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Did you know?
Did you know that the Concord Regional Airport has a $175,790,000 annual economic impact on the Charlotte region? Additionally, approximately 2,000 jobs in the region are directly or indirectly related to the airport and its services. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about Concord Regional Airport.  
 
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, 2013, and will not be past due until January 7, 2014. 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.
 
Help control power cost through the Concord Peak Partners Program
Concord Electric Customers who want to take their energy conservation to the next level can sign up for the City’s Peak Partners program. Participants volunteer to be notified of potential high demand days, so they can take steps to reduce energy usage. Participants are asked to adjust thermostats, turn off lights, delay the use of major appliances or equipment, and conserve electricity in any other way on hot summer weekdays between 1 PM and 6 PM. Customers can learn more about the program and how they can help control energy costs at concordnc.gov.
 
 Dance to the Music - Concord Housing offers dance lessons
Concord Housing is offering a six-week dance fitness program to help promote a healthier lifestyle change.  Whether the participant is just learning or is an experienced dancer, they are sure to burn fat and have fun.  This program is simple -- the instruction is clear, and the instructor’s approach is non-intimidating.  Participants will receive instruction on the “must know” classics: “Electric Slide,” “Cupid Shuffle,”  “Cha, Cha Slide,” “The Wobble,” “Chuck Baby,” “Biker’s Shuffle,” “Jamie Fox,” “Suit and Tie,” and many more from DJ Michael Harding, Jr.  Classes are offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street every Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Come Out and Join the Healthy Fun!!  For more information, call Maria Reid at (704) 920-6110.  For more Housing Department events visit concordnc.gov.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays
Concord Parks and Recreation provides fun summer programs for children ages 6-12 each Wednesday through August.  Participants have learned and experimented with the powers of the sun at Solar Fun Day, designed and splattered tie dye shirts and canvas at Bright As the Sky Tie Dye. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at the Beverly Hills Park located at 631 Miramar St. NE. Participants will have fun with mud, making mud pies, crafts, and daring participates can test their skill in a spud-in-the-mud relay. Fee: $10; $5 city resident discount.
 
Throw-Down Thursday’s
Do you enjoy treasure hunting, hiking or discovering clues? Geocaching is a world-wide phenomenon, and those that participate can be found anywhere, even in our own parks. This family activity is geared toward new geocachers looking to discover the wonders of local and global treasures, or “caches”. Participants will use coordinates and clues from each cache to complete their journey and bring home the treasures of the day!Participants enjoy treasure hunting, scavenger hunting or even just hiking while geocaching. Next meeting is Thursday August 1st, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at W.W. Flowe Park.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
8/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/8/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/15/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/20/2013 at 6:00 p.mPlanning 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.

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Did you know?

Did you know the City Clerk is one of the few local government officials who may administer oaths of office? An oath of office is the only oath a municipal clerk may administer pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes § 11-7.1 unless the clerk is also a notary public.
 
Sargent honored for lifetime achievement in human resources
City of Concord Human Resources Director Jeannine Sargent recently received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Personnel Management Association (NC-IPMA) during the organization’s annual conference held in Raleigh. Sargent has been the Human Resources Director for the City of Concord since 2004, and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certifications. To learn more, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Sewer line rehabilitation planned for July 22 and evenings beginning July 23
Upcoming sewer line rehabilitation work will require several closures in the center-city area next week. A one-day road closure is planned for streets near the intersection of Spring Street NW and Franklin Avenue NW on Monday, July 22. The City's contractor will be working in the intersection to rehabilitate two sections of sewer pipe.
 
Beginning the evening of Tuesday, July 23, utility crews will work on lines under several Downtown Concord streets. The work is planned between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the nights of July 23-26 and July 29-30. No streets will be closed, but crews will close lanes around their work areas.
 
Motorists traveling through these areas should exercise caution and follow posted detour routes. Residents within closure areas will have access to their driveways. The closure is part of the Water Resources Department's annual sewer lining contract, the process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. For more information on work location and detours, visit concordnc.gov
 
Observer News profiles Concord’s waste collection and recycling enhancements
Earlier this month, the City made adjustments to a few customer procedures to make collecting residential waste more customer-friendly and efficient. The main difference is that customers no longer need to schedule pickups of bulky waste items. Customers can simply place items at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on their normal collection day.  The observer news profiles these improvements as well as the sustainability initiative partnership between the City and Coca-Cola -Recycle to Win program.  Read more here.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays
Concord Parks and Recreation has fun summer programs for children ages 6-12 each Wednesday through August. So far, participants have learned and experimented with the powers of the sun at Solar Fun Day, designed and splattered tie dye shirts and canvas at Bright As The Sky Tie Dye, and carved and eaten plenty of watermelon at Watermelon Wednesday. Next meeting is on Wednesday, July 24th – 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, and the fee is $10 each week ($5 City resident discount available).
 
Throw-Down Thursday’s
Participants enjoy treasure hunting, scavenger hunting or even just hiking while geocaching. Next meeting is Thursday August 1st, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at W.W. Flowe Park.
 
Outdoor Explorers
Children ages 6 – 12 can explore the outdoors in a fun and playful way while learning about the creatures that live there. Next meeting is Tuesday, July 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Hartsell Park. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org or call (704) 920-5601.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/8/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/15/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/20/2013 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Electric Systems department offers a rebate to residential customers who install qualified new or replacement heat pumps? For more information, please call 704-920-5335 or visit concordnc.gov.
 
Highlights of the July 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Robert Steel recognizing his six years of service to the City of Concord Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Administered Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission member Michael Simerly.
 
Recognized the Fleet Services department for receiving the 100 Best Fleets award for the fourth consecutive year.
 
Announced the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway (read below for details)
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into two development agreements between the City of Concord and Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County to partner in constructing single family homes on lots located in the 300 block of Broad Street and 100 block of Princess Avenue using HOME funds.
 
Adopted ordinances to demolish structures located at 180 and 188 Corban Ave., W owned by Barber-Scotia College and directed staff to delay demolition until November 18, 2013.
 
Approved an offer to purchase the Webb Field/McInnis Pool property from Cabarrus County Board of Education and transfer ownership of 0.55 acres located just north of Coltrane-Webb School to
the Cabarrus County Board of Education.
 
Approved the revised NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (NCDEAO) Community Waste Reduction and Recycling grant proposal and adopted a budget ordinance for the grant, which funds new decorative recycling containers for downtown sidewalks.
 
Approved a street closure request from Charlotte Sports Cycling for the sixth annual Cabarrus Creamery Criterium Bike Race, day two of the thirteenth annual Crossroads Cycling Classic, to be held in Downtown Concord on Wednesday, July 31, and authorized City staff to provide in-kind services for the event.
 
Called for a public hearing on August 8, 2013 to consider an Economic Development Grant related to the expansion of business at Windshear, located on Ivey Cline Road in Concord.
 
Adopted a resolution urging Senator Fletcher Hartsell to work to remove any reference to the operation or control of the property related to Concord Regional Airport from the text of Senate Bill 81.
 
Appointed Mike O'Brien to serve on the Cabarrus County Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Future greenway named in honor of Council Member Hector H. Henry, II
What will become the City of Concord's longest greenway project was named Thursday in honor of Council Member Dr. Hector H. Henry, II. Mayor Scott Padgett and Members of the City Council surprised Henry with the announcement added to the agenda for the July City Council meeting. Henry has served the City of Concord for over thirty years on the City Council. The future Hector H. Henry, II Greenway will follow the banks of the Rocky River fourteen miles through Concord. To learn more about the project and Council Member Henry, and to see photos from the announcement, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Summer 2013 City Circular and new Solid Waste Resource Guide coming soon
If you have not received it already, your Summer2013 issue of the City Circular will arrive very soon. The digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page.
 
Starting with this issue of the City Circular, we are bagging and mailing multiple City publications together as a way to reduce postage costs. The City Circular explains recent solid waste service improvements, and new Solid Waste Resource Guide provides an overview of the entire Solid Waste Services program. Also, be sure to look for your tear-out 2013-14 recycling calendar located inside the City Circular. We’re proud to offer these publications in print and on concordnc.gov, and look forward to serving you.
 
Union Street Live continues July 18 with the Too Much Sylvia
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the third installment of the 2013 Union Street Live concert series featuring the Too Much Sylvia. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer through September on the Third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
 
State announces financial assistance for June 13 severe storm damage
Financial assistance is available to Cabarrus County residents and businesses owners whose property was damaged in the June 13 severe storms. A U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Thursday at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center located at 26032 Newt Road in Albemarle from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays through Thursday, July 18, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The center will be closed Sunday, July 15. Loans up to $200,000 are available through the SBA to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed structures. Homeowners and renters also are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property such as clothing, appliances, etc. Storm victims in the designated counties who do not qualify for a federal loan may be eligible for a state grant. More info at ncdps.gov.
 
NCDOT continues to assess roadways damaged from heavy rains
Several days of storms and heavy rains have compromised several roadways in the Charlotte region, resulting in closures and detours. The N.C. Department of Transportation has been assessing damage to determine necessary repairs and improvements. Bridge crews and maintenance crews will be working over the next few weeks to address needs at each location. Visit ncdot.gov for information about repairs to roadways in Cabarrus County and more.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays
Concord Parks and Recreation has fun summer programs for children ages 6-12 each Wednesday through August. So far, participants have learned and experimented with the powers of the sun at Solar Fun Day, designed and splattered tie dye shirts and canvas at Bright As The Sky Tie Dye, and carved and eaten plenty of watermelon at Watermelon Wednesday.
 
On Wednesday, July 17 the group will splash around on Super Soaking Summer Day with activities such as: a slip-and-slide challenge course, water relays and plenty of water balloon launching at Dorton Park. Chilly-Willy Wednesday programs are 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, and the fee is $10 each week ($5 City resident discount available). Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/8/2013 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 City's third Buildings and Grounds Director begins work on Monday, July 8? City Manager Brian Hiatt recently announced the addition of Susan Sessler to the City's staff leadership team. Sessler worked with Greensboro College for eighteen years, most recently as Vice President for Facilities. Among her responsibilities were the maintenance and renovation of buildings, athletic facilities, and other grounds. She holds a bachelor's degree in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill, a post-graduate diploma in corporate sustainability from Furman University, and is a Certified Facility Manager by the International Facility Management Association. Sessler is also a licensed real estate broker.
 
Customer service improvements for solid waste program begin July 8
Since unveiling every-other-week recycling and fully automated garbage and recycling collection in 2011, the City of Concord has saved millions of dollars each year and improved your weekly disposal. Beginning July 8, the City of Concord is adjusting a few customer procedures to make collecting residential waste more customer-friendly and efficient. Calling in to schedule bulky item collection will no longer be required. Instead, all items (garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulky waste) should be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Look for a new Solid Waste Resource Guide in the mail soon for more details.
 
Speaker’s Bureau enhances City communications and outreach
The City of Concord is pleased to announce a new effort to enhance its communications and expand outreach to the community. The new Speakers’ Bureau is a free educational tool created for citizens to receive information about City programs and services, and other topics of interest. Learn more at the link below or browse topics at concordnc.gov.
 
Stay in the know with Blackboard Connect™
The City of Concord can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone, text, or email to citizens in minutes using the Blackboard Connect System. Residents with published landline phone numbers are automatically in the system. You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more so you can be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Learn how your government works in Concord 101
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 27 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in December. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by August 3. Class size is limited to 30 participants. City staff members will conduct weekly classes from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Citizens will get a first-hand look at what it takes to run City services such as solid waste, water, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Streetlight 5K returns
Parks and Recreation's Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns on the evening of Friday, July 12! 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. Following a one-mile fun run at 7:00 p.m., 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 online registration 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. Crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
7/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/23/2013 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.