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Did you know?
Did you know that the City can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone, text, or email to citizens in minutes using the Blackboard Connect System? You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more so you can be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Egg hunts begin at 2:00 p.m. today
Concord Parks and Recreation is hosting egg hunts at 2:00 this afternoon in three different locations – Caldwell Park, Hartsell Park, and Webb Field. Be sure to bring a basket to carry home your eggs! Addresses and details are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, March 29. Friday customers will have a one day delay for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection, with Friday's items collected on Saturday. For more details visit concordnc.gov.
 
Hop on over to the Bunny Run 5K and festival
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Registration for $20 on race day is still available.
 
After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Utility work to detour traffic on Union Street S and Old Charlotte Road
City of Concord Water Resources crews will begin two utility repairs next week that will impact roads in the center-city area. Beginning Monday, April 1, motorists traveling on Union Street South and Old Charlotte Road should be aware of work zones and detour routes. Both projects are anticipated to last one week, weather permitting. For more information and detour routes, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Community clean up planned for April 5
The City of Concord Housing Department will hold its annual "Taking Pride in Our Community" clean up day on Friday, April 5. Individuals interested in participating are asked to please gather behind the Housing administrative office, located at 283 Harold Goodman Circle, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5. Safety vests, gloves, and plastic bags for litter collection will be available. Lunch will also be provided for all volunteers. For more information, visit concordnc.gov or contact Zenobia Nelson in Resident Services at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Herb and Plant Festival coming soon
The eighth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival is just a few weeks away on Saturday, April 13. Coordinated by the Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the event will be held rain or shine from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market (518 Winecoff School Road). Vendors will offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, copperworks, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and more. Proceeds from the Master Gardeners booth go to the Master Gardeners grant fund, benefitting Cabarrus County schools, organizations, community groups, and individuals with special projects. For more information contact mhagler3@carolina.rr.com or djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us, or visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park's address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for sponsorsvendors, and volunteers.
 
Schools in Cabarrus County invited to "Rock the Earth Fest!"
How can we make a difference to improve our environment? This is an important question, and students in Cabarrus County are invited to answer it in a creative competition. Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) has launched the "Rock the Earth Fest!" competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their school's spirit rock with their ideas on how students can make a difference. Schools that do not have a spirit rock may decorate their main bulletin board instead. The winning school will receive a $500 prize courtesy of PowerHouse Recycling. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men's (church and open), women's, and co-ed leagues are available. The men's open and women's leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
4/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know specifics surrounding current employment opportunities with the City of Concord are provided through various avenues? Details can be obtained at the Human Resources Department (66 Union Street South, Concord, NC), via Jobs Line (704-920-JOBS), the Cityís website, and from the Employment Security Commission (2275 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord, NC 28025, 704-786-3183).
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, March 29. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for Monday through Thursday customers, while Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Fridayís items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, March 28. For more details visit concordnc.gov.
 
Union Street named best main street in North Carolina
Way to go, Concord! Concordís historic Union Street was voted first place in the Great Main Street Peopleís Choice competition! The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) hosted the competition to celebrate great places in North Carolina, and the communities that sustain them. In addition to bragging rights and community pride, the 2013 Great Places selected will be featured on the APA-NC website, in a press release, and at events. The selected places, which will each receive a framed certificate, will also be recognized at the annual APA-NC conference. Stay tuned for information on a community celebration for this accomplishment.
 
NCDOT to close a section of Corban Ave SW
Next week, motorists traveling in Concord will no longer be able to use Corban Avenue SW between Cabarrus Avenue and Scott Street. NCDOT will permanently close this road section at 9 a.m. on Monday March 25, weather permitting. The closure is part of the NCDOT $4.5 million construction project to replace the Cabarrus Avenue Bridge over the railway. Contractor Blythe Development will replace the existing bridge, install guardrail and pedestrian handrails, and will install traffic signals at the intersection of Cabarrus Avenue and Powder Street. Motorists should watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. To get the latest regional traffic updates from NCDOT, call 511 or follow NCDOT on Twitter @NCDOT_Charlotte and @NCDOT_I85.
 
Simple tips for sprucing up your sprinkler
Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: *Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If youíre not the do-it-yourself type, go with a proólook for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program. *Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. *Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape. *Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your systemís schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling. To learn more, visit epa.gov.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The parkís address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for sponsorsvendors, and volunteers.
 
Schools in Cabarrus County invited to ìRock the Earth Fest!î
How can we make a difference to improve our environment? This is an important question, and students in Cabarrus County are invited to answer it in a creative competition. Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) has launched the ìRock the Earth Fest!î competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their schoolís spirit rock with their ideas on how students can make a difference. Schools that do not have a spirit rock may decorate their main bulletin board instead. The winning school will receive a $500 prize courtesy of PowerHouse Recycling. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 26
The American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, ìwake-up callî asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of themó7 millionódo not even know they have it. You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting the Association website at stopdiabetes.com, on Facebook, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Menís (church and open), womenís, and co-ed leagues are available. The menís open and womenís leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Registration for $20 on race day still available
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
April
4/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the Cityís website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know that you can access your utility account and pay your bill online? e-Care is the City of Concord's utility account information system and allows customers to view billing and usage history as well as provide payment options. Users have access to their account(s) whenever it's convenient for them. Please call 704-920-5555 or visit concordnc.gov to sign up for e-Care today.
 
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition – final chance today!
Concord’s historic Union Street has been named one of six finalists for the Great Main Street People’s Choice Award! The award is part of the North Carolina Great Places competition, sponsored by the state’s professional planners. And it’s up to you to vote! Concord is in the lead but it is up to you to help Union Street take the checkered flag! Check out concordnc.gov to learn how, voting ends at 5:00 p.m. today!
 
Highlights of the March 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 8 and 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to permit "banquet homes" as special uses in the residential zoning districts.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a 3-year/85 percent tax-based Economic Development Grant to FlyRight, Inc. for expansion of its flight simulator and training facility in Concord with an estimated new investment of $5,000,000.
 
Approved participation in Coca-Cola Consolidated's Recycle and Win program.
 
Approved a street closure request from the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) for the 2013 Union Street Live concert series and approved partnering with the CDDC to provide in-kind services for the events.
 
Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the George Liles Parkway extension project
 
Entered into a Utility Agreement with NCDOT for the water main construction along the NC 49 widening project from east Walker Road to east of NC 73.
 
Directed staff to discontinue the call-in/two-day advanced scheduling requirements for bulky waste collection and implement location of bulky waste with GPS-enabled devices, effective July 8, 2013.
 
Authorized staff to negotiate with the current air traffic control provider at Concord Regional Airport, to continue the current contract in case FAA funding of the contract tower program is not restored before April 7, 2013.
 
Many Concord businesses will see lower fire insurance rates
Concord business owners will have lower fire insurance costs following a recent evaluation by the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal and the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Many retail, commercial, and industrial businesses should see fire insurance rates fall by an average of five to eight percent. ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM) — a number from 1 to 10, with Class 1 generally representing superior property fire protection. The City of Concord’s ISO rating has improved to Class 2, effective June 1, 2013. The Class 2 rating places Concord’s Department of Fire and Life Safety in the top one percent in the nation. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety featured in video celebrating life-saving work
Concord Firefighter Eric Sager was among many local first-responders and health care professionals featured in a video celebrating the Hearts & Heroes program. In 2011, a group of Cabarrus County paramedics came together to address ways to improve cardiac arrest care. With the backing of their medical director, Dr. Craig Corey, and support from CMC-NorthEast, the team rewrote protocols and methods for responding and caring for patients in cardiac arrest. More than 21 patients, including dads, husbands, sons and even an emergency responder, have a second chance at life because of simple and strategic steps made by the partnership. Learn more on the Cabarrus County YouTube channel or cabarruscounty.us.
 
Learn why “money matters”
The Housing Department’s next community workshop will be “Money Matters.” This FDIC-approved workshop will include information on setting financial goals, tracking spending habits, developing a spending plan, identifying ways to decrease spending and increase income, and more. The workshop is open to the public and scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Irrigation water use – why maintenance matters
Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is being wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. Homes with automatically timed irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than those without. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. A home with an automatic irrigation system that isn’t properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 30,000 gallons of water annually. A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season. To learn about smart outdoor practices, visit epa.gov. Look for simple tips for sprucing up your sprinkler in next week’s CityLink Newsletter.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for sponsorsvendors, and volunteers.
 
Schools in Cabarrus County invited to “Rock the Earth Fest!”
How can we make a difference to improve our environment? This is an important question, and students in Cabarrus County are invited to answer it in a creative competition. Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) has launched the “Rock the Earth Fest!” competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their school’s spirit rock with their ideas on how students can make a difference. Schools that do not have a spirit rock may decorate their main bulletin board instead. The winning school will receive a $500 prize courtesy of PowerHouse Recycling. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men’s (church and open), women’s, and co-ed leagues are available. The men’s open and women’s leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
April
4/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/11/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that water conservation is important all the time? While we've received lots of rain in the past several weeks, we must not forget our water supply is not unlimited. As always, please remember that irrigation from Concord's public water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Learn more at concordnc.gov/savethedrops.
 
Mayor Padgett meets with Governor and legislative leadership
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and members of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition met with Governor Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger, and House Speaker Thom Tillis Tuesday in Raleigh. The Coalition, which is comprised of the mayors of the state’s twenty-eight largest cities and represents more than three million citizens, focused on issues important to Concord and all the state’s metropolitan areas. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition
Do you LOVE Union Street? Now's your chance to show it! Concord’s historic Union Street has been named one of six finalists for the Great Main Street People’s Choice Award! The award is part of the North Carolina Great Places competition, sponsored by the state’s professional planners. And it’s up to you to vote! Check out concordnc.gov to learn how!
 
Airport control tower funding to be discontinued by FAA
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the discontinuation of the contract tower program at Concord Regional Airport, related to federal sequestration. The economic impact to our community could be significant. In 2012, Concord Regional had a total of 59,811 operations (landings and take offs) with 3,959 of those being commercial operations. Concord Regional is part of the tenth busiest airspace in the country.
 
Economic impact could be realized by the high probability of losing all 737 charter flights, almost all of which involve NASCAR race teams. In addition some tenants, including major race teams, have operating restrictions that only allow them to use tower controlled airports.
 
Our airport will remain open with or without a tower. Currently, options are being considered to keep our tower open on a short term basis without FAA support, with long range alternatives being considered. The FAA is accepting comments until March 13 at closurecomments@faa.gov.
 
March work session to be held at ClearWater Artist Studios
The March City Council work session (4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12) will be held at ClearWater Artist Studios. The City Council holds a work session each month on the Tuesday preceding the second Thursday’s regular session. The site, located at 223 Crowell Drive NW, has served the community for nearly a century. Originally the City Water Works in the 1920s, the site eventually became home to the City's Electric Operations. By the late 1990s, all of the buildings were vacated and used as storage. As a strategy to spur community development within Gibson Village, the City made plans to redevelop the site and offer studios to artists at affordable rates. Old buildings are being used as the seeds to encourage both growing and established artists to move into the Gibson Village area and use space to create, display, and sell their art.
 
As of September 2011, ClearWater artists began moving into the first completed phase of renovations. Together, the WaterWorks Studio and the first phase of the Operations Studios contain 10 studios and a 2,200 square-foot gallery. In addition, the master plan calls for a café, a community market, and a large open green space that can be used for recreation and community events. Additional studios will be included in future phases, and over 30 artist studios are expected to be in filled once the project is complete. Learn more at clearwaterartists.com.
 
Change your clocks, change your batteries
With the return to daylight saving time this weekend, the City of Concord reminds residents to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors while moving clocks ahead one hour.
 
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths occur overnight, when residents are typically sleeping. The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns. Nonworking smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries.
 
Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. Additionally, the international Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years. The Concord Department of Fire and Life safety can assist you with replacing your smoke alarm if needed. Call 704-920-5516 for more information.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for vendors and volunteers.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men’s (church and open), women’s, and co-ed leagues are available. The men’s open and women’s leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (ClearWater Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW)
3/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know there are over 3,000 people who get updates from the City of Concord on facebook? Check out our page at facebook.com/ConcordNC.
 
Mayor Harold B. McEachern, 1928-2013
The City of Concord mourns the loss of former Mayor Harold B. McEachern, who passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Mr. McEachern was a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen from 1965 until 1977, and served as Concord’s sixteenth Mayor from 1977 until 1981. The funeral service for Mr. McEachern will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley Street NE. Learn more about Mayor McEachern and read reflections from the Mayor and City Council at concordnc.gov.
 
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition
Do you LOVE Union Street? Now's your chance to show it! Concord’s historic Union Street has been named one of six finalists for the Great Main Street People’s Choice Award! The award is part of the North Carolina Great Places competition, sponsored by the state’s professional planners. And it’s up to you to vote! Check out concordnc.gov to learn how!
 
2013 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 4-8
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 4. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 4. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 8. More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Be a force of nature: severe weather awareness week
The National Weather Service is promoting North Carolina’s 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week, which will take place March 3-9. During this week, NWS asks members of the community to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area. There are three main components of the Be a Force of Nature theme: Know Your Risk, Pledge and Take Action, and Be an Example. Visit noaa.gov to learn more.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for vendors and volunteers.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men’s (church and open), women’s, and co-ed leagues are available. The men’s open and women’s leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Come to the lake beginning March 6
The 2013 season at Lake Fisher Reservoir begins Wednesday, March 6. The reservoir has been improved to serve you better, with the addition of a vending area, a new equipment shed, and a new deck on the boat rental house. You can visit the lake five days a week: between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and on Sunday between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 pm. For more information about the offerings, schedule, fees, and hours of operation at Lake Fisher Reservoir, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at concordparksandrec.org.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Registration for new summer campers underway
Summer camp registration is available for new campers at concordparksandrec.org or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
3/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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