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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord's budget has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for 15 consecutive years? The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest recognition in government budgeting. Awardees are cities that have prepared exemplary budgets that serve as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and a communications device. Only a small percentage of North Carolina municipalities have received this award. Find out more about Concord's FY18 budget at concordnc.gov/budget.

City of Concord recognizes coworkers with over 2,000 collective years of public service
This month, the City of Concord recognized 147 coworkers who reached service milestones in our organization in between July 2016 and June 2017, and 23 departments or divisions received safety awards from the NC Department of Labor. These milestones and achievements represent over 2,000 years of public service, and over 61,500 hours of work completed in the last year with industry-leading safety records.

Through the service awards program, all full and part-time City coworkers and elected officials are eligible for recognition once they have reached each five-year continuous service milestone (5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, etc.). Recipients are invited to a lunch program and receive letters of appreciation from the City Manager, certificates, and for those with 20 or more years of service, a plaque. The City of Concord thanks and congratulates all coworkers who have reached a service milestone, in particular David Little in the Finance Department's Customer Care Division, who achieved 40 years of continuous service.

Keep your porch light on and meet your neighbors August 1 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 34 years, National Night Out has grown to over 38 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 16th 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 natw.org to learn more.

Seniors: go on a Journey with Cabarrus Active Living and Parks
Are you looking for local fresh-air fitness options? Want to enter a contest at the fair? Interested in a free program to help manage diabetes? It's all in the Summer 2017 edition of Journeys Magazine--designed for older adults, but interesting to all. Journeys is a publication of Cabarrus County that uses personal stories of local seniors to share the value and impact of programs, events, services, and resources. For more information on Journeys and other publications for 50+ from Cabarrus County, visit cabarruscounty.us/seniors, email outreach@cabarruscounty.us, or call 704-920-3484.

Cabarrus Regional Chamber's new resource guide now available
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce has released the 2017 Cabarrus Resource Guide. This new publication introduces newcomers and locals alike to what the community offers in lifestyle, education, health care, business, and more. In addition to being offered in print at the Chamber's office (3003 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, Suite 2, Kannapolis), you can also click here and read it on your screen of choice. For more information about the Chamber, visit cabarrus.biz or call 704-782-4000.

Cabarrus County and Cabarrus Health Alliance plan CommUNITY Conversation
Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, and Cabarrus County EMS are hosting a community conversation about the opioid and heroin use epidemic affecting much of North Carolina, our community included. This important event is planned for Thursday, August 3 at Mount Pleasant High School (700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant) from 6-8 p.m. Click here for details.

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

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 you can be rewarded for upgrading an old, inefficient household toilet? The City of Concord offers a $50 water bill credit to qualified applicants who replace an existing toilet in houses built before 1994 with WaterSense® labeled high-efficiency toilet models. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Interact with Concord Police at July 25 community crime and safety meeting
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety meeting, where the department will present crime statistics for the entire City for the first half of 2017. Additionally, Code Enforcement Manager Robert Watson will be speaking about the Code Enforcement process. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 at CFA Suite 15, 280 Concord Parkway North (Next to Big Lots) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

Consolidated County/City tax bills to mail August 7
Cabarrus County has announced that real estate and personal property tax bills will be mailed August 7. Residents also have the option of viewing their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, cabarruscounty.us. City of Concord property taxes are now billed and collected by the Cabarrus County Tax Office. While more convenient for Concord customers who will now see and pay one tax bill instead of two, the County’s single-bill initiative (already implemented in Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Locust, Mount Pleasant, and Midland) is a cost-saving measure that streamlines the billing process and minimizes administrative overlap. For payment verification on 2016 taxes, please call 704-920-5265. For prior year inquiries including balances due, please call Cabarrus County at 704-920-2119. Additional information is available at out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County and Cabarrus Health Alliance plan CommUNITY Conversation
Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, and Cabarrus County EMS are hosting a community conversation about the opioid and heroin use epidemic affecting much of North Carolina, our community included. This important event is planned for Thursday, August 3 at Mount Pleasant High School (700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant) from 6-8 p.m. Click here for details.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit Lake Fisher for affordable family fun
Begin your outdoor adventure today at Lake Fisher Reservoir. Lake Fisher is 3 miles in length and covers 534 acres. In addition to providing water to the City of Concord, Lake Fisher gives the community an opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing for the family. The lake supports a healthy sport fishery consisting of largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, and several panfish species. All fishing at Lake Fisher must be from a boat; we provide the boats for a rental fee, boat motors are allowed but not provided. The acceptable motors are electric trolling motors and no larger than 10 horsepower gas motors. Life jackets and oars are available with boat rental. 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.

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 an improved utility payment system is now in place that offers more convenient options than before? Pay utility bills online, by phone (24/7 at 704-920-5555), or by text. A new, one-time online payment option is in now place with no registration required. Of course, walk-in service in City Hall is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the July 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized Kendra Nichols (5th grade) and Alexis Nichols (4th grade), who on Sunday, June 11, 2017 discovered their 2-year-old sister, Alyssa, face down in the family swimming pool.  Remembering the lessons Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin provided at Furr Elementary, the sisters acted quickly to remove their sister from the water, place her in a position to help the water drain from the airway, and notify the parents.  The parents began CPR and notified emergency responders, who assumed care upon arrival.  While the situation for Alyssa was very serious and she was required to spend time in the hospital, the story has a happy ending thanks in large part to the quick action of Kendra and Alexis.

Presented a "retirement plaque" to Canine Kilo for seven years of service as a Police K9 Officer.

Presented a retirement plaque to Thomas F. Purser - 21 years of service, Police.

Recognized City staff for achieving a Charlotte Business Journal Healthiest Employers award.

Continued a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of approximately 34.75 acres owned by New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations), Section 8.3.5.F.2 relative to permitting private clubs in the Center City (CC) district.

Conducted a public hearing and authorized a contract with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to provide enhanced services in the downtown Municipal Service District (MSD).

Conducted a public hearing and denied a request to amend Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations) regarding the keeping of domestic fowl in residential districts in certain instances.

Authorized the City Manager to sign a contract amendment with CATS for the operations of the 80X Concord Express.

Awarded FY18 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods.

Authorized accepting and executing a grant from the FAA for the updated Master Plan Project and adopting the budget amendment.

CabCoTV give you a tour of Hartsell Recreation Center
The newly renovated Hartsell Recreation Center has been open for a few weeks, but if you have not made it there yet you're in luck. Tune into this week's CTW for a tour of the $1.8 million upgrade. The facility was the historical site of Hartsell High School’s gym and classrooms, and was purchased by the City in 1994 for use by the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to an updated look and better ADA accessibility compliance, the Center now has renovated exercise, fitness, and multi-purpose rooms available to the public. Find out more about the project at concordnc.gov, and click here to see CTW on CabCoTV.

Vanderleest to join City of Concord as Aviation Director
City Manager Brian Hiatt has selected Dirk Vanderleest as Concord's new Aviation Director. Vanderleest will oversee operations and development at Concord Regional Airport and begin work in early September. “We welcome Dirk to the City’s management team,” said Hiatt. “We believe his experience with over 30 years in airport leadership and business development will be vital to maintaining and growing general aviation and commercial services. Concord Regional Airport is a key economic cog for this region and Dirk's administrative and customer service skills will support its continued success.” Visit concordnc.gov for more information about Concord Regional Airport's new leader.

Check out construction progress at ClearWater Artist studios
Studio and event space up-fits continue at ClearWater Artist Studios in Gibson Village. Federal CDBG funds are being used to create a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization with the Gibson Village community. Since 2011, artists have leased studios from which they work to create, teach, and sell art, and exhibit their work in a 2,200 square foot gallery. Site improvements have been completed as well. The current phase of the improvements includes further renovation of interior space within the site. Once fully renovated, Clearwater Artist Studios will contain over 30 studios, a gallery, a community market space, and potentially a café. The adjacent Village Greenway and open space will offer opportunities for outdoor concerts and events. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535, and check out the ClearWater Facebook Page for progress photos on the current improvement project.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

FREE fun: get your glow on!
July is national Parks and Recreation Month and we’re incorporating this year’s theme “Get Your Play On” with glow sticks! On Friday, July 21 bring mom and dad to Dorton Park to play gaga dodgeball, archery attack, disc golf, capture the flag, jail break, pickleball, and more.  We’ll supply the glow sticks—you have the fun! Even runs 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m., no fee! Dorton Park is located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road. 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
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 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!

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 there is now an official Downtown Concord app? The self-guided walking tour portion of the new Concord Downtown Development Corporation App is a co-sponsored venture of the City of Concord, Historic Cabarrus Association/Concord Museum, Residents of Historic Concord and the CDDC. Local historian and former City Council Member Jim Ramseur compiled the historic photographs and written histories for all walking tour sites. Download the Concord Downtown NC app for free through Google Play or the Apple App Store, and find out more at concorddowntown.com.

Candidate filing for 2017 municipal election opens, Mayor Padgett to retire
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has opened candidate filing for this year's municipal elections, which runs through Friday, July 21 at noon. Concord's Mayor and City Council are elected to staggered, four-year terms. This year's election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Mayor Scott Padgett, who was elected in 2001 after serving on City Council since 1995, has announced that he will not seek another term in office. Visit concordnc.gov to read Mayor Padgett's full statement, and learn more about the candidate filing process at cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines

City of Concord plans to open butterfly meadow

Concord Mayor reflects as he nears end of term


Updated collection processes for tax and utility payments
Effective July 1, 2017 the City of Concord has rolled out updated process for property taxes and utility payments. City of Concord property taxes will now be billed and collected by the Cabarrus County Tax Office. This will be convenient for customers who will now see and pay one tax bill instead of two. For payment verification on current year, 2016 taxes, please call 704-920-5265. For prior year inquiries including balances due, please call Cabarrus County at 704-920-2119.

For Concord utility customers, an improved payment system is now in place that offers more convenient options than before, including paying utility bills online, by phone (24/7 at 704-920-5555), or by text. A new, one-time online payment option is in place with no registration required. Of course, walk-in service in City Hall is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 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 on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music 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
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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.