CityLink

Entries for August 2019

23

Feel good Friday: celebrating service milestones
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights a Team Concord member who began his career working at Disney World! Charles Thompson is a Warehouse Clerk with the Finance Department's Purchasing Division, and helps make sure all departments have the supplies and materials they need to get the job done. Meet Charles and find out more about his approach to service on our Facebook page.

Coming soon: a new and improved CityLink
We have published the CityLink Newsletter as a weekly update on all things happening in Concord since 2009, and in a consistent format since 2010 (click here to see one of our first editions in this format). That's over 500 editions reaching several thousand subscribers. Continuous Improvement and Communication are part of our Core Values as an organization, and we are excited to announce that we are retooling CityLink with an updated name and fresh look, debuting in September. Beginning September 13, we will publish "Concord CityLink" twice each month with the same timely information, news, and events in an improved format. In the meantime, we'll share even more information in between CityLink editions on our growing social media presence, through our Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods, and on concordnc.gov. Current subscribers will automatically receive the new CityLink and we look forward to many more joining in. Stay tuned next week for a sneak peek.

Concord in the Headlines:
Homelessness: Affordable housing becomes a constant issue in Cabarrus County
People in Concord excited for potentially hundreds of new jobs with Carvana

Curious for an update on the Downtown streetscape project?
We have heard a lot of talk about the Downtown streetscape project currently in the pre-design stage. This includes rumors, which happen with every large project, event, or idea of interest in the community. This week we spent some time on the sidewalk with Kaylee Caton, Design Manager in the Planning Department to find out the latest on the project and sort through all the rumors. Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to see what is fact vs. fiction when it comes to the New Union StreetScape project!

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

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

Battling Bakers: Fireside Fun
Two teams will make two different sweets (our version of Cupcake Wars)--taste and decoration will determine the winner! For ages: 8-16; meets August 29, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. Fee is $10 for City residents, $15 non-residents. Register or cancel by August 27 at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5604.

Adult fall softball league registration continues through August 31
The dog days of summer are winding down, which means it is time to sign up for our fall adult softball leagues. Men's open, men's church, women's open, and co-ed leagues available. Games are played at WW Flowe Field (99 Central Heights Drive), Registration is $375 per team with a guarantee of 8-10 regular season games and a post season tournament. Learn more and sign up at 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
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our new Instagram and follow us on Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter.

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.

16

Feel good Friday: welcoming new friends
It's Friday, Concord! This week we're highlighting Concord's partnership with our relatively new Sister City--Freeport, Bahamas. Representatives were in Concord last week to explore our community and meet officials. Sister Cities International works to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. Established by President Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International has worked to create global relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Concord joined the program in 1991, and formed its first partnership with Killarney, Ireland in 1993. Freeport was officially added in 2014, and Siena, Italy became our third Sister City in 2016. We are proud of our community's involvement in this global effort of peace and understanding. See images from Freeport's visit on our Facebook page.

Concord in the Headlines:
Allegiant announces service from Concord to West Palm Beach
Concord’s new sister city – Freeport, Bahamas

During national wellness month, start a new routine with us
The well-being of all individuals who visit, live, or work in our city is a priority to us. Concord Parks and Recreation offers you top-of-the-line ways to enhance your mental and physical well-being. Our instructors offer an array of classes, many that you would never think of, at a minimal (and sometimes no) cost. There are fun, creative wellness classes offered at various times, for multiple ages, and different skill levels (including specialized training). Worried about the heat? DON'T FRET! We have you covered with indoor activities that enhance the mind and motor skills. Click here to learn more and visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to register today!

A tower with a heart: CTW visits Atrium Health Cabarrus heart and vascular tower
Have you heard about the newest investment into our community's health that brings access to specialized care for the entire region? Come along with our friends at CTW for a tour of the new Atrium Health Cabarrus (formerly NorthEast) heart and vascular tower. The $115.2 million, 163,000 square-foot building is part of a multi-year modernization project to transform the Cabarrus campus. The state-of-the-art facility will house Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute services and interventional radiology services, offering new cardiac catheterization labs, electrophysiology labs, pre-and-post op care services, and a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Find out more at CabCoTV or atriumhealth.org.

Stormwater repair work planned on Cumberland Ct SW Aug 19-23
City of Concord Water Resources crews will begin a stormwater pipe replacement project on Cumberland Court SW on Monday, August 19. During a routine inspection, crews found multiple deficiencies in the existing stormwater pipe system in this area. To minimize the inconvenience to residents and motorists, multiple crews will work simultaneously to complete this project as quickly as possible. Due to site conditions, crews will close Cumberland Court SW in both directions between Plott Drive SW and Warren C. Coleman Blvd. This closure will begin on the morning of August 19 and continue throughout next week. Detour signs will be in place as needed to route motorists around the closure. All local residents will have access to their driveways. Weather permitting, this work is scheduled to be completed by August 23. Get more details at concordnc.gov.

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

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

Register for adult fall softball leagues through August 31
The dog days of summer are winding down, which means it is time to sign up for our fall adult softball leagues. Men's open, men's church, women's open, and co-ed leagues available. Games are played at WW Flowe Field (99 Central Heights Drive), Registration is $375 per team with a guarantee of 8-10 regular season games and a post season tournament. Learn more and sign up at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Java N’ Paint
For ages 18 and up. Our staff artist will lead you step by step through the whimsical motions of “Sunset Waves”. Enjoy complementary coffee while you complete a 16” x 20” canvas of this colorful sea painting. Class will meet Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register or cancel by August 19. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 for non-residents.

Expressive Art & Music
This specialized program is intended for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For elementary and middle school ages. Express yourself through a multitude of artistic pathways. Each class challenges the imagination through art projects infused with music. Class will meet Thursday, August 22 from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register by August 21 by calling 704-920-5604. There is no fee for this class.

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

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

September
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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

09

Feel good Friday: the Mom of Concord-Padgett Regional Airport
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights Aviation Department team member Cheryl Ketrow. Considered a "Mom" by many of her coworkers, she goes above and beyond to make sure those exposed to the elements at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport have what they need to best serve customers and stay safe. Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

Concord in the Headlines:
Local leaders, emergency responders engage with community at National Night Out
Dave Phillips appointed to fill District 1 Council Member vacancy
Concord’s new sister city – Freeport, Bahamas

Highlights of the August 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Appointed David W. Phillips to fill the unexpired term of District 1 Council Member until December 12, 2019, pursuant to NC General Statutes 160A-63.

Presented a retirement plaque to James E. "Jim" Sells for 34 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) Carvana LLC with a commitment to creating 304 full time jobs with an average wage of $40,560 for Project Wavy to locate at 2321 Concord Pkwy S; 2) The Keith Corporation for Project Cylinder to locate at 4495 Global Avenue NW; and 3) Sonoco-Trident for Project Cylinder to locate at 4495 Global Avenue NW.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance annexing one parcel located at 656 Shellbark Dr owned by Corey Barr.

Conducted a public hearing and denied a request for annexation of three parcels located to the southeast of the Fountainview Ave. and Roberta Rd intersection.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately 0.2065 acres of City property located at 66 Union Street South from Sherwood Development Group, LLC for $470,000, and directed the City Clerk to advertise for upset bids pursuant to G.S. 160A-269.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc for the construction of the 1.3 mile Hector Henry Greenway Riverwalk Phase and adopted a budget amendment to appropriate the funds.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Signet Golf Associates II, Inc. for Bunker Renovations at Rocky River Golf Club.

Adopted an ordinance to amend City Ordinances 18-100, 18-101, 18-102, Pawnshops; 18-281 and 18-282, Precious Metals Dealers; and to create a new Chapter 18-104, Currency Converters.

Phillips rejoins City Council to complete the term of Sam Leder
Concord City Council has appointed David W. Phillips to fill the District 1 Council Member vacancy left by the death of Sam Leder, until the expiration of Mr. Leder's term in December, 2019. Phillips is temporarily returning to the City Council after serving as District 1 Council Member from 1995-2015. "I am humbled and honored that the City Council has appointed me to fill the unexpired term of Sam Leder," said Phillips. "…I will do my best to represent the City as the Council Member from District 1 with the same honesty and integrity that were trademarks of the way Sam always conducted the business of the City of Concord…" Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Share your scenes from National Night Out
On Tuesday, neighborhoods across Concord and beyond participated in the 36th National Night Out (NNO). NNO is America's night out against crime, and the event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Do you have images from your neighborhood's event? Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram using #1ConcordNNO.

Elections officials plan seminars on 2020 Voter ID requirement August 12
State officials will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County on August 12. The first session is at 2 p.m. in the Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) and a second session takes place at 6 p.m. that day in the Kannapolis Train Station (201 S. Main Street, Kannapolis). The seminars are free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us/events.

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

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

Basic Yoga
For ages 18 and up. Instructor Kelly Bost will guide you through movements with breath to flow dynamically from posture to posture. Bring your water and a mat. This four-week session will meet Wednesdays August 14 through September 4 from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. at David W. Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Fee per four-week session is $15 for City residents; $20 for non-residents.

Cooking Academy: Birds of A Feather
For ages 6 – 12. This STEM activity we’ll make a homemade birdfeeder and banana breakfast wraps with the birds singing outside. Class meets Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David W. Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee for this program is $40 for City residents; $45 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; register or cancel by August 15.

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

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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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

02

Feel good Friday: celebrating service milestones
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights the 139 Team Concord members who celebrated continuous service milestones during the last fiscal year. Their collective service to the community exceeds 1,800 years! Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

Concord in the Headlines:
Concord, Kannapolis officers, leaders eager for community engagement at National Night Out
Data Transfer van on Concord streets making quick progress
NC first lady checks out Cabarrus County art scene

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) is America's night out against crime, and this year's celebration is Tuesday, August 6. This annual, nationwide event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 36 years, National Night Out has grown to over 38.5 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 17th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord.

In observation of National Night Out, Concord Police ask you to leave your porch light on from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Many community celebrations are planned across Concord, be sure to attend an event planned in your neighborhood. If there is not a formal event, it is still a great night to get out and meet your neighbors. If you have questions or desire more information regarding National Night Out, please contact Sergeant Kelly Seagraves 704-920-5059 or seagrakl@concordnc.gov. You can also find more information at nno.org.

Elections officials plan seminars on 2020 Voter ID requirement August 12
State officials will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County on August 12. The first session is at 2 p.m. in the Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) and a second session takes place at 6 p.m. that day in the Kannapolis Train Station (201 S. Main Street, Kannapolis). The seminars are free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us/events.

NCDOT: weekend traffic shift on U.S. 29 Bridge Project
This weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will switch traffic on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. The switch involves moving northbound traffic from its current location to a new bridge, so demolition on the existing bridge can get underway. This switch will start tonight and be completed by 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. The work depends on dry weather and will be rescheduled, if rain impedes the contractor's progress. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the summer of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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

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

Java N' Paint: Watermelon Wedge
Ages 18 & up. With step by step instructions given by our staff you will paint a 16” x 20” canvas of summer's favorite fruit, the watermelon! Enjoy complementary coffee. Class will meet Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-register by August 5. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 for non-residents.

Photography Like A Pro
For ages 18 & up. Learn how to use your camera like a pro by understanding composition, light, exposure, camera controls, creative controls and recognizing personal vision as a photographer. We will create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Bring a camera. Classes will meet on Saturdays, August 10 and August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register or cancel by August 8. Fee for City residents is $55; $60 for non-residents.

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

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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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