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Did you know?
Did you know that as a benefit to citizens, the City of Concord offers a service to provide advice regarding drainage issues outside the right-of-way and City-maintained easements? To find out more, visit concordnc.gov/flood or contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to request a consultation.

Concord in the Headlines
NASCAR dream to become reality for girl who saved brother's life

City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at noon on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, June 1. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

City Nature Challenge Update
It has almost been a month since our first time participating in the City Nature Challenge, a global event that helped us find out what’s living in our back yards! Our local effort engaged thousands of people in identifying nearly 7,000 living things and over 1,000 different species ranking 18th of all 68 participating communities worldwide. We ranked higher than cities like Chicago, Rome, and Tokyo! We are already planning a bigger local effort for CNC 2019, so stay tuned to the CabCoCNC Facebook page. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to find out more.

Summer 2018 City Circular and Leisure Times coming soon

If you have not yet already, you'll soon receive the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail. The Summer 2018 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 – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also get ready for a summer of fun in the Leisure Times digital edition.

Concord recognized within the nation's 100 best fleets for fifth time
With over 1,000 vehicles and motorized equipment in place to deliver essential community services, the City of Concord's Fleet Services Department has no easy task. However, the department has been recognized as one of the nation's 100 best fleets for the fifth time this year. The City's recognition was highlighted by Fuel What Matters, an initiative of NC State University's Clean Energy Technology Center and the NC Department of Transportation. Visit fuelwhatmatters.org to find how Concord's Fleet Services team gets the job done so well.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Jump in the pool this summer
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center will open for weekend hours starting May 26, with weekday hours beginning Monday, June 11. 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. The pool can also be rented for private parties and special events. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.
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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Fire Department is a national leader in working to prevent cancer exposure in the fire service? Find out more at ncfirefightercancer.org.

Blackburn, Smith named to Assistant City Manager posts
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named LeDerick Blackburn and Joshua Smith as the two new Assistant City Managers to fill roles vacated through his appointment to City Manager and the retirement of Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton.

Blackburn is currently the Community Development Manager for Concord's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, and brings over 25 years of local government service to the role. He was honored in March with the City's highest honor for coworkers, the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award. Smith comes from the Town of Dobson in Surry County, where he has been Town Manager since 2010.

"I am excited that LeDerick and Josh will be joining me on the City’s executive management team," said Payne. "LeDerick is the first African-American to serve as a Concord Assistant City Manager. His more than 25 years of successful and varied local government service will continue to serve the citizens of Concord. Josh comes from a local government management background and will hit the ground running. LeDerick and Josh will be critical in the planning and implementation of projects associated with the continued growth in Concord. I am honored to have both of them partner with me and look forward to them serving our City."

Both will assume their new positions effective June 18. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

Join Concord 101 to engage with your City
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2018 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 14 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 24. Class size is limited. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov, or call 704-920-5215.

Cabarrus County partnership one of ten NC teams selected for opioid crisis support
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and the UNC School of Government have announced the selection of 10 North Carolina local government teams who will work to address the opioid crisis in their communities through an intensive two-year program. Cabarrus County and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis were one of the ten successful applicants that will receive technical, financial, and collaborative support. Each team, or “community,” comprises at least one North Carolina county and represents multiple departments, jurisdictions, and organizations addressing challenges posed by the opioid epidemic. Learn more at sog.unc.edu.


New interactive City Council District Map available at concordnc.gov
Do you know who your Council Member is? The answer is: all 7 of them. Concord's City Council members are elected at-large, from districts, to four-year staggered terms. Find which district you live in using our new interactive City Council District Map at concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration finale – Creek Detectives
Calling all children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) to our last Wild Child adventure: Creek Detectives. EEEEK! Get wet in the creek and investigate what just touched your leg! You will learn about our local creeks and inhabitants while having fun sloshing around. Bring a towel and a dry pair of shoes. Meets at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, on the newest phase of McEachern Greenway, accessible from 106 Wilson Street NE. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register at concordparksandrec.org, or call 704-920-5600.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know that May 6-12 is Municipal Clerks Week? We extend appreciation to all Municipal Clerks for the services with which they provide their communities, especially Concord's City Clerk, Kim Deason.

Municipal Clerks serve as the professional link between citizens, local governing bodies, and agencies of government at other levels. There are many responsibilities of the Municipal Clerk that the public may take for granted; yet, if Clerks are negligent in their duties, then the smooth operation of our local government is greatly affected. The functions of the Clerk require a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration, and interpersonal relations. To keep up with the constant changes in local government, many Clerks participate in continuing education and seminars and attending Clerk Institutes.

Deason has served as Concord’s City Clerk since 2008, and has been a member of IIMC and the NCAMC since 2006. She has been employed by the City of Concord since 2001.

Highlights of the May 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing May 10, 2018 as Delta Day at Concord City Hall.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of May 14-19, 2018 as National Prevention Week.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing May 20 - 26, 2018 as National Public Works Week.

Received a semi-annual update from the Concord Youth Council.

Received the
2017 State of the County Health Report from the Healthy Cabarrus and the Cabarrus Health Alliance.

Recognized
Deputy Police Chief Betty Stocks, recipient of the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award.

Opened and tabled a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of one parcel located on the west side of Harris Road, at 10560 Harris Road, owned by Wallace Brothers Holding Company, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lansing Melbourne Group, LLC for the development of approximately 1.0423 acres of land owned by the City between Market Street SW and Spring Street SW and .38 acres owned by the City located at 26 Union Street S.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately 13.05 acres of City property located between Wilkinson Court SE and Woodsdale Place SE from Sherwood Development Group for $275,000 and directed the City Clerk to advertise for upset bids pursuant to GS 160A-269.

Approved and authorized submission of the
FY2018-19 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME).

Approved an amended lease of City property at
Rocky River Golf Club to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with
Granite Sky Creative Group for turn-key production of the City Circular and Leisure Times publications.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Musco Sports Lighting, LLC for the purchase and installation of Green Generation Lighting for Webb Field, located at the Academy Recreation Center; and adopted a budget ordinance to appropriate cost savings from the McEachern-Cabarrus/Fink project to the Park Light Project for funding.

Concord in the Headlines

Haulers on Union returns to Concord

Road work to begin at Concord Parkway, Poplar Tent

Two influential women honored during Law Day

Concord firefighters hailed a hero

Annual Water Quality Report now available
The Annual Drinking Water Report for 2017 for the City of Concord is now available 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, please call 704-920-5555.

TOMORROW: Family fun with the arts during the 2018 Spring into Arts Festival
The Spring Into Arts Festival returns to Downtown Concord on Saturday, May 12. The annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer and wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for event information.

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

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is open twenty hours a day, seven day a week? The Aviation Department's coworkers are standing by to serve General Aviation, Corporate, and Airline customers. Last year, the airport pumped a record-setting amount of jet fuel, approaching three million gallons. Learn more about the Aviation Department's services at concordnc.gov.

Deputy Police Chief Stocks among local professionals honored for work in law and order
This morning, the community gathered at the Cabarrus County Government Center for Law Day 2018. The ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Cabarrus County that is representative of national celebrations dedicated to the officers of and ties between written law and the pursuit of order. During this morning’s event Deputy Chief Betty Stocks, a deserving veteran Concord Police Officer, received the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award in memory of the deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty in 1972. Stocks was also recognized for this award on the floor of the US House of Representatives. In addition, the Cabarrus County Bar Association honored a local member with the Liberty Bell Award for their work to promote better understanding of and encourage greater respect for law and the courts. For more information about Law Day, visit cabarruscounty.us and lawday.org.

Great job, Cabarrus County! First ever participation in City Nature Challenge a success
We had lots of fun and learned so much about what’s living in our back yards during the City Nature Challenge! 217 iNaturalist account holders participated, observing 6956 living things and 1030 different species right here in Cabarrus County, putting us ahead of cities like San Antonio, Tokyo, and London. That’s impressive! We can’t wait for CNC 2019. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to find out more, and be sure to follow @CabCoCNC to stay tuned for next year.

Concord Fire launches Twitter newsfeed
In an effort to improve communications, you can now follow the Concord Fire Department on Twitter. Fire Department coworkers are excited to begin sharing insights on daily activities, training scenarios, and community relations. The department hopes that its tweets will be a resource for information on incidents in the community that can impact citizens. Each Wednesday will also be designated for "Words of Wisdom and Warnings," featuring life-safety tips and information bulletins. You can find and follow the Fire Department at @ConcordNCFire.

Family fun with the arts during the 2018 Spring into Arts Festival
The Spring Into Arts Festival returns to Downtown Concord on Saturday, May 12. The annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer and wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for event information.

Work to begin on intersection improvements at Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road
The City of Concord has partnered with NCDOT to improve the intersection of Polar Tent Road/McGill Avenue and Concord Parkway (US 29/601) using federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funds. After several years of planning and coordination, Sealand Construction has been awarded the contract for this work, which is scheduled to begin the week of May 14. The project will include changes to the intersection designed to improve traffic flow along Poplar Tent Road in the area near its intersection with Concord Parkway. The improvements will consist of three signalized U-turn points. This will allow all through and right-turn movements at the intersection but will prohibit left turn movements. For this project, no lane closures or lane restrictions will be allowed on weekdays between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Construction should be complete by mid-December. If you have questions, please contact the City of Concord Engineering Department at 704-920-5401.

Haulers on Union returns to Concord on May 17
We're just a few weeks away from May 17, when the 600 Festival's month-long celebration of racing moves to Concord for the Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest presented by Freightliner. More than 30 colorful NASCAR haulers will parade through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And there is much more: live music from the Tim Clark Band before and after the parade, celebrity appearances including Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon, autograph sessions, games, mascots and show cars. Get a full rundown of all the 600 Festival events, including Concord's Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest on May 17, at 600festival.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration
Children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) are invited to a Garden Party. Our latest installment of Wild Child: Nature Exploration will show you how to plant and care for an egg carton garden. Meets at the McGee Park Shelter (219 Corban Avenue E) at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register at concordparksandrec.org, or call 704-920-5600.

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

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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