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Did you know?
Did you know you can comment on NCDOT's recently released list of regional projects to be funded over the next ten years? Visit ncdot.gov to learn about the $2.7 billion of projects on the list and how you can contribute to the conversation.

City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 3. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection 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 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 7. For more information on service changes, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

NC PARTF grant awarded for Henry Greenway Riverwalk phase
The City of Concord is planning one of the 27 local parks and recreation projects to receive over $6.7 million in grant funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for FY2018-19, as announced by Governor Roy Cooper. The City of Concord's award for $350,000 will assist in constructing the 1.4-mile Riverwalk phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, leveraging over $1.6 million in the City's capital reserve fund allocated for the project. The City anticipates construction beginning in early 2019 and the new phase opening to the public in early 2020. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Concord Police warn against fictitious solicitation calls
The Concord Police Department has been made aware of individuals posing as detectives from the department contacting citizens by phone, threatening them with arrest unless they provide monetary compensation. This is a common scam used with many different tactics and typically those responsible call from fictitious phone numbers. For example, someone posing as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service threatening legal action unless the victim supplies monetary compensation. Just as a reminder, no member of the Concord Police Department will contact any citizen threatening arrest if money is not paid to the department or the City of Concord. If you have any concerns or questions on the validity of someone claiming they are employed by the Concord Police Department, please call 704-920-5000.

What's happening at ClearWater: Buy the Ticket exhibition opens September 7
One woman’s tale of self-discovery told through a series of self-portraits and audible narrations experienced at your own pace.  Smart devices and headphones recommended. Solo artist: Katlyn Wyllie, resident artist at ClearWater Artist Studios.  Communication is 93% non-verbal… Featuring an Opening Reception September 7 and Artist Talk on October 13. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media, or call 704-784-9535. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW; free parking; gallery hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment.


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

Youth basketball registration begins September 1
Youth basketball registration for the November 2018 through March 2019 season will take place the entire month of September. Registration will open online on Saturday, September 1 at concordparksandrec.org. Walk-in registration will be available at the Academy Recreation Center, Hartsell Recreation Center, and Logan Multi-Purpose Center, weekdays in September from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $35 for City of Concord residents and $55 for non-city residents. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 3-15. For more information, please visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

September
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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 be rewarded for upgrading an old, inefficient household toilet? The City of Concord offers a $50 water bill credit to qualified applicants who replace an existing toilet in houses built before 1994 with WaterSense® labeled high-efficiency toilet models. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

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 2018 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. The Fall 2018 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 27
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 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Are you up for the challenge?
Jump start your wellness journey with our popular Couch to 5k program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week session. This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. No running experience necessary. Find out more and register now at concordparksandrec.org.


Last chance to register for adult fall softball leagues
Adult Softball League registration is open through August 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men's, women's, and co-ed leagues available. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season double elimination tournament.
Click here to register now, or learn more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

September
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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 August is National Back to School Safety Month? According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. Help protect our children by watching this brief video.

Concord was on the map during City Hall Selfie Day
Members of Team Concord joined local government professionals and elected officials from around the globe participating in #CityHallSelfie day on Wednesday, August 15. The day is organized by ELGL, the Engaging Local Government Leaders Network, a big tent local government professional association that connects, communicates, and educates about local government public service. Learn more about the event at elgl.org or click here to see Concord's wrap-up video.

Spring Street road closure updates
On Wednesday, Cabarrus County announced that the intersection of Spring Street SW and Corban Avenue SW will remain closed through September 17 due to a continuing stormwater project repair. Though the intersection is closed to through-traffic, businesses and their customers still have access to the area. The work is associated with the construction of the County’s new 614-spot downtown parking deck. During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County’s Surface Parking Lot 2 next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

On Thursday an additional, unrelated closure several miles away on Spring Street NW was required. City of Concord Water Resources and Transportation crews closed a section of Spring Street NW near Elm Avenue NW due to a collapsed stormwater pipe under the roadway. This location is near the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. A detour route for motorists and pedestrians is in place and the public should exercise caution in the vicinity. For logistical reasons, construction to repair the pipe will not begin prior to Monday, August 20. Updated on this project will be available at concordnc.gov.

Rider Transit introduces Express Football Shuttle for Panthers 2018 home games
Are you planning to attend a Carolina Panthers home game this year? Rider Transit is pleased to offer a new Express Football Shuttle for the 2018-2019 season. The shuttle will run between The Village/Big Lots Park & Ride bus stop (behind Advance Auto) in Concord to the JW Clay LYNX Light Rail Station in Charlotte. Shuttle service will begin four hours before kickoff, with a bus departing every hour until kickoff. A shuttle will run continuously from the JW Clay LYNX Station to The Village Big/Lots Park & Ride during the game. At the end of the game, a bus will depart from JW Clay LYNX Station every half hour. The last shuttle will depart from JW Clay LYNX Light Rail Station in Charlotte two hours following the end of the game. (E.g. If the game ends at 7:15 pm, the last shuttle back to Concord will depart from JW Clay at 9:15 pm.). The round-trip cost including a free transfer to the CATS LYNX Blue Line is $4.40. Find out more and plan your trip today at ckrider.com.

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

Free Saturday Boot Camp at the Park

Have you been wondering about a boot camp fitness class? You can try it for FREE! This outdoor class will challenge you and your friends to work hard while having fun. Bring a mat, dumbbells, and water and we’ll supply the rest. Click here to register now for the next class on Saturday, August 25; meets from 8-9 a.m. at Les Myers Park Ball Field (338 Lawndale Ave. SE). Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Registration open through August 31 for adult fall softball leagues
Adult Softball League registration is open through August 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men's, women's, and co-ed leagues available. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season double elimination tournament. Click here to register now, or learn more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

September
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 Concord Fire Department has been involved in establishing the North Carolina Firefighter Cancer Alliance, which is dedicated to educating, supporting, and helping firefighters in the battle against occupational cancer (the number one killer of firefighters)? Today, NCFCA released a documentary explaining how the life of a firefighter can change in just one moment and what the Concord Fire Department is doing to stop the epidemic. Find out more at ncfirefightercancer.org.

Highlights of the August 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment member Jim Macdonald.

Presentation of the 2017 NC Area Wide Optimization Award for Coddle Creek and Hillgrove Water Treatment Plants.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) Project Meadows to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW and 2) Project Griffin to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a zoning map amendment for recently annexed property located at 10560 Harris Rd from Cabarrus County LDR (Low Density Residential) to City RV-CD (Residential Village Conditional District) in order to establish a single-family attached (townhome) development.

Accepted the Public Art Advisory Committee's recommendation to approve the design of the Gibson Village Neighborhood Identity Public Art Project, approve a location for the display of the art on City property, and accept the Gibson Village Neighborhood Association's donation of the art to the City.

Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Code of Ordinances, Section 18-36, Permanent food cart vendors.

Consented to the Assignment and Assumption of Lease between Performance Aircraft Leasing, Inc. and Land Air & Sea, LLC and authorized staff to enter a new lease with Land Air & Sea, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a purchasing contract to acquire the Diamond Aviation 25-2, LLC Hangar.

Entered into Project Agreements with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for: 1) Congestion Management Enhancement on US 601 from Flowes Store Road/Miami Church Road to Zion Church Road, 2) Downtown Pedestrian Signal Upgrade at six intersections, and 3) the Union Street S Sidewalk Extension.


What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
223 Crowell Drive NW. Free; Open to the Public; Free parking. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment. 704-784-9535 or clearwaterartists.com

Exhibit
: Visual Strategies: a Collaborative Project
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events through August 27. "
Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" is in conjunction with the Global Art Project (GAP) organization, whose founder, Carl Heyward, on the West Coast is co-curator of the exhibition. Collaboratively constructed artworks are on exhibit from all over the world; three live-collaborative-painting events are free and open to the public.  See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

TOMORROW: Family Collaboration Painting Day Saturday, August 11
Sessions at 11am and 2pm (ending 4pm) – in conjunction with 2nd Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater Artist Studios; doors open at 10am.  Main Gallery.  Bring your kids! The community is invited to join us and work collaboratively with each other and other attendees in the creation of two large collaborative collage/ painting works, on ClearWater's 'Giant Easels' - which will then be added to the exhibition! This is the third and final 'live collaborative painting' event produced as part of the exhibition, 'Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.' Find out more at
clearwaterartists.com.

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

Want to be a lifeguard?
Concord Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer a new American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course, which includes online learning and in-person water skills components. Registration available now through August 24. The course takes place August 27-September 8 with the in-person location at Mount Pleasant Swim Club. Participants must be 15 years or older and meet certain
perquisite skills in order to register. Fee is $200. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.


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

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

September
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 retired City Manager Brian Hiatt and retired Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton are among this year's local stars in Dancing for the Arts? Dancing for the Arts is a dance competition that puts local stars on the Davis Theatre Stage while raising funds to support arts programs in schools and across the community. Find out how you can join the fun at cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Fall short finding Hamilton tickets? Cabarrus County has your ticket to Fair-a-dise
Hamilton wasn't the only ticket presale happening this week. The 2018 Cabarrus County Fair is September 7 through 15 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center (4715 NC-49, Concord). You can get your ticket to Fair-a-dise at a discounted rate online now through September 6. For nine amazing days enjoy food, rides, games and entertainment. Advance tickets and ride wristband vouchers are available for sale through September 6 at cabarruscountyfair.com. Advance adult admission tickets for ages 12-64 cost $5.35 – a $2 savings off the gate price. Advance ride wristband vouchers can be purchased for $15, offering a $5 savings. Ride wristbands are offered every day of the Fair and allow fair-goers to ride unlimited rides at one low price. Just bring the advance ride wristband voucher on any day of the Fair to redeem for a wristband at the midway guest relations booth inside the fairgrounds. Just steps from the midway, families can visit attractions, like racing pigs, dog shows, chainsaw carving, a butterfly encounter, blacksmithing demonstrations and local agricultural displays. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Clean commuting can get you prizes this month!

Be air aware. Join the Clean Commute Challenge! Carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk, or telework at least 5 times before August 31. Earn your chance to win prizes like Panthers tickets or a visit from Captain Clean Air at your workplace! Sign up today at way2goclt.com, and find more resources on the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page. For more information, contact NC Air Awareness Charlotte Area Coordinator, Staci Clark, at Staci.Clark@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 980-314-3373.

What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
223 Crowell Drive NW. Free; Open to the Public; Free parking. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment. 704-784-9535 or clearwaterartists.com

Exhibit: Visual Strategies: a Collaborative Project
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events through August 27. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" is in conjunction with the Global Art Project (GAP) organization, whose founder, Carl Heyward, on the West Coast is co-curator of the exhibition. Collaboratively constructed artworks are on exhibit from all over the world; three live-collaborative-painting events are free and open to the public.  See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

Flow Painting with Kat Wyllie – Thursday, August 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In this new type of painting class, learn from painting teacher and Resident artist at ClearWater Artist Studios, Katlyn Wyllie how to recognize anxiety when painting and how to start to overcome your negative thoughts. Learn to love what you make. Relax... and learn to let go and go with the flow. No experience necessary. Just have fun! The $35 fee will be collected at the door – cash, charge or check.


Family Collaboration Painting Day
Saturday, August 11
Sessions at 11am and 2pm (ending 4pm) – in conjunction with 2nd Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater Artist Studios; doors open at 10am.  Main Gallery.  Bring your kids! The community is invited to join us and work collaboratively with each other and other attendees in the creation of two large collaborative collage/ painting works, on ClearWater's 'Giant Easels' - which will then be added to the exhibition! This is the third and final 'live collaborative painting' event produced as part of the exhibition, 'Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.'


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

August
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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