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Did you know?
Did you know you can subscribe to receive voice, text, and email updates from the City of Concord? Residents with a published landline phone number are already in the system, but residents may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Labor Day holiday on September 2, City service changes for next week
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 2. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Housing director Angela Graham to lead multi-state organization
City of Concord Housing Director Angela Graham was sworn in as President of the Carolinas Council of Housing Redevelopment and Codes Officials (CCHRCO) at the organization's annual conference this week in South Carolina. Since joining the City of Concord as Housing Director in January of 2001, Graham has built a reputation as a motivator and outreach champion both within the City organization and the community in general. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Community ceremony planned for Tuesday, September 11
Concord Fire and Life Safety invites the public to a community-wide Patriots’ Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Connect our Future – how you can make a difference
The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 28
The sixteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 27 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Upcoming events at Concord Housing
Visit concordnc.gov for a full listing of programs and events.
 
G.I.F.T.E.D. Girls: promotes reading comprehension and life-skills development to school-age girls – every other Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
 
Conversational Spanish: Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning September 10.
 
For more information and to register for any of these programs, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register for youth basketball in September
Parks and Recreation will accept registration for the 2013-2014 youth basketball season through September 30. Youth basketball is open for boys and girls ages 3-15. The playing season runs from November until March. For more information or to register online beginning September 1, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
NEW adult coed flag football league
Coed flag football is a new adult athletics offering, and registration will be open through September 30. The league season will include ten regular season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Sign up now for youth art classes
Youth art classes will begin next week with Drawing I and II, instructed by Kelly Slusarick. Youth will learn basic to advanced skills in drawing, art techniques, and vocabulary. Drawing I (for ages 6-12) meets Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m., beginning September 3. Drawing II is open to graduates of Drawing I or youth ages 10-16, and meets Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. beginning September 4. The registration fee for each session is $35, with a $5 city resident discount available, plus a one-time $15 materials fee payable to the instructor. All sessions at Academy Recreation Center. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information and to register.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
24 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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 that local government management offers a challenging career with the opportunity to have a positive impact on communities? Professional local government managers, like other chief executives, are responsible for the overall performance of their organizations. As the top administrator, the City Manager organizes and directs a team of department heads, supervisors, technicians, and support staff to initiate and manage programs and deliver public services. Learn more about how to be a professional local government manager at icma.org.
 
Concord Regional Airport to begin scheduled service, expansion
City of Concord officials celebrated a milestone following Tuesday's announcement by Allegiant Air that scheduled passenger service will begin soon at Concord Regional Airport (JQF). Allegiant's nonstop jet service between Concord and Orlando via Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) is scheduled to begin Friday, December 20, 2013. Allegiant will initially serve passengers flying from and to Florida twice a week, with flights arriving to and departing from Concord on Friday and Monday mornings. The City hopes to expand service to multiple Florida destinations and Las Vegas in the future.
 
An existing hanger will serve as a temporary terminal for commercial service passengers while research is completed on the possibility of a permanent structure that would be located just south of the existing terminal.   If feasible, this new structure would service commercial customers as well as meeting the long term needs of other airport customers. Learn more and see photos at concordnc.gov.
 
Art Walk tonight, August 23
The Cabarrus Arts Council next Art Walk in downtown Concord begins at 6:00 p.m. tonight, August 23. Galleries and shops display visual art and host artists' demonstrations. Live music, refreshments and artists make these downtown evenings fun for all ages. Rider Transit will provide a free shuttle with stops at The Galleries, The Peggy, and ClearWater Studios between 6:00-9:00 p.m. Following the Art Walk, you can see a free screening of the documentary Core Sounders at 9:00 p.m. at the Davis Theatre. More details are available at cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 28
The sixteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 27 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 

Connect our Future – how you can make a difference

The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org.
 
Upcoming events at Concord Housing
Visit concordnc.gov for a full listing of programs and events.
 
Writing workshop by international author and speaker Nellie Wosu - Monday, August 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
 
Job readiness workshop – Monday, August 26 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
 
G.I.F.T.E.D. Girls: promotes reading comprehension and life-skills development to school-age girls – every other Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
 
Conversational Spanish - Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning September 10.
 
For more information and to register for any of these programs, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the 5 Alarm 5K on November 2. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 27 and October 29 at Dorton Park. Registration fee: $15. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Softball League registration now open
Sign up your adult softball team until August 31 for just $375 per team. Men’s Open, Men’s Church, Women’s, and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open and Women’s Leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Church and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the games are at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. More information and registration are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Ongoing Zumba and personal training opportunities at Academy Recreation Center
Tone and Sculpt your body with Zumba, the popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by Jennifer El-Abbadi, licensed with Zumba Fitness Since 2009. Zumba meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The fee is only $3 per class.
 
Master Personal Trainer Michelle Colombero will design a one-hour fitness program to help you get motivated and feel great! Your session will include strength training for upper and lower body, a cardiovascular component, nutritional consultation, and flexibility exercises. Each one-hour session is $40 ($5 City resident discount available).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
27 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
September
10 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 Department of Homeland Security designates each September as National Preparedness Month? Regardless of the disaster or time of year, now is the time to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home, community, and business. Concord Emergency Management encourages all our community to be prepared for when, not if, the next emergency occurs. Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, so let’s all do our part. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Detour next week, new Pitts School Road alignment to open
As NCDOT's I-85 widening project continues, Lane construction is preparing to open the new alignment of Pitts School Road NW and its intersection with Poplar Tent Road. Weather permitting, crews will close Pitts School Road between Poplar Tent Road and the entrance to R&R Bar-B-Que Restaurant at 12:00 midnight on Tuesday, August 20 (early Wednesday morning). During the closure, motorists will be able to access Pitts School Road via George Liles Parkway and Weddington Road. The new alignment is scheduled to open by Sunday, August 25, weather permitting.
 
Fire and Life Safety Hazmat Team competes, represented on state association board
At the recent North Carolina State Firemen’s Association annual conference, Concord Fire and Life Safety participated in the Hazardous Materials Team competition for the first time, finishing fourth out of ten teams. This two-part competition for four-person teams included a written test, chemistry exam, map reading, and a hands-on challenge completed in Hazmat protective suits and gear.
 
Also at the conference, Captain Shane Davis was appointed to serve as the Western Branch Director for the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders.
 
Fall 2013 City Circular and Leisure Times coming soon
The Fall 2013 issue of the City Circular will arrive in the mail later this month. The digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page.
 
Along with the City Circular, you'll also receive latest issue of the Leisure Times. See new listings of classes, activities, and events from Concord Parks and Recreation. The digital edition of the Leisure Times will be available soon on concordparksandrec.org.
 
Monthly affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats launch August 21
In response to citizen requests, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Animal Control will sponsor affordable rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats each month. This service was previously offered on an annual basis with select local clinics. The agencies have partnered with Carolina Value Vet to begin the monthly clinics. The first opportunity will be Wednesday, August 21 at the Cabarrus Animal Shelter parking lot (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The affordable $10 fee will in part benefit the Cabarrus County Humane Society. Learn more at cabarrushealth.org.
 
Art Walk returns Friday, August 23
A local cultural favorite is the Downtown Concord Art Walk. Local galleries and shops display visual art and host artists' demonstrations throughout the historic district. Bring the whole family out to enjoy live music, refreshments and more. Following the Art Walk, you can see a free screening of the documentary Core Sounders at 9:00 p.m. at the Davis Theatre. Learn more at cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 28
The sixteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 27 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Be ready for the new school year: register Kindergarteners and other new students
Each year, our local schools experience a rush of families registering students new to the district on the first day of school. If your family needs to register a child for school, please take the time to do it before school begins. To register a student for Cabarrus County Schools, bring the following information to the school where the child is assigned: photo identification for the parent/legal guardian, two forms of proof of residence, an original birth certificate for the child, the child’s immunization records, for children entering kindergarten—information on their physical, and for students in high school—their official transcript showing credits earned. Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2013 to be considered for kindergarten. For more information on enrolling your child in school, including a list of required documents, and information on student assignment, visit cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
 
Cabarrus County asks community to join conversation about aging
Between August 1 and September 15, individuals can provide input through a survey on the type of programs and services they see of benefit to a growing segment of the population—residents age 55 or older. The State budget office estimates seniors will make up more than 26 percent of the Cabarrus County population by the year 2020. The County is looking to understand how to best serve the population, which includes residents in varying stages of activity, ability, health and need.
 
The community can provide input on those topics and more in a short survey, available online or in person, in English and Spanish. To participate in the online survey, visit the cabarruscounty.us. Residents without computer access are invited to take the survey between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers (Concord location is 331 Corban Avenue SE) or Room 235 of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE), or at any scheduled Lunch Plus meal site. For more information on the initiative, visit cabarruscounty.us or call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
 
Conversational Spanish class registration available
The next Conversational Spanish class will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 10. This eight week course will help anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Come learn the essentials: daily greetings, useful expressions, basic vocabulary, listening comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and cultural awareness will all be emphasized. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Connect our Future – how you can make a difference
The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the 5 Alarm 5K on November 2. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 27 and October 29 at Dorton Park. Registration fee: $15. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Softball League registration now open
Sign up your adult softball team until August 31 for just $375 per team. Men’s Open, Men’s Church, Women’s, and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open and Women’s Leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Church and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the games are at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. More information and registration are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Ongoing Zumba and personal training opportunities at Academy Recreation Center
Tone and sculpt your body with Zumba, the popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by Jennifer El-Abbadi, licensed with Zumba Fitness Since 2009. Zumba meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The fee is only $3 per class.
 
Master Personal Trainer Michelle Colombero will design a one-hour fitness program to help you get motivated and feel great! Your session will include strength training for upper and lower body, a cardiovascular component, nutritional consultation, and flexibility exercises. Each one-hour session is $40 ($5 City resident discount available).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
23 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
September
10 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 Concord has hosted several film productions? Just one week ago people in Downtown Concord watched as scenes were filmed for a bank commercial. Independent movie “A Box For Rob” was filmed in Concord three years ago. Much of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” was filmed in the former Philip Morris buildings, which served as soundstages. Currently, the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Homeland” is scouting a location for filming in Concord, and all filming for the show has been done in our region. Film production is a real part of economic development in our area and North Carolina. For example, production for “Homeland” brings over $160,000 per day into the regional economy. The City of Concord partners with the Charlotte Regional Film Commission and numerous location scouts to help bring the excitement and economic benefits of film production to Concord.
 
Highlights of the August 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Instructed the City Manager to move forward in working with staff to recommend a framework for developing community partnerships that will lead to the Community Wildlife Habitat Certification by the National Wildlife Foundation.
 
Presented the Quarterly Shining STAR Award to Shelly Brown, April Clark, and Shannon Sturdivant. Members of the Finance Department’s Collections team work with customers who may have trouble paying utility bills and taxes on a daily basis. Recently, team members Shelly Brown, April Clark, and Shannon Sturdivant showed exceptional compassion, concern, customer focus, and teamwork to help a customer in need. They pitched in to pay the balance for a utility customer facing disconnection, who had only a small amount of money available to go towards the bill.
 
Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2012 to the Finance Department. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City has received this award for 24 consecutive years.
 
Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three-year, 85 percent, tax-based Economic Development Grant to Windshear, Inc. for expansion of an industrial facility in Concord with an estimated new investment of $5 million.
 
Declared a 1989 Pierce Fire Engine surplus and donated the engine to Cabarrus County Schools to be used by the Concord High School Fire Academy program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Milligan Architecture, Inc. for architectural and engineering services relating to the design and construction of Fire Station 11.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Kannapolis Construction Co. for construction services relating to the renovation of Fire Station 5 and adopted a budget ordinance and capital project ordinance for this project.
 
Awarded the contract to Ferebee Corporation for the City of Concord's annual streets preservation (resurfacing) program.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into two agreements for the Albemarle Water Transmission Line. Contract 1: Gilbert Engineering Company, not to exceed $4,722,000; Contract 2: DeVere Construction Company not to exceed $17,816,589.63.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Quest Corporation of America, Inc. (QCA) to provide marketing and public relations services for the Rider Transit system.
 
Authorized Aviation staff to submit an application for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a five-year contract with World Fuel Services, Inc/Air Elite (Phillips 66) as the fuel provider for Concord Regional Airport.
 
Consider authorizing the City Manager to execute a five-year contract with Avis Rent A Car System LLC for a concession agreement for Concord Regional Airport.
 
Authorized Police Department staff to apply for the Lowes Community Partners Grant.
 
Authorized a donation of $2,000 from the Mayor's Golf Tournament proceeds to the Junior Charity League's Mariam Coltrane Schramm Clothing Room program.
 
Approved appointments to various Boards and Commissions as follows:

 

Investigators seek information related to series of armed robberies
Concord Police are investigating a series of armed robberies in Concord reported Friday, August 2 and Sunday, August 4 that may involve some or all of the same suspects. The incidents occurred on Kerr Street NW, Church Street N, and Branchview Drive SE. Anyone with information about any of these incidents or who thinks they recognize the suspects is asked to call Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-93CRIME (704-932-7463). A cash reward is available to anyone providing information that leads to identification and prosecution of any of the suspects involved.
 
Union Street Live continues August 15 with the Craig Woolard Band
Next Thursday, be sure to come out for the fourth installment of the 2013 Union Street Live concert series featuring the Craig Woolard Band. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. The series continues all summer through September on the Third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
 
Become a CPR Heart Saver
Virginia Adams, Logan Faith Community Nurse, and the Concord Housing Department will host a CPR/Heart Saver certification class on Thursday, August 15. Designed for the average person, rather than health professionals, students will learn adult CPR, child CPR and infant CPR. Registration is limited to 6 students per class, and costs $14.25 (includes book and AHA CPR/Heart Saver Card). For more information, please contact the Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Monthly affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats launch August 21
In response to citizen requests, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Animal Control will sponsor affordable rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats each month. This service was previously offered on an annual basis with select local clinics. The agencies have partnered with Carolina Value Vet to begin the monthly clinics. The first opportunity will be Wednesday, August 21 at the Cabarrus Animal Shelter parking lot (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The affordable $10 fee will in part benefit the Cabarrus County Humane Society. Learn more at cabarrushealth.org.
 
Be ready for the new school year: register Kindergarteners and other new students
Each year, our local schools experience a rush of families registering students new to the district on the first day of school. If your family needs to register a child for school, please take the time to do it before school begins. To register a student for Cabarrus County Schools, bring the following information to the school where the child is assigned: photo identification for the parent/legal guardian, two forms of proof of residence, an original birth certificate for the child, the child’s immunization records, for children entering kindergarten—information on their physical, and for students in high school—their official transcript showing credits earned. Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2013 to be considered for kindergarten. For more information on enrolling your child in school, including a list of required documents, and information on student assignment, visit cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
 
Cabarrus County asks community to join conversation about aging
Between August 1 and September 15, individuals can provide input through a survey on the type of programs and services they see of benefit to a growing segment of the population—residents age 55 or older. The State budget office estimates seniors will make up more than 26 percent of the Cabarrus County population by the year 2020. The County is looking to understand how to best serve the population, which includes residents in varying stages of activity, ability, health and need.
 
The community can provide input on those topics and more in a short survey, available online or in person, in English and Spanish. To participate in the online survey, visit the cabarruscounty.us. Residents without computer access are invited to take the survey between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers (Concord location is 331 Corban Avenue SE) or Room 235 of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE), or at any scheduled Lunch Plus meal site. For more information on the initiative, visit cabarruscounty.us or call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
 
Conversational Spanish class offers basic conversation skills for real life situations
The next Conversational Spanish class will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 10. This eight week course will help anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Come learn the essentials: daily greetings, useful expressions, basic vocabulary, listening comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and cultural awareness will all be emphasized. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Connect our Future – how you can make a difference
The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Chilly-Willy Wednesdays presents the Total Tournament
Wednesday, August 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, come to Hartsell Park for a morning of outdoor games: corn hole, bocce ball, tug-of-war, and more. Teams and individuals will compete to claim their victory of the 2013 summer games! Fee: $10; $5 city resident discount
 
Throw Down Thursdays is hosting its final Geocaching event of the summer
Thursday, August 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, families are welcome to join us at Les Myers Park for a treasure hunt with today’s technology. Explore a multi-cache around the park and investigate the hidden treasures of our community. Come and experience what millions of people around the world are finding and leaving behind. Fee: $10 per family (up to 5 members)
 
FREE back to school social at Caldwell Park Thursday, August 15
Rising K-12 students are invited to celebrate going back to school at Caldwell Park, located at 362 Georgia Street SW. Play games, munch on hotdogs, slurp soda, and receive school supplies as prizes. Wear a swimsuit, you will get wet! Time: 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the 5 Alarm 5K on November 2. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 27 and October 29 at Dorton Park. Registration fee: $15. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Softball League registration now open
Sign up your adult softball team until August 31 for just $375 per team. Men’s Open, Men’s Church, Women’s, and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open and Women’s Leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Church and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the games are at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. More information and 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.
 
August
23 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
September
10 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 Customer Service attempts to schedule courtesy calls each month about high water usage, reminders for payment before disconnection of services, etc.? However, to receive calls your account's contact information must be up to date. Updating your account information is simple. Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555, speak with a representative in person at 26 Union Street S, log into your eCare account, or e-mail Customer Service at custserv@concordnc.gov.
 
Professional management: life, well run
Life, well run is a program designed to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value that professional government managers bring to building ethical, effective, and efficient local government. Whether it is a decision between bike lanes or parking lanes, green space or garage space, a courthouse or convention center, professional local government managers are the people behind these decisions, turning policy into action and visionary ideas into tangible results. Professional managers help make good communities great, giving us a place we’re proud to call home. To learn more, visit LifeWellRun.org.
 
City completes process to continue discounted flood insurance rates
The City of Concord recently updated its participation in the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimum requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from community actions meeting program goals: 1) reduce flood damage to insurable property; 2) strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and 3) encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management. Concord maintained its previous level eight classification, achieving a ten percent discount on flood insurance premiums for properties in Special Flood Hazard Areas. Too learn more about the program, visit fema.gov, and to learn more about Concord's flood management initiatives, visit concordnc.gov/flood.
 
HUD award emergency, safety, and security funding for Concord Housing
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $250,000 on Wednesday to the City of Concord Housing Department to address emergency, safety, and security needs at public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities. This funding may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items, including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors. Concord Housing was one of fifteen public housing authorities across the United States who received $2.9 million in funding. For more information, visit hud.gov.
 
NCDOT will temporarily close lanes, ramps at I-85 and NC 73 this weekend
The NC Department of Transportation will be working at the I-85 interchanges with NC 73 (Exit 55) in Concord beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, weather permitting. At 9 p.m. tonight, crews will close the exit ramp from I-85 South to NC 73, and the ramp will reopen by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6. During the multi-day closure, please use exits 58 or 54.
 
At 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, crews will close the right lane on I-85 North at NC 73. The interstate will be closed at midnight, and traffic will be directed up and over the ramps until 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 5.
 
Crews will shift traffic in both directions to the inside lanes of the interstate as part of the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project, improving I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of NC 73. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
National Night Out set for Tuesday, August 6
On August 6, neighborhoods across the nation will join together to take a stand against crime. National Night Out (NNO) is celebrated the first Tuesday in August each year. On August 6, the Concord Police Department suggests leaving your porch light on from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it also makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. You can go a step further by getting to know your neighbors better. Go door to door to introduce yourself if you have not done so in the past. Feel free to organize neighborhood activities such as block parties, cookouts, porch sittings, and other events to stand against crime. To learn more about the National Night Out movement, visit nno.org.
 
Cabarrus County asks community to join conversation about aging
Between August 1 and September 15, individuals can provide input through a survey on the type of programs and services they see of benefit to a growing segment of the population—residents age 55 or older. The State budget office estimates seniors will make up more than 26 percent of the Cabarrus County population by the year 2020. The County is looking to understand how to best serve the population, which includes residents in varying stages of activity, ability, health and need.
 
The community can provide input on those topics and more in a short survey, available online or in person, in English and Spanish. To participate in the online survey, visit the cabarruscounty.us. Residents without computer access are invited to take the survey between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers (Concord location is 331 Corban Avenue SE) or Room 235 of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE), or at any scheduled Lunch Plus meal site. For more information on the initiative, visit cabarruscounty.us or call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
 
Conversational Spanish class offers basic conversation skills for real life situations
The next Conversational Spanish class will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 10. This eight week course will help anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Come learn the essentials: daily greetings, useful expressions, basic vocabulary, listening comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and cultural awareness will all be emphasized. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Outdoor Explorers
Youth ages 6-12 can explore the outdoors in a fun and playful way, while learning about the creatures that live there. This experience can help children grow up with a healthy respect for the environment. The next session is Tuesday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at McGee Park, located at 219 Corban Avenue SE. Fee: $10; $5 City resident discount.
 
FREE back to school social at Caldwell Park Thursday, August 15
Rising K-12 students are invited to celebrate going back to school at Caldwell Park, located at 362 Georgia Street SW. Play games,  munch on hotdogs, slurp soda, and receive school supplies as prizes. Wear a swimsuit, you will get wet! Time: 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.
 
For additional information on these programs and more, contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
8/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/8/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/15/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/20/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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