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Did you know?
Did you know City of Concord coworkers team up with recognized neighborhoods to clean up City streets twice each year? This spring, we removed 357 bags of litter from the roadside, making our City more beautiful and decreasing the risk for water pollution and wildlife entanglement.
 
City Manager recommends FY2013-14 budget
Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2013-14 budget recommendation to the Concord City Council at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 29. The City-wide budget totals $213,386,710 for all funds, including utilities and various special revenue funds. The recommended General Fund budget, where the primary funding sources are property and sales tax receipts, is $68,960,872. Hiatt recommended the tax rate remain at 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. To learn more, visit concord.gov.
 
Paper towels and flushable wipes: how flushable are they?
Out of sight, out of mind—that’s what most of us think about what goes down the household toilet. For most home owners this is true, but not always—and you would be surprised at what is becoming the biggest cause of sewer spills and back-ups: paper products other than toilet paper. Three of the City of Concord’s twenty three pump stations have already been affected by paper towels and wipes. In one instance, one of the pumps was so impacted with wipes that it stopped working. Another was only running at 60 percent of its capacity. Had the pump not been repaired in time, about 1,000 households could have had a severe problem to deal with. Learn more about this problem on WBTV News tonight at 5 and 7.
 
Check out Historic Downtown Concord on NC Weekend
Historic Downtown Concord is featured on this week's episode of UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend. In addition, the show grabs some air at Hexagon Wake Park in Benson, visits Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham, samples wine at Gregory Vineyards in Angier, and Deborah Holt Noel checks out all the things to do in Wrightsville Beach. Tune in tonight on UNC-TV at 8:30 p.m. or visit unctv.org to watch on-demand.
 
Downtown Ambassador program seeks volunteers
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation has officially launched a new program that gets folks involved in their community and adds charm to a visit to Historic Downtown Concord. It's the Downtown Concord Ambassador Program. Downtown ambassadors will volunteer at events that draw large groups of visitors to downtown Concord, typically working two-hour shifts at a time. Ambassadors are rewarded at the end of their shifts with discounts and coupons from downtown Concord businesses. For more information, visit concorddowntown.com.
 
Hamilton recognized for commitment to exceeding customer expectations
Concord Assistant City Manager Merl Hamilton received the 2013 Tony Plummer Excellence in Service Award Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Speedway officials created the Plummer award to honor someone committed to exceeding the customer's expectations and success in that pursuit. The award is named for Tony Plummer, who worked as a Windstream technician for 43 years - a large portion of which he serviced the speedway's account - before passing away last March. Hamilton has worked with the speedway for a dozen years both in his current role and previously as the Chief of Police. Learn more at charlottemotorspeedway.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 begins June 1 and continue through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
6/11/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/13/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/18/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/20/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/25/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know a floodplain development permit is required for all development within a 100 year floodplain? The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department (704-920-5152) can provide details on types of approvals necessary for new construction or improvements within the floodplain. Learn more at concordnc.gov/flood.
 
City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 27. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay, with Monday's items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, May 31. Visit concordnc.gov for more information, and have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
 
Utility work resumes on Old Charlotte Road
City of Concord Water Resources crews have resumed utility repairs on Old Charlotte Road beginning Tuesday, May 21. The repair project was delayed in early April. Motorists traveling on Old Charlotte Road should be aware of the work zone detour through the end of May, weather permitting. Visit concordnc.gov for more details.
 
National Public Works Week
The City of Concord honors those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services during National Public Works Week, from May 19 through 25, 2013. Activities and programs were across the country to celebrate the contributions of public works professionals as well as the communities they serve. These professionals are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety, and comfort. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
CAF WWII Air Power History Tour at Concord Regional Airport
Take a trip back in time this weekend as historic World War II aircraft visit Concord Regional Airport. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Air Power History Tour is at Concord Regional Airport all weekend through Monday, May 27. The tour features "FIFI," the world's only remaining flying B-29 Superfortress. For more information, visit airpowersquadron.org.
 
ISO rating improvement may lower commercial fire insurance rates
Commercial and industrial property owners in Concord are reminded to inquire with their insurance carriers about lower fire insurance rates effective June 1, 2013, when the City of Concord’s improved ISO rating of Class 2 will take effect. As a result of the recent evaluation by the N.C. Department of Insurance, many retail, commercial, and industrial businesses should see fire insurance rates fall by an average of five to eight percent. Residential rental property owners, which are considered commercial properties for insurance purposes, may also see lower rates. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 will begin June 1 and continue through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/28/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
5/29/2013 at 5:00 p.m. City Council special meeting – FY 2013-14 budget presentation
June
6/11/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/13/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/18/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/20/2013 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 CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know NCDOT provides real-time travel information? You can call 511, visit ncdot.gov/travel, follow NCDOT on Twitter @NCDOT_Charlotte and @NCDOT_I85, or bookmark m.ncdot.gov on your smartphone.
 
City of Concord works to ensure a safe experience for race fans
NASCAR is home again with the festivities surrounding the Sprint All-Star Race and next weekend's 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 to welcome race fans to our community.
 
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the City of Concord partner with Charlotte Motor Speedway to ease travel for fans heading to and from the races. Visit charlottemotorspeedway.com for tips.
 
Annual Water Quality Report available
The City of Concord's Annual Water Report for 2012 is now available for viewing at concordnc.gov/WaterQualityReport. The report contains important information regarding the sources and quality of your drinking water. If you have any questions regarding the report, or if you would like to receive a paper copy of the report, please call (704) 920-5723.
 
Coca-Cola Recycle & Win partnership launched in Cabarrus
Coca-Cola Recycle & Win, the nationally recognized sustainability initiative which began in Charlotte in 2009, is back and has been expanded beyond Mecklenburg County into Cabarrus County. Coca-Cola Consolidated, Harris Teeter, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg have joined forces to promote recycling by offering consumers the reward of a $50 Harris Teeter gift card for recycling properly. Residents will receive more information soon, and the prize patrol will hit the road beginning the week of June 17.
 
Race fans staying at one of seven designated campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway can also get in on the “get rewarded for recycling” action this year by placing aluminum cans and plastic bottles in blue recycling bags provided at campground check in. Fans “caught” by the Coca-Cola Recycling Patrol doing this good deed will be rewarded with $25 in Speedway Bucks good at any CMS concession stand. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
APA-NC presents NC Great Main Street People's Choice award at Union Street Live
In March, Concord's historic Union Street was voted first place in the Great Main Street People's Choice competition! The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) hosted the competition to celebrate great places in North Carolina, and the communities that sustain them. APA-NC presented Concord with its certificate at Union Street Live on May 16. Visit the City's flickr photostream to see photos.
 
NCDOT plans lane and ramp closures on I-85 at NC 73 (Exit 55) beginning Sunday night
The NC Department of Transportation will be working with contractor Lane Construction at the I-85 interchange with N.C. 73 (Exit 55) beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday, May 19, weather permitting. Demolition of the existing bridge will require intermittent lane and ramp closures in both directions to keep motorists and workers safe. This work is part of the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project, improving I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73. Lane and ramp closures will take place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night through Wednesday morning, May 22. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Piedmont Farmers Market – Downtown Market now open for 2013
The Piedmont Farmers Market offers several markets during the year at different locations in Cabarrus County. Featuring locally grown produce, honey, fresh baked breads, grass fed beef, hand crafted jewelry, woodworking, pottery, and more! Buying locally grown food gives you fresh flavor and health benefits while supporting the local economy. The weekly Downtown Market on Market Street is open for 2013, operating each Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit piedmont-farmersmarket.com to learn more.
 
Affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats available May 19-25
Select veterinarians throughout Cabarrus County are offering rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats for a special reduced price of only $10 next week. To schedule a rabies vaccination at the reduced cost, contact one of several participating local veterinary clinics. Learn more at cabarrushealth.org.
 
Concord Housing to host writers' workshop
Yes, there really is a book in you! Make your voice heard, share your life experiences, and inspire others. Bring light to a certain cause, or simply leave a message for your children, grandchildren and future generations. Nellie A. Wosu, international author and speaker will present a two-day workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Each day's sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110. For more Housing Department events visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/21/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/28/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
6/11/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/13/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/20/2013 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 CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that although federal legislation has been passed to allow the FAA the flexibility to fully fund the contract tower program, the FAA has not made any official announcement or notice that it will do so? Federal funding for the control tower at Concord Regional Airport is currently scheduled to end June 15, 2013. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
TOMORROW - delete blood cancer and save lives
The City of Concord and the family of Council Member Hector Henry are partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to host a bone marrow donor registration drive on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Concord First Assembly is providing the venue at the Village Suite 15 facility, located at 280 Concord Parkway N #15.
 
Adults ages 18-55 in good health are eligible to register. The registration process consists of a do-it-yourself cheek swab and takes a total of 10-15 minutes from start to finish. You can also register online if you cannot make it that day. If you have already registered, or are not able to, there are many other ways to help including making a monetary donation, or helping to publicize our efforts. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Highlights of the May 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the quarterly Shining Star Award to Fire and Life Safety Ladder 7 C-shift (Mark Goodman-Battalion Chief, Renee Lutz, Brian Jahant, Eric Sager, David Autry). **After completion of fire call in October, the company saw a lady with two small children crying because her car had a flat tire. When they stopped to assist, they learned she was traveling through the area to Atlanta and had neither a spare tire nor the equipment necessary to change it. The ladder company pooled their money together, located a used tire for sale at Punchy Whitaker's Wheel and Tire, and the Battalion Chief took the rim to the store. When the store learned of the circumstances, they would not accept any money and mounted the tire on the rim free of charge. The ladder company used air bag lifters to raise her car, changed the tire, and was able to set her on her way.**
 
Presented a retirement plaque to Customer Service Specialist Vickie Wensil for 11 years of service with the Police Department.
 
Recognized Coltrane-Webb Elementary School Students who participated in Lemonade Day on May 4.
 
Received an informational report from Christian Montgomery with Delete Blood Cancer.
 
Received a presentation regarding artist selection for the replacement of the murals in Union-Market walkway.
 
Authorized submission of the 2013 Action Plan for the US HUD Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs. 
 
Approved an agreement to amend the existing Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperative, Comprehensive, and Continuing Transportation Planning, last approved on March 19, 2003, regarding the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization and to provide the organization structure needed to fulfill the requirements of 23 U.S.C. Sec. 134(b), N.C.G.S. Sec. 136-66.2 and N.C.G.S. Sec 136-200 through 136-2-2, inclusive. 
 
Awarded a bid to Altec Industries for a telescopic aerial truck for the Electric Department.
 
Awarded a bid for two substation power transformers to Virginia Transformer Corp for rebuilding of Substation I at the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County site.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Carolina Siteworks, Inc. to rehabilitate the eight-inch water line on Old Charlotte Road.
 
Recognized the Sapphire Hills Homeowners' Association into the City's Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.
 
Approved the acquisition of a 56.94 acre parcel located off Weddington Road Ext. (PIN 4599-24-1428) from Concord Kids, LLC and Ann D. Frische (Individually and as Member/Manager) for the site of Fire Station 11 and recreational improvements.
 
RCCC to host Small Business Resource Fair May 15
Connect with dozens of local and state organizations, agencies, and offices that offer free services for your business at the Small Business Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 15 at the Cabarrus County Government Center. The free mid-day event, that includes lunch, will bring to one location business assistance representatives and government office personnel to answer questions and distribute information business owners and prospective owners need to start, grow and succeed. Registration and more information is available at rccc.edu.
 
Union Street Live! returns May 16 – with a special celebration
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the launch of the 2013 Union Street Live! concert series featuring The Tams. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer through September on the Third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
 
In March, Concord's historic Union Street was voted first place in the Great Main Street People's Choice competition! The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) hosted the competition to celebrate great places in North Carolina, and the communities that sustain them. APA-NC will present Concord with its certificate at Union Street Live! on May 16, so we can enjoy this recognition at one of our favorite downtown celebrations!
 
Concord Housing to host writers' workshop
Yes, there really is a book in you! Make your voice heard, share your life experiences, and inspire others. Bring light to a certain cause, or simply leave a message for your children, grandchildren and future generations. Nellie A. Wosu, international author and speaker will present a two-day workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Each day's sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110. For more Housing Department events visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/16/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/21/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/28/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
6/11/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/13/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord's maintenance cost per vehicle has been the lowest in the North Carolina Benchmarking Project for five consecutive years? Concord is one of fourteen municipal fleets participating in the NC Benchmarking project administered by the UNC School of Government. Various industry-standard measures are reported each year, comparing workload, effectiveness, and efficiency. Fleet Services has also achieved a 99 percent availability rate for the entire fleet, which means our vehicles are on the job, allowing departments to provide cost-effective services to citizens and customers.
 
Concord joins the fight to delete blood cancer
The City of Concord and the family of Council Member Hector Henry are partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to host a bone marrow donor registration drive on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Concord First Assembly is providing the venue at the Village Suite 15 facility, located at 280 Concord Parkway N #15.
 
Adults ages 18-55 in good health are eligible to register. The registration process consists of a do-it-yourself cheek swab and takes a total of 10-15 minutes from start to finish. You can also register online if you cannot make it that day. If you have already registered, or are not able to, there are many other ways to help including volunteering at the May 11 event, making a monetary donation, or helping to publicize our efforts. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Spring Into Arts Festival features visual and performing artists
Celebrate our vibrant arts community at the Spring Into Arts Festival from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4 on Union Street in Historic Downtown Concord. This day-long arts event provides local and regional performing and visual artists an opportunity to show, share knowledge, demonstrate, sell their work, and perform. There will be children's art activities, musical performances, a display of fine art for sale, and food offered for sale by food vendors and local restaurants. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at 704-784-4208.
 
Annual sewer line rehabilitation begins next week
Concord Water Resources Department will begin annual sewer maintenance work next week, using slip lining—a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. Since 2004, the City has saved over a million dollars using this process. Approximately 23,000 linear feet of sewer pipe will be lined beginning Monday, May 6. The total project will last until mid-August, but individual customers will only be affected for less than twelve hours under normal conditions. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
RCCC to host Small Business Resource Fair May 15
Connect with dozens of local and state organizations, agencies, and offices that offer free services for your business at the Small Business Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 15 at the Cabarrus County Government Center. The free mid-day event, that includes lunch, will bring to one location business assistance representatives and government office personnel to answer questions and distribute information business owners and prospective owners need to start, grow and succeed. Registration and more information is available at rccc.edu.
 
Concord Housing to host writers' workshop
Yes, there really is a book in you! Make your voice heard, share your life experiences, and inspire others. Bring light to a certain cause, or simply leave a message for your children, grandchildren and future generations. Nellie A. Wosu, international author and speaker will present a two-day workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. Each day's sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110. For more Housing Department events visit concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/7/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/9/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/16/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/21/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/28/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.