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Did you know?
Did you know the David W. Phillips Activity Center has something fun for everyone? Find out more on the newest episode of Cabarrus This Week.

Robin Barham named Solid Waste Director
Robin Barham will be the City of Concord's next Solid Waste Director, effective May 1. Her new role builds on 12 years as Concord's Budget and Performance Manager. Barham began her career in Concord in 2007, after working in Greensboro as a budget analyst for 5 years. Her service with both cities has included considerable work with solid waste services. She has focused on efforts to improve service, contain or reduce costs, and ensure efficiency in operations. The Solid Waste Services Department provides curbside collection and disposal to Concord residents. Additionally, the department offers commercial recycling and other waste reduction opportunities to businesses. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Jake Williams promoted to Fire Chief
Jake Williams will begin a new role as Concord's Fire Chief, effective May 1. Williams has 20 years of experience with the City of Concord and will lead the Fire Department after the retirement of Chief Ray Allen. William's service in the Concord Fire Department began as a Firefighter in 1999. As Deputy Chief, he managed daily operations for the Department. He also contributed to the budget, strategic planning, and promotional processes. In his new capacity as Fire Chief, he will direct over 210 coworkers in meeting departmental goals and objectives, and manage a budget exceeding $22.5 million. Read the full article at concordnc.gov.

Registration open for Cabarrus County's spring Government 101 series
Three sessions of the Cabarrus county Government 101 series focusing on human services, recycling, and budget are planned through mid-June. Cabarrus Government 101 sessions last one day and cover one area of focus. Residents ages 18 and older can sign up for the sessions that fit their interest and schedule, individually. Local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders, and residents with an interest in learning about the area of focus are encouraged to register. It's a free and fun way to engage in the work of local government. Get started today at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

April
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 City Nature Challenge is returning in 2019 and will be bigger and better? Find out more in 46 seconds at fb.com/cltcnc.

Highlights of the March 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presentation of the NC Solid Waste Enforcement Officers Association (NCSWEOA) Mike Stillwell Award to Valerie Proper.

Presented a retirement plaque to Todd Eury, 29 years of service - Fire.

Received an update from Jacqueline Gafrarar, 600 Festival Managing Director regarding the 2019 Haulers on Union event scheduled for May 16.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a work authorization with Talbert, Bright & Ellington, Inc. (TBE) to provide engineering, design and bidding services for the apron strengthening project at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.

Appointed Council Members Brian King, Terry Crawford and JC McKenzie to the Plan Technical Team (PTT) for the Concord Development Ordinance update.

Adopted a resolution of intent to schedule a public hearing on the matter of closing the right-of-way of Means Avenue between Union and Church Streets in order to facilitate Cabarrus County's redevelopment of the Courthouse complex.

Adopted a resolution declaring a 1986 Pierce Fire Engine FD-104 surplus and donating the engine to the Cabarrus County School Board of Education to be used by the Concord High School Fire Academy program.

Appointed Carol Salloum and David Smith to the Barber Scotia Property Task Force Committee.

NCDOT reschedules traffic shift and detour on Concord Parkway
North Carolina Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift and detour originally planned for Concord Parkway last weekend. A significant road detour for Concord Parkway near Charlotte Motor Speedway will start at 7:00 p.m. this evening and continue all weekend. Crews will shift traffic on U.S. 29 northbound where two bridges over the Rocky River are being replaced. The traffic shift will allow the demolition of the northbound bridge. Southbound traffic on Concord Parkway will proceed normally without a detour. For updated traffic information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Crosswalk installation planned for parking deck area
As one of the final steps of construction for the new downtown parking deck, crews will intermittently close lanes of Spring Street and Corban Avenue to install a crosswalk. Plans are for the closures to occur on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. In addition to the crosswalk installation, crews are separately finalizing the building exterior and installing landscaping, which will bring the project close to completion. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

Spanish Language Opioid Community Conversation
On Tuesday, April 16 the Concord Police Department along with Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County EMS will present a Spanish language community conversation about opioid abuse at St. James Catholic Church.

El martes 16 de abril de 2019, el Departamento de Policía de Concord junto con Cabarrus Health Alliance y Cabarrus County EMS presentarán una conversación comunitaria en español sobre el abuso de opodos en la Iglesia Católica St. James. Únase a nosotros para una conversación importante sobre el abuso de heroína y opioides recetados en nuestra comunidad.


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Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Photograph Like a Pro
For ages 13-18. Photographic artist and educator, Laurie Schorr is teaching you to use your camera like a pro. Covering composition, light, exposure, camera controls, creative controls, and recognizing your personal vision as a photographer. We will create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Bring you camera for this four week class meeting on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The first class begins March 21; pre-register by March 18. Fee for City residents is $55, non-residents is $60.

Painting Tutorials
Anne Propst has painted professionally for over 20 years, winning and placing in shows nationwide. Anne now shares her skills and knowledge to guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. Class meets Tuesday, March 19 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $45, non-residents is $50.

Fiber Arts: Flora & Fauna
Susan Edmonson, fiber artist, has shared her passion of design through quilting, stitching and creating to students across the country. This week we will create wild violets from hand-dyed silk velvet using techniques from the 1930’s. Spaces are limited. Class will meet Wednesday, March 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $55, non-residents is $60. There is a $25 kit/pattern fee, payable to instructor.

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

March
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

April
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 the City has a certified arborist available to speak to organizations and groups? According to the Arbor Day Foundation, "every dollar spent on planting and caring for a community tree yields benefits that are two to five times that investment..." Visit the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page to learn more, or contact City Arborist Bill Leake at leakeb@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5393 to schedule a group presentation.

The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training Exhibit at ClearWater March 10
ClearWater Artist Studios, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, will present The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training, an athletic training and sports medicine photographic and illustrated art exhibition. The photographs were commissioned to draw attention to approaches for best practices in preventing sudden death and catastrophic injury in athletics in North Carolina. The idea is to utilize art for a series of educational posters to achieve this goal. The exhibit will be displayed in the Community Room/ Second Gallery at Clearwater Artist Studios with an opening reception Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The reception is a free public event will feature the photographer and the ballerina as featured in the photos. For additional details, see clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

Concord Housing Department offers a range of free programs to the community
For several years, the City of Concord Housing Department has offered residents a range of free programs that teach life skills like self-sufficiency, technology, health and wellness, new languages, and more. The programs are also available to the community at large, and all are invited to explore the many opportunities available each month and connect with your neighbors. Most classes are held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. Visit concordnc.gov to explore the schedule and call 704-920-6110 to register.

There’s a parking spot waiting for you in downtown Concord
Residents joined officials from Cabarrus County and the City of Concord to celebrate the completion of the Cabarrus County Parking Deck in downtown Concord on February 27. The new five-story structure located at 81 Spring St. SW, is a collaborative project with the City of Concord. Of the 614 new parking spots, 16 are handicap accessible and located near the elevator access points on each floor. Thirteen of the handicap spots are regular size, and three are spaced for vans. Eighty-two parking spots are reserved spaces. Visitors to downtown Concord can access the deck 24-hours a day from entrances on Spring Street and Corban Avenue. Jurors can use the new deck or Surface Lot #2 located on Church Street. While there is no fee to use the deck initially, Cabarrus does plan to implement a fee schedule in the future. The deck opened for public parking this morning. Find out more about the project at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County wants to know what you love about the Library
Join a conversation about the role of the Library in the community and what you’d like to see in the future! The Cabarrus County Public Library is hosting a series of feedback sessions to forge new partnerships, reach new residents, and increase awareness about how public libraries are an essential asset whose benefits extend beyond books. The Concord branch session will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2019 seasonal positions: job fair coming March 5
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Plan to attend our job fair on March 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Hartsell Recreation Center, where you can learn about open lifeguard, camp leader, camp head leader, and center leader positions and complete an application on-site. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

March
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 Nature Challenge is returning to Concord (and beyond) this year in a bigger and better way? Find out more at facebook.com/CLTCNC.

Highlights of the February 14 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing February as African American History Month.

Presented a retirement plaque to Dana Hood, 11 years of service, Finance.

Received a presentation from Connie Rheinecker of Big Brothers Big Sisters Cabarrus County.

Received a presentation of the Independent Auditor's report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2018.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a zoning map amendment ordinance for recently annexed property located at 413, 375, 349, and 321 Goodman Road from Cabarrus County LI (Limited Industrial) to City I-2 (General Industrial).

Appointed Betty Stocks to the Barber Scotia Property Task Force Committee.

NCDOT seeks public input on 10-year Transportation Plan
The public has a chance to learn more about and comment on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s draft 10-year transportation plan for 2020-2029, called the State Transportation Improvement Program. The plan is updated every two years. Over the next three weeks, each of the department’s 14 transportation divisions will be hosting week-long open houses during normal business hours. The opportunity for Cabarrus County residents is February 25 through March 1 at the Division 10 office in Albemarle. The sessions will serve as opportunities for interested residents to review maps and handouts about the projects in their area, ask questions of local NCDOT staff and submit comments. For interested residents who can’t attend the public comment sessions, there is an opportunity to submit comments online. Find out more at ncdot.gov.

Members of Team Concord recognized for service excellence
City of Concord coworkers from five departments were recognized at today’s quarterly High Performer Lunch. The second quarter FY 19 High Performers are: Jeff Carroll (Finance/Customer Care), Daniel Hall (Solid Waste), James Mitchell (Solid Waste), Jody Brewer (Aviation), LJ Weslowski (Transit), and James York (Fire). The High 5 for Excellent Service recognition program’s purpose is to recognize coworkers for their commitment to the City’s 9 Principles of Excellent Customer Service. Coworkers can be nominated by citizens or fellow coworkers. Each quarter, the Customer Service Advancement Team selects High Performers from those nominations to be honored at a luncheon with the City Manager. Find out more about our High Performers @concordncgov and let us know about excellent service you have received at concordnc.gov/high5.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Calling future Youth Council members!
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year through April 26. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

Painting Tutorials with Anne Propst
Anne has painted professionally for over 20 years and now you can share in her experience. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. Anne will guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. The next tutorial will meet Tuesday, 2/19 from 9 – 11 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Each class is $45 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. To register call 704-920-5604.

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

February
19 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

March
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 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 the Transportation Department is planning to rehabilitate Virginia Street, one of the older concrete roadways remaining in the center City? In addition to a new, improved road surface, the project will add curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, storm sewer structures, and replacement of the existing water main. Find out more about the project at the public information session planned for February 21 at 6:00 pm in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Ave W), or visit concordnc.gov/transportation.

FY20 external agency funding opportunity process now open through March 1
This week, the Finance Department opened the City's annual external agency funding process until March 1. Annually, the City of Concord grants limited funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY19-20. Details available at concordnc.gov.

Did you miss loose leaf collection? Second chance collection now available
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, and finished for the season today. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Loose leaf season ends for each resident the moment the leaf crew passes in front of their house during their final scheduled week of loose leaf season. After that moment, residents with leftover leaves must either schedule a Second Chance collection or comply with the pre-collection requirements in the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Ordinance that apply under normal conditions. Learn more at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555 to schedule a second chance collection.

There’s a place for your household hazardous waste
You have a cart for trash and a cart for recyclables, but what should you do with household hazardous materials? And what is a household hazardous material? Cabarrus County wants residents to know about materials that should never end up in trash or recycling bins. These include nail polish, oven cleaner, paint, pesticides, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, brake fluid, gas and other chemicals. Instead, take them to the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 246 General Services Drive in Concord (off Hwy 49 near Hwy 601). Get quick access to sorting questions with CARTology, an online, app-based resource offered by Cabarrus County, Concord, and Kannapolis. CARTology features a Waste Wizard, which provides information on how materials can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed of in the community. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Atrium Health announces traffic pattern changes at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
Beginning Monday, February 11, visitors to Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, part of Atrium Health, may notice changes to traffic patterns due to construction. A new water line is being run as part of the facility’s modernization project, and will impact traffic along Medical Park Drive NE, adjacent to the medical campus. During regular business hours, it is anticipated that Medical Park Drive NE will be reduced to one lane of traffic. In addition, some of the entrances, including the main entrance to the hospital, visitor and employee parking decks, and the entrance to the Mariam Cannon Hayes Women’s Center will be impacted by this modernization project. Certified traffic flaggers will be on site to assist drivers around the construction and help reduce any delays or disruptions to patients, visitors and teammates. Visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly and factor in any extra time needed when visiting the hospital. Click here for additional information.

Register now be a part of the 14th Spring Herb and Plant Festival on April 13
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 14th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 13 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call 704-920-3310 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Now hiring for summer 2019 seasonal positions: job fair coming March 5
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Plan to attend our job fair on March 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Hartsell Recreation Center, where you can learn about open lifeguard, camp leader, camp head leader, and center leader positions and complete an application on-site. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 over 700 fire service chief officers and personnel from across the state have been in Concord this week? The NC Association of Fire Chiefs annual mid-winter conference was at the Concord Convention Center for the ninth consecutive year. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page or facebook.com/NCAssociationofFireChiefs to learn more.

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2019 Planning Session
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to establish focus areas for FY 2019-20. The presentations and discussions at the annual planning session will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY20 budget in May. Find out more about the budget process at concordnc.gov/budget.

Improved solid waste collection routes take effect week of May 6
The City of Concord will implement an improved solid waste collection route system in May of this year, following the approval of a new route concept by City Council in January. The adjusted routes will provide relief to customers who have experienced collection delays over the past months. Schedule changes will affect less than half of the City’s more than 32,000 solid waste customers. Customers who will have a change in their schedule will receive a notice in the mail by early April, with instructions on how to verify their new schedule using the CARTology mobile app and customized calendar available at concordnc.gov/whatsmyday. Please visit concordnc.gov for details.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport sets passenger record in 2018
Passengers boarding commercial airline flights at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport set a new record in 2018 with 145,510 passenger enplanements, up 21 percent over the previous year. All enplanements came from 990 Allegiant departures in 2018, averaging 19 commercial flights per week at the airport with an average load factor, how full the planes were on a monthly basis, of 85 percent. Including the addition of Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Allegiant provides service to six destinations from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in THURSDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season finishes next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, February 4 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus Commissioners to get first look at courthouse expansion plans
At the February meeting, Cabarrus County Commissioners will see concepts for the planned 250,000-square-foot Cabarrus County Courthouse expansion in downtown Concord. The project includes a proposal to relocate the courthouse entrance to Means Avenue, creating easy access from Church and Union streets. The change will create a public space between the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse (65 Union St. S) and the historic bank building (51 Union St. S), along with a pedestrian thoroughfare along Means Avenue between Church and Union Streets. This proposal will need to go before the Concord City Council to consider the proposed changes to Means Avenue. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Art with Jessica: Printmaking

For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll create cheery designs and transfers. Instructor, Jessica Floeter will lead the class on Tuesday, 2/5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required by 2/4. The program is $15 for City residents, $20 for non-residents.

 

Introduction to Zentangle

This artform is both meditative and inspirational. No previous art experience required, and all materials are included. Learn the art of varying patterns and 2D illustration. Instructor, Sandra Riggins will share her knowledge for beginners on Thursday, 2/7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center. Pre-registration is required by 2/5. The class is $25 for City residents, $30 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 Cabarrus County’s Lunch Plus program provides more than just a meal each weekday at five locations? Learn more on CabCoTV or cabarruscounty.us.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in FRIDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the FRIDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 28 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT planning public meetings on NC 73 widening project
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings next week about a project to improve a section of N.C. 73 between N.C. 115 in Mecklenburg County and U.S. 29 in Cabarrus County. The project's aim is to reduce congestion in the corridor and provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Recommendations to improve the roadway are included in comprehensive transportation plans developed by the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization and Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The Cabarrus County meeting is planned for Tuesday, January 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Connect Church (3101 Davidson Highway). Find out more at ncdot.gov.

We’re hiring: join our team
Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career? Consider joining #TeamConcord! With over 1,000 coworkers in our organization needed to deliver services to the community, there is something for everyone. A number of career fields and opportunities are available including both full-time and part-time positions. Visit concordnc.gov to explore our opportunities today.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Get fit with us!
Try something new with all new fitness programs starting this week—check out our menu of adult and active living classes: Chair Yoga, Chair Cardio, Chair Strength Training, Boom, Strength Training and Circuit Training. For details and registration please call 704-920-5604 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

Stress Management
Ages 18 and up. Do you continue to think about reducing or managing your stress? Dr. Tracey Sellers shares important information regarding different stressors and ways to overcome them. This week we will learn the causes of toxic stress load and how to reduce them in your life. Each class includes exercises to reduce physical stress. Class meets Tuesday, 1/22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each class is $10 for City residents, $15 for non-residents.

Painting Tutorials
Are you working on a painting, or inspired to begin one of your own? Instructor, Anne Propst will guide you through the motions of your painting and assist you with colors and balance. Bring in your own work and materials in oils, acrylics or pastels. The first tutorial will meet Tuesday, 1/29 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, each class is $45 for City residents, $50 for non-residents.

Quilt Beginnings: 4 Patch/9 Patch Log Cabin Design
Fiber artist, Susan Edmonson shares her passion of design through quilting and stitching extraordinary works of art. Utilizing basic rules and information for making a quilt this two-part class explores piecing, cutting, sewing and pressing to complete amazing works. Class will meet Wednesday, 1/30 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, the fee for this class is $55 for City residents, $60 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 Concord Parks and Rec can help teens photograph like pros? Youth ages 13-18 can bring a camera to the David W. Phillips Activity Center for a four-week session beginning January 24 to understand composition, light, exposure, camera controls, and more. Create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Each four-week session is $55 for City residents, $60 for non-residents. More details and registration info at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord to observe Martin Luther King Day
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 21. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, January 25. For more information about service changes and community celebration events over the weekend, visit concordnc.gov.

Concord in the Headlines
Bootsmead announces demolition of former Philip Morris plant

Cabarrus EDC: Demolition to Philip Morris plant brings new opportunities to Concord
On Wednesday, an exciting announcement was made in our community: the former Philip Morris plant (now known as The Grounds at Concord) will be demolished. Bootsmead LeaseCo LLC (Bootsmead), who currently owns the property, plans to tear down the facility in an effort to create a blank slate that will be more appealing to future users. Why is this exciting? Because of the tremendous opportunity this represents for both Concord and Cabarrus County residents. Find out more at cabarrusedc.com.

Final call for the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Some spaces remain in the 15th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Police crime and safety briefings scheduled for January 22, 24
Members of the public invited to Police Department crime and safety briefings
On Thursday, January 24, Concord Police will hold their latest crime and safety briefing, focused on crime statistics for 2018 and the effectiveness of the Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers program. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Concord (200 Branchview Drive), and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the first-ever Spanish language crime and safety briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m., at Barber-Scotia College’s Faith Hall. For more information, visit concordnc.gov/police or contact Sgt. Curtis Anderson at 704-920-5000.

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to be issued early because of federal shutdown.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly. More information is available at
cabarruscounty.us.

New maximum taxicab rates adopted effective March 1
In response to local operator requests, on January 10 the Concord City Council updated Chapter 18 of the City Code, regulating maximum allowable taxicab rates within the corporate limits of the city and up to two miles beyond as determined by taxicab meters. The maximum rates were last changed in 2005 and the new rates are effective March 1, 2019 as follows: 1) the maximum initial meter charge increasing from $2.00 to $2.50; 2) the maximum additional distance charge changing from $0.50 per ¼ mile to $.30 per 1/8 mile (or $0.60 per ¼ mile). Other maximum rates will not change.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in MONDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.


Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Stress Management
Ages 18 and up. Do you continue to think about reducing or managing your stress? Dr. Tracey Sellers shares important information regarding different stressors and ways to overcome them. This week we will learn the causes of toxic stress load and how to reduce them in your life. Each class includes exercises to reduce physical stress. Class meets Tuesday, 1/22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each class is $10 for City residents, $15 for non-residents.

Adult Weight Management
Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist, Sonya Ruffin addresses obesity behavioral therapy, meal planning, weight loss management, nutritional education and light exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook or journal. The first four-week session begins 1/22-2/12 on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each four-week session is $30 for City residents, $35 for non-residents.

Kickboxing
Instructor, Rashona Sharpless leads this high intensity workout including three sets, each with cardio, kickboxing and functional strength intervals. The first four-week session begins 1/24-2/14 on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Each 4 week session is $17 for City residents, $22 for non-residents.

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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 beat this weekend's cold at the David W. Phillips Activity Center? Join Concord Parks and Rec for Spring Defrost Saturday (tomorrow) from 10-1. Click here to find out more.

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

Presented a proclamation recognizing January 21, 2019 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Presented retirement plaques to Mike Mundale, 25 years of service – Fire; Kerry Ritchie, 29 years of service – Fire; and Deputy Chief Betty Stocks, 28 years of service - Police Department.  

Conducted a public hearing to consider adopting a zoning map amendment for recently annexed property located on the north corner of the Poplar Tent Rd and Harris Rd intersection from Cabarrus County LDR (Low Density Residential) to City of Concord PUD (Planned Unit Development) - Case Z(CD)-20-18 (Oaklawn). City Council adopted a statement of consistency supporting denial of the PUD as recommended by P&Z, then voted to deny the zoning map amendment to PUD, then voted to apply an alternative zoning district on the parcels: Hensley parcel (8.9 acres) to RE and Motley parcel (24.56 acres) to RV.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a five-year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Safety to locate at 225 Wilshire Ave, SW in Concord.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Section 9.8.3 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) regarding local landmark designations (TA-13-18).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to clarify submission requirements for complete site plan and supporting materials for conditional district zoning amendments (TA-14-18).

Authorized staff to apply for $100,000 in funding from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency under the Urgent Repair Program.

Adopted a resolution endorsing new projects at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport for the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional (CRMPO) Priority List for FY2022-FY 2031.

Adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances Section 1, Section 18-257, governing the Taxicab Rates Schedule.

Approved a modification to the existing solid waste routes in order to allow increased efficiency and effectiveness. Note: Modified solid waste routes will be implemented in May 2019 and details will be shared over the coming months.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord-Padgett one of NC’s busiest, fastest-growing airports
Concord Fire Dept. Calls Top 12,000 in 2018

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport noted for economic contributions in NC
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport's contributions to North Carolina's economy is approaching $1 billion dollars, according to a recently released state report. In a report released this week, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (JQF/USA) is listed as one of ten commercial service airports in North Carolina, and airline partner Allegiant Air served nearly a quarter-million passengers in Concord going to six destinations. The report analyzed data from 2017, and Concord's contribution included $821 million in economic output, over 4,500 jobs, over $191 million in personal income, and over $30 million in state and local taxes. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Check out the City's Facebook Page for TeamConcord accomplishments
Do you follow the City's Facebook Page? Today we shared professional accomplishments from several members of TeamConcord. Safety, Health, and Risk Manager Susan Tolbert is part an important alliance between the NC Department of the Labor and the NC Association of Local Government Employee Safety Officials to achieve mutual goals and promote a statewide dialogue on workplace safety and health. This afternoon, we shared images from the Police Department's promotional ceremony for Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes and Major Bobby Ledwell. You can find more images on the Police Department's new Instagram.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in TUESDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 14 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Friends of the Library to annual meeting
At the annual meeting of the Concord Friends of the Library, speaker Jim Lutzweiler will give a speech on The Roots of Billy Graham in a program sponsored by the NC Humanities Council. Mr. Lutzweiler has made a lifelong study of religious fundamentalism.  He has been archivist and rare book collector at Southeastern Theological Seminary and a history professor at Guilford Community College. This free public event will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 at the Cabarrus County Public Library, Concord Branch. If you have questions, call 704-920-2000.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Basic Yoga
Coordinate movement with breath to flow dynamically from posture to posture. Recommended for the experienced student. Instructor, Kelly Bost will start your day with stretching and relaxation. This four week session begins 1/16 – 2/6 meeting 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Each four week session is $15 for City residents, $20 non-residents or come and try the first class of the session for $5 for City residents, $6 for non-residents. All classes meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE.

Chair Yoga
This gentle form of yoga is for those unable to participate in traditional yoga classes. Seated and standing poses use the support of the chair. Instructor Kelly Bost will begin this four week session 1/18 – 2/8 meeting 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Each four week session is $15 for City residents, $20 non-residents or come and try the first class of the session for $5 for City residents, $6 for non-residents. All classes meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE.

Fit 4 All
This all level workout combines stability and toning balls to increase mobility, flexibility and tone muscles. Instructor, Jackie Deaton will begin this continual class Friday, 1/18 meeting every Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class.

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

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

February
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 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 households in Cabarrus County can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes? The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (previously limited to seniors and those who qualify for disability) provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300, or $400. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

New Year, new power generation source for Concord Electric
The new year brings a new source of cleaner, more efficient energy to residents of Concord when the city begins receiving power from NTE Energy. January 1 marked the beginning of a 20-year power purchase agreement between NTE and Concord that local officials say will generate significant wholesale energy cost savings for the city.

“Concord Electric Systems has a long history and a reputation in our community for reliable hometown public power,” said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. "In addition to celebrating 115 years of providing this service to the community, 2019 will mark a new chapter for our customers and the professionals who keep the system running every day."

"The City of Concord is thrilled with our new partnership with NTE Energy and look forward to the energy stability we will be able to offer our citizens for at least the next 20 years,” added City Manager Lloyd Payne.

Find out more in the Winter 2019 City Circular.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in WEDNESDAY area next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, through February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 7 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County DHS offers powerful tools for caregivers
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational component of the Cabarrus County DHS Family Caregiver Support Program. During the free, six-week course, attendees learn ways to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate effectively in challenging situations and manage their emotions. Registration for the winter session will begin soon. Find out more on CabCoTV or call 704-920-1400 for more information.

Residents encouraged to join the 2019 Public Safety Academy 
Applications are now available for the City of Concord’s 15th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The ten-week academy will begin January 29 and consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out more and download an application by January 22 at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus youth find their voice through photography
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) connects with youth through the ParentVOICE program. The program offers monthly support groups, which will resume in January. Each quarter, MHA hosts PhotoVoice, a digital storytelling project for youth ages 12-18 that promotes self-expression, self-empowerment and breaks the stigma of discussing mental health concerns. Learn more about these opportunities and the upcoming PhotoVoice project at cabarruscounty.us.

Real estate and personal property tax bills due January 7
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills for 2018 are classified as past due if not paid by January 7, 2019. Bills paid after January 7 are subject to interest charges, collection actions and/or tax foreclosure. The County now provides tax collection services for all of Cabarrus municipalities, including Concord. The consolidated 2018 municipal/County bills were mailed in July to the address owner on the tax record as of Jan. 1, 2018. The single-bill initiative means the Cabarrus County Tax Administration Office is now the point of contact for taxpayers countywide. Property owners can view their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, tax.cabarruscounty.us. Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online or over the phone using a credit card or debit card; mailed in with payment using the envelope and coupon provided with the bills; or in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. SE, Concord) Mondays-Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call the Cabarrus County Tax Collector at 704-920-2119 or email taxinfo@cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Start your 2019 health journey
Kick off your New Year Resolutions with our Couch to 5K program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week program that will kick start your health journey. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Now hiring for summer 2019 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

January
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 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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