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Watch Where the Wild Things Are for FREE tonight at Dorton Park!
Join us for FREE movies and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road on the fourth Friday of the summer months – June, July, and August. The free outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games, activities, and inflatable amusements will begin on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on!
 
Upcoming:
Friday 6/25 - Where the Wild Things Are
Friday 7/23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Friday 8/27 - UP
 
FREE gas cap check before today’s Kannapolis Intimidators game
Friday, June 25, the Center for the Environment at Catawba College will partner with Mecklenburg Air Quality Program, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) and the Kannapolis Intimidators to test gas caps for leaks and check tire pressure before the game vs. Augusta from 4-7 p.m. Fleet owners and individuals may bring vehicles by for the emissions and tire pressure checks. Gas caps that fail the test will be replaced free of charge. RCCC’s Automotive Department will also check emissions systems on all vehicles made after 1996. The first 200 people will receive free tire gauges! Visit www.campaignforcleanair.org.
 
Art Walk in downtown Concord tonight
Works by almost 100 artists at 11 locations will be featured in the downtown Concord Art Walk Friday, June 25, 6-9 p.m. The free event, organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council, includes visual art displays on and near Union Street. There are refreshments and entertainment at many locations, and artists are on hand to talk informally about their work. A free screening of the film, Rocaterrania, will take place at the Davis Theatre at 9 p.m. following Art Walk. The Galleries in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street S will celebrate the opening of Through the Rabbit Hole, a group exhibition that brings together artwork that features whimsy, fantasy and creative imagery. Two locations will have live music.  Russ McIntire will play at Mullis Music at 31 Union Street S, and Chris English will perform at the Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery at 21 Union Street S. For more information visit http://cabarrusartscouncil.org/news/?p=232.
 
Last “Crusing Downtown Concord” of the season Saturday June 26
Come enjoy a night of vintage cars, shopping, lively music, and some of Concord's finest restaurants at Cruising Downtown Concord this Saturday, June 26 on Union Street from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will be classic cars, muscle cars, rat rods, street rods, foreign, and domestic cars all on display. Angle parking will be available for pre-1973 vehicles on Union Street between Cabarrus Avenue and Corban Avenue. For more information, call 704-784-4208 or log onto www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Corban Avenue detour to remain until June 28
Corban Avenue is closed at the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets are open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403.
 
Poplar Tent Road/US-29 intersection improvements drop-in session
The intersection of Poplar Tent Road and US-29 will be improved using the “superstreet” concept beginning in 2011. On Thursday, July 1, City staff and design consultants will be at Fire Station 3 from 5-7 p.m. to provide information and receive public comments on the project. Citizens are welcome to drop-in at their convenience. If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting or need additional information, please contact Ms. Sue Hyde, Director of Engineering for the City of Concord (704-920-5401, hydes@concordnc.gov) or Ms. Betsy L. Watson, Project Manager for Stantec Consulting (919-851-6866, betsy.watson@stantec.com).
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
McInnis Aquatic Center is now open! Swim Lessons available.
 
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run on July 16 - registering now.
 
For more information, email recreation@concordnc.gov
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
July 15 - Shakers
August 19 - Big Sam
September 16 - Band of Oz
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/06/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Work session
7/08/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular session
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Faceboook and our other interactive features!
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Corban Avenue detour to remain until June 28
Corban Avenue is closed at the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets are open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403.
 
Poplar Tent Road/US-29 intersection improvements drop-in session
The intersection of Poplar Tent Road and US-29 will be improved using the “superstreet” concept beginning in 2011. On Thursday, July 1, City staff and design consultants will be at Fire Station 3 from 5-7 p.m. to provide information and receive public comments on the project. Citizens are welcome to drop-in at their convenience. If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting or need additional information, please contact Ms. Sue Hyde, Director of Engineering for the City of Concord (704-920-5362, hydes@concordnc.gov) or Ms. Betsy L. Watson, Project Manager for Stantec Consulting (919-851-6866, betsy.watson@stantec.com).
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Meet Park Ranger Pat Merritt and learn about his "Eyes on the Park" program for McGee Park and McEachern Greenway. Join us on Monday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. at McGee Park Shelter for the second Park Watch Volunteers Meeting. Cook-out, refreshments, festive music!
 
McInnis Aquatic Center is now open! Swim Lessons available.
 
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run on July 16 - registering now.
 
For more information, email recreation@concordnc.gov
 
Join us for FREE movies and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road on the fourth Friday of the summer months – June, July, and August. The free outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games, activities, and inflatable amusements will begin on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on!
 
Upcoming:
Friday 6/25 - Where the Wild Things Are
Friday 7/23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Friday 8/27 - UP
 
Union Street Live! TONIGHT!!!
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
June 17 - Mark Roberts and Breeze
July 15 - Shakers
August 19 - Big Sam
September 16 - Band of Oz
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/17/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
July
7/06/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Work session
7/08/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular session
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Detour planned on Corban Avenue
Corban Avenue will be closed at the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets will be open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403.
 
City Council Adopts FY 2010-11 budget
After conducting a public hearing on Thursday, June 10, 2010, the Concord City Council adopted the Annual Budget and Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-11.  The budget, including all the various municipal funds, totals $195,146,632, a 1.9 percent increase from the current year adopted budget due to increases in purchased power (electric) costs, federally funded firefighter positions to establish an additional ladder company in western Concord, and a change in the way the City accounts for recycling expenses. However the City budget was reduced for FY 2009-10 by 3.2 percent (or $6.42 million), and the decrease in operational items was 17 percent. These cuts all carry over into the new fiscal year.
 
The budget maintains the property tax rate at $.42, one of the lowest among North Carolina full-service municipalities above 35,000 in population. The primary focus of the budget is maintaining basic levels of service during the economic downturn and while experiencing the decline of revenues from the closure of Philip Morris, the City’s single largest taxpayer.
 
Water rates will not increase in FY 2010-11, but due to the loss of revenues from Philip Morris, wastewater rates could not cover the cost of basic needs without an increase. Even with an increase, staff will have to postpone some key capital projects. The increase would raise the average wastewater customer’s bill by 96 cents per month.
 
For more information on the City budget, please visit the City’s website.
 
Highlights of June 10, 2010 City Council meeting
In addition to adopting the FY 2010-11 budget, the City Council took action on several items Thursday night. For more information on the Council agenda visit the City’s website. Highlights include:
         Authorizing staff to apply for federal grants to install vehicle exhaust systems for Fire Stations 7 and 9, and purchase an Index B ARFF Unit for Concord Regional Airport.
        Executing grant agreements with NCDOT to make various airfield and equipment improvements at Concord Regional Airport.
        Authorizing contracts to provide paratransit, administrative, and marketing services for the Rider Transit System. The administrative services contract is only for three months until the new Transit Center opens with City staff in fall 2010.
       Authorizing a three year contract with Technologies Edge, Inc. to continue providing technology services for the City of Concord.
 
Police Department completes first Annual Community Report
The Concord Police Department has completed its first Annual Community Report. The document gives an overview of all the Police department functions and services, as well as crime statistics and performance reports. The report is available for download on the City’s website. For more information contact Captain Crump at 704-920-5010 or crumpb@concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord coworkers recognized at annual banquet
Today, the City recognized the contributions and accomplishments of its coworkers at the annual Coworker Recognition Day banquet. “Our organization is committed to customer service,” said City Manager Brian Hiatt. “Every day we have over 900 coworkers who embody and exemplify this spirit, and we are honored to recognize them.”
 
The program included recognition of:
        2 former coworkers who passed away in the last year
         11 coworkers who retired in the last year
         24 departments or divisions that received safety awards from NCDOL
         140 coworkers who received service anniversary awards
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Join us for FREE movies and more at James L. Dorton Park located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road on the fourth Friday of the summer months – June, July, and August. The free outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games, activities, and inflatable amusements will begin on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on!
 
Upcoming:
Friday 6/25 - Where the Wild Things Are
Friday 7/23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Friday 8/27 - UP
 
Union Street Live
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
June 17 Mark Roberts and Breeze
July 15 Shakers
August 19 Big Sam
September 16 Band of Oz
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/06/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Work session
7/08/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular session
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Concord to benefit from NCDOT construction
Today’s Charlotte Observer featured an article on the nearly $1.3 billion in road improvements coming to the region in the next decade. Many of these projects, such as the completion of I-485 in Mecklenburg County and the widening of I-85 from Exits 49 to 55, will have a direct benefit to people living, working, and visiting in Concord. In addition to improving access to and from Concord, the projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits. The construction will create jobs and improve the transportation infrastructure, which is essential to commercial and industrial economic development. The reduced traffic congestion after project completion will lower greenhouse gas emissions and gasoline consumption. Construction on I-485 will begin later this year, and the I-85 widening will begin early 2011.
 
Along with the I-85 widening, Concord officials were ensured that NCDOT will include improvements to Bruton Smith Boulevard between I-85 and Weddington Road. The Bruton Smith/Weddington intersection handles 35,000 vehicles each day or 12.8 million vehicles per year, and in a decade is projected to increase to 16.6 million vehicles per year. This intersection is one of the most congested in the City and will be drastically improved through additional lanes.
 
In addition, the I-85 interchanges with Poplar Tent Road and Davidson Highway (NC-73) will be improved through realignment and signalization. Concord will participate in the project with the installation of bike lanes through both interchanges.
 
Finally, the City has worked with NCDOT to secure improvements to other major road facilities. George W. Liles Parkway is scheduled to be extended to Concord Parkway (US-29) and through the Philip Morris property in 2012, giving the property direct access to I-85. The intersection of Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent road will be redesigned to a superstreet concept in the next few years, which will improve safety and traffic flow. On the western side of the City, Derita Road will be widened to four lanes from the Rocky River Bridge to Poplar Tent Road in 2013.
 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Park Ranger Pat Merritt is implementing a Park Watch Program for McGee Park and McEachern Greenway. The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm at McGee Park.  If the pilot program in this location is successful, the department will evaluate how to refine and expand to other locations throughout the City.
 
The Park Watch Program is similar to a typical Neighborhood Watch Program, with the idea of volunteers keeping their eyes open for suspicious activity in the parks and greenway trail. If any suspicious activity is seen, the volunteers will be instructed to call 911. They will also be instructed to stay uninvolved and to not confront anyone before calling 911. 
 
A “job description” will be distributed by Park Ranger Pat Merritt at the orientation meeting along with a Park Watch t-shirt for the volunteer. Participants are encouraged but not required to wear the t-shirt while walking the greenway trail and parks.
 
Those interesting in volunteering for the Park Watch Program are invited to the orientation meeting at the picnic shelter at McGee Park. The park is located at 219 Corban Avenue, East in Concord. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
Detour planned on Corban Avenue
Corban Avenue will be closed at near the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets will be open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403. 
 
 
Booker Drive Street Realignment Project
The Booker Drive realignment project at the intersection with Salem Street continues. The project will improve the intersection and adjust other infrastructure in the area. This week water and sewer connections were renewed and new sewer lines were installed. Pending good weather, curb and cutter will be installed in coming weeks. The contract goes through August.
 
There will be a traffic detour and limited access during the construction period, and efforts will be made to minimize inconveniences to the extent possible. Stakes have been positioned to define the future road and erosion control is in place.
 
This project is partially funded with Federal stimulus funds received through the Community Development Block Grant program and is designed to improve the safety and functionality of this intersection. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Construction Inspection Division at 704-920-5404 during regular working hours.
 
 
Two films in production around Concord
Various locations around the City will be seen in two upcoming films. A Box for Rob, by Moving Box Entertainment in association with Uptone Pictures, will be an action-thriller set in Concord. For more information visit aboxforrob.com or their page on Facebook. Witness Insecurity is also in production in the City and elsewhere in the region. It is a mystery-thriller by Cascade Pictures. For more information visit witnessinsecurity.com.
 
 
Water Restrictions reminder
City of Concord water customers continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection. We thank our business and residential customers for being mindful of how their use impacts this vital natural resource. 
 
Concord and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought. Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months. Lawn irrigation is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.
 
The following activities are permitted at anytime:
        The filling, operation, or topping off of ornamental fountains.
         Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
         Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
         Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
         Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
         Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also using water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 
 
Union Street Live
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
2010 Schedule
June 17 Mark Roberts and Breeze
July 15 Shakers
August 19 Big Sam
September 16 Band of Oz
 
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/08/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Worksession and Budget Workshop
6/10/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular Session
6/10/2010 at 7:00 p.m. City Council Public Hearings (includes a public hearing on the FY11 recommended budget)