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Please disregard the previous version of this week's CityLink newsletter, which incorrectly stated the solid waste schedule for next week.  There will be a one-day delay for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection next week.  Our apologies for the error.

 
Did you know?
Did you know it's just as important to REUSE as it is to recycle? It's true. We'd create a lot less waste in the first place (and save money, too) if we could all change our mindsets from "buy new - throw away" to "buy used - give away."  Visit thrift stores and yard sales. Reuse gift wrap. Re-gift, there's no shame! Repurpose before you discard, and visit Facebook.com/ConcordSwapShop for a convenient place to get-for-free and give-away!
 
City of Concord works to ensure a safe experience for race fans
NASCAR’s spring-time homecoming culminates this Memorial Day weekend with the annual running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The City of Concord is proud to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore motorsports-related events, attractions, and behind-the-scenes tours. Visit concordnc.gov to learn about what the City of Concord does when race fans come to visit.
 
City of Concord offices closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Garbage recycling, and bulky item collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay next week. Rider Transit will not be in service on Monday, May 28, and will resume normal service on Tuesday, May 29. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Lock, Look, Learn About Water Safety
As pool season begins, Safe Kids North Carolina is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips in an effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings, and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. An estimated 400 children age 14 and younger drown in swimming pools and spas each year across the U.S. A Consumer Product Safety Commission study found that 2,000 children are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries sustained in familiar surroundings, with a majority of those victims being supervised by one or both parents at the time of the accident. Visit the City Hall Blog for information on the Lock, Look, and Learn program.
 
Take to the skies at Concord Regional Airport
The 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be at Concord Regional Airport June 1-4. The Tri-Motor is a unique experience for the whole family to fly in the world’s first airliner. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free 10-week course begins August 28 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Are you being notified when it counts?
For several years, the City of Concord used its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents. However, if you have an unpublished number or no landline, you may not be receiving important messages from the City. Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center will open this weekend for Memorial Day. The pool will be closed from Tuesday May 29 - Thursday May 31, and reopen Friday, June 1. Pool hours this summer will be Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Sign up for upcoming trips and tours - enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us!
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25.
 
Join us as we travel to the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. The New South means people, places, and a period of time — from 1865 to today. Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War. This trip departs from Logan Recreation Center on Friday, June 1 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Fee is $10, with $5 City resident discount available.
 
For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Pilates session begins May 30
Improve your core strength, flexibility and balance while building strength without bulk. The pilates workout incorporates bands, weights, and fitness balls as well as combining yoga techniques. Instructor: Michelle Colombero. Session I: May 30 – July 16. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Register for Safety Town 2012
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2012, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene. Safety Town will be held Aug. 7 and 8 (depending on student school assignment) at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Concord on Canvas
Be sure to take a stroll down Union Street, where original works of art are on display on nine two-sided banners until Saturday June 2. The artwork will be auctioned off at a silent auction on Friday, June 8, at the Paramount Room, 9 Union Street, North in Historic Downtown Concord. More details at concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
At the Concord Museum
Two new special exhibits open June 4 at the Concord Museum: “Go Fly a Kite,” featuring vintage kites hand-made by the late S. Kay Patterson of Concord, and “The Sidney Lanier Book Club 75th Anniversary.” They join the museum’s ongoing exhibit, “The Concord Camera,” which views the city’s history through vintage photography. The Concord Museum is located inside the Historic Courthouse at 65 Union St. South in downtown Concord. Museum hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/29/2012 at 5:30 p.m. City Council special meeting for FY 2012-13 budget presentation
June
6/12/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/14/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/19/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/21/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/26/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord has an ordinance to encourage Low Impact Development (LID)? Stormwater (rainfall) in conventional development is typically directed to a large ponds concentrated on one portion of a site. Studies have shown that large stormwater ponds can alter soil composition and adversely impact plant and animal life. Conversely, LID disperses stormwater into smaller integrated facilities located throughout a site, which minimizes environmental impacts. Through a collaborative process with developers, engineers, and botanists in the private sector, the Planning and Neighborhood Development department drafted the ordinance with significant assistance from the Stormwater, Engineering, Transportation, and Legal Departments. City Council adopted the LID ordinance in January 2011.
 
Fair housing rights open house on May 25
The NC Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or family status. The Housing and Planning and Neighborhood Development Departments invite the public to an open house on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street SW. A housing counselor will be on site from 11-1, a continental breakfast will be served from 10-noon, and lunch will be served from noon-2. For more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Take to the skies at Concord Regional Airport
The 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be at Concord Regional Airport June 1-4. The Tri-Motor is a unique experience for the whole family to fly in the world’s first airliner. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free 10-week course begins August 28 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Concord on Canvas
Be sure to take a stroll down Union Street, where original works of art are on display on nine two -sided banners until Saturday June 2. The artwork will be auctioned off at a silent auction on Friday, June 8, at the Paramount Room, 9 Union Street, North in Historic Downtown Concord. More details at concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/22/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
6/12/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/14/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/19/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/21/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis adopted responsible water use guidelines 2009 that restrict water use for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Mount Pleasant? Under normal, responsible water use, lawn irrigation is ONLY allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of the May 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized former Electric Systems Director Bill Seamone for his induction into the Lineman's Hall of Fame, and presented plaques from the American Public Power Association recognizing the department for receiving the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond designation and first-place in the Safety Awards of Excellence (details at concordnc.gov).
 
Presented retirement plaques to:
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to the Fire and Life Safety Department. On November 28, a local family was burned out of their home. The father had recently lost his job, and the family was left with nothing (including a vehicle) as a result of the fire and employment status. The Department banded together to provide the teenage boys with new clothes and other items for Christmas and gathered used household items to donate for the family once they found a new home.
 
Presentation of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2011 to the Finance Department.
 
Adopted names for the Downtown connector walkways to help guide visitors around the Downtown business district: Union-Market Passage, Bicentennial Passage.
 
Approved plans to modify the Spring Street public parking lot to improve pedestrian connectivity from the Carolina Courts facility and Memorial Gardens to the Downtown business district and to promote Downtown economic development.
 
Received an update from the City of Concord Youth Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopting an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by Roberta United Methodist Church.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a text amendment to Article 8 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to add certain uses to the Light Industrial (I-1) zoning district.
 
Authorized the Concord ABC Board to retain Capital Reserve Funds.
 
Granted a license to the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to display banners for Concord on Canvas.
 
Approved matching grant funds and adopted a budget ordinance for the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace half of the county-wide radio system with digital P25 equipment and connect to theUASI regional control system.
 
Authorized the Police Department to apply for and receive funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with First Transit to operate the Rider Transit System.
 
Allocated HOME funds for multi-family affordable housing rehabilitation project located at 357 Freedom Street SW
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and sign a corrugated cardboard recycling contract with County Garbage Collectors, Inc., d/b/a Benfield Sanitation Services, to collect and recycle cardboard from businesses and non-profits located within the City of Concord.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Block Grant Agreement between the City of Concord and the NCDOT Division of Aviation to design a replacement Air Traffic Control tower.  
 
Take to the skies at Concord Regional Airport
The EAA Young Eagles Rally, FREE introductory airplane rides for youth ages 8-17, will be at the Concord Regional Airport 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 12. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
The 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be at Concord Regional Airport June 1-3. The Tri-Motor is a unique experience for the whole family to fly in the world’s first airliner. More information is at eaa309.blogspot.com.
 
$10 rabies vaccinations available May 14-19
Cabarrus County Animal Control and Cabarrus Health Alliance have partnered with local veterinary clinics to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats the week of May 14-19. Information about the program and a list of participating Cabarrus County veterinarians is available at cabarrusheatlh.org.
 
City coworkers participate in local documentary project
The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2012, which includes City coworkers Rita Ellison (Finance), Glenn Hatley (Aviation), and Lesley Reder (Finance), has produced a documentary honoring the impact of the textile industry in Cabarrus County. Stitched in Time includes stories told by former Cannon Mill employees and highlights the rich history of our region. The film will premiere at the Gem Theater on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. More details at cabarruschamber.org.
 
Learn about fair housing rights on May 25
The NC Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or family status.
The Housing and Planning and Neighborhood Development Departments invite the public to an open house on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street SW. A housing counselor will be on site from 11-1, a continental breakfast will be served from 10-noon, and lunch will be served from noon-2. For more information, please contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
The 7th annual Spring into Arts Festival is back and ready to share some of the best that North Carolina has to offer tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) from noon until 9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. There will be musical and theatrical performances throughout the day and a concert in the evening at this free event. View the art show or the jewelry for sale. Kids also can be artists with various activities and crafts. For more information, call 704-784-4208 or visit concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Catalinas - May 17
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/22/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
6/12/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/14/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know rain barrels not only save you money on your water bill, but they also decrease the amount of stormwater runoff leaving our City? That's a good thing! Rain water is supposed to soak into the ground, but that's impossible when the ground is covered with impervious surfaces like parking lots, roads, sidewalks, and buildings. The amount of runoff currently leaving cities and towns is unnatural, and can damage the environment. So, the more we keep in, the better! Visit concordnc.gov to purchase a low-cost rain barrel today!
 
Drop in at the inaugural ClearWater Artist Studios open gallery
The buildings at 223 Crowell Drive, NW (at the intersection with Kerr Street) in Gibson Village served the City of Concord for decades as water and electric operations facilities, but were vacated and used as storage since the late 1990s. Now known as Clearwater Artist Studios, the buildings will establish a community of creative social energy to transform the surrounding neighborhood.
 
Join the ClearWater Artists from 6-9 tonight at the inaugural ClearWater Artist Studios Open Gallery. You’ll be able to meet the artists who have studios in the space, enjoy free food and drinks, tour the newly transformed facility, admire remarkable local artwork, and purchase something for your home!
 
Exterior site improvements are nearly complete, so if you have not been down Kerr Street recently you will be amazed. Additional studios will be included in future phases, providing over 30 artist studios once the project is complete. In addition, the master plan calls for a café, community market space, and a large open green space that can be used for recreation and community events. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com.
 
Newly combined team to benefit City of Concord customers
The City of Concord has achieved a new milestone in its commitment to making excellent service its top priority. In January, the City’s two existing Customer Service teams combined in an effort to achieve customer service excellence. The Customer Care Center staff was relocated from Fire Station 3 to the Municipal Building where the walk-in Customer Service group is located. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
City coworkers participate in local documentary project
The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2012, which includes City coworkers Rita Ellison (Finance), Glenn Hatley (Aviation), and Lesley Reder (Finance), has produced a documentary honoring the impact of the textile industry in Cabarrus County. Stitched in Time includes stories told by former Cannon Mill employees and highlights the rich history of our region. The film will premiere at the Gem Theater on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. More details at cabarruschamber.org.
 
$10 rabies vaccinations available May 14-19
Cabarrus County Animal Control and Cabarrus Health Alliance have partnered with local veterinary clinics to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats the week of May 14-19. Information about the program and a list of participating Cabarrus County veterinarians is available at cabarrusheatlh.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
The 7th annual Spring into Arts Festival is back and ready to share some of the best that North Carolina has to offer on Saturday, May 12 from noon until 9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. There will be musical and theatrical performances throughout the day and a concert in the evening at this free event. View the art show or the jewelry for sale. Kids also can be artists with various activities and crafts. For more information, call 704-784-4208 or visit concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Catalinas - May 17
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/7/2012 at 5:30 p.m. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit public hearing at Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, Concord
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/22/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.