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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation offers specialized programs intended for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities? Find out more below in the Parks and Recreation Highlights.

Concord in the headlines
CPR saves life of Concord 5-year-old at holiday cookout

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day week
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 5. 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.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Featuring specialized programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

Free! Exercise & Movement
Yoga, Dumbbells, Tai Chi and More! Teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can maintain good health and mobility while exploring a variety of exercise and movement modalities! Class meets Monday, July 1 from 5:00 – 5:45 PM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class. Call 704-920-5604 for details and availability.

Garden Club: The Seeds We Eat
Intended for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about the seeds that grow foods we eat every day! We will tend our garden and plant seeds for you to take home to start your own garden! Dress for the mess and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated! Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, July 3 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, register by July 2. Registration is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents. To register call 704-920-5604 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 Concord/Cabarrus County's first ever Juneteenth celebration event is planned for Saturday, June 29? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865 is considered the date when the last enslaved Americans were notified of their new legal and free status by General Gordon Granger who arrived in Galveston, Texas, almost 2 ½ years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Follow along on Facebook at: Concord Cabarrus Juneteenth Celebration.

Concord in the headlines
100,000 more people on the road - how do we get around?
Concord opens state of the art traffic center to help ease driving headaches
Concord has new state-of-the-art Transportation Management Center
30 years strong: Price Memorial AME keeps street adoption going for three decades

NCDOT: Roadwork on U.S. 29 in Concord Next Week
Traffic patterns at U.S. 29 and George Liles Parkway will be temporarily altered next week while N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews extend a turn lane. Crews will remove about 50 feet of a raised concrete median and widen the roadway approximately 350 to build a turn lane into Christy’s Nursery, which is south of George Liles Parkway. Reduction of travel lanes and other alterations will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28. Full details are available at ncdot.gov or drivenc.gov.

Our friends at CabCoTV visit Clearwater Artist Studios
Tune into this week's Cabarrus This Week for a tour of ClearWater Artist Studios. ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m., every second Saturday of the month from 10-4, or by appointment. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are also available to rent out for private events and parties. Visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535 to find out more.

Readiness Education and Coaching for Home ownership workshop in Kannapolis tomorrow
Are you thinking of purchasing a home? Make sure you know before you buy. Join Cabarrus County, Prosperity Unlimited, the City of Concord and Kannapolis for a workshop. REACH—or Readiness Education and Coaching for Home ownership is Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Kannapolis Train Station. The event features information on down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention programs and other supportive services by area nonprofit agencies. Click here for more information, or visit prosperitycdc.org or call 704-933-7405.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Java N' Paint: Pretty Pineapple
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Participants ages 18+ will learn to paint a 16x20-inch canvas while enjoying complementary coffee! Meets Tuesday, June 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. $20 City resident/$25 non-resident. Click here to register by June 24, or call 704-920-5604.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 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 Concord-Padgett Regional Airport has been certified as a leader in business aircraft handling and safety? 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.

Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to retired Fire Chief Ray Allen.

Presented the NC SWANA Road-E-O Roll-Off second place trophy to Solid Waste Services staff member Greg Spears.

Recognized Concord-Padgett Regional Airport for IS-BAH Stage 1 Certification.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing June 19, 2019 at Juneteenth Day.

Received a plaque of appreciation from the Town of Mooresville for support offered during the mourning of fallen Police Officer Jordan Sheldon.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a ten year / 50% tax based Downtown MSD Economic Development Incentive Grant to Concord Master Venture, LLC (Lansing Melbourne Group) for the development of a mixed use structure located at 30 Market St. SW.

Conducted a public hearing and approved the submission of the FY2019-20 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances designating Bell and Harris - Maxwell Brothers and Collins - Maxwell Brothers Furniture Store (29 Cabarrus Ave. E) and the Hotel Concord and Concord Telephone Exchange Building (4-18 Union St. N and 11-15 Cabarrus Ave. E) as local historic landmarks.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to annex +/- 0.408 acres of property, located at 7601 Rocky River Road, and owned by Rocky River Project, LLC.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the official zoning map for property located on the southeast corner of the George Liles Parkway, NW and Coddle Market Dr, NW intersection from C-1 (Light Commercial) to C2-CD (General Commercial Conditional District).

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2019-2020 budget for the City of Concord and adopted the proposed budget.

Adopted a resolution requesting the Cabarrus County Board of Elections place a proposition "to permit the on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages" on the November 5, 2019 ballot.

Adopted a resolution accepting an offer of $175,000 for the sale of 12 Hawthorne Street, SW.

Awarded a bid to N.C. Quality Home Builders, LLC in the amount of $118,650 to construct a new home at 524 Allison Street.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract addendum with Waste Pro USA, Inc. for the collection of garbage, recycling, and bulky waste.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ratzlaff Construction Company for the construction of the Open Air Learning Center on David Phillips Center property.

Made appointments/reappointments to various City of Concord Boards and Commissions and a reappointment to the CDDC Board of Directors.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with United of Carolinas, Inc. for the replacement of the culverts on Chelwood Dr NW and Chadbourne AVE. NW.

Update from Concord Water Resources: odor concerns
Some Concord water customers have noticed an unpleasant odor in our water recently. The cause is an algal bloom in one of our water sources and the odor will improve as conditions change. However, Concord's water remains safe for all uses including drinking, and continues to be tested to ensure it meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Cyanotype
For ages 6-12. We’re using the power and light from the sun to create images with special paper without ever needing a camera. Parents are encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is required. We will meet Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee is $15 for City residents; $20 for non-residents.

Art-Ventures
For ages 8-12. Combine the outdoors with adventure and art. We’ll collect our art supplies on our walk in the great outdoors. Wear clothes for messy activities. This time it’s “Everything Sticks” because sticks are awesome and we’re on the hunt! Create your sculptures from your collection and decorate them with sparkles and paint! Pre-registration is required. We will meet on Monday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents.

Kid’s Night Out
For ages 8-12. Come hang out and have snacks, play games, fun arts & crafts, and more! Parents can take a few hours off while the kids have a night full of fun! Parents will need to check kids in and out with the instructor upon arrival and departure. Max. 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. Kid’s Night Out will be held on Friday, June 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hartsell Recreation Center, 60 Hartsell School Road. Each kid is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents.

Greenway Adventures
For ages 3 & up. Using the greenways as our classroom, we will explore critters and their habitats, adding in fun and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to join in on the fun. Each program will meet at the designated trail for approximately 1 hour. This week we are rejoicing the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year will be celebrated with flower crowns, suncatchers and games of the sun! We will meet Friday, June 21 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at McGee Park. There is no fee for this program.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

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

July
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 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 the City McInnis Aquatic Center (also known as the City Pool) is currently open on weekends and begins the daily schedule on June 15? Learn more at concordparksandrec.org and click here to see our #ArchivesPoolParty contribution on Twitter.

Last call: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration transformed a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options illustrated the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. If you missed it, it is not too late! You can find all the details at concordnc.gov and complete our survey by June 10 to lend your voice to the conversation.

Talk about the future of public transportation in CabCo June 12 and 14
Join us June 12 or 14 to hear details of and provide your feedback on the draft of the Cabarrus County Long Range Public Transportation Plan. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Services (CCTS) will host public input and information sessions on Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 pm in Room 106 at the Rowan Cabarrus Community College South Campus (1531 Trinity Church Road, Concord, NC 28027); and Friday, June 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rider Transit Center (45 Transit Court NW, Concord, NC 28025). The sessions are designed to be drop-in in nature, so please feel free to stop by at any point during the scheduled time. Brief presentations from staff will be provided at various points throughout the sessions. For more information, visit
ckrider.com or contact Rider Transit Planner Andy Christy at 704-920-5875 or christya@concordnc.gov.

Sign up for Concord 101 and learn more about your community
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2019 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 20 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 26.  Class size is limited. Get started now at
concordnc.gov.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Don't let the rain dampen your Summer Celebration
Come celebrate the start of our playful summer! During this family event children and adults can explore the many cool activities Parks and Recreation is offering during the summer months. Get creative with arts and crafts, and be active with fitness and so much more! No fee. We will be playing together at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE from 10:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Learn more here.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

June
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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.