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Did you know?
Do you know there is affordable and plentiful parking at Concord Regional Airport? Find out how to park and be on your way in minutes at concordnc.gov.

Lloyd Payne appointed City Manager of Concord

Lloyd Wm. Payne, Jr. has been appointed as Concord's eighth City Manager, after serving as Assistant City Manager since May of 2015. The City Council appointed Payne after an extensive search process, which began following City Manager Brian Hiatt's announcement in August of his intention to retire this year after 19 years of service.

"It is an honor to be selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the next City Manager of Concord," remarked Payne. "I appreciate the solid foundation that Mr. Hiatt has cultivated after years of dedicated service and look forward to working with the elected officials, staff, and the community as we collectively work to make Concord the very best it can be."

Since 1965, Concord has operated according to the council-manager form of government, where a professional City Manager serves as the CEO of the government organization at the pleasure of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for implementing policies decisions made by the City Council, serves as the Council's chief advisor, appoints all City coworkers, coordinates the operations of all City departments, and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council each year. The council-manager form is the most popular type of local government in the United States in communities with a population of 5,000 or greater. North Carolina cities and counties helped pioneer the form and all North Carolina local governments of significant size operate under this form of government.

Prior to arriving in Concord, Payne served ten years as the Town Manager of Elkin in Surry County, and four years as Town Manager of Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County.

In addition to his local government experience, Payne has served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for over 24 years. A decorated veteran in the field of transportation and logistics, he currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the 113th Sustainment Brigade, and has previously been assigned to the 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Lenoir and the 1454th Transportation Company based in Concord. As Command Sergeant Major, Payne fills an important role in assisting the commanding officer in providing leadership, training, discipline, and two-way communications within the brigade and all its battalions, specifically with its enlisted members. Payne has three years of active duty service, including combat deployments to Bosnia in the mid-1990s and Iraq/Kuwait twice between 2003 and 2010.

"We are excited that Lloyd will lead our City coworkers in their service to the community," said Mayor Bill Dusch. "His 17 years of local government management and his distinguished service in the NC National Guard make him a uniquely qualified City Manager."

Payne has been recognized by the International City-County Management Association as a Credentialed Manager, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Appalachian State University. He has completed the Rural Economic Development Institute through the NC Rural Center, the UNC School of Government's  Municipal Administration Course and Public Executive Leadership Academy, the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, and Leadership Cabarrus.

Payne's appointment is effective April 1, 2018. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and their children Ella and Liam, as well as playing golf.


Be sure to visit ClearWater Artist Studios next week
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Rider's new Concord Charlotte Express bus service starts in just a few weeks
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

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

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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 the Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

New destination announced at Concord Regional Airport: Destin, Florida
On Monday, City officials joined Allegiant Air to announce Destin, Florida as the airline's sixth nonstop destination from Concord Regional Airport (USA). Twice-a-week seasonal service will begin June 7 to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). "We are proud to partner with a great company to expand our travel options for those in the surrounding area," said Concord Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. "This will be a great benefit to the Charlotte area and Cabarrus County community as we continue to attract those looking for convenient and nonstop service to their favorite vacation destinations." Concord is one of five new routes to Destin for Allegiant. Schedules and ticketing information is available at allegiantair.com, or learn more about commercial service at Concord Regional Airport at concordnc.gov.

County parking deck construction causing brief downtown Concord traffic shift
Drivers in downtown Concord will encounter a single-lane closure and traffic shift on Spring Street SW between Corban Avenue and Foard Avenue, beginning Monday, February 19, through Thursday, February 22. Signage and flaggers will direct traffic around the closure, which is associated with the construction of the County’s new 628-spot downtown parking deck. The deck, on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse, will help address parking demands for courthouse activities. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

What's Happening at ClearWater – last chance for faculty art!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Starting March 19 – ride the new Concord Charlotte Express bus service
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1--visit tryccx.com to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

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. Planning and Zoning Commission

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
8 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 you can help Concord Police provide toothbrushes and other dental care supplies to children who need them? Find out more about the SmileDrive on the Public Safety Facebook page.

 

Highlights of the February 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member Brian Floyd.

Presented retirement plaques to Joe Wilson, 15 years of service – Transportation Department, and Johnnie Eudy, 29 years of service – Finance Department (Billing).

Received a presentation from the
600 Festival Association on the 2018 Haulers on Union event.

Received a presentation from Elaine Conti, Raftelis Financial Consulting, on the City's fee studies for water and wastewater system development fees, conducted a public hearing, and
approved the  System Development Fee Study

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels located on the south side of Ellenwood Rd, owned by Mitchell Hartsell Construction.

Tabled the public hearing for annexation of one parcel located at 8200 Poplar Tent Rd, owned by Steve Pinkerton (SMC Investments LLC) to allow the developer additional time to resolve issues with the annexation petition.

Authorized the
Planning and Neighborhood Development Department to submit an application for a Certified Local Government Grant for a Preservation Plan.


Customers rate City of Concord services better than national average
Survey says: Concord residents have a positive perception of the community, and higher satisfaction with City services compared to other communities. Most respondents rated Concord as an excellent or good place to live and raise children. Of residents who had an opinion, 79 percent indicated they were either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall quality of City services, and 60 percent had a positive rating of the value received for tax dollars and fees. Concord significantly outperformed the national and regional averages in about 75 percent of the covered topics. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

 

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review – public hearing scheduled
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for the February 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, who will consider if the 2030 Land Use Plan is ready for City Council adoption. Pending the outcome of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could hold a Public Hearing as soon as March 8. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to 
sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

Drop-in workshops planned to discuss Concord's next greenway phase
The Parks and Recreation Department is planning two drop-in workshops to discuss the next greenway construction project with the community. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. Residents are invited to attend one of the two drop-in workshops planned at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivery Cline Road. City staff members will be on hand from 4:00 until 7:00 on both Tuesday, February 13 and Monday, February 26 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov
 
Concord Deputy Fire Chiefs honored by peers

Recently, the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs hosted its annual conference in Concord. Part the conference includes a banquet to recognize exemplary fire service professionals across the state. This year, both of Concord's deputy fire chiefs were recognized by their peers in the association for their contributions to the fire service. Deputy Chief Todd Eury, who has served the City for 28 years, was awarded Career Fire Officer of the Year.  Deputy Chief Jake Williams received the honor of Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for his dedication and service in his capacity as Chief of the Odell Volunteer Fire Department. Williams has served as a leader and dedicated servant to both the Concord and Odell communities for over 20 years. These awards are considered among the highest honors for fire officers in North Carolina. To find out more about the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, visit ncafc.com; for more on the Concord Fire Department, visit concordnc.gov/fire.


Cabarrus Economic Development wants women to Go Bold!
Local economic development professionals introduced Go Bold!, a new initiative this week Go Bold! Bold Women in Bold Careers exists to encourage women in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, to learn about challenging and rewarding career opportunities that they may not have considered. Check out the first story and find out more at goboldnc.com.

New Concord Charlotte Express bus service to launch with free rides on March 19
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the 
Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 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 it is illegal to turn right at a traffic signal with a red arrow? Find out more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. While you're on the page, check out today's post from our Emergency Management team, who reminds you on this Groundhog Day to monitor weather forecasts closely.

Whether your team wins or loses (or isn't playing) this weekend, celebrate responsibly
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, now is the time for drivers to get a game plan in place if they’ll be drinking. NCDOT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are reminding motorists to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver and always buckling up, every seat, every time.

In addition, those watching the game:

  • Should ask a sober friend for a ride home or use a ride sharing app, if no designated driver is present;
  • If hosting a party, never let friends drive if they’ve had too much to drink; and
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game.


Drivers can also download the Be Smarter Than That app before drinking to designate a sober driver, find ride sharing services, locate public transportation options, or call a cab. Find out more about this and an efficient way to report potholes to NCDOT at ncdot.gov.


2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review – public hearing scheduled
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for the February 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, who will consider if the 2030 Land Use Plan is ready for City Council adoption. Pending the outcome of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could hold a Public Hearing as soon as March 8. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

FY19 external agency funding opportunity process now open through March 2
This week, the Finance Department opened the City's annual external agency funding process until March 2. 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.

HR Director Rebecca Edwards to be featured at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday
On Monday, February 12, Concord's Human Resources Director will be part of a select group of women featured as influential in the local business community. Rebecca Edwards is one of this year's mentors at 2018 Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, an event sponsored by Business Journals nationwide focused on networking and strengthening communities of business women. Find out more at bizjournals.com.

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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.