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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord Transportation Department maintains and checks retroreflectivity on over 11,000 traffic signs? Adequately maintained retroreflective signs improve highway safety and prevent roadway departure crashes by bouncing light from vehicle headlights back toward the vehicle and the driver's eyes, making the signs appear brighter and easier to see and read. Because the retroreflective properties of traffic control devices deteriorate over time, highway agencies like the City of Concord are required to actively manage the maintenance of signs in order to ensure that they are clearly visible at night.
 
Urban Search and Rescue training at former detention center
This morning, members of the Concord Fire and Life Safety Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team began a special training at the former Cabarrus County detention center.  The training will continue on Monday, April 30 from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. In order to support the training, on-street parking will not be available on Means Avenue between Church Street and Union Street during this time. In addition, the right lane of Church Street used to turn right on Corban Avenue will be closed. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
City coworkers participate in local documentary project
The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2012, which includes City coworkers Rita Ellison (Finance), Glenn Hatley (Aviation), and Lesley Reder (Finance), has produced a documentary honoring the impact of the textile industry in Cabarrus County. Stitched in Time includes stories told by former Cannon Mill employees and highlights the rich history of our region. The film will premiere at the Gem Theater on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. More details at cabarruschamber.org.
 
Are you being notified when it counts?
For several years, the City of Concord used its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents. However, if you have an unpublished number or no landline, you may not be receiving important messages from the City. Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
$10 rabies vaccinations available May 14-19
Cabarrus County Animal Control and Cabarrus Health Alliance have partnered with local veterinary clinics to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats the week of May 14-19. Information about the program and a list of participating Cabarrus County veterinarians is available at cabarrusheatlh.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Carolina Shag dance class: May session begins Tuesday, May 1
Learn the fundamentals of the dance that originated in the Carolinas on May 1, 8, 15, and 22 at Fire Station 8. Open to singles and couples. Pre-registration required. Fee for all four classes of the session is $35 ($5 City resident discount available). Beginners classes will be 7:00-8:00 p.m., and intermediate classes run 8:00-9:00 p.m. More information and registration is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/7/2012 at 5:30 p.m. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit public hearing at Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, Concord
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/22/2012 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!
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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City of Concord earns national recognition for electric utility
The City of Concord has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for reliable electric service and safe operating practices in 2011. The City’s designation for the Reliable Public Power Diamond Award and first-place in the APPA Safety Awards of Excellence were announced during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, retired director Bill Seamone was inducted into the International Lineman’s Museum Hall of Fame. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Concord officials complete bond refunding process
City of Concord officials have completed the refunding process for $17.3 million of utilities systems revenue bonds, producing an estimated net present value savings of 13 percent or $2.682 million. The refunding will save the City approximately $260,000 each of the ten remaining years on the life of the bonds. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Utility work to temporarily close portion of Spring Street
City of Concord Electric crews plan to install underground power lines next week for the new Carolina Courts facility currently under construction on Spring Street in Historic Downtown Concord. Because pavement must be removed on Spring Street, crews will close the road to through traffic between Cabarrus Avenue and Barbrick Avenue while work is underway. The closure is expected to last from 8:00 a.m. on Monday April 23 until noon on Tuesday, April 24. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City updates Blackboard Connect™ service
After several years of use, the City of Concord has updated its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents and enable community leaders to reach the public more quickly and effectively, helping keep them safe and better informed. Blackboard Connect enables officials to quickly deliver critical messages, including emergency alerts and important announcements, via phone, text, and email. Concord is holding a community-wide data drive, encouraging residents to verify and register their contact information in the system’s secure Connect Access Portal, where they can also manage their message settings, including their preferred language and mode of contact. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
4/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/7/2012 at 5:30 p.m. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit public hearing at Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, Concord
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Regional Airport handled over 400 Boeing 737-800 series aircraft operations for the NASCAR teams last season without losing one piece of luggage? These aircraft weigh between 115,000 and 154,000 pounds, and can carry as many as 134 passengers. The 737-800 aircraft is about 125 feet long, has a wing span of 117 feet, the top of its tail is 41 feet off the ground. The aircraft can hold a maximum of 6,875 gallons of fuel.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest THIS WEEKEND!
The third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (a partnership between Concord, Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County) will be 10:00-3:00 on Saturday, April 14 at North Cabarrus Park. VVEF is a festival in honor of Earth Day that celebrates nature and environmental stewardship, providing opportunities for environmental education in a fun, family-friendly way! There will be information booths, live music, recycling opportunities, games, and more. Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page; information is also available on the concordnc.gov.
 
Wish you had an iPad? Attendees at VVEF will have the opportunity win a free refurbished iPad 2. To highlight the importance of reuse, VVEF organizers will award an Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to one lucky winner who registers for the drawing at the event. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
VVEF Sneak peak at Concord Mills! Click here for details.
 
Check out the City Hall Blog for everything you need to know about VVEF!
 
Highlights of the April 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of April 29 - May 6, 2012 as Soil & Water Stewardship Week
 
Presented a Proclamation recognizing the month of April 2012 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
 
Presented at retirement plaque to Police Officer Vivian Stegall for 30 years of service to the City of Concord.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the requested annexation of a parcel of land owned by Carl A. Propst, Jr. and Angela P. Propst. 
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the requested annexation of a parcel of land owned by Shea Real Estate Investments, LLC/John F. Shea, Jr.   
 
Recognized the Hallstead Community Neighborhood Watch Association into the City's Recognized Neighborhood Program.
 
Established after hours public parking times with corresponding signage in the Municipal Parking Deck.
 
Adopted a bond order authorizing the issuance of $17.3 million of utilities systems revenue refunding bonds, producing an estimated net present value savings of 11 percent or $2.2 million.
 
Authorized the Housing Department to apply for the ROSS Family Self-Sufficiency Grant and the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Grant.
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute the Municipal Agreement for the NCDOT Safe Routes to School Grant in the amount of $100,000. 
 
Authorized Concord Kannapolis Area Transit to apply for the FY 2012 Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair and Cleans Fuels Grant programs.
 
Accepted the 2011 Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for the Department of Fire & Life Safety in the amount of $456,480.
 
Approved a contract with Carolina Quality Construction, LLC for filter maintenance at Hillgrove Water Treatment Plant.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the sale of City property located adjacent to Cabarrus Avenue to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the purpose of the bridge replacement project B-3421.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Roberta United Methodist Church with a tentative date of May 10, 2012. 
 
Approved street closure and partnership requests from the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) for the 2012 Spring Into Arts Festival and Union Street Live concert series.
 
City updates Blackboard Connect™ service
After several years of use, the City of Concord has updated its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents and enable community leaders to reach the public more quickly and effectively, helping keep them safe and better informed. Blackboard Connect enables officials to quickly deliver critical messages, including emergency alerts and important announcements, via phone, text, and email. Concord is holding a community-wide data drive, encouraging residents to verify and register their contact information in the system’s secure Connect Access Portal, where they can also manage their message settings, including their preferred language and mode of contact. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Concord History Walk
Saturday, April 14
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Concord
Costumed interpreters, uniformed reenactors, walking tours of historic buildings, and live music bring our past to life. Includes grand opening of new Concord museum inside Historic Courthouse. Concludes at 4:00 p.m. with free outdoor jazz concert by Rowan Big Band All-Stars. Free admission. Family-friendly event co-sponsored by Cabarrus County Community Foundation, Shoe Show, Inc., and Historic Cabarrus Association. www.historiccabarrus.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
4/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 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!
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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord has the lowest fleet services cost per Vehicle Equivalent Unit in North Carolina? Concord is one of fifteen municipal fleets participating in the NC Benchmarking Program administered by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Various industry standard measures are reported each year that fall within three categories: workload, effectiveness, and efficiency measures. While Concord rates high in many of these categories, Fleet Services has maintained the lowest cost per VEU for the past three years in a row, while maintaining a 98 percent availability rate.
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday on April 6
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, April 6. Friday solid waste customers will have a one day delay, with Friday’s items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord receives Excellence in Communications Awards
The City of Concord was among 19 North Carolina local governments to earn recognition in the fourth North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards presented Thursday, March 29 in Chapel Hill as part NC3C’s annual Spring Conference.
 
The City of Concord received second-place awards in the two categories. The Special Events award was given for the public homecoming ceremony for the remains of Vietnam-era soldier Donnie Shue in April, 2011. The Service Delivery award was presented for Concord’s comprehensive solid waste education campaign leading up to its July 2011 service enhancements. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord offers residential heat pump rebate
The City of Concord is pleased to announce a new residential high-efficiency heat pump rebate program for customers of the City’s electric system. The goal is to promote the purchase and installation of higher efficiency electric heat pumps, with a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14.00, as a new installation or to replace an existing, lower efficiency system. The program is a way to help lower customers’ cost with an added benefit of helping to lower the City’s peak demand during the summer. In addition, customers switching from gas to an electric HAVC system may qualify for a lower monthly electric utility rate. Heat pump rebates of $400 per unit are available to qualified customers, with no maximum number of units. Dual fuel or mini-split systems do not qualify. Other standards apply to this rebate. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Win an iPad 2 at Viva Verde Earth Fest (and stay for Earth-friendly fun)
Wish you had an iPad? Be sure to mark down Saturday, April 14 on your calendar, where attendees at the third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) will have the opportunity win a free refurbished iPad 2. To highlight the importance of reuse, VVEF organizers will award an Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to one lucky winner who registers for the drawing at the event. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Save the date! The third annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (a partnership between Concord, Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County) is coming from 10:00-3:00 on Saturday, April 14 at North Cabarrus Park. VVEF is a festival in honor of Earth Day that celebrates nature and environmental stewardship, providing opportunities for environmental education in a fun, family-friendly way! There will be information booths, live music, recycling opportunities, games, and more. Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page; information is also available on the concordnc.gov.
 
VVEF Sneak peak at Concord Mills beginning April 9! Click here for details.
 
Check out the City Hall Blog for everything you need to know about VVEF!
 
Several volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Visit concordnc.gov for details, or contact Taylor Morris at morrist@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5616.
 
Community cleanup event scheduled for Friday, April 13
The City of Concord Housing Department’s annual Taking Pride in Our Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Housing residents and Youth Council members, along with members of the community, are uniting to clean-up the neighborhood.
 
Taking Pride in Our Community is held each spring to give residents the opportunity to give back to the community. People may work in their own yards or choose another location within the surrounding area to make a difference.
 
Individuals interested in participating will gather behind the Concord Housing Administrative Office, located at 283 Harold Goodman Circle, at 10:00 a.m.  Safety vests, gloves, and trash bags for litter collection will be available.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
 
A clean neighborhood is a safer neighborhood. When people take pride in the way their community looks the residents feel better about themselves and where they live.  For more information, contact Zenobia L. Nelson in Resident Services 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Sewer project underway for Bell Street
City of Concord Wastewater Resources crews are installing a new gravity sewer main on Bell Street. This project is the final phase of the downtown sewer system upgrade. To accommodate the project, Bell Street will be closed between 79 Bell Street and the intersection with Corban Avenue. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and to follow posted detour routes. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Registration stil available for the 2012 Bunny Run
Registration is open for the 2012 Bunny Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, April 7. The 1-mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Bunny Run begins at 8:30 a.m. The course has changed this year to accommodate the increasing amount of runners, with the race starting and finishing in Historic Downtown Concord. Registration is $20 from March 31 through April 7. A registration brochure, map of the new course, and more information is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Bunny Bash THIS WEEKEND!
Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
W. W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive
Egg hunts begin at 12:00 noon. Festival includes egg hunts, inflatable amusements, climbing wall, arts & crafts, face painting and DJ with games and prizes. The Bunny Trail includes games and activities offered by Concord Youth Council members dressed as popular fairy-tale and cartoon characters. Remote parking at Central Cabarrus High School with a shuttle to and from the park.
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Concord History Walk
Saturday, April 14
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Concord
Costumed interpreters, uniformed reenactors, walking tours of historic buildings, and live music bring our past to life. Includes grand opening of new Concord museum inside Historic Courthouse. Concludes at 4:00 p.m. with free outdoor jazz concert by Rowan Big Band All-Stars. Free admission. Family-friendly event co-sponsored by Cabarrus County Community Foundation, Shoe Show, Inc., and Historic Cabarrus Association. www.historiccabarrus.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
4/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session and external agency hearing
4/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
4/24/2012 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!

 

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City of Concord staff members have received many questions about the recent arrival of cankerworms in the area. Aside from the unpleasant presence of the worms and their droppings, the defoliation can have a negative impact on trees that are already unhealthy. There appears to be less of a long-term impact on healthy trees.

The cankerworms or “inch worms” are moth larvae (like caterpillars). As they do each spring, the eggs hatching now were left in trees and flowering bushes last November by the wingless females. Agricultural experts agree that “banding” tree trunks in the fall is the most effective way to prevent females from laying these eggs.

The fall 2011 edition of the Concord City Circular included tips for protecting your trees.

Cabarrus County has produced an informative video to explain more (click image to view):

 
The City of Concord will partner with Cabarrus County and the Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Center to educate the public about the importance of taking preventative steps in the fall to reduce the annual infestation in the spring.