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Did you know?
Did you know you can always find the latest information on power outages and other City services updates at concordnc.gov/info? Be sure to bookmark this page, or find the link with the red and white "i" (information) symbol on our concordnc.gov home page. PS, Friday Solid Waste customers: on this page you'll note an update about possible delays on today's route, which will be complete on Saturday.

Highlights of the October 11 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaque to Rick Lambert, 17 years of service – Solid Waste Services

Received a presentation from Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau on their Marketing Plan.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and amended contracts for multiple three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: Project Meadows Building 1 to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW, Project Meadows Building 2 to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW, Project Griffin Building 1 to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive, and Project Griffin Building 2 to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 68.864 acres on the southwest corner of the Davidson Highway and Odell School Rd intersection, owned by Rocky River Crossing LLC, Harrisburg Town Center IX LLC, Erjola 550 Kinderkamack LLC, Elizabeth Parcel, William Parcel, and David Parcel.

Conducted a series of public hearings and adopted ordinances to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to address: family care homes (TA-01-18), changes to Board of Adjustment requirements (TA-02-18), revised notice procedures (TA-05-18), revised front setbacks (TA-08-18), street tree and street yard landscaping requirements (TA-09-18), street trees and street cross sections (TA-10-18), revised Private Club requirements (TA-11-18), and updated flood damanage prevention requirements (TA-12-18).

Awarded a bid to N.C. Quality Home Builders, LLC in the amount of $165,362.50 to construct a new home at 12 Hawthorne Street SW using HOME Investment Partnership funds.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately .08 acres of City property located at the corner of Todd Drive NE and Hillandale Street NE (a portion of PIN 5621 63 2477) from Troutman Land Investments, Inc.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Recycling Process Service Agreement with FCR, LLC/Charlotte Recycling (Republic).

Approved a modification to the Interlocal Agreement with Cabarrus County administering the Central Area Plan.

Appointed Bertram Hinton, Jr., Jenny Reed, and Anthony Weiss to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee and Amy Landis to the Historic Preservation Commission (Alternate), and administered the oath of office to the newly appointed members as well as previously appointed SMAC member Donald Seitz.

NCDOT: Lane Closure Scheduled for U.S. 29 in Concord
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close next week a lane on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. Weather permitting, the right lane will close between Florence Street NW and Davidson Drive NW at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15 to set up traffic control and safely set eight bridge girders in place. The closure will be removed by 7 p.m. the same day. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the spring of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) and Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) have joined forces to conduct a Long Range Public Transit Plan for Cabarrus County. Our region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Whether you currently use our services today, or have never used public transit before, we need your help to improve the quality of life in Concord, Kannapolis, and across Cabarrus County by fostering economic growth, reducing congestion, and providing access to jobs, school, and healthcare. We’d like your ideas on how we can make our existing Bus, ADA and Demand Response services better, as well as your thoughts on what services we may need to add in the future such as Light Rail, Commuter Rail, AV (Automated Vehicles), etc. There are two ways you can help – via our online survey, or at one of our upcoming community outreach events. The Cabarrus County Long Range Transit Master Plan Community Survey is available in English and español. You may also come see us at the Latin Community Festival at Barber-Scotia College, Sunday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.; Cabarrus Brewing Company, Monday, October 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; or 26 Acres Brewing Company, Friday, November 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Cabarrus County Out & About: Mental Health
On the latest episode of Out & About, County Commissioner Steve Morris talks with Jodi Ramirez - Law Enforcement Liaison and Rebecca True - Daymark Recovery Services Center Director about mental health needs in Cabarrus County. Click here to watch and find out about what the needs are and what is being done to address them and how we all can help, or visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about the County's Mental Health Advisory Board and its initiatives.

Happy Sweet 16, Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

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

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation 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 free, secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents will be available tomorrow (Saturday October 6) from 9-11 a.m. at the CFA Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N)? Please limit your documents to no more than three 13 gallon trash bags or bankers boxes. Keep you information safe and just shred it. For more information call 704-920-3209 or click here.

Concord in the Headlines
Coffee with a Cop held at businesses and schools

Portion of downtown Concord street closing for crane repair
An area near the intersection of Market Street SW and Barbrick Avenue closed this afternoon (October 5) at 3 p.m. as crews make emergency repairs to the on-site construction crane at the Cabarrus County Parking Deck site. If repairs to the crane components are minimal, the work is expected to take about 12 hours. If the damage is significant, the closure could be in place until late Monday (October 8). Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

NCDOT: Weekend Work to Affect U.S. 29 in Concord
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will be working at the intersection of U.S. 29 at Morehead Road this weekend, milling and repaving part of the roadway to give drivers a smoother ride. Traffic on U.S. 29 will be reduced to one lane in both directions starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and wrapping up by noon Saturday, Oct. 6. During this time, traffic on Morehead Road will be detoured around the closure. Motorists traveling westbound will be directed to Hudspeth Road and back to U.S. 29. Eastbound drivers will be detoured to Old Holland Road, Weddington Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard before returning to U.S. 29. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention when approaching the work zone, obey the posted speed limit, follow posted detours, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely. Please visit ncdot.gov for real-time travel information and more.

Your thoughts needed on future transit service in Concord and beyond
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) is partnering with Cabarrus County Transportation Services (CCTS) to develop a long-range transportation plan for the region. In order to develop transit services that meet the needs of the community and the region now and in the future, we need your help! Please take our survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKQWC8G.

Happy Sweet 16, Dogs' Day Out!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers are all welcome to join in the sweet 16th celebration of Dogs Day Out on Saturday, October 20 from 10:30-2:00 at Les Myers Park (338 Lawndale Avenue SE). Play off leash in the doggie fun zone, or enter one of our new contests for a chance to win cool prizes for your pooch! Visit sponsoring veterinarians and information alley, packed with vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. The sweet celebration will end with a cake walk! Please remember all dogs will need to have proof of a valid, up to date rabies vaccination and only non-extendable leashes to enter the festival. Learn more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times or join the conversation on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.

CabCoTV presents: Historical Moments - Early Movie Theaters in Cabarrus County
Grab some popcorn and relive the glory days of early movie theatres and drive-ins around Cabarrus County. The latest episode of Historical Moments with Clarence Horton tells the story of how motion pictures and the businesses that brought them to our community shaped local history in the 20th Century. Watch on demand at the CabCoTV Youtube Channel, or check out the program schedule on cabarruscounty.us to watch on Spectrum Channel 22 or the CabCoTV livestream.

Feedback sessions planned for Cabarrus County Schools strategic plan
Cabarrus County Schools is developing its Strategic Plan that will guide work through 2020. Superintendent Chris Lowder will host Community Feedback Sessions throughout the district beginning in this month at a variety of locations. Each session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Spanish interpreters will be present at the October 29 session. For the full schedule and more information, go to cabarrus.k12.nc.us.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did you know?
Did you know you find out the latest information from the City of Concord at concordnc.gov/info? On this page, you can track power outages, urgent messages, and other important information related to Hurricane Florence or other critical situations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Critical messages for the public:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know you can attend a free opening reception at ClearWater Artist Studios for "Buy The Ticket" tonight? This just-installed one-woman solo exhibition is one woman’s tale of self-discovery told through a series of self-portraits and audible narrations experienced at your own pace.  Smart devices and headphones recommended. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media, or call 704-784-9535. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW with plenty of free parking.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know you can comment on NCDOT's recently released list of regional projects to be funded over the next ten years? Visit ncdot.gov to learn about the $2.7 billion of projects on the list and how you can contribute to the conversation.

City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 3. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a one day delay next week, with Monday’s items collected on Tuesday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, customers are asked to place all yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 7. For more information on service changes, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

NC PARTF grant awarded for Henry Greenway Riverwalk phase
The City of Concord is planning one of the 27 local parks and recreation projects to receive over $6.7 million in grant funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for FY2018-19, as announced by Governor Roy Cooper. The City of Concord's award for $350,000 will assist in constructing the 1.4-mile Riverwalk phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, leveraging over $1.6 million in the City's capital reserve fund allocated for the project. The City anticipates construction beginning in early 2019 and the new phase opening to the public in early 2020. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Concord Police warn against fictitious solicitation calls
The Concord Police Department has been made aware of individuals posing as detectives from the department contacting citizens by phone, threatening them with arrest unless they provide monetary compensation. This is a common scam used with many different tactics and typically those responsible call from fictitious phone numbers. For example, someone posing as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service threatening legal action unless the victim supplies monetary compensation. Just as a reminder, no member of the Concord Police Department will contact any citizen threatening arrest if money is not paid to the department or the City of Concord. If you have any concerns or questions on the validity of someone claiming they are employed by the Concord Police Department, please call 704-920-5000.

What's happening at ClearWater: Buy the Ticket exhibition opens September 7
One woman’s tale of self-discovery told through a series of self-portraits and audible narrations experienced at your own pace.  Smart devices and headphones recommended. Solo artist: Katlyn Wyllie, resident artist at ClearWater Artist Studios.  Communication is 93% non-verbal… Featuring an Opening Reception September 7 and Artist Talk on October 13. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media, or call 704-784-9535. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW; free parking; gallery hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment.


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

Youth basketball registration begins September 1
Youth basketball registration for the November 2018 through March 2019 season will take place the entire month of September. Registration will open online on Saturday, September 1 at concordparksandrec.org. Walk-in registration will be available at the Academy Recreation Center, Hartsell Recreation Center, and Logan Multi-Purpose Center, weekdays in September from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $35 for City of Concord residents and $55 for non-city residents. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 3-15. For more information, please visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

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

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

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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.

Fall City Circular and Leisure Times on the way!
If you have not yet already, you'll soon receive the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Fall 2018 City Circular digital edition is also available, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page. The Fall 2018 Leisure Times is also available in a digital edition, with tons of fun for you and your family this fall.

Cabarrus County Schools to welcome students back August 27
As thousands of students, teachers, and families prepare for the new school year to begin on Monday, the City of Concord encourages everyone to be cautious as the community readjusts to school year vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Familiarize yourself with laws regarding stopped school buses at ncbussafety.org. Be extra careful around bus stops, school zones, and crosswalks, and plan extra time to travel next week so you will not feel rushed on your morning and evening commutes. Learn more on the Cabarrus County Schools back to school site: cabarrus.k12.nc.us/bts.


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

Are you up for the challenge?
Jump start your wellness journey with our popular Couch to 5k program! Couch to 5K meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Dorton Park beginning Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm. The fee is just $15 for a 10 week session. This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. No running experience necessary. Find out more and register now at concordparksandrec.org.


Last chance to register for adult fall softball leagues
Adult Softball League registration is open through August 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men's, women's, and co-ed leagues available. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season double elimination tournament.
Click here to register now, or learn more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know August is National Back to School Safety Month? According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. Help protect our children by watching this brief video.

Concord was on the map during City Hall Selfie Day
Members of Team Concord joined local government professionals and elected officials from around the globe participating in #CityHallSelfie day on Wednesday, August 15. The day is organized by ELGL, the Engaging Local Government Leaders Network, a big tent local government professional association that connects, communicates, and educates about local government public service. Learn more about the event at elgl.org or click here to see Concord's wrap-up video.

Spring Street road closure updates
On Wednesday, Cabarrus County announced that the intersection of Spring Street SW and Corban Avenue SW will remain closed through September 17 due to a continuing stormwater project repair. Though the intersection is closed to through-traffic, businesses and their customers still have access to the area. The work is associated with the construction of the County’s new 614-spot downtown parking deck. During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County’s Surface Parking Lot 2 next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

On Thursday an additional, unrelated closure several miles away on Spring Street NW was required. City of Concord Water Resources and Transportation crews closed a section of Spring Street NW near Elm Avenue NW due to a collapsed stormwater pipe under the roadway. This location is near the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. A detour route for motorists and pedestrians is in place and the public should exercise caution in the vicinity. For logistical reasons, construction to repair the pipe will not begin prior to Monday, August 20. Updated on this project will be available at concordnc.gov.

Rider Transit introduces Express Football Shuttle for Panthers 2018 home games
Are you planning to attend a Carolina Panthers home game this year? Rider Transit is pleased to offer a new Express Football Shuttle for the 2018-2019 season. The shuttle will run between The Village/Big Lots Park & Ride bus stop (behind Advance Auto) in Concord to the JW Clay LYNX Light Rail Station in Charlotte. Shuttle service will begin four hours before kickoff, with a bus departing every hour until kickoff. A shuttle will run continuously from the JW Clay LYNX Station to The Village Big/Lots Park & Ride during the game. At the end of the game, a bus will depart from JW Clay LYNX Station every half hour. The last shuttle will depart from JW Clay LYNX Light Rail Station in Charlotte two hours following the end of the game. (E.g. If the game ends at 7:15 pm, the last shuttle back to Concord will depart from JW Clay at 9:15 pm.). The round-trip cost including a free transfer to the CATS LYNX Blue Line is $4.40. Find out more and plan your trip today at ckrider.com.

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

Free Saturday Boot Camp at the Park

Have you been wondering about a boot camp fitness class? You can try it for FREE! This outdoor class will challenge you and your friends to work hard while having fun. Bring a mat, dumbbells, and water and we’ll supply the rest. Click here to register now for the next class on Saturday, August 25; meets from 8-9 a.m. at Les Myers Park Ball Field (338 Lawndale Ave. SE). Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Registration open through August 31 for adult fall softball leagues
Adult Softball League registration is open through August 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, with men's, women's, and co-ed leagues available. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season double elimination tournament. Click here to register now, or learn more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

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

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 Concord Fire Department has been involved in establishing the North Carolina Firefighter Cancer Alliance, which is dedicated to educating, supporting, and helping firefighters in the battle against occupational cancer (the number one killer of firefighters)? Today, NCFCA released a documentary explaining how the life of a firefighter can change in just one moment and what the Concord Fire Department is doing to stop the epidemic. Find out more at ncfirefightercancer.org.

Highlights of the August 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment member Jim Macdonald.

Presentation of the 2017 NC Area Wide Optimization Award for Coddle Creek and Hillgrove Water Treatment Plants.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) Project Meadows to locate at 700 Pitts School Road NW and 2) Project Griffin to locate at the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and International Drive.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a zoning map amendment for recently annexed property located at 10560 Harris Rd from Cabarrus County LDR (Low Density Residential) to City RV-CD (Residential Village Conditional District) in order to establish a single-family attached (townhome) development.

Accepted the Public Art Advisory Committee's recommendation to approve the design of the Gibson Village Neighborhood Identity Public Art Project, approve a location for the display of the art on City property, and accept the Gibson Village Neighborhood Association's donation of the art to the City.

Adopted an ordinance amending the City of Concord Code of Ordinances, Section 18-36, Permanent food cart vendors.

Consented to the Assignment and Assumption of Lease between Performance Aircraft Leasing, Inc. and Land Air & Sea, LLC and authorized staff to enter a new lease with Land Air & Sea, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a purchasing contract to acquire the Diamond Aviation 25-2, LLC Hangar.

Entered into Project Agreements with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for: 1) Congestion Management Enhancement on US 601 from Flowes Store Road/Miami Church Road to Zion Church Road, 2) Downtown Pedestrian Signal Upgrade at six intersections, and 3) the Union Street S Sidewalk Extension.


What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
223 Crowell Drive NW. Free; Open to the Public; Free parking. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment. 704-784-9535 or clearwaterartists.com

Exhibit
: Visual Strategies: a Collaborative Project
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events through August 27. "
Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" is in conjunction with the Global Art Project (GAP) organization, whose founder, Carl Heyward, on the West Coast is co-curator of the exhibition. Collaboratively constructed artworks are on exhibit from all over the world; three live-collaborative-painting events are free and open to the public.  See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

TOMORROW: Family Collaboration Painting Day Saturday, August 11
Sessions at 11am and 2pm (ending 4pm) – in conjunction with 2nd Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater Artist Studios; doors open at 10am.  Main Gallery.  Bring your kids! The community is invited to join us and work collaboratively with each other and other attendees in the creation of two large collaborative collage/ painting works, on ClearWater's 'Giant Easels' - which will then be added to the exhibition! This is the third and final 'live collaborative painting' event produced as part of the exhibition, 'Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.' Find out more at
clearwaterartists.com.

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

Want to be a lifeguard?
Concord Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer a new American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course, which includes online learning and in-person water skills components. Registration available now through August 24. The course takes place August 27-September 8 with the in-person location at Mount Pleasant Swim Club. Participants must be 15 years or older and meet certain
perquisite skills in order to register. Fee is $200. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.


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

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

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

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 retired City Manager Brian Hiatt and retired Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton are among this year's local stars in Dancing for the Arts? Dancing for the Arts is a dance competition that puts local stars on the Davis Theatre Stage while raising funds to support arts programs in schools and across the community. Find out how you can join the fun at cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Fall short finding Hamilton tickets? Cabarrus County has your ticket to Fair-a-dise
Hamilton wasn't the only ticket presale happening this week. The 2018 Cabarrus County Fair is September 7 through 15 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center (4715 NC-49, Concord). You can get your ticket to Fair-a-dise at a discounted rate online now through September 6. For nine amazing days enjoy food, rides, games and entertainment. Advance tickets and ride wristband vouchers are available for sale through September 6 at cabarruscountyfair.com. Advance adult admission tickets for ages 12-64 cost $5.35 – a $2 savings off the gate price. Advance ride wristband vouchers can be purchased for $15, offering a $5 savings. Ride wristbands are offered every day of the Fair and allow fair-goers to ride unlimited rides at one low price. Just bring the advance ride wristband voucher on any day of the Fair to redeem for a wristband at the midway guest relations booth inside the fairgrounds. Just steps from the midway, families can visit attractions, like racing pigs, dog shows, chainsaw carving, a butterfly encounter, blacksmithing demonstrations and local agricultural displays. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Clean commuting can get you prizes this month!

Be air aware. Join the Clean Commute Challenge! Carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk, or telework at least 5 times before August 31. Earn your chance to win prizes like Panthers tickets or a visit from Captain Clean Air at your workplace! Sign up today at way2goclt.com, and find more resources on the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page. For more information, contact NC Air Awareness Charlotte Area Coordinator, Staci Clark, at Staci.Clark@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 980-314-3373.

What's happening at ClearWater Artist Studios
223 Crowell Drive NW. Free; Open to the Public; Free parking. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment. 704-784-9535 or clearwaterartists.com

Exhibit: Visual Strategies: a Collaborative Project
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events through August 27. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" is in conjunction with the Global Art Project (GAP) organization, whose founder, Carl Heyward, on the West Coast is co-curator of the exhibition. Collaboratively constructed artworks are on exhibit from all over the world; three live-collaborative-painting events are free and open to the public.  See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

Flow Painting with Kat Wyllie – Thursday, August 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In this new type of painting class, learn from painting teacher and Resident artist at ClearWater Artist Studios, Katlyn Wyllie how to recognize anxiety when painting and how to start to overcome your negative thoughts. Learn to love what you make. Relax... and learn to let go and go with the flow. No experience necessary. Just have fun! The $35 fee will be collected at the door – cash, charge or check.


Family Collaboration Painting Day
Saturday, August 11
Sessions at 11am and 2pm (ending 4pm) – in conjunction with 2nd Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater Artist Studios; doors open at 10am.  Main Gallery.  Bring your kids! The community is invited to join us and work collaboratively with each other and other attendees in the creation of two large collaborative collage/ painting works, on ClearWater's 'Giant Easels' - which will then be added to the exhibition! This is the third and final 'live collaborative painting' event produced as part of the exhibition, 'Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.'


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

August
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 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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