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Guy Smith named Police Chief

City Manager Brian Hiatt named Guy Smith as the City’s next Chief of Police today. The position has been vacant since April, when Merl Hamilton was promoted to Assistant City Manager. Smith has served his entire career in the Concord Police Department, beginning in 1982, and has been Interim Chief since April. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
McEachern Greenway to be resurfaced
A portion of the City of Concord’s McEachern Greenway will be closed between Monday, October 3 and Friday, October 7, while crews resurface the paved section between Corban and Lawndale Avenues. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

25th Annual Public Power Week October 2-8
The City of Concord will join more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans in celebrating Public Power Week October 2-8. The City of Concord Electric Systems Department invites community members to visit City Hall on Wednesday, October 5 for Public Power information and to learn how to save energy and reduce power bills. Staff will give away two compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the first 100 customers to visit the information booth located in the lobby of City Hall (26 Union Street, S). In addition, there will be a drawing for two residential energy conservation kits. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
October is Crime Prevention Month
Visit ncpc.org for information, programs, and resources to help you stay safe. For information about Concord Police Department Crime Prevention Programs, contact Sgt. Edie Moss at 704-920-5063.
 
Free flights available for kids at Concord Regional Airport
Kids ages 8-17 can head for the skies as part of the Concord Regional Airport‘s inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord. The EAA Young Eagles flights are part of the weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, which will also feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $25 until October 6, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Tennis Courts to be resurfaced
As an enhancement for customers, Tennis Courts at Beverly Hills Park, Caldwell Park, and Dorton Park are being resurfaced in September. While work us underway, the courts will be closed to the public. Signs will be posted to advise visitors. 
 
The estimated schedule follows:
  • Beverly Hills Park September 1-6
  • Caldwell Park September 1-9
  • Dorton Park September 26 – October 4
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
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Did you know?

Did you know that following the first month of collecting recyclables every-other-week in 96-gallon roll-out carts, Concord residents significantly increased recycling tonnage? Sonoco Recycling received 414.2 tons of residential mixed recyclables in July and 483.2 tons in August from the City’s service provider, Waste Pro. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Firefighters will perform routine maintenance on all City hydrants in the next three months, and will flow one fifth of the hydrants to obtain volume and pressure data. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $25 until October 6, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Tennis Courts to be resurfaced
As an enhancement for customers, Tennis Courts at Beverly Hills Park, Caldwell Park, and Dorton Park are being resurfaced in September. While work us underway, the courts will be closed to the public. Signs will be posted to advise visitors. 
 
The estimated schedule follows:
  • Beverly Hills Park September 1-6
  • Caldwell Park September 1-9
  • Dorton Park September 26 – October 4
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/20/2011 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!
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Did you know?

Did you know that on average, Concord customers generate enough wastewater each day to fill 411 residential sized (20,000 gallon) swimming pools?
 
Concord and Kannapolis request additional water conservation
The cities of Concord and Kannapolis announced that customers of both municipalities’ water systems should now follow Level 1 water use restrictions, following the regional drought management plan. These restrictions are for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Mount Pleasant. Customers are reminded that under normal, responsible water use guidelines adopted by Concord and Kannapolis lawn irrigation is ONLY allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Entering Level 1 restrictions asks the public to voluntarily further reduce water use. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Maintenance Scheduled for McEachern Greenway September 15-23
A portion of the City of Concord’s McEachern Greenway will be closed until Friday, September 23. Crews will make repairs to the pavement in advance of resurfacing scheduled for the end of the month.  Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $25 until October 6, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Tennis Courts to be resurfaced
As an enhancement for customers, Tennis Courts at Beverly Hills Park, Caldwell Park, and Dorton Park are being resurfaced in September. While work us underway, the courts will be closed to the public. Signs will be posted to advise visitors. 
 
The estimated schedule follows:
  • Beverly Hills Park September 1-6
  • Caldwell Park September 1-9
  • Dorton Park September 26 – October 4
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Museum Highlights
 
Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith,” a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord’s celebrated African-American college, will be on display from Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, December 22 at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit “The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College” by Alexandra Porter. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/22/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2011 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!
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Community ceremony planned for Sunday, September 11

The Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, the Town of Harrisburg, and Cabarrus County invite the public to a community-wide Patriots’ Day remembrance ceremony to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Public safety personnel from several agencies are working together to coordinate the event, that will include music, ringing of the memorial bell, laying of the memorial wreath, a twenty-one gun salute, and unveiling of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York. Click here for more information.
 
Highlights of September 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Proclaimed October 15, 2011 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
 
Proclaimed the week of October 3-7, 2011 as National Customer Service Week. 
 
Proclaimed the week of September 5-9, 2011 as National Payroll Week.
 
Agreed to donate up to 200 recovered recycle bins to the Keep Vieques Beautiful campaign to be used in the Municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico's residential curbside recycling pilot program.
 
Donated a surplus cargo van to the Carolina Raptor Center.
 
Approved the Clearwater Artist Studio logo and received an update on the site plan, building master plan, and studio management within the Gibson Village Neighborhood.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire and Life Safety to apply for the 2011 Federal Assistance to Firefighters' Grant Program.
 
Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a TIGER III Grant.
 
Approved the first and second amended and restated Power Purchase and Reps compliance service agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and authorized the City Manager to execute both amendments.
 
Adopted an ordinance on second reading granting US Tire & Recycling a five year franchise.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House, presented by Toyota Scion of Concord, a Member of Hendrick Automotive Group. The weekend event scheduled for October 29 - 30, 2011, will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $25 until October 6, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
NEW! Please see the Fall 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Tennis Courts to be resurfaced
As an enhancement for customers, Tennis Courts at Beverly Hills Park, Caldwell Park, and Dorton Park are being resurfaced in September. While work us underway, the courts will be closed to the public. Signs will be posted to advise visitors. 
 
The estimated schedule follows:
  • Beverly Hills Park September 1-6
  • Caldwell Park September 1-9
  • Dorton Park September 26 – October 4
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
September 15 SuperGlide
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/22/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2011 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!
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Did you know?

Did you know that bio-diesel production in the United States will reach 800 million gallons this year? That equals exactly 800 million gallons of fuel that we do not have to buy from a foreign country. That's also a lot of money that stays in the U.S. The City of Concord uses about 40,000 gallons of pure bio-diesel each year. It's a renewable resource that's good for the City and the country.
 
City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 5. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 9. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Concord's newest water tower under construction
What is 77 feet tall, 97 feet, 3 inches in diameter, and has a capacity of 2 million gallons? The new water tank under construction off Rock Hill Church Road! Visit the City Hall Blog to learn about this project led by our Engineering and Water Resources departments.
 
Rider Transit serving more customers than ever
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (known as Rider), reports record ridership for August 2011, following several months of steady growth since the Rider Transit Center opened in late November 2010. Ridership has increased each of the last six months, and overall ridership is up by more than 40 percent since the first full month of service from the new Rider Transit Center last December. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord assists eastern NC after Hurricane Irene
Coworkers from Concord’s Electric Systems Department joined the post hurricane power recovery efforts in eastern North Carolina following Irene’s landfall last weekend. Line and tree trimming crews left Concord on Sunday and have been in Farmville, Tarboro, Rocky Mount, and Kinston. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and check out Concord’s Facebook page for pictures.
 
Community ceremony planned for Sunday, September 11
The Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, the Town of Harrisburg, and Cabarrus County invite the public to a community-wide Patriots’ Day remembrance ceremony to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Public safety personnel from several agencies are working together to coordinate the event, that will include music, ringing of the memorial bell, laying of the memorial wreath, a twenty-one gun salute, and unveiling of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York. Click here for more information.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House to be held on October 29 - 30, 2011. The weekend will feature a 5k Runway Run, fly-in breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static displays, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $25 until October 6, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Tennis Courts to be resurfaced
As an enhancement for customers, Tennis Courts at Beverly Hills Park, Caldwell Park, and Dorton Park will be resurfaced in September. While work us underway, the courts will be closed to the public. Signs will be posted to advise visitors. 
 
The estimated schedules follows:
  • Beverly Hills Park September 1-6
  • Caldwell Park September 1-9
  • Dorton Park September 26 – October 4
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
September 15 SuperGlide
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/6/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9/8/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
9/20/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/22/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/27/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!