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Racing with Google   
The City Council has authorized staff to proceed with an application with the city of Kannapolis for the Google broadband project.
 "A partnership between the City of Concord, City of Kannapolis and Google has the potential of providing high speed internet access for our community with many implications. Imagine all of our public schools interacting with other children across the state, nation, and the world.  Our hospital can contact other medical professionals via streaming media to learn and share important information. The possibilities are endless," commented Mayor Scott Padgett.
 
"Being selected as a Google fiber community would be a great win for Kannapolis and Concord," said Kannapolis Mayor Bob Misenheimer. "With the needs of the researchers on the NCRC to work remotely with colleagues literally from across the globe, having capabilities for fast network speeds would be a major selling point to potential companies and researchers considering Kannapolis."
 
Concordand Kannapolis are all about high speed.  We are the capital of the NASCAR Nation, after all.  We do everything ultra-fast.  Why not internet broadband?
 
 Business, government, and academic leaders are joining forces to bring the high speed test connection to Concord and Kannapolis, NC.
 
How can you assist in this project? Log onto the City of Concord and Kannapolis Facebook pages and support this initiative by posting your comments.Create and submit YouTube videos and commercials supporting the initiative, and include how it would help you at home, work, school and/or all.  Let local newspapers, radio and television stations know how important this initiative is via Letters to the Editor, calls into local radio programs and contact television stations.
Utilize your existing database of family, friends and acquaintances to help share the message of support for the project.
 
On February 10, 2010, Google announced it is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country.Google would provide the network/distribution system.  Local internet service providers would continue to serve local customer. Google's infrastructure should deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. Google will offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.

 
Are you ready for Census 2010? 
The 2010 decennial census here!  When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
Responding to the census is:
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
      Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
     Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
       Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
 

Bunny Bash April 3, 2010
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at W.W. Flowe Park.
Egg hunts begin at 12:00 p.m.12:00 is the 3-4 year old hunt
12:20 is the 5-7 year old hunt12:20 is the 8-10 year old hung
12:30 is the adult egg hunt
Join us for arts and crafts, amusements, K9 demos, visit the Easter Bunny, dance and play games with the DJ and a special Bunny Trail full of activities for pre-school aged children.
Remote parking at Central Cabarrus High School with shuttles to and from the park.
For more information, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615.
 
City of Concord Youth Council Applications Now Available
City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders in the City of Concord and Cabarrus County Schools are encouraged to apply. Deadline is May 14, 2010.
The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.
 
For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615  or email
littlefd@concordnc.gov 

 
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run - Saturday, April 3, 2010
 Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue Concord, NC 28025
 
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.
 
REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Friday March
26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.
 
1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern Greenway.
 
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and sizes may be limited, so please order early.
 
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run at no cost.
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation Department Office at 704-920-5600
 
 
Did You Know? Water leaks cost money.
Water customers are constantly seeking means to keep monthly bills down and help water rates to remain low. One of the most effective ways of accomplishing this is by checking periodically for leaks and repairing the leak once identified.
 
Contact the City of Concord Water Department for additional information at 704-920-5341.
 
Leaking faucet @ 100 drips/minute = 350 gallons/month
Leaking toilet @ ½ GPM = 21,600 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 5GPM = 18,000 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 10GPM = 36,000 gallons/month
Unattended water hose 9 hours @10GPMS = 5,400 gallons
Make every drop count!
 
Remember, the following activities are allowed under the modified water use restrictions:
 
 Lawn irrigation is allowed ONLY on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 
. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed.
   The following activities are permitted at anytime:
. 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 and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought.   Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also use water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
We thank our customers for reducing their demand and assisting us with water conservation. Our businesses and residents continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection.  
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 

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Are you ready for Census 2010?  The 2010 decennial census here! 
When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
 
Responding to the census is:
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
 
      Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
 
      Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
 
      Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
 
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
 
 
Youth Council Applications Available
The City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders are encouraged to apply. Deadline is May 14, 2010.
The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.
 
For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615
littlefd@concordnc.gov or on line at www.concordnc.gov under the community tab at the top left side of the web page.
 
Bunny Bash 
Event Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 Event Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Event Location: W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive.
 
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will present the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The event and all activities are free to the public.
 
The festival will be held at W. W. Flowe Park, located at 99 Central Heights Drive, beside Central Cabarrus High School, in Concord.  Additional parking will be available at the high school with shuttles to and from the park. From 11:00 am -2:00p m children can enjoy free activities including face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ.
 
Pre-school age children can participate in activities on the Bunny Trail.  They can meet and play games with story-book and popular cartoon characters portrayed by Concord Youth Council members.  The Bunny Trail is sponsored by Southgate Masonry & Lumber.
 
Egg hunts, beginning at 12:00 noon, will be divided into age groups on the ball fields.  Parents are asked to remain behind the fence while their children hunt for eggs.
 
Hunts are divided into the following age groups: 
3 & 4 year olds at 12:00 (sponsored by Ruckus House Learning Center)
5 - 7 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital)
8 - 10 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Technologies Edge)
 
Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers will be on hand to give out safety tips.  Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.  Food and drink will be sold by Concord Youth Council. 
 
Contact Debbie Littlefield, 704-920-5600 or
littlefd@concordnc.gov for additional information.
 
 
 
Did You Know? Water leaks cost money.
Water customers are constantly seeking means to keep monthly bills down and help water rates to remain low. One of the most effective ways of accomplishing this is by checking periodically for leaks and repairing the leak once identified.
 
Contact the City of Concord Water Department for additional information at 704-920-5341.
 
Leaking faucet @ 100 drips/minute = 350 gallons/month
Leaking toilet @ ½ GPM = 21,600 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 5GPM = 18,000 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 10GPM = 36,000 gallons/month
Unattended water hose 9 hours @10GPMS = 5,400 gallons
Make every drop count!
 
Remember, the following activities are allowed under the modified water use restrictions:
 
 Lawn irrigation is allowed ONLY on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
 
. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed.
 
  The following activities are permitted at anytime:
. 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 and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought.   Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also use water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
We thank our customers for reducing their demand and assisting us with water conservation. Our businesses and residents continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection.  
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 
  
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run - Saturday, April 3, 2010
Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025
 
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course
New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.
 
REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Thursday March
26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.
 
1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern
Greenway.
 
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and
sizes may be limited, so please order early.
 
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run
at no cost.
 
 
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation Department Office at 704-920-5600
Email:
recreation@ci.concord.
 
 
Spring Into Arts Festival Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010   
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For information call the Concord Downtown Development Corporation at 704-784-4208.
 
www.springintoarts.com
 
 
 The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
 
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
 
 
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1. Continued the public hearing to consider amending the Land Use Plan (map amendment) and the Concord Parkway / Warren C. Coleman Blvd. Small Area Plan (text amendment) in the area of Warren C. Coleman Blvd. and Cabarrus Avenue. The applicant, Habitat for Humanity, withdrew this request and plans to submit a new application for consideration in the future.
 
 
2. Conducted a public hearing and amended Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Articles 8 and 14, and Concord City Code, Chapter VII, Section 18-295 relative to Electronic Gaming Operations. An emerging land use in Concord and other jurisdictions is "electronic gaming or sweepstakes operations." These uses are not defined as "gambling" in the General Statutes and the technology they utilize is legal according to recent court decisions. As a result of these rulings, it is in the best interest of the City to impose stringent regulations. In these businesses, patrons purchase an item of value (such as a pre-paid long distance phone card) which has a sweepstakes entry attached, similar to a sweepstakes entry connected to a sales receipt from a larger chain store or a restaurant. The patron then typically goes to a terminal or internet connection to reveal the outcome of the sweepstakes. Often, these terminals simulate a video game to give the patron the impression that they are playing a game as opposed to merely revealing the outcome. If the sweepstakes entry is a winner, the winnings can be collected at that time.
 
The revised ordinance allows these uses only in C-2 General Commercial zoning, subject to numerous standards. Some of these standards are a 500 foot separation from residential zoning, a 1,500 foot separation from other gaming operations and from certain public uses (such as cemeteries, schools, day cares, etc.), a 200 foot setback from major gateway roads for a distance of one mile from the point where the road enters the City limits. The Ordinance also limits the maximum number of computer terminals to twenty and sets the age as 18 and older and hours of operation limits, and a 180 day grace period for compliance with the requirements of the amendment. The City Code amendment approved by Council established a privilege license fee of $2,600 per location, with an additional $500 per machine.
 
3. Conducted a public hearing and amended the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Articles 12.2 and 14 to prohibit certain animated signage, including persons holding signs or persons costumed so as to function as a sign. In response to a complaint concerning the allowance of specific types of signage, the Legal Department requested minor amendments to the Concord Development Ordinance Articles 12 (Signs) and 14 (Definitions). The proposed changes act to further clarify the intent of the Ordinance's regulation of facsimile signage.
 
4. Approved a request from the Hispanic Learning Center. Representatives of the Hispanic Learning Center requested City support for a multi-cultural festival. This will involve closing Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban on Sunday, September 5, 2010 from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will also include Means and Barbrick. The plan is to have a festival with sound stages, food vendors as well as arts and crafts.
 
5. Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract for the Booker Drive Realignment. Bids were received on March 2, 2010 for the realignment of Booker Drive. Nine bids were received. Piedmont Asphalt Paving Co Inc. was the low bidder at $126,293.48.
 
6. Adopted a resolution authorizing the final version of the ground lease with Logan Gardens LLC. Staff negotiated this ground lease and related documents with the Douglas Group to enable the Douglas Group to construct The Villas at Logan Gardens, a 44 unit senior citizen apartment building to be built on the grounds of the former Logan High.
 
7. Offered Logan Day Care Center a new lease. If accepted, this new lease will expire in February 2020. The lease clarifies that the City is responsible only for the repair and maintenance of the roof, HVAC systems and building exterior.
 
8. Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a Carolina Thread Trail Implementation Grant. Carolina Thread Trail's fundamental goal through the Implementation Grant program is to assist individual counties and municipalities in planning and implementing greenway systems that connect to neighboring communities and regionally significant attractions, resulting in a network of connected greenways, parks and preserved natural areas throughout the "Region" which includes Cabarrus County and Concord.
 
In December 2009, the Concord City Council passed a resolution in support of submitting an application for a Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant for construction of the Rocky River Greenway Northwest Phase, a segment of the adopted CTT Master Plan. In January 2010, Concord Parks and Recreation (CPR) submitted a Letter of Interest to CTT to be considered for submission of an application for an implementation grant in 2010. On February 5, 2010, CPR was notified that they had been invited to submit an application for an implementation grant for the 2010 CTT cycle.
 
9. Consider authorizing City Manager to sign a contract addendum with CATS to operate the Concord Express Commuter Service for one additional year. The contract amount for the Concord Express Commuter Service is $119,733.00 for FY11. The system currently transports an average of 5500 passengers per month and still represents the most used express service operated by CATS.
 
10. Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to participate in the consolidation, upgrade, and expansion of the US 29 signal system within the municipal limits of Concord (Project # U-4448 WBS Elements 37320.3.1). This project will involve filling in the gaps for existing fiber and upgrading cabinets and other infrastructure as needed. It will help create a network that allows for better communication and timing among signals for better traffic movement. Under the Municipal Agreement, the NCDOT will be responsible for preparing the environmental and/or planning documents, obtain any environmental permits, preparation of any plans, contractor specifications, and estimates needed for construction. The City will be responsible for contracting, construction, traffic control, construction engineering, and administration. The City will also be responsible for the adjustment and relocation of all utilities in conflict with this project.
   
 
11.  Authorized staff to apply for multiple grants from the Coca-
Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program. The program supports local community recycling programs by providing selected grant recipients bins for the collection of beverage container recyclables in public settings. This is an opportunity for Concord to procure beverage recycling bins for use on the Downtown Connector Greenway and associated parks. Staff will apply for both the "Bottle Bin" and "Slant Top" containers, in order to increase the likelihood of being awarded a grant.
 
12. Authorized staff to submit the proper paperwork to the NC Wildlife Commission requesting an extended Urban Archery season in the City of Concord. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission allows for an extended Urban Archery season for deer hunting in a municipality with the submission of the proper paperwork. Paperwork must to be submitted by April, 2010 in order to start the season in early 2011.  An ordinance change to cover the regulation of the Urban Archery program will be presented to Council at a later date.
 
13. Adopted City Council goals for FY 2010-2011. At the City Council's annual planning session held February 18-19, 2010, goals for the upcoming fiscal year were developed and are ready for adoption.
 
 
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Between March 22nd through April 30th, Building and Grounds staff will be working with contractors in Oakwood Cemetery to replace some trees that have become diseased. Contractors will also be pruning other trees in the cemetery as required.
 
"Trees reach a point where they become diseased from insect damage or age. Once this happens, limbs or whole trees can fall due to high wind or ice storms, creating danger and causing damage to property. By replacing these trees with similar, younger trees, we can prevent damage to the headstones, roads, or structures in the cemetery," commented David Ratchford, Building and Grounds Director.
 
Each tree that must be removed was evaluated by Senior Corporate Consulting Arborist Barry Gemberling, ASCA and ASA Certified Arborist and Tree Preservation Specialist. Many of these trees were damaged during Hurricane Hugo and/or other storms, and all of them have reached a point that they are at the end of their life and need to be removed for safety reasons. David Goforth from the Cabarrus Agricultural Extension Service assisted City staff with reviewing the Arborist's reports.
 
 Kleen Kut Tree Service will be cutting five Oaks, one Sugar Maple, one Post Oak and one Spruce tree , in Oakwood Cemetery. They will also grind the stumps and remove several other stumps.
 
Arborguard Tree Services will be performing tree preservation work on several trees in Oakwood including tree trimming services. They will also feed and perform insect treatments on several trees in the Cemetery.
 
Trees slated for re-planting includes Pin Oaks, Shumard Oak, Chinkapin Oak , White Oak, and one tree form Holly.
 
"We plan to replace the trees to keep the aesthetics of the cemetery and provide shade for visitors," remarked Ratchford.
 
Contact David Ratchford, Building and Grounds Director for more information at 704-920-5380 or by email at ratchfod@concordnc.gov
 

 

 
Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis - along with Cabarrus County - will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.
 
Plans include information booths, classes at the Dogwood Shelter, nature walks, geocaching, art contests, recycling, arts & crafts, music, children's activities, paper shredding, Carolina Raptor Center,Paper Shredding,Voodoo  U Junk Art, food and more.
 
There will also be a shuttle to and from the Piedmont Farmer's Market.
 
The following will be accepted for recycling or safe disposal:
Eyeglasses,Plastic Bags, Cell Phones, Batteries, Athletic Shoes, Medications, Electronics, Plastic Pill Bottles, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson smithal@concordnc.govor 704-920-5379
 
Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox ecox@cityofkannapolis.comor 704-920-4314
 
Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz papsterz@cabarruscounty.usor 704-920-3280
 
 
Youth Council Applications Available
The City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders are encouraged to apply. Youth Council is composed of representatives of High School students in Concord and its surrounding area.  Any youth who is willing to accept the responsibility and challenge may be a member. Youth Council strives to make Concord a more enjoyable place for its youth through the wide variety of educational, social, recreational, and service projects for the community.  The Youth Council provides a unique opportunity to build leadership skills and techniques, to learn organizational and administrative skills, to enhance personal skills, enjoy social and recreational outings and become a member of an active, exciting organization.
 
Youth Council provides 9th-12th grade youth the opportunity to serve as a liaison between our city's officials and youths. The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.
For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 littlefd@concordnc.govor on line at www.concordnc.govunder the community tab at the top left side of the web page.
 
 
Bunny Bash
Event Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 Event Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm Event Location: W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive.
 
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will present the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  The event and all activities are free to the public.
 
The festival will be held at W. W. Flowe Park, located at 99 Central Heights Drive, beside Central Cabarrus High School, in Concord.  Additional parking will be available at the high school with shuttles to and from the park. From 11:00am -2:00pm children can enjoy free activities including face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ.
 
Pre-school age children can participate in activities on the Bunny Trail.  They can meet and play games with story-book and popular cartoon characters portrayed by Concord Youth Council members.  The Bunny Trail is sponsored by Southgate Masonry & Lumber.
 
Egg hunts, beginning at 12:00 noon, will be divided into age groups on the ball fields.  Parents are asked to remain behind the fence while their children hunt for eggs.
 
Hunts are divided into the following age groups: 
3 & 4 year olds at 12:00 (sponsored by Ruckus House Learning Center)
5 - 7 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital)
8 - 10 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Technologies Edge)
 
Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers will be on hand to give out safety tips.  Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.  Food and drink will be sold by Concord Youth Council. 
 
Contact Debbie Littlefield, 704-920-5600 or littlefd@concordnc.govfor additional information.
 
Spring Into Arts Festival
 
The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
 
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010    Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 
For information call the CDDC at 704-784-4208. www.springintoarts.com 
 
 
Are you ready for Census 2010? 
The next decennial census is in 2010.  The Business & Neighborhood Services Department has already been working on the new Census for a couple years now.  Making sure the Census Bureau has a complete list of addresses and maps is imperative for Concord to have the most accurate count of population possible.  When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
 
Responding to the census is:
 
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
 
     Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
 
      Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
  
      Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
 
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
 
 
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run Saturday, April 3, 2010
Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale AvenueConcord, NC 28025
 
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.
 
REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Thursday March
26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.
 
1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern Greenway.
 
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and sizes may be limited, so please order early.
 
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run at no cost.
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation
Department Office at 704-920-5600 Email: recreation@ci.concord.
 
 
City of Concord Community Swap Shop
The City of Concord recently launched the Community Swap Shop, a Facebook page where citizens in and around Concord can go to advertize items they want to give away. 
 
The page is designed to promote REUSE, one of the three Rs.  "The Community Swap Shop is win-win-win," says Mandy Smith-Thompson, Concord's Environmental Educator, "People can visit the site to get rid of things they no longer want, avoiding disposal cost.  Others can visit to get things they need for free, and by doing so, citizens are helping to divert useable items from the waste stream, keeping them out of the landfill." 
 
The City of Concord also has a separate Facebook page designed to share information with the public.  "Friends" of Concord can also use the page to communicate directly and conveniently with the City.  If you haven't already, to log into Facebook at www.concordnc.govand click the Facebook icon in the social media block on the right of the website to check out these convenient resources!
 
City of Concord Upcoming Meetings
Public hearings Held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March Meetings
3/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
3/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
3/23/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
April Meetings
4/8/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
4/15/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
4/20/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
4/27/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting
 
 

 

 

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Community Swap Shop
The City of Concord recently launched the Community Swap Shop, a Facebook page where citizens in and around Concord can go to advertize items they want to give away. 
The page is designed to promote REUSE, one of the three Rs.  "The Community Swap Shop is win-win-win," says Mandy Smith-Thompson, Concord's Environmental Educator, "People can visit the site to get rid of things they no longer want, avoiding disposal cost.  Others can visit to get things they need for free, and by doing so, citizens are helping to divert useable items from the waste stream, keeping them out of the landfill." 
The City of Concord also has a separate Facebook page designed to share information with the public.  "Friends" of Concord can also use the page to communicate directly and conveniently with the City.  If you haven't already, to log into Facebook at
www.concordnc.gov and click the Facebook icon in the social media block on the right of the website to check out these convenient resources!
 
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course - New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.


REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Thursday March 26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.

1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern Greenway.
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and sizes may be limited, so please order early.
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run at no cost.
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation
Department Office at 704-920-5600 Email:
recreation@ci.concord.


Bunny Bash
Event Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Event Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Event Location: W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive.
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will present the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The event and all activities are free to the public.
The festival will be held at W. W. Flowe Park, located at 99 Central Heights Drive, beside Central Cabarrus High School, in Concord.  Additional parking will be available at the high school with shuttles to and from the park.
From 11:00 am -2:00 pm children can enjoy free activities including face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ.
Pre-school age children can participate in activities on the Bunny Trail.  They can meet and play games with story-book and popular cartoon characters portrayed by Concord Youth Council members.  The Bunny Trail is sponsored by Southgate Masonry & Lumber.
Egg hunts, beginning at 12:00 noon, will be divided into age groups on the ball fields.  Parents are asked to remain behind the fence while their children hunt for eggs.

Hunts are divided into the following age groups: 
3 & 4 year old at 12:00 (sponsored by Ruckus House Learning Center)
5 - 7 year old at 12:20 (sponsored by Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital)
8 - 10 year old at 12:20 (sponsored by Technologies Edge)
Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers will be on hand to give out safety tips.  Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.  Food and drink will be sold by Concord Youth Council. 
Contact Debbie Littlefield, 704-920-5600 or
littlefd@concordnc.gov for additional information.
 
Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis - along with Cabarrus County - will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.
Plans include information booths, classes at the Dogwood Shelter, nature walks, geocaching, art contests, recycling, arts & crafts, music, children's activities, paper shredding, Carolina Raptor Center,Paper Shredding,Voodoo  U Junk Art, food and more. There will also be a shuttle to and from the Piedmont Farmer's Market.
The following will be accepted for recycling or safe disposal:Eyeglasses,Plastic Bags, Cell Phones, Batteries, Athletic Shoes, Medications, Electronics, Plastic Pill Bottles, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

For more information, please contact:
Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson
smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379
Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox
ecox@cityofkannapolis.com or 704-920-4314
Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz
papsterz@cabarruscounty.us or 704-920-3280
 
Spring into Arts Festival
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010   
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For information call the CDDC
at 704-784-4208.
www.springintoarts.com
The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.