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Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord, Cabarrus County, and other local communities have professional managers who are focused on building ethical, effective, and efficient local government? Whether it is a decision between bike lanes or parking lanes, green space or garage space, a courthouse or convention center, professional local government managers are the people behind these decisions, turning policy into action and visionary ideas into tangible results. Professional managers help make good communities great, giving us a place we’re proud to call home. Learn more about what motivates Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt and his colleagues on Cabarrus County's Channel 22.
 
Is your contact information up to date?
The City of Concord uses several systems to get in touch with you, but we need your help to make sure it is correct. For example, do you use a cell phone as your primary contact and your number has changed? If so, please call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 so our representatives can associate correct local contact information with your utility account. This will help us restore power quicker to you during outages, and allow us to contact you if there are other concerns with your City electric, water, or sewer service.
 
You can also subscribe to receive general voice, text, and email updates from the City such as solid waste schedule changes and emergency notifications. Residents with a published landline phone number are already in the system, but residents may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.
 
Do your part to keep the storm drainage system flowing
Street gutters and storm drains help protect Concord from flooding. They carry water directly from City streets and eventually empty into nearby bodies of water. Unfortunately, many property owners unknowingly contribute to flooding and pollution by putting grass clippings, leaves, and other debris in the street. Storm water washes anything in its path into nearby storm drains, which can be clogged with piles of yard waste and other debris. As the drainage system empties into bodies of water, this can also contribute to water pollution. With your assistance, we can avoid costly blockages and cleanups, protect infrastructure, and take care of the environment. Please place all yard waste (bagged or loose piles), bulky waste, and roll-out carts at the top of the curb, in the grass if possible, keeping everything out of the street gutter. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord Wildlife Alliance to host guest speaker in October
On Tuesday, October 7, the Concord Wildlife Alliance will host Jill Palmer of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society, who will talk about the Brown-Headed Nuthatch Project. Learn more about CWA and how we can help these special feathered neighbors find good homes. CWA holds free, educational public meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, at McGill Baptist Church (5300 Poplar Tent Road). Additional information is available at concordwildlifealliance.com or facebook.com/ConcordWildlifeAlliance.
 
Join the Big Sweep movement
In just a few hours, you can make a big difference during one of many North Carolina Big Sweep litter cleanups! The Concord Wildlife Alliance is organizing a cleanup in Concord along Academy Branch. Meet other volunteers at ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW, on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Snacks will be available following the cleanup. For more information, please visit concordwildlifealliance.com, or contact Lynn Tesh at lynn@teshtroxler.com or 704-425-8718.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
10 and Under Tennis
Formally known as Quick Start Tennis, this program is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to introduce the game with specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions, and modified scoring all tailored to age and size.  Group lessons for ages 5 – 10 on Saturdays in October at Les Myers Park.  Fee: $20 for City residents; $25 for non-residents.  Registration is available online at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center.
 
Basics of Ayurveda
Introduction to Ayurveda, Yoga's sister science for optimal health. Find out what your dosha is and how to adapt your way of life to your individual body's needs. Meets at Academy Recreation Center on Tuesday, October 21 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Fee: $20
 
5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run planned for Saturday, November 1
Race will begin and end on Means Avenue in Historic Downtown Concord, and run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. $15 pre-registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center until Friday, October 24. Race day registration is $20.  Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the International City/County Management Association celebrated its 100th birthday this week in Charlotte? Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt and other North Carolina ICMA members welcomed over 3,400 attendees to the 100th Annual Conference, September 14 through 17. Read more about the milestone in the Charlotte Observer and icma.org.
 
Firefighters celebrate 60 years of partnership with MDA
Throughout 2014, MDA and firefighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease. Firefighters do more for MDA and the families it serves than any other group. In the Concord area, they spend countless hours every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. Recently retired Concord Fire Captain RD Faggart has led Concord Firefighters in the fight against muscle diseases. He was honored this year as North Carolina's Fill The Boot coordinator of the year. Since 2008, the Concord Fire Department has raised over $151,900! Concord firefighters raised over $30,000 in 2014 alone, which Chief Ray Allen presented on behalf of the department in June. Learn more at the City Hall Blog.
 
Bring the family to the Safety Palooza and Candy Corn 5K
The Concord Fire Department is partnering with SafeKids Cabarrus for the third annual Safety Palooza. The event will be Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart, located at 545 Concord Parkway N. There will be many attractions, games, food, a raffle for awesome prizes, and more safety information than ever before! The Candy Corn 5k will start and end at K-Mart before Safety Palooza. Find out more at safekidscabarrus.org.
 
Take a Child Outside week begins September 24
For the third year, the City of Concord is celebrating the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Take a Child Outside (T.A.C.O.) Week. Playing outside connects our children to the natural world, helps them focus in school, and reduces chance of childhood obesity. Join Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson and Parks and Recreation staff for scavenger hunts at Dorton Park on Tuesday, September 23 and at McGee Park on Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. each day.
 
As a special bonus to this year's Take A Child Outside Week activities, come out to the Hector H. Henry, II greenway entrance at Odell Elementary School on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. Meet Horticulture Extension Agent, David Goforth, who will teach us all about the plants that make their homes along the greenway. All ages are invited. If you are not able to join our planned events, you can find outdoor activity ideas and other participating organizations in our area, and pledge to take a child outside at takeachildoutside.org.
 
Neighbors and City coworkers to make a difference during Fall Litter Sweep
During the fall and spring of each year, in concert with the NCDOT program, Concord hosts Litter Sweeps during which City coworkers work together with the City's recognized neighborhood associations to remove litter from all City streets. Litter removed from our roadsides does not make its way into storm drains or local bodies of water. The fall Litter Sweep is coming soon; if you live in one of Concord's recognized neighborhoods, ask your neighborhood board members how you can participate the week of September 29 through October 4. Neighborhood leaders will be working with Concord Community Outreach Coordinator Cherie Jzar to plan Litter Sweep events and are eligible for prizes. Residents in all other neighborhoods can contact NCDOT directly and be entered to win prizes from the state. Learn more at ncdot.gov.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Have you tried Yoga?
Instructor Dawn Grant is offering a new Basics of Yoga workshop for just $20. This is an introduction to Yoga principles that help to calm the systems of the body and promote balance as you grow in your practice. Meets Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center.
 
Or, try Michelle Colombero's six week Saturday Yoga session. Enjoy the asanas (postures), breathing, and stretching that will help you feel flexible and relaxed. Closing with Savasana and Meditation. Wear comfortable clothes. Maximum of 20 participants. Meets Saturdays from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., September 20 through October 25 at the Academy Recreation Center. Fee per 6 week session: $20 ($5 City resident discount available).
 
United Way Adult Kickball Tournament registration still available
Revisit your youth and register for the third annual United Way Kickball Tournament, scheduled for November 8 and 9 at WW Flowe Park. Registration is available through October 31, at just $110 per team with a minimum guarantee of two games. All teams will be Coed, for ages 16 and older. Teams can register 24/7 at concordparksandrec.org, or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Fire Department is partnering with SafeKids Cabarrus for the third annual Safety Palooza? The event will be Saturday September 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart, located at 545 Concord Parkway N. There will be many attractions, games, food, a raffle for awesome prizes, and more safety information than ever before! The Candy Corn 5k will start and end at K-Mart before Safety Palooza. Find out more at safekidscabarrus.org.
 
First phase of Hector H. Henry Greenway now open
City Council and family members dedicated the first completed phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway Tuesday at the Odell Elementary School entrance in Moss Creek Village. What will become the City of Concord's longest greenway project was named in July 2013 in honor of Council Member Dr. Hector H. Henry, II. Henry served the City of Concord for over thirty years on the City Council. He began his service as an Alderman in 1973 and continued until 1989. Following a four-year rest, he was again elected to serve as a Council Member in 1994 and continued until passing away on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. The greenway will eventually follow the banks of the Rocky River fourteen miles through Concord. The river enters City limits when it passes under Davidson Highway (NC 73) and continues through Concord until after its confluence with Mallard Creek, where it enters Harrisburg and unincorporated Cabarrus County. See photos from Tuesday's event at flickr.com/concordnc.
 
Highlights of the September 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented the Annual Super STAR Award to Solid Waste Services coworkers James Hudson, Jeremy Starnes, and Leonard Mason. - Of the four quarterly FY14 Shining STAR awardees, these coworkers were selected by peers as the most outstanding and deserving of the annual recognition. Hudson, Starnes, and Mason were working their yard waste route in late November when they noticed two small children running barefoot in the street. Seeing they were cold, they immediately wrapped the children in their coats and placed them in cab of the truck while waiting for the police to arrive. It turned out the children were a few blocks from their home. Police credit Hudson, Starnes, and Mason for showing compassion and concern for the children, who were in a dangerous situation. The STAR program is an opportunity for City of Concord coworkers to recognize each other for excellent customer service. STAR stands for Special Thanks and Recognition. The City of Concord would like to congratulate James, Jeremy, and Leonard for their commitment to our community.
 
Received a semi-annual presentation from the Concord Youth Council.
 
Received the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Annual Report.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel of land owned by Carl M. and Linda Swett.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution concerning approval of the execution and delivery of the Contract and the Deed of Trust and negotiation of the City's financing of the City Hall Project and refunding of the 2005 Certificates.
 
Reviewed inventory of existing downtown "ghost signs" and established refurbishing prioritization based on visibility, size, and allocated funds.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with LaFave's Construction Company, Inc. for construction of Fire Station 11 on Weddington Road, and adopted capital project and capital fund ordinances associated with this project.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Carlos Moore Architect PA for the design of the future Traffic Management Center.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Shield Engineering for engineering services relating to the Les Myers Pre-Regulatory Landfill Assessment.
 
Named Global Avenue NW, a new public street connecting International Drive NW and Rustic Lane NW.
 
Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to provide funding from Mayor's Golf Tournament proceeds to the annual Candy Crawl event.
 
Appointed VaLerie Gail Blackwelder Kolczynski as City Attorney.
 
Electric Systems coworkers accept the Ice Bucket Challenge
On September 5, 2014 Concord Electric Systems coworkers with special guests Mayor Scott Padgett and City Manager Brian Hiatt accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge in memory and honor of Gary Pressley, who was their coworker. Visit youtube.com/concordnc1 to watch the video and visit flickr.com/concordnc for photos.
 
Final Union Street Live concert of 2014, featuring the Tams
The Tams' May visit to Concord was rained out, which means we get to have a concert in September! The final concert of the year will be Thursday, September 18 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., featuring The Tams. Come watch the show on Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information.
 
Take a Child Outside week begins September 24
For the third year, the City of Concord is celebrating the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Take a Child Outside (T.A.C.O.) Week. Playing outside connects our children to the natural world, helps them focus in school, and reduces chance of childhood obesity. Join Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson and Parks and Recreation staff for scavenger hunts at Dorton Park on Tuesday, September 23 and at McGee Park on Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. each day.
 
As a special bonus to this year's Take A Child Outside Week activities, come out to the Hector H. Henry, II greenway entrance at Odell Elementary School on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. Meet Horticulture Extension Agent, David Goforth, who will teach us all about the plants that make their homes along the greenway. All ages are invited. If you are not able to join our planned events, you can find outdoor activity ideas and other participating organizations in our area, and pledge to take a child outside at takeachildoutside.org.
 
Fall Litter Sweep coming soon
During the fall and spring of each year, in concert with the NCDOT program, Concord hosts Litter Sweeps during which City coworkers work together with the City's recognized neighborhood associations to remove litter from all City streets. Litter removed from our roadsides does not make its way into storm drains or local bodies of water. The fall Litter Sweep is coming soon; if you live in one of Concord's recognized neighborhoods, ask your neighborhood board members how you can participate the weeks of September 20 through October 4. Neighborhood leaders will be working with Concord Community Outreach Coordinator Cherie Jzar to plan Litter Sweep events and are eligible for prizes. Residents in all other neighborhoods can contact NCDOT directly and be entered to win prizes from the state. Learn more at ncdot.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
October
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work 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.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know there are now five new customer service representatives ready to serve you through the Customer Care Center (704-920-5555) or in person at 26 Union Street South? After several months of long wait times for customers calling in, we hope you notice an improvement next time you call. Learn more about what the Customer Care Center can do for you at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord gets personal with environmental education
Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson focuses on personal and organizational impacts across the community and their relationship to natural resources. With a goal of reaching over 80,000 people with multiple messages, Smith-Thompson knows she cannot get face-to-face time with every citizen or visitor. That is why she has developed a new Environmental Education presence on Facebook, a place where the community will find content ranging from important environmental issues to beautiful local scenery and wildlife. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
NCDOT prepares to open Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-85 and Poplar Tent Road
Beginning Friday morning, the North Carolina Department of Transportation began the process of opening the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on Poplar Tent Road over I-85. The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals, while providing easier access to an interstate. Closures and detours are in place over the weekend with the new, final pattern opening Monday, September 8 at 6:00 a.m. A similar interchange will eventually open at NC 73 and I-85. Visit ncdot.gov for more information about the closures, detours, and new interchange.
 
City Council to dedicate Hector H. Henry Greenway
With the first phase of the Hector Henry, II Greenway complete, the Mayor and City Council will hold a dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, at the greenway entrance located at Odell Elementary School, 1215 Moss Farm Street NW.
 
Named for the long-serving City Council Member a few months before he passed away, the greenway will eventually stretch 14 miles along the Rocky River. Approximately one mile of the greenway adjacent to the Moss Creek Village neighborhood is open, and Parks and Recreation staff are working to begin construction of the next phase soon.
 
Preceding the ceremony, the City Council will hold their regularly scheduled 4:00 p.m. work session in the Moss Creek Clubhouse. The clubhouse is located at 9505 Moss Plantation Ave NW.
 
Community ceremony planned for Thursday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 26
The seventeenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 26 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 19. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Residents reminded to keep basketball goals away from streets
City Code section 50-41 prohibits obstructions within the street right-of-way. Portable basketball goals located so players use the street as a "court" are considered an obstruction. Many residents are surprised to hear this – especially if they have customarily placed portable basketball goals or other sports equipment at the curb or on the sidewalk in the past. While basketball goals provide youth with much needed outdoor recreation, they present a very serious hazard to those who play in the street if the goal is placed at the curb. Within your neighborhood, the public right-of-way includes the street, driveway apron, and sidewalk. If you have questions about City Codes, contact Concord Police Code Enforcement at 704-920-5144. To report any code violation, call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.
 
Become a Wildlife Habitat Steward
Are you a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, or gardener? The Concord Wildlife Alliance invites you to attend Habitat Steward Training in September. This National Wildlife Federation program educates people about environmental concerns, conservation issues, and teaches attendees how to create certified wildlife habitats at their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship. Training will take place September 12, 13, 26, and 27 at Fire Station 9 (located at 1020 Ivey Cline Drive). The Friday evening sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m., and the Saturday sessions last most of the day from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The $50 registration fee covers attendance at all four required sessions, and class size is limited to 40 people. To request an application, contact Debbie Foster at fostdebbie@gmail.com or 704-841-1372. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
September
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session at Moss Creek Clubhouse, 9505 Moss Plantation Ave NW
 
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.