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Did you know?
Did you know you can be part of this weekend's City Nature Challenge and help Cabarrus County compete with communities across the globe in identifying local species? Find out more at concordnc.gov or inaturalist.org.

TOMORROW: National Prescription Take Back Day
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101); Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W); Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S); West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW). This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, find out more and RSVP on our nextdoor event. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Phillip Graham named Transportation Director
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named Phillip Graham as Concord's next Transportation Director effective May 1. Graham has worked for the City of Concord since 2008 and succeeds retired Transportation Director Joe Wilson. The Transportation Department is responsible for engineering, planning, project inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of City streets, curb and gutter, sidewalk, bridges, and traffic control infrastructure.

"Phillip is a dedicated member of our Transportation team and an emerging leader in our organization," said Payne. "His professional background and calm confidence are among the many qualities that make him the right person to lead our Transportation Department and the essential services they provide to community members and visitors."

Graham has been serving as interim Transportation Director since November 2017. He began his career with the City of Concord in 2008 as Staff Engineer and has progressed through various positions within the Transportation Department, most recently as Deputy Director. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

We are working to create a more connected Concord, and you can help
Do you want more safe places to bike, walk, and run? Would you like Concord to be more connected? Let your voice be heard at the Open Space Connectivity Analysis public workshops on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3. The workshops are kicking off a study is to identify feasible and constructible bicycle and pedestrian routes along stream corridors, through open spaces, and along roads to create a more connected Concord. For more information on the workshops and overall process, or to contribute your thoughts online, visit concordnc.gov.

Be a tourist at home with the 2018-19 Cabarrus County Destination Guide
The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau has released the updated 2018-19 Destination Guide filled with fun activities for visitors and locals. In addition to helpful resources included in years past, the 18-19 Guide features an enhanced video experience through augmented reality technology. Users can access exclusive videos and “meet the crews” of Cabarrus County, NC by using the Visit Cabarrus app (available on iTunes or Google Play). Released quarterly, each of the four covers builds on the “People of Cabarrus” concept introduced last year by highlighting four groups of people who aid visitors in making memories in Cabarrus County—Thrill Seekers, Foodies, Creators, and Tastemakers. Packed with information and inspiration, the 76-page publication is a free, comprehensive resource to the county’s attractions, lodging and shopping options, full-service restaurants, historical sites, sports and recreation facilities, and more. To request a copy or to view it online now, go to visitcabarrus.com. The Guide is also available at the Cabarrus County Visitor's Center, major Cabarrus attractions, participating restaurants, and in all Cabarrus County hotels.

Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office relocates to The Old Creamery
This week, Cabarrus County's CTW gives you a first look of the new home to the Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office. The County's Veterans Services Department has relocated to The Old Creamery complex at 363 Church Street N, Suite 180 in Concord. The County selected the site for its first-floor, corner location and convenient accessible parking options. It's located across the breezeway from the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office, which includes a community room that will serve both departments. Take a tour of the new space in this week's episode of CTW, or visit cabarruscounty.us to find out more about the Veterans Services Department.

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.

ParkRx: take a stroll on Sunday afternoon
Tired of the rain keeping you cooped up inside? Celebrate National ParkRx Day by strolling with us this Sunday afternoon (April 29) at the Hector H. Henry Greenway at Moss Creek. We'll make nature bracelets and identify some cool plants and insects along the way! National ParkRx Day is a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health, so get some physical activity in with us! Get social on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page or call 704-920-5600 for more details.

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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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Downtown Development Corporation is seeking photos and videos of Downtown Concord for a contest as part of the May 12 Spring into Arts Festival? Visit concorddowntown.com to learn more and enter by the April 23 deadline.

Concord in the Headlines
Payne takes over as Concord city manager

Highlights of the April 12 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation to the Cox Mill High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the NC 3A State Championship for the second consecutive year.

Presentation of retirement plaques to: Tim Jones - 22 years of service, Fire Department; and Brian Hiatt – 19 years of service, City Manager.

Presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for period ending June 30, 2017 to the Finance Department.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing the month of April 2018 as Fair Housing Month.

Conduct a public hearing and adopted the Annual Agency Plan for Concord Housing Department.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances to amend the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) Article 5 related to Subdivision Plats, Site Plans, and Construction Plans; and CDO Articles 7 and 14 to allow Open Flags in the Center City (CC) District.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM to create a Long Range Public Transportation Master Plan.

Awarded a contract for the City of Concord's annual street preservation program to Ferebee Corporation.

Received and concurred with staff recommendations for setting a desired cross section for NCDOT Projects on NC 3 (Branchview Dr/Union St) From Kannapolis City Limits to US 601; NC 73 (Davidson Hwy), from US 29 to Poplar Tent Rd.; Poplar Tent Rd, from George W. Liles Pkwy to NC 73; and Derita/Odell School Rd, from Concord Mills Blvd to Mecklenburg County.

Authorizing the Fire Department to apply for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

Adopted a resolution to rename Concord Regional Airport (details follow). 


Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett
Concord Regional Airport will have a new name that recognizes the leadership and legacy of J. Scott Padgett, who recently completed four terms as Mayor in December 2017. The City Council unanimously voted to rename the facility Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Thursday evening. The City Council’s action is effective immediately and was required to begin the formal process to seek FAA approval. The change will be implemented over time once the FAA process is complete, including working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to adjust signage on I-85 and I-485, which both provide access to the airport in minutes. Visit concordnc.gov for details.

Paws off the grass: maintenance at Weddington Road Bark Park April 16-22
Turf maintenance planned at Weddington Road Bark Park will require both off-leash areas to be closed for seven days beginning Monday, April 16. The park is located at 8955 Weddington Road. The maintenance is the result of the Parks and Recreation Department and Buildings and Grounds Department collaborating to improve the turf conditions at the popular facility. The park opened in late 2015 as the City of Concord's first facility with off-leash dog play areas. It has been a particular challenge to grow and maintain turf in the large dog area. The work will include installing Bermuda sod in large dog area, and over-seeding the existing turf in the small dog area. Both areas will require a seven day closure for maximum effectiveness. Find out more and where fido can play at concordnc.gov.

Earth day events abound: from apps to lepidoptera to shredding and more
The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2018 will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day, including the Flutter-By Earth Day events described in the Parks and Rec Highlights below. A new and interactive weekend of events caps off the month with the City Nature Challenge April 27-30. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.
 
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.

Flutter-By Earth Days
These Earth Week celebrations will showcase the monarch butterfly, its pollinator friends and perhaps a few majestic fairies. Guest organizations will share knowledge about our community's natural climate and interesting creatures. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in fluttering fun crafts and activities at two locations. We will meet at McGee Park on Tuesday, 4/17 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, 4/19 at Dorton Park from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Greenway Adventures
For ages 3 and up, what better way to use the greenways than our very own outdoor classroom to explore critters and their habitats. This week we will feature Nature's Scavengers. We will scavenge in search of the most interesting nature artifacts. Whoever finds the most wins!! We will meet Monday, 4/16 at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, 4/18 at Moss Creek at HHH II Greenway at 4:00 p.m. There is no fee for this exciting program and parents are encouraged to participate.

Giggles & Wiggles
Ages 18 months to 3 years of age. We're getting all the wiggles out during this interactive playtime for toddlers as we wiggle to music, giggle with friends and play until we drop. We engage in activities that enhance your little one's social and developmental skills. All toddlers must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We will meet Friday, 4/20 at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. You must pre-register to join the fun.

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

April
17 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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 some simple practices can help keep your energy costs low as the weather warms up? Visit concordnc.gov for warm-weather energy savings tips from our Electric Systems department.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord bids farewell to manager Hiatt
Working as a unit to save lives; Concord conducts mass casualty training

Now recruiting for the Concord Youth Police Academy
The Concord Police Department will host the next Youth Police Academy on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at police headquarters, located at 41 Cabarrus Avenue W. Youth will experience a full day of hands on activities and get a behind-the-scenes look at police services. This is a great opportunity for those between the ages of 12 and 16 to learn more about the department and law enforcement. The application deadline is Saturday, April 7.  Visit concordnc.gov/Police for additional details.

13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival moves to new location on April 14
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association proudly presents the 13th Annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday April 14. This year's event will be at a new location: the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, located at 4751 NC Highway 49. Vendors, artisans, and growers will offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call 704-920-3310 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.

Free shredding event on April 21
The City of Concord and Cabarrus County are partnering once again to offer a free community shredding event. Get a jump on your spring cleaning on Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in the CFA Village parking lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N (behind Arby’s). Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or three banker's boxes. For more information, contact Lonnie Bulger at bulgerl@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5371, or Kevin Grant at kpgrant@cabarruscounty.us or 704-920-3209.

I My City weekend coming April 27-29
Lend a helping hand during the county-wide I My City initiative, which focuses on service projects in Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mount Pleasant. Places of worship, businesses, community groups, families, individuals, and local government will rally together April 27-29 to make a positive impact on our neighbors through local service projects. Individuals and Groups are encouraged to identify or create projects to address needs in their own communities or neighborhoods, assemble volunteers and resources, and work with project coordinators to complete these projects during I My City weekend. Larger projects may involve multiple days, while smaller projects may be a simple act of kindness. There is no project too small. To learn more about this weekend or sign up to help, visit ilovemycityproject.com.

NCDOT to repair section of Roberta Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Roberta Road in Concord at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, weather permitting. The closure is necessary for maintenance crews to replace a pipe under the roadway. The road is scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12. During the closure, a marked detour will take motorists from Roberta Road to George Liles Parkway to U.S. 29 South to Pitts School Road back to Roberta Road. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction will follow the detour in reverse. NCDOT will place electronic message boards on Roberta Road at Pitts School Road and George Liles Parkway to alert motorists to the closure. For real-time travel information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.


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

April
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 that City Manager Brian Hiatt is retiring effective April 1 after 19 years of service to Concord? Saturday, March 31 has been proclaimed W. Brian Hiatt Day in Concord in his honor. See images from his retirement event on the City's Facebook page.

Reminder: City offices closed tomorrow for Good Friday
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, March 30. Some City services are operating on a different schedule this week. Visit concordnc.gov for more on service and schedule changes. Details on family events planned for next week are in the Parks and Recreation Highlights below.

Seeking additional public input on CDBG and HOME plans for FY19
The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department held a public hearing the evening of March 12 to review community development activities and projects. The hearing provided an opportunity to hear citizen comments and questions about the 2018-2019 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME grant funds. The final plan will outline proposed goals and activities during the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019). The draft document is available for review on concordnc.gov, and printed copies are also available for public review now through April 23 at the Planning and Neighborhood Development Office in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W) and the Concord Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library (27 Union Street N). All proposed budgets will be proportionally increased or decreased from the estimated funding levels to match actual allocation amounts. All interested persons are invited to provide comments and input for the final Consolidated Annual Action Plan through April 23, 2018 by contacting Pepper Bego in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department or emailing begop@concordnc.gov.

NCDOT to repair section of Roberta Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing a section of Roberta Road in Concord at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, weather permitting. The closure is necessary for maintenance crews to replace a pipe under the roadway. The road is scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12. During the closure, a marked detour will take motorists from Roberta Road to George Liles Parkway to U.S. 29 South to Pitts School Road back to Roberta Road. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction will follow the detour in reverse. NCDOT will place electronic message boards on Roberta Road at Pitts School Road and George Liles Parkway to alert motorists to the closure. For real-time travel information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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.

Join us for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival March 31

Be sure to visit Downtown Concord on Saturday, March 31 for the
Bunny Run 5K and Festival. In addition to the Fun Run at 9:00 and 5K race at 9:30 a.m., the family festival continues until 12:00 noon and includes activities, arts and crafts, music and dancing with the bunny, and more! For more information, call 704-920-5600.

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

April
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 make a difference for the environment and keep Concord beautiful though the Adopt-A-Street program? Litter-free streets, parks, and public areas add to the beauty and appeal of our community. Visit concordnc.gov or contact the Transportation Department at 704-920-5338 to find street segments needing volunteers.

Good Friday holiday and service updates
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, March 30. Some City services will operate on a different schedule the week of March 26, and several events are planned throughout the area. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on the normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 26. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, March 29. Visit concordnc.gov for more on service and schedule changes. Details on family events planned for next week are in the Parks and Recreation Highlights below.

The Tim Clark Band to bring sounds of the beach to Haulers on Union
The 600 Festival Association has announced that the Tim Clark Band will bring a fun mix of beach music and oldies to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest presented by Freightliner in downtown Concord on May 17. The band’s upbeat sound will be one part of a free, fun and exciting evening highlighted by the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers annual parade down Union Street on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race. More than 30 of the brightly-colored NASCAR haulers are expected on Union Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. for an evening of fun. Fans are asked to gather on Union Street between Cabarrus Avenue and Corban Avenue to view the hauler parade. There will be activities for the entire family beginning at 5 p.m. including show cars, race car simulators, games for the entire family, kids’ activities including a bounce house, mascots, celebrity autograph sessions, food vendors and a beer garden for adults. Find out more at 600festival.com.

A prescription drug take back event is planned for your neighborhood April 28
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101), Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W), Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S), West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW).

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that lie unlocked in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from medicine cabinets of family and friends. Disposal by flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards for children, adults, and pets. Be a part of the solution and dispose of medications properly. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to DEA diversion control website. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

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.

Join us for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival March 31

Concord Parks and Recreation will once again host several events, including egg hunts on Thursday, March 29 (read page 11 of the Leisure Times for locations and times). Be sure to visit Downtown Concord on Saturday, March 31 for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival. In addition to the Fun Run at 9:00 and 5K race at 9:30 a.m., the family festival continues until 12:00 noon and includes activities, arts and crafts, music and dancing with the bunny, and more! For more information, call 704-920-5600.

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

April
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 find employment opportunities with the City of Concord in a variety of occupational fields? Get started in a rewarding public service career today at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-JOBS (5627).

LeDerick Blackburn honored with 2018 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
In last week's Council Meeting Highlights, LeDerick Blackburn was announced as the 2018 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values awardee. Blackburn has worked in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department for 12 years and received the award from City Manager Brian Hiatt. The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. Find out more about Blackburn and his service at concordnc.gov.

Ledwell, Osborne named to key positions as incoming City Manager begins transition
This week, two City of Concord staff members were named to fill open director positions by City Manager Brian Hiatt and incoming City Manager Lloyd Payne. On Wednesday, Steve Osborne was announced as Concord's next Planning and Neighborhood Development Director. Osborne has worked for the City of Concord since 1989 and succeeds retiring Planning Director Margaret Pearson.

Today, Bethany Ledwell was named as Concord's next Communications Director. Ledwell has worked for the City of Concord for over 15 years, and has been serving in the role on an interim basis since former director Vicki Callicutt left for a position with Union County Emergency Communications.

Both promotions are effective Monday, March 26. Payne assumes his new role as City Manager on April 1, as Brian Hiatt retires after 19 years of service with Concord and more than 37 years in North Carolina local governments.

Time for launch: Rider's Concord Charlotte Express starts MONDAY
Rider Transit is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

2018 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 19-23
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord. The work, planned for the week of March 19, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, and Rutherford Memorial Park. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 19. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 23. For more information call the Cemetery division at 704-786-8212.

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.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, or call 704-920-5600.

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

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

April
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 Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday? This is also a good time to test the batteries in smoke alarms as you turn clocks ahead an hour. Learn more about smoke alarms at fema.gov.

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

Presented a retirement plaque to Lemmie Davis, Jr. - 27 years of service, Buildings and Grounds.

Presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Presentation of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition's Directors Award of Distinction for Excellence in Alarm Management to the Police and Communications Departments by Glen Mowrey.

Presented the 2018 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award to LeDerick Blackburn in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department.
This is the highest award presented to City of Concord coworkers. Jo Atwater's life was synonymous with heartfelt service to others in our community and the highest dedication to our organizational core values. Jo worked for the City from 1994 until her passing in 2004. During this time, she became a respected friend and inspirational teammate to all coworkers. This award continues Jo's vibrant spirit and valued legacy by annually recognizing one coworker that embodies our organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Learn more about LeDerick's service in next week's CityLink Newsletter.

P
roclaimed March 31, 2018 W. Brian Hiatt Day in Concord.

Received a presentation from Parks and Recreation on the upcoming City of Concord Open Space Connectivity Analysis process.

Received a presentation from Tindale Oliver, conducted a public hearing, and adopted the 2030 Land Use Plan.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for rezoning from Residential Compact (RC) to Office Institutional - Conditional District (OI-CD) (Case Z-CD-20-17) for property located at 216 Patterson Ave, SE and 27, 42, & 45 Ashlyn Dr, SE.

Continued a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of three parcels located on the west side of Flowes Store Road, owned by Gary Medlin and Jamie Hedrick.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of one parcel located on the west side of NC Hwy 601 S (PIN 5539-81-9215), owned by Patricia Clark and Hal Hartsell Jr.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 4.6 acres on the south side of Ellenwood Rd, owned by Shim and Florence Boyd.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 15.078 acres located on the southeast side of Harris Rd and southwest side of Poplar Tent Rd, owned by Dwayne, Mamie, and Alan Hensley.

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to co-sponsor the 2018 Spring Into Arts Festival by providing in-kind services and liability insurance for the event.

Adopted Mayor and City Council operating principles, City Council goals for FY 2018-2019, and the 2018 Federal Legislative Agenda and State Legislative Priorities documents.

Adopting procedures for the purpose of negotiating the extension or assignment of existing non-commercial hanger leases at the Concord Regional Airport.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a lease agreement with Pirate Aire, LLC for the purpose of assuming the remainder of the existing lease term currently held by MM Hanger, LLC and extending that term in accordance with newly established policy and procedure.

Approved an Employment Agreement with Lloyd Payne.

Take Donnie Avenue NW to Pancake Day next week
Are you excited about Concord's favorite Day at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County next week? This year, you'll be able to arrive at Pancake Day via Donnie Avenue NW. Donnie Avenue NW is a one-way street that connects Union Street N to Spring Street NW approaching the Boys & Girls Club campus. Officials celebrated the renamed Donnie Avenue NW on Thursday, March 1. In December 2017, the City Council voted to rename the section of Elm Avenue NW between Union Street N and Spring Street NW in honor of Donnie Whittington, long-time club athletic director who passed away in 2012. Whittington devoted his life to coaching and championing youth sports in Cabarrus County for 55 years. Find out more on the City's Facebook page.

Spring 2018 City Circular digital edition now available

The latest issue of the City Circular has arrived in the mail featuring an in-depth look at the new Concord Charlotte Express service from Rider Transit. You can also access the digital edition, 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.

How Will Federal Housing Funds Help Your Community?
Every year, the City of Concord develops a plan for how it will use federal funding received from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs. To gain public input and recommendations on how the City of Concord should spend its federal HUD dollars for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the City will host a public hearing on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Your participation in the development of the Consolidated Action Plan process will help ensure that the housing needs of Concord’s citizens are addressed. For more information, please contact Pepper Bego at begop@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5133.

TOMORROW! fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-off
The fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off will be held in ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery on Saturday, March 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this exciting event, featured painters are given the Challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. Attendees have the opportunity to watch blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region. For more information contact Sarah Gay, ClearWater Artist Studios Manager at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com. ClearWater Artist Studios is located is 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535.

Just one more week: Rider's Concord Charlotte Express launches March 19
Rider Transit is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1-visit tryccx.com to find out more.

2018 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 19-23
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord. The work, planned for the week of March 19, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, and Rutherford Memorial Park. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 19. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 23. For more information call the Cemetery division at 704-786-8212.


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

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

April
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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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Please note: the original version of this week's CityLink Newsletter had an error related to the date of the Planning Department's federal HUD program public hearing. The correct date is reflected in this version, Monday, March 12. We apologize for any confusion.


Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord uses biodiesel to displace 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year? Find out more about more about how the Fleet Services department helps keep our operations sustainable at concordnc.gov.

City Council to hold public hearing on 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday, March 6
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. With the assistance of Tindale Oliver, Planning and Neighborhood Development staff have been working to update the City's Land Use Plan to provide the framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule. The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the regularly scheduled March City Council Work Session. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

How Will Federal Housing Funds Help Your Community?
Every year, the City of Concord develops a plan for how it will use federal funding received from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs. To gain public input and recommendations on how the City of Concord should spend its federal HUD dollars for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the City will host a public hearing on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Your participation in the development of the Consolidated Action Plan process will help ensure that the housing needs of Concord’s citizens are addressed. For more information, please contact Pepper Bego at begop@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5133.

Concord Fire Department to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve on over 5,000 hydrants to ensure water can be obtained should the need arise. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.

ClearWater Artist Studios presents: fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-off
The fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off will be held in ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery on Saturday, March 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this exciting event, featured painters are given the Challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. Attendees have the opportunity to watch blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region. For more information contact Sarah Gay, ClearWater Artist Studios Manager at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com. ClearWater Artist Studios is located is 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535.

CDDC's annual Concord on Canvas event celebrates local artists
Each year, the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) celebrates the local arts community with the annual Concord on Canvas event. Over $1,000 is raised annually for the participating high school art departments of Cabarrus County. This year 19 high school student artists and 21 local professional artists have prepared original works of art that are being featured and sold at the event. Banners displaying the original artwork that is up for auction are on display now along Union Street in Downtown Concord through March 10. Online bidding is underway and continues until the live auction on Friday, March 9. More information on this event, including links to online bidding and ticket purchasing may be found at ConcordDowntown.com.

Coming March 19: Rider's Concord Charlotte Express regional bus service
Rider Transit is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

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
Do you have a WILD child? Concord Parks and Rec has the perfect (free) program for youngsters ages 8 and older to be "wild," have fun, and learn a little bit about nature! Wild Child: Nature Exploration meets Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. at the McGee Park shelter (219 Corban Avenue E) on March 6 and 20, April 10 and 24, and May 8. The final program meets on the McEachern Greenway Extension on May 22. Register today and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

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

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Do you know there is affordable and plentiful parking at Concord Regional Airport? Find out how to park and be on your way in minutes at concordnc.gov.

Lloyd Payne appointed City Manager of Concord

Lloyd Wm. Payne, Jr. has been appointed as Concord's eighth City Manager, after serving as Assistant City Manager since May of 2015. The City Council appointed Payne after an extensive search process, which began following City Manager Brian Hiatt's announcement in August of his intention to retire this year after 19 years of service.

"It is an honor to be selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the next City Manager of Concord," remarked Payne. "I appreciate the solid foundation that Mr. Hiatt has cultivated after years of dedicated service and look forward to working with the elected officials, staff, and the community as we collectively work to make Concord the very best it can be."

Since 1965, Concord has operated according to the council-manager form of government, where a professional City Manager serves as the CEO of the government organization at the pleasure of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for implementing policies decisions made by the City Council, serves as the Council's chief advisor, appoints all City coworkers, coordinates the operations of all City departments, and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council each year. The council-manager form is the most popular type of local government in the United States in communities with a population of 5,000 or greater. North Carolina cities and counties helped pioneer the form and all North Carolina local governments of significant size operate under this form of government.

Prior to arriving in Concord, Payne served ten years as the Town Manager of Elkin in Surry County, and four years as Town Manager of Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County.

In addition to his local government experience, Payne has served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for over 24 years. A decorated veteran in the field of transportation and logistics, he currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the 113th Sustainment Brigade, and has previously been assigned to the 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Lenoir and the 1454th Transportation Company based in Concord. As Command Sergeant Major, Payne fills an important role in assisting the commanding officer in providing leadership, training, discipline, and two-way communications within the brigade and all its battalions, specifically with its enlisted members. Payne has three years of active duty service, including combat deployments to Bosnia in the mid-1990s and Iraq/Kuwait twice between 2003 and 2010.

"We are excited that Lloyd will lead our City coworkers in their service to the community," said Mayor Bill Dusch. "His 17 years of local government management and his distinguished service in the NC National Guard make him a uniquely qualified City Manager."

Payne has been recognized by the International City-County Management Association as a Credentialed Manager, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Appalachian State University. He has completed the Rural Economic Development Institute through the NC Rural Center, the UNC School of Government's  Municipal Administration Course and Public Executive Leadership Academy, the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, and Leadership Cabarrus.

Payne's appointment is effective April 1, 2018. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and their children Ella and Liam, as well as playing golf.


Be sure to visit ClearWater Artist Studios next week
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Rider's new Concord Charlotte Express bus service starts in just a few weeks
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

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.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

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

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the 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.

New destination announced at Concord Regional Airport: Destin, Florida
On Monday, City officials joined Allegiant Air to announce Destin, Florida as the airline's sixth nonstop destination from Concord Regional Airport (USA). Twice-a-week seasonal service will begin June 7 to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). "We are proud to partner with a great company to expand our travel options for those in the surrounding area," said Concord Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. "This will be a great benefit to the Charlotte area and Cabarrus County community as we continue to attract those looking for convenient and nonstop service to their favorite vacation destinations." Concord is one of five new routes to Destin for Allegiant. Schedules and ticketing information is available at allegiantair.com, or learn more about commercial service at Concord Regional Airport at concordnc.gov.

County parking deck construction causing brief downtown Concord traffic shift
Drivers in downtown Concord will encounter a single-lane closure and traffic shift on Spring Street SW between Corban Avenue and Foard Avenue, beginning Monday, February 19, through Thursday, February 22. Signage and flaggers will direct traffic around the closure, which is associated with the construction of the County’s new 628-spot downtown parking deck. The deck, on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse, will help address parking demands for courthouse activities. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

What's Happening at ClearWater – last chance for faculty art!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Starting March 19 – ride the new Concord Charlotte Express bus service
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1--visit tryccx.com to find out more.

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.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

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

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

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
8 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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