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Did you know?
Did you know you can lend your voice to NCDOTs plans for future transportation improvements? Get started at ncdot.gov.

Cabarrus County Parking Deck opening celebration – February 27
You are invited to the opening celebration for the Cabarrus County Parking Deck. The five-story, 614-spot parking deck is on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse in downtown Concord. The project will help address parking demands for courthouse activities. The celebration will take place at the deck entrance on Corban Avenue (across from St. James Lutheran Church). The deck will open for public parking on Friday, March 1. Find out more about the project at cabarruscounty.us.

ClearWater The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training Exhibit – March 10
ClearWater Artist Studios, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, will present The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training, an Athletic Training and Sports Medicine photographic and illustrated art exhibition. The photographs were commissioned to draw attention to approaches for best practices in preventing sudden death and catastrophic injury in athletics in North Carolina. The idea is to utilize art for a series of educational posters to achieve this goal. The exhibit will be displayed in the Community Room/ Second Gallery at Clearwater Artist Studios with an opening reception Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. The reception is a free public event will feature the photographer and the ballerina as featured in the photos. For additional details, see clearwaterartists.com; or call 704-784-9535.

 

Pipe replacement project closing section of Roberta Road next week

An NCDOT project to replace a failing pipe under Roberta Road in Cabarrus County will require the closure of a short section of the road near Farm Lake Drive for three days next week. Work is scheduled to start Monday morning, Feb. 25, with the road expected to be open by Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27. Motorists will be able to use Roberta Road up until the closed section between Farm Lake Drive and Rubens Road, southwest of Concord, but will have to detour to get around the work zone. The signed detour route uses George Liles Parkway, U.S. 29, Cabarrus Avenue, U.S. 601 and Old Charlotte Road. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching the work site. They should anticipate needing extra time to travel through the area because of the detour. For real-time travel information, visit the all new DriveNC.gov

Neighborhood Program Workshop: Growing your membership – February 27

Neighborhood Leaders are invited to attend the Growing Your Membership educational workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at Fire Station #9 (1020 Ivey Cline Road) located just off Poplar Tent Road and I85. Attendees will learn methods to identify new members, strategies for hosting inviting meetings, the importance of hosting fun social events to allow people to meet and network, and how to effectively utilize social media in these efforts. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cherie Jzar at (704) 920-5298 or send email to jzarc@concordnc.gov.

 

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Exercise & Movement
This specialized program is intended for middle and high school-age individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Featuring Yoga, Dumbbells, Tai Chi and a variety of other exercise and movement modalities will keep up feeling healthy and happy! Our next class will be Monday, 2/25 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class, but do give us a call to pre-register at 704-920-5604.

Move & Groove
For ages 2-5. Join us for singing, dancing and Imagination Playground creativity! We will meet Tuesday, 2/265 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this class. Pre-registration is required, please call 704-920-5604.

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

March
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 City Nature Challenge is returning to Concord (and beyond) this year in a bigger and better way? Find out more at facebook.com/CLTCNC.

Highlights of the February 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing February as African American History Month.

Presented a retirement plaque to Dana Hood, 11 years of service, Finance.

Received a presentation from Connie Rheinecker of Big Brothers Big Sisters Cabarrus County.

Received a presentation of the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2018.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a zoning map amendment ordinance for recently annexed property located at 413, 375, 349, and 321 Goodman Road from Cabarrus County LI (Limited Industrial) to City I-2 (General Industrial).

Appointed Betty Stocks to the Barber Scotia Property Task Force Committee.

NCDOT seeks public input on 10-year Transportation Plan
The public has a chance to learn more about and comment on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s draft 10-year transportation plan for 2020-2029, called the State Transportation Improvement Program. The plan is updated every two years. Over the next three weeks, each of the department’s 14 transportation divisions will be hosting week-long open houses during normal business hours. The opportunity for Cabarrus County residents is February 25 through March 1 at the Division 10 office in Albemarle. The sessions will serve as opportunities for interested residents to review maps and handouts about the projects in their area, ask questions of local NCDOT staff and submit comments. For interested residents who can’t attend the public comment sessions, there is an opportunity to submit comments online. Find out more at ncdot.gov.

Members of Team Concord recognized for service excellence
City of Concord coworkers from five departments were recognized at today’s quarterly High Performer Lunch. The second quarter FY 19 High Performers are: Jeff Carroll (Finance/Customer Care), Daniel Hall (Solid Waste), James Mitchell (Solid Waste), Jody Brewer (Aviation), LJ Weslowski (Transit), and James York (Fire). The High 5 for Excellent Service recognition program’s purpose is to recognize coworkers for their commitment to the City’s 9 Principles of Excellent Customer Service. Coworkers can be nominated by citizens or fellow coworkers. Each quarter, the Customer Service Advancement Team selects High Performers from those nominations to be honored at a luncheon with the City Manager. Find out more about our High Performers @concordncgov and let us know about excellent service you have received at concordnc.gov/high5.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Calling future Youth Council members!
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. 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.

Painting Tutorials with Anne Propst
Anne has painted professionally for over 20 years and now you can share in her experience. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. Anne will guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. The next tutorial will meet Tuesday, 2/19 from 9 – 11 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Each class is $45 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. To register call 704-920-5604.

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

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

March
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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 the Transportation Department is planning to rehabilitate Virginia Street, one of the older concrete roadways remaining in the center City? In addition to a new, improved road surface, the project will add curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, storm sewer structures, and replacement of the existing water main. Find out more about the project at the public information session planned for February 21 at 6:00 pm in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Ave W), or visit concordnc.gov/transportation.

FY20 external agency funding opportunity process now open through March 1
This week, the Finance Department opened the City's annual external agency funding process until March 1. 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 FY19-20. Details available at concordnc.gov.

Did you miss loose leaf collection? Second chance collection now available
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, and finished for the season today. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Loose leaf season ends for each resident the moment the leaf crew passes in front of their house during their final scheduled week of loose leaf season. After that moment, residents with leftover leaves must either schedule a Second Chance collection or comply with the pre-collection requirements in the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Ordinance that apply under normal conditions. Learn more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555 to schedule a second chance collection.

There’s a place for your household hazardous waste
You have a cart for trash and a cart for recyclables, but what should you do with household hazardous materials? And what is a household hazardous material? Cabarrus County wants residents to know about materials that should never end up in trash or recycling bins. These include nail polish, oven cleaner, paint, pesticides, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, brake fluid, gas and other chemicals. Instead, take them to the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 246 General Services Drive in Concord (off Hwy 49 near Hwy 601). Get quick access to sorting questions with CARTology, an online, app-based resource offered by Cabarrus County, Concord, and Kannapolis. CARTology features a Waste Wizard, which provides information on how materials can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed of in the community. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Atrium Health announces traffic pattern changes at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
Beginning Monday, February 11, visitors to Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, part of Atrium Health, may notice changes to traffic patterns due to construction. A new water line is being run as part of the facility’s modernization project, and will impact traffic along Medical Park Drive NE, adjacent to the medical campus. During regular business hours, it is anticipated that Medical Park Drive NE will be reduced to one lane of traffic. In addition, some of the entrances, including the main entrance to the hospital, visitor and employee parking decks, and the entrance to the Mariam Cannon Hayes Women’s Center will be impacted by this modernization project. Certified traffic flaggers will be on site to assist drivers around the construction and help reduce any delays or disruptions to patients, visitors and teammates. Visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly and factor in any extra time needed when visiting the hospital. Click here for additional information.

Register now be a part of the 14th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 13
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 14th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 13 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. 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 704-920-3310 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2019 seasonal positions: job fair coming March 5
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. Plan to attend our job fair on March 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Hartsell Recreation Center, where you can learn about open lifeguard, camp leader, camp head leader, and center leader positions and complete an application on-site. 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
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 over 700 fire service chief officers and personnel from across the state have been in Concord this week? The NC Association of Fire Chiefs annual mid-winter conference was at the Concord Convention Center for the ninth consecutive year. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page or facebook.com/NCAssociationofFireChiefs to learn more.

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2019 Planning Session
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to establish focus areas for FY 2019-20. The presentations and discussions at the annual planning session will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY20 budget in May. Find out more about the budget process at concordnc.gov/budget.

Improved solid waste collection routes take effect week of May 6
The City of Concord will implement an improved solid waste collection route system in May of this year, following the approval of a new route concept by City Council in January. The adjusted routes will provide relief to customers who have experienced collection delays over the past months. Schedule changes will affect less than half of the City’s more than 32,000 solid waste customers. Customers who will have a change in their schedule will receive a notice in the mail by early April, with instructions on how to verify their new schedule using the CARTology mobile app and customized calendar available at concordnc.gov/whatsmyday. Please visit concordnc.gov for details.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport sets passenger record in 2018
Passengers boarding commercial airline flights at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport set a new record in 2018 with 145,510 passenger enplanements, up 21 percent over the previous year. All enplanements came from 990 Allegiant departures in 2018, averaging 19 commercial flights per week at the airport with an average load factor, how full the planes were on a monthly basis, of 85 percent. Including the addition of Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Allegiant provides service to six destinations from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in THURSDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season finishes next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, February 4 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus Commissioners to get first look at courthouse expansion plans
At the February meeting, Cabarrus County Commissioners will see concepts for the planned 250,000-square-foot Cabarrus County Courthouse expansion in downtown Concord. The project includes a proposal to relocate the courthouse entrance to Means Avenue, creating easy access from Church and Union streets. The change will create a public space between the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse (65 Union St. S) and the historic bank building (51 Union St. S), along with a pedestrian thoroughfare along Means Avenue between Church and Union Streets. This proposal will need to go before the Concord City Council to consider the proposed changes to Means Avenue. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Art with Jessica: Printmaking

For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll create cheery designs and transfers. Instructor, Jessica Floeter will lead the class on Tuesday, 2/5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required by 2/4. The program is $15 for City residents, $20 for non-residents.

 

Introduction to Zentangle

This artform is both meditative and inspirational. No previous art experience required, and all materials are included. Learn the art of varying patterns and 2D illustration. Instructor, Sandra Riggins will share her knowledge for beginners on Thursday, 2/7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center. Pre-registration is required by 2/5. The class is $25 for City residents, $30 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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.