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Did you know?
Did you know Haulers on Union is returning to Concord in just a few weeks? On Thursday, May 16 starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Visit 600festival.com for details.

Concord in the Headlines
City Nature Challenge returns to Cabarrus County this weekend
McLendon, Knox named deputy fire chiefs
Concord Police officers honored for work on Prom Promise

Bost honored with 2019 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
At the April 11 City Council Meeting, Sonya Bost of the Fire Department was surprised with the news that she is the 2019 recipient of the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award. The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. Bost has worked for the City of Concord since 2008, starting as a customer care representative when it was located at Fire Station 3. She joined the Fire Department administration team in 2011 as an administrative assistant and is currently a senior executive assistant. Throughout her tenure with the City, she has led a number of high impact community service initiatives which have benefited over 30 families in Cabarrus County. Find out more about her service to the community at concordnc.gov.

Let’s be citizen scientists!  The City Nature Challenge starts today!
Calling all Concord!  Today through Monday at midnight, the Charlotte Metro region will join 149 other cities across the globe to see which can find the most nature in the City Nature Challenge.  The winning city will have the most observations of nature, find the most species and have the most citizens participating. Any living thing or evidence thereof (bones, scat, tracks, feathers) all count as observations!  We’ll use the iNaturalist website and free mobile app to keep track of all the data we collect.  To learn more about what’s planned for the Charlotte Metro, visit Facebook.com/CltCNC

Cabarrus County results in 2018, expansion to Charlotte metro in 2019
In 2018, Cabarrus County competed against 68 global cities in the City Nature Challenge and unexpectedly came in at number 18 – ahead of large cities like Tokyo!  What a fun and educational experience!  This year, 150 cities are taking the challenge, and we’ve expanded to include the entire Charlotte Metro Region.  We are calling on everyone in the Charlotte Metro to participate!  Doing so couldn’t be easier!  After you’ve created your free iNaturalist account, simply upload photos taken between now and Monday at midnight from anywhere in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Rowan, Union, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties to iNaturalist.org or the mobile app.  You can use a phone, tablet or digital camera.


What is iNaturalist?
What if you could step outside and be able to quickly identify nearly every living thing you saw?  The iNaturalist website and free app make that possible!  After you create your free account, you can easily upload photos of living things, and iNaturalist uses geolocation, photo recognition software and crowd-sourcing to identify them.  iNaturalist allows us to become citizen scientists and use technology to better understand the natural world.  When an observation is verified by 3 other iNaturalist users, it becomes “research grade” and is listed on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a tool used by scientists studying biodiversity!  iNaturalist.org began in 2008 as a UC Berkeley School of Information Master's final project of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda and has become the official tool for keeping track of data during the annual, global City Nature Challenge which is happening now through Monday at midnight!

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Preservation Plan surveys underway 
A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. By the end of the process, the City hopes to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City. The City needs citizen input and will receive feedback from April 25 through May 20. Two survey instruments are now open at concordnc.gov/preservationplanOne survey is geared towards existing historic districts and the other towards future historic preservation efforts. The City appreciates your input during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for your neighborhoods. In addition, Architectural Historian Laura Purvis with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. will be in Concord next week (April 29 - May 3) documenting and photographing neighborhoods built prior to 1970. 



Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Holy Roly Poly!
Parks and Recreation is joining the fun of the City Nature Challenge with Holy Roly Poly! April 29 at McGee Park. This is how we roll - observing roly polies and their neighbors on a Greenway Adventure.  Download the iNaturalist app and create your account before you arrive, if you can!  Meet us at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m., and bring your phone or digital camera.  Just by participating, your family will be entered into a drawing for one of several butterfly puddlers to enhance your backyard habitat! Free and open to ages 3 and up. Click here to register now.

Move & Groove
For ages 2-5. Join us for singing, dancing, and Imagination Playground creativity! Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We’ll meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Yo-Play-Ga
For ages 2-5. Reaching to our toddler toes and back up like the flower grows we’ll use music to stretch our imaginations and min-muscles while laughing and having fun. This week we are Walking the Tightrope and going to the circus to learn how to juggle, and show off our best acrobatic moves! Class meets Friday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this program. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applicants fro the 2019-20 school year through May 3. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

May
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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!

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 you can join neighbors and citizens in the Charlotte Metro region to explore nature and document living things as part of a global competition? The City Nature Challenge is coming back April 26-29. The community that makes the most observations of nature, find the most species, and have the greatest number of participants wins the challenge. To learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist in person, come out to the Bunny Run Festival (Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m. in Downtown Concord) and Flutter By Earth Day (Monday April 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at McGee Park). Learn more and see which other cities are participating by visiting citynaturechallenge.org.

City budget process in final development stages
On Tuesday of this week, City Manager Lloyd Payne offered a preliminary look at the proposed FY20 budget to City Council at a special meeting. The budget addresses many priorities included in the recently adopted Strategic Plan. Payne will provide his final recommendation to Council by the end of May, and the City Council will hold a workshop on the budget at the June 11 work session and conduct a public hearing on the budget at the June 13 regular session. The budget must be adopted by the end of June in order to have funding appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Find out more about the City's strategic plan at concordnc.gov/strategicplan and learn more about the City budget at concordnc.gov/budget.

Good Friday holiday, Bunny Run 5K and other events
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, April 19. Some City services are operating on a different schedule this week, and several events are planned throughout the area. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Planning the future of our history: community input needed for Preservation Plan
A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. By the end of the process, the City hopes to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City. The City needs citizen input and will receive feedback from April 25 through May 20. Citizens are strongly encouraged to visit concordnc.gov/preservationplan during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Just a few more weeks: better service coming soon
As we previously announced, improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6. Affected customers who will have a collection schedule change have received a notice in the mail. Anyone can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to check their address and see if any changes are planned for their schedule. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Flutter By Earth Day
Everyone is welcome to join us for our Earth Day celebration with arts & crafts, activities, and guest organizations who will share knowledge about our community’s natural climate and interesting creatures. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in this fun fluttering day! There no fee to participate. Celebrate on Monday, April 22 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at McGee Park, 219 Corban Avenue E. For more information, call 704-920-5600.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

May
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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!

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 every spring and fall, City coworkers partner with recognized neighborhood organizations to collect litter along the city’s roadsides as part of NCDOT's Litter Sweep? The 2019 Spring Litter Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, April 27. Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter removal initiative. For more information, visit ncdot.gov/littersweep.

Highlights of the April 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized the winners of the 8th annual Pre-Skills Masonry Competition.

Presented retirement plaques to Donna Chandler - 15 years of service, Engineering; and David Chandler - 33 years of service, Electric Systems.

Presented a Proclamation for
National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 14-20.

Presented the
NC-IPMA 2019 Recognition Award for Training and Career Development.

Presented the
2019 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award to Sonya Bost in the Fire Department. This is the highest award presented to City of Concord coworkers. Jo Atwater's life was synonymous with heartfelt service to others in our community and the highest dedication to our organizational core values. Jo worked for the City from 1994 until her passing in 2004. During this time, she became a respected friend and inspirational teammate to all coworkers. This award continues Jo's vibrant spirit and valued legacy by annually recognizing one coworker that embodies our organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Learn more about Sonya's service in next week's CityLink Newsletter.

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

Conducted a public hearing and approved an agreement with Ford Commercial LLC regarding acquisition and construction of a sewer line near the intersection of Old Holland Road and Weddington Road, Ext.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution closing the right-of-way of Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets with an effective date of March 1, 2020 in order to facilitate
Cabarrus County's courthouse expansion project.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a portion of one parcel located to the southeast of the Christenbury Parkway and Cox Mill Rd intersection (9101 Edenbury Drive).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of one parcel located on at 50 Denise Ct. SW, owned by Joshua and Tiffany Yates.

Authorized the Concord ABC Board to retain extra Distribution of Funds.

Adopting the City of Concord Strategic Plan 2020-2023.

Established a 501(c) (3) nonprofit tax exempt entity as a supporting organization of the City.

Rejected an offer to purchase 208 Kerr Street, SW from Troutman Land Investments, Inc. for $35,000.

Awarded a bid to Kearey Builder's, Inc. in the amount of $335,460 to complete Phase IV (Lower Level Up-fit) construction at ClearWater Artist Studios using CDBG funds.

Awarded the total bid for the Miramar Dr., NE Sidewalk Extension Phase II to Piedmont Asphalt Paving Company, Inc.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract withIPR Southeast, LLC for the lining of sewer lines and rehabilitation of manholes.

Good Friday holiday schedule, Bunny Run 5K and other events
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, April 19. Some City services will operate on a different schedule the week of April 15, and several events are planned throughout the area. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on the normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, April 18. Customers are reminded that improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6 and affected customers are receiving a notice in the mail. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Fly off to a fun spring break from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport
The team at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is ready to serve many students and families traveling on Allegiant to sunny spring break destinations in the coming weeks. With extra flights to several fun Florida communities, Concord will be the spring break launch location for thousands in the region. Airport officials expect April 18-28 to be the busiest travel dates, with many Allegiant flights already sold out on these days. To ensure a smooth traveling experience, passengers should plan ahead, be prepared for lines, and arrive early to the airport. Check out the airport's helpful tips at concordnc.gov.

City Nature Challenge: April 26 – April 29
Become a Citizen Scientist and join forces in a friendly competition with neighbors and citizens in the Charlotte Metro region to explore nature all around them and document the living things they find! The community that makes the most observations of nature, find the most species, and have the greatest number of participants wins the challenge. To learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist in person, come out to the Bunny Run Festival (Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m. in Downtown Concord) and Flutter By Earth Day (Monday April 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at McGee Park). Learn more and see which other cities are participating by visiting citynaturechallenge.org.

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Egg hunts, Bunny Run 5K and Festival, and more
Concord Parks and Recreation will once again host egg hunts on Thursday, April 18 (
read page 21 of the Leisure Times for locations and times). Be sure to visit Downtown Concord on Saturday, April 20 for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival. In addition to the Fun Run at 9:00 and 5K race at 9:30 a.m., the family festival continues until 11:00 a.m. and includes activities, arts and crafts, music and dancing with the bunny, and more! Discounted pre-registration for the Bunny Run ends today. For more information, call 704-920-5600.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

April
16 at 3:00 p.m. City Council meeting – budget workshop (City Hall Room 330)
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

May
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 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 that four new officers were sworn in with the Concord Police Department this week? Find out who they are on the concordncpolice Instagram.

City seeks eligible applicants for Federal Section 5310 enhanced mobility project funding
The City of Concord is soliciting project proposals for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. An estimated $186,848 in grant funding is available under this program for transit projects in the Concord Urbanized Area. Funding will be allocated using a competitive selection process described in the City of Concord’s 5310 Program Management Plan. Eligible applicants for funding consist of local government agencies, social services agencies, private and public transportation operators, and non-profit organizations. The deadline for grant applications is April 30, 2019. For application materials and more, please visit concordnc.gov/5310.

Solid Waste reroute update: better service coming soon
As we previously announced, improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6. Affected customers who will have a collection schedule change should receive a notice in the mail shortly, if not already. Anyone can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to check their address and see if any changes are planned for their schedule. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

New signage and web tools enhance Concord development notifications
Concord's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has revamped its case notification signage and published a new development information page on its website, available at concordnc.gov/development. New color-coded and simplified notification signs will help the public identify properties around the City with upcoming public hearings and other approval processes. Finding information on these cases is easy on concordnc.gov/development using corresponding symbols that resemble the signs or a map showing all locations. More information is available at concordnc.gov.

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

2019 Spring Litter Sweep: April 13 – April 27
Every spring and fall, City coworkers partner with recognized neighborhood organizations to collect litter along the city’s roadsides as part of NCDOT's Litter Sweep. 2019 Spring Litter Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, April 27. Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter removal initiative. For more information, visit ncdot.gov/littersweep.

City Nature Challenge: April 26 – April 29
Become a Citizen Scientist and join forces in a friendly competition with neighbors and citizens in the Charlotte Metro region to explore nature all around them and document the living things they find! The community that makes the most observations of nature, find the most species, and have the greatest number of participants wins the challenge. To learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist in person, come out to the Bunny Run Festival (Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m. in Downtown Concord) and Flutter By Earth Day (Monday April 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at McGee Park). Learn more and see which other cities are participating by visiting citynaturechallenge.org.

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

April
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council external agency funding hearing and work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.