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Did you know?
Did you know there is a new, collaborative approach forming to serving the underserved in Cabarrus County? Find out more about Cabarrus County H.U.B.B. (Helping the Underserved Be-Loved and Belong) at cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines
Friday Five: The Census is coming! The Census is coming!
Honoring Female Firefighters

2019 City cemetery cleanup planned for April 1-15
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord. The work, planned for April 1-15, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, and Rutherford Memorial Park. 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, April 1. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Monday, April 15. A notice to this effect has been posted in the cemeteries for several weeks. For more information call the Cemetery division at 704-786-8212.

Community workshop on Dorton Park improvements planned for April 8
The City of Concord is developing a Master Plan for Dorton Park that will guide a variety of future improvements to the 24-acre park. As part of the process, Concord Parks and Recreation staff and project consultants are hosting an interactive Community Workshop at McGill Baptist Church (5300 Poplar Tent Road) on Monday April 8, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. Can't make the meeting, or want to keep up with the process and receive updates? Visit publicinput.com/concord to provide your thoughts online and stay in touch with staff as the process continues. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Thinking of buying a home and seeking assistance?
Concord's Planning and Housing Departments are hosting a Homebuyer’s Education Workshop, presented by Prosperity Unlimited, Inc. (a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency). The eight-hour workshop meets at Concord Fire Station 8 (1485 Old Charlotte Road), on Saturday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. This comprehensive workshop will equip potential homebuyers with the essential tools to successfully navigate the entire process with confidence. Prospective homebuyers will receive a Homebuyer Education Certification at the end of the workshop, which is necessary to meet the down payment assistance requirements for housing assistance programs or special lender homebuyer programs. The workshop costs $35 and all attendees must pre-register by Thursday, April 11. Please reserve your seat by contacting Prosperity Unlimited, Inc. at 704-933-7405 or emailing lmack@prosperitycdc.org.

Student art returns to ClearWater April 5
Join ClearWater Artist Studios to celebrate another year of fabulous artworks by the students of the Fine and Applied Art Department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC). Student art will be showcased in an opening reception on Friday, April 5 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the public with light refreshments provided by students and sponsors. The event marks the sixth year of this collaboration between the City of Concord's ClearWater Artist Studios, and the Fine and Applied Arts Department at RCCC. The exhibit will remain on view in the ClearWater Main Gallery through Thursday, May 2. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

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

April
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 David W. Phillips Activity Center has something fun for everyone? Find out more on the newest episode of Cabarrus This Week.

Robin Barham named Solid Waste Director
Robin Barham will be the City of Concord's next Solid Waste Director, effective May 1. Her new role builds on 12 years as Concord's Budget and Performance Manager. Barham began her career in Concord in 2007, after working in Greensboro as a budget analyst for 5 years. Her service with both cities has included considerable work with solid waste services. She has focused on efforts to improve service, contain or reduce costs, and ensure efficiency in operations. The Solid Waste Services Department provides curbside collection and disposal to Concord residents. Additionally, the department offers commercial recycling and other waste reduction opportunities to businesses. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Jake Williams promoted to Fire Chief
Jake Williams will begin a new role as Concord's Fire Chief, effective May 1. Williams has 20 years of experience with the City of Concord and will lead the Fire Department after the retirement of Chief Ray Allen. William's service in the Concord Fire Department began as a Firefighter in 1999. As Deputy Chief, he managed daily operations for the Department. He also contributed to the budget, strategic planning, and promotional processes. In his new capacity as Fire Chief, he will direct over 210 coworkers in meeting departmental goals and objectives, and manage a budget exceeding $22.5 million. Read the full article at concordnc.gov.

Registration open for Cabarrus County's spring Government 101 series
Three sessions of the Cabarrus county Government 101 series focusing on human services, recycling, and budget are planned through mid-June. Cabarrus Government 101 sessions last one day and cover one area of focus. Residents ages 18 and older can sign up for the sessions that fit their interest and schedule, individually. Local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders, and residents with an interest in learning about the area of focus are encouraged to register. It's a free and fun way to engage in the work of local government. Get started today 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.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The 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.

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

April
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 in 2019 and will be bigger and better? Find out more in 46 seconds at fb.com/cltcnc.

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

Presentation of the NC Solid Waste Enforcement Officers Association (NCSWEOA) Mike Stillwell Award to Valerie Proper.

Presented a retirement plaque to Todd Eury, 29 years of service - Fire.

Received an update from Jacqueline Gafrarar, 600 Festival Managing Director regarding the 2019 Haulers on Union event scheduled for May 16.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a work authorization with Talbert, Bright & Ellington, Inc. (TBE) to provide engineering, design and bidding services for the apron strengthening project at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.

Appointed Council Members Brian King, Terry Crawford and JC McKenzie to the Plan Technical Team (PTT) for the Concord Development Ordinance update.

Adopted a resolution of intent to schedule a public hearing on the matter of closing the right-of-way of Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets in order to facilitate Cabarrus County's redevelopment of the Courthouse complex.

Adopted a resolution declaring a 1986 Pierce Fire Engine FD-104 surplus and donating the engine to the Cabarrus County School Board of Education to be used by the Concord High School Fire Academy program.

Appointed Carol Salloum and David Smith to the Barber Scotia Property Task Force Committee.

NCDOT reschedules traffic shift and detour on Concord Parkway
North Carolina Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift and detour originally planned for Concord Parkway last weekend. A significant road detour for Concord Parkway near Charlotte Motor Speedway will start at 7:00 p.m. this evening and continue all weekend. Crews will shift traffic on U.S. 29 northbound where two bridges over the Rocky River are being replaced. The traffic shift will allow the demolition of the northbound bridge. Southbound traffic on Concord Parkway will proceed normally without a detour. For updated traffic information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Crosswalk installation planned for parking deck area
As one of the final steps of construction for the new downtown parking deck, crews will intermittently close lanes of Spring Street and Corban Avenue to install a crosswalk. Plans are for the closures to occur on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. In addition to the crosswalk installation, crews are separately finalizing the building exterior and installing landscaping, which will bring the project close to completion. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

Spanish Language Opioid Community Conversation
On Tuesday, April 16 the Concord Police Department along with Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County EMS will present a Spanish language community conversation about opioid abuse at St. James Catholic Church.

El martes 16 de abril de 2019, el Departamento de Policía de Concord junto con Cabarrus Health Alliance y Cabarrus County EMS presentarán una conversación comunitaria en español sobre el abuso de opodos en la Iglesia Católica St. James. Únase a nosotros para una conversación importante sobre el abuso de heroína y opioides recetados en nuestra comunidad.


Find out more.

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.

Photograph Like a Pro
For ages 13-18. Photographic artist and educator, Laurie Schorr is teaching you to use your camera like a pro. Covering composition, light, exposure, camera controls, creative controls, and recognizing your personal vision as a photographer. We will create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Bring you camera for this four week class meeting on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The first class begins March 21; pre-register by March 18. Fee for City residents is $55, non-residents is $60.

Painting Tutorials
Anne Propst has painted professionally for over 20 years, winning and placing in shows nationwide. Anne now shares her skills and knowledge to guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. Class meets Tuesday, March 19 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $45, non-residents is $50.

Fiber Arts: Flora & Fauna
Susan Edmonson, fiber artist, has shared her passion of design through quilting, stitching and creating to students across the country. This week we will create wild violets from hand-dyed silk velvet using techniques from the 1930’s. Spaces are limited. Class will meet Wednesday, March 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $55, non-residents is $60. There is a $25 kit/pattern fee, payable to instructor.

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

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

April
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 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 Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday? This is also a good time to test the batteries in smoke alarms as you turn clocks ahead an hour. Learn more about smoke alarms at fema.gov.

Be ready: 2019 Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. This week, Concord Public Safety officials joined the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in bringing this safety campaign residents. With warmer weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season. If each resident would take a few moments to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized. Follow along on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page and learn more at weather.gov/rah/2019ncswpw.

Spring 2019 City Circular digital edition now available
If it has not already, the latest issue of the City Circular will soon arrive in the mail loaded with information and updates from your local government. You can also access the digital edition, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page.

NCDOT plans, postpones traffic shift and detour on Concord Parkway
North Carolina Department of Transportation has postponed a traffic shift and detour originally planned for Concord Parkway this weekend. Earlier this week, our partners at NCDOT announced a significant road detour for Concord Parkway near Charlotte Motor Speedway that would have started Friday evening. Crews were to shift traffic on U.S. 29 northbound where two bridges over the Rocky River are being replaced. Due to the rainy weather now expected, this has been postponed. Once rescheduled, the traffic shift will allow the demolition of the northbound bridge. Southbound traffic on Concord Parkway will proceed normally without a detour. For updated traffic information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Mayor Dusch joins Commissioner Morris for Out & About on the new parking deck
Prior to last week’s event celebrating the opening of Cabarrus County’s new parking deck, Mayor Bill Dusch joined Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris to film the latest episode of CabCoTV’s Out & About. The episode centered on the impact of the project and the partnership between the City and County. Johnson Bray of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation joined in the discussion on what the new deck means for Downtown Concord. Catch the episode on CabCo TV (Spectrum Cable Channel 22 or livestream) each morning this week at 8:30 a.m. and at various other times during the day and evening. You can also watch the episode on demand on the CabCoTV YouTube Channel. The new five-story structure, located at 81 Spring St. SW, has 614 new parking spots. Visitors to downtown Concord can access the deck 24-hours a day from entrances on Spring Street and Corban Avenue. Find out more about the project 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.

Recreation Centers offer affordable fun for the whole family
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department has three recreation centers with a variety of recreational opportunities available to the public at no charge. The centers are equipped with game areas offering billiards, foosball, bumper pool, and table tennis. The centers have weight rooms available to men and women and are equipped with machines, free weights, and cardiovascular equipment. Especially popular are free-play basketball in the gymnasiums, and meeting rooms that are available for rental. Find weekly activity schedules and more about the Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Centers at
concordparksandrec.org 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.

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 has a certified arborist available to speak to organizations and groups? According to the Arbor Day Foundation, "every dollar spent on planting and caring for a community tree yields benefits that are two to five times that investment..." Visit the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page to learn more, or contact City Arborist Bill Leake at leakeb@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5393 to schedule a group presentation.

The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training Exhibit at ClearWater 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 10 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 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.

Concord Housing Department offers a range of free programs to the community
For several years, the City of Concord Housing Department has offered residents a range of free programs that teach life skills like self-sufficiency, technology, health and wellness, new languages, and more. The programs are also available to the community at large, and all are invited to explore the many opportunities available each month and connect with your neighbors. Most classes are held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. Visit concordnc.gov to explore the schedule and call 704-920-6110 to register.

There’s a parking spot waiting for you in downtown Concord
Residents joined officials from Cabarrus County and the City of Concord to celebrate the completion of the Cabarrus County Parking Deck in downtown Concord on February 27. The new five-story structure located at 81 Spring St. SW, is a collaborative project with the City of Concord. Of the 614 new parking spots, 16 are handicap accessible and located near the elevator access points on each floor. Thirteen of the handicap spots are regular size, and three are spaced for vans. Eighty-two parking spots are reserved spaces. Visitors to downtown Concord can access the deck 24-hours a day from entrances on Spring Street and Corban Avenue. Jurors can use the new deck or Surface Lot #2 located on Church Street. While there is no fee to use the deck initially, Cabarrus does plan to implement a fee schedule in the future. The deck opened for public parking this morning. Find out more about the project at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County wants to know what you love about the Library
Join a conversation about the role of the Library in the community and what you’d like to see in the future! The Cabarrus County Public Library is hosting a series of feedback sessions to forge new partnerships, reach new residents, and increase awareness about how public libraries are an essential asset whose benefits extend beyond books. The Concord branch session will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.

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.

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.