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Did you know?
Did you know that the Customer Care Center combined with the Finance Department's Customer Service Division on January 1, 2012 to strengthen our commitment on Customer Service Excellence? The Customer Care Center handled 154,185 calls in 2011 for an average of 12,848 per month. The City Hall Customer Service team assisted 22,311 walk-in customers and completed an average of 192 service applications by fax during 2011. The Customer Care Center has recently added two bilingual representatives to the staff to better serve Spanish-speaking customers. For all non-emergency needs including utility inquiries, street maintenance, power outages, solid waste services, and more, call 704-920-5555.
 
Temporary closure on Country Club Drive NE August 1-2
Motorists who travel through Country Club Drive NE in Concord will be detoured next week to accommodate needed electric infrastructure improvements in the area. Electric Systems crews will upgrade a substation near Country Club Drive NE, and will have to dig a trench across the roadway as part of the work. To provide for public and coworker safety, Country Club Drive NE will be closed to through-traffic on August 1 and 2, 2012. The road is expected to reopen by Friday, August 3. Visit concordnc.gov for detour routes and more information.
 
City of Concord tax bills arriving soon
The City of Concord will mail City property tax bills soon. Property owners should receive bills during the first week of August. Under North Carolina law, bills are due September 3, 2012, and will not be past due until January 8, 2013. The City continues to have one of the lowest tax rates with cities of comparable size in North Carolina at 48 cents per $100 valuation. Information about payment options is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Yard waste collection pilot study August 6 - October 19
Solid Waste Services will evaluate a new yard waste collection procedure during a pilot period between August 6 and October 19. Customer procedures will remain the same; visit concordnc.gov to learn more. Concord provides yard waste disposal and other solid waste services to residents at no additional charge.
 
National Night Out - take a stand against crime
National Night Out is coming the first Tuesday in August! On August 7, 2012 neighborhoods across the nation will join together to take a stand against crime. In observance of NNO, the Concord Police Department asks that at minimum you leave your porch light on from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it also makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Get to know your neighbors better by going door to door and introducing yourself if you have not done so in the past. Take a stand against crime, start a neighborhood watch in your community. Information about how to start a neighborhood watch is available at concordnc.gov. To learn more about National Night out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit nno.org.
 
Concord Housing Department to offer Spanish classes in September
Conversational Spanish classes will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 11. This eight week course will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speaking community. This class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.The cost is $25 (with book cost additional) for non-residents of Concord’s Public Housing communities and Housing Choice Voucher program. To register and for more information, contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The Chilly Willy Wednesdays summer program continues in the large shelter at Dorton Park with two sessions left in August. Snacks and Chilly Willies will be provided. Bring a bag lunch. Visit concordnc.gov for details, and contact Taylor Morris with questions at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Cabarrus Creamery Criterium on August 1
Bicycle racing returns to Historic Downtown Concord on Wednesday, August 1 with the Cabarrus Creamery Criterium presented by CMC-NorthEast. The event kicks off the 2012 Giordana Crossroads Classic, a five-race five-day series that visits Concord, Salisbury, and Statesville. The races begin at 6:15 p.m. and continue throughout the evening. More information at crossroadscyclingclassic.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
8/7/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/9/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/16/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/21/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
8/28/2012 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 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know the runway at Concord Regional Airport is 7,400 feet, or about 1.4 miles long? The biggest plane that can land at CRA is a 737-sized aircraft, because the runway is strong enough to support an aircraft weighing 129,000 pounds. to better accommodate these large aircraft, the City has contracted with Blythe Development for the Taxiway and Apron Strengthening Project set to start immediately following the DNC. These projects should take between 60 and 90 days to complete. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Housing Department to offer Spanish classes in September
Conversational Spanish classes will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 11. This eight week course will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speaking community. This class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.The cost is $25 (with book cost additional) for non-residents of Concord’s Public Housing communities and Housing Choice Voucher program. To register and for more information, contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
The Chilly Willy Wednesdays summer program continues in the large shelter at Dorton Park with two sessions left in August. Snacks and Chilly Willies will be provided. Bring a bag lunch. Visit concordnc.gov for details, and contact Taylor Morris with questions at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/7/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/9/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/16/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/21/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 
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Did you know?
Did you know that one of the City Clerk’s most important statutory duties is to prepare the minutes of governing board meetings and maintain them in a set of minute books. The powers of a city or a county are exercised by the City Council or the Board of County Commissioners, and the minutes of the governing board’s meetings are the official record of what it does. The City of Concord provides the ability for citizens to search the City’s minutes dating back to 1913. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Highlights of the July 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
City Council held its work session at a special location this week, the home of the late Alfred M. Brown, Sr. Visit concordnc.gov for details.
 
Presented a plaque to David Kataja for service to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Ken Ramsay for over 5 years of service in the Engineering Department, and Aaron Cook for 30 years of service in the Wastewater Department.
 
Received a presentation of Irish Buffalo Creek Stormwater Master Plan.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution accepting and endorsing the 2012 Update to the City of Concord Ten-Year Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.
 
Conducted and continued a public hearing, received an amended voluntary annexation petition, and considered adopting an amended resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of land owned by NW Southeast Holdings LLC, Regent Homes, and the Hallstead Homeowner's Association.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Piedmont Asphalt Paving Co., Inc. for construction services relating to the CMAQ C-4919 McCachern Streetscape Improvements.
 
Approved a street closure request from Charlotte Sports Cycling for the 5th Annual Cabarrus Creamery Criterium Bike Race, day one of the 12th Annual Crossroads Cycling Classic, to be held in Downtown Concord on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 and authorized City staff to provide in-kind services for the event.
 
Received and considerd a petition from the Oakleaf Homeowners Association, Inc. and set conditions with regards to the acceptance of Camrose Ct. (private street) onto the City of Concord street maintenance system. 
 
Approved a Memorandum of Understanding for CONNECT Consortium membership and appointing representatives to Consortium coordinating boards. 
 
Authorizing the City Manager to execute various Federal block grant documents City of Concord and the North Carolina Department of Aviation Division of Aviation to certify that local funds are available, authorized requests for grants under State Aid to Airports Program, awarded bids for the Apron and Taxiway Strengthening projects to Blythe Development, and authorized the City Manager to execute the contracts.
 
Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopting a resolution setting a public hearing for annexation of two parcels of land owned by Shea Real Estate Investments, LLC/John F. Shea, Jr.
 
Concord Housing Department to offer Spanish classes in September
Please note: we would like to clarify last week’s newsletter, which stated that classes are free. There is a cost of $25 (with book cost additional) for non-residents of Concord’s Public Housing communities and Housing Choice Voucher program. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
 
Conversational Spanish classes will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 11. This eight week course will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speaking community. This class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. To register and for more information, contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Register for Safety Town 2012
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2012, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. 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 Aug. 7 and 8 (depending on student school assignment) at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Firefly Frolic and Streetlight 5K TONIGHT
Come to a new street festival this year in conjunction with the annual Streetlight 5K tonight, Friday, July 13. 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.
 
The Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. 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 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). Watts Left delivers a huge selection of songs you know with a few you forgot that you love! We'll have you singing and dancing and coming back for more.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/24/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/7/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/9/2012 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 Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord's Electric System began operation in 1904? The system is now in its 108th year of service and provides reliable public power to 27,630 customers. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Hiatt elected president of North Carolina City and County Management Association
City Manager W. Brian Hiatt was sworn in as president of the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) on June 30, 2012 at its annual Summer Seminar in Asheville. The association, which is affiliated with the International City and County Management Association, dates back to 1938 and consists of approximately 480 active members. It seeks to improve city and county government, maintain and develop the professional competence of its members, and encourage and support professional general management of government across the state. The membership includes top administrators of cities, counties, and councils of government in North Carolina. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord City Council to meet in home of Alfred M. Brown, Sr.
Concord’s Mayor and City Council will pay tribute to a former colleague, friend, leader, and father at its work session on Tuesday, July 10 by holding the meeting at the home of the late Alfred M. Brown, Sr. Brown, the namesake for the City’s operations center, served Concord as an elected official for nearly four decades. The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. at 103 Cabarrus Avenue West. More information is available at concordnc.gov.
 
Free Spanish classes to begin in September
Conversational Spanish classes will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 11. This eight week course will offer a rich and lively expression of the language for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speaking community. This class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. To register and for more information, contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Register for Safety Town 2012
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2012, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. 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 Aug. 7 and 8 (depending on student school assignment) at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Firefly Frolic and Streetlight 5K on July 13
Come to a new street festival this year in conjunction with the annual Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 13. 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.
 
The Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. 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 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). Watts Left delivers a huge selection of songs you know with a few you forgot that you love! We'll have you singing and dancing and coming back for more.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session (location changed to 103 Cabarrus Ave. W)
7/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/24/2012 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 Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.