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Did you know?
Did you know you can plan your Rider Transit trip with Google Maps integration, and track your bus location on ckrider.com? Let us help you take a ride and see your bus location in real time now at ckrider.com.

Concord in the Headlines
Local governments advocate for business owners affected by NCDOT bridge closure plans

Concord Police reach out at Coffee with a Cop

2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey now open
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

Fall City Circular and Leisure Times on the way!
If you have not yet already, you'll soon receive the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Fall 2017 City Circular digital edition is also 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 – every story, every photo, and every page. Additional photos of Mayor Scott and Teresa Padgett as featured in the Fall issue are available on the Michael A. Anderson Photography Facebook Page. The Fall 2017 Leisure Times is also available in a digital edition, with tons of fun for you and your family this fall.

Cabarrus County Schools to welcome students back August 28
As thousands of students, teachers, and families prepare for the new school year to begin on Monday, the City of Concord encourages everyone to be cautious as the community readjusts to school year vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Familiarize yourself with laws regarding stopped school buses at ncbussafety.org. Be extra careful around bus stops, school zones, and crosswalks, and plan extra time to travel next week so you will not feel rushed on your morning and evening commutes. Learn more on the Cabarrus County Schools back to school site: cabarrus.k12.nc.us/bts.

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

Back to school means the fun continues with Parks and Rec
Did your family members have fun with us this summer at camps, classes, or other activities? Sad that the summer is coming to an end? Don't be! Classes and other programs for youth continue year-round, such as Greenway Adventures meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00. Visit concordparksandrec.org for details and to register, or call 704-920-5600.

Final chance to register for adult flag football leagues
Are you ready for some football? Concord Parks and Recreation is once again offering coed and mens' adult 5 on 5 flag football leagues. Registration is available through August 31, and the playing season runs September through December. Each week, teams play one or two games weekday evenings, and registration is just $375 per team. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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 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 visit concordnc.gov/WhatsMyDay to verify your residential garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection schedule?

(Almost) Total eclipse of the sun
On Monday, August 21, all of the continental U.S. will experience an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years. A total solar eclipse will be visible within a path 70 miles wide that stretches across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina, including seven western counties. Almost everywhere else in North Carolina will experience a partial eclipse of 90 percent totality or more. Visit nc.gov/eclipse2017 for statewide eclipse event and safety information, and ncdot.gov for travel tips. Rather stay home and avoid the crowds? The Cabarrus County Public Library has events planned to help you enjoy the eclipse right here, find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Statement from Mayor Padgett on the closing of Alevo
Mayor Scott Padgett offered the following statement today, after Alevo announced its immediate closure. “I was extremely disappointed to receive notice that Alevo is ceasing operations today. My most immediate concern is for the 290 individuals and their families that will be affected by a loss of employment. They took a chance on a promising future with Alevo, and now have to start back at square one. Fortunately, we have an increasingly diversified economy in Concord that offers many current and future employment opportunities.

Alevo offered an exciting vision for a portion of the former Philip Morris property they leased, which ultimately did not come to reality. The property ownership of the entire tract of land on both sides of Concord Parkway remains financially stable. The City, County, and Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation will continue working with the owners to find the right use for the most unique development opportunity in this part of the United States.”


Find employment opportunities and why the City of Concord is a great place to work
With over 1,000 positions authorized in the current year budget, the City of Concord is always looking for great new members of Team Concord. Find out more about why the City of Concord is a great place to work, browse employment opportunities, and fill out an application at concordnc.gov/HR.

2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey now open
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

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

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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 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 a variety of application forms, maps, engineering standards, and technical specifications are provided by the Engineering Department to assist the development community? Visit concordnc.gov to get started.

Highlights of the August 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized Tom Bach for receiving the 2017 Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Presented a retirement plaque to Robert Hagy, 12 years of service - Fire Department.

Conducted a continued public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of approximately 34.75 acres owned by New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Classic Graphics to locate at 1000 Derita Road NW.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of approximately 3.368 acres owned by Poplar Point Associates, LLC, approximately 7.23 acres owned by PS NC III, L.P., and approximately 402 acres owned by Redus NC Land, LLC.

Adopted an ordinance to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays at licensed premises.

Accepted a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the Fire Department by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) adopted the associated budget amendment appropriating the grant funds.

Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant for the Hector H. Henry II Greenway Riverwalk Phase.

Adopted resolutions authorizing the sale of City-owned property located at 34 Hawthorne Street SW, 185 Kerr Street NW, and 15 Reed Street.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) covering work to be performed under TIP # U-5806 - WBS Element 44378.3.1 for the construction of intersection improvements at Concord Mills Boulevard (SR 2894) and Entrance No. 1 Kings Grant Pavilion.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) covering work to be performed under TIP # EB-5732 - WBS Elements PE 51055.1.1 and CON 51055.3.1 and Federal Aid No. TAP-1004 (063) for the construction of sidewalk on both sides of Bruton Smith Boulevard (SR 2894) from US 29 to Gateway Lane.

Adopted a resolution amending the Stormwater Utility Credit Adjustment Manual to allow for additional credits for cart paths, trails, and other pathways.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Hazen to explore additional treatment options on the Yadkin line.

Directed a letter be composed to send to the NC Secretary of Transportation in support of business owners and others who would be affected by recently discovered plans to temporarily close the NC 3 bridge crossing over I-85 as part of the I-85 widening project.

City Manager Brian Hiatt announces plans to retire
City Manager Brian Hiatt has informed the Mayor and City Council of his plans to retire from the City of Concord with a target date of March of 2018. Hiatt started as Concord’s City Manager in October of 1998. Among the most tenured of active professional local government managers in the state, he has 37 years of experience working for local governments in North Carolina. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Concord deploys new public safety tools into the community
Our public safety team is deploying new tools to enhance community safety. Although their sizes and features have little in common, over a year of budgeting, planning, and training is coming to fruition in order to better equip the Fire, Police, and other departments of the City. Visit concordnc.gov for details on the new equipment that was custom-built to serve Concord.

Registration for Project WET still available
As part of its environmental education program, the City of Concord will host two free workshops for educators the week of August 14. Both are open to formal, non-formal, and home school educators and educators-in-training. The Project WILD and Project WET workshops provide CEU credits for teachers and serve as EE and CE Experiences for the NC Environmental Educator Certification program. While the registration for Project WILD has closed, you can still sign up for Project WET. For additional information, visit concordnc.gov, or contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379.

A new look to Accela Citizen Access, free training available
Accela Citizen Access is the software used by the City of Concord and Cabarrus County for plan review, permitting, and more. The software has been recently updated and now offers a Contractor Phone App for designers, architects, developers, builders and construction trades. Cabarrus County is offering a series of FREE training sessions on new features to help you be more efficient in your office and in the field. Register at cabarruscounty.us/events (search using keyword ACA).

Nothing compares to the Cabarrus County Fair: Advance tickets on sale
The 2017 Cabarrus County Fair takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, September 8-16. The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 7. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35--a $2 savings off the gate price, and tickets for kids, ages 6-11, are $3.25. You can also purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15-a $5 savings. Discover the Fair at cabarruscountyfair.com.

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

August
15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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 most temporary signage in Concord should be registered with our Planning Department For more information about sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs or call 704-920-5152.

Mayor Padgett appointed to NC Local Government Commission
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Mayor Scott Padgett to the North Carolina Local Government Commission. "It is an honor to serve our great State on the Local Government Commission," said Padgett. "I look forward having a role in upholding the long tradition of fiscal responsibility and good government in North Carolina, embodied every day by the 13,000 units of local government ranging from cities and counties to boards of education, special districts, and authorities. I am proud to take on his role that will affect the lives of so many North Carolina citizens." Find out more about the Mayor's new role at concordnc.gov.

Police Department publishes annual report
The Concord Police Department has published its first annual report in recent years. The report, available at concordnc.gov/Police, covers the last 18 months. In an easy to read format, information about the Department's organizational structure, expenditures, crime statistics, historical data comparisons, personnel achievements, and more are featured. The Department plans to continue publishing similar reports on an annual basis.

FREE educator workshops to focus on the environment
As part of its environmental education program, the City of Concord will host two free workshops for educators the week of August 14. Both are open to formal, non-formal, and home school educators and educators-in-training. The Project WILD and Project WET workshops provide CEU credits for teachers and serve as EE and CE Experiences for the NC Environmental Educator Certification program. For additional information, visit concordnc.gov, or contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379.

New art now on display in the ClearWater Gallery, reception August 12
ClearWater Artist Studios will celebrate a joint show of new works by tenant artists, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 12 for ClearWater Artists: New Works (2017), a gallery exhibit featuring new artworks by a majority of the artists leasing studios there.  At 2:00 p.m., during the monthly 2nd Saturday Open Studios (which runs 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), artists in the show will gather in the Gallery for an Artist Talk Panel, facilitated by Manager Sarah Gay. Join the artists to learn about why and how they do what they do—questions welcome! Art studios and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners will be open for perusal also. Plenty of free parking is available. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Dr. NW, in Gibson Village. More info at 704-784-9535, clearwaterartists.com, and the CW Facebook page.

Nothing compares to the Cabarrus County Fair: Advance tickets on sale
The 2017 Cabarrus County Fair takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, September 8-16. The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 7. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35--a $2 savings off the gate price, and tickets for kids, ages 6-11, are $3.25. You can also purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15-a $5 savings. Discover the Fair at cabarruscountyfair.com.

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

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

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

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