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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord has a certified arborist on staff? Watch the newest episode of CabCoTV's Successful Gardener to learn about how Bill Leake is working to care for one of Concord's most important resources.

Sign up for Concord 101 and learn more about your community
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2019 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 20 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 26.  Class size is limited. Get started now at concordnc.gov.

Your input requested: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration will temporarily transform a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. You're invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback. During the demonstration, Planning Department staff will share details of the design options and collect feedback from participants. Attendees will have the chance to view draft plans for long-term changes to Union Street and provide their input through conversations and a brief survey. Get all the details at concordnc.gov and join us on Union Street through 9pm tonight or 10-2 tomorrow!

City Manager Payne proposes $257 million FY19-20 budget for Concord
City Manager Lloyd Payne provided his fiscal year 2019-20 (FY20) budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council today. The City-wide budget totals $257,752,019 for all funds, including utilities and special revenue funds. The total represents an overall budget increase of 2.7 percent over the fiscal year 2018-19 adopted budget. While keeping the property tax rate level, Payne recommended adjusting revenues in three key service areas. The proposed changes include the addition of a minimal monthly solid waste fee for residents, a nominal fee for water customers to support a new program to protect customers from the cost of water leaks, and an increase in the motor vehicle tax paid while registering vehicles with the NC DMV. The City Council held a budget workshop at a special meeting on April 16, where Payne presented an overview of his recommendation and solicited feedback from the Mayor and Council. The Council will discuss the budget at its June 11 work session, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 during the regular City Council meeting. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Talk about the future of public transportation in CabCo June 12 and 14
Join us June 12 or 14 to hear details of and provide your feedback on the draft of the Cabarrus County Long Range Public Transportation Plan. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Services (CCTS) will host public input and information sessions on Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 pm in Room 106 at the Rowan Cabarrus Community College South Campus (1531 Trinity Church Road, Concord, NC 28027); and Friday, June 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rider Transit Center (45 Transit Court NW, Concord, NC 28025). The sessions are designed to be drop-in in nature, so please feel free to stop by at any point during the scheduled time. Brief presentations from staff will be provided at various points throughout the sessions. For more information, visit
ckrider.com or contact Rider Transit Planner Andy Christy at 704-920-5875 or christya@concordnc.gov.

Citizen active violence awareness and training workshop
Concord's public safety departments are teaming up to offer their first citizen active violence awareness and training workshop on Thursday, June 6, at Cannon School's Cindric Performing Arts Center (5801 Poplar Tent Road). The free, two-hour class will begin at 6:30p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Public safety professionals from the City of Concord's Communications, Emergency Management, Fire, and Police Departments will jointly present this interactive program for citizens age 14 and older or members of any business, place of worship, school, or other organization located in the City of Concord.
Click here to find out more.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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 you can help keep Concord clean by signing up for our Adopt-A-Street and Clean-A-Creek programs? Get started at concordnc.gov/transportation and concordnc.gov/streams.

Concord in the headlines
Concord Firefighters lend a hand

City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 27. 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. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on the normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, May 31. Find out more at
concordnc.gov.

May 31/June 1: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration will temporarily transform a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. You're invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback. During the demonstration, Planning Department staff will share details of the design options and collect feedback from participants. Attendees will have the chance to view draft plans for long-term changes to Union Street and provide their input through conversations and a brief survey. Get all the details at
concordnc.gov and plan to join us on Union Street!
 
Summer 2019 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 2019 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.

Heading to the race? It's a great time to try transit
Rider Transit can help you get to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. Pre-race shuttle service will begin at 12:30 pm on race days and run until 8:30 pm. Post-race shuttle service will begin immediately following the checkered flag and run for two hours. Passengers may ride these shuttle free-of-charge! Find out route details and more at ckrider.com, or call 704-920-7433.

Citizen active violence awareness and training workshop
Concord's public safety departments are teaming up to offer their first citizen active violence awareness and training workshop on Thursday, June 6, at Cannon School's Cindric Performing Arts Center (5801 Poplar Tent Road). The free, two-hour class will begin at 6:30p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Public safety professionals from the City of Concord's Communications, Emergency Management, Fire, and Police Departments will jointly present this interactive program for citizens age 14 and older or members of any business, place of worship, school, or other organization located in the City of Concord. Click here to find out more.

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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.

Did you know?
Did you know you can help keep Concord clean by signing up for our Adopt-A-Street and Clean-A-Creek programs? Get started at concordnc.gov/transportation and concordnc.gov/streams.

Concord in the headlines
Concord Firefighters lend a hand

City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 27. 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. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on the normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, May 31. Find out more at
concordnc.gov.

May 31/June 1: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration will temporarily transform a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. You're invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback. During the demonstration, Planning Department staff will share details of the design options and collect feedback from participants. Attendees will have the chance to view draft plans for long-term changes to Union Street and provide their input through conversations and a brief survey. Get all the details at
concordnc.gov and plan to join us on Union Street!
 
Summer 2019 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 2019 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.

Heading to the race? It's a great time to try transit
Rider Transit can help you get to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. Pre-race shuttle service will begin at 12:30 pm on race days and run until 8:30 pm. Post-race shuttle service will begin immediately following the checkered flag and run for two hours. Passengers may ride these shuttle free-of-charge! Find out route details and more at ckrider.com, or call 704-920-7433.

Citizen active violence awareness and training workshop
Concord's public safety departments are teaming up to offer their first citizen active violence awareness and training workshop on Thursday, June 6, at Cannon School's Cindric Performing Arts Center (5801 Poplar Tent Road). The free, two-hour class will begin at 6:30p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Public safety professionals from the City of Concord's Communications, Emergency Management, Fire, and Police Departments will jointly present this interactive program for citizens age 14 and older or members of any business, place of worship, school, or other organization located in the City of Concord. Click here to find out more.

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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 you can watch yesterday's Haulers on Union parade through downtown Concord on demand? Click here to see the excitement as race season officially kicked off in Concord.

Concord in the headlines
Hydromer plans move to Concord this summer
NASCAR haulers rumble into downtown Concord

Everything you need to know about ClearWater Artist Studios in less than 4 minutes
ClearWater Artist Studios is establishing a community of creative social energy in Gibson Village and emerging as a destination in Concord's center-City area. The former City water works and utility operations facilities have been reimagined and redeveloped over the last decade, and now host dozens of artists, community events, and more. A new video is on clearwaterartists.com showcasing everything ClearWater has to offer and plans for the future.

Heading to the race? It's a great time to try transit
Rider Transit can help you get to the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, on May 18 and May 26 for the NASCAR All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 Race. Pre-race shuttle service will begin at 12:30 pm on race days and run until 8:30 pm. Post-race shuttle service will begin immediately following the checkered flag and run for two hours. Passengers may ride these shuttle free-of-charge! Find out route details and more at ckrider.com, or call 704-920-7433.

Citizen active violence awareness and training workshop
Concord's public safety departments are teaming up to offer their first citizen active violence awareness and training workshop on Thursday, June 6, at Cannon School's Cindric Performing Arts Center (5801 Poplar Tent Road). The free, two-hour class will begin at 6:30p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Public safety professionals from the City of Concord's Communications, Emergency Management, Fire, and Police Departments will jointly present this interactive program for citizens age 14 and older or members of any business, place of worship, school, or other organization located in the City of Concord. Click here to find out more.

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

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 we beat Tokyo again? The City Nature Challenge Charlotte Metro results are in, and once again we placed within the top quartile of global competitors! See how we stacked up and learn more about the nearly 1 million global contributions at citynaturechallenge.org.

Highlights of the May 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Evans "Ray" Elmore, 15 years of service - Fire Department.

Presented the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Budget staff (17 consecutive years).

Recognized City Clerk Kim Deason, for obtaining the IIMC Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.

Presented a proclamation recognizing May 19 - 25, 2019 as National Public Works Week.

Received a presentation of the 2018 State of the County Health Report (SOTCH).

Received a presentation by Concord Youth Council President Kelsey Mosshart.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 8 and 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to permit temporary food trucks in the Center City (CC) zoning district.

Conducted a public hearing and entered into a developer's agreement with Concord Master Venture, LLC for the development of a mixed-use structure at 30 Market Street SW.

Established a date to conduct a public hearing on June 13, 2019 to consider offering a contract for a ten year/ 50% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Concord Master Venture, LLC for the development of a mixed use structure located at 30 Market Street SW.

Authorized staff to apply for the Novant Health Social Responsibility sponsorship in an effort to develop a pilot bike share program, with minimal investment from the City, to support connectivity to greenways, neighborhoods, and community centers.

Adopted a resolution for the City of Concord to declare its intentions to issue tax exempt bonds (secured by and payable solely from private development revenues, not City of Concord revenues) in the amount not to exceed $14,000,000 to finance the acquisition, rehabilitation and equipping of approximately 152 mixed income units to be known as Coleman Mill Apartments and for related purposes.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Encompass Building Group, Inc. for the construction of the permanent Fire Station 10 on Poplar Tent Road.

Adopted the Open Space Connectivity Analysis, a 15-year plan that identifies feasible, constructible bicycle and pedestrian routes along stream corridors, through open spaces, and along roads to create a more connected Concord.

Awarded the FY 2019 Street Preservation contract to Trull Contracting, LLC.

Adopted a resolution supporting the extension of light rail and regional transit into Concord and Cabarrus County.

Annual Water Quality Report now available
The Annual Drinking Water Report for 2018 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 704-920-5337.

TOMORROW: Spring Into Arts 2019!
On Saturday, May 11 a bigger and better than ever Spring Into Arts Festival will have something for everyone. The Spring Into Arts Festival Presented by Subaru Concord is an 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! Find out more at concorddowntown.com.

Next week: 600 festival arrives in Concord May 16
The 600 Festival's regional events arrive in Concord on Thursday, May 16 with Haulers on Union. Starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Don't miss performances by Too Much Sylvia at 5 & 7 p.m. Joey Logano, reigning NASCAR Cup Champion, will join us for a Q&A session with our emcee, Paul Schadt from 96.9 Kat Country, and sign autographs for the first 100 fans. Get a preview on CTW or visit 600festival.com for details.

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

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

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 you can read the City Council agenda when it is published the Friday prior to each regular session? Visit concordnc.gov/Government/Council-Agenda to see what's on the agenda next week.

Concord in the Headlines
Cabarrus population up 18 percent since 2010 - now 211,342
County EMS, Concord Fire to partner at new Station 10

Starting next week: improved solid waste collection routes
As we previously announced, improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6. Affected customers who will have a collection schedule change have received a notice in the mail. Anyone can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to check their address and see if any changes are planned for their schedule. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

All-new Cabarrus County, NC Destination & Motorsports Guide available now
The latest edition of the official travel resource for Concord and all of Cabarrus County is now available from the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. As a special tribute to NASCAR artist Sam Bass and to mark the 60th Coca-Cola 600, the cover of this year’s Destination & Motorsports Guide features a design Bass created to commemorate the 2009 race. Inside, stories showcase new attractions, seasonal itineraries, the craft beverage scene in Cabarrus County, and more alongside all the information needed to explore everything the area has to offer. Find out more and experience the guide at visitcabarrus.com.

600 festival events kick off in Kannapolis this weekend and roll into Concord May 16
This weekend, the 600 Festival's regional events kick off in Kannapolis. Head to downtown Kannapolis for movies, racing, and of course BBQ at Jiggy with the Piggy! The fun arrives in Concord with Haulers on Union—Thursday, May 16. Starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Get a preview on CTW or visit 600festival.com for details.

Spring Into Arts 2019 is just one week away
On Saturday, May 11 a bigger and better than ever Spring Into Arts Festival will have something for everyone. The Spring Into Arts Festival Presented by Subaru Concord is an 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! Find out more at concorddowntown.com.

Cabarrus County wants to know: what do you want from your government?
Cabarrus County leaders want the community’s input on four questions that will set the County’s business strategy over the next three to five years: What are the key strengths of Cabarrus County Government? What services or programs provided by Cabarrus County Government would you like to improve? What are the critical issues that Cabarrus County needs to address over the next 3-5 years? What do you see as the key priorities Cabarrus County should establish in its strategic plan? The county has been asking these questions at events across the community in April and May. The final workshop will be Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Logan Multi-Purpose Center (184 Booker Drive SW). Go to cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Are you ready to get off the couch and start getting in shape for the summer? If so, Couch to 5k program is here to help. C25K starts this Tuesday, May 7 at Dorton Park at 6:30pm. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dorton Park until July 12, with a goal to run in the Streetlight 5k on July 12. The cost is only $15 and you can 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
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 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 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.