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Did you know?
Did you know you can help save a life through the Battle of the Badges Red Cross blood drive on October 3? Find out more at twitter.com/ConcordNCPolice.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord is NC Wildlife Federation’s Municipal Conservationist of the Year

One day Spring Street lot closure, potential redevelopment ahead
On Tuesday, October 2, the City of Concord's public parking lot on Spring Street SW will have a phased closure while contractors conduct soil borings on the property as part of a potential redevelopment project.

Work will begin by 8:00 a.m. with a full closure of the lot earlier in the morning, and parking will reopen throughout the day as work progresses. Once complete, the parking lot will fully reopen by the end of the day.

The City thanks Carolina Courts for allowing the public to use its parking lot across the street as an alternative. Additionally, there is on-street parking and other nearby parking available. To find other alternative parking locations, visit concorddowntown.com.

This work is part of due-diligence conducted by Lansing Melbourne Group to potentially redevelop the parking lot along with the former Police headquarters on Market Street and the former Municipal Building property at 26 Union Street South. The City Council entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lansing Melbourne in May 2018 and they are currently working through site and building design issues as part of their 180-day evaluation period.

For more information contact Planning and Neighborhood Development Director Steve Osborne at 704-920-5132.

FREE showing of the film, “Sustainable”
Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations."  This free screening is hosted by Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council, Rowan Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Program, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners, and Concord Wildlife Alliance.  It is a family-friendly event to bring attention to local farming communities and practices.  Screening will take place Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord.  Tickets are free, but pre-registration is requested.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last call for youth basketball registration this weekend
Youth basketball registration for the November 2018 through March 2019 season ends this weekend. In addition to online registration at concordparksandrec.org, a special walk-in registration event (cash or check only) is available Saturday, September 29 from 11-2 at Academy Sports + Outdoors (2211 Elder Lane at the Northlite Shopping Center). The registration fee is $35 for City of Concord residents and $55 for non-city residents. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 3-15. For more information, please visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our 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 David W. Phillips Activity Center is the newest facility operated by Concord Parks and Recreation? Visit concordnc.gov to find out all the fun new programs offered at this unique location.

Concord in the Headlines
City of Concord sets up Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence
Local firefighters head to hurricane affected eastern NC

Florence: after the storm
Concord faced minimal impacts from Tropical Depression Florence including isolated road flooding and relatively brief power outages on Sunday. After the storm, City departments began checking facilities and infrastructure and clearing debris. Visit concordnc.gov for a summary of Concord's impact and response.

Eight Concord firefighters are part of a local group deployed to assist fire departments in the Wilmington area. You can follow their work at the
Concord Public Safety Facebook Page and on Twitter @ConcordNCFire.

Unfortunately, malicious actors are using Florence as an opportunity to exploit individuals concerned about helping those affected. Please 
visit us-cert.gov to learn how to avoid potential scams. If you are wanting to help those affected, please visit rebuild.nc.gov to learn how to donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund or visit redcross.org to learn about making a financial or blood donation to the American Red Cross.

City of Concord honored NCWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards
The City of Concord has been recognized as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s (NCWF) Municipal Conservationist of the Year.  The award is part of NCWF’s prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards which honor commitment to conservation in NC annually.  Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. Concord was honored at an award banquet on September 8, where Mayor Bill Dusch and former Mayor Scott Padgett accepted the award.  NCWF and Concord Wildlife Alliance representatives also attended the September Council meeting to present the award.  Full article available at concordnc.gov

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Toddling Towards Art series at Fire Station 9

Children ages 10 months-3
years will have a load of fun at our Toddling Towards Art series at the Fire Station 9 community room. We'll combine arts and crafts with popular children's songs. First up: Apple Adventures on Tuesday, September 24 from 10-11 a.m. (register now) Come along on this awesome apple adventure…these apples aren't for us to eat, but they're still super neat!  Each toddler must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration for each session is required and opens 7 days prior to the class date. Fire Station 9 is located near Poplar Tent Road and I-85 at 1020 Ivey Cline Road. Find out more in the Leisure Times.

FREE showing of the film, “Stustainable”
Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.  This free screening is hosted by Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council, Rowan Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Program, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners, and Concord Wildlife Alliance.  It is a family-friendly event to bring attention to local farming communities and practices.  Screening will take place Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord.  Tickets are free, but pre-registration is requested.


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

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our 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 
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Did you know?
Did you know you find out the latest information from the City of Concord at concordnc.gov/info? On this page, you can track power outages, urgent messages, and other important information related to Hurricane Florence or other critical situations.

Highlights of the September 13 City Council Meeting
Highlights will not be published in this CityLink Newsletter in lieu of Hurricane Florence coverage. Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety or contact the City Clerk's office at 704-920-5215 if you have questions about the September 13 City Council meeting.

Special update: City of Concord is prepared for Hurricane Florence
As Hurricane Florence approaches, the City of Concord continues to plan for several days of heavy rain and wind this weekend that could lead to associated hazards like flooding, downed trees, and power outages. Several closures have been announced for Concord Parks and Recreation facilities as follows:

  • All Parks, Shelters, and Greenways closed now, anticipated reopening Monday, September 17
  • All Recreation and Activity Centers closing at 5 p.m. today, anticipated reopening, Mon. Sept. 17
  • Lake Fisher Boat Rental closed now, anticipated reopening Wednesday September 19
  • All City operated cemeteries are closed, anticipated reopening Monday, September 17
  • Rocky River Golf Club is closed until further notice.

Perspectives from Mayor Bill Dusch and City Manager Lloyd Payne
Mayor Bill Dusch and City Manager Lloyd Payne have been coordinating at an even higher level than normal this week as the City’s more than 1,000 coworkers prepare for the organization’s response to Hurricane Florence’s arrival, and offer the following perspectives:

"This storm is going to affect North and South Carolina in monumental proportions," said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. "We know there will be some level of impact here in our community, and we are thankful that all departments of the City as well as our partners at Cabarrus County, the City of Kannapolis, and other agencies have been working for several days to prepare for this event. The City Council and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication of the City Manager and his team and know our community is in good hands."

“City staff have been meeting and preparing for Hurricane Florence since Monday,” said City Manager Lloyd Payne. “However, the reality is this week’s preparation has focused on executing planning and training that has been developed over years. Some of the people leading our efforts have been protecting this community for decades. We have dedicated crews who have helped other communities in the United States time and time again when they were in need. Rest assured, Team Concord is ready and will respond to whatever the storm may bring our way. We know the key will be high levels of communication and coordination, together with our partners in other government agencies, the business community, and the citizens and customers of Concord.”

Critical messages for the public:

  • Call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
  • Stay home unless travel is imperative as Florence impacts North Carolina. Conditions will worsen as rivers and creeks rise, which will worsen after the rain is gone. Barricades and road closed signs are there to keep you and responders safe. Turn Around, Don't Drown.
  • Concord Electric Systems urges extreme caution around downed lines you may encounter. It is not always easy to tell whether a line is for power or telecommunications, or if the lines are energized. If you see a line, stay away and call 704-920-5555.
  • Concord Electric customers should call 704-920-5555 to report an outage through the interactive voice response system (IVR). Please be patient if the system is temporarily overloaded.
  • If you have changed your phone number since establishing utility service, call 704-920-5555 to update the phone number associated with your utility account in advance of an outage so the system can correctly pair your phone number with your location.
  • Duke Energy customers should visit dukeenergyupdates.com/florence/north-carolina
  • For safety, crews are unable to begin restoring power until sustained winds are below 30 MPH.
  • Click here for additional critical messages.
  • Monitor local media and government resources for official news and information. The City of Concord keeps the public informed through postings on concordnc.gov, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor), and through the BlackBoard Connect notification service.
  • Visit ready.gov (listo.gov en español), readync.org, or download the ReadyNC mobile app to learn more about how to be better prepared and how to protect your family and pets during emergencies.

Prior updates
City of Concord Hurricane Florence update Wednesday 9/12
Concord encourages practical preparation in advance of Florence

Cabarrus County provides information on fair, shelters, and other County services
In advance of Hurricane Florence's arrival, the Cabarrus County Fair suspended operations early. Cabarrus County has set up a comprehensive Florence Resource page at  cabarruscounty.us/resources/hurricane-florence-resources. Please refer to this website for information on emergency sheltering and other services under county responsibility (no shelters are currently open or planned to be open unless a situation warrants).

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

New David W. Phillips Activity Center now open for the community
On Tuesday, September 11, the City of Concord celebrated the opening of a new activity center located at 946 Burrage Road NE in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, which has been named in honor of former City Council Member Dave Phillips. Managed by the programs staff of the Parks and Recreation Department, the David W. Phillips Activity Center will host a variety of interactive recreational opportunities for youth and adults. Classes and activities will include arts and crafts, cooking, fitness, nature, and more. Find out more and see event photos at concordnc.gov.

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

September
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
11 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 you can attend a free opening reception at ClearWater Artist Studios for "Buy The Ticket" tonight? This just-installed one-woman solo exhibition is one woman’s tale of self-discovery told through a series of self-portraits and audible narrations experienced at your own pace.  Smart devices and headphones recommended. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media, or call 704-784-9535. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW with plenty of free parking.

By Air. By Land. By Sea. By Charlotte (and Concord!).
The Marines are coming (actually, they are already here)! Many people in Concord noticed military aircraft in the skies this week part of Marine Week Charlotte. While many of this week's events were scheduled in Charlotte, Concord Regional Airport has hosted a variety of Marine Corps aircraft all week. Events will continue through the weekend including hands-on displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances, and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities, and community involvement of the Corps. For more information, go to usmarineweek.com.

Take a trip to Fair-a-dise
The Cabarrus County Fair opens its gates for the 2018 season on this afternoon and continues through Saturday, September 15 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Fair-a-dise, the theme of this year’s event, invites you to explore the Fair beyond the midway. Fly away inside the butterfly encounter or take a virtual trip to outer space in the Kuriosity planetarium exhibition. Everyone wins with crowd favorites, like the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Live musical performances and local expert demonstrations bring something for everyone. See cabarruscountyfair.com for entertainment details. Gate admission to the Fair is $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 55+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11, and ages 5 and younger admitted free. Visit cabarruscounty.us for additional details including 2018 Gate Specials.

Community invited to Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony
As you make plans for Patriots Day on Tuesday, September 11, please join the Concord Fire Department and other local public safety agencies at Fire Station 8 (1485 Old Charlotte Road SW) for the annual Patriots Day remembrance ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 8:30am promptly, so please arrive between 8:00am and 8:20am. In 2017, the NC General Assembly designated September 11 of each year as First Responders Day, making it an official State holiday.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

David W. Phillips Activity Center Opening Celebration
On Tuesday, September 11 at 3:00 p.m., the City of Concord will celebrate the opening of a new activity center located at 946 Burrage Road NE in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, which has been named in honor of former City Council Member Dave Phillips. Managed by the programs staff of the Parks and Recreation Department, the David W. Phillips Activity Center will host a variety of interactive recreational opportunities for youth and adults. Classes and activities will include arts and crafts, cooking, fitness, nature, and more. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov. Activities in the David W. Phillips Activity Center are already available for registration, learn more about the offerings on pages 10 through 21 of the Fall 2018 Leisure Times, and register at concordparksandrec.org.

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

September
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our 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.