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Did you know?
Did you know "hands only" or compression only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents? Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation classes are regularly offered free of charge to the public courtesy of the Concord Fire Department. In just two hours, you will learn the fundamentals of CPR in adults and infants, and the use of an automatic electronic defibrillator. Space is still available for the next class on June 3, click here to register and learn more.
 
City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 30. 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 31. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, June 3. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

City Manager Brian Hiatt presents FY 2017 budget recommendation
City Manager Brian Hiatt just presented his fiscal year 2016-17 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council. The property tax rate is recommended to stay at the current 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council will hold at least one budget workshop on June 7, 2016 and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 during the regular City Council meeting. Interested individuals can view the City Manager's recommended budget on concordnc.gov and also in print at the City Clerk's office.

Introducing the “Smart Community” project to upgrade City utility meter infrastructure
This week, the City announced details of the Smart Community project. This investment will provide City utility customers a system-wide upgrade of electric and water metering infrastructure, as well as the introduction of new online portal with tools to help customers take better control of their energy and water use. The new technology will be installed starting in the summer of 2016, with the customer portal being offered sometime in 2017.

What's in store? Enhanced communication and other benefits that will be available to customers, including faster restoration after electric outages, improved customer service, remote electric meter activation, enhanced water leak detection, online portal with utility management tools for all customers, the ability to reconcile energy and water use concerns more quickly, and environmental benefits due to reduced emissions from City vehicles. Please visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Registration for 15th session of Concord 101 now open!
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for the 2016 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free fourteen-week session begins August 16 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 25.  Class size is limited to 30 participants. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.

ClearWater Artist Studios special guest artist show THE GO-BETWEEN opens TONIGHT!
The newest Clearwater Artist Studios guest artist exhibit show, THE GO-BETWEEN remains on exhibit through June 30. Featuring the paintings and sculpture artwork of Phillip Larrimore, the show is described by the artist as a "swift survey or aerial view" of his artwork. Phillip Larrimore experiments in a variety of ways with how the eyes and the mind re-construct imagery. This is his largest show to date, the first that includes work from 1999 to the present. The exhibit will run through June 30. Also tonight: live violinist Dennis Spring playing in the gallery, local luthier Richard Kluttz with some hand-made guitars on display, and local Cabo winery products by the glass. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Get ready for summer with the newest City Circular and Leisure Times
If you have not yet, you'll be receiving the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Summer 2016 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. You can also access the Summer 2016 Leisure Times online, now expanded to 24 pages of activities for the whole family!

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

ClearWater teams up with Parks and Rec! Summer 2016 Art Camps begin June 13
Concord Parks and Recreation and ClearWater Artist Studios are pleased to offer new art camps and classes for kids and teens this summer! Classes will be taught by ClearWater resident artists and other local artist-teachers. All classes will take place on-site in the Gallery, open Market Space, or unfinished Great Room in the lower level.  Advance registration required, available any time on concordparksandrec.org or in person at one of our Recreation Centers. See the new Summer 2016 Leisure Times for more information. Classes and camps begin June 13 and continue throughout the summer. There are also some adult classes! Call 704-920-5600 with questions, for more information about ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

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

June
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 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 atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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

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Did you know?
Did you know a few drops of food coloring could save you money? Check toilets for silent leaks by putting a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and waiting 10 minutes. If colored water appears in the bowl, you may have a leak, and you probably need to replace the flapper in your tank. Even a small leak can waste up to 30 gallons of water per day! Learn more water conservation tips at concordnc.gov.

Concord in the Headlines
Mayor proclaims May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Concord – Independent Tribune

The next big high tech-product: Why Concord? - D.G. Martin

iTek to move headquarters from Charlotte to Concord in October – Charlotte Observer

Two weeks of racing kicks off with Haulers on Union
NASCAR has made its spring homecoming to Concord, kicking off with yesterday's Haulers on Union parade and fan fest. More than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers paraded down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway, while fans enjoyed a variety of activities including race cars on display, celebrity autographs, corn hole, horseshoes, life-size Connect 4, a beer garden and more. Following the parade, country music artists Acoustic South and beach music, soul, and R&B from The Tams warmed the spirits on a cool May evening. Click here to see event photos, and click here for a video of the parade. For a rundown of local events during Charlotte Motor Speedway's 10 Days of Thunder, go to whereracinglives.com or charlottemotorspeedway.com/10days.

ClearWater Artist Studios special guest artist show THE GO-BETWEEN opens TONIGHT!
The next Clearwater Artist Studio Guest Artist Exhibit Show, THE GO-BETWEEN kicks off with an opening reception this evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The Go Between features the paintings and sculpture artwork of Phillip Larrimore. The show is described by the artist as a "swift survey or aerial view" of his artwork. Phillip Larrimore experiments in a variety of ways with how the eyes and the mind re-construct imagery. This is his largest show to date, the first that includes work from 1999 to the present. The exhibit will run through June 30. Also tonight: live violinist Dennis Spring playing in the gallery, local luthier Richard Kluttz with some hand-made guitars on display, and local Cabo winery products by the glass. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Registration for Concord 101 to begin next week
Preparations are underway for the 2016 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 16 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. More information, the application, and the class schedule will available on concordnc.gov next week and a link will be provided in the May 27 CityLink Newsletter.

Next free CPR training class scheduled for June 3
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation classes are regularly offered free of charge to the public courtesy of the Concord Fire Department. This class is not for certification, but educates the public in the lifesaving skill of CPR. The latest research indicates that "hands only" or compression only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents. This class will teach you the fundamentals of CPR in adults and infants, and the use of an automatic electronic defibrillator. The next class will be June 3, click here to register and for more information.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Swimming season coming soon
The City's McInnis Aquatic Center opens for Memorial Day weekend, and for the 2016 season in June. However, registration for youth and adult swim lessons and adult water aerobics is already here! Group and individual swim lessons for a variety of ages and skill levels will help your family be ready to splash and swim all summer long. Visit concordparksandrec.org for all things aquatics or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

May
25 at 5:30 p.m. City Council special meeting to receive City Manager's FY17 recommended budget

June
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 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 atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the City Circular magazine is published quarterly and mailed to approximately 30,000 addresses? Look for the Summer 2016 issue in your mailbox later this month! You can explore the City Circular digital archive, search for articles, and more at concordnc.gov/Government/Public-Affairs.

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

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Planning and Zoning Commission member Warren Nance Jr.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the Month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing May 15 - 21, 2016 as National Public Works Week.

Received a presentation on Concord's third Sister City, Siena Italy, from Concord Sister Cities Association Co-President, John Dunlap.

Received progress report from the Concord ABC Commission.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to 4540 Fortune Ave LLC to build one 75,000 SF Class A speculative office building located at International Business Park at Concord, lots 7 & 8 Phase II.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to FlyRight Holdings Inc. to occupy a portion of the 108,000 SF speculative building located at 7075 Aviation Blvd.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to iTek Graphics, Inc. to occupy a portion of the 108,000 SF speculative building located at 7075 Aviation Blvd.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a rezoning request of the property located at 74, 76, and 78 Cabarrus Avenue, West from RM-2 (Residential Medium Density) to CC-CD (Center City Conditional District)-(Case Z(CD)-34-15).

Conducted a public hearing and denied concurrent land use plan and zoning amendments for an 80 unit multi-family development on the east side of Branchview Drive (Cases Z-CD-03-16/LUP-02-16).

Authorized submission of the FY2016-17 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME).

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to co-sponsor the 2016 Union Street Live Concert Series & Block Party.

Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation a portion of a land parcel owned by Dwayne and Mamie Hensley.

Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation a portion of a land parcel owned by the Ronald Gold Overcash Trust.

Adopted a resolution directing the City Clerk to investigate and certify the sufficiency of all annexation petitions received.

Adopted modification to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee By-Laws and Rules of Procedure.

City of Concord joins NHTSA to prevent motorcycle crashes
In an effort to help raise drivers’ awareness of motorcyclists to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths, and injuries on Concord's roads, Mayor Scott Padgett has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the City of Concord. Council Member John Sweat, who is an avid rider, requested the City's participation in NHTSA's awareness campaign. For more information about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and safety tips for motorists and motorcycle riders, visit concordnc.gov.

TOMORROW: Spring into Arts returns!
Enjoy art, musical entertainment, fantastic food, and a hands-on children's creation activity area in Downtown Concord from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 14 during the 2016 Spring into Arts Festival. The Spring into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts.  New to this year’s festival - celebrate the art of wine-making and the art of brewing by enjoying a tasting of area wines and beers from select wineries and breweries!  Visit concorddowntown.com (704) 784-4208, for more information.

Don't miss Haulers on Union: coming May 19
On Thursday, May 19, don't miss the annual Haulers on Union parade and fan fest. More than 30 of your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will parade down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Starting at 5 p.m., fans can get into the racing spirit with a variety of activities including race cars on display, celebrity autographs, corn hole, horseshoes, life-size Connect 4, a beer garden and more. A free concert will kick off at 6:30 p.m. featuring country music artists Acoustic South followed by the sounds of beach music, soul, and R&B from The Tams. Admission is free. For more information, visit 600festival.com or call 704-455-8888.

Cabarrus Health Alliance, municipalities suggest steps against mosquito-borne diseases
“Tip and Toss” is the message local officials are sharing to encourage individuals to protect themselves against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, which most commonly occur from June to September. By eliminating mosquito breeding areas and taking other preventive measures, residents can reduce the likelihood of being bitten. Increasing mosquito prevention education and monitoring is a top priority for both health and government officials. To ensure the safety of Cabarrus residents, the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) has received additional support and resources from our mosquito prevention partners: Cabarrus County Government, City of Concord, City of Kannapolis, Town of Harrisburg, and Town of Mt. Pleasant. Visit cabarrushealth.org to learn more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Coming soon: Land Art!
The Greenway Adventures series is for youth ages 4 and up and their parents. Equipped with our special gear and imaginations we’ll explore critters and their habitats with fun, creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Next up – Land Art: While preserving the beauty of nature, we will use natural materials to create art unique to its surroundings. This special sculpting is known as land art! Prepare to get dirty! Meets at Hector H. Henry II Greenway on Thursday, May 26. Pre-register and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

June
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 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 atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord is in the process of completing its third bond refunding since 2012? The current process will refund over $19 million of utilities systems revenue bonds, producing an estimated net present value (NPV) savings of 13 percent or $2.71 million. The refunding will save the City an average of approximately $135,500 each of the 20 remaining years on the life of the bonds. The revenue bonds were originally issued in 2008 to fund improvements to the City’s electric, water, and wastewater systems. Concord City Council authorized the refunding the 2008 utility bonds with a bond order at the March 10, 2016 City Council meeting. A bond refunding is similar to an individual refinancing a mortgage. In 2012, the City achieved a $2.682 million NPV savings on 2002 utility bonds, and in 2015 a $1.37 million NPV savings was realized on 2005 general fund Certificates of Participation as part of the financing for City Hall.

City of Concord honored for exceeding drinking water standards
The City of Concord has been named one of 56 utilities honored with the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, recognizing that Concord’s drinking water surpasses federal and state standards. This is the first time Concord has received this honor.

"We are pleased to receive this honor from the NC Department of Environmental Quality," said City Manager Brian Hiatt. "This recognition is possible because of the professionalism and expertise of Water Resources Director Christie Putnam and her staff."

Putnam notes that plant staff was able to achieve this goal through collaborative communication efforts, shared knowledge, and improved optimization strategies. Water treatment coworkers successfully implemented an optimization plan that included rigorously managed filter operations and backwash cycles, as well as enhanced coagulation practices. These activities result in the production of high quality drinking water that Concord is proud to deliver to customers. Learn more at
deq.nc.gov.

Spring into Arts returns May 14
Enjoy art, musical entertainment, fantastic food, and a hands-on children's creation activity area in Downtown Concord from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 14 during the 2016 Spring into Arts Festival. The Spring into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts.  New to this year’s festival - celebrate the art of wine-making and the art of brewing by enjoying a tasting of area wines and beers from select wineries and breweries!  Visit concorddowntown.com (704) 784-4208, for more information.


Don't miss Haulers on Union: coming May 19
On Thursday, May 19, don't miss the annual Haulers on Union parade and fan fest. More than 30 of your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will parade down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Starting at 5 p.m., fans can get into the racing spirit with a variety of activities including race cars on display, celebrity autographs, corn hole, horseshoes, life-size Connect 4, a beer garden and more. A free concert will kick off at 6:30 p.m. featuring country music artists Acoustic South followed by the sounds of beach music, soul, and R&B from The Tams. Admission is free. For more information, visit 600festival.com or call 704-455-8888.

Volunteers are needed to help make a bigger, better Haulers on Union on May 19, including a beer/wine friendly street festival atmosphere similar to Union Street Live events. The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is organizing the beer/wine area, and the City of Concord is looking for "Orange Crew" volunteers to make this possible. Each volunteer receives an official "CDDC Orange Crew" t-shirt, and is entered into a drawing for $25 in Downtown Concord Dollars. To learn more and sign up, visit signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fadae22a3f49-haulers.


ClearWater Artist Studios Special Guest Artist Show THE GO-BETWEEN opens May 20

The next Clearwater Artist Studio Guest Artist Exhibit Show, THE GO-BETWEEN kicks off with an opening reception on May 20 from 6-8pm. The Go Between features the paintings and sculpture artwork of Phillip Larrimore.  The show is described by the artist as “a swift survey or ‘aerial view’ of his artwork. Phillip Larrimore experiments in a variety of ways with how the eyes and the mind re-construct imagery. This is his largest show to date, the first that includes work from 1999 to the present. The exhibit will run from mid-May thru June 30. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com and/or call 704-784-9535.

 

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Greenway Adventures!
For ages 4 and up.  Equipped with our special gear and imaginations participants will explore critters and their habitats with fun, creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Next up – It’s A Bird’s Life: It’s time we put on our wings and take a bird’s eye view of life in the sky. Along our flight we will look at the life cycle of a bird and create our own nests. Meets at Hector H. Henry II Greenway on Thursday, May 12. Pre-register and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.


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

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

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

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