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Did you know?
Did you know that National Night Out is celebrated the first Tuesday in August? On August 6, neighborhoods across the nation will join together to take a stand against crime. To learn more about the National Night Out movement, visit nno.org. Visit concordnc.gov for information on local NNO events and how to register.
 
Independence Day holiday schedule information
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday customers, and a one-day delay for Thursday and Friday customers. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, July 1. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Customer service improvements for solid waste program begin July 8
Since unveiling every-other-week recycling and fully automated garbage and recycling collection in 2011, the City of Concord has saved millions of dollars each year and improved your weekly disposal. Beginning July 8, the City of Concord is adjusting a few customer procedures to make collecting residential waste more customer-friendly and efficient. Calling in to schedule bulky item collection will no longer be required. Instead, all items (garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulky waste) should be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Look for a new Solid Waste Resource Guide in the mail soon for more details.
 
Stay in the know with Blackboard Connect™
The City of Concord can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone, text, or email to citizens in minutes using the Blackboard Connect System. Residents with published landline phone numbers are automatically in the system. You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more so you can be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Seniors can have fun while being healthy at Fit 'n Silver
Exercise is important to keep seniors moving and active. The Concord Housing Department will host a free exercise class for seniors in July and August. Fit 'n Silver is a one-hour class for seniors who wants to ease into an exercise program. The class is designed to increase energy, reduce joint stiffness, improve flexibility, and increase strength and balance while keeping participants motivated, smiling, and primed for everyday activities. Hosted by the City of Concord Housing Department, “Fit N’ Silver” is one of several exercise classes sponsored by the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures program. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 5 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org. During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements. Crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/23/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that line dancing is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and stimulate the mind and body? Practice the most popular dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Biker’s Shuffle, and more! Concord Housing is hosting weekly line dancing classes each Thursday at 6:00 p.m. through July 25. To register or for more information, call 704-920-6110.
 
Storm recovery update
Crews from multiple City departments were deployed this week to continue collecting debris from last Thursday’s severe thunderstorm. Currently, the City estimates over 1,000 tons of storm debris will be collected. A total of 70 City coworkers worked on debris clean-up, with crews from the Water Resources (water, wastewater, and stormwater crews), Transportation, and Solid Waste working extended hours to collect the many tons of debris from City streets. Coworkers began picking up debris in the Friday collection area today, but will not be able to complete the route, particularly in the area along Weddington Road. Debris in areas not collected today will be collected on Monday. Solid Waste Services will attempt to resume normal yard waste collection next week. In addition, Buildings and Grounds staff removed five tons of debris from the City's cemeteries. Residents are thanked for their patience as the City of Concord continues its recovery operations.
 
Seniors can have fun while being healthy at Fit 'n Silver
Exercise is important to keep seniors moving and active. The Concord Housing Department will host a free exercise class for seniors in July and August. Fit 'n Silver is a one-hour class for seniors who wants to ease into an exercise program. The class is designed to increase energy, reduce joint stiffness, improve flexibility, and increase strength and balance while keeping participants motivated, smiling, and primed for everyday activities. Hosted by the City of Concord Housing Department, “Fit N’ Silver” is one of several exercise classes sponsored by the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures program. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 continues through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 5 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org. During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements. Crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
6/25/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
July
7/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/18/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know Rider Transit is mid-way through a series of system improvements and enhancements? Five new bus shelters are on the way for Concord, with several already installed in Kannapolis. Information displays have been installed at most bus stops in Concord, complete with a route map, basic schedule, projected individual stop location times, and a wealth of other information. These signs will be rolled out shortly in Kannapolis as well. Solar bus shelter lighting installations will begin in the next weeks, and our new hybrid electric replacement buses are still on schedule for delivery in March 2014! Learn more about Rider Transit and why you should try transit at ckrider.com.
 
City continues storm recovery
City of Concord utilities, public safety, and public works crews are continuing their response to Thursday afternoon's severe thunderstorm, which is expected to extend into next week. The City urges the public to put safety first. Do not approach downed power lines, and keep a distance from fallen trees. Electric repairs will continue well into the night, as officials expect it could be tomorrow before all power is restored. The City will use extra coworkers from multiple departments to collect yard waste throughout next week, trying to follow the normal collection schedule. Residents are thanked in advance for their patience, as large volumes are expected to be added to the debris already at the curb. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the June 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Received a presentation from United Way of Central Carolinas Cabarrus Community Director Barbi Jones, recognizing the City of Concord with the following awards for the 2012 Cabarrus County campaign: Top 10 Account, Outstanding Account, Season of Caring Team, and Best Campaign Special Events. The City of Concord helped United Way provide $1.2 million to 24 Cabarrus County health and human service agencies in June that will serve over 30,000 of our neighbors in need. The City's 2012 campaign effort was led by coworkers Gary Fritz, Doug Wilhelm, and Kim Smith.
 
Presented retirement plaques to
  • Karen Miller - Aviation, 13 years of service
  • Scott Newell, Police, 26 years of service
  • Cynthia Wilkerson, Housing, 30 years of service
Acknowledged Merl Hamilton for receiving the Charlotte Motor Speedway 2013 Tony Plummer Excellence in Service Award.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to and adopted the proposed FY 2013-2014 budget for the City of Concord.
 
Adopted a resolution urging Altria Group to follow through with the donation of right-of-way for the extension of George W. Liles Parkway.
 
Received information on bids and funding for the Albemarle Waterline, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Gavel & Dorn Engineering, PLLC for construction observation.
 
Awarded a bid to Eagle Wood, Inc. for Phase I of the Moss Creek Section of the Rocky River Greenway.
 
Authorized the City Manager to execute a renewal addendum with CCTS for the operation of federally-required complimentary ADA paratransit service for the Rider Transit system.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Code of Ordinances, Chapter 46 - Solid Waste to implement Bulky Waste Collection Improvements approved by City Council in March.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract addendum with Granite Sky Design, Inc. for preparation and production of four additional issues of the City Circular through June 2014.
 
Approved appointments (a) and reappointments (r) to various Boards and Commissions as follows:
Enjoy the Arts in Historic Downtown Concord tonight - Friday, June 14!
Art Walk, 6-9 pm, Downtown Concord: Enjoy visual art displays all over Downtown. Take the free shuttle from The Galleries to ClearWater Artist Studios on Kerr Street and The Peggy on Spring Street. Don't miss the grand opening of the Sundae Art Gallery at 21 Union Street.
 
Opening Reception for Fantasy Island, 6-9 pm, The Galleries: Meet artists and enjoy the fun and colorful artwork that lets you escape the ordinary through artistic flights of fancy and whimsy. The group invitational features paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures and quilts by 18 artists.
 
Free Screening of Beatles Stories, 9 pm, Davis Theatre: Modern Film Fest @ the Davis presents a free screening of a documentary about a variety of people's encounters with members of the legendary rock band.
 
Union Street Live continues June 20 with the Tim Clark Band
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the second installment of the 2013 Union Street Live concert series featuring the Tim Clark Band. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer through September on the Third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
 
Seniors can have fun while being healthy at Fit 'n Silver
Exercise is important to keep seniors moving and active. The Concord Housing Department will host a free exercise class for seniors in July and August. Fit 'n Silver is a one-hour class for seniors who wants to ease into an exercise program. The class is designed to increase energy, reduce joint stiffness, improve flexibility, and increase strength and balance while keeping participants motivated, smiling, and primed for everyday activities. Hosted by the City of Concord Housing Department, “Fit N’ Silver” is one of several exercise classes sponsored by the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures program. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street. For more information, contact Zenobia Nelson at 704-920-6110.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 continues through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 5 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org. During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements. At 8:00, we’ll crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
6/18/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/20/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/25/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
July
7/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/11/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that cross-court basketball is available at Hartsell Recreation Center every Tuesday and Thursday between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.? Hartsell Recreation Center is located at 60 Hartsell School Road SW. For more information, call 704-920-5602.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety to hold Career Day open house June 8
Looking for a challenging career with excellent potential and great benefits? The Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety is hosting its annual Career Day open house at Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard), on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the department, meet firefighters, tour facilities, see equipment, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
CFLS specialized rescue services certified by state-wide organization
The North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS recently certified Concord's Department of Fire and Life Safety in eight specialized areas of rescue services. In achieving these certifications, the department has demonstrated compliance with state-wide equipment and training standards in specific disciplines. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Local area experiences flooding from recent weather events
The 2013 hurricane season got off to a quick start with Tropical Storm Andrea already impacting the east coast. This storm's main impact has been flooding, especially considering the recent rainy weather that has saturated the ground. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more about flood-prone areas in the City and cabarruscounty.us for preparation tips and information.
 
Cabarrus County offers summer relief for senior citizens
Adults ages 60 and older, who live in Cabarrus County and do not have central air-conditioning, may pick up a free fan at the Concord or Mount Pleasant locations of the Senior Center as part of the Cool Breeze Heat Relief Program. Pick up fans Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.
 
Paper towels and flushable wipes: how flushable are they?
Out of sight, out of mind—that’s what most of us think about what goes down the household toilet. For most home owners this is true, but not always—and you would be surprised at what is becoming the biggest cause of sewer spills and back-ups: paper products other than toilet paper. Three of the City of Concord’s twenty three pump stations have already been affected by paper towels and wipes. Learn more about this problem on WBTV.com.
 
City Manager recommends FY2013-14 budget
Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2013-14 budget recommendation to the Concord City Council at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 29. Hiatt recommended the tax rate remain at 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council budget workshop is planned for the June 11 work session at 4:00 p.m., and a public hearing is scheduled for the June 13 regular session at 6:00. To learn more, visit concord.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Youth soccer registration
Soccer registration for youth ages 3 to 15 continues through June 30. Registration is available at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 5 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org. During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements. At 8:00, we’ll crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
6/11/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
6/13/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
6/18/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
6/20/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
6/25/2013 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into CityLink Radio on 1410-AM WTIX, each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.