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Did you know?
Did you know multiple non-emergency numbers are available in the 911 Communications Center? For non-emergency law enforcement assistance, call 704-786-9155. For non-emergency fire assistance, call 704-782-2121. The same professional staff will answer your calls, and you can help ensure that 911 lines for life-threatening emergencies remain available.

Remembering Frank Dusch, 1924-2015
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Frank A. Dusch, Jr, who passed away early the morning of August 25 at the age of 91. Mr. Dusch served fourteen years (1981-1995) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council). At the Celebration of Life held for him this afternoon, Mayor Scott Padgett noted, "if Concord had a Mount Rushmore, his face would certainly be on it." He also spoke at length of how Mr. Dusch was part of a courageous generation of leaders who embraced the change necessary to create the community we know today, which few could imagine being possible at the time. The City named the Frank Dusch Amphitheater at Les Myers Park, located on Lawndale Avenue, after him in 2001. Visit concordnc.gov for reflections on Mr. Dusch's life from the Mayor and members of City Council.

Voluntary water conservation remains as regional drought continues
On Wednesday July 22, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis announced that customers of both municipalities’ water systems should follow Level 1 water use restrictions, due to regional drought conditions. These restrictions are for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Midland. The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) also announced that dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 drought levels of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP).

Despite recent rainfall and as reported by the NC Drought Management Advisory Council, Cabarrus County remains part of the majority of North Carolina counties urged to implement drought response actions. The City urges customers to take these conditions seriously. Customers are reminded that under normal, responsible water use guidelines adopted by Concord and Kannapolis, lawn irrigation is ONLY allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. To learn more about what activities are permitted by Level 1 voluntary restrictions, visit concordnc.gov.

Union Street is set for the Cabarrus Art Walk
Cabarrus Arts Council's next Art Walk starts tonight at 6:00 p.m. Galleries and shops display visual art and host artist demonstrations. Live music, refreshments, and artists make these downtown evenings fun for all ages. Visit cabarrusartscouncil.org to find out more about tonight's event.

Evening utility work planned on Kerr Street
On the evening of Thursday, September 3, Water Resources crews will close Kerr Street NW between Cabarrus Avenue W and Guy Ave NW beginning at 9:00 p.m. while repair work is underway. Motorists should exercise caution in the area and follow posted detour routes. For more information, please contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

Community ceremony planned for Friday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.

The fall 2015 City Circular and Leisure times are coming soon
The latest edition of the City Circular will arrive in the soon if it has not already. In the meantime, the digital edition is available, 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. You can also access the digital edition of the Fall 2015 Leisure Times for the latest from Parks and Recreation.

September is National Preparedness Month
FEMA is asking you to take action to be ready for an emergency now –make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. Encourage family and friends to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

Flood is the theme for Week 1 (September 1-5) of National Preparedness Month. During this time, talk with your family about flooding. Learn how to take action for this common hazard by using the How to Prepare for a Flood guide, which outlines ways to protect yourself and your property before a flood threatens your community. In particular, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home by: elevating critical utilities such as electrical panels, appliances, wiring, and heating systems; waterproofing your basement and installing a water alarm; and clearing debris from downspouts and gutters. Learn more at ready.gov/September.

Mosaic artwork to be unveiled September 12 at ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios recently received a new piece of commissioned artwork in the Gallery floor. Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert A. Crum, who is one of the artists at ClearWater, has installed a sixteen square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift. The work, called "Clearwater Pond," will be unveiled and dedicated at the next ClearWater Second Saturday open studios event on Saturday, September 12. Stay tuned for more information, and see images of the installation on the ClearWater Facebook page and the entireprogression here.

Save the date for Safety Palooza 2015
Safe Kids Cabarrus is planning the fourth annual Safety Palooza on September 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road). The event will feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, severe weather simulator, fire safety house, and a shredding truck. Enjoy raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment, and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Yoga in the Park
Yoga in the Park continues in McGee Park until Thursday, September 17. Participants ages 13 and up are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a yoga mat and beach towel. Meets weekly from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. (no class if it is raining), for just $3 per class. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.

Last call for adult flag football leagues
Registration is open for the adult flag football leagues through September 4. Both men's and co-ed leagues are available, and teams of five players can register at concordparksandrec.org for $375. The playing season runs from October through December. Teams play one or two games per week. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for rules and more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

September
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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 the Concord Police Department is also gearing up for Monday's first day of school? Concord Police encourage all citizens to be aware of school bus and school pedestrian traffic. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus in North Carolina, and those who speed in a school zone are subject to increased fines. School zones are marked with signs and electronic flashing lights to help drivers know when they are in the zone. The authorized speed limit, days, and times when the lower speed limit is in effect are posted on the signs. The City employs 13 school crossing guards to help children and family members safely arrive to school, and joins the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in encouraging you to "be patient, stay alert, save a life, know the law." To learn more about school bus and school pedestrian safety, visit ncbussafety.org.

Continued disagreement in General Assembly may assist in combating sales tax redistribution
Following weeks of little to no action on the state budget, the Governor's office announced this week that House and Senate leaders have agreed on a total spending number, allowing negotiations on additional details to move forward. There was less agreement on the Senate's version of HB 117-NC Competes Act. That bill, as approved by the Senate, contains a plan to shift local sales tax distributions to a 50 percent per-capita/50 percent point-of-sale plan, while also including state incentive funding and other tax changes. The House, many of whose members have expressed opposition to the various sales tax reallocation plans, voted 111-2 not to concur with the Senate's version of HB 117. That bill will now go to a conference committee, with the negotiators from the House and Senate trying to strike a compromise.  Please continue to let your local General Assembly delegation know that taking local revenues from the parts of the state generating a majority of North Carolina's sales taxes is not an effective way to address the economic challenges of our rural neighbors.

Crews winding down projects on Burrage Road, Cabarrus Avenue
Barricades were removed this week from two projects that bring major vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements in Concord. While final striping and other finishing touches remain, motorists traveling through Burrage Road NE and Cabarrus Avenue W are now able to use the upgraded bridges in their final alignment. The City's Burrage Road improvements included multiple funding sources to replace a deficient bridge over Three Mile Branch, resurface decades-old concrete roadway between the bridge and Lake Concord Road NE, and provide safe pedestrian accommodations. NCDOT's new bridge on Cabarrus Avenue W takes motorists and pedestrians across the Norfolk Southern Railroad, serving as a major gateway into the Center-City area. The City participated to provide pedestrian and decorative upgrades, and requested that NCDOT designate the new bridge for the late Allen T. Small.

Save the date for Safety Palooza 2015
Safe Kids Cabarrus is planning the fourth annual Safety Palooza on September 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road). The event will feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, severe weather simulator, fire safety house, and a shredding truck. Enjoy raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment, and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Summer 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Pardon our dust
Today, crews started a resurfacing project at the Dorton Park tennis courts. Weather permitting, tennis players will be able to enjoy the new surface once the project is complete in about two weeks. IN the meantime, visit one of the tennis courts at Beverly Hills, Les Myers, or Marvin Caldwell Parks. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information about these facilities.
 
Sign up now for adult flag football leagues
Registration is open for the adult flag football leagues through September 4. Both men's and co-ed leagues are available, and teams of five players can register at
concordparksandrec.org for $375. The playing season runs from October through December. Teams play one or two games per week. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for rules and more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

September
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!

Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting
concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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Did you know?
Did you know you can now report pot holes, street light malfunctions, and many other non-emergency issues to the City using your smartphone? Visit concordnc.gov/ConcordMobileCare to download the Concord Mobile Care app, free for your android or iOS device, or access the web-version on any other device, including PC and laptop computers.

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

Presented the 26th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2014 to the Finance Department.

Presented retirement plaques to Police coworkers, Captain Michael Greene (26 years) and Major Wendell Rummage (27 years).

Continued a public hearing related to annexation of a parcel of land owned by Lelia McGraw.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels of land owned by Inaara, LLC (
Parcel 1, Parcel 2).

Recognized the Lanstone Homeowners Association into the City's
Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods Program.

Approved Neighborhood Matching Grant requests submitted by Recognized Neighborhoods.

Adopted resolutions authorizing the donation of surplus self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment to the Rimer Volunteer and City of Kannapolis Fire Departments.

Approved one additional State-funded elementary school resource officer position and receive an update on the status of funds for elementary school resource officers provided by the City of Concord.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an addendum to the contract with AECOM for engineering services related to the Derita Road Improvement Project (U-4910) Phase II upon concurrence by NCDOT.

Adopted a resolution authorizing the negotiation of an installment financing contract, application to the Local Government Commission, appointing of the financing team, and setting a public hearing for September 10, 2015 related to planned improvements at Concord Regional Airport.

Adopted a resolution supporting redistricting reform, as proposed by a bipartisan majority of NC House members to end gerrymandering in North Carolina in the form of HB92.

City of Concord, other local organizations join Alliance for a Prosperous NC
The City of Concord, Cabarrus County, and the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce have all joined the Alliance for a Prosperous North Carolina, an organization representing communities across the state united against the redistribution of local sales tax revenues. Members include business owners, managers and elected officials of local governments, and chamber of commerce staffs. Despite the passage of the
revised sales tax redistribution plan through the State Senate, communities still have an opportunity to express their concerns about this proposal to members of the House of Representatives. Click here to read more about the Alliance and its members, and click here to learn about alternative policy solutions that will benefit all NC cities and towns proposed by the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

The proposal adopted by the Senate creates a 50-50 split between distributing sales tax on a "point-of-sale" basis (returning sales taxes to the counties that generated them) and per-capita (distributing local revenues across the entire state based on population). While not as severe as earlier plans, such as one that would only return 20 percent point-of-sale, this latest proposal creates at least 23 "losing" counties, including Cabarrus, which along with Concord and the other municipalities would all lose about six percent from current sales tax revenue levels, according to NC General Assembly projections. However, these estimates likely underestimate the impact to Concord and other jurisdictions because they assume even growth rates across the state. For example, they assume sales growth here in Cabarrus County will be the same as the growth in rural counties without the retail and tourism businesses that have been attracted here through local investments in infrastructure and services.

No matter how inaccurate the projections are, the taking of local revenues by the General Assembly will likely leave Concord and other jurisdictions' elected officials (representing over 5 million North Carolina residents) with no choice other than to raise fees, property taxes and/or cut needed services. Please continue to
let your local General Assembly delegation know that taking local revenues from the parts of the state generating a majority of North Carolina's sales taxes is not an effective way to address the economic challenges of our rural neighbors.

Mosaic artwork installed at ClearWater Artist Studios
On Wednesday, ClearWater Artist Studios received a new piece of commissioned artwork in the Gallery floor. Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert A. Crum, who is one of the artists at ClearWater, installed a sixteen square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift. The work, called "Clearwater Pond," will be unveiled and dedicated at the next ClearWater Second Saturday open studios event on Saturday, September 12. See images of the installation on the ClearWater Facebook page and the entire progression here.

Center City area utility work update
The Water Resources Department will temporarily close Spring Street NW to through-traffic between Cabarrus and Grove Avenues for a sewer main repair on Wednesday, August 19. Local traffic will retain access to the area. Northbound motorists will be detoured along Cabarrus Avenue, Yorktown Street, and Grove Avenue back to Spring Street NW. Southbound motorists will be detoured along Grove Avenue, Union Street N, and Cabarrus Avenue back to Spring Street SW. The work is expected to last one day, weather permitting. For more information, please contact Mark Colangelo at 704-920-5339.

Motorists traveling along Union Street South this week have experienced a detour to Spring Street between Wilshire and Blume Avenues. This has allowed crews to repair a failed stormdrain under the roadway. A water main was also located in the area, which required a relocation to complete the stormdrain work. We appreciate your understanding during this unexpected, but needed repair. Water crews completed work on the new stormdrain this afternoon, but the detour will remain in place until Transportation crews can patch the roadway on Monday, weather permitting.

Final 2015 Union Street Live concert and block party set for August 20
The final concert and block party for the 2015 Union Street Live series will be next Thursday, August 20. Regional favorite
Jim Quick and Coastline will perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Means Avenue, next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Pluto for Planet will begin playing on the north stage at 7:00 p.m., located on Union Street North in front of the library. In between the stages, have fun at the Union Street Live Block Party! During concert nights Union Street will be closed from the Concord Library to Corban Avenue. Walk Union Street to enjoy outside dining, games, shopping, and more! For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Summer 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Sign up now for adult flag football leagues
Registration is open for the adult flag football leagues through September 4. Both men's and co-ed leagues are available, and teams of five players can register at
concordparksandrec.org for $375. The playing season runs from October through December. Teams play one or two games per week. Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for rules and more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

August
18 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
20 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

September
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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 the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the local privilege license tax effective July 1, 2015? According to the NC League of Municipalities, the repeal results in an approximate $62 million loss for cities and towns for fiscal year 2016. Before its repeal, privilege license taxes were a source of revenue for municipalities to provide services to citizens. Now, many local governments are feeling the impact of this significant loss. For more information about Concord’s current budget, visit concordnc.gov/budget.

Scenes from National Night Out 2015
On Tuesday, August 4 Concord celebrated National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Each year, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits.  This year marked the 14th National Night out Celebration for the City of Concord. City staff members and elected officials participated in many events—see images on the City's Flickr Photostream and learn more about National Night Out at nno.org.

Senate introduces "compromise" sales tax proposal, Cabarrus local governments still at risk
Members of the State Senate introduced a
revised sales tax redistribution plan this week in an effort to separate the issue from ongoing budget discussions, after the two had previously been lumped together. The lack of a state budget over one month into the new fiscal year is becoming increasingly alarming to local school systems, who are approaching the start of the school year without a majority of their funding in place. The latest iteration is a 50-50 split between distributing sales tax on a "point-of-sale" basis (returning sales taxes to the counties that generated them) and per-capita (distributing local revenues across the entire state based on population). While not as severe as earlier plans, such as one that would only return 20 percent point-of-sale, this latest proposal creates at least 23 "losing" counties, including Cabarrus, which along with Concord and the other municipalities would all lose about six percent from current sales tax revenue levels, according to NC General Assembly projections. However, these estimates likely underestimate the impact to Concord and other jurisdictions because they assume even growth rates across the state. For example, they assume sales growth here in Cabarrus County will be the same as the growth in rural counties without the retail and tourism businesses that have been attracted here through local investments in infrastructure and services.

No matter how inaccurate the projections are, the taking of local revenues by the General Assembly will likely leave Concord and other jurisdictions' elected officials (representing over 5 million North Carolina residents) with no choice other than to raise fees, property taxes and/or cut needed services. Please continue to
let your local General Assembly delegation know that taking local revenues from the parts of the state generating a majority of North Carolina's sales taxes is not an effective way to address the economic challenges of our rural neighbors.

Final 2015 Union Street Live concert and block party set for August 20
The final concert and block party for the 2015 Union Street Live series will be August 20. Regional favorite Jim Quick and Coastline will perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Means Avenue, next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Pluto for Planet will begin playing on the north stage at 7:00 p.m., located on Union Street North in front of the library. In between the stages, have fun at the Union Street Live Block Party! During concert nights Union Street will be closed from the Concord Library to Corban Avenue. Walk Union Street to enjoy outside dining, games, shopping, and more! For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Call for proposals related to human services transportation.
The City of Concord is soliciting project proposals for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. An estimated $114,047 in grant funding is available for transit projects in the Concord Urbanized Area. Funding will be allocated using a competitive selection process as described in the City of Concord’s
5310 Program Management Plan. Eligible applicants include local government agencies, social services agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and public transportation operators. The deadline for grant applications is August 23, 2015. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.


Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Summer 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Final days for fall youth baseball registration
Youth baseball registration for kids ages 7-16 is available until the end of this weekend, midnight on Sunday, August 9, at
concordparksandrec.org. The playing season runs from August through October. Call 704-920-5600 for more information.

Just one more week to cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center
Spend some time before school begins at the John F. McInnis Aquatics Center, as pool season ends on August 15. Located at 151 Academy Avenue NW, the Aquatics Center offers both child and adult swimming lessons, water aerobics, and public swim. Swimming is open to the general public. Patrons must purchase a Privilege Pass I.D. in order to swim, City-resident discounts available. Find public swim hours and fees at
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-785-8105.

 

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

August
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
20 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!

Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting
concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.