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Did you know?
Did you know lawn irrigation using the City's water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays? Keep this in mind while spiffing up that lawn this spring, and visit concordnc.gov/savethedrops to learn more.

Concord becomes an NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat™
At a media event on Earth day in McGee Park, leaders from the Concord Wildlife Alliance joined Mayor Scott Padgett, Council Member Al Brown, Jr. and City staff members to announce that Concord has been certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The park is one of several City-owned properties that were certified in the process. Concord is the 82nd community in the country and the fifth in North Carolina to receive this honor. A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland, and other spaces.  On the same day, Roush Fenway Racing announced a substantial gift to the Concord Wildlife Alliance, and challenged other local race teams to join in support. Visit concordnc.gov for event photos and more information.

ClearWater Artist Studios and RCCC collaborate to host student art show
For the second year, ClearWater Artist Studios and RCCC’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts have collaborated to bring the Spring Student Art Show to ClearWater’s Gallery. Tonight from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., selected student art works by current Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students will be on exhibit and the Department of Fine and Applied Arts will host a reception. The event is open to the public. This year, the show includes a design showcase of work produced by students in the new Graphic Design Program. The exhibit will remain in place until May 1. For more information, contact ClearWater Artist Studios Manager Sarah Gay at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com, or Jenn Selby, Program Chair of RCCC Department of Fine and Applied Arts at 704-216-3820 or jenn.selby@rccc.edu. You can also visit clearwaterartists.com, facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or rccc.edu/finearts.

Rain or Shine: shred event planned for April 25 near Rotary Square Farmer's Market
The Solid Waste Services department is hosting a
free community document shredding and recycling event on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine in Downtown Concord at Cabarrus County's Parking Lot 4, located on Corban Avenue between Union and Spring Streets. Shredded paper (placed in a tied, clear plastic bag) is accepted in the City's curbside recycling program. However, the community shredding event will allow members of the public who have large quantities of sensitive or confidential material, or do not own a shredder, to securely dispose of unwanted paper. "This is one of the most frequent requests we receive from citizens," said Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson. "We're pleased to provide this opportunity to the community." The day of the event, attendees may bring up to three 13-gallon trash bags or three "bankers boxes" of paper to the on-site shred truck. Those bringing paper can stay to see their documents be destroyed, or just drop and go without watching. Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Be sure to also stop by the Rotary Square Farmer's Market for its soft opening, and celebrate Earth Day with City and County staff.

Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton to be featured at annual Cabarrus County Law Day
On Friday, May 1, the public is invited to show their appreciation of local law enforcement officers and commemorate the development of law in the United States at the annual Law Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street, Concord). The ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Cabarrus County. At the ceremony, a deserving veteran law enforcement officer will receive the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award, and the Cabarrus County Bar Association will also honor a local member with the Liberty Bell Award. Concord Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton will be the featured speaker and address the crowd with a special presentation. To conclude the ceremony, attendees will recognize the local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Cabarrus County and their families. Law Day is commemorated across the nation and this year’s theme marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn more.

Free CPR Training available to the public beginning May 8
The Fire Department, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, will soon offer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training free of charge to the public. While not providing official certification, the program will educate the public in the lifesaving skill of CPR. The latest research indicates that hands-only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents. Participants will learn the fundamentals of adult and infant CPR, and how to use an automatic electronic defibrillator. The first class will take place May 8; more information and registration are now available at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the
Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Final week to submit Youth Council membership applications
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through May 1. 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 Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.

Sign up now for the Couch to 5K Challenge

This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his or her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 10. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 5 and July 7. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Streetlight 5K registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

May
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 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 you can now report pot holes, street light malfunctions, and many other non-emergency issues to the City using your smartphone? Visit concordnc.gov to learn about and download the Concord Mobile Care app for your android device, or access the web-version on any other device. An iOS app is in final testing and will be available for download soon.

TOMORROW: art and history combine on free tour, part of Phifer exhibit
See Robert Phifer's art collection and then take a tour through the Phifer Family's history on Saturday, April 18. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, where 14 original pieces of art are on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art in the Concord Museum. Click here for a sneak peek. The Cabarrus Arts Council will hold continuous screenings of Judge Clarence Horton’s Historical Moments: The Phifer Family in the Davis Theatre. Then, take a journey through history. Local experts will narrate tours through Oakwood Cemetery on Church Street, Phifer Cemetery on Lucky Drive, and Memorial Garden on Spring Street. Transportation will be provided to the first 15 participants on each tour, others may use their own vehicles to travel. The entire tour will take approximately three hours. For more information on the Robert F. Phifer Art Collection exhibit and tour, contact the Historic Cabarrus Association at 704-920-2465, view the flyer, or visit cabarruscounty.us.

10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival
Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 18, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will have heirloom plants, horticultural supplies, and perfect Mother's Day gifts available for purchase at the 10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival. Explore 85 vendors with unique items for the horticulturally inclined or earth-friendly enthusiasts, and delights for any garden shopper. The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 4:00 p.m. at the Winecoff Farmer’s Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Residents encouraged to continue contacting legislators to protect local revenue
Two competing bills in the North Carolina Senate both have the potential to change the way local sales taxes are distributed and negatively affect municipal revenues across the state. In late March, Sen Bob Rucho filed SB 608 "Simple and Fair Formula for Sales Tax Distrib." This bill came a few weeks after a similar bill was introduced to convert the locally levied sales tax to a state sales tax and distribute it on a per-capita basis. Although SB 608 will not have as great an effect due to a guarantee of FY14 revenue amounts, in both cases even more of the sales tax paid here will go to other areas. Estimates generated by the NC League of Municipalities indicate that cities across the state could face a collective loss of nearly $120 million if SB 369 "Sales Tax Fairness Act" is passed into law as written. NC General Assembly estimates predict a $2 million annual revenue loss to the City of Concord by 2018. This is in addition to the $1.1 million Concord will lose beginning this July due to the elimination of the local Privilege License Tax. Many other local jurisdictions will lose revenue as well. This stands to greatly restrict the ability of Concord and many other cities to provide the needed services and infrastructure to continue generating sales taxes for the State of North Carolina, which benefits even more from sales tax revenue.

In a recent development, a House bill was filed this week (H 903) that would give NC cities a long-desired option to levy a quarter-cent city-only sales tax by resolution. Click here to find out who represents you in the North Carolina General Assembly, and contact them with your thoughts on these bills.

Shred event planned for April 25 near Rotary Square Farmer's Market
The Solid Waste Services department is hosting a free community document shredding and recycling event on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The event will be held in Downtown Concord at Cabarrus County's Parking Lot 4, located on Corban Avenue between Union and Spring Streets. Shredded paper (placed in a tied, clear plastic bag) is accepted in the City's curbside recycling program. However, the community shredding event will allow members of the public who have large quantities of sensitive or confidential material, or do not own a shredder, to securely dispose of unwanted paper. "This is one of the most frequent requests we receive from citizens," said Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson. "We're pleased to provide this opportunity to the community." The day of the event, attendees may bring up to three 13-gallon trash bags or three "bankers boxes" of paper to the on-site shred truck. Those bringing paper can stay to see their documents be destroyed, or just drop and go without watching. Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Be sure to also stop by the Rotary Square Farmer's Market for its soft opening, and celebrate Earth Day with City and County staff.

Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Council seeking membership applications
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through May 1. 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 Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.

Join the fun on spring bus tours
April 23: A Spring Surprise. Save your guesses and worries, this trip with a secret surprise destination is sure to be enjoyed by all. The interactive trip will keep us on the move—visiting multiple locations and witnessing the transformations of some of the nation’s greatest visionaries. Bus departs at 8:15 a.m. and returns between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Walking shoes encouraged. Registration is $25 (plus cost of lunch), and available at concordparksandrec.org.

May 8: Music and a Meal. Join us as we return to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and absorb the beautiful classical sounds of Rachmaninoff and Dvorak performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. We will hear a sweeping and emotional piano concerto and an energetic and imaginative performance of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. After the performances we will enjoy an uptown lunch. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. Registration is $33 (plus cost of lunch), and available at concordparksandrec.org.


Sign up now for the Couch to 5K Challenge

This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his or her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 10. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 5 and July 7. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Streetlight 5K registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

April
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
May
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)
21 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 April 12-18 is National Telecommunicators Week? Let’s not forget to remember and recognize the unseen heroes, the "first" first responders of the City of Concord. Telecommunicators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Day or night, holidays and weekends, several are there to answer your call. Whether it is a water leak, a fender bender in the parking lot, the unexpected emergency of a loved one, or a fire, these individuals stand ready to help you get the response you need.


Remembering Mickey McGee, 1919-2015
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Jacob W. "Mickey" McGee, who passed away early this morning at the age of 95. Mr. McGee served over twelve years (1965-1977) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council), including service as Mayor Pro-Tem. He also served as an elected School Commissioner in the 1950s, an elected Light and Water Commissioner from 1978-1986, and an appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member from 1991-1992. Funeral arrangements under the care of Wilkinson Funeral Home are pending. The City named McGee Park, located at Corban Avenue and Branchview Drive, after him in 2005. The Mayor and several members of City Council interacted with Mr. McGee in various capacities, and offer reflections on his life at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the April 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented retirement plaques to Fire Department coworkers
Michael T. Smith, with over 29 years of service and Scott W. Hinson, with over 26 years of service.

Recognized the Water Resources Department for receiving the inaugural North Carolina Source Water Collaborative Source Water Protection Award (more details follow in the newsletter).

Presented a
Proclamation recognizing the week of April 26 - May 3, 2015 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

Received an update from the
Concord Youth Council.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Five-Year Agency Plan for the
Housing Department.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of five parcels of land owned by the Estate of Kirksey Dunn Ramsey, Kirksey C. Rankin, Sue R. Baty, Ben F. Rankin, Thomas A. Rankin, Martha R. Lowery, and Joyce R. Cox (aka Rankin Family Properties).

Approved street closures for the
2015 Union Street Live concert series.

Approved a street closure request from
Crossfit Unite for June 13, 2015.

Recognized the Winding Walk Owners Association into the City's
Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Awarded the annual
streets preservation program contract to Ferebee Corporation.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with
Unified AV Systems for the audio visual system for the new City Hall.

Received information from
Present Age Ministries, a local nonprofit committed to combatting human trafficking.


Concord recognized in inaugural NC Source Water Protection Awards
The Water Resources Department is one of eight inaugural winners of the NC Source Water Collaborative's Source Water Protection Awards. Source Water is untreated water from streams, rivers, lakes, and aquifers that serves as a source of drinking water. The Collaborative and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the winners in late March, and Concord was one of two awardees in the Education category. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Admire beautiful art and learn local history on free tour, part of Phifer exhibit on April 18
See Robert Phifer's art collection and then take a tour through the Phifer Family's history on Saturday, April 18. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, where 14 original pieces of art are on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art in the Concord Museum. The Cabarrus Arts Council will hold continuous screenings of Judge Clarence Horton’s "Historical Moments: The Phifer Family" in the Davis Theatre. Then, take a journey through history. Local experts will narrate tours through Oakwood Cemetery on Church Street, Phifer Cemetery on Lucky Drive, and Memorial Garden on Spring Street. Transportation will be provided to the first 15 participants on each tour, others may use their own vehicles to travel. The entire tour will take approximately three hours. For more information on the Robert F. Phifer Art Collection exhibit and tour, contact the Historic Cabarrus Association at 704-920-2465, view the flyer, or visit cabarruscounty.us.

10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival
Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 18, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will have heirloom plants, horticultural supplies and perfect Mother's Day gifts available for purchase at the 10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival. Explore 85 vendors with unique items for the horticulturally inclined or earth-friendly enthusiast, and delights for any garden shopper. The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 4:00 p.m. in the Winecoff Farmer’s Market at 518 Winecoff School Road. Visit
cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Last call to enter the Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge
Do you live in one of Concord's Recognized Neighborhoods? If so, you can participate in a new initiative for neighborhoods to complete beautification projects that create native habitats for wildlife. The challenge includes a year of bragging rights for the winning neighborhood. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the
Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Classical Stretch
This 30 minute exercise class will increase mobility, help release tension, and keep joints healthy and pain-free through dynamic strengthening and stretching exercises. Great for all ages.  Max. 20 participants. Meets at the Academy Recreation Center, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. from April 13 through May 20. Registration is available in advance at concordparksandrec.org or in person the day of the first class. 


City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

April
16 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
May
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)

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 the Fire Department, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, will soon offer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training free of charge to the public? While not providing official certification, the program will educate the public in the lifesaving skill of CPR. The latest research indicates that hands-only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents. Participants will learn the fundamentals of adult and infant CPR, and how to use an automatic electronic defibrillator. The first class will take place May 8; more information and registration will be available soon at concordnc.gov.

Free family fun: Bunny Run 5K and festival on April 4
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will be this Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. in Historic Downtown Concord.  The race will start and finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park. Afterwards, a FREE festival will take place until 1:00 p.m. and feature a DJ, inflatables, and the Easter Bunny. Race day registration is $20. Visit
concordnc.gov for more information.

Check out the Spring 2015 City Circular digital edition
Did you enjoy the latest City Circular you received in the mail recently? The Spring 2015 City Circular digital edition is available now, 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, too – every story, every photo, and every page.

Annual hydrant maintenance begins soon
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve on over 5,000 hydrants to ensure water can be obtained should the need arise. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.

You're invited: attend the Downtown parking study public forum
The Planning and Community Development Department and Concord Downtown Development Corporation are hosting a public forum to discuss Downtown parking on Thursday, April 9, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Union Street Bistro located at 48 Union Street S. Attendees will be able to participate in a discussion about Downtown parking, as part a comprehensive Downtown parking study and planning effort. The Parking Study’s goal is to understand existing conditions and utilization, then plan for the future. Find out more at concordnc.gov, and RSVP on the CDDC Facebook Event.

From the CVB: Lions and tires and bears! Oh, my!
The latest edition of the official travel resource for Concord and the rest of Cabarrus County is now available from the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The 2015-16 Destination Guide was released last week as Concord welcomed visitors from more than 975 cities, 45 states, and several foreign countries during the sixth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The free 71-page publication is a comprehensive resource to the county’s attractions, lodging and shopping options, full-service restaurants, historical sites, sports and recreation facilities, and more. Over 135,000 copies of 2014-15 edition were distributed last year. Stay tuned for exciting enhancements to the digital version which will become available online. To request a Destination Guide, go to VisitCabarrus.com or contact a Travel Counselor at 800-848-3740.

NCDOT invites public feedback on draft 10-year transportation plan
The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and how it was developed. NCDOT will hold a regional meeting on Thursday, April 9, in Albemarle. The informal meeting will be held at Stanly County Commons Commissioner's Room, located at 1000 North First Street, Albemarle, NC, 28001. It is an opportunity public is invited to stop in, ask questions and provide feedback on the process the department used to develop the Draft STIP. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person, can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool. They will also have the option of participating through a webcast on April 23 during the statewide information session. Visit ncdot.gov for additional information about this opportunity.

Sign up now for the Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge
Do you live in one of Concord's 
Recognized Neighborhoods? If so, you can participate in a new initiative for neighborhoods to complete beautification projects that create native habitats for wildlife. The challenge includes a year of bragging rights for the winning neighborhood. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

April
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session and External Agency funding request hearings
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
21 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!