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Did you know?
Did you know the Legal Department assists every City department with the drafting and processing of City contracts? Last year, the Legal Department assisted 386 contracts. Departments have standard contracts provided the Legal Department as a starting point, and for more complicated contracts, assistance with changes customized contracts is available.
 
Concord City Hall construction information, groundbreaking today at 4:00 p.m.
After City Council's groundbreaking ceremony for Concord City Hall today at 4:00 p.m., site work will be underway next week. Motorists and pedestrians in Downtown Concord will encounter lane closures, traffic shifts, and sidewalk closures associated with the project for the next 18 months. CM Black Construction Company will begin work on the site, located at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street SW, on Monday, July 28. The work zone will be in place near the project site through the duration of the project. More details are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Burrage Road bridge replacement progressing ahead of schedule
Blythe Development, the lead contractor for the Burrage Road bridge replacement project, is ahead of schedule and continues to make progress towards completing the work. In addition to the demolition of the existing bridge structure, the contractor has completed a number of erosion control measures, underground utility relocation work, and installation of deep foundations for the support of the new bridge structure. The next step of the project is to construct the interior and end supports of the bridge. The bridge deck is currently being fabricated at a precast concrete plant, and once all the foundations are in place these precast elements will be delivered and installed. It is understandable to think that little progress has been made because most of the work completed is underground, but it is all necessary for the construction of the bridge. The contractor has until the third week of February, 2015 to complete the project. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Learn about backyard composting on July 30
The City of Concord is partnering with Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Agent David Goforth to deliver an informative workshop on backyard composting. The workshop will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30 in the Mountain Laurel Neighborhood common area located on Mountain Laurel Lane NW. Composting reduces the amount of waste each of us sends to the landfill and is great for gardens. Workshop participants will learn about the importance of composting, how to set up a compost pile, proper maintenance, and ways of using finished compost. Register in advance by contacting Mandy Smith-Thompson at 704-920-5379 or smithal@concordnc.gov.
 
National Night Out Kick-off Event set for Saturday, August 2
National Night Out (NNO) occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August, and is celebrated in every city, town, and village in the United States. Across the nation, residents get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention.  In addition to increasing awareness of crime, NNO also strengthens neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime!
 
This year, the City of Concord will host a National Night Out Kick-off event on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Concord Police Headquarters (41 Cabarrus Avenue W) from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. During this event Concord Police, Fire, and Emergency Management staff will deliver a Community Safety and Awareness training program for Neighborhood Leaders. This training is ideal for neighborhood leaders, community watch block captains, and nextdoor.com founding and lead members. Click here to register for the event or contact Captain Betty Stocks at 704-920-5010 for more information. 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Group painting class for youth next week
Learn how to paint like a professional! Youth will learn new and contemporary ways to execute amazing, fun, and fresh work. Drawing fundamentals will be incorporated with color mixing, layering, brush control, working with added mediums, preparing a canvas, and creating realism, and abstract works. The class will meet July 28 through August 1 in the Community Room at Fire Station 7, located at 250 International Drive NW. Visit concordparksandrec.org for class times, fees, and more information, or call 704-920-5601.
  
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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 of Concord owns and operates Oakwood, Rutherford, and West Concord Cemeteries, totaling over 85 acres of land? The Cemeteries Division of the Buildings and Grounds Department is a team of eight coworkers who provide burial services and maintain the final resting places for many of the community's loved ones. Cemetery staff members strive for excellence and have a multi-year record of completing 100 percent of work orders within 24 hours.
 
City Hall groundbreaking ceremony set for July 25
The community is welcome to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Concord City Hall on Friday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. This facility will serve the community well into the future and consolidate the majority of Concord’s administrative services, most of which currently function out of three Downtown buildings. The ceremony will take place on site, at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street SW, next to Concord Police Headquarters. Keep up with project updates at concordnc.gov/newcityhall.
 
Join the Concord Fire Department and Safe Kids Cabarrus tomorrow
From 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, Concord Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin and Safe Kids Cabarrus will be at Honda Of Concord, located at 7650 Bruton Smith Boulevard. As part of the summer safety event, kids can meet Buckle Bear while families learn about safety around cars. Older kids can take their seatbelt buckle challenge and begin the Countdown2Drive. There will even be a fire truck! Visit safekids.org to learn more about how Safe Kids Worldwide works to prevent car and road injuries.
 
Rocky River Golf Club becomes Certified Wildlife Habitat
The City-owned Rocky River Golf Club is now a nationally Certified Wildlife Habitat. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has helped people take action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The certification at Rocky River is part of the City's larger effort to achieve Community Wildlife Habitat Certification through the work of the newly formed Concord Wildlife Alliance. The local chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation is working with City officials to encourage certification for local homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife friendly. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Free paint and chemical disposal
Cabarrus County manages the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 246 General Services Drive in Concord. In addition to free disposal of many household chemicals and other products banned from landfills, the facility operates a Paint Swap Shop. Latex and spray paint are available free of charge, simply call 704-920-EARTH (3278) to make an appointment. HHW Facility hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. The HHW Facility is a great service to Concord and Cabarrus County citizens. Many locations in North Carolina host just one HHW collection per year, and most do not have an HHW facility. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

Are you plugged in to Nextdoor?
On Wednesday of this week, Concord's Nextdoor community reached 4,000 users (and counting). This means that 4,000 Concord residents are communicating with this this private social network about the things that matter to their community. In November, the City’s Partnership for Stronger Neighborhood program introduced Nextdoor to recognized neighborhoods, with hopes of helping neighbors connect with neighbors online. The platform also helps to build bridges from citizens to local government. Find out more about Nextdoor and how to get started in your community at concordnc.gov.
 
Piedmont Farmers Market continues
The Piedmont Farmers Market offers several locations where you can sample locally grown produce, honey, fresh baked breads, grass fed beef, hand crafted jewelry, woodworking, pottery, and more! Buying locally grown food gives you fresh flavor and health benefits while supporting the local economy. The newly relocated Downtown Market on Means Avenue next to the Historic Courthouse operates each Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is also a location at Les Myers Park on Lawndale Avenue Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Visit piedmont-farmersmarket.com for additional locations and more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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 Rider Transit's fleet includes new hybrid buses? Eight new hybrids are using 43 percent less fuel than the traditional diesel buses that they replaced. In addition, they run quieter and produce less than 75 percent of the harmful emissions of regular buses, helping do their part to improve air quality in Concord and Kannapolis. If you haven't used Rider before, now is a great time to try transit! Get started at ckrider.com.     
 
Highlights of the July 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented Certificates of Appreciation to Joanne Gonnerman and Catherine Carriker recognizing their service to the Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Planning and Zoning Commission member Hector H. Henry, III. 
 
Presented a retirement plaque to Fire Captain RD Faggart, 31 years.
 
Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels of land (parcel 1parcel 2) owned by the Odell Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Marion Richard Starnes.  
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent Economic Development Grant to DNP IMS America Corporation and authorized the City to be the conduit for a $300,000 One North Carolina grant for DNP.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered an infrastructure grant to extend wastewater service to SunCap Property Group LLC for property being developed in the International Business Park Phase III.
 
Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent tax based Economic Development Grant to FedEx SmartPost for a distribution facility and office developed by SunCap Property Group LLC in the International Business Park.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 12 (Sign Standards) of the Concord Development Ordinance to permit limited off-premise signage in certain instances.
 
Received an update from Concord Sister Cities Association Co-President, John Dunlap and adopted a resolution extending an invitation to the government and the citizens of Freeport, Bahamas to participate with Concord as its Sister City.
 
Awarded FY 2014-15 Neighborhood Matching Grants to Recognized Neighborhoods.
 
Received an update on commercial service provided by Allegiant Air at Concord Regional Airport and approved a proposal from Allegiant to increase the number of flights per week beginning in October.
 
Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and award a bid for Phase Two of the Hector H. Henry II Greenway, pending concurrence by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
 
Authorized the City Manager to sign a contract with Wallace Farm, Inc to be one of the City's yard debris disposal and processing sites.
 
Adopted a budget ordinance to appropriate additional funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation grant agreement, providing a matching portion to the Federal Transit Administration 5307 grant proceeds for bus purchases.
 
Adopted an ordinance amending the FY 2014-15 adopted fees, rates and charges schedule to add 100 watt LED lighting to the outdoor lighting service and public lighting service, and in addition, reducing the cost of 315 watt LED lighting for outdoor lighting service and public lighting service.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Musco Lighting for the purchase and installation of Remote Equipment Controllers for the Myer Park Tennis court lights and W. W. Flowe softball field lights.
 
Approved plans for the intersection improvement project at US 29 and Poplar Tent Road for submittal to NCDOT.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Construction Manager at Risk Preliminary Guaranteed Maximum Price (PGMP) agreement with CM Black Construction Co., Inc. for construction manager at risk services at the new City Hall. The submitted PGMP is $16,565,377, which includes a 10.1 percent construction manager's fee.
 
Authorized the Aviation department to apply for the Small Community Air Service Development Program grant.
 
Updated the protocol for sounding the gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, discontinuing the daily sounding at noon.
 
Appointed Casey Killough to the Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Streetlight 5k and Frolic TONIGHT!
Families are invited Downtown for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on Friday, July 11. The Downtown festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with family amusements and live music by Watts Left. Following a one-mile fun run at 7, 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. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Union Street Live, featuring The Fantastic Shakers
The Fantastic Shakers bring personality, fun, and charisma to Union Street Live next Thursday, July 17. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Visit concorddowntown.com for this summer’s concert schedule and more.
 
Remember, two feet and wheels away from the street
On your scheduled pickup day each week, place your recycling and/or garbage carts curbside, but not in the street. The cart's wheels should be pointed away from the street (towards your house). If you live on a street without a curb, place them roadside 2 to 3 feet from the edge of pavement. Place each cart 2 feet apart, and 2 feet away from parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc. Want a visual? Check out our handy slideshow at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
August
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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 you can canoe and kayak right here in Cabarrus County? The Carolina Thread Trail is developing access points along the Rocky River. Learn more about the Rocky River Blueway at carolinathreadtrail.org. Two launch points are now available, at the Pharr Family Preserve and Riverbend Farm trails. Happy paddling!
 
Happy Birthday, America!
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed and Rider Transit will be out of service Friday, July 4. Did Hurricane Arthur disrupt your weekend beach plans? Enjoy a staycation here at home! The Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Centers will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on July 4. The City's parks, greenways, Lake Fisher recreation area, and the McInnis Aquatics Center will be open on the normal schedule all weekend. We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
 
Introducing the Concord Wildlife Alliance
The Concord Wildlife Alliance is the newest chapter of North Carolina Wildlife Federation and is seeking new members. Approximately one year ago, the Concord City Council established a goal to certify Concord as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. A citizen committee that includes local NCWF members was formed to achieve this goal, with establishing CWA as their first step towards Community Wildlife Habitat certification. Learn more and how to join at concordnc.gov.
 
Your garbage and recycling roll-out carts are two of a kind
Besides having the same shape, your black recycling cart and your green garbage cart have something in common. If you look closely, it says so...right on the front of each of your carts! City of Concord garbage and recycling carts are constructed using 30 percent post-consumer plastic. This means that part of the plastic used to manufacture the carts was recycled after someone purchased it! Confirm your collection schedule and find a list of what goes where at concordnc.gov.
 
Everything Old is New Again at the Cabarrus Museum
The Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. has launched a new exhibit featuring historic architecture of Union Street around the turn of the twentieth century. You can get a sneak peak at the Concord Museum's latest display in this week's Cabarrus This Week program. The Concord Museum is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union Street S and open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on Downtown Concord Everything Old is New Again, open through October 9, call 704-920-2465 or visit historiccabarrus.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays are the best way to stay cool
Each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., bring kids ages 6-12 to one of our parks for fun summer programs. You supply the play clothes and drinking water, we'll supply popsicles! Next week, it’s time again for the tastiest, stickiest Chilly-Willy Wednesday: the watermelon luge race is back and bigger than ever! And, prepare yourself for the watermelon eating contest! Watermelon Wednesday meets July 9 at Hartsell Park ($10 non-resident, $5 resident). Contact Recreation Program Specialist Taylor Morris with questions at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov, or visit concordparksandrec.org for the full list of sessions.

Just one week until the Streetlight 5k and Frolic
Families are invited Downtown for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on Friday, July 11. The Downtown festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with family amusements and live music by Watts Left. Following a one-mile fun run at 7, 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 are available at concordparksandrec.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
July
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.