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Did you know?
Did you know reusable containers can be used for yard waste in place of paper and clear bags? Yard waste containers (recommend maximum size is 42 gallons) should have handles, be clearly marked “Yard Waste Only” and weigh less than 35 pounds when full. Choosing reusable containers creates less waste and saves money. Learn more about residential yard waste collection at concordnc.gov.
  

Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday customers next week. However, these items will be collected on a one-day delay for Friday customers. All customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, June 30. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, July 3. Visit concordnc.gov for information about other City service changes next week.
 
Concord's excellence in financial reporting recognized for 25th consecutive year
For the twenty-fifth consecutive year, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Concord by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The most recent certificate was for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The CAFR is produced by the City's Finance Department accounting team, comprised of Finance Director Pam Hinson, Accounting Manager Jessica Jones, Finance Manager Karen Broadway, and Accountants Dana Hood, Karen McCall, Kristin Roe, and Leigh Ann Sells. Each year, the CAFR is judged by an impartial panel according to the high standards of the program. More details on this achievement at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Firefighters present check to Muscular Dystrophy Association
On Wednesday, the Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus Professional Firefighters Association Local 3393 presented a check for $30,008.62 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters and the MDA are celebrating 60 years of partnership in Fill the Boot. Recently retired Concord Fire Captain R.D. Faggart is currently serving as president of the Cabarrus Professional Firefighters Association and led the local Fill the Boot campaign. MDA Fundraising Coordinator Barbara Hawk and Bryson Foster, former MDA National Goodwill Ambassador were present to receive the check from Faggart and Fire Chief Ray Allen.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
3F Program offers Family Friendly Fun for just $10
The 3F Program is designed for families seeking fun together outdoors. This series will focus on teambuilding, creative exercises, and outdoor adventures. The series will conclude with a non-violent "Hunger Games-style" challenge course, based on what we learn throughout the summer. Please contact Taylor Morris with questions at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov. Meets occasional Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. at varied parks. Pre-registration required, fee is $10 per family (up to 5 members) per activity date. Next session: Extreme Team - Join us as we celebrate our strengths as one! We will participate in a variety of teambuilding activities and have a whole lot of fun! Tuesday, July 1 at Beverly Hills Park, 631 Miramar Street, NE.
 
Streetlight 5k and Frolic coming soon
Families are invited Downtown for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on Friday, July 11. The Downtown festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with family amusements and live music by Watts Left. Following a one-mile fun run at 7, the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 4 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 are available at concordparksandrec.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Engineering Department acts as a consultant to other City Departments planning projects to construct or maintain infrastructure and facilities? In-house expertise saves time and money for departments. Learn more at concordnc.gov/Departments/Engineering.
 
Art Walk – TONIGHT!
The community is invited to enjoy visual art displays and entertainment at Cabarrus Arts Council's latest Art Walk in Historic Downtown Concord on Friday, June 20 from 6-9 p.m. Galleries and shops will display visual art and host artist demonstrations. Live music, refreshments, and artists provide fun for all ages. Hop on the free shuttle between The Galleries and ClearWater Artist Studios. The Art Walk ushers in the latest exhibition at The Galleries, entitled Comic Relief. The exhibition, which runs through July 31, features whimsical, fun artwork and art techniques.
 
Local homes to receive fire safety education and smoke alarms
On Saturday, June 21, Concord Firefighters will team up with the Cabarrus County Chapter of the American Red Cross to canvass neighborhoods identified as high-risk areas for fire injuries and fatalities. The risk comes from not having working smoke alarms—firefighters will replace nonfunctioning smoke alarms and provide residents with fire safety information. A limited number of carbon monoxide detectors will also be available. This outreach effort is possible through a grant awarded from the NC Office of State Fire Marshall. Concord received one of 50 outreach and education grants awarded across the state, which provides educational materials and smoke alarms for qualifying homes.
 
Do your part to reduce packaging waste
While packaging materials like air pockets, foam peanuts, and bubble wrap cannot be recycled in your curbside recycle cart, they can be reused. Conveniently, many shipping stores will accept these materials for reuse. It's a good idea to call the store before you stop by to see which items are accepted and how they should be prepared. If you are sending a package, consider reusing old packaging materials, crumpled newspaper, or shredded paper to protect your items rather than buying new packaging materials. For more information on the benefits of recycling and what items are recyclable, visit concordnc.gov or contact Environmental Educator, Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Streetlight 5k and Frolic coming soon
Families are invited Downtown for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on Friday, July 11. The Downtown festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with family amusements and live music by Watts Left. Following a one-mile fun run at 7, the Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 4 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 are available at concordparksandrec.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?

Did you know the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has a Small Business Liaison? A dedicated staff member will help guide you through the necessary steps, from start to finish, to make sure your new business complies with all City-related permits. Visit concordnc.gov to get started.
 
Highlights of the June 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a retirement plaques to Edward Deese, 10 years of service, Aviation Department.
 

Presented the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Early Pioneers and Explorers Award to Fleet Services Director Daniel Nuckolls.

 
Received information on participating in the National Weather Service Turn Around Don't Drown® Program.
 

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the FY 2014-2015 budget for the City of Concord, and adopted the budget as recommended.

 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of one parcel of land owned by Cabarrus County Board of Education and one parcel of land owned by Douglas Martin Foster.
 
Opened a public hearing to consider annexation of two parcels of land owned by the Odell Volunteer Fire Department (parcel 1parcel 2), and continued the public hearing until July 10, 2014.
 
Received a presentation on the design status of the new City Hall from ADW Architects, and approved the exterior and interior schematic design to move forward with construction documents. Additionally approved closure and traffic plans for use on Cabarrus Avenue and Market Street during construction.
 
Accepted a Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grant to install electric vehicle charging stations and two electric vehicles.
 
Authorized applying for and accepting a $1.3 million NCDOT Division of Aviation State Aid to Airports grant to fund 90 percent of the cost to construct new parking lots at Concord Regional Airport, and adopted budget and capital project ordinances allocating the grant funds.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a joint cooperation agreement supporting the continuation of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan Housing Consortium.
 
Authorized the acquisition of property located at 256 Crowell Drive NW for $33,500 using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
 
Adopting an ordinance amending Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances to delete the Electronic Gaming Category.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopting a resolution tentatively setting a public hearing for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Richard Marion Starnes on July 10, 2014.
 
Made appointments/reappointments to various Boards and Commissions:
Helpful tips for yard waste collection
Concord residents enjoy weekly curbside collection of yard waste at no extra cost. Residents are asked to do their part by preparing yard waste for collection the right way. Grass clippings, leaves, and tree or shrubbery trimmings less than 12-inches in length must be placed in untied, clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. No dark or opaque plastic bags are permitted. As an alternative, personal containers (recommend 42 gallon max. size) with handles, clearly marked “Yard Waste Only” and weighing less than 35 pounds when full may be used. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.
 
Union Street Live, featuring Jim Quick and Coastline
Historic Downtown Concord welcomes Jim Quick and Coastline to Union Street Live next Thursday, June 19. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Visit concorddowntown.com for this summer’s concert schedule and more.
 
Laugh your way through the Art Walk
The community is invited to enjoy visual art displays and entertainment at Cabarrus Arts Council's latest Art Walk in Historic Downtown Concord on Friday, June 20 from 6-9 p.m. Galleries and shops display visual art and host artist demonstrations. Live music, refreshments, and artists provide fun for all ages. The Art Walk ushers in the latest exhibition at The Galleries, entitled Comic Relief. The exhibition, which runs through July 31, features whimsical, fun artwork and art techniques.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center is now open weekends, and this summer's weekday hours begin Monday, June 16. During the season the pool offers open swim for the community at a minimum fee, water aerobics, and swimming lessons for both youth and adults. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
July
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Traffic Services Division of Concord's Transportation Department maintains, installs, and manages over 15,000 traffic signs, and fabricates all street blades and specialty signs in-house? Signs are evaluated on retroreflectivity, insuring they are bright and easy to read at night. Special signage and devices on City streets provide enhanced safety and real time information, including: pedestrian safety and crash prevention, overhead information signs, pavement markers, signage/traffic control for special events, and construction projects and detours. Learn more about the Transportation Department at concordnc.gov/Transportation.
 
Fire Department's Career Day TOMORROW!
The Concord Fire Department is hosting its annual Career Day open house at Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard), on Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The event kicks off the 2014-15 firefighter recruitment process. Career Day provides the opportunity for interested applicants to learn more about the department, meet firefighters, tour facilities, see equipment, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Visit concordnc.gov for a flyer and to learn more.
 
Recycling Downtown is easy
Have you noticed the new blue and green waste containers in Historic Downtown Concord? The new receptacles have a two-fold purpose – in reducing waste by diverting some trash to recycling, and reducing litter by providing the receptacles in a variety of locations throughout the Downtown area. Each receptacle has two clearly labeled bins, one green bin for trash and one blue bin for recyclable materials. The same things you can recycle at home can be recycled Downtown, it's that easy! Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Budget workshop and public hearing scheduled for next week
Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2014-15 budget recommendation to the Mayor and City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 27. The City-wide budget totals $216,784,204 and the recommended General Fund budget is $71,577,540. The City Council will hold at least one budget workshop on Tuesday, June 10 and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 12 during the regular City Council meeting. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Municipal Building repair continues, main entrance to reopen
Work to remedy a moisture intrusion problem affecting the foundation of the Municipal Building at 26 Union Street S is progressing on schedule. The project requires closing and excavating the sidewalk directly in front of the Municipal Building. During this time, all Downtown businesses will be able to remain open. However, a detour is established to take pedestrians across Union Street and back, so they can safely access all businesses on either side of the work zone. The first phase of the project is nearly complete, and the main building entrance is expected to reopen sometime during the day Monday, June 9. Work will continue for two more weeks, visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge now open
Work to replace tread boards on the McEachern Greenway pedestrian bridge is complete. Concord Parks and Recreation reopened the bridge at 3:30 on Friday, June 6. We thank you for your patience during this needed maintenance.
 
Yoga in the park
Bring the body and mind into harmony with nature through subtle yoga movements. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, water, and beach towel. Arrive 15 minutes before class to register. Meets most Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at Dorton Park Shelter 3 (arrive by 5:45 to register on site).  Ages 13 and up, $3 per class. Class schedule and more details at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center is now open weekends, and this summer's weekday hours begin Monday, June 16. During the season the pool offers open swim for the community at a minimum fee, water aerobics, and swimming lessons for both youth and adults. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
June
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.