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Did you know?
Did you know Concord is home to the best public golf course in the region? Rocky River Golf Club, owned by the City of Concord, has been included in the NC Golf Panel's Top 100 course rankings for several years, and is the only listed public course in the area. Discounted rates are available to City of Concord residents, book a tee time at rockyrivergolf.com.

Officials discuss state of law enforcement in Cabarrus County
Law enforcement officials from around Cabarrus County discussed the successes and challenges facing public safety agencies during the second Cabarrus Summit of 2018, held recently at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center. Topics included the drop in local crime rates, employee retention, community involvement, and other issues. Police Chief Gary Gacek joined Sherriff Brad Riley and Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis for the conversation. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Timeline extended for intersection closure in downtown Concord

Cabarrus County has announced that infrastructure complications related to the Downtown Parking Deck project will require extending the intersection closure at Spring Street and Corban Avenue in downtown Concord through August 20. Though the intersection is closed to through-traffic, employees and patrons of local businesses still have access to the area. The work is associated with the construction of the County’s new 614-spot downtown parking deck, on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. More details are available at cabarruscounty.us.

City of Concord named one of region's healthiest employers for second year
For the second consecutive year, the City of Concord was named one of the Healthiest Employers in the Charlotte Region by the Charlotte Business Journal, ranking as the fifth healthiest employer in the Businesses with 500 to 1,499 employees category, and the third place government employer (congratulations to our friends at Cabarrus County for being the healthiest government employer!).

City Manager’s Office and Human Resources staff, along with Wellness Liaisons and Wellness Warriors participated in the awards ceremony at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Click here to learn more or visit concordnc.gov/hr to explore opportunities to join our team.

Sustainable Suggestion: simple ways you can help conserve water
According to the US Drought Monitor, recent rains have helped pull part of Cabarrus County out of the "abnormally dry conditions" we’ve experienced as of late. Some of the county still remains abnormally dry. Regardless, water conservation is always important and some simple tips can help you conserving this vital resource.

1: If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense®-labeled model. If you’re unsure how, click here.

2: Check your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. If the water in the bowl is colored, replace the flapper valve inside the tank. A 1/32-inch-sized leak can waste 18,500 gallons in a year!

Connect with Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson at concordnc.gov/EnvironmentalEducation or facebook.com/concordenvironmentaled.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Splish Splash Water Bash at Dorton Park tomorrow!
The ultimate summer fun in the sun water festival comes to Dorton Park on Saturday, July 28 from 11-2! Enjoy an inflatable water slide, slip' n slides, water games, balloon fights, and so much more. We will have music so you can dance around with plenty of water to keep you cool while having a blast. No fee or registration necessary but you can join the conversation and invite your friends on the Facebook event page. Families welcome!

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

August
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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 that Concord Police have welcomed three new K9’s to the Patrol Bureau? The new K9’s- Kodi, Wolf and Csubi are all certified in a full patrol capacity. Each K9 lives with their respective handler and continues to be an important tool for patrol officers and citizens of ConcordTo learn more, visit the City’s Facebook Page

 

City of Concord wins Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award for Municipal Conservationist of the Year

The City of Concord was selected as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s 55th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Winner for Municipal Conservationist of the Year. The award recognizes the work of the Concord Wildlife Alliance and coordination of City of Concord Environmental Educator- Mandy Smith-Thompson in achieving Certified Community Wildlife Habitat status, the supported conservation through signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and the creation of a native plant project with a local juvenile detention facility. The award also acknowledges the achievement that the City made when competing in the Global City Nature Challenge and the partnerships with local schools, community groups and libraries. Award winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists. These prestigious awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state.  Award winners will be honored at a banquet to be held September 8 in Cary, N.C. For more information about the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Winners, visit ncwf.org.


Cabarrus real estate and personal property tax bills mailed July 20

Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills mailed to residents on July 20. Concord residents will receive one tax bill for both municipal and Cabarrus County property taxes. The County’s single-bill initiative is a cost-saving measure that streamlines the billing process and minimizes administrative overlap. Property tax bills are due on September 1 and are classified as past due if not paid before January 8, 2019. Residents also have the option of viewing their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, cabarruscounty.us/tax.  Since Cabarrus municipalities no longer provide tax collection services, tax payers across Cabarrus County now have a single point of contact, the Cabarrus County Tax Administration Office. The new system allows tax payers to view their consolidated tax bill and make payments online through the County website at cabarruscounty.us/tax. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us

 

Recognizing our #TEAMCONCORD High Performers

The High 5 for Excellent Service recognition program’s purpose is to recognize coworkers for their commitment to the City’s 9 Principles of Excellent Customer Service. Coworkers can be nominated by citizens or fellow employees. Each quarter, the Customer Service Advancement Team selects #TEAMCONCORD High Performers from those nominations to be honored at a luncheon with the City Manager. Learn more about our most recent honorees on the City's Facebook Page.

 

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Gridded Oil Pastel Portraits

For ages 12 - 18. Are you interested in drawing portraits, of actors, musicians, or fictional characters from film/television? Learn how to draw proportionately using the gridded scale method; as well as how to shade, highlight, and blend oil pastels to give your portraits the illusion of depth. Everyone will take home a portrait! This mini camp will meet Wednesday - Saturday, 7/25 - 7/28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #9. All participants must pre-register by 7/18. Fee for all four days is $70 for City residents, $75 for non-residents. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

 

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

August
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 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 that residents in the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County now have access to a new waste collection calendar and reminder system called CabConKan CARTology? Visit concordnc.gov, to learn more. 

 

 

Highlights of the July 12 City Council Meeting

Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Mike Causey, recognized Concord for achieving a Public Protection Classification of 1.  


Presented
 retirement plaque to Concord Police Canine Rico for six years of service as a police canine.  


Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to John Sullivan - Chairman of the Board of Adjustment.   

Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to DeAnne Hobbs in recognition for her six years of service on the Historic Preservation Commission.


Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 3.758 contiguous acres located on the south side of Harris Rd, owned by Glenna Tucker Hensley

Conducted a public hearing and tabled a request to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of one full parcel and a portion of a second parcel, located at 8520 and 8549 Quay Rd which is owned by the Carol Jones Fox Family Trust.    

Conducted a public hearing and denied the request to amend an approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the commercial village located within the Christenbury Farms/Christenbury Village development located at 9620 Christenbury Parkway.    

Awarded FY19 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods

Renamed a segment of Kannapolis Hwy to Optical Court NW and a segment of S Ridge Ave to Transit Ct NW. 

 

Delayed awarding a bid to Sink Tower Erections Company, Inc. to construct a communications tower and directed the City Manager to investigate the feasibility of locating a communications tower at an alternative site.  

 

Awarded a bid and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Page Power Systems, Inc. for relocating the generator at 26 Union St. S.to 100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. N. 


Authorized the execution of a Second Contract Addendum to the New Harrisburg-Concord Water Agreement and adopted an O&M rate of $3.30/1,000 gallons and a monthly base rate of $24,677 for FY 2019. 

 

Approved change order number two for Runway Strengthening Project at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. 

 

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with ALS of North Carolina for the construction of one Dynamic Message Sign Assembly for the City of Concord's Intelligent Transportation System contingent upon NCDOT's approval. 

 

Accepted the preliminary application from Oscar Alvarado Ortiz for property located at 853 Zion Church Rd and approved the owner to proceed to the final application phase to received water and sewer services outside of the City limits, excluding annexation. 

City of Concord Officials unveiled Alfred Brown Jr Court SW
On Thursday, July 12 City of Concord Officials along with former City Council member Alfred M. Brown Jr. and invited guests including retired City Manager Brian Hiatt, retired Council Member David Phillips and Lamar Barrier gathered at the intersection of Warren C Coleman Boulevard and Manor Ave SW to unveil the new name of the drive leading to the Brown Operations Center – Alfred Brown Jr Court SW. Last month City Council voted to rename the drive in honor of former City Council member Alfred M. Brown Jr., son of the former City Council member Alfred M. Brown, Sr. in honor of whom the Operations Center is named. For more info and to see photos from the event, check out the City’s Facebook page.


Temporary lane closure planned July 16 and July 17 on Cabarrus Ave W
The Water Resources Department will temporary close one lane of Cabarrus Ave W between Yorktown Street and Spring Street on Monday and Tuesday evening. This lane closure is necessary to allow crews to perform utility work near 61 Cabarrus Ave W. The work is scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m. and will last for approximately six hours, weather permitting. Cabarrus Ave W. will be down to one travel lane with flaggers in place.  Motorists who wish to travel on Cabarrus Ave W should exercise caution and travel slowly in the work areas. For more information, visit concordnc.gov or contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

 

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Mythical Creatures Mini-camp at Dorton Park – July 16 thru July 18

Mermaids, mermen, unicorns and dragons, oh my! So many creatures out there, which captures your eye? We will create crafts and play games based on these mysterious legends! There are only a few spots available for this mystical adventure. The mini camp is for children ages 5 – 10 and will take place on July 16 through July 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Dorton Park. Participants will meet at the small shelter. Fee for all three days is $15 for City residents, $20 for non-residents. 

 

Shipwrecked!

For ages 8 - 12. CRASH!! What's that noise? Your ship just ran into the side of an island. Uh on! You'll have to learn how to survive in this "crash" course. We'll build forts, learn about navigation, hunt for food and become the ultimate survivalists! Do you have what it takes? We'll meet Monday - Wednesday, 7/16 - 7/18 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Weddington Road Bark Park. Cost: $15 for City residents and $20 for non-residents. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

Big Books Little Cooks - Should I Share My Ice Cream?

For ages 2-5. Joins us for a story and fun in the kitchen! We all scream for ice cream... and now we'll make our own! Bring gloves because things are going to get chilly! We will meet Thursday, 7/19 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station #9. All participants must pre-register by 7/17. Cost: $5 for City residents and $10 for non-residents.

 


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

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

August 
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m. 
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m. 
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.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 July 1 marked the start of the new fiscal year for the City of Concord and local governments across the state? Information about the City's FY19 annual operating budget and performance plan is available at concordnc.gov/budget.

Concord in the headlines
Editor's note: a keen eye on the part of Concord Fire Department coworkers led to timely safety information being shared with the public, and national media attention this week. Stay safe, Concord!

Fourth of July warning: These fireworks look like My Little Pony and Pete's Dragon toys

Fireworks Resembling 'My Little Pony' Toys Are Being Sold in North Carolina

North Carolina fire department warns fireworks inside children's toys are being sold in town

Introducing CabConKan CARTology: we've taken the guesswork out of waste collection
Cabarrus County, Concord, and Kannapolis have partnered to make it even easier for residents to stay connected about waste management services and programs. As of July 1, residents in the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County have access to a new waste collection calendar and reminder system. The same platform includes a Waste Wizard, which provides information on how materials can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed of within their community. There are two ways to access the system. From any device and web browser, residents can visit concordnc.gov, kannapolisnc.gov, or cabarruscounty.us to access the entire suite of new tools. Residents can also download the new mobile app, CabConKan CARTology, for Apple or Android devices. Just search for CARTology in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County announces intersection closure as part of Parking Deck construction
Drivers will experience a closure at the corner of Spring Street and Corban Avenue in downtown Concord July 9-28. The closure will facilitate stormwater work associated with the construction of Cabarrus County’s new 628-spot downtown parking deck on the corner of Corban Avenue SW and Spring Street SW. During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County’s Surface Parking Lot 2 (located next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard). For more information on the parking deck project, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Join us next week for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 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.