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Did you know?
Did you know that there are currently 158 registered aircraft based at Concord Regional Airport including 112 single engine aircraft, 17 multi-engine aircraft, 21 jets, and 8 helicopters? The combined value of these aircraft is over $150 million dollars.
 
City Manager recommends budget for FY 2014-15
Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2014-15 budget recommendation to the Mayor and City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 27. The City-wide budget totals $216,784,204 and the recommended General Fund budget is $71,577,540. Hiatt recommended the tax rate remain at 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council will hold at least one budget workshop on June 10, 2014 and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014 during the regular City Council meeting. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Fire Department's Career Day to kick off annual recruitment process
The Concord Fire Department is hosting its annual Career Day open house at Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard), on Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The event kicks off the 2014-15 firefighter recruitment process. Career Day provides the opportunity for interested applicants to learn more about the department, meet firefighters, tour facilities, see equipment, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Visit concordnc.gov for a flyer and to learn more.
 
What happens to your recyclables?
Everyone knows trash ends up in the landfill, but have you ever wondered what happens to recyclables once they leave your house? Recyclables from Concord residences are taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where they are sorted by type, baled, and marketed to manufacturers who give them new lives! Many modern MRFs use machinery to do most of the sorting, and this is just what happens at Sonoco Recycling, the MRF that accepts Concord's materials. At concordnc.gov, you can check out a video that show's this amazing facility in action.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  
Youth Soccer registration begins June 1
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 begins June 1 and continues 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 704-920-5600.
 
New adult wooden bat softball league to launch
New this summer: adult wooden bat softball leagues. Registration is available from June 1 through June 30, and costs $375 per team. Men’s Open and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open league plays on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Co-ed league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are played at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information and a registration.
 
Cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center              
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center is now open weekends, and this summer's weekday hours begin Monday, June 16. During the season the pool offers open swim for the community at a minimum fee, water aerobics, and swimming lessons for both youth and adults. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Children's Ballet
Students ages 3 and older will learn ballet principles, body position, carriage, and posture through movement using a variety of music. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fee for multi-week session is $25; $5 City resident discount available. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Hartsell Karate Club
For youth ages 3 and up. Students will learn to kick, block, punch, and strike. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Fee for multi-week session is $25; $5 City resident discount available. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge closed for repairs
The McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge near McGee Park is closed while tread boards are replaced. The bridge will not be usable during this project; we apologize for this inconvenience. Visit concordparksandrec.org for project updates and more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord's Fleet Services Department is a Blue Seal of Excellence certified shop? The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certifies automotive and truck repair professionals such as mechanics, parts personnel, and service writers. Once 75 percent of technicians are certified, covering each area of service performed, the facility qualifies for the Blue Seal of Excellence. The City of Concord employs highly trained professionals who keep the fleet on the road, providing services to citizens and customers. Learn more about Fleet Services at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 26. Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, May 30. For information about other service changes, please visit concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Police Department promotes Doug Wilhelm to Major
Police Chief Guy Smith has announced the promotion of Doug Wilhelm to the rank of major, effective Monday, May 26, 2014. Wilhelm will serve as commander of the Patrol Division, following the retirement of Major Walt Stofford in April. Wilhelm started his career in law enforcement in 1989 as a Cabarrus County Deputy Sheriff and joined the Concord Police Department as a Patrol Officer in July of 1995. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Fire Department's Career Day to kick off annual recruitment process
The Concord Fire Department is hosting its annual Career Day open house at Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard), on Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The event kicks off the 2014-15 firefighter recruitment process. Career Day provides the opportunity for interested applicants to learn more about the department, meet firefighters, tour facilities, see equipment, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about the firefighter recruitment process.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
Curious as to how the name "Concord" came about? Ever wonder just how many water lines supply Concord? The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 26 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 2. Class size is limited to 30 participants. Visit concordnc.gov to get started.
 
Check out the Summer 2014 City Circular and Leisure Times
The Summer 2014 issue of the City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page. The Summer 2014 issue of the Leisure Times, which is also available online. See new listings of classes, activities, and events from Concord Parks and Recreation. Both publications will be in your mailbox soon.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge to close for repairs
The McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge near McGee Park is closed while tread boards are replaced. The bridge will not be usable during this project; we apologize for this inconvenience. Visit concordparksandrec.org for project updates and more information.
 
Piedmont Farmers Market Concord weekday locations open
In addition to the year-round Saturday market, The Piedmont Farmers Market offers several additional market locations during the spring and summer. 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. New and already open for this year is a location at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Avenue SE, open each Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. The weekly Downtown Concord location on Market Street will open May 14, operating each Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit piedmont-farmersmarket.com to learn more.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
27 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting (City Manager's proposed FY15 budget)
June
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know North Carolina General Statutes require the City Manager, acting as budget officer, to present a balanced budget recommendation for the July 1-June 30 fiscal year to the Mayor and City Council no later than June 1 of each year? Concord's budget presentation is typically held the last week of May.
 
Municipal Building repair to close entrance and section of sidewalk
Beginning Monday, May 19, the City of Concord will begin work to remedy a moisture intrusion problem currently affecting the foundation of the Municipal Building at 26 Union Street S. The project will require closing and excavating the sidewalk directly in front of the Municipal Building. During this time, all Downtown businesses will be able to remain open. However, a detour will be established to take pedestrians across Union Street and back, so they can safely access all businesses on either side of the work zone. For part of the project, after-hours utility payments will temporarily be accepted at the Concord Police customer service desk located at 41 Cabarrus Avenue West. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Electric Systems Department honored for outstanding safety practices
The 69 coworkers in the City of Concord's Electric Systems Department have earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2013. This is the second time in three years the department has earned this award. Mayor Scott Padgett recognized the department's accomplishment at the May 8 City Council meeting. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Eighteen citizens graduate from tenth Public Safety Academy
Concord has 18 new advocates for public safety after completing the City's tenth Public Safety Academy. The ten-week academy gave participants an inside look at the Concord Police, Fire, Communications, and Emergency Management services. Learn more about this annual program and its participants at concordnc.gov.
 
Tams Concert rescheduled to September 18
Yesterday's weather postponed the first 2014 Union Street Live concert, featuring The Tams. The series continues all summer on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. with The Tams performance rescheduled to September 18. Visit concorddowntown.com for this summer’s concert schedule and more.
 
Haulers on Union cancelled due to severe weather
Although the 600 Festival's plan was to hold the much anticipated Haulers on Union event come rain or shine, yesterday's severe weather in the area forced the parade to be cancelled. Thanks to our friends at the Cabarrus CVB for producing a short video of many NASCAR Haulers making their way into the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield tunnel.
 
Agencies partner to offer race week travel information to residents and visitors
The City of Concord works with North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and others to help everyone travel safely during "race week," when our community grows by hundreds of thousands. We welcome to all visitors to Concord and hope residents will visit charlottemotorspeedway.com for helpful travel information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge to close for repairs
The McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge near McGee Park will close Tuesday, May 20 while tread boards are replaced. The bridge will not be usable during this project; we apologize for this inconvenience. Visit concordparksandrec.org for project updates and more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
27 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know you should only call 911 when you have an emergency needing immediate police, fire, or medical emergencies? Many times, people call 911 when non-emergency requests for service would be more appropriate, taking limited 911 resources. It is also important to be prepared to answer the telecommunicators' questions, including the location of the emergency with a street address. Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly. Learn more at 911.gov.
 
Highlights of the May 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presentation of the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Police coworkers Kristine Delaney, Wes Grasty, and Matt Scott. In March, Officers Delaney and Grasty responded to a domestic disturbance at a busy intersection, finding a family pulled over with the mother trying to calm down her 13-year-old daughter. The officers learned that the girl was a trumpet player with autism, and was upset after being bullied by other students because her instrument's condition. The officers wanted to help the girl and her family, and began reaching out on their time off. Officer Matt Scott donated his trumpet to the girl after hearing the situation, and Officer Delaney and other Police coworkers contributed money to restore the donated trumpet to new condition, with enough left over to also purchase a cleaning kit. Since the officers also met the family's younger daughter, Officer Grasty purchased some presents for her as well. The officers met the family for breakfast on a Saturday morning to surprise both children with their gifts.
 
Presented a plaque from the American Public Power Association recognizing the City of Concord Electric Systems Department for receiving the first place Safety Award of Excellence for 2013.
 
Proclaimed May 18 - 24, 2014 as Public Works Week as part of the National Public Works Week celebration.
 
Received the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC) Master Plan.
 
Receive a report on recent speed limit enforcement results on South Union Street and on previous speed limit studies.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Inaara LLC.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to overturn the denial of Blue Pure Life, LLC's request for a zoning map amendment (Z-12-13).       
 
Authorized the Concord ABC Board to retain Capital Reserve Funds in excess of the State's requirement for a specified time to fund needed capital improvements.
 
Authorized submission of the 2014 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME). 
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Granite Sky Design for turn-key production of the City Circular and Leisure Times publications.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 30 - Environment, Article IV - Nuisances
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of four parcels of land owned by Cabarrus County Board of Education, Douglas Martin Foster, and the Odell Volunteer Fire Department (parcel 1, parcel 2).  
 
Reappointed Council Member David Phillips to the Board of Directors of the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC).
 
Tips for responsible political sign removal
After fulfilling your civic duty in this week's primary election, don't forget to be responsible when removing political signs and do your part to keep them out of landfills. Reuse them if possible, and if you can't then be sure to recycle! Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Concord Fire Department to begin annual hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve to ensure water can be obtained from each hydrant should the need arise. There are 4,968 hydrants in the City’s system. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.
 
First ever Haulers on Union set for Thursday, May 15
NASCAR returns to its home field in Concord next week with 10 Blockbuster Days of Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. To celebrate, Downtown Concord is hosting Haulers on Union, one of three new community events as part of an enhanced 600 Festival. On Thursday, May 15, over 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team haulers will parade the entire length of Union Street on their way to load in at the Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The public is encouraged to line Union Street to welcome the teams home and cheer for their favorite as the haulers head north into and through Downtown. The first hauler is expected Downtown approximately 6:00 p.m. Union Street will be closed to all traffic between Killarney and Corban Avenues from 5:00 p.m. until after all haulers have passed through Downtown. For parking information, visit concorddowntown.com.
 
The Thursday fun continues with Union Street Live, featuring the Tams
It’s a double-header of fun on Union Street next Thursday, May 15. After Haulers on Union, the 2014 Union Street Live concert series kicks off, featuring The Tams. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Visit concorddowntown.com for this summer’s concert schedule and more.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Cardio Combo
A combination of cardio exercises using the step and hi/lo exercises on the floor. Weights will be used in interval format or at the end of class followed by abs and stretching. Weights provided. Great class for all levels. Meets Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session IV: 5/12 - 6/23, no class 5/26; Activity # 4050.114). Registration fee is $20 per six-class session; $5 City resident discount available.
 
Body Blitz
Weight and strength training to work your whole body. Every muscle group will be targeted using weights, your body weight, and equipment. Meets Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center (Session IV: 5/14 - 6/25, no class 6/11; Activity # 4052.114). Registration fee is $20; $5 City resident discount available.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
27 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
June
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that litter can block storm drainage pipes and entangle wildlife? You can help prevent flooding and protect wildlife by putting your trash where it belongs, and by picking up litter even if it is not yours. To go a step further, groups can adopt a Concord stream. Visit concordnc.gov or contact Crystal Brown at brownc@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5287 to get started.
 
Head Downtown this Saturday for Spring into Arts
Historic Downtown Concord's Spring into Arts Festival returns Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The festival is highlighted by a juried arts show and also includes music, food, and a children's activity area with a stage for entertainment specifically for young children. The Spring into Arts Festival is funded by private sponsorships and grant funding from the Cabarrus Arts Council. Learn more at concorddowntown.com or the Spring into Arts Facebook page.
 
City Attorney Albert Benshoff announces retirement
City Attorney Albert "Al" Benshoff will retire effective June 1, after more than ten years with the City of Concord. His career also included 15 years as a county and city planner in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan, and several years consulting and in private practice. His time in Concord was marked by developing the department and leading it through a period of transition and improved services to meet the needs of an organization serving a growing community. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
2013 Water Quality Report now available
The City of Concord's 2013 Drinking Water Report is now available for viewing at concordnc.gov/WaterQualityReport. This report is based on hundreds of tests between January 1 and December 31, 2013. It can help you learn about the quality of your drinking water and contains important information regarding water sources. If you have any questions regarding the report, or if you would like to receive a paper copy of the report, please call Water Resources at 704-920-5723.
 
Learn how to protect yourself from consumer fraud
The Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Center is sponsoring a free educational program to help you learn how to avoid consumer fraud at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 8. After a complementary light lunch, a representative from NC Attorney General’s Office will offer tips and information about this important topic. The Cabarrus County Center is located at 715 Cabarrus Avenue W. RSVP by Monday, May 5 to 704-920-3315 or bhlewis@ncsu.edu. For more information, contact Pam Outen at 704-920-3310 or pcouten@ncsu.edu.
 
Piedmont Farmers Market Concord weekday locations open in May
In addition to the year-round Saturday market, The Piedmont Farmers Market offers several additional market locations during the spring and summer. 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. New and already open for this year is a location at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Avenue SE, open each Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. The weekly Downtown Concord location on Market Street will open May 14, operating each Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit piedmont-farmersmarket.com to learn more.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5k on July 11. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 6 and July 8. Registration fee: $15. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
10 and Under Tennis
Formally known as Quick Start Tennis, this program is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to introduce the game with specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions, and modified scoring all tailored to age and size.  Group lessons for ages 5 – 10.  Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17, and 24 at Les Myers Park.  Fee: $20 for City residents; $25 for non-residents.  Registration is available online at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 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.