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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Engineering Department is hiring? The Engineering Department serves as an internal consultant to other City departments who are constructing new utility infrastructure and other projects. Office and field positions are available—get started at the Concord Careers Portal to learn about these and other City career opportunities.

Commercial Service Terminal entering final stages of construction, local school staff get a big surprise
Concord Regional Airport's new Commercial Service Terminal has just a few months of work left before passengers enjoy the new facility. Look for a feature on the terminal in the Fall 2016 City Circular, arriving at the end of August. The facility will open in October, but you can get a sneak peek now on the Concord Regional Airport Facebook Page, where an aerial video from local company Helivision gives you a tour from above!

Yesterday, Aviation Director Rick Cloutier joined Allegiant at Wolf Meadow Elementary school to surprise teachers and staff as part of the Allegiant $1 Million Summer giveaway. See what happened on the Cabarrus County Schools Facebook Page.

Southern Piedmont Woodturners exhibit opens at ClearWater tomorrow!
ClearWater Artist Studios will host "Artistry in Woodturning," July 30 through August 27 in its main gallery. An exhibition of some of the finest and most original works on offer by members of the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association, which is headquartered at ClearWater, the show will also include works by ClearWater's resident Leathersmith. The opening will be Saturday, July 30 at ClearWater, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, with an Artist Talk to be given at 2:00 p.m. by Charles Farrar, noted local artist and curator of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture's current show, Shaping the Vessel. SPW Studio and the Gallery will be open each Saturday in August also, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit clearwaterartists.com for details and weekly hours, or call 704-784-9535.

Keep your porch light on and meet your neighbors August 2 for National Night Out
National Night Out is a 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 33 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 15th year of National Night out Celebration for the City of Concord. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Visit concordnc.gov or nno.org to learn more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last call for summer Greenway Adventures
Two more Greenway Adventures classes for children ages 4 and up remain for this summer. The greenways will be our classroom as we explore critters and their habitats with fun and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. Each program will meet at the designated greenway. Each class is $10 ($5 for City residents).

Misty Mural: Exploring water—where does it come from, where does it go? We’ll bring out the paints and watch your creativity flow on the huge mural using the most creative painting techniques. Meets Tuesday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at McGee Park Shelter. Pre-registration closes today.

Bug Olympics: In honor of the great games, we host one of our favorite adventures, Bug Olympics! Each critter you collect will compete for glory! Meets Thursday, August 11 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Hector H. Henry II Greenway trailhead, 1215 Moss Farm St. NW. Pre-register by August 8.

Visit
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to learn more.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

August
1 at 5:30 p.m. Special Joint City Council and County Commissioners meeting; location will be multipurpose room on the second floor of the Governmental Center, 65 Church Street, SE
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 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 the City of Concord works closely with partners such as the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to attract job creating development and businesses? Business parks with immediate access to I-85, a streamlined permitting process, favorable municipal and county tax rates, and competitive industrial electric rates make Concord an attractive home for new and expanding businesses. Learn more about the City's economic development efforts at concordnc.gov/business.

Concord in the headlines
Concord woman takes action to show support for local police department

National Night Out 2016: Tuesday, August 2
National Night Out is a 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 33 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 15th year of National Night out Celebration for the City of Concord. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Visit concordnc.gov or nno.org to learn more.

Southern Piedmont Woodturners to be featured ClearWater exhibit in August
ClearWater Artist Studios will host: "Artistry in Woodturning," July 30 through August 27 in its Main Gallery. An exhibition of some of the finest and most original works on offer by members of the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association, which is headquartered at ClearWater, the show will also include works by ClearWater's resident Leathersmith. The opening will be Saturday, July 30 at ClearWater, 1-4pm, with an Artist Talk to be given at 2:00 p.m. by Charles Farrar, noted local artist and curator of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture's current show, Shaping the Vessel. SPW Studio and the Gallery will be open each Saturday in August also, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit clearwaterartists.com for details and weekly hours, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

#SuperJuly events continue all month long!
Get fit, learn new abilities, and make super new friends. This month, Captain Community, the Green Guardian and, the Fit Twins—the Park and Rec Brigade—are showing everyone how park and recreation agencies improve lives through health and wellness, conservation and social equity. Up next week: art classes at ClearWater, Greenway Adventures, Superhero Supersoakers and more! Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to learn more.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

August
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 7:00 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 the Concord Regional Airport had over 150,000 commercial passengers and 25,000 corporate passengers in 2015? Learn more at concordnc.gov


Highlights of the July 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized "The Smokin' Bits", Concord's Water Pipe Tapping Team, for their 4th place finish at the national American Water Works Association competition.

 

Adopted a resolution authorized the lease of City of property and to approve the lease agreement between the UNCC Athletic Foundation and Rocky River Golf Course contingent upon the upset bid period.

 

Received a presentation from Parks and Recreation on renovation of Hartsell Recreation Center and approved the temporary closure of the center during construction and relocation of programs to other center locations during the duration of the renovation.

 

Approved Neighborhood Matching Grant requests submitted by Recognized Neighborhoods.

 

Approved the purchase of 37 police vehicles for the Police Department.

 

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Bio-Nomic Services, Inc. in the amount of $408,870.00 for the Coddle Creek Water Treatment Plant Lagoons Sludge Removal.

 

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a Utility Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on Project U-4910A and U-4910B - Derita Road from Poplar Tent Road to Concord Mills Boulevard.

 

Concord Police open house recruitment event, August 10
Interested in joining the Concord Police Department team? Age 19 or older? Come to the Concord Police open house on August 10, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Concord Police Department recruiters will be available to answer questions and provide information about the selection process. To learn more, visit the Concord NC Public Safety Facebook Page, or register at 704-920-5034 or surveymonkey.com/r/DQ7K8XG.

Residential bulky waste collection now every other week
Concord residents are reminded that residential bulky waste collection is now scheduled on the same day as recycling. The new, every other week collection schedule for bulky waste allows the City to continue providing a complete range of solid waste collection services with no additional charge to residents. Bulky Waste includes all items that cannot fit inside curbside carts such as furniture, tires, equipment, appliances (white goods), and e-waste (anything with a circuit board, especially TVs and computers). Recycling and bulky waste will be collected every other week according to the established blue/green zone schedule. Weekly garbage and yard waste collection continues unchanged. Visit
concordnc.gov for full details.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Concord Parks & Recreation and Concord Youth Council celebrate National Park & Recreation Month!

The Park & Recreation Brigade is here to help you discover your super powers! Join us Wednesday, July 20th at Concord Public Library, 27 Union Street from 3:00-4:00 p.m. for this month’s Library Line-Up: Superhero Super Slam! Ride, fly or swing in dressed as your favorite superhero. Show off your skills and powers in the superhero competition of the year! For ages 6-12. For more information visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.


City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

July
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

 

August
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation 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.acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know the average cost of fuel for Concord’s fleet is the lowest it has been since 2005? Additionally, the City fleet's overall fuel economy has increased nearly ten percent over the last eight years. This was accomplished by keeping the fleet replaced with newer vehicles that obtain better fuel economy, right-sizing the vehicles for the job, and making use of hybrid and electric vehicle technology where feasible. Keeping costs low is a priority for Fleet Services, learn more at concordnc.gov.

Concord Police announces open house recruitment event
Interested in joining the Concord Police Department team? Age 19 or older? Come to the Concord Police open house on August 10, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Concord Police Department recruiters will be available to answer questions and provide information about the selection process. To learn more, visit the Concord NC Public Safety Facebook Page, or register at 704-920-5034 or surveymonkey.com/r/DQ7K8XG.

Residential bulky waste collection now every other week-Blue week is next
Concord residents should now place bulky waste out for collection on the same day as recycling. The new, every other week collection schedule for bulky waste allows the City to continue providing a complete range of solid waste collection services with no additional charge to residents. Bulky Waste includes all items that cannot fit inside curbside carts such as furniture, tires, equipment, appliances (white goods), and e-waste (anything with a circuit board, especially TVs and computers). Recycling and bulky waste will be collected every other week according to the established blue/green zone schedule. Weekly garbage and yard waste collection continues unchanged. Next week's recycling and bulky waste collection will be for Blue Week customers. Visit concordnc.gov for full details.

Check out the Concord NC Public Safety Facebook page for helpful tips and more
Have you seen the newest City social media presence? Visit the Concord NC Public Safety Facebook Page to receive safety tips, news, and updates from the City of Concord's Communications, Fire, Police, and Emergency Management staff. This week, staff shared hot weather safety tips, and information on preventing burns and scalds. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency. Visit facebook.com/ConcordNCPublicSafety to connect with us.

NCDOT seeks public input on 10-year transportation plan
The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking the public to provide feedback on the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). In fall 2015, NCDOT and local planning organizations assembled and submitted projects for scoring after collecting public input for the 2018-2027 STIP. NCDOT is hosting 15 information sessions across the state through July 14, to receive input on the locally identified priorities and points assignments methodologies that will result in a Draft STIP next year. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view all the materials and submit their comments electronically through ncdot.gov/sti.

NCDOT announces evening closures on I-85, public input requested on next phase
For two nights in the coming weeks, the contractor for NCDOT's I-85 widening project will be setting bridge girders for the future U.S. 29/601 dual bridges over I-85. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution and be mindful of crews working alongside the highway when traveling through the area. Crews will first close I-85 South at the U.S. 29/601 interchange on Friday, July 8, from midnight to 6 a.m. During this time, southbound traffic will be directed to travel up the U.S. 29/601 interchange ramp, cross U.S. 29/601, then travel down the adjacent ramp to re-access I-85 South. Next, crews will close I-85 North in the same location on Friday, July 15, from midnight to 6 a.m. The detour will require motorists to use the I-85 North ramps to and from U.S. 29/601 to re-access I-85 North. Once the project is completed, there will be two additional general-purpose lanes in each direction on I-85 from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63). Interchange improvements are also planned for I-85 interchanges at U.S. 29/601, Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (Exit 60), and Lane Street. Visit ncdot.gov for more details.

In preparation for the next phase of the I-85 project, NCDOT has planned an open-house public meeting for the proposed improvements to the U.S. 29/601 direct connection to I-85 and the U.S. 29/N.C. 152 interchange in Rowan County. The open-house public meeting will be held Thursday, July 14, at Jesse C. Carson High School, located 290 Kress Venture Drive, China Grove from 4 to 7 p.m. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend at any time during those hours; please note there will not be a formal presentation. Visit
ncdot.gov for additional information.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic TONIGHT!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic tonight in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Live music from the Jill Goodson Band will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

July
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
19 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 it's "New Year's Day?" For local governments in North Carolina, the new fiscal year starts each July 1. For FY17, Concord's budget totals about $230 million, and $78.7 million for the General Fund. Learn more about the budget at concordnc.gov/budget, and have a happy "new" fiscal year!

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will be collected on one-day delay next week. All yard waste should be placed at the curb on Tuesday, July 5. For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

Residential bulky waste collection every other week, starting July 5
Effective July 5, 2016, Concord residents should place bulky waste out for collection on the same day as recycling. The new, every other week collection schedule for bulky waste will allow the City to continue providing a complete range of solid waste collection services with no additional charge to residents. Bulky Waste includes all items that cannot fit inside curbside carts such as furniture, tires, equipment, appliances (white goods), and e-waste (anything with a circuit board, especially TVs and computers). Recycling and bulky waste will be collected every other week according to the established blue/green zone schedule. Weekly garbage and yard waste collection continues unchanged. Visit concordnc.gov for full details.

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.

NCDOT seeks public input on 10-year transportation plan
The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking the public to provide feedback on the quantitative scores and preliminary local input points assignments for the transportation projects for the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP document is developed under the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI), which established the Strategic Mobility Formula. In fall 2015, NCDOT and local planning organizations assembled and submitted projects for scoring after collecting public input for the 2018-2027 STIP.

NCDOT is hosting 15 information sessions across the state through July 14, to receive input on the locally identified priorities and points assignments methodologies that will result in a Draft STIP next year. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view all the materials and submit their comments electronically through
ncdot.gov/sti. NCDOT invites and encourages your participation in the development of North Carolina’s transportation network.  The public comment period will run from June 20 – July 22.

What's happening at ClearWater
Due to a high level of interest sparked by a profile of the artist in the June 26 Charlotte Observer Article, ClearWater Artist Studios has decided to extend the current Guest Artist show, 'The Go Between,' a solo show of works by Wingate artist, Phillip Larrimore. The show, originally set to come down after June 30, will stay up in the ClearWater Gallery through July 16. This includes Saturday, July 9, when Artist Studios throughout ClearWater will be open with artists working in their studios and available to talk to visitors from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This monthly event is called '2nd Saturday Open Studios' and sometimes features talks or events related to whatever show is in the Gallery. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Just one week until Streetlight 5K and Frolic!
Save the date for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic, the evening of Friday, July 8 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Live music from the Jill Goodson Band will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

July
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
19 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.