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Did you know?
Did you know a variety of application forms, maps, engineering standards, and technical specifications are provided by the Engineering Department to assist the development community? Visit concordnc.gov to get started.

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

Recognized Tom Bach for receiving the 2017 Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Presented a retirement plaque to Robert Hagy, 12 years of service - Fire Department.

Conducted a continued public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of approximately 34.75 acres owned by New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Conducted a public hearing and offered a contract for a three year/85 percent tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Classic Graphics to locate at 1000 Derita Road NW.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of approximately 3.368 acres owned by Poplar Point Associates, LLC, approximately 7.23 acres owned by PS NC III, L.P., and approximately 402 acres owned by Redus NC Land, LLC.

Adopted an ordinance to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays at licensed premises.

Accepted a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the Fire Department by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) adopted the associated budget amendment appropriating the grant funds.

Authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant for the Hector H. Henry II Greenway Riverwalk Phase.

Adopted resolutions authorizing the sale of City-owned property located at 34 Hawthorne Street SW, 185 Kerr Street NW, and 15 Reed Street.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) covering work to be performed under TIP # U-5806 - WBS Element 44378.3.1 for the construction of intersection improvements at Concord Mills Boulevard (SR 2894) and Entrance No. 1 Kings Grant Pavilion.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) covering work to be performed under TIP # EB-5732 - WBS Elements PE 51055.1.1 and CON 51055.3.1 and Federal Aid No. TAP-1004 (063) for the construction of sidewalk on both sides of Bruton Smith Boulevard (SR 2894) from US 29 to Gateway Lane.

Adopted a resolution amending the Stormwater Utility Credit Adjustment Manual to allow for additional credits for cart paths, trails, and other pathways.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Hazen to explore additional treatment options on the Yadkin line.

Directed a letter be composed to send to the NC Secretary of Transportation in support of business owners and others who would be affected by recently discovered plans to temporarily close the NC 3 bridge crossing over I-85 as part of the I-85 widening project.

City Manager Brian Hiatt announces plans to retire
City Manager Brian Hiatt has informed the Mayor and City Council of his plans to retire from the City of Concord with a target date of March of 2018. Hiatt started as Concord’s City Manager in October of 1998. Among the most tenured of active professional local government managers in the state, he has 37 years of experience working for local governments in North Carolina. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Concord deploys new public safety tools into the community
Our public safety team is deploying new tools to enhance community safety. Although their sizes and features have little in common, over a year of budgeting, planning, and training is coming to fruition in order to better equip the Fire, Police, and other departments of the City. Visit concordnc.gov for details on the new equipment that was custom-built to serve Concord.

Registration for Project WET still available
As part of its environmental education program, the City of Concord will host two free workshops for educators the week of August 14. Both are open to formal, non-formal, and home school educators and educators-in-training. The Project WILD and Project WET workshops provide CEU credits for teachers and serve as EE and CE Experiences for the NC Environmental Educator Certification program. While the registration for Project WILD has closed, you can still sign up for Project WET. For additional information, visit concordnc.gov, or contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379.

A new look to Accela Citizen Access, free training available
Accela Citizen Access is the software used by the City of Concord and Cabarrus County for plan review, permitting, and more. The software has been recently updated and now offers a Contractor Phone App for designers, architects, developers, builders and construction trades. Cabarrus County is offering a series of FREE training sessions on new features to help you be more efficient in your office and in the field. Register at cabarruscounty.us/events (search using keyword ACA).

Nothing compares to the Cabarrus County Fair: Advance tickets on sale
The 2017 Cabarrus County Fair takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, September 8-16. The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 7. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35--a $2 savings off the gate price, and tickets for kids, ages 6-11, are $3.25. You can also purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15-a $5 savings. Discover the Fair at cabarruscountyfair.com.

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

August
15 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 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 most temporary signage in Concord should be registered with our Planning Department For more information about sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs or call 704-920-5152.

Mayor Padgett appointed to NC Local Government Commission
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Mayor Scott Padgett to the North Carolina Local Government Commission. "It is an honor to serve our great State on the Local Government Commission," said Padgett. "I look forward having a role in upholding the long tradition of fiscal responsibility and good government in North Carolina, embodied every day by the 13,000 units of local government ranging from cities and counties to boards of education, special districts, and authorities. I am proud to take on his role that will affect the lives of so many North Carolina citizens." Find out more about the Mayor's new role at concordnc.gov.

Police Department publishes annual report
The Concord Police Department has published its first annual report in recent years. The report, available at concordnc.gov/Police, covers the last 18 months. In an easy to read format, information about the Department's organizational structure, expenditures, crime statistics, historical data comparisons, personnel achievements, and more are featured. The Department plans to continue publishing similar reports on an annual basis.

FREE educator workshops to focus on the environment
As part of its environmental education program, the City of Concord will host two free workshops for educators the week of August 14. Both are open to formal, non-formal, and home school educators and educators-in-training. The Project WILD and Project WET workshops provide CEU credits for teachers and serve as EE and CE Experiences for the NC Environmental Educator Certification program. For additional information, visit concordnc.gov, or contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379.

New art now on display in the ClearWater Gallery, reception August 12
ClearWater Artist Studios will celebrate a joint show of new works by tenant artists, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 12 for ClearWater Artists: New Works (2017), a gallery exhibit featuring new artworks by a majority of the artists leasing studios there.  At 2:00 p.m., during the monthly 2nd Saturday Open Studios (which runs 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), artists in the show will gather in the Gallery for an Artist Talk Panel, facilitated by Manager Sarah Gay. Join the artists to learn about why and how they do what they do—questions welcome! Art studios and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners will be open for perusal also. Plenty of free parking is available. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Dr. NW, in Gibson Village. More info at 704-784-9535, clearwaterartists.com, and the CW Facebook page.

Nothing compares to the Cabarrus County Fair: Advance tickets on sale
The 2017 Cabarrus County Fair takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, September 8-16. The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 7. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35--a $2 savings off the gate price, and tickets for kids, ages 6-11, are $3.25. You can also purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15-a $5 savings. Discover the Fair at cabarruscountyfair.com.

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

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 City of Concord's budget has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for 15 consecutive years? The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest recognition in government budgeting. Awardees are cities that have prepared exemplary budgets that serve as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and a communications device. Only a small percentage of North Carolina municipalities have received this award. Find out more about Concord's FY18 budget at concordnc.gov/budget.

City of Concord recognizes coworkers with over 2,000 collective years of public service
This month, the City of Concord recognized 147 coworkers who reached service milestones in our organization in between July 2016 and June 2017, and 23 departments or divisions received safety awards from the NC Department of Labor. These milestones and achievements represent over 2,000 years of public service, and over 61,500 hours of work completed in the last year with industry-leading safety records.

Through the service awards program, all full and part-time City coworkers and elected officials are eligible for recognition once they have reached each five-year continuous service milestone (5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, etc.). Recipients are invited to a lunch program and receive letters of appreciation from the City Manager, certificates, and for those with 20 or more years of service, a plaque. The City of Concord thanks and congratulates all coworkers who have reached a service milestone, in particular David Little in the Finance Department's Customer Care Division, who achieved 40 years of continuous service.

Keep your porch light on and meet your neighbors August 1 for National Night Out
National Night Out is a neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 34 years, National Night Out has grown to over 38 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 16th year of National Night out Celebration for the City of Concord. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Visit natw.org to learn more.

Seniors: go on a Journey with Cabarrus Active Living and Parks
Are you looking for local fresh-air fitness options? Want to enter a contest at the fair? Interested in a free program to help manage diabetes? It's all in the Summer 2017 edition of Journeys Magazine--designed for older adults, but interesting to all. Journeys is a publication of Cabarrus County that uses personal stories of local seniors to share the value and impact of programs, events, services, and resources. For more information on Journeys and other publications for 50+ from Cabarrus County, visit cabarruscounty.us/seniors, email outreach@cabarruscounty.us, or call 704-920-3484.

Cabarrus Regional Chamber's new resource guide now available
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce has released the 2017 Cabarrus Resource Guide. This new publication introduces newcomers and locals alike to what the community offers in lifestyle, education, health care, business, and more. In addition to being offered in print at the Chamber's office (3003 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, Suite 2, Kannapolis), you can also click here and read it on your screen of choice. For more information about the Chamber, visit cabarrus.biz or call 704-782-4000.

Cabarrus County and Cabarrus Health Alliance plan CommUNITY Conversation
Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, and Cabarrus County EMS are hosting a community conversation about the opioid and heroin use epidemic affecting much of North Carolina, our community included. This important event is planned for Thursday, August 3 at Mount Pleasant High School (700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant) from 6-8 p.m. Click here for details.

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

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 you can be rewarded for upgrading an old, inefficient household toilet? The City of Concord offers a $50 water bill credit to qualified applicants who replace an existing toilet in houses built before 1994 with WaterSense® labeled high-efficiency toilet models. Visit concordnc.gov to find out more.

Interact with Concord Police at July 25 community crime and safety meeting
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety meeting, where the department will present crime statistics for the entire City for the first half of 2017. Additionally, Code Enforcement Manager Robert Watson will be speaking about the Code Enforcement process. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 at CFA Suite 15, 280 Concord Parkway North (Next to Big Lots) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

Consolidated County/City tax bills to mail August 7
Cabarrus County has announced that real estate and personal property tax bills will be mailed August 7. Residents also have the option of viewing their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, cabarruscounty.us. City of Concord property taxes are now billed and collected by the Cabarrus County Tax Office. While more convenient for Concord customers who will now see and pay one tax bill instead of two, the County’s single-bill initiative (already implemented in Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Locust, Mount Pleasant, and Midland) is a cost-saving measure that streamlines the billing process and minimizes administrative overlap. For payment verification on 2016 taxes, please call 704-920-5265. For prior year inquiries including balances due, please call Cabarrus County at 704-920-2119. Additional information is available at out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County and Cabarrus Health Alliance plan CommUNITY Conversation
Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, and Cabarrus County EMS are hosting a community conversation about the opioid and heroin use epidemic affecting much of North Carolina, our community included. This important event is planned for Thursday, August 3 at Mount Pleasant High School (700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant) from 6-8 p.m. Click here for details.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit Lake Fisher for affordable family fun
Begin your outdoor adventure today at Lake Fisher Reservoir. Lake Fisher is 3 miles in length and covers 534 acres. In addition to providing water to the City of Concord, Lake Fisher gives the community an opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing for the family. The lake supports a healthy sport fishery consisting of largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, and several panfish species. All fishing at Lake Fisher must be from a boat; we provide the boats for a rental fee, boat motors are allowed but not provided. The acceptable motors are electric trolling motors and no larger than 10 horsepower gas motors. Life jackets and oars are available with boat rental. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 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 an improved utility payment system is now in place that offers more convenient options than before? Pay utility bills online, by phone (24/7 at 704-920-5555), or by text. A new, one-time online payment option is in now place with no registration required. Of course, walk-in service in City Hall is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the July 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized Kendra Nichols (5th grade) and Alexis Nichols (4th grade), who on Sunday, June 11, 2017 discovered their 2-year-old sister, Alyssa, face down in the family swimming pool.  Remembering the lessons Life Safety Educator Norman Franklin provided at Furr Elementary, the sisters acted quickly to remove their sister from the water, place her in a position to help the water drain from the airway, and notify the parents.  The parents began CPR and notified emergency responders, who assumed care upon arrival.  While the situation for Alyssa was very serious and she was required to spend time in the hospital, the story has a happy ending thanks in large part to the quick action of Kendra and Alexis.

Presented a "retirement plaque" to Canine Kilo for seven years of service as a Police K9 Officer.

Presented a retirement plaque to Thomas F. Purser - 21 years of service, Police.

Recognized City staff for achieving a Charlotte Business Journal Healthiest Employers award.

Continued a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of approximately 34.75 acres owned by New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations), Section 8.3.5.F.2 relative to permitting private clubs in the Center City (CC) district.

Conducted a public hearing and authorized a contract with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation to provide enhanced services in the downtown Municipal Service District (MSD).

Conducted a public hearing and denied a request to amend Concord Development Ordinance Article 8 (Use Regulations) regarding the keeping of domestic fowl in residential districts in certain instances.

Authorized the City Manager to sign a contract amendment with CATS for the operations of the 80X Concord Express.

Awarded FY18 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods.

Authorized accepting and executing a grant from the FAA for the updated Master Plan Project and adopting the budget amendment.

CabCoTV give you a tour of Hartsell Recreation Center
The newly renovated Hartsell Recreation Center has been open for a few weeks, but if you have not made it there yet you're in luck. Tune into this week's CTW for a tour of the $1.8 million upgrade. The facility was the historical site of Hartsell High School’s gym and classrooms, and was purchased by the City in 1994 for use by the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to an updated look and better ADA accessibility compliance, the Center now has renovated exercise, fitness, and multi-purpose rooms available to the public. Find out more about the project at concordnc.gov, and click here to see CTW on CabCoTV.

Vanderleest to join City of Concord as Aviation Director
City Manager Brian Hiatt has selected Dirk Vanderleest as Concord's new Aviation Director. Vanderleest will oversee operations and development at Concord Regional Airport and begin work in early September. “We welcome Dirk to the City’s management team,” said Hiatt. “We believe his experience with over 30 years in airport leadership and business development will be vital to maintaining and growing general aviation and commercial services. Concord Regional Airport is a key economic cog for this region and Dirk's administrative and customer service skills will support its continued success.” Visit concordnc.gov for more information about Concord Regional Airport's new leader.

Check out construction progress at ClearWater Artist studios
Studio and event space up-fits continue at ClearWater Artist Studios in Gibson Village. Federal CDBG funds are being used to create a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization with the Gibson Village community. Since 2011, artists have leased studios from which they work to create, teach, and sell art, and exhibit their work in a 2,200 square foot gallery. Site improvements have been completed as well. The current phase of the improvements includes further renovation of interior space within the site. Once fully renovated, Clearwater Artist Studios will contain over 30 studios, a gallery, a community market space, and potentially a café. The adjacent Village Greenway and open space will offer opportunities for outdoor concerts and events. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535, and check out the ClearWater Facebook Page for progress photos on the current improvement project.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

FREE fun: get your glow on!
July is national Parks and Recreation Month and we’re incorporating this year’s theme “Get Your Play On” with glow sticks! On Friday, July 21 bring mom and dad to Dorton Park to play gaga dodgeball, archery attack, disc golf, capture the flag, jail break, pickleball, and more.  We’ll supply the glow sticks—you have the fun! Even runs 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m., no fee! Dorton Park is located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

August
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 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 there is now an official Downtown Concord app? The self-guided walking tour portion of the new Concord Downtown Development Corporation App is a co-sponsored venture of the City of Concord, Historic Cabarrus Association/Concord Museum, Residents of Historic Concord and the CDDC. Local historian and former City Council Member Jim Ramseur compiled the historic photographs and written histories for all walking tour sites. Download the Concord Downtown NC app for free through Google Play or the Apple App Store, and find out more at concorddowntown.com.

Candidate filing for 2017 municipal election opens, Mayor Padgett to retire
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has opened candidate filing for this year's municipal elections, which runs through Friday, July 21 at noon. Concord's Mayor and City Council are elected to staggered, four-year terms. This year's election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Mayor Scott Padgett, who was elected in 2001 after serving on City Council since 1995, has announced that he will not seek another term in office. Visit concordnc.gov to read Mayor Padgett's full statement, and learn more about the candidate filing process at cabarruscounty.us.

Concord in the Headlines

City of Concord plans to open butterfly meadow

Concord Mayor reflects as he nears end of term


Updated collection processes for tax and utility payments
Effective July 1, 2017 the City of Concord has rolled out updated process for property taxes and utility payments. City of Concord property taxes will now be billed and collected by the Cabarrus County Tax Office. This will be convenient for customers who will now see and pay one tax bill instead of two. For payment verification on current year, 2016 taxes, please call 704-920-5265. For prior year inquiries including balances due, please call Cabarrus County at 704-920-2119.

For Concord utility customers, an improved payment system is now in place that offers more convenient options than before, including paying utility bills online, by phone (24/7 at 704-920-5555), or by text. A new, one-time online payment option is in place with no registration required. Of course, walk-in service in City Hall is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To find out more, visit concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic TONIGHT!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 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.

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Did you know?
Did you know the newest apparatus in the Fire Department fleet is Ladder 11, a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT with a 105-foot ladder, 500 horsepower diesel engine, and space for a crew of 5? Say hello to Ladder 11 in the Summer 2017 City Circular.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord passes Asheville, now 11th largest NC city

Celebrate the summer at SOL!
Come celebrate the start of summer! Concord Parks and Recreation presents SOL!: Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at McGee Park, 219 Corban Avenue E. Children and adults can explore the many cool activities Parks and Recreation is offering during this summer’s hot months. Get creative with an art activity, beat on a drum made from an exercise ball, and experience hands-on activities such as disc golf, spin casting, yoga, Zumba and much more. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for details.

Concord Police announce next community crime and safety meeting
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety meeting, where the department will present crime statistics for the entire City for the first half of 2017. Additionally, Code Enforcement Manager Robert Watson will be speaking about the Code Enforcement process. The meeting will be held at CFA Suite 15, 280 Concord Parkway North (Next to Big Lots) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Flying Families: Friday evening fun starts tonight!
Play with your family, a group of your friends or join others in a game of best ball on the 9-hole disc golf course. Bring your own discs. No fee or registration, just play! Instructor Seth Lewallen will be onsite June 16 and 23 at the Dorton Park tennis court shelter to offer instruction and other frisbee activities. Flying Families will meet at Friday, June 16-August 18 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorton Park disc golf course, 5790 Poplar Tent Road.

Just two weeks left to sign up for fall youth soccer
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Special in-person registration at Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors from 11-2 on July 1. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. A parents meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 15. Learn more and register online at
concordparksandrec.org.

Want to get your skills in shape?
Click here to sign up for the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, which will run July 31-August 4.

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

June
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 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 are now able to start, stop, or move City of Concord utility service through our website? Visit custcare.concordnc.gov/application to get started.

Highlights of the June 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2016 to the Finance Department.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance rezoning approximately 60.2 acres on the west side of Flowe's Store Road from Residential Low (RL) to Residential Village-Conditional District (RV-CD) for the development of a 144 home single-family subdivision.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of a parcel owned by Bonds Real Estate Limited Partnership, RLLLP.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2017-2018 budget for the City of Concord, and adopted the budget as recommended (details follow).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a professional services contract with Mobility Solutions Unlimited, LLC to provide CRMPO administration and transportation planning services.

Adopted an ordinance amending City Code Section 60-37 to modify the membership of the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee.

Adopted a resolution authorizing an interlocal tax collection agreement between the City of Concord and Cabarrus County.

Made the following reappointments to various City of Concord Boards and Commissions:

  • ABC Board: Wanda White
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Hector Henry, III
  • Board of Adjustment: Tim Andexler, Ford Craven, Ginger Moore
  • Historic Preservation Commission: Casey Killough, appointment of Pete Cayado from alternate to regular member
  • Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County: Dave Phillips
  • Stormwater Management Advisory Committee: Viola Mason

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an addendum to the contract with STV for engineering services relating to the Brookwood Avenue Enhancements.

City Council unanimously adopts FY18 budget as recommended
The FY18 City of Concord budget was unanimously adopted by the City Council after holding a public hearing at the June 8 regular City Council meeting. City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2017-18 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 30. The City-wide budget totals $246,574,923. The plan prioritizes investments with a focus on the future, including infrastructure, parks and recreation capital needs, and maintenance of City assets. The FY18 budget allows for service and infrastructure expansions where necessary to meet the demands of growth. In the General Fund, 52 percent of expenditures will go to public safety. Other budget highlights include:

  • Addressing public parking needs by contributing approximately $3 million to Cabarrus County's construction of a parking deck in the downtown area.
  • Aligning City staffing with growth and service needs, to include 38.47 FTE in additional positions across the City to focus on public services, recreation, expanded airport operations, public safety, and economic growth.
  • Investing in the City’s parks and recreation facilities and programs, including completing the Burrage Road house renovation, McEachern and Henry greenway expansions and connectivity, ramping up outdoor programming, and preparing for the implementation of other needs identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
  • No increase in Water or Sewer rates, despite a five percent increase in WSAAC treatment costs and other challenges created by residential growth.
  • Modest increases to Stormwater fees for the first time in program history, in order to accelerate master plan project completion from 21 to 14 years.

"On behalf of the City Council, I am extremely proud of the City staff members who worked so hard to translate our annual goals and priorities into an aggressive yet fiscally conservative budget that will continue to enhance service to customers while building a quality of place," said Mayor Padgett. "We have a long tradition of excellent elected leadership and professional management in Concord, and this budget continues that legacy." The budget is available on concordnc.gov and also in print at the City Clerk's office.

Hear from State Senator Paul Newton in the latest Out & About
Ever wonder what it is like to take on the responsibility of serving in the General Assembly? Cabarrus County takes you Out & About to Rick's Cafe in Mt. Pleasant as Board of County Commissioners Chairman Steve Morris talks with NC Senator Paul Newton on his first year serving District 36. Watch now on CabCoTV.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Princesses and Knights
For ages 2-5. Travel back in time to the medieval ages of kingdoms filled with princesses and knights! Along this magical adventure, we’ll read stories, play games, dress up, and make royal crowns, wands, shields, and masks. One day, we may even hunt down the big, green dragon! All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required (open through the weekend online or at 704-920-5600). Meets at Fire Station 7, 250 International drive, June 12-14 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. City residents $15; non-residents $20 for the three day mini-camp.

Little Discers
For ages 8-12. DISCover the fun of disc golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and other awesome disc games. Practice techniques of tossing, catching, and even a few tricks. Meets at the tennis court shelter in Dorton Park, 5790 Poplar Tent Road on Friday mornings, June 16 – July 21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. City residents $10; non-residents $15 for this six week session. Register now.

Flying Families
Play with your family, a group of your friends or join others in a game of best ball on the 9-hole disc golf course. Bring your own discs. No fee or registration, just play! Instructor Seth Lewallen will be onsite June 16 and 23 at the Dorton Park tennis court shelter to offer instruction and other frisbee activities. Flying Families will meet at Friday, June 16-August 18 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorton Park disc golf course, 5790 Poplar Tent Road.

Bikes and Trikes Rodeo
Little cyclists ages 6-12: bring your bike or borrow one of ours as we learn the rules of the road and basic skills with Concord Police bicycle patrol officers. Free helmets will be provided by the Concord Fire Department. Family activities and bike crafts also available with the Concord Youth Council. Meets Friday, June 16 at W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive. Course times have been set for ages 6-8 9:00-10:30 a.m., and ages 9-12 10:30-12:00 noon. Find out more in the Leisure Times or call 704-920-5600.

SOL! Summer Celebration
Come celebrate the start of our playful summer! Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at McGee Park, 219 Corban Avenue E, children and adults can explore the many cool activities Parks and Recreation is offering during this summer’s hot months. Get creative with an art activity, beat on a drum made from an exercise ball, and experience hands-on activities such as disc golf, spin casting, yoga, Zumba and much more!

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

June
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 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 fly from Concord Regional Airport to five sunny destinations this summer, with convenient parking just steps away and short security lines? Find out more at ConcordAirportNC.com.

City Manager presents FY 2018 budget recommendation, Public Hearing June 8
City Manager Brian Hiatt presented his fiscal year 2017-18 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 30. The City-wide budget totals $246,574,923. The proposed plan prioritizes investments with a focus on the future, including infrastructure, parks and recreation capital needs, and maintenance of City assets. The FY18 budget recommendation allows for service and infrastructure expansions where necessary to meet the demands of growth. In the General Fund, 52 percent of proposed expenditures will go to public safety. Other recommended budget highlights include:

  • Addressing public parking needs by contributing approximately $3 million to Cabarrus County's construction of a parking deck in the downtown area.
  • Aligning City staffing with growth and service needs, to include 38.47 FTE in additional positions across the City to focus on public services, recreation, expanded airport operations, public safety, and economic growth.
  • Investing in the City’s parks and recreation facilities and programs, including completing the Burrage Road house renovation, McEachern and Henry greenway expansions and connectivity, ramping up outdoor programming, and preparing for the implementation of other needs identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
  • No increase in Water or Sewer rates, despite a five percent increase in WSAAC treatment costs and other challenges created by residential growth.
  • Recommending modest increases to Stormwater fees for the first time in program history, in order to accelerate master plan project completion from 21 to 14 years.

The City Council will hold a budget workshop at the June 6 work session (4:00 p.m.) and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 during the regular City Council meeting (6:00 p.m.). The recommended budget is available on concordnc.gov and also in print at the City Clerk's office.

How to help your dogs be good neighbors
We encourage dog owners to help their canine family members be excellent neighbors that enrich families and communities. Cabarrus County law requires dogs to be on a leash any time they are not on their owner’s property. To keep your dog safe—even if your dog can be controlled without one—it’s necessary to keep him or her on a leash any time your dog is outdoors and not inside a fence. Click here to read the Cabarrus County animal restraint ordinance.

Dog owners have the opportunity to protect other animals - aquatic wildlife like fish, crayfish, and tadpoles –just by picking up their dog’s waste. Keeping the lawn and sidewalk clean is just one benefit to picking up after your dog. Pet waste left on the ground is carried into local bodies of water via the storm drainage system, and because it contains nitrogen and phosphorus, it causes oxygen depletion in our waterways. Pet waste also contains E. coli bacteria which can make waters unsafe for swimming. Learn more at concordnc.gov/stormwater.

Help Cabarrus play: propose recreation matching incentive grant projects through June 9
Do you have an idea for something FUN but lack the FUNds? The Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department is accepting applications for a matching incentive grant to assist in improving or adding to recreation facilities located on Cabarrus County property. The deadline for submission is June 9. Find out more about this opportunity at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Open wide for some soccer!
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Special in-person registration at Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors from 11-2 on July 1. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. A parents meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 15. Learn more and register online at concordparksandrec.org.

Want to get your skills in shape? Click here to sign up for the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, which will run July 31-August 4.

Youth fall baseball/softball registration coming soon; register now for baseball clinics
Fall baseball and softball registration for boys and girls will be available throughout the month of July, for the playing season beginning in August. The fee is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-residents. Registration will be available at concordparksandrec.org, at each of the recreation centers, and on July 31 at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Now available for registration: Baseball players age 7-14 can register for the baseball clinic scheduled for late July at Concord Middle School. For just $35 per participant, improve your skills with help from the Concord Middle School baseball staff.

Call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

June
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 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 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 Buildings and Grounds Department maintains three municipal cemeteries owned and operated by the City of Concord? The City is proud to care for these sacred grounds reserved as a final resting place for generations of Concord families departed loved ones. Find out more at concordnc.gov/Cemeteries.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord becomes 11th largest City in NC by population

New downtown parking deck coming, courthouse expansion to follow

City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 29. Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, June 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

Join Concord 101 to improve your Citizen IQ

The City of Concord is now accepting applications for the 2017 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 15 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 25. Class size is limited to 30 participants. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov.

While you wait for Concord 101, get behind the numbers in Cabarrus Government 101
Cabarrus County's next Government 101 session is planned for Friday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Government Center, 65 Church Street SE. The course, FY18 Budget Breakdown, walks residents through the nuances of the upcoming budget. Residents are placed in the center of the budget process and get the opportunity to share their comments with commissioners before the Board of Commissioners votes on the final budget. The free class uses interactive presentations and demonstrations to pull down barriers that can discourage residents from learning how the County spends their tax dollars. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn more and register.

Cabarrus County seeks input on new parking deck tied to courthouse expansion project
Plans for a courthouse expansion is in the works for Cabarrus County and it begins with the construction of a new parking deck in downtown Concord. View renderings, speak with experts and provide feedback on the deck at a drop-in meeting at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE, Concord) between 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30. Can't attend the session? Join a live chat through the County's Facebook page from 4-5 p.m. that same day. Details at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

It's pool time!
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center will open for weekend hours starting May 27, with weekday hours beginning Monday, June 12. During the season the pool offers open swim for the community at a minimum fee, water aerobics, and swimming lessons for both youth and adults. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.

Bikes and Trikes Rodeo
Little cyclists ages 6-12: bring your bike or borrow one of ours as we learn the rules of the road and basic skills with Concord Police bicycle patrol officers. Free helmets will be provided by the Concord Fire Department. Family activities and bike crafts also available. Meets Friday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive. Find out more in the Leisure Times or call 704-920-5600.

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

May
30 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting

June
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 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 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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