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Did you know?
Did you know you can learn about the City budget online? Check out concordnc.gov.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Ray Allen completes Municipal Administration Course
Congratulations to Deputy Fire Chief Ray Allen, who successfully completed the 2012-2013 Municipal Administration Course of the UNC School of Government. The 150-hour program is designed for managers, department heads, and officials whose responsibilities require a broad understanding of municipal functions. Ray Allen was one of 98 officials who graduated from the course this year and is one of more than 2900 officials who have completed the course since it began in 1954. For more information and a photo of Deputy Chief Allen, visit facebook.com/ConcordNC.
 
Law Day will honor local law enforcement officers
Local law enforcement officers will be honored Friday, May 3 when Law Day is observed throughout the United States. The public is invited to Cabarrus County's Law Day at 10:45 a.m. in the Cabarrus County Governmental Center at 65 Church Street in Concord. The program is focused on the development of law in this country and honors those who are entrusted with enforcing it. The Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award also will be presented to a deserving veteran law enforcement officer serving Cabarrus County. Retired Concord Police Sergeant Lisa Linker was the 2012 recipient of this award. Call the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at 704-920-3000 for details.
 
Free car seat check planned for Friday May 3
Area parents can have child safety seats installed and checked by certified professionals at no charge in Concord next Friday. The City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety and Safe Kids Cabarrus are providing a special car seat check station at Kmart on Friday, May 3 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The store is located at 545 Concord Parkway North, at the intersection with Poplar Tent Road. More information is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Spring Into Arts Festival features visual and performing artists
Celebrate our vibrant arts community at the Spring Into Arts Festival from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4 on Union Street in Historic Downtown Concord. This day-long arts event provides local and regional performing and visual artists an opportunity to show, share knowledge, demonstrate, sell their work, and perform. There will be children's art activities, musical performances, a display of fine art for sale, and food offered for sale by food vendors and local restaurants. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at 704-784-4208.
 
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.
 
Family Fishing Derby May 4 at Lake Fisher Reservoir
The "Family Fishing Derby" is a program designed to give families, parents, and children the opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing. The derby is a half-day event beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday May 4 at Lake Fisher Reservoir. You may pre-register by visiting one of the Recreation Centers or online at concordparksandrec.org. Pre-registration for the derby will continue until 5:00 p.m. on May 3.
 
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.
 
May
5/7/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/16/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/21/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/28/2013 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 you can report crime tips online? Get started at concordnc.gov.
 
Come out to Viva Verde Earth Fest TOMORROW!
Cabarrus County's favorite Earth Day celebration is returning for its fourth installment on Saturday, April 20, when the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host Viva Verde Earth Fest, presented by First Transit (VVEF), at North Cabarrus Park (760 Orphanage Road). The free event will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
 
VVEF is a fun, family–friendly event held in celebration of the Earth. Visitors can expect to enjoy great live music, food, recycling opportunities, and green market vendors.
 
Visitors should park across from the entrance to North Cabarrus Park, at the Church of God Children’s Home. Upon parking, visitors will have the option to participate in a free vehicle gas cap check. The parking area will also feature free onsite reuse and recycling opportunities, where the public will be able to drop off the following items: electronics, cell phones, papers for shredding, batteries of any size, and many other household items such as buttons, expired gift cards, leather belts, broken jewelry, yarn, string, ribbon, wine corks, game pieces, keyboards, bottle caps, soda pop tabs, fabric, neckties, frames, maps, books, soup cans and lids, paper towel/TP rolls, t-shirts, and sweaters.
 
Other plans for the event include geocaching, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. In the event of severe weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. For event details and updates, visit VivaVerdeEarthFest.wordpress.com. You can also find VVEF at facebook.com/VivaVerdeEarthFest.
 
Law enforcement reminds you to "Click It or Ticket"
Trying a seat belt fake-out can land you a real ticket. Local and state law enforcement agencies will continue to pay special attention to seat belt and child restraint use in Cabarrus County next week. 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.
 
Family Fishing Derby May 4 at Lake Fisher Reservoir
The "Family Fishing Derby" is a program designed to give families, parents, and children the opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing. The derby is a half-day event beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday May 4 at Lake Fisher Reservoir. You may pre-register by visiting one of the Recreation Centers or online at concordparksandrec.org. Pre-registration for the derby will continue until 5:00 p.m. on May 3.
 
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
4/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/7/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/16/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/21/2013 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!
 
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 a water leak one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter can waste 296,000 gallons of water per year (at sixty PSI of pressure)? Visit concordnc.gov to learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks. Conserving water helps save the endangered drops...and your hard earned dollars!
 
Highlights of the April 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Received a presentation from Dennis Testerman about the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District and proclaimed April 28 through May 5 Stewardship Week.
 
Received an update from Concord Youth Council President Sarah Aldridge. The 2012-13 Youth Council has 71 members, who have completed over 1,000 cumulative service hours already this year.
 
Received information regarding nine parcels of land on Copperfield Blvd that could be transferred from the Cold Water Volunteer Fire District to the Concord Rural Fire District.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of land in the Hallstead subdivision requested and owned by Sandra D. Watkins, Herman and Stephanie Brown, Aspet S. and Jenik Chater, Rachel L. Franklin, Darla J. Jones, Robert and Denise Kelly and Nadine T. Greco, Norman Lee and Stephanie A. Drains, Jacqueline and Patrice L. Blackwell, Deborah R. Crow, Lindsey E. Terry, and Brandi and Michael Mason.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 8 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to clarify regulation of permitted uses.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for the Concord Housing Department.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc. to create a Transit Development Plan for the Rider Transit System.
 
Authorized the City Manager to finalize and sign a contract with CATS for the operations of the 80X Concord Express.
 
Authorized mutual termination with CATS of the contract for the operations of the 79X Concord Mills Express effective June 3, 2013.
 
Authorized the City Manager negotiate and execute a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for engineering services related to improvements to the Hillgrove Water Treatment Plant to address EPA regulations.
 
Adopted a Resolution in support of the of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reassigning funds for the Ridge Avenue bridge replacement to provide a grade-separated crossing at Winecoff School Road / Mt. Olivet Road and construct the necessary roadway improvements under its Project I-3802/I-3610/B-5365.
 
Approved a license to attach banners to City of Concord property to Conder Flag Company for the placement of temporary race banners on Bruton Smith Blvd. 
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide in-kind services and liability insurance for the 2013 Spring Into Arts Festival.
 
Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday, April 13
The eighth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday, April 13 is here. 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.
 
Preschool storytime teaches financial fitness
Join Patches the Pig and N.C. State Treasurer Janet Cowell for a special preschool storytime at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Concord branch of Cabarrus County Public Library. Children will learn about saving money and financial fitness. This program is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Details: call 704-920-2058 or visit cabarruscounty.us or facebook.com/cabarruscountylibrary.
 
Visit the Southern Piedmont Woodturners at ClearWater Artist Studios
The Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association is dedicated to the art of woodturning through education. They achieve this mission through monthly meetings that feature a variety of national, regional and local woodturners. The next meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at their new studio at ClearWater Artist Studios, located at 223 Crowell Drive NW. During this meeting, the group will feature a demonstration from woodturning artist Mark Garner. The group will also present Boy Scout Troop 108 with wood turners’ certificates. The scouts have participated in a special demonstration program where they learned fundamentals of woodturning. Scouts will appear in uniform and will display their turning projects. This meeting is open to the public.
 
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 still looking for volunteers. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Conversational Spanish II begins in May
The conversational Spanish series continues in May with a level two class at the Housing Department’s Neighborhood Network Technology Center. Beginning Tuesday, May 7, this eight-week course is for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have taken Conversational Spanish I or who have a limited background in Spanish.
 
The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. The cost is $25. Text books can be purchased from the Housing Department at the Technology Center. To register, or for more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
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.
 
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
4/16/2013 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
May
5/7/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2013 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 you can read the Spring 2013 issue of the City Circular online? On the digital edition, you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, every page. Get started at concordnc.gov.
 
FAA extends contract tower program until June 15
On Friday afternoon, the FAA announced that it will delay closure of contract control towers at Concord Regional Airport and 148 other facilities across the US until June 15. A statement from City Manager Brian Hiatt about this program extension is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Law enforcement reminds you to "Click It or Ticket"
Trying a seat belt fake-out can land you a real ticket. Local and state law enforcement agencies will be paying special attention to seat belt and child restraint use in Cabarrus County beginning next week. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Fire hydrant maintenance begins
Over the course of the next three months the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will be performing fire hydrant maintenance on all City of Concord fire hydrants.   This maintenance will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve to ensure water can be obtained from the hydrant should the need arise. In addition to this routine maintenance, approximately one fifth of the hydrants will be flowed at full capacity to obtain volume and pressure data. Customers who experience discolored water should allow water to run from a faucet until it clears up. Customers should contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.