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Transportation Update

A portion of Burrage RD NE, between Beverly DR NE and Bradley ST NE, will be closed to ALL traffic on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. The road closure should only last one day and Burrage RD should be back to normal travel conditions on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. A temporary detour route will be installed. We strongly encourage you to take an alternate route if possible.

 

 

Concord Fire and Life Safety New Heavy Rescue Unit

 

The Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety has reorganized its Heavy Rescue Team, now stationed at Fire Station #7 located at 250 International Drive, and further enhanced its capabilities with the purchase of a fully equipped rescue truck. The concept of the Heavy Rescue Unit is to utilize a select group of highly trained individuals who possess a keen interest and professional skill level in all phases of rescue for building collapse, high angle emergencies, confined space incidents, trench collapses, fire calls, vehicle extraction, and swift water rescue.

 

Originally, two separate two person units responded to calls until recently when they were combined into a single, four person unit. This allows the Department of Fire and Life Safety to dispatch the Heavy Rescue Unit from Station #7 to a variety of calls that include building collapse, vehicle collisions, swift water incidents, to traditional fire calls. This unit is the typically the first responder in for building and trench collapse and can take action to abate dangerous conditions until the heavier truck used for building collapse can arrive on scene.

 

"Combing the two units and keeping them together as a team at Fire Station #7 allows us to keep track of the entire team when they respond to a call for service. With the two person team, they were dispatched separately and could not be accounted for in very confusing situations. These firefighters work in the most dangerous situations and are highly trained and capable," commented Chief Randy Holloway.

 

The cost savings associated with this move are considerable, but the better efficiency and quick response of this team to life threatening incidents was the primary motivator for pursuing this concept. The location at Fire Station #7 near three I-85 interchanges and major corridors leading to other parts of Concord provides the team great flexibility in reaching vehicle crashes requiring the type of life saving equipment and materials this truck carries

 

The new unit contains a variety of hydraulic rescue tools used for vehicle extrication as well as a host of other specialized rescue tools, salvage and overhaul equipment, rehab supplies, spare S.C.B.A. cylinders and charging system, 40 KW generator, a retractable/adjustable high powered scene light, an awning that will self retract in high winds, and other types of rescue equipment.

 

This truck was purchased by piggybacking on a Town of Cary bid for a purchase of a similar vehicle and by pre-paying for the truck. These steps lowered the cost substantially from $642,453 to $577,740.

 

"With the experienced staff and the new heavy rescue truck, the City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety can provide a higher level of service to our shareholders and customers," remarked Chief Holloway.

 

Fire personnel pictured with the new Heavy Rescue Truck from A-Shift are: Firefighter Paul Cwynar, Senior Firefighter Codey Elwood, Battalion Captain Mike Carter, and Firefighter Bruce Hodges. B & C Shift personnel not pictured are:

Captain Chad Sherrill, Fire Specialist Duane Shinn, Firefighter II Phillip Burris, Firefighter Jason Cook, Captain Todd Jones, Senior Firefighter Rusty Wallace, Firefighter Donald Peterson and Firefighter Justin Caldwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The following meetings are held at the Municipal Building at 26 Union St. South

8/13/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting

8/18/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning

8/20/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation

8/25/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment

 

Concord News Update www.concordnc.gov for all the latest information and news

Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 for information concerning City Services

 

What is National Night Out? National Night Out, sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF In addition to increasing awareness of crime, NNO strengthens neighborhood bonds and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are taking a stand against crime! Bonded neighborhoods deter crime by sending the message that you are close to your neighbors and everyone is aware of what is happening in your neighborhood, and is watching out for each other.

 

In observance of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, the Concord Police Department asks that at minimum you leave your porch light on from 7:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it also makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Participation is not limited to leaving your porch light on August 4. We would like you to get to know your neighbors better. You can do this by going door to door and introducing yourself if you have not done so in the past. Feel free to organize neighborhood activities such as block parties, cookouts, porch sittings, and other events to show your "no tolerance" for crime.

If you have questions or desire more information regarding National Night Out, please contact Capt. Betty Crump phone: 704-920-5010 or Email: crumpb@concordnc.gov.

 

 

Liberty Belle," a newly restored World War II B-17 Bomber, will take to the skies over Concord, North Carolina on August 29th and 30th at the Concord Regional Airport

The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 "Liberty Belle" is one of only fourteen B-17’s still flying today. The B-17, dubbed the "Flying Fortress" as a result of the plane’s defensive fire power, saw action in every theater of operation during WWII. The majority of all WWII B-17’s were operated by the 8th Air Force in Europe and participated in countless missions from bases in England deep into enemy territory. The "Liberty Belle" was built toward the end of the war and never saw any combat. It is painted in the colors and nose art of the original "Liberty Belle" B-17 that flew countless missions with the 390th bomb group of the mighty 8th Airforce he total flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately half hour in flight. Flights experiences are $395 for Liberty Foundation members and $430 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation Member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends. While $430 per person sounds expensive, it must be put into perspective when compared to a B-17’s operating cost. A Flying Fortress cost over $4500 per flight hour and the Liberty Foundation spends over $1,000,000 annually to keep the Liberty Belle airworthy and out on tour. The Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit flying museum and funds generated merely help offset these high cost. Only the public’s interest and other generous donations keep the Liberty Belle flying and from being silenced permanently in a museum. Hopefully, for years to come! This is your invitation to see, tour and fly a mission in the Liberty Foundation’s B-17 flying fortress " Liberty Belle" and take advantage of this ultimate historical experience. Come touch the past and fly through ageless skies.

For more information, contact Susan Green, Project Coordinator for the Concord Regional Airport at 704-920-5915. The Concord Regional Airport is located at 9000 Aviation Blvd in Concord, NC

 

 

 

Pick up after your Pet

Pet waste is a "perfectly natural, normal thing." It’s biodegradable. I mean, you can’t get any more natural than pet waste! So, why is it such a big deal that we all take along those little baggies and do the perfectly UNNATURAL and disgusting duty of picking that stuff up?! Eww!

 

Pet waste is natural, but think of ALL the pets concentrated in our city, not to mention all over the country! The fecal matter of most all birds and mammals, including dogs, contains E. coli bacteria, which can live for a long time outside the body. E. coli is responsible for infections, food poisoning, and swimmer’s itch. Surface waters (bodies of water above the ground) often become contaminated with E. coli from sewage spills AND from animal waste, as rain water picks up pet waste and its bacteria and carries it into storm drains which empty directly into local bodies of water. Don’t forget that Concord gets its drinking water from local lakes and rivers!

 

So, if picking up after your pet sounds gross, just think about how gross it would be to drink, swim in or fish in contaminated water!

There. There’s your motivation. As for the baggie, either drop it in the garbage or break open the baggie and drop the contents in the toilet, and flush. The best option is flushing. Flushed water is cleaned up at the wastewater treatment plant, while "canned" material ends up in the landfill, which stands the chance of leaking someday or, more realistically in our lifetime, filling up.

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Concord Weekly News Update

 

 

What is National Night Out? 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 26 years, National Night Out has grown to 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 8th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. Fourteen of our neighborhoods hosted events in 2008.

 
In addition to increasing awareness of crime, NNO strengthens neighborhood bonds and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are taking a stand against crime! Bonded neighborhoods deter crime by sending the message that you are close to your neighbors and everyone is aware of what is happening in your neighborhood, and is watching out for each other.
 
In observance of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, the Concord Police Department asks that at minimum you leave your porch light on from 7:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it also makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Participation is not limited to leaving your porch light on August 4. We would like you to get to know your neighbors better. You can do this by going door to door and introducing yourself if you have not done so in the past. Feel free to organize neighborhood activities such as block parties, cookouts, porch sittings, and other events to show your “no tolerance” for crime.
 
If you have questions or desire more information regarding National Night Out, please contact Capt. Betty Crump phone: 704-920-5010 or Email: crumpb@concordnc.gov.
 
 
 
Liberty Belle," a newly restored World War II B-17 Bomber, will take to the skies over Concord, North Carolina on August 29th and 30th at the Concord Regional Airport
The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 “Liberty Belle” is one of only fourteen B-17’s still flying today. The B-17, dubbed the “Flying Fortress” as a result of the plane’s defensive fire power, saw action in every theater of operation during WWII. The majority of all WWII B-17’s were operated by the 8th Air Force in Europe and participated in countless missions from bases in England deep into enemy territory. There were 12,732 B-17’s produced between 1935 and 1945, of these 4,735 were lost in combat. Following WWII, the B-17 saw combat in three more wars, B-17’s saw service in Korea, Israel used them in the war of 1948 and was even used during Vietnam.
 
“Liberty Belle” was built toward the end of the war and never saw any combat. It is painted in the colors and nose art of the original “Liberty Belle” B-17 that flew countless missions with the 390th bomb group of the mighty 8th Air force he total flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately half hour in flight. Flights experiences are $395 for Liberty Foundation members and $430 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation Member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends. While $430 per person sounds expensive, it must be put into perspective when compared to a B-17’s operating cost. A Flying Fortress cost over $4500 per flight hour and the Liberty Foundation spends over $1,000,000 annually to keep the Liberty Belle airworthy and out on tour. The Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit flying museum and funds generated merely help offset these high cost. Only the public’s interest and other generous donations keep the Liberty Belle flying and from being silenced permanently in a museum. Hopefully, for years to come!
 

This is your invitation to see, tour and fly a mission in the Liberty Foundation’s B-17 flying fortress  Liberty Belle” and take advantage of this ultimate historical experience. Come touch the past and fly through ageless skies.

For more information, contact Susan Green, Project Coordinator for the Concord Regional Airport at 704-920-5915. The Concord Regional Airport is located at 9000 Aviation Blvd in Concord, NC

 
 
 
Street light 5K Results
Top winners results for the Streetlight 5K - July 17, 2009 - 5K and Fun Run - held on FRIDAY July 17th
All results are posted on the Parks and Recreation web page at www.concordnc.gov. Over 180 runners competed in this race from the Academy Recreation Center through Downtown Concord on Union St.
       
 
FEMALE OVERALL 1 - 98
 
Place Name                     Ag G Bib   City         Guntime
===== ======================== == = ===== ====================
    1 Toni Cruz                58 F   521 Concord        23:25
    2 Sarina Russo           14 F   629 Winston Salem   23:47
    3 Melissa Orr              29 F   572 Charlotte      24:18
 
                           MALE OVERALL 1 - 98
 
Place Name                     Ag G Bib   City         Guntime
===== ======================== == = ===== ====================
    1 Alejandro Arreola        27 M   675 Charlotte      16:56
    2 Mike Beigay                30 M   640 Concord        17:28
    3 Joe Moosbrugger         27 M   635 Winston Salem   17:37
 
 
 
 
 
 
The following meetings are held at the Municipal Building at 26 Union St. South
 
7/28/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
8/13/2009 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
8/20/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation
 
 

 

 

  

Concord Youth Council Members volunteer at Stars in the Park

Join us for movies and more on CD Lyons Ballfield at Les Myers Park on the fourth Friday of the summer months, June, July and August.

 
The outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games and activities and inflatable amusements will begin on the ballfield at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. Food and concessions will be available. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on.
FREE to family and friends.
Friday, 8/28 - Wall-E
 
 
 
With the weather turning dry, the City of Concord would like to remind all water customers that lawn irrigation using public water is limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Other uses are allowed any day of the week but conservation is encouraged. Please visit the City's website for more information on conservation tip
 
 
City Officials
 
Mayor Scott Padgett
 
Mayor Pro-tem Dr. Hector Henry, II
 
Councilmember Ella Mae Small
Councilmember Jim Ramseur
Councilmember David Phillips
Councilmember Al Brown, Jr.
Councilmember Lamar Barrier
Councilmember Randy Grimes
 
City Manager Brian Hiatt
City Attorney Al Benshoff
 
Concord News Update www.concordnc.gov for all the latest information and news
Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 for information concerning City Services
 
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Date:   July 23, 2009

 Re: Shooting investigation on Ervin Avenue in Concord.

 From: Captain Doug Wilhelm

            Special Investigations Commander

            (704) 920-5047

 On July 11, 2009 at 3:53 a.m. Concord Police Officers were called to the scene of an early morning shooting that stemmed from an argument between a number of individuals that were gathered on Ervin Avenue in Concord.  There were four victims found shot at the scene. One of the victims died from the injuries sustained from the shooting.

             The investigation has lead to the arrest of the following three individuals:

 

1.                  Allen Hill III, B/M, Age 40

His address listed as: 126 St. Charles AVE NE, Concord, N.C

Charges:   Felony  Rioting

                  Possession of Firearm by Felon

                  Discharging a Firearm in City Limits

2.                  Troy Raynard Alexander, B/M, Age 29.

His address listed as: 2717 Golf Ball Circle, Concord, N.C.

Charges:   Felony  Rioting

                  Possession of Firearm by Felon

                              Discharging a Firearm in City Limits

3.                  Lerenzo Antonio Peck B/M, Age 20.)

His address is listed as: 107 Kirkwood Street Lexington, N.C.

Charges:   Possession of Firearm by Felon

 

The investigation is ongoing and we expect additional arrests to be made in the future.

 Contact Deputy Chief Guy Smith at 704-920-5008 for any further information.

 

 

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During the night of July 22, 2009, a strong thunderstorm caused power outages, trees down, and flooding in the Concord area with over 6" of rain reported (2 - 2.5" per hour). 
 
City crews worked throughout the night to restore power in the affected areas.
 
Approximately 1,200 customers were without power. All reported outages were cleared by 4:30 a.m. this morning.
 
Work this morning continues on calls that come in from customers arriving at work to find problems, but no major outages have been reported.
 
Due to flooding McGee Park Park as well as portions of the McEachern Greenway near McGee Park and Beverly Hills Park are closed until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24th. The tennis courts at Caldwell Park closed until 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 24th.