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Did you know?
Did you know the Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day week
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Customers in the Monday and Tuesday collection areas will have a normal schedule for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection. However, customers in the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday areas will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 2. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 6. For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

A safety message from the Concord Fire Department
While fireworks are one of the things we enjoy most about the Fourth of July, they are also one of the greatest safety concerns. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, eye injuries, vision loss, dismemberment, and even death. Sadly, children and young adults are the majority of victims of fireworks accidents requiring emergency room treatment. Many young children suffer burns from sparklers, which are often mistakenly considered safe for kids. You can help make the holiday safe for your family and friends by ensuring that fireworks are used in a legal and appropriate manner.

The State of North Carolina and the City of Concord only allow the sale or use of certain “permissible” fireworks that do not explode, rise in the air, travel laterally on the ground, or fire projectiles into the air. These permissible fireworks may only be sold to those 16 years of age or older, and include sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers such as string poppers or snappers, and toy pistol caps. These are distinguishable from other fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, missiles, bottle rockets, and shells, which are not legal in North Carolina. Be responsible and safe while enjoying time spent with family and friends. For more information about Fireworks safety, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5517.


Police crime and safety meeting planned for July 18
On Wednesday, July 18 the Concord Police Department will hold a Crime and Safety Briefing and the public is invited to attend. During the briefing the department will present year-to-date crime statistics for 2018 and discuss the Police Department's response to an active shooter situation. Also, City of Concord Transportation Director Phillip Graham will discuss current and future transportation projects in Concord. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m at the Smith Tower at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police. Attendees in need of special accommodations should contact Sgt. Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000.

Global Art Project, Live Collaborative Painting and associated events coming to ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" will be coming to ClearWater’s Main Gallery July 1 through August 2018. The show is being organized and co-curated by Frank—who recently moved to Charlotte from the New York City area and a 29-year career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now serves as an adjunct art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College—and collaborating curator and artist, Carl Heyward, founder of the Global Art Project, who resides in Northern California. The exhibition kicks off this weekend with an opening reception and life painting event on Sunday, July 1 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Find out more at the following Facebook Event pages: Visual Strategies Exhibition; Visual Strategies: Opening + Live Painting Event; Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project. You can also visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Police Department's latest annual report is available to read on your device of choice? Find it now at concordnc.gov/police.

Protect your pets: National Pet Preparedness Month
June is National Pet Preparedness Month. For many, pets are part of the family, and their safety is a priority because of that. With temperatures already hitting record highs, here are some tips courtesy of the Concord Fire Department: *Never leave pets in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and can be deadly for your pet. *Beat the heat indoors, check on neighbors and always call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot car. *Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot. *Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors. *CAUTION: Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet. *Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days. Learn more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. Check out ready.gov/animals to learn more on how to adequately prepare your family and pet for emergency situations.

Police crime and safety meeting planned for July 18
On Wednesday, July 18 the Concord Police Department will hold a Crime and Safety Briefing and the public is invited to attend. During the briefing the department will present year-to-date crime statistics for 2018 and discuss the Police Department's response to an active shooter situation. Also, City of Concord Transportation Director Phillip Graham will discuss current and future transportation projects in Concord. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m at the Smith Tower at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police. Attendees in need of special accommodations should contact Sgt. Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000.

Global Art Project, Live Collaborative Painting and associated events coming to ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" will be coming to ClearWater’s Main Gallery July 1 through August 2018. The show is being organized and co-curated by Frank—who recently moved to Charlotte from the New York City area and a 29-year career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now serves as an adjunct art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College—and collaborating curator and artist, Carl Heyward, founder of the Global Art Project, who resides in Northern California. Be sure to mark the following events on your calendar:

Opening Reception • with Live Painting Event
Sunday, July 1, 2018; 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Selected Collaborators / Paint Performance
Opening reception and LIVE Collaborative Painting Demo on large format paper by available/attending Exhibiting Artists.

Live Collaborative Painting Demo
Saturday, July 14, 2018; 11:00am to 4:00pm (doors open at 10am)
Featuring the Visual Passion Duo, (Mikel Frank + Gerard Amsellem)
Live music by local jazz musician, Noel Freidline

Family Collaborative Painting Day
Saturday, August 11, 2018; 11am and 2pm (until 4pm)
The Community is invited to come paint a large work together that will then be added to the exhibition!--Facilitated by Mikel Frank

Facebook Event pages for the Opening are Visual Strategies Exhibition; and Visual Strategies: Opening + Live Painting Event.  There is also a FaceBook ‘Art Gallery’ page for the Exhibit itself, “Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.”

ClearWater Artist Studios is located in Gibson Village, less than a mile from Downtown Concord, 223 Crowell Drive NW. Its Gallery is open to the public Wednesday-Friday, Noon-5pm; every 2nd Saturday10am-4pm; and/or by appointment. The Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent for private events. For details, see clearwaterartists.com; or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Just one week left to register for fall 2018 youth soccer season
Parks and Recreation's registration for Youth Soccer remains open through June 30. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents, and includes the whole season and jersey, shorts, and socks. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. In addition to
online registration, a special in-person registration is available at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors (2211 Elder Lane, Kannapolis) from 11-2 on June 30. Parents meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 10 or 12, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 14, 19, or 21. Learn more and register online at concordparksandrec.org.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know you can pay your City utility bill using the free and convenient bank draft option? Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the June 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Received a presentation by NCDOT on the project to widen of Mallard Creek Rd/Odell School Rd and associated intersection improvements at the Concord Mills Blvd and Derita Rd intersection, as well as other area projects (Work Session only).

Presented retirement plaques to Ronald D. Ferrell - 17 years of service, Police; and Norman Franklin - 31 years of service, Fire.

Presented the Top 100 Fleets Award for 2018 to Fleet Services.

Presented a certificate of appreciate to outgoing CDDC Executive Director Diane Young.

Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property located at 10560 Harris Road owned by Wallace Brothers Holding Co LLC.

Conducted a public Hearing and approved a rezoning of property located at 486 Union Street S and 489 Spring Street SW from Residential Medium Density (RM-2) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) - (Case Z-CD-08-18).

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of: +/- 32.77 acres located on the south side of Warren C. Coleman Blvd., owned by the City of Concord; and +/- 3.88 acres located at 3030 Derita Road, owned by Odell School Highway Investment Traders, LLC.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2018-2019 budget for the City of Concord, and adopted an ordinance to adopt the budget as recommended.

Adopted a resolution declaring the 2005 Surrey Fire Safety Trailer as surplus and donating the equipment to Odell Fire and Rescue.

Recognized the Hampden Village Homeowners Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Named the street leading to the Brown Operations Center Al Brown Jr. Court SW.

Made the following Board and Commission reappointments and reclassifications: Todd Phillips to the ABC Board; Debbie Norman and William Isenhour to the Planning & Zoning Commission; Ceasar Correa to regular member status on the Board of Adjustment; Brian Floyd to regular member status on the Historic Preservation Commission; Douglas Williams to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee; City Manager Lloyd Payne to the CDDC Board of Directors; and

The following new appointments: Eric Williamson as an alternate member to the Planning & Zoning Commission; James McDonald as an alternate member to the Board of Adjustment; Jim Ramseur, Carolyn Coggins, and Richard Millan as regular members on the Historic Preservation Commission; and Scott Elliott as an alternate member; Don Seitz as a Member At-Large on the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee.

City of Concord included among 69 drinking water treatment plants honored by NCDEQ
The City of Concord’s water treatment plants were recognized by the NC Department of Environmental Quality for meeting the goals of the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for calendar year 2017. “I am very proud of your hard work to achieve this award, which ultimately leads to greater public health protection,” said Mark Hahn, NCDEQ Senior Environmental Specialist in a message to awardees in the region covered by the NCDEQ Mooresville office. “Please keep up the great work; we realize that this level of treatment doesn’t just happen without a lot of forethought and attention to detail.  I want to thank you and your staff for meeting these more stringent water treatment goals. ”Awardees will be recognized at the upcoming NCWOA meeting on Thursday, June 21 in Shelby. Find out more at deq.nc.gov.

Concord Fire Department welcomes new Ladder 7 to the fleet
The Concord Fire Department's newest addition to the fleet is a replacement apparatus for Ladder 7, which arrived in 2005. The new Pierce Arrow-XT with a 100-foot aerial platform is now in service after crews have been trained to use its new features to serve the community. Ladder 7's crew is based at Fire Station 7 on International Drive. Learn more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page.

Construction updates from NCDOT
NCDOT has published several updates regarding construction and maintenance work that will affect motorists in our area. Click the links below for more information.

New Ramp Construction to Detour Drivers off Interstate 85… (June 15-25)
Lane Closure on Highway 601 bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway in Concord (June 18-22)
Traffic Shift scheduled for US 29 in Concord (June 19)
Temporary Driveway closure on Concord Lake Road near I-85 (June 21-August 21)

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

June
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know you can follow your City government on social media? Like us on Facebook @ConcordNC, follow us on Twitter @ConcordNCgov, and connect with us on Nextdoor.

Concord in the Headlines
$250 million budget proposed for Concord

Allegiant launches new nonstop service from Concord to Emerald Coast

Cabarrus EDC gets to know City Manager Lloyd Payne
City Manager Lloyd Payne is about two months into his new role, and recently sat down with the team at Cabarrus Economic Development for their latest installment of Cabarrus Conversations. Topics include his first couple of months on the job, why he prefers to “manage by relationships,” how his deployments overseas helped in his new role, and how he earned the nickname “Wide Open.” Visit cabarrusedc.com to learn more about your new City Manager.

Freestanding temporary signs: how to express yourself
Concord's sign standards allow certain types temporary signage on parcels without completing the typical registration process. Considered as Type 1 signs, these may have a maximum height of 4 feet and maximum area (length x width) of 6 square feet. While there is no time limit for the duration of displaying this kind of sign, there is a limit to only one sign per parcel. Additionally, the sign cannot be located within public rights-of-way or sight triangles. Signs that do not conform to these regulations are subject to removal by the Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division. The content of Type 1 signs are not regulated but typically include messages regarding causes, the sale of property, or other interests. To learn more about Concord's sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs or call 704-920-5152.

Concord Fire Department achieves Class 1 ISO rating
Many owners of retail, commercial, and industrial businesses in Concord City limits will have lower fire insurance costs following a recent evaluation by the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. Each fire department in the United States is evaluated and assigned a Public Protection Classification (PPC) — a number from 1 to 10, with Class 1 generally representing superior property fire protection. The City of Concord’s ISO rating has improved to Class 1, effective September 1, 2018. The Class 1 rating places Concord Fire Department in the top 0.03 percent in the nation. Since the last classification received in 2013, the City has improved fire protection by adding Fire Station 11, located on Weddington Road and added additional staffing throughout the community. The Concord Fire Department has also made significant improvements in fire company distribution, technology, and efficiency over the past five years. In addition, the City has continued to make improvements in its water and emergency communications systems, and those departments scored very well, helping Concord achieve the Class 1 PPC. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

National Night Out scheduled for August 7
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 35 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

This year will mark the 17th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. Neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 7. For more information about National Night Out in Concord, contact Sergeant Chris Friguglietti at 704-920-5063 or friguglc@concordnc.gov.

Register for Safety Town 2018
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2018, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free 1/2 day event teaches rising kindergartners age appropriate safety tips while getting to meet other students and start their new adventure of attending elementary school. 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 August 7 and 8 at Pitts School Road Elementary School, 8:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Students will be assigned a day, according the school they will attend I the fall. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know one of the primary responsibilities of a City Manager is recommending a balanced budget to the City Council by the end of May of each year? Find out more about City Manager Lloyd Payne's first budget recommendation in Concord at concordnc.gov/budget.

$250 million budget proposed for Concord in FY 2018-19
City Manager Lloyd Payne provided his fiscal year 2018-19 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council on Thursday, May 31. The City-wide budget totals $250,896,647 for all funds, with a General Fund budget of $88,215,189. The property tax rate is recommended to stay at the current 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council held a budget workshop at a special meeting on May 10, where Payne presented an overview of his recommendation and solicited feedback from the Mayor and Council. The Council will discuss the budget at its June 12 work session, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 during the regular City Council meeting. Additional details on the proposal are available at concordnc.gov.

Code Enforcement to conduct sign sweep on June 2 as normal regulations resume
With the conclusion of the primary election and race events, the City's suspension of some temporary signage regulations has also concluded. As part of the resumed enforcement of sign standard regulations, the Concord Police Department Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, June 2. To learn more about Concord's sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs.

June is National Safety Month
The City of Concord joins the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations nationwide in working to ensure No One Gets Hurt. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Several City Departments will share information focused on specific safety topics this month. The City's Human Resources team has a full month of informative activities and classes planned for City coworkers, and the Concord Fire Department plans to highlight safety topics all month on its new @ConcordNCFire Twitter account.

NCDOT provides update on Church street resurfacing project
Concord residents and visitors traveling on Church Street will notice that resurfacing work has been underway for about three weeks. Work started earlier in May as part of NCDOT's annual county resurfacing contract, but was suspended prior to our area's race events and Memorial Day holiday. With the work scheduled to take place overnight to avoid traffic congestion, this week's rainy weather did not allow the completion of the milling process. Once milling is complete, the resurfacing could possibly be completed within a few weeks, dependent upon the weather. NCDOT is not able to say for sure when the work will be completely finished since it all depends upon the weather, but the contractor is committed to completing Church Street at the earliest possible date. NCDOT apologizes for the inconvenience this work is causing, but hopes the community will be pleased with the quality of the road once all work is complete. For more information, contact NCDOT at 704-436-9316.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration now open for fall 2018 youth soccer season
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents, and includes the whole season and jersey, shorts, and socks. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. In addition to online registration, a special in-person registration is available at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors (2211 Elder Lane, Kannapolis) from 11-2 on June 30. Parents meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 10 or 12, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 14, 19, or 21. Learn more and register online at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.