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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Water Resources Department is home of North Carolina’s reigning champion pipe tapping team? At the NC AWWA-WEA conference, our team (they’re called the “Smokin Bits!”) will compete against others in the state once again this November to see which can set up and connect water service the quickest. The winner will then compete at the national level in Denver, Colorado.
 
Check out the Fall 2012 City Circular
The latest City Circular should be in your mailbox soon if not already. You can check out the digital edition now for enhanced features and to share with family or friends who may not live in Concord.
 
Concord Police Department announces key promotions
Concord Police Chief Guy Smith has recently announced promotions to key positions. Gary Hatley has been promoted to the rank of Major and will command the criminal investigations unit. Robert Ledwell, Jr. has been promoted to Captain and will command the Adam District patrol operation. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Rebate still available for qualified residential heat pumps
Concord’s Electric Systems department continues to award rebates to residential customers who purchase and install qualified heat pumps. Thinking about making such an investment? Visit concordnc.gov to learn how the program works and claim your rebate today.
 
Poetry reading at ClearWater Artist Studios September 29
The public is invited to a poetry reading and book signing event hosted by ENHEART Publishing and The Empowerment Project at ClearWater Artist Studios on Saturday, September 29. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in studio 3C-s, located at 223 Crowell Drive NW.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety to launch breast cancer awareness initiative
The City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will launch a month-long breast cancer awareness initiative on Monday, October 1. Firefighters in Concord will raise awareness to the public all month, with a pink element added to their daily work uniforms. Come by Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 1 to be among the first to see the new look!
 
Get tips on cankerworm prevention from expert Jack McNeary
The public is invited to hear a presentation from local cankerworm expert Jack McNeary at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at the Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Center, located at 714 Cabarrus Avenue West in Concord. The fall cankerworm (commonly called inchworms) has become a growing nuisance to trees and property owners in Cabarrus County over the last few years. Feeding larvae can defoliate and build bothersome webs in many tree species. Visit concordnc.gov to learn what you need to do this fall to help prevent them in the spring.
 
North Carolina-made films highlight Modern Film Fest
North Carolina sets the scene for five films featured at the fourth-annual Modern Film Fest next weekend at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. Festivalgoers will see a supernatural courtroom drama set in Concord, spend time with a hoarder of Hollywood relics, and relive the birth of a city around its mill. The feature film “Jimmy,” based on Robert Whitlow’s best selling novel, was shot in various locations in and around Concord last year including the Cabarrus County Courthouse and a residence in downtown. “Jimmy” will show at 7:00 p.m. on October 6. Visit modernfilmfest.net to learn about five films that will shed light on the land many of us call home.
 
Cabarrus Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament October 29
The tenth annual Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 29 at the Cabarrus Country Club. Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. exists to ensure that our community is a safe place to live and conduct business through support of local law enforcement efforts. Proceeds from the tournament will help Crime Stoppers maintaining its crime tip hot line and tip rewards program. Event details, sponsorship information, and registration are available at cabarruscrimestoppers.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Krispy Kreme Factory Tour
Senior citizens are encouraged to stroll through the factory and observe as the doughnuts are being made. The FREE tour is Friday, October 12, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will depart from the Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 184 Booker Street NW.
 
Zumba
Join Kristina Beamon for this popular fitness dance program that combines fast and slow rhythms that will tone and sculpt your body. Each class is only $3, and meets Mondays and Wednesdays (Continual) from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.
 
Carolina Shag Dance Class
Learn the fundamentals of the dance that originated in the Carolinas. Patty Blackmon’s popular class is open to singles and couples on Thursday evenings from October 4-25 at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. Pre-registration is required; course fee is $35 per session with a $5 City resident discount. Beginners: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Intermediate: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
10/9/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/16/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/18/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
10/23/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord has local delegated authority to issue public water and sewer permits as well as private water permits? This authority enables us to provide a higher level of customer service to our development community. Last fiscal year, the Engineering Department issued 39 permits.
 
Fall is the time to prevent cankerworms and defoliation in the spring
The fall cankerworm (commonly called inchworms) has become a growing nuisance to trees and property owners in Cabarrus County over the last few years. Feeding larvae can defoliate and build bothersome webs in many tree species. Visit concordnc.gov to learn what you need to do this fall to help prevent them in the spring.
 
Take a Child Outside Week begins September 24
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences created Take a Child Outside Week, which is now observed by partners across the U.S. and Canada. Take a Child Outside Week 2012 is September 24-30, and the City of Concord will host outdoor scavenger hunt events that week. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Tune into Metrolina Forum
Did you know that Duke University is conducting major medical research in the Concord area?  The MURDOCK Study will be used by researchers to track the impact of lifestyle and the environment on your health and could make an impact for generations to come.  Learn more about the study and how you can be involved, Sunday, September 23, on TV64. Wake up early for (or set your DVR to record) Metrolina Forum on TV64 (TWC ch. 2/150/1150) Sunday at 5:30 a.m. This program will also be re-broadcast on Cabarrus County’s Channel 22.
 
Cabarrus Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament October 29
The tenth annual Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 29 at the Cabarrus Country Club. Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. exists to ensure that our community is a safe place to live and conduct business through support of local law enforcement efforts. Proceeds from the tournament will help Crime Stoppers maintaining its crime tip hot line and tip rewards program. Event details, sponsorship information, and registration are available at cabarruscrimestoppers.com.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Pardon our dust at Logan and Hartsell Gyms
Logan and Hartsell Gyms are both in the process of having their hardwood floors thoroughly refinished. The floors are being sanded, repaired, repainted, and refinished. Additionally, both gyms will be fitted with brand new bleachers later this fall. These facilities and the Academy Recreation Center have all been substantially renovated over the last three years to improve security, energy efficiency, and customer service. Come visit to see the improvements!
 
Youth basketball registration underway
Registration opened September 1 for the 2012-2013 youth basketball season. The league is open to youth ages 4-15, and registration ends September 30. The fee is $30 for City residents or instructional leagues, and $50 for non-residents. For more information or to register online visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
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.
 
You can plan your wedding and reception all in one place at the Historic Downtown Concord Wedding Show on Sunday, September 23 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Start at the Paramount Room located at 9 Union Street, North, and then continue the show by visiting shops, restaurants/caterers, and reception/party venues throughout Historic Downtown Concord. Fabulous door prizes are being given away. The show is free and open to the public. For more information contact the CDDC offices at 704-784-4208.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/25/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/9/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
10/16/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
10/18/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
 

Peter Franzese 
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210
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Did you know?
Did you know Concord’s first public school system, the Concord Graded Schools, was established in 1891 by the North Carolina General Assembly? The first day of the 1891 academic school year was December 10 and remained in session for only six months.
 
Highlights of the September 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the annual SUPER STAR Award to Vicki Love in the Communications department. The award nomination read: On the evening of November 8, 2011, Vicki answered a 911 call from a 21 year old man who was sitting alone in a parking lot wanting to take his own life.  While officers responded to him, Vicki remained on the phone with him. On November 9 he called back, this time requesting to speak with a supervisor. His demeanor had completely changed. He wanted to express his gratitude for the service he had received. "I owe my life to the lady who I talked to yesterday and I don't know her. She was compassionate allowing me to vent and never judged me, no one else could help, and no one else cared, but she did. She talked me out of it, and there is no way that I could ever repay that but I want everyone to know how valuable she is."
 
Presented Certificates of Appreciation to Ed Hill, Donna White-Cook, and Harriet Slaughter recognizing their service to the City of Concord Board of Adjustment.
 
Received an update from the City of Concord Youth Council.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 5 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) relative to Stormwater Certifications for Subdivisions and Site Plans.  
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and submit for City Council approval an agreement with Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County to purchase City-owned property in the 300 block of Broad Street in order construct a single family home for a Habitat identified home buyer, utilizing HOME funds.
 
Adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 50, Sections 50 (1), 53 (3), (4), (5) and 57 of the City Code of Ordinances regarding sidewalk encroachments.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Richard Burrage Grading and Hauling for the replacement of the culvert under James St., SW.
 
National Preparedness Month, are you ready for tomorrow?
This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month when families are encouraged to take time to prepare for any emergency from a fire to a hurricane. This year’s slogan is “Pledge to Prepare, Awareness to Action.” We encourage you to ensure that your family has taken time to plan for and prepare for a disaster. Learn how at the City Hall Blog.
 
Special Household Hazardous Waste Drop off
Cabarrus County hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on the first Wednesday or the third Saturday of every month. Two Girl Scouts from Cabarrus County want to encourage you to participate. Come to 124 Cottontail Lane in Hunters Pointe Development on Saturday, September 15 from 8-10 a.m. for a one time opportunity to drop off your household hazardous waste, and Erin and Olivia will take care of it for you. Drop off items such as cans of paint and spray paint, electronics, used household cleaning products that are labeled and in original container, used oil and anti-freeze that are labeled and in original container, and household batteries. For more information about the County’s normal Household Hazardous Waste collection, call 704-920-3278 or visit cabarruscounty.us.
 
Take a Child Outside Week begins September 24
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences created Take a Child Outside Week, which is now observed by partners across the U.S. and Canada. Take a Child Outside Week 2012 is September 24-30, and the City of Concord will host outdoor scavenger hunt events that week. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Cabarrus Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament October 29
The tenth annual Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 29 at the Cabarrus Country Club. Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. exists to ensure that our community is a safe place to live and conduct business through support of local law enforcement efforts. Proceeds from the tournament will help Crime Stoppers maintaining its crime tip hot line and tip rewards program. Event details, sponsorship information, and registration are available at cabarruscrimestoppers.com.
 
Yard waste collection pilot study August 6 - October 19
Solid Waste Services is evaluating a new yard waste collection procedure until October 19. Customer procedures remain the same; visit concordnc.gov to learn more. Concord provides yard waste disposal and other solid waste services to residents at no additional charge.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Youth basketball registration underway
Registration opened September 1 for the 2012-2013 youth basketball season. The league is open to youth ages 4-15, and registration ends September 30. The fee is $30 for City residents or instructional leagues, and $50 for non-residents. For more information or to register online visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
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
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Balsam Range - September 20
 
Take a trip down memory lane at The Galleries
The Cabarrus Arts Council’s High 5 Exhibit in The Galleries and runs through Thursday, October 4. This marks five years that The Galleries has been open, and to celebrate they are welcoming back 50 previously featured artists. Admission is free. The Galleries hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2787 or visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/25/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
October
10/9/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/11/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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Did you know?
Did you know that you can learn about City employment opportunities and download a job application on the City’s website? Visit concordnc.gov to take a look.
 
Permanent closure of Corban Avenue rail crossing coming soon
Next week, motorists traveling in Concord will no longer be able to use Corban Avenue SW cross the railroad tracks near the Cabarrus Avenue Roundabout. NCDOT will permanently close Corban Avenue SW at the at-grade rail crossing, which will improve safety. The closure, which is scheduled for September 10, will accommodate construction of the new Cabarrus Avenue Bridge over the railway. In March, NCDOT announced that a $4.5 million contract was awarded to Blythe Development Co. to replace the existing bridge tracks, which was built in 1917. Structural work is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 14, 2014, with final vegetation work complete by March 11, 2015. To get the latest regional traffic updates from NCDOT, follow their Twitter feeds @NCDOT_Charlotte and @NCDOT_I85.
 
Operation Medicine Cabinet to collect medications, needles on September 8
Concord Police and community partners will host Operation Medicine Cabinet on Saturday, September 8 at MEDICAP Pharmacy, located at 361 George W. Liles Parkway in Concord. The free event, planned from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, is a way to prevent medications from being discarded into water supplies or other locations that can cause environmental and household safety concerns. Learn more at concordnc.gov or contact Concord Police Sergeant Todd McGhee with questions at 704-920-5000 or mcghet@concordnc.gov.
 
Community ceremony planned for Tuesday, September 11
Concord Fire and Life Safety invites the public to a community-wide Patriots’ Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next three months the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will be performing fire hydrant maintenance on all City of Concord fire hydrants.   This maintenance will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve to ensure water can be obtained from the hydrant should the need arise. Customers should contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 28
The fifteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 28 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 21. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Cabarrus Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament October 29
The tenth annual Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 29 at the Cabarrus Country Club. Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. exists to ensure that our community is a safe place to live and conduct business through support of local law enforcement efforts. Proceeds from the tournament will help Crime Stoppers maintaining its crime tip hot line and tip rewards program. Event details, sponsorship information, and registration are available at cabarruscrimestoppers.com.
 
Yard waste collection pilot study August 6 - October 19
Solid Waste Services is evaluating a new yard waste collection procedure until October 19. Customer procedures remain the same; visit concordnc.gov to learn more. Concord provides yard waste disposal and other solid waste services to residents at no additional charge.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Youth basketball registration underway
Registration opened September 1 for the 2012-2013 youth basketball season. The league is open to youth ages 4-15, and registration ends September 30. The fee is $30 for City residents or instructional leagues, and $50 for non-residents. For more information or to register online visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
United Way adult kickball tournament
Parks and Recreation will be hosting an adult kickball tournament with the proceeds going to support partner agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Come relive your youth and join in the fun with this school yard favorite. The double-elimination tournament will be November 10 and 11 at WW Flowe Park. The fee is $110.00 per team, and registration will available September 1 through October 31. For more information or a registration form please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
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
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Balsam Range - September 20
 
Take a trip down memory lane at The Galleries
The Cabarrus Arts Council’s High 5 Exhibit in The Galleries and runs through Thursday, October 4. This marks five years that The Galleries has been open, and to celebrate they are welcoming back 50 previously featured artists. Admission is free. The Galleries hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2787 or visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9/11/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9/13/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
9/18/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
9/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
9/25/2012 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!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.