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Introducing: Feel good Friday!
It's Friday, Concord! With this week's CityLink Newsletter we want to incorporate a new feature on our social accounts into your weekly dose of City updates in your inbox. Feel good Friday will highlight one of our team members each week to help you learn more about the people delivering services to you. Hop over to our Facebook page to meet Telecommunicator Paige Hailey and find out what she does to honor members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty.

Reminder: new fees, increased motor vehicle tax took effect July 1
Have you noticed something different on your utility bill or when registering a vehicle with the DMV? While keeping the property tax rate level, this year's adopted budget adjusted revenues in three key service areas. The changes include the addition of a minimal monthly solid waste fee for residents, a nominal fee for water customers to support a new program to protect customers from the cost of water leaks, and an increase in the motor vehicle tax paid while registering vehicles with the NC DMV. We first shared this information when the FY20 budget was recommended in May, but want to take this chance to remind you about these adjustments. To learn more, go to concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus property tax bills are on the way
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills are coming in the mail soon. Property tax bills are due on September 1 and are classified as past due if not paid before January 7, 2020. Residents also have the option of viewing and paying their property tax bills online at cabarruscounty.us/tax. Residents in Concord receive one tax bill for both municipal and Cabarrus County property taxes. Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online, over the phone, and in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. S, Concord). For assistance with a payment plan, to make a payment or for other information related to your tax bill, call the Tax Collector’s Office at 704-920-2119 or email taxinfo@cabarruscounty.us. For questions related to property value, call the Cabarrus County Tax Assessor’s Office at 704-920-2166 and select option 2 for personal property, option 3 for business personal property or option 5 for real estate. More details are available at cabarruscounty.us.

Stormwater pipe repair closes portion of Spring Street NW
This week, Concord Water Resources crews began a stormwater pipe replacement project on Spring Street NW near Coltrane-Webb Elementary School. During a recent routine inspection, crews found a deficiency in the existing stormwater pipe system in this area. This work began quickly in order to be completed before the start of the school year. To assure a safe work zone, stormwater crews will close Spring Street NW in both directions between Grove Avenue NW and Franklin Avenue NW, weekdays only from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. At other times, the roadway will be open to all traffic. Weather permitting, this work is scheduled to be completed by August 23. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov.

Census 101: Counting on Cabarrus
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or census — of America’s population. The 2020 Census will mail this fall and is due April 1, 2020. The Census bureau will increase its use of technology with the 2020 Census. For the first time, you can respond online, by phone or by mail. Cabarrus is counting on your participation in the 2020 Census because it determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries; because our community receives $1,600 annually from the Federal government for each person counted in Cabarrus County; because communities rely on Census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs, including new roads, schools and emergency services; and because businesses use Census data to decide where to locate facilities and create jobs. Find out how to learn more and get involved at cabarruscounty.us/news/census-101-counting-on-cabarrus.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Community Workshop - Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan
On Monday, July 29 Concord Parks and Recreation will host a community workshop at the David W. Phillips Activity Center (945 Burrage Road NE). Attendees will learn more about the master planning process and participate in engaging and interactive activities designed to help inform the Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan. Drop in anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jason Pauling 704-920-5600 or paulingj@concordnc.gov.

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

August
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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 one of Team Concord's members is 86 years old and comes to work at 5:00 every morning excited to start his day? Hop over to our Facebook page (and turn up the volume) to learn a little bit about "Mr. Webster" who has worked for the City for over fifteen years and is a favorite of our team members who work at Fire Station 3. You'll want to start every day with Mr. Webster after this.

Enhanced street condition inventory process underway in Concord
A new process is underway to analyze the condition of more than 350 miles of roadway maintained by the City of Concord. The City's Transportation Department is working with Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS), a Florida-based nationwide firm, to inventory the condition of all City-maintained streets. DTS' data collection vehicles will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way. This imagery will be used to create a digital video inventory to help the City of Concord manage transportation infrastructure, facilities, and assets. The distinctive, specialized vans will travel all City-maintained streets from mid-July through mid-August. To learn more and about the enhanced street resurfacing funding included in the current year budget, go to concordnc.gov or call the Transportation Department at 704-920-5363.

Submit your ‘Fairly extraordinary’ work: Cabarrus County Fair calls for contest entries
Now is the time to submit contest entries for the Cabarrus County Fair, September 6 -14 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center. Choose from a variety of categories to discover your blue-ribbon event. The competitive exhibit area includes vacation photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, model creations, kids’ summer craft projects, jewelry, paintings, flowers and much more.  Best of Show is awarded to one adult and one youth among the competitive entries. Best of Show Winners will receive $100 (and bragging rights). Other events include the Cabarrus County Fair Pageant and the Senior Talent Show. Agriculture competitions include showings for poultry, rabbits, mini horse, youth and adult horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by noon on Wednesday, August 21. For more information, visit cabarruscountyfair.com or follow facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

🏝Java N' Paint: Sandy Feet👣
Step by step painting instruction while enjoying complementary coffee! *We will be painting with our feet for a portion of this class* Meets Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. Registration fee: $20 City resident; $25 non-resident. Register or cancel by July 22 at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5604.

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

August *Please excuse the error in the dates listed in last week's edition*
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8* at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14* at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
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 new Instagram page & follow us on Facebook.

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 the City of Concord’s Fleet Services department is responsible for overseeing a fleet of over 1000 vehicles and equipment? The department was recently awarded the 2019 Best 100 Fleets of North America by Governing Magazine. The 2019 submission highlighted the balance of efficiency and effectiveness measures attained in the NC Benchmarking Program. To learn more about the City’s Fleet Services Department, visit concordnc.gov.

 


Concord in the headlines
City of Concord first responders come to aid of stranded bus passengers
Streetscape results: Public votes for expanding Union Street sidewalks for outdoor activity

 

Highlights of the July 11 City Council Meeting

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

Presented a Proclamation of thanks recognizing Price Memorial AME Zion Church for their 30th year in the City's Adopt A Street program.

 

Presented a retirement plaque to Archie Coble for 30 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord Fire Department.

 

Recognized Fleet Services for receiving the 2019 Best 100 Fleets of North America Award.

 

Presented a Certificate of appreciation to outgoing Board / Commission Members Clyde Kluttz and Warren Nance.   

 

Conducted a public hearing and approved a contract for a three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Sim to locate at 7075-A Aviation Blvd.  

 

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 1 and 6 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) relative to procedures for zoning violations and permit revocation.  

 

Adopted a policy setting the requirements for citizen requests of street renaming’s within the City of Concord.

 

Recognized the Hearthwood Homeowners Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program. 

 

Awarded FY20 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a two-year contract with Agio, LLC. in the amount of $266,925.12 for cyber security related technology services.

 

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Armstrong Glen, PC for architectural and engineering services relating to the design of the Electric Equipment Shed. 

 

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Landmark Structures I, L.P. for the construction of a new elevated water storage tank in the amount of $4,975,000 and execute a contract amendment with HDR Inc. for construction administration services in an amount not to exceed $311,600.

 

Accepted a grant from the FAA for the purchase of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) truck and to adopt a budget amendment.

 

Approved a Letter of Agreement for Concord-Padgett Regional Airport to participate in the NCDOT Division of Aviation Airport Safety / Maintenance Program and to adopted a resolution of commitment.

 

Adopted a resolution amending the Customer Service Policies and Procedures.

 

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.


Good Food, Good Mood

For ages 6 & up, plus and adult. This healthy food swap will have you doing a happy dance! Join our fun family class as we make tasty and healthy recipes. Learn together as we experience Great Greek. High in protein, you’ll be surprised by how many ways Greek yogurt can be used in the kitchen. Class meets Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Class price is per person, youth or adult. Fee per participant is $8 for City residents; $13 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. 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
16 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

August
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7 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 as a benefit to citizens, the City of Concord offers a service to provide advice regarding drainage issues outside the right-of-way and City-maintained easements. Although the City of Concord maintains all drainage ditches and stormwater pipes within City-owned rights-of-way and is limited to working within these locations, this advisory assistance can be helpful to customers with private draining system questions. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about this and other stormwater services provided by the Water Resources Department.

Concord in the headlines
City of Concord mourns the loss of councilman Leder
Concord 'anchor' Sam Leder remembered for his smile and character

Remembering Council Member Sam Leder
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Council Member Samuel Mayer Leder, who passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Sam Leder was elected to the City Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro-Tem since December 2018.

A native of Whiteville, he was a lifelong North Carolinian, and lived and worked in Concord since 1995. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degrees. A Certified Public Accountant, he was managing partner of local accounting firm Potter & Company.

He was active in the community and served on the Uwharrie Bank Board, the CMC NorthEast Hospital Advisory Board, the Academic Learning Center Board, and volunteered last four years as Treasurer of the Ella Foard Foundation for Rett Syndrome. He was also a member of the Concord Rotary Club, a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and past president (2008) and director. He was involved with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1996, served as its Chairman of the Board in 2010.

The elected officials and staff of the City of Concord express their heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Shannon and their two sons, Matthew and Bennett. The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 3. For more information, visit 
hartsellfuneralhomes.com/notices/Samuel-Leder.

The Mayor and members of City Council interacted with Sam Leder in various capacities, and offered reflections on his life at
concordnc.gov.

Introducing the Water Loss Protection Plan
Unexpected water leaks are a challenge for customers and the City of Concord. Some of the most common ways that customers experience water loss are toilet leaks, hot water tank leaks and broken pipes. Since customers are charged for all water passing through their meters (including leaks), those who have leaks can experience high water bills. Historically, customers with leaks have been eligible for a partial leak adjustment, leaving an amount due higher than the typical monthly bill, which can create an unexpected financial burden. Effective July 1, 2019, the City of Concord is able to assist customers who experience high water bills due to unexpected leaks with a new program that provides a 100 percent leak adjustment. The program allows a customer to receive this adjustment one time over a 24-month period. Find out more at concordnc.gov/WaterLossProtection.


NCDOT: nighttime road work planned at Concord Parkway and Rock Hill Church Road
North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced roadwork at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rock Hill Church Road Sunday and Monday, July 7 and 8, to mill and resurface the roadway. Once work at the intersection is complete, additional nighttime resurfacing will take place on U.S. 29 between Rock Hill Church Road and George Liles Parkway for the next several weeks. Find out more about lane closures at ncdot.gov.

Community invited to Courthouse project Q&A event
Cabarrus County Commissioners on Monday experienced the first 3D images of the possible future of downtown Concord, viewing renderings of the Cabarrus County Courthouse as it could exist at the completion of the project. During commissioners’ agenda work session, officials also welcomed the public’s input and announced a Q&A information session for July 10. The multiple Courthouse views will be on display for comments, questions and general thoughts during the drop-in session from 3 to 8 p.m. in the rotunda of the Governmental Center at 65 Church St. S. At the same time, the County will host a live Facebook chat for those who cannot attend the session in person. Find out more about the project and how to participate at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County launches municipal election process, seeks volunteers
Candidate filing for city, town, and village offices across North Carolina began at noon today and ends at noon Friday, July 19. Elections for Cabarrus municipalities are held in November. You must be a resident of the municipality to vote in its elections. Voters must be registered 25 days before an election to vote on Election Day. For November elections, the registration deadline is Oct. 11. Voters may also register after the regular deadline and vote during the early voting period using “same-day registration” in places where absentee voting is authorized. Cabarrus County is also looking for poll workers to help conduct elections. Please call 704-920-2860 for visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about elections held in Cabarrus or to inquire about precinct jobs.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Java N’ Paint: Moonlight
For ages 18 & up. Step by step instructions are given by our staff artist as you paint a 16” x 20” canvas. Enjoy complementary coffee. Paint the moonlight’s reflection on the water for a calming décor in any room. Class meets Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 non-residents.

Shaping Summer: Styrofoam Printmaking
For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll print cheery designs and transfers. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

Art Just for Teens: Screen Printing
For ages 13-18. Forming art from paint, mesh and our very own stencils. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
10 at 6:30 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.