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Did you know?
Did you know you can be part of this weekend's City Nature Challenge and help Cabarrus County compete with communities across the globe in identifying local species? Find out more at concordnc.gov or inaturalist.org.

TOMORROW: National Prescription Take Back Day
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101); Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W); Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S); West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW). This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, find out more and RSVP on our nextdoor event. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Phillip Graham named Transportation Director
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named Phillip Graham as Concord's next Transportation Director effective May 1. Graham has worked for the City of Concord since 2008 and succeeds retired Transportation Director Joe Wilson. The Transportation Department is responsible for engineering, planning, project inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of City streets, curb and gutter, sidewalk, bridges, and traffic control infrastructure.

"Phillip is a dedicated member of our Transportation team and an emerging leader in our organization," said Payne. "His professional background and calm confidence are among the many qualities that make him the right person to lead our Transportation Department and the essential services they provide to community members and visitors."

Graham has been serving as interim Transportation Director since November 2017. He began his career with the City of Concord in 2008 as Staff Engineer and has progressed through various positions within the Transportation Department, most recently as Deputy Director. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

We are working to create a more connected Concord, and you can help
Do you want more safe places to bike, walk, and run? Would you like Concord to be more connected? Let your voice be heard at the Open Space Connectivity Analysis public workshops on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3. The workshops are kicking off a study is to identify feasible and constructible bicycle and pedestrian routes along stream corridors, through open spaces, and along roads to create a more connected Concord. For more information on the workshops and overall process, or to contribute your thoughts online, visit concordnc.gov.

Be a tourist at home with the 2018-19 Cabarrus County Destination Guide
The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau has released the updated 2018-19 Destination Guide filled with fun activities for visitors and locals. In addition to helpful resources included in years past, the 18-19 Guide features an enhanced video experience through augmented reality technology. Users can access exclusive videos and “meet the crews” of Cabarrus County, NC by using the Visit Cabarrus app (available on iTunes or Google Play). Released quarterly, each of the four covers builds on the “People of Cabarrus” concept introduced last year by highlighting four groups of people who aid visitors in making memories in Cabarrus County—Thrill Seekers, Foodies, Creators, and Tastemakers. Packed with information and inspiration, the 76-page publication is a free, comprehensive resource to the county’s attractions, lodging and shopping options, full-service restaurants, historical sites, sports and recreation facilities, and more. To request a copy or to view it online now, go to visitcabarrus.com. The Guide is also available at the Cabarrus County Visitor's Center, major Cabarrus attractions, participating restaurants, and in all Cabarrus County hotels.

Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office relocates to The Old Creamery
This week, Cabarrus County's CTW gives you a first look of the new home to the Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office. The County's Veterans Services Department has relocated to The Old Creamery complex at 363 Church Street N, Suite 180 in Concord. The County selected the site for its first-floor, corner location and convenient accessible parking options. It's located across the breezeway from the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office, which includes a community room that will serve both departments. Take a tour of the new space in this week's episode of CTW, or visit cabarruscounty.us to find out more about the Veterans Services Department.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

ParkRx: take a stroll on Sunday afternoon
Tired of the rain keeping you cooped up inside? Celebrate National ParkRx Day by strolling with us this Sunday afternoon (April 29) at the Hector H. Henry Greenway at Moss Creek. We'll make nature bracelets and identify some cool plants and insects along the way! National ParkRx Day is a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health, so get some physical activity in with us! Get social on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page or call 704-920-5600 for more details.

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

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 National Arbor Day is April 27? See if you can spot tagged trees around Concord!  City staff is applying the tags, courtesy of the NC Urban Forest Council to draw attention on the monetary value and ecosystem services provided by our urban trees.

Early Voting for the May 8 Primary Election

The primary election is set for Tuesday, May 8. Avoid long lines on Primary Election Day or register and vote on the same day at one-stop voting, known as early voting. There is only one early voting location in Cabarrus County for the May Primary, the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office located at 369 Church St. N. Early voting dates: April 19 and 20, 23 through 27, and April 30 through May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is also a Saturday early voting option on May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters can find more information on early voting for the May 8 Primary election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections   


As part of earth day events, show us your litter sweep at #ConcordLitterSweep 

The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2018 will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day, including the semi-annual litter sweep partnership. We all win when our city is cleaner – even our wildlife and water benefit!  Everyone can conduct a cleanup, and we encourage you to Show Us Your Litter Sweep by posting a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ConcordLitterSweep. Don't forget, next weekend's City Nature Challenge April 27-30 will cap off the month. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.


Know your rights by attending Fair Housing event on April 26 
The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, Housing Department, and many other community partners will offer a Fair Housing event on Thursday, April 26 to bring awareness to the barriers that prevent equality in housing choice. During this event, attendees will view “A House Divided,” an excerpt from the EPIX original docu-series on inequality called AMERICA DIVIDED. A panel discussion will follow.  The event will be held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. Please reserve your seat by contacting Stephen Todd at 704-920-6111 or todds@concordnc.gov.

Local partnership continues on National Prescription Take Back Day April 28
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101); Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W); Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S); West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW). This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, find out more and RSVP on our nextdoor event. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.
 

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration Home Invaders Activity 
“Not in my house”, says your mom!  Or will she?  We’ll capture local, non-native critters and place them in a Mason jar home.  It’s up to your mom to decide if your new buddy lives in your room or not. This Free activity is for ages 8 and up. The event is scheduled for 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 24 starting at the McGee Park Shelter located at 219 Corban Ave. E.  


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

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m. 
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m. 
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m. 
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.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 Concord Downtown Development Corporation is seeking photos and videos of Downtown Concord for a contest as part of the May 12 Spring into Arts Festival? Visit concorddowntown.com to learn more and enter by the April 23 deadline.

Concord in the Headlines
Payne takes over as Concord city manager

Highlights of the April 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation to the Cox Mill High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the NC 3A State Championship for the second consecutive year.

Presentation of retirement plaques to: Tim Jones - 22 years of service, Fire Department; and Brian Hiatt – 19 years of service, City Manager.

Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2017 to the Finance Department.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the month of April 2018 as Fair Housing Month.

Conduct a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for Concord Housing Department.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 5 related to Subdivision Plats, Site Plans, and Construction Plans; and CDO Articles 7 and 14 to allow Open Flags in the Center City (CC) District.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM to create a Long Range Public Transportation Master Plan.

Awarded a contract for the City of Concord's annual street preservation program to Ferebee Corporation.

Received and concurred with staff recommendations for setting a desired cross section for NCDOT Projects on NC 3 (Branchview Dr/Union St) From Kannapolis City Limits to US 601; NC 73 (Davidson Hwy), from US 29 to Poplar Tent Rd.; Poplar Tent Rd, from George W. Liles Pkwy to NC 73; and Derita/Odell School Rd, from Concord Mills Blvd to Mecklenburg County.

Authorizing the Fire Department to apply for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

Adopted a resolution to rename Concord Regional Airport (details follow). 


Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett
Concord Regional Airport will have a new name that recognizes the leadership and legacy of J. Scott Padgett, who recently completed four terms as Mayor in December 2017. The City Council unanimously voted to rename the facility Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Thursday evening. The City Council’s action is effective immediately and was required to begin the formal process to seek FAA approval. The change will be implemented over time once the FAA process is complete, including working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to adjust signage on I-85 and I-485, which both provide access to the airport in minutes. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

Paws off the grass: maintenance at Weddington Road Bark Park April 16-22
Turf maintenance planned at Weddington Road Bark Park will require both off-leash areas to be closed for seven days beginning Monday, April 16. The park is located at 8955 Weddington Road. The maintenance is the result of the Parks and Recreation Department and Buildings and Grounds Department collaborating to improve the turf conditions at the popular facility. The park opened in late 2015 as the City of Concord's first facility with off-leash dog play areas. It has been a particular challenge to grow and maintain turf in the large dog area. The work will include installing Bermuda sod in large dog area, and over-seeding the existing turf in the small dog area. Both areas will require a seven day closure for maximum effectiveness. Find out more and where fido can play at concordnc.gov.

Earth day events abound: from apps to lepidoptera to shredding and more
The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2018 will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day, including the Flutter-By Earth Day events described in the Parks and Rec Highlights below. A new and interactive weekend of events caps off the month with the City Nature Challenge April 27-30. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Flutter-By Earth Days
These Earth Week celebrations will showcase the monarch butterfly, its pollinator friends and perhaps a few majestic fairies. Guest organizations will share knowledge about our community's natural climate and interesting creatures. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in fluttering fun crafts and activities at two locations. We will meet at McGee Park on Tuesday, 4/17 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, 4/19 at Dorton Park from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Greenway Adventures
For ages 3 and up, what better way to use the greenways than our very own outdoor classroom to explore critters and their habitats. This week we will feature Nature's Scavengers. We will scavenge in search of the most interesting nature artifacts. Whoever finds the most wins!! We will meet Monday, 4/16 at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, 4/18 at Moss Creek at HHH II Greenway at 4:00 p.m. There is no fee for this exciting program and parents are encouraged to participate.

Giggles & Wiggles
Ages 18 months to 3 years of age. We're getting all the wiggles out during this interactive playtime for toddlers as we wiggle to music, giggle with friends and play until we drop. We engage in activities that enhance your little one's social and developmental skills. All toddlers must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We will meet Friday, 4/20 at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. You must pre-register to join the fun.

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

April
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 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 some simple practices can help keep your energy costs low as the weather warms up? Visit concordnc.gov for warm-weather energy savings tips from our Electric Systems department.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord bids farewell to manager Hiatt
Working as a unit to save lives; Concord conducts mass casualty training

Now recruiting for the Concord Youth Police Academy
The Concord Police Department will host the next Youth Police Academy on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at police headquarters, located at 41 Cabarrus Avenue W. Youth will experience a full day of hands on activities and get a behind-the-scenes look at police services. This is a great opportunity for those between the ages of 12 and 16 to learn more about the department and law enforcement. The application deadline is Saturday, April 7.  Visit concordnc.gov/Police for additional details.

13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival moves to new location on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14. This year's event will be at a new location: the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, located at 4751 NC Highway 49. Vendors, artisans, and growers will offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call 704-920-3310 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

Free shredding event on April 21
The City of Concord and Cabarrus County are partnering once again to offer a free community shredding event. Get a jump on your spring cleaning on Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in the CFA Village parking lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N (behind Arby’s). Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or three banker's boxes. For more information, contact Lonnie Bulger at bulgerl@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5371, or Kevin Grant at kpgrant@cabarruscounty.us or 704-920-3209.

I My City weekend coming April 27-29
Lend a helping hand during the county-wide I My City initiative, which focuses on service projects in Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mount Pleasant. Places of worship, businesses, community groups, families, individuals, and local government will rally together April 27-29 to make a positive impact on our neighbors through local service projects. Individuals and Groups are encouraged to identify or create projects to address needs in their own communities or neighborhoods, assemble volunteers and resources, and work with project coordinators to complete these projects during I My City weekend. Larger projects may involve multiple days, while smaller projects may be a simple act of kindness. There is no project too small. To learn more about this weekend or sign up to help, visit ilovemycityproject.com.

NCDOT to repair section of Roberta Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Roberta Road in Concord at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, weather permitting. The closure is necessary for maintenance crews to replace a pipe under the roadway. The road is scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12. During the closure, a marked detour will take motorists from Roberta Road to George Liles Parkway to U.S. 29 South to Pitts School Road back to Roberta Road. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction will follow the detour in reverse. NCDOT will place electronic message boards on Roberta Road at Pitts School Road and George Liles Parkway to alert motorists to the closure. For real-time travel information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
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. 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.

April
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 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.