities of the process are scheduled for February 28 and March 1. With the assistance of Tindale Oliver, the resulting Land Use Plan will provide the framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007.

Public involvement is an essential component to this process. In conjunction with Tindale Oliver, the City will conduct the first series of public involvement workshops for this process on February 28 and March 1. All members of the public are invited to attend the open house (3-5 p.m.) and interactive workshop (6-8 p.m.) sessions planned for each these dates. On Tuesday, February 28, come to Fire Station 9 (1020 Ivey Cline Rd), or meet the project team at Cabarrus Brewing Company (329 McGill Ave NW) on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov/2030 or call the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5127.

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

If it's Tuesday, it's Messy Art day!
Ages 4-8. Bring your creativity and some old clothes because we are going to be getting messy! The next Messy Art is GRITTY PAINT on Tuesday, February 21. You will be amazed with the different messy creations we'll make when we mix salt, sand, and color! Messy Art meets every Tuesday through March 14 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. The fee for each session is $5 Concord residents; $8 non-residents. Register now.

Calling future Youth Council members!!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. 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 Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

We’re hiring, join the Concord Parks and Rec team!
The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a new team member to instruct ongoing and future programs for youth and adults, and coordinate special recreation opportunities. Knowledge of activity planning, event coordination, and previous instructor experience is recommended. For more information on this position and to apply visit the Concord Jobs Portal.

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

February
20 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

March
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?
Did you know Concord Parks and Rec has classes for the young and young at heart? There is something for everyone, from ages 1 to 101. Find an opportunity today at concordparksandrec.org.

Highlights of the February 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Planning and Zoning Commission member Jean King.

Presented 2016 Public Power Awards of Excellence as awarded by
ElectriCities.

Recognized Master Police Officer Vance McGee for receiving a Lifesaving Award.

Presented retirement plaques to Master Police Officer Larry Rucker (30 years) and Police Major Douglas Wilhelm (22 years).

Continued a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 to consider offering contracts for Economic Development Incentive Grants to Project G2 (the company is requested another continuance).

Received information from the
Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County on their 2017 Capital Campaign.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a rezoning from Residential Medium Density (RM-1), General Commercial (C-2), and Light Industrial (I-1) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the development of multifamily, townhomes, and commercial space (
Case Z-CD-28-16).

Conducted a public hearing and amended
Concord Development Ordinance Article 5, Subdivision Plats, Site Plans, and Construction Plans and Article 12, Sign Standards.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for
annexation of one parcel of land located at 5840 Flowes Store Rd.

Conducted a public hearing to consider amending the
Concord Technical Standards Manual, Article II, to add minimum design standards for bus stops.

Adopted the
Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Adopted 2017 Federal and State Legislative Priorities.

Authorized Fire Department staff to submit an application for the
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

Adopted a resolution authorizing the sale of
755 Shasta Street, NW.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord firefighter returns to work after battling cancer

Concord police to get lifesaving drug for people overdosing on opioids

Just one more week until ClearWater's live action spectator painting event
ClearWater Artist Studios invites you to the Third Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off: Saturday, February 18 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Painters are given the challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. The public is given the thrill of watching blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region! This free, live-painting event also includes demonstrations by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, and scrumptious locally-baked cake. Please note—this event on February 18 (third Saturday of the month) will take the place of the monthly Second Saturday Open Studio for February. Find out more on the Facebook Event Page and sign up on the Eventbrite page, or call 704-784-9535.

Cabarrus County administers program for one-time heat bill assistance
Cabarrus County residents have until March 31 to apply for assistance with heating bills through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), provided program funds are not exhausted before the deadline. The program offers one-time annual vendor payment toward heat expenses for winter months in the form of a $200, $300 or $400 credit, depending on income and number of people in the household. Visit cabarruscounty.us for additional details.

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

We’re hiring, join the Concord Parks and Rec team!
The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a new team member to instruct ongoing and future programs for youth and adults, and coordinate special recreation opportunities. Knowledge of activity planning, event coordination, and previous instructor experience is recommended. For more information on this position and to apply visit the Concord Jobs Portal.

Messy Art
Ages 4-8. Bring your creativity and some old clothes because we are going to be getting messy! The next Messy Art is Tuesday, February 14 where we will be doing SMELLY PAINT using spices found in your kitchen cabinet, we will create paintings that smell as pretty as they look! Messy ART meets every Tuesday thru March 14 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. The fee for each session is $5 Concord residents; $8 non-residents. Register now.

Calling future Youth Council members!!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. 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 Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

February
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

March
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?
Did you know Concord's curbside bulky item collection at no extra charge is a higher level of service than residents in most other communities experience? In order to keep this valuable opportunity available to residents, some restrictions apply, including a limit of 10 cubic yards of bulky items per collection (4 cubic yard limit for construction debris). For bulky item collections that will exceed this quantity, the City has arranged for a low cost debris container option for residents. See page 8 of the Solid Waste Resource Guide or call 704-920-5555 for more information.

Two distinct grant funding opportunities now available to organizations
This week, the Finance Department made two distinct grant funding opportunities available to qualified organizations. The City's annual external agency funding process and the federal Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility call for projects are both open through March 3.

Annually, 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)). Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY17-18. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

The City of Concord is also soliciting proposals for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. An estimated $301,602 in federal grant funding is available under this program for Traditional transit project activities in the Concord Urbanized Area. Funding will be allocated using a competitive selection process described in the City of Concord’s 5310 Program Management Plan, which is available at concordnc.gov/5310. Eligible applicants for funding consist of local government agencies, social services agencies, private and public transportation operators, and non-profit organizations.

Cabarrus Health Alliance to practice response capabilities
Please be aware that on Friday, February 10, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and community partners will have a public health emergency response exercise from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church. Citizens in the vicinity of George W. Liles Parkway and Laurel Park may see police, medical, and fire personnel as they are part of this exercise. All efforts are being made to minimize any inconvenience to neighborhood residents. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ryan McGhee at CHA, 704-920-1010.

Pounding the Paint at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios invites you to the Third Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off: Saturday, February 18 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Painters are given the challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. The public is given the thrill of watching blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region! This free, live-painting event also includes demonstrations by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, and scrumptious locally-baked cake. Please note—this event on February 18 (third Saturday of the month) will take the place of the monthly Second Saturday Open Studio for February. Find out more on the Facebook Event Page and sign up on the Eventbrite page, or call 704-784-9535.

Coming February 22: FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators
The City of Concord is hosting a FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators and educators-in-training of ANY background on February 22. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. The hands-on activities facilitate the exploration of topics including communication, economics, energy and fuels, geology, government, history, recycling, transportation, watersheds, wildlife, and much more! Participants will learn about the materials through direct engagement in the PLT activities throughout the workshop. Workshop materials (a $25 value!) will be provided at no cost to participants through partnership with the NC Forestry Association. Pre-registration is required. To register or for additional information contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379, or visit ces.ncsu.edu.

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

Circuit Blast
This NEW outdoor fitness program includes 45 minutes of circuits and 15 minutes of yoga stretch. Burn away calories and have a BLAST as we challenge and encourage you to reach your fitness goals. The first 4 week session will be February 7 – March 2. Fee per 4 week session: $25 Concord residents; $30 non-residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Dorton Park, 5790 Poplar Tent Road.

Cardio and Sculpt
Combining both cardio and strength training to give you two workouts in one class. Fun energetic cardio filled with intervals and circuits and ending with muscle sculpting exercises. Great for all levels. Equipment provided. A new 4 week session will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 6 – March 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee per 4 week session (8 classes): $33 Concord residents; $38 non-residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.

Calling future Youth Council members!!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. 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 Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

February
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.