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Did you know?
Did you know the City Clerk can help you get involved in your local government? While the City of Concord is governed by elected officials, residents are encouraged to serve on one of several boards, commissions, and committees that also provide oversight and support for City affairs. The City Council appoints individuals to serve on these boards, which cover a wide range of issues. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Cabarrus officials join to recognize Governor's work on historic tax credit reinstatement
On Tuesday of this week, elected officials and other representatives from all Cabarrus local governments in Cabarrus County gathered for the most recent quarterly summit hosted by the County. Representatives from each jurisdiction signed a letter of appreciation to Governor Pat McCrory for his work to support the reinstatement of North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs. The tax credits, considered by many North Carolina cities and towns as essential in the revitalization of downtown historic districts and a catalyst for economic development, expired on December 31. Over the past year, local leaders vocally supported the reinstatement initiative and its benefit to the Cabarrus community. Governor McCrory personally rallied support for the credits with two stops in Cabarrus County, using the scenic, historic, and economically significant backdrops of Concord in January and Kannapolis in May. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

Place of worship security training opportunities continue
The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship. In a free, one-hour session, attendees will understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. The next session will be held on Tuesday, September 29. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5000 to register.

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, 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.

Cabarrus This Week visits ClearWater Artist Studios
Our friends at Cabarrus County's Channel 22 stop in to see the latest at ClearWater Artist Studios on the newest episode of Cabarrus This Week. As part of a community development strategy within Gibson Village, the City is well into executing the plan to redevelop the former public works facility and offers studios to artists at affordable rates. With creative energy and activity in new supply within the community, the studios have become a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Tune in on Time Warner Cable's Channel 22, or on demand on the Channel 22 YouTube Channel.

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.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Sign up now for the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament
Rediscover your youth while helping those in need at the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9 at W.W. Flowe Park. Registration is open through November 6 at just $110 per team, with proceeds making a difference locally. For more information or to register, 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

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the Electric Systems Department has completed 1,194 street and security light LED upgrades?  The department operates and maintains over 13,000 outdoor lights, and plans to upgrade all fixtures in the City's system over the next four to five years. To learn more, visit concordnc.gov.

Mayor Padgett proclaims September 17-23 as Constitution Week
Yesterday marked the 228th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. Since 1956, the President has proclaimed the week of September 17-23 of each year as Constitution Week in the United States. As proclaimed by Mayor Padgett, the City of Concord joins in this annual time to reflect on the importance of active citizenship, the enduring strength of the Constitution, and our rights and obligations as citizens. Learn more about Constitution Week at dar.org.

Place of worship security training
The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship. In a free, one-hour session, attendees will understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. The first session will be held on Friday, September 25. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5000 to register.

Safe Kids Cabarrus presents Safety Palooza 2015 TOMORROW!
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, Safe Kids Cabarrus is hosting the fourth annual Safety Palooza on September 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at K-Mart (Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road). The event will feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, severe weather simulator, fire safety house, and a shredding truck. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket. Enjoy raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment, and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K.

Customer Service team adjusts hours for new service applications
Customers who are in the Municipal Building or call the Customer Care Center for assistance late in the afternoon have been experiencing a longer than desired wait. In order to better serve customers, the City's Customer Service team is no longer processing new utility service applications after 4:00 p.m. This allows more representatives to focus on the growing number of customers needing assistance with other issues in the last hour of business, and reduces wait times. It also aligns the application period with the existing hours of Customer Service technicians, who are not able to physically connect new service after 4:00 p.m. each day. As an alternative, customers are always able to access the application available at concordnc.gov/newcustomer, and email or fax their materials in prior to calling 704-920-5555 to complete the process. All applications received via email or fax after 4:00 p.m. will processed the next day. In the future, the City will be implementing a more streamlined online application. You can find out more about setting up a utility account at concordnc.gov.

Governor McCrory signs state budget, cities escape most damaging proposals
On Friday, the Governor signed the long overdue FY16 budget adopted by the General Assembly this week. Communities across the state banded together during the long session to oppose a variety of harmful measures considered as part of the budget discussion. “Given the earlier proposals for sales tax redistribution coming out of the Senate, this budget compromise is probably as good an outcome as we could have hoped for since Concord does not lose revenue,” said Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt. “Even though it is a few months late and others in the State will gain revenue, we can now move forward with planning for the future with some sense of certainty. This shows what is possible if communities and organizations work together with their local legislators to advocate for their residents and businesses.”

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know if you are pleased with the appearance and function of a City-owned facility, you can thank the City's Buildings and Grounds maintenance team? The department's coworkers are responsible for a variety of services on the City's public properties including ground maintenance, building maintenance, HVAC/electrical, custodial, vacant lot mowing, street rights of way mowing, public housing grounds maintenance, and operations of City-owned cemeteries.

Highlights of the September 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation to Sarah Porter, United Way Cabarrus Community Director, recognizing the month of September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of October 5-9, 2015 as Customer Service Week.

Presented a trophy to the Police Department for winning the Marked Motorcycle category of the Blue Light Special Car and Motorcycle Show at the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program Traffic Safety Symposium.

Presented the Local Law Enforcement Partner of the Year award for Region 8 to Police Sergeant Tim Hartsell.

Recognized Budget Analyst Lesley Reder for serving as the President of the NC Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) for 2014-2015.

Recognized the Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team's second place finish in the annual HazMat Challenge held at the 2015 South Atlantic Fire and Rescue Expo.

Received the semi-annual update from Youth Council President Callie Alvarado.

Received a presentation of the Electric Systems modernization program for outdoor security and street lighting.

Received a presentation on the Downtown Parking Study findings and recommendations which are part of the Downtown Master Plan update project.

Conducted a public hearing and authorized staff to enter into an installment financing contract related to the airport improvement project.

Recognized the Christenbury Master Association into the Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation to provide in-kind services for the annual Candy Crawl event.

Accepted a grant from the FAA for airport improvements pending the announcement of grant approval, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with KMD Construction and Talbert, Bright, and Ellington contingent upon receipt of FAA grant funds.

Received a voluntary annexation petition for a parcel of land on the west side of Derita Road owned by SL 1000 Derita Road, LLC c/o the Silverman Group, and adopted a resolution setting a public hearing of October 8, 2015.

Police Headquarters is one of two new area medicine drop boxes
Wednesday, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Concord Police Department, and Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) announced the two newest local medicine drop box locations: the Sheriff’s Administration Building (30 Corban Avenue SE) and Concord Police Headquarters (41 Cabarrus Avenue W). The medicine drop box initiative is part of a national movement to properly dispose of unused and expired medications. Safe Kids Cabarrus, CHA, the Center for Prevention Services, and Cardinal Innovations donated the boxes. "We thank Safe Kids Cabarrus for their leadership in providing additional permanent opportunities for safe prescription medication disposal in our community," said Concord Police Major Gary Hatley. "This project could very likely save the life of a child by getting the medicines out of the house..." Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Mosaic artwork to be unveiled TOMORROW at ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios recently received a new piece of commissioned artwork in the Gallery floor. Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert A. Crum, who is one of the artists at ClearWater, has installed a sixteen square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift. The work, called "Clearwater Pond," will be unveiled and dedicated at the next ClearWater Second Saturday open studios event on Saturday, September 12. Find out more on the ClearWater Facebook page.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Next free CPR class scheduled for September 18
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation classes are now offered free of charge to the public courtesy of the Concord Fire Department. This class is not for certification, but educates the public in the lifesaving skill of CPR. The latest research indicates that "hands only" or compression only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents. This class will teach you the fundamentals of CPR in adults and infants, and the use of an automatic electronic defibrillator. If certification is necessary call 704-920-5516 and a certification class can be scheduled. The next class will be September 18, click here to register and for more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

September
15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

October

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Transportation Department maintains over 425 miles of roadway, 222 miles of sidewalk, 439 miles of curb and gutter, 4 miles of guard rail, 130 traffic signals, and 22 school zone flashers with a force of 27 coworkers? Visit concordnc.gov/Transportation to learn more about the department.

City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 7. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 11. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

Community ceremony planned for Friday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Rider Transit helps provide mobility for all
Transportation is a critical part of everyday life. Whether someone needs to get to work, school, medical appointments, shopping, recreation, or social opportunities, public transit is a great option to help get everyone where they need to go. Even though every Rider bus is ADA accessible, using fixed route (bus) public transit can be challenging or impossible for some people with disabilities. Rider Transit has prepared a special guide to help explain the accessibility options available on the system and how to use the ADA Paratransit program, which is provided in partnership with Cabarrus County Transportation Services. The guide is available at ckrider.com/accessibility or by calling 704-920-RIDER (7433).

Gearing up for another year of the Cabarrus County Fair
There's plenty to share with your friends at the Cabarrus County Fair! Fill up on funnel cakes and face your fears on the rides, or keep your feet on the ground at the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, and milking booth. Live performances include local bands, Master of the Chainsaw, Robinson's Racing Pigs, K9's in Flight, and The Magic of Lance Gifford & Company. Learn more about the 2015 Fair at cabarruscounty.us.

NCDOT advises of new, temporary traffic patterns along I-85
As work continues on the Interstate 85 widening project in Cabarrus County, motorists will begin to notice new, temporary traffic patterns in place along the interstate and its interchange with U.S. 29/601. Traffic shifts, which will be begin the evening of Wednesday, September 9, will allow crews to focus on interchange work and construction in the median. Once the temporary alignment is in place on the interchange on Saturday, September 12, there will be two new temporary signalized intersections to manage traffic getting on and off I-85 at the U.S. 29/601 interchange.

During the week of Sunday, September 13 crews will gradually move traffic to a temporary alignment on I-85 North and South between Exit 58 (U.S. 29/601) and Exit 60 (Dale Earnhardt Boulevard). This shift will allow for construction of the new roadway within the existing median. Motorists are urged to stay alert and pay attention when traveling through the work zone during the traffic shifts, since construction personnel and equipment will be on site. Learn more about these shifts at ncdot.gov.

The I-85 widening project will add two travel lanes in each direction from Exit 55 (N.C. 73) to Exit 63 (Lane Street) in Cabarrus County and will also upgrade several interchanges in the area. The $197 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2017. For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Mosaic artwork to be unveiled September 12 at ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios recently received a new piece of commissioned artwork in the Gallery floor. Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert A. Crum, who is one of the artists at ClearWater, has installed a sixteen square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift. The work, called "Clearwater Pond," will be unveiled and dedicated at the next ClearWater Second Saturday open studios event on Saturday, September 12. Find out more on the ClearWater Facebook page.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Greenway Adventures
Equipped with our special gear and imagination, kids ages 4 and up are invited to adventures on the City's greenways. Explore critters, their habitats and nature for engaging, and other educational and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Each program will meet at the designated greenway. Up next: Recycled Boat Float at Hector H. Henry, II Greenway on September 17 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. Attendees must pre-register by September 14. Registration fee is $10 ($5 City-resident discount available). Call 704-920-5600 or visit
concordparksandrec.org for more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

September
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

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

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