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Did you know?

Did you know that each year people suffer burns, loss of eyesight, burst eardrums and other injuries, and property is damaged because of fireworks? Visit the City Hall Blog for fireworks safety tips to help you and your family have a safe Independence Day weekend.
 
City of Concord to observe Independence Day
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 8.
Rider Transit will not be in service on Monday, July 4, and will resume normal service on Tuesday, July 5.
 
City parks will be open on a normal schedule, and the Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Centers will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
 
Improved solid waste services begin Tuesday, July 5
July 5 is the first day of the City’s new every-other-week recycling collection! The City will no longer collect recycling from the small green bins after July 1.  Blue week customers will have their first recycling collection between July 5 and 9, and green week customers should wait until July 11 through 15 to set out their recycling carts. Customers can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to confirm their collection schedule.
 
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit concordnc.gov for more information!
 
Customers are reminded that the City requires all residents to call the Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) a minimum of two business days in advance of your regular garbage pick up day to schedule the curbside collection of bulky items, old appliances, scrap metal, used tires, and e-waste.  Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
City invests in tools needed for future infrastructure
City of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials agreed Tuesday on a plan for the City to obtain engineering documents and public rights-of-way that should be beneficial to making public improvements in the area southeast of I-85 Exit 49, once funding is available. To address traffic congestion issues on Concord Parkway, Morehead Road, and the corridor between I-85 Exit 49 and the speedway, the City will purchase engineering documents and other plans already developed by CMS/SMI’s hired consultants for transportation improvements to these facilities. In addition, the City will purchase a greenway trail easement along the south side of the Rocky River from the northern to the southern (down river) boundaries of the CMS properties in Concord, and secure other infrastructure easements. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visitconcordnc.govfor more information.
 
Register for Safety Town 2011
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2011, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene.
 
Safety Town will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m. (Students will attend either the Aug. 9 or 10 session, according to their school assignment.) Register online at www.jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run
Friday, July 15, 2011
Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord. Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. Pre-registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Fee $12.00 for early registration. $15.00 after July 8.
More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Antique and Collectibles Appraisal, July 22 and 23, 2011
Joint benefit for The Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre
Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Discover the values of your keepsakes (no jewelry, please). $5 per item appraised. You must be able to carry your own items (no staff assistance). Appraisals by longtime antique dealer Michael Hansen. This event is a joint benefit for the Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre. 704-782-3688.
 
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord operates under the Council-Manager form of government? Under this form, which North Carolina local governments helped pioneer, the City Manager is the CEO of the City organization and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the City. When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance, law, or policy, the City Manager is responsible for implementing the decision. The Manager coordinates the operations of all City departments and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Solid Waste gearing up for launch of improved services on July 5
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit concordnc.gov for more information!
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Parks and Recreation will hold youth soccer registration through June 30, 2011. The cost is $30.00 for City residents and $50.00 for non-City residents. You may register at any of our recreation centers weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., or online.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Art Walk Tonight!
Friday, June 24, 6-9 p.m.
Visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments all over downtown Concord. Many artists will be on hand to talk about their work.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Tonight! Friday, June 24, 9 p.m. (after Art Walk)
Being the Diablo
Micky Mahaffey's daughter Stephanie has spent most of her life defending and justifying her father's choices. His quest for a deeper, yet more simple, spiritual life was constantly at odds with what Stephanie's family and friends expected from a father. But his search for himself could not be derailed by what people thought of him. His path led him from being a popular young preacher to living homeless, from being committed to a mental institution to finally dancing with Tarahumara Indians at the bottom of a remote canyon in Mexico's Sierra Madre. The documentary Being the Diablo retraces that path, illuminating the conflicts inherent.
 
Concord Museum highlights
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/28/2011 at 5:00 p.m. City Council meeting
6/28/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
July
7/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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! 
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Did you know that at any given time, there are over 50 firefighters on duty in the City of Concord? Concord's firefighters work 24-hour shifts, and are based at 10 stations around the City with 10 engines, 3 ladders, and several pieces of special equipment such as rescue and haz-mat vehicles. For more information about Concord Fire and Life Safety, visit concordnc.gov/Departments/Fire.
 
Fleet Services Department recognized for excellence
Government Fleet Magazine has recognized the City of Concord’s Fleet Services Department as the 48th best public sector fleet operation in North America in its 100 Best Fleets award announcement in San Diego, California last week. Concord was the highest-ranked fleet in North Carolina, and the only Tar Heel fleet to make the top fifty. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visitconcordnc.govfor more information.
 
Waste Pro to operate trucks around Concord as part of driver training
The City of Concord’s new solid waste service provider, Waste Pro, will operate its fleet of trucks around the city as part of their driver training program, as the company prepares to launch automated collection services in Concord on July 5. Continuing through June 25, trucks will operate away from scheduled collection areas in order to adjust timing and let operators become familiar with routes without conflicting with current collection services. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Solid waste improvements begin July 5
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit concordnc.gov for more information!
 
Delivery of 28,000 new, black, 96-gallon roll-out recycling carts to all Concord residents is complete. The carts are provided at no charge to residents for the improved every-other-week roll-out recycling program that begins July 5.
 
Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Parks and Recreation will hold youth soccer registration through June 30, 2011. The cost is $30.00 for City residents and $50.00 for non-City residents. You may register at any of our recreation centers weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., or online.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Art Walk
Friday, June 24, 6-9 p.m.
Visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments all over downtown Concord. Many artists will be on hand to talk about their work.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Friday, June 24, 9 p.m. (after Art Walk)
Being the Diablo
Micky Mahaffey's daughter Stephanie has spent most of her life defending and justifying her father's choices. His quest for a deeper, yet more simple, spiritual life was constantly at odds with what Stephanie's family and friends expected from a father. But his search for himself could not be derailed by what people thought of him. His path led him from being a popular young preacher to living homeless, from being committed to a mental institution to finally dancing with Tarahumara Indians at the bottom of a remote canyon in Mexico's Sierra Madre. The documentary Being the Diablo retraces that path, illuminating the conflicts inherent.
 
Concord Museum highlights
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/21/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/28/2011 at 5:00 p.m. City Council meeting
6/28/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
July
7/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!
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Did you know that tourism is a major part of our local economy? Our own hometown is the location of the biggest tourist attraction in all of North Carolina, Concord Mills. The Blue Ridge Parkway comes in second as NC's next most popular tourist attraction. City officials worked closely with the developers of Concord Mills, as well as the NC Department of Transportation and others to make this economic jewel part of our community.   Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in sales tax revenue benefit Concord residents. Most of the money spent at Concord Mills comes from people who live outside Cabarrus County rather than local residents. Those new dollars flowing into Concord and Cabarrus County give an important boost to our economy.
 
City Council adopts budget for FY 2011-12
After conducting a public hearing at its meeting last night, the Concord City Council adopted the FY 2011-12 budget totaling $207,724,003. The budget is effective July 1 and contains no tax increase or increases in water, wastewater, or stormwater base charges or rates.
 
The budget continues the trend of maintaining basic levels of service, emphasizing efficient customer service. At mid-year FY 2008-09, approximately $9 million was cut from budgets City-wide. For FY 2009-10 the operations budget (without purchased power) reflected an additional $1.7 million decrease, totaling a 17.5 percent decrease in operations over the original FY 2008-09 adopted budget. The FY 2010-11 (current year) budget “held the line” in operational line items, continuing cuts made in FY09 and FY10.
 
For the adopted FY 2011-12 budget, City Council holds the property tax rate at 42 cents per $100 valuation, the lowest of full-service cities in North Carolina that do not charge some type of extra solid waste fee to residents. The General Fund budget of $64,371,850 reflects a $1.8 million decrease (or 2.8 percent) from the FY11 budget.
 
Service improvements in solid waste will save the City $1.7 million dollars annually, beginning FY12. The improved residential recycling program begins July 5, 2011, along with changes in garbage and bulky waste collection.
 
The budget adds one new full-time School Resource Officer position, to staff Harold Winkler Middle School as part of Safe Schools Initiative.
 
The City Council eliminated 12 vacant staff positions for total savings of $507,985, and continues the freeze of 21 vacant staff positions for total savings of $748,088.
 
Highlights of June 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Recognized Terry Gross for over 10 years of service to the City of Concord Water Resources Department.
 
Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Finance Department’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by John Alan Culp aka John Culp Jr.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for the annexation of a parcel of land owned by Noe Arnullo Pineda Jimenez.
 
Conducted a public hearing to receive comments on the Water Shortage Response Plan and adopted a resolution approving the Water Shortage Response Plan.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2011-2012 budget for the City of Concord, and adopted the proposed budget.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing a contract with Cabarrus County related to the County's request for Concord to provide Fire Protection Services in the current Jackson Park Volunteer Fire District.
 
Authorized the City Manager to sign and enter into the settlement agreement regarding the Duke Energy/Progress Energy Merger.
 
Approved a contract addendum for FY 11-12 with Mobility Solutions LLC to provide Long Range Transportation Plan and Metrolina Regional Travel Model maintenance.
 
Approved and authorized the submission of a grant application for US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration FY 2011 Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program funds for the Concord Traffic Management System.   
 
Authorized the City Manager to sign a contract amendment with CATS for the operations of the Concord Express.
 
Approved a contract with JQH Hotels Management, LLC to continue their management of Rocky River Golf Course.
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute Block Grant Documents between the City of Concord and the North Carolina Department of Aviation Division of Aviation to certify that local funds are available and authorized a request for a grant under the State Aid to Airports Program to continue the design of a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower. 
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Concord and the Centralina Council of Governments to participate as a CONNECT Consortium member in support of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program.
 
NCDOT to replace bridge on Roberta Road over Wolf Meadow Creek
Between Monday, June 13 and mid-October 2011, Roberta Road will be closed at Wolf Meadow Creek due to a State bridge replacement project. During the project, motorists should follow the posted detour route of Old Charlotte Road, NC Highway 49, and Stough Road back to Roberta Road. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visitconcordnc.govfor more information.
 
Waste Pro to operate trucks around Concord as part of driver training
The City of Concord’s new solid waste service provider, Waste Pro, will operate its fleet of trucks around the city beginning June 15 as part of their driver training program, as the company prepares to launch automated collection services in Concord on July 5. Continuing through June 25, trucks will operate away from scheduled collection areas in order to adjust timing and let operators become familiar with routes without conflicting with current collection services. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Solid waste improvements begin July 5
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit concordnc.gov for more information!
 
Delivery of 28,000 new, black, 96-gallon roll-out recycling carts to all Concord residents is underway. The carts are being provided at no charge to residents for the improved every-other-week roll-out recycling program that begins July 5. Crews will deliver carts through mid-June according to the schedule on concordnc.gov. Carts may arrive a few days before or after this schedule based on availability and delivery progress.
 
Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
June 16 Too MUCH Sylvia
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Show Up Saturday
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Galleries open regular hours to give people unable to come Monday-Friday the opportunity to see Location, Location, Location.
 
Art Walk
Friday, June 24, 6-9 p.m.
Visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments all over downtown Concord. Many artists will be on hand to talk about their work.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Friday, June 24, 9 p.m. (after Art Walk)
Being the Diablo
Micky Mahaffey's daughter Stephanie has spent most of her life defending and justifying her father's choices. His quest for a deeper, yet more simple, spiritual life was constantly at odds with what Stephanie's family and friends expected from a father. But his search for himself could not be derailed by what people thought of him. His path led him from being a popular young preacher to living homeless, from being committed to a mental institution to finally dancing with Tarahumara Indians at the bottom of a remote canyon in Mexico's Sierra Madre. The documentary Being the Diablo retraces that path, illuminating the conflicts inherent.
 
Concord Museum highlights
 
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/16/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/21/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/28/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
July
7/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (budget workshop)
7/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (budget public hearing)
 
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!

 

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Did you know?

Did you know that Concord Police Department partners with the Cabarrus County Board of Education to provide nine school resource officers and 13 school crossing guards to help keep our youth safe? School resource officers are a tremendous resource to students, parents, and school personnel. Officers are assigned to various schools located in Concord City limits. Crossing guards are assigned at needed locations to assist elementary and middle students with crossing the streets. School resource officers help out with patrol duties, special events, and camps during the summer months.
 
City Manager presents FY 2012 budget recommendation
Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget recommendation to the Concord City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday. The recommended General Fund budget, where the primary funding sources are property and sales tax receipts, is $64,371,850—a 2.8 percent or $1.8 million decline from the current year adopted budget. It is also the lowest General Fund budget since the FY 2007-08 budget adopted in June 2007.
 
The proposal calls for no property tax increase, with the rate remaining at $.42, one of the lowest tax rates among North Carolina full-service municipalities above 35,000 in population. The primary focus of the budget is maintaining basic levels of service, emphasizing efficiency, customer service, and how the City delivers services.  A budget workshop will be held on June 7 and a public hearing on June 9. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord recognized for excellence in financial reporting
For the twenty-second consecutive time, the City of Concord has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the Finance Department.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Solid waste improvements begin July 5
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit concordnc.gov for more information!
 
Delivery of 28,000 new, black, 96-gallon roll-out recycling carts to all Concord residents is underway. The carts are being provided at no charge to residents for the improved every-other-week roll-out recycling program that begins July 5. Crews will deliver carts through mid-June according to the schedule on concordnc.gov. Carts may arrive a few days before or after this schedule based on availability and delivery progress.
 
Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
June 16 Too MUCH Sylvia
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Show Up Saturday
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Galleries open regular hours to give people unable to come Monday-Friday the opportunity to see Location, Location, Location.
 
Art Walk
Friday, June 24, 6-9 p.m.
Visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments all over downtown Concord. Many artists will be on hand to talk about their work.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Friday, June 24, 9 p.m. (after Art Walk)
Being the Diablo
Micky Mahaffey's daughter Stephanie has spent most of her life defending and justifying her father's choices. His quest for a deeper, yet more simple, spiritual life was constantly at odds with what Stephanie's family and friends expected from a father. But his search for himself could not be derailed by what people thought of him. His path led him from being a popular young preacher to living homeless, from being committed to a mental institution to finally dancing with Tarahumara Indians at the bottom of a remote canyon in Mexico's Sierra Madre. The documentary Being the Diablo retraces that path, illuminating the conflicts inherent.
 
Concord Museum highlights
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/7/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (budget workshop)
6/9/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (budget public hearing)
6/16/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/21/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/28/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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