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Did you know?
Did you know Concord is home to the best public golf course in the region? Rocky River Golf Club, owned by the City of Concord, has been included in the NC Golf Panel's Top 100 course rankings for several years, and is the only listed public course in the area. Discounted rates are available to City of Concord residents, book a tee time at rockyrivergolf.com.

Officials discuss state of law enforcement in Cabarrus County
Law enforcement officials from around Cabarrus County discussed the successes and challenges facing public safety agencies during the second Cabarrus Summit of 2018, held recently at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center. Topics included the drop in local crime rates, employee retention, community involvement, and other issues. Police Chief Gary Gacek joined Sherriff Brad Riley and Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis for the conversation. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Timeline extended for intersection closure in downtown Concord

Cabarrus County has announced that infrastructure complications related to the Downtown Parking Deck project will require extending the intersection closure at Spring Street and Corban Avenue in downtown Concord through August 20. Though the intersection is closed to through-traffic, employees and patrons of local businesses still have access to the area. The work is associated with the construction of the County’s new 614-spot downtown parking deck, on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. More details are available at cabarruscounty.us.

City of Concord named one of region's healthiest employers for second year
For the second consecutive year, the City of Concord was named one of the Healthiest Employers in the Charlotte Region by the Charlotte Business Journal, ranking as the fifth healthiest employer in the Businesses with 500 to 1,499 employees category, and the third place government employer (congratulations to our friends at Cabarrus County for being the healthiest government employer!).

City Manager’s Office and Human Resources staff, along with Wellness Liaisons and Wellness Warriors participated in the awards ceremony at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Click here to learn more or visit concordnc.gov/hr to explore opportunities to join our team.

Sustainable Suggestion: simple ways you can help conserve water
According to the US Drought Monitor, recent rains have helped pull part of Cabarrus County out of the "abnormally dry conditions" we’ve experienced as of late. Some of the county still remains abnormally dry. Regardless, water conservation is always important and some simple tips can help you conserving this vital resource.

1: If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense®-labeled model. If you’re unsure how, click here.

2: Check your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. If the water in the bowl is colored, replace the flapper valve inside the tank. A 1/32-inch-sized leak can waste 18,500 gallons in a year!

Connect with Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson at concordnc.gov/EnvironmentalEducation or facebook.com/concordenvironmentaled.

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.

Splish Splash Water Bash at Dorton Park tomorrow!
The ultimate summer fun in the sun water festival comes to Dorton Park on Saturday, July 28 from 11-2! Enjoy an inflatable water slide, slip' n slides, water games, balloon fights, and so much more. We will have music so you can dance around with plenty of water to keep you cool while having a blast. No fee or registration necessary but you can join the conversation and invite your friends on the Facebook event page. Families welcome!

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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Did you know?
Did you know July 1 marked the start of the new fiscal year for the City of Concord and local governments across the state? Information about the City's FY19 annual operating budget and performance plan is available at concordnc.gov/budget.

Concord in the headlines
Editor's note: a keen eye on the part of Concord Fire Department coworkers led to timely safety information being shared with the public, and national media attention this week. Stay safe, Concord!

Fourth of July warning: These fireworks look like My Little Pony and Pete's Dragon toys

Fireworks Resembling 'My Little Pony' Toys Are Being Sold in North Carolina

North Carolina fire department warns fireworks inside children's toys are being sold in town

Introducing CabConKan CARTology: we've taken the guesswork out of waste collection
Cabarrus County, Concord, and Kannapolis have partnered to make it even easier for residents to stay connected about waste management services and programs. As of July 1, residents in the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County have access to a new waste collection calendar and reminder system. The same platform includes a Waste Wizard, which provides information on how materials can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed of within their community. There are two ways to access the system. From any device and web browser, residents can visit concordnc.gov, kannapolisnc.gov, or cabarruscounty.us to access the entire suite of new tools. Residents can also download the new mobile app, CabConKan CARTology, for Apple or Android devices. Just search for CARTology in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus County announces intersection closure as part of Parking Deck construction
Drivers will experience a closure at the corner of Spring Street and Corban Avenue in downtown Concord July 9-28. The closure will facilitate stormwater work associated with the construction of Cabarrus County’s new 628-spot downtown parking deck on the corner of Corban Avenue SW and Spring Street SW. During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County’s Surface Parking Lot 2 (located next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard). For more information on the parking deck project, visit cabarruscounty.us.

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.

Join us next week for the Streetlight 5K and Frolic
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 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 Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day week
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Customers in the Monday and Tuesday collection areas will have a normal schedule for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection. However, customers in the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday areas will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 2. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 6. For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

A safety message from the Concord Fire Department
While fireworks are one of the things we enjoy most about the Fourth of July, they are also one of the greatest safety concerns. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, eye injuries, vision loss, dismemberment, and even death. Sadly, children and young adults are the majority of victims of fireworks accidents requiring emergency room treatment. Many young children suffer burns from sparklers, which are often mistakenly considered safe for kids. You can help make the holiday safe for your family and friends by ensuring that fireworks are used in a legal and appropriate manner.

The State of North Carolina and the City of Concord only allow the sale or use of certain “permissible” fireworks that do not explode, rise in the air, travel laterally on the ground, or fire projectiles into the air. These permissible fireworks may only be sold to those 16 years of age or older, and include sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers such as string poppers or snappers, and toy pistol caps. These are distinguishable from other fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, missiles, bottle rockets, and shells, which are not legal in North Carolina. Be responsible and safe while enjoying time spent with family and friends. For more information about Fireworks safety, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5517.


Police crime and safety meeting planned for July 18
On Wednesday, July 18 the Concord Police Department will hold a Crime and Safety Briefing and the public is invited to attend. During the briefing the department will present year-to-date crime statistics for 2018 and discuss the Police Department's response to an active shooter situation. Also, City of Concord Transportation Director Phillip Graham will discuss current and future transportation projects in Concord. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m at the Smith Tower at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police. Attendees in need of special accommodations should contact Sgt. Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000.

Global Art Project, Live Collaborative Painting and associated events coming to ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" will be coming to ClearWater’s Main Gallery July 1 through August 2018. The show is being organized and co-curated by Frank—who recently moved to Charlotte from the New York City area and a 29-year career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now serves as an adjunct art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College—and collaborating curator and artist, Carl Heyward, founder of the Global Art Project, who resides in Northern California. The exhibition kicks off this weekend with an opening reception and life painting event on Sunday, July 1 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Find out more at the following Facebook Event pages: Visual Strategies Exhibition; Visual Strategies: Opening + Live Painting Event; Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project. You can also visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

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.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 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 Concord Police Department's latest annual report is available to read on your device of choice? Find it now at concordnc.gov/police.

Protect your pets: National Pet Preparedness Month
June is National Pet Preparedness Month. For many, pets are part of the family, and their safety is a priority because of that. With temperatures already hitting record highs, here are some tips courtesy of the Concord Fire Department: *Never leave pets in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and can be deadly for your pet. *Beat the heat indoors, check on neighbors and always call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot car. *Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot. *Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors. *CAUTION: Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet. *Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days. Learn more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. Check out ready.gov/animals to learn more on how to adequately prepare your family and pet for emergency situations.

Police crime and safety meeting planned for July 18
On Wednesday, July 18 the Concord Police Department will hold a Crime and Safety Briefing and the public is invited to attend. During the briefing the department will present year-to-date crime statistics for 2018 and discuss the Police Department's response to an active shooter situation. Also, City of Concord Transportation Director Phillip Graham will discuss current and future transportation projects in Concord. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m at the Smith Tower at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police. Attendees in need of special accommodations should contact Sgt. Larry Hubbard or Captain Robert Ledwell at 704-920-5000.

Global Art Project, Live Collaborative Painting and associated events coming to ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios is pleased to be collaborating with local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, to realize an exciting and unique art exhibit and related events. "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" will be coming to ClearWater’s Main Gallery July 1 through August 2018. The show is being organized and co-curated by Frank—who recently moved to Charlotte from the New York City area and a 29-year career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now serves as an adjunct art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College—and collaborating curator and artist, Carl Heyward, founder of the Global Art Project, who resides in Northern California. Be sure to mark the following events on your calendar:

Opening Reception • with Live Painting Event
Sunday, July 1, 2018; 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Selected Collaborators / Paint Performance
Opening reception and LIVE Collaborative Painting Demo on large format paper by available/attending Exhibiting Artists.

Live Collaborative Painting Demo
Saturday, July 14, 2018; 11:00am to 4:00pm (doors open at 10am)
Featuring the Visual Passion Duo, (Mikel Frank + Gerard Amsellem)
Live music by local jazz musician, Noel Freidline

Family Collaborative Painting Day
Saturday, August 11, 2018; 11am and 2pm (until 4pm)
The Community is invited to come paint a large work together that will then be added to the exhibition!--Facilitated by Mikel Frank

Facebook Event pages for the Opening are Visual Strategies Exhibition; and Visual Strategies: Opening + Live Painting Event.  There is also a FaceBook ‘Art Gallery’ page for the Exhibit itself, “Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project.”

ClearWater Artist Studios is located in Gibson Village, less than a mile from Downtown Concord, 223 Crowell Drive NW. Its Gallery is open to the public Wednesday-Friday, Noon-5pm; every 2nd Saturday10am-4pm; and/or by appointment. The Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent for private events. For details, see clearwaterartists.com; or call 704-784-9535.

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.

Just one week left to register for fall 2018 youth soccer season
Parks and Recreation's registration for Youth Soccer remains open through June 30. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents, and includes the whole season and jersey, shorts, and socks. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. In addition to
online registration, a special in-person registration is available at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors (2211 Elder Lane, Kannapolis) from 11-2 on June 30. Parents meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 10 or 12, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 14, 19, or 21. Learn more and register online at concordparksandrec.org.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 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 pay your City utility bill using the free and convenient bank draft option? Find out more at concordnc.gov.

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

Received a presentation by NCDOT on the project to widen of Mallard Creek Rd/Odell School Rd and associated intersection improvements at the Concord Mills Blvd and Derita Rd intersection, as well as other area projects (Work Session only).

Presented retirement plaques to Ronald D. Ferrell - 17 years of service, Police; and Norman Franklin - 31 years of service, Fire.

Presented the Top 100 Fleets Award for 2018 to Fleet Services.

Presented a certificate of appreciate to outgoing CDDC Executive Director Diane Young.

Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property located at 10560 Harris Road owned by Wallace Brothers Holding Co LLC.

Conducted a public Hearing and approved a rezoning of property located at 486 Union Street S and 489 Spring Street SW from Residential Medium Density (RM-2) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) - (Case Z-CD-08-18).

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of: +/- 32.77 acres located on the south side of Warren C. Coleman Blvd., owned by the City of Concord; and +/- 3.88 acres located at 3030 Derita Road, owned by Odell School Highway Investment Traders, LLC.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2018-2019 budget for the City of Concord, and adopted an ordinance to adopt the budget as recommended.

Adopted a resolution declaring the 2005 Surrey Fire Safety Trailer as surplus and donating the equipment to Odell Fire and Rescue.

Recognized the Hampden Village Homeowners Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Named the street leading to the Brown Operations Center Al Brown Jr. Court SW.

Made the following Board and Commission reappointments and reclassifications: Todd Phillips to the ABC Board; Debbie Norman and William Isenhour to the Planning & Zoning Commission; Ceasar Correa to regular member status on the Board of Adjustment; Brian Floyd to regular member status on the Historic Preservation Commission; Douglas Williams to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee; City Manager Lloyd Payne to the CDDC Board of Directors; and

The following new appointments: Eric Williamson as an alternate member to the Planning & Zoning Commission; James McDonald as an alternate member to the Board of Adjustment; Jim Ramseur, Carolyn Coggins, and Richard Millan as regular members on the Historic Preservation Commission; and Scott Elliott as an alternate member; Don Seitz as a Member At-Large on the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee.

City of Concord included among 69 drinking water treatment plants honored by NCDEQ
The City of Concord’s water treatment plants were recognized by the NC Department of Environmental Quality for meeting the goals of the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for calendar year 2017. “I am very proud of your hard work to achieve this award, which ultimately leads to greater public health protection,” said Mark Hahn, NCDEQ Senior Environmental Specialist in a message to awardees in the region covered by the NCDEQ Mooresville office. “Please keep up the great work; we realize that this level of treatment doesn’t just happen without a lot of forethought and attention to detail.  I want to thank you and your staff for meeting these more stringent water treatment goals. ”Awardees will be recognized at the upcoming NCWOA meeting on Thursday, June 21 in Shelby. Find out more at deq.nc.gov.

Concord Fire Department welcomes new Ladder 7 to the fleet
The Concord Fire Department's newest addition to the fleet is a replacement apparatus for Ladder 7, which arrived in 2005. The new Pierce Arrow-XT with a 100-foot aerial platform is now in service after crews have been trained to use its new features to serve the community. Ladder 7's crew is based at Fire Station 7 on International Drive. Learn more on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page.

Construction updates from NCDOT
NCDOT has published several updates regarding construction and maintenance work that will affect motorists in our area. Click the links below for more information.

New Ramp Construction to Detour Drivers off Interstate 85… (June 15-25)
Lane Closure on Highway 601 bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway in Concord (June 18-22)
Traffic Shift scheduled for US 29 in Concord (June 19)
Temporary Driveway closure on Concord Lake Road near I-85 (June 21-August 21)

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

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

July
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 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 follow your City government on social media? Like us on Facebook @ConcordNC, follow us on Twitter @ConcordNCgov, and connect with us on Nextdoor.

Concord in the Headlines
$250 million budget proposed for Concord

Allegiant launches new nonstop service from Concord to Emerald Coast

Cabarrus EDC gets to know City Manager Lloyd Payne
City Manager Lloyd Payne is about two months into his new role, and recently sat down with the team at Cabarrus Economic Development for their latest installment of Cabarrus Conversations. Topics include his first couple of months on the job, why he prefers to “manage by relationships,” how his deployments overseas helped in his new role, and how he earned the nickname “Wide Open.” Visit cabarrusedc.com to learn more about your new City Manager.

Freestanding temporary signs: how to express yourself
Concord's sign standards allow certain types temporary signage on parcels without completing the typical registration process. Considered as Type 1 signs, these may have a maximum height of 4 feet and maximum area (length x width) of 6 square feet. While there is no time limit for the duration of displaying this kind of sign, there is a limit to only one sign per parcel. Additionally, the sign cannot be located within public rights-of-way or sight triangles. Signs that do not conform to these regulations are subject to removal by the Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division. The content of Type 1 signs are not regulated but typically include messages regarding causes, the sale of property, or other interests. To learn more about Concord's sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs or call 704-920-5152.

Concord Fire Department achieves Class 1 ISO rating
Many owners of retail, commercial, and industrial businesses in Concord City limits will have lower fire insurance costs following a recent evaluation by the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. Each fire department in the United States is evaluated and assigned a Public Protection Classification (PPC) — a number from 1 to 10, with Class 1 generally representing superior property fire protection. The City of Concord’s ISO rating has improved to Class 1, effective September 1, 2018. The Class 1 rating places Concord Fire Department in the top 0.03 percent in the nation. Since the last classification received in 2013, the City has improved fire protection by adding Fire Station 11, located on Weddington Road and added additional staffing throughout the community. The Concord Fire Department has also made significant improvements in fire company distribution, technology, and efficiency over the past five years. In addition, the City has continued to make improvements in its water and emergency communications systems, and those departments scored very well, helping Concord achieve the Class 1 PPC. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

National Night Out scheduled for August 7
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 35 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

This year will mark the 17th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. Neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 7. For more information about National Night Out in Concord, contact Sergeant Chris Friguglietti at 704-920-5063 or friguglc@concordnc.gov.

Register for Safety Town 2018
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2018, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free 1/2 day event teaches rising kindergartners age appropriate safety tips while getting to meet other students and start their new adventure of attending elementary school. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene, and personal hygiene. Safety Town will be held August 7 and 8 at Pitts School Road Elementary School, 8:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Students will be assigned a day, according the school they will attend I the fall. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.

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.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic is coming July 13
The popular Friday evening Streetlight 5K and Frolic returns to Downtown Concord on July 13. Activities kick off at 6:00 p.m., the Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends on Means Avenue via Union Street, Corban Avenue SE, and the McEachern Greenway/Downtown Connector. Register early by July 6 for only $15, or $20 on race day. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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 one of the primary responsibilities of a City Manager is recommending a balanced budget to the City Council by the end of May of each year? Find out more about City Manager Lloyd Payne's first budget recommendation in Concord at concordnc.gov/budget.

$250 million budget proposed for Concord in FY 2018-19
City Manager Lloyd Payne provided his fiscal year 2018-19 budget recommendation to the Concord Mayor and City Council on Thursday, May 31. The City-wide budget totals $250,896,647 for all funds, with a General Fund budget of $88,215,189. The property tax rate is recommended to stay at the current 48 cents per 100 dollars of valuation. The City Council held a budget workshop at a special meeting on May 10, where Payne presented an overview of his recommendation and solicited feedback from the Mayor and Council. The Council will discuss the budget at its June 12 work session, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 during the regular City Council meeting. Additional details on the proposal are available at concordnc.gov.

Code Enforcement to conduct sign sweep on June 2 as normal regulations resume
With the conclusion of the primary election and race events, the City's suspension of some temporary signage regulations has also concluded. As part of the resumed enforcement of sign standard regulations, the Concord Police Department Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, June 2. To learn more about Concord's sign standards, visit concordnc.gov/signs.

June is National Safety Month
The City of Concord joins the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations nationwide in working to ensure No One Gets Hurt. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Several City Departments will share information focused on specific safety topics this month. The City's Human Resources team has a full month of informative activities and classes planned for City coworkers, and the Concord Fire Department plans to highlight safety topics all month on its new @ConcordNCFire Twitter account.

NCDOT provides update on Church street resurfacing project
Concord residents and visitors traveling on Church Street will notice that resurfacing work has been underway for about three weeks. Work started earlier in May as part of NCDOT's annual county resurfacing contract, but was suspended prior to our area's race events and Memorial Day holiday. With the work scheduled to take place overnight to avoid traffic congestion, this week's rainy weather did not allow the completion of the milling process. Once milling is complete, the resurfacing could possibly be completed within a few weeks, dependent upon the weather. NCDOT is not able to say for sure when the work will be completely finished since it all depends upon the weather, but the contractor is committed to completing Church Street at the earliest possible date. NCDOT apologizes for the inconvenience this work is causing, but hopes the community will be pleased with the quality of the road once all work is complete. For more information, contact NCDOT at 704-436-9316.

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.

Registration now open for fall 2018 youth soccer season
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents, and includes the whole season and jersey, shorts, and socks. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. In addition to online registration, a special in-person registration is available at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors (2211 Elder Lane, Kannapolis) from 11-2 on June 30. Parents meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 10 or 12, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 14, 19, or 21. Learn more and register online at
concordparksandrec.org.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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 Concord Fire Department is a national leader in working to prevent cancer exposure in the fire service? Find out more at ncfirefightercancer.org.

Blackburn, Smith named to Assistant City Manager posts
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named LeDerick Blackburn and Joshua Smith as the two new Assistant City Managers to fill roles vacated through his appointment to City Manager and the retirement of Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton.

Blackburn is currently the Community Development Manager for Concord's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, and brings over 25 years of local government service to the role. He was honored in March with the City's highest honor for coworkers, the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award. Smith comes from the Town of Dobson in Surry County, where he has been Town Manager since 2010.

"I am excited that LeDerick and Josh will be joining me on the City’s executive management team," said Payne. "LeDerick is the first African-American to serve as a Concord Assistant City Manager. His more than 25 years of successful and varied local government service will continue to serve the citizens of Concord. Josh comes from a local government management background and will hit the ground running. LeDerick and Josh will be critical in the planning and implementation of projects associated with the continued growth in Concord. I am honored to have both of them partner with me and look forward to them serving our City."

Both will assume their new positions effective June 18. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

Join Concord 101 to engage with your City
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2018 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 14 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 24. Class size is limited. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov, or call 704-920-5215.

Cabarrus County partnership one of ten NC teams selected for opioid crisis support
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and the UNC School of Government have announced the selection of 10 North Carolina local government teams who will work to address the opioid crisis in their communities through an intensive two-year program. Cabarrus County and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis were one of the ten successful applicants that will receive technical, financial, and collaborative support. Each team, or “community,” comprises at least one North Carolina county and represents multiple departments, jurisdictions, and organizations addressing challenges posed by the opioid epidemic. Learn more at sog.unc.edu.


New interactive City Council District Map available at concordnc.gov
Do you know who your Council Member is? The answer is: all 7 of them. Concord's City Council members are elected at-large, from districts, to four-year staggered terms. Find which district you live in using our new interactive City Council District Map at concordnc.gov.

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

Wild Child: Nature Exploration finale – Creek Detectives
Calling all children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) to our last Wild Child adventure: Creek Detectives. EEEEK! Get wet in the creek and investigate what just touched your leg! You will learn about our local creeks and inhabitants while having fun sloshing around. Bring a towel and a dry pair of shoes. Meets at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, on the newest phase of McEachern Greenway, accessible from 106 Wilson Street NE. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register at concordparksandrec.org, or call 704-920-5600.

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
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 that May 6-12 is Municipal Clerks Week? We extend appreciation to all Municipal Clerks for the services with which they provide their communities, especially Concord's City Clerk, Kim Deason.

Municipal Clerks serve as the professional link between citizens, local governing bodies, and agencies of government at other levels. There are many responsibilities of the Municipal Clerk that the public may take for granted; yet, if Clerks are negligent in their duties, then the smooth operation of our local government is greatly affected. The functions of the Clerk require a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration, and interpersonal relations. To keep up with the constant changes in local government, many Clerks participate in continuing education and seminars and attending Clerk Institutes.

Deason has served as Concord’s City Clerk since 2008, and has been a member of IIMC and the NCAMC since 2006. She has been employed by the City of Concord since 2001.

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

Presented a Proclamation recognizing May 10, 2018 as Delta Day at Concord City Hall.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the week of May 14-19, 2018 as National Prevention Week.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing May 20 - 26, 2018 as National Public Works Week.

Received a semi-annual update from the Concord Youth Council.

Received the
2017 State of the County Health Report from the Healthy Cabarrus and the Cabarrus Health Alliance.

Recognized
Deputy Police Chief Betty Stocks, recipient of the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award.

Opened and tabled a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of one parcel located on the west side of Harris Road, at 10560 Harris Road, owned by Wallace Brothers Holding Company, LLC.

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lansing Melbourne Group, LLC for the development of approximately 1.0423 acres of land owned by the City between Market Street SW and Spring Street SW and .38 acres owned by the City located at 26 Union Street S.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately 13.05 acres of City property located between Wilkinson Court SE and Woodsdale Place SE from Sherwood Development Group for $275,000 and directed the City Clerk to advertise for upset bids pursuant to GS 160A-269.

Approved and authorized submission of the
FY2018-19 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME).

Approved an amended lease of City property at
Rocky River Golf Club to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with
Granite Sky Creative Group for turn-key production of the City Circular and Leisure Times publications.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Musco Sports Lighting, LLC for the purchase and installation of Green Generation Lighting for Webb Field, located at the Academy Recreation Center; and adopted a budget ordinance to appropriate cost savings from the McEachern-Cabarrus/Fink project to the Park Light Project for funding.

Concord in the Headlines

Haulers on Union returns to Concord

Road work to begin at Concord Parkway, Poplar Tent

Two influential women honored during Law Day

Concord firefighters hailed a hero

Annual Water Quality Report now available
The Annual Drinking Water Report for 2017 for the City of Concord is now available at concordnc.gov/WaterQualityReport. The report contains important information regarding the sources and quality of your drinking water. If you have any questions regarding the report, or if you would like to receive a paper copy, please call 704-920-5555.

TOMORROW: Family fun with the arts during the 2018 Spring into Arts Festival
The Spring Into Arts Festival returns to Downtown Concord on Saturday, May 12. The annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer and wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for event information.

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

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

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is open twenty hours a day, seven day a week? The Aviation Department's coworkers are standing by to serve General Aviation, Corporate, and Airline customers. Last year, the airport pumped a record-setting amount of jet fuel, approaching three million gallons. Learn more about the Aviation Department's services at concordnc.gov.

Deputy Police Chief Stocks among local professionals honored for work in law and order
This morning, the community gathered at the Cabarrus County Government Center for Law Day 2018. The ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Cabarrus County that is representative of national celebrations dedicated to the officers of and ties between written law and the pursuit of order. During this morning’s event Deputy Chief Betty Stocks, a deserving veteran Concord Police Officer, received the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award in memory of the deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty in 1972. Stocks was also recognized for this award on the floor of the US House of Representatives. In addition, the Cabarrus County Bar Association honored a local member with the Liberty Bell Award for their work to promote better understanding of and encourage greater respect for law and the courts. For more information about Law Day, visit cabarruscounty.us and lawday.org.

Great job, Cabarrus County! First ever participation in City Nature Challenge a success
We had lots of fun and learned so much about what’s living in our back yards during the City Nature Challenge! 217 iNaturalist account holders participated, observing 6956 living things and 1030 different species right here in Cabarrus County, putting us ahead of cities like San Antonio, Tokyo, and London. That’s impressive! We can’t wait for CNC 2019. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to find out more, and be sure to follow @CabCoCNC to stay tuned for next year.

Concord Fire launches Twitter newsfeed
In an effort to improve communications, you can now follow the Concord Fire Department on Twitter. Fire Department coworkers are excited to begin sharing insights on daily activities, training scenarios, and community relations. The department hopes that its tweets will be a resource for information on incidents in the community that can impact citizens. Each Wednesday will also be designated for "Words of Wisdom and Warnings," featuring life-safety tips and information bulletins. You can find and follow the Fire Department at @ConcordNCFire.

Family fun with the arts during the 2018 Spring into Arts Festival
The Spring Into Arts Festival returns to Downtown Concord on Saturday, May 12. The annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer and wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for event information.

Work to begin on intersection improvements at Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road
The City of Concord has partnered with NCDOT to improve the intersection of Polar Tent Road/McGill Avenue and Concord Parkway (US 29/601) using federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funds. After several years of planning and coordination, Sealand Construction has been awarded the contract for this work, which is scheduled to begin the week of May 14. The project will include changes to the intersection designed to improve traffic flow along Poplar Tent Road in the area near its intersection with Concord Parkway. The improvements will consist of three signalized U-turn points. This will allow all through and right-turn movements at the intersection but will prohibit left turn movements. For this project, no lane closures or lane restrictions will be allowed on weekdays between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Construction should be complete by mid-December. If you have questions, please contact the City of Concord Engineering Department at 704-920-5401.

Haulers on Union returns to Concord on May 17
We're just a few weeks away from May 17, when the 600 Festival's month-long celebration of racing moves to Concord for the Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest presented by Freightliner. More than 30 colorful NASCAR haulers will parade through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And there is much more: live music from the Tim Clark Band before and after the parade, celebrity appearances including Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon, autograph sessions, games, mascots and show cars. Get a full rundown of all the 600 Festival events, including Concord's Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest on May 17, at 600festival.com.

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

Wild Child: Nature Exploration
Children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) are invited to a Garden Party. Our latest installment of Wild Child: Nature Exploration will show you how to plant and care for an egg carton garden. Meets at the McGee Park Shelter (219 Corban Avenue E) at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register at concordparksandrec.org, or call 704-920-5600.

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

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

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

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

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