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Did you know?
Did you know hundreds of Concord utility customers struggle to pay their electricity bill each month? Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a partnership of the City of Concord and Cooperative Christian Ministry, is here to help. Neighbor Helping Neighbor provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways you can give: Round up your bill and donate the extra cents, donate a set amount each month, or make a one-time donation. Sign up today at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com.

City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving November 23-24
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 20. If you have questions or need more information, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5555.

20th annual Tree Lighting TONIGHT in Downtown Concord
Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The fun continues Saturday at the 89th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 18, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. Learn more about Concord's favorite night and the parade at concordnc.gov.

Before the parade, come to our FREE shredding event
The City of Concord and Cabarrus County are hosting a free secure document shredding event Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing FREE secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County Citizens at the Village Parking Lot (located behind Arby's at 280 Concord Parkway N). Please limit documents to no more than 3 regular-sized trash bags OR bankers boxes. For more information, visit the Concord Environmental Education Facebook Page.

Community and Rotarians celebrate new playground for Housing residents
The Concord Rotary Club’s latest service project was funding a playground for Concord Housing Department community members. Community members, Rotarians, and City officials gathered on Thursday, November 16 to celebrate. To see pictures from the event, visit the City's Facebook Page, or learn more about the Concord Rotary Club's service projects at concordrotary.com.

Concord Police to offer place of worship security training
The Concord Police Department will once again host a training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. In a free, 90-minute session, Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell will help attendees understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. Those interested can attend this training on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. in training room 304 of Concord Police Headquarters. Find out more at concordnc.gov, or contact Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell at 704-920-5000 or ferrellr@concordnc.gov.

Please be kind: remove your signs
With last week's municipal election complete, the City of Concord is encouraging candidates and members of the public to find other places for political signs than the landfill. Although campaign sign clean-up responsibilities in rights-of-way rest primarily with candidates, there are also many displayed on private property. Those removing these signs are encouraged to reuse them for other purposes. For residents without reuse opportunities, plastic and cardboard signs can be recycled in Concord's curbside recycling program. Simply remove all wood or metal stakes before recycling as these materials are not allowed in your black carts. The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Division will conduct a sign sweep on Saturday, November 18 and target signs that are in public rights-of-way and in violation of the City's sign standards. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

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

Looking for a few good volunteers
Have you always wanted to share your expertise in a special area or do you have a love for the outdoors? We invite you to become a part of our Volunteer Program and make a difference in your community.  Coaches are a very valuable part of our athletic programs but are not the only areas where volunteers are needed. We have volunteer opportunities available for families and individuals in our parks, greenways, and recreation facilities.  Just ask and we will find an opportunity for you. Please visit concordparksandrec.org for details.

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

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

December
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 the City of Concord was named this year's healthiest local government employer in the Charlotte region by the Charlotte Business Journal? Visit concordnc.gov to find out more reasons why the City Concord is a great place to work and to browse career opportunities.

Municipal Election Day is November 7, early voting still available
Election Day in Concord is Tuesday, November 7. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections has resources to help you be informed:

Early voting is still available from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections website.

City Council meeting schedule adjusted to accommodate municipal election
Mayor Padgett has called a special City Council Work Session on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 35 Cabarrus Avenue, West. The scheduled Tuesday, November 7 City Council Work Session will not be held, but the Council Chambers will be open beginning at 7:00 p.m. for viewing of election results.

Change your clock, change your batteries
When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm. The NFPA reports three out of every five home fire deaths across the nation resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Of those, in fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than half of them had missing or disconnected batteries after nuisance alarms, such as the alarm going off during cooking. Dead batteries caused one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures. Hardwired power source problems caused 7 percent of the failures. The rest of the failures occurred because of defective or improperly installed alarms. Find out more at ncdoi.com, or contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517 if you have additional questions.

37 million household fire extinguishers recalled by US CPSC

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 37 million Kidde Fire Safety fire extinguishers produced since 1973. Recalled fire extinguishers require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. One death was reported involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. Contact 855-271-0773 or kidde.com for a free replacement. Full recall announcement: http://bit.ly/2zbBvcs

Monday and Tuesday routes up next for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 6 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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

Veterans Salute 5k
Concord Parks and Recreation is proud to host the Veterans Salute 5K on Saturday, November 4 in Downtown Concord. Day-of registration begins at 8:00 a.m., $10 for veterans and $20 for all other runners. The Veterans Salute 5K will raise funds for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Combat Wounded Veterans Chapter 634. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. Special City Council work session
7 at 7:00 p.m. Municipal election results viewing open to public
8 at 7:00 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 you can place a bid on the City's used vehicles and equipment? In addition to maintenance, the Fleet Services Department manages the acquisition and disposal of City vehicles and equipment. The City uses govdeals.com to dispose of vehicles in a timely, cost-effective manner while improving the buying experience for customers. To view current items for sale please visit govdeals.com.

Concord in the Headlines
First responders participate in training at Concord Regional Airport

Concord Regional Airport hosts disaster drill

Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Some older youth go out later in the evening looking for mischief. Turn off your porch light at 8:00 p.m. to deter people from approaching your house. Click here for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark, including the annual Candy Crawl on Tuesday, October 31 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Police officers, fire fighters, and other City coworkers will participate in the Candy Crawl event along with Downtown businesses. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Safely dispose of medications TOMORROW at various locations
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Tomorrow, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Wednesday and Thursday routes kick off loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 30 and February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 30 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

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

Have a spooky good time with Concord Parks and Rec!
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our facilities on October 27 and 28. The first opportunity is tonight at Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. See the Fall 2017 Leisure Times for locations and more information 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.

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 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 local first responders and Concord Regional Airport staff regularly train for emergency situations? On the morning of Tuesday, October 24, first responders will take part in a simulated incident near the airport. Through the realistic portrayal of this event in a learning environment, participants will rehearse the emergency protocols and procedures that would be needed should an actual aircraft accident occur. The public may see additional emergency traffic around the airport Tuesday morning. Volunteers will play the role of injured passengers. Concord Regional Airport’s response to the incident and interaction with other agencies will be evaluated to find ways to improve future training, equipment, and response procedures. Additional information about airport safety requirements is available at faa.gov.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election continues until November 4
One-Stop Voting (known as early voting) for the November 7 municipal election is now underway. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices (369 Church Street N) during set hours weekdays through October 30, as well as Friday, November 3 and part of Saturday, November 4. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find one-stop voting times and more information on the municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections website.

CTW visits ClearWater Artist Studios to preview Barbara Ellis exhibition
Tune into Cabarrus This Week for a peek at ClearWater Studios new solo exhibition: "Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction," featuring work of tenant artist Barbara Ellis. Ellis' abstract expressionist works have evolved over the years as she delved deeper into how spirit moves her artistic practice. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village (223 Crowell Drive NW). Through December 1, you can view the exhibition Wednesdays through Fridays (noon until 5:00 p.m.), at 2nd Saturday Open Studios (10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), or by appointment. Find out more at clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

CDDC Innovation Day in Downtown Concord TOMORROW!
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is hosting a one-day event called Create the Connection tomorrow, October 21. Last month, creative artists, inventors, and members of the greater community were invited by the CDDC to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord. The 13 entries will be placed along Union Street for a one-day viewing by the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. During this event, attendees will vote for their favorite installation, whose designer will receive a $500 prize. Judges will also pick a $1,000 prize winner with potential for a permanent installation. Participants should meet at the Old Courthouse lawn (65 Union Street, South) to get their voting ticket and punch card. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information.

CommUNITY conversations, medication take-back events start next week
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Cabarrus County – America Thrives Here
Cabarrus County has introduced its new brand identity, known as America Thrives Here. Wanting more than a logo and tagline, Cabarrus County sought an authentic, research-based brand that reflected the community as it is today. The research overwhelmingly showed that the community united around four values—family, faith, collaboration and tradition. Starting with Living the Brand Workshops, the County began a year-long project to develop the brand storyline in conjunction with the County’s 225th anniversary. The County will use the brand to project its strategic vision, develop recognition among residents, attract new residents and businesses, engage employees, and aid with the recruitment of a talented and diverse workforce. More information is available at cabarruscounty.us.

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

Dogs' Day Out TOMORROW!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for
Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more 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.

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 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 the best thing to do with leaves that might have fallen from your trees is to leave them in place? If you must rake your leaves, visit our Facebook Page for some helpful tips and dates to make sure you aren't putting loose leaves at the curb too soon.

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

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment member Steve Bradley.

Presented retirement plaques to Keith Fitch, 28 years of service, Fire (unable to attend), and Barry Perkins, 30 years of service, Electric Systems.

Continued a public hearing and denied an annexation petition for approximately 402 acres owned by Redus NC Land LLC.

Received a presentation by Tindale Oliver to introduce the 2030 Land Use Plan draft concepts to the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Conducted public hearings and adopting ordinances for annexation of: one parcel located at 510 Archibald Rd, owned by Matthew and Heather Perrault; and one parcel located at 1948 Cold Springs Road, owned by Ronas Hess and Patti Bost.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and modified an existing contract for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for a 500,798 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1000 Derita Road.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for a three-year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to SL 1000 Derita Road LLC (The Silverman Group) for: a 451,074 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 980 Derita Road; and for a 252,646 SF manufacturing/high tech speculative building located at 1040 Derita Road.

Adopted a resolution for the City of Concord to declare its intentions to issue tax exempt bonds (secured by and payable solely from private development revenues, not City of Concord revenues) in the amount not to exceed $17,000,000 to finance the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of multi-family dwelling units to be known as the Norcott Mill Lofts and for related purposes.

Recognized the Hackberry Place Homeowner's Association and the Hidden Pond Property Owner's Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Sealand Contractors Corporation for the Runway Strengthening project at Concord Regional Airport.

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. 

Make a difference in the local opioid epidemic at upcoming events
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

News from Concord Downtown Development Corporation
The final Music on Means concert of the year is less than a week away on Thursday, October 19 featuring The Tams! The concert is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Means Avenue beside the Historic Courthouse (65 Union Street S). Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Call to Chili Cookers! – As part of the Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival (Saturday, November 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord) the public is invited to participate in a chili competition, open to individuals and teams, and businesses or organizations looking for exposure. Simply register to participate by October 20. This event is presented by the Historic Concord Preservation Trust with a portion of proceeds to benefit Cabarrus member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208 for more information.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension Fall Plant Sale
The Cabarrus Cooperative Extension fall plant sale is available through October 25. Plants will be available for pick up between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on November 2 and 3 at the Extension Office (715 Cabarrus Ave W). All proceeds from the Plant Sale provide Cooperative Extension programming support. All berry plants are sold in 1-gallon containers and are well adapted to the piedmont growing conditions. Cost for plants is $10 each. For more information, visit cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu or call 704-920-3310 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election starts on Oct. 19
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting starts on Thursday, October 19 and goes until Saturday November 4. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices located at 369 Church Street N during set hours. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find more information on early voting and the November 7 municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections.

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

Dogs' Day Out coming October 21!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more 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.

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

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 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 if a child dials 911 and hangs up the telephone, the Emergency Communications Center will try to call back? If no one answers, a law enforcement officer will be dispatched to the address to check on them if the address can be verified. Contrary to what you might have heard before, a child will not be in trouble if someone calls them back or a Law Enforcement Officer comes to check on them because the first concern is the safety of the child.

Council Member Parsley elected to second term on NC League board of directors
Concord City Council Member Jennifer Parsley has been elected for a second two-year term on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. In that role, Council Member Parsley will help oversee the advocacy and membership service efforts of the League, which represents more than 540 cities, towns and villages across North Carolina. The selection was made by League members during the organization’s annual conference, CityVision 2017, held last week in Greenville. Visit concordnc.gov or nclm.org for more information.

Nature impacts each of us in a unique way. Join the conversation.
The Concord Wildlife Alliance is hosting a FREE screening of Nature Matters, a 40-minute documentary that follows a group of Charlotte teens fully experiencing nature for the first time. The Cabarrus County Board of Education Chairman Barry Shoemaker will emcee the event and moderate an after-film discussion with Nicole Driscoll, who was featured in the film, Concord Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson, Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks program manager Alex Beck, North Carolina Wildlife Federation Great Outdoors University Program Director Mary Bures, and Cabarrus County Schools teacher Lenora Barron. The screening begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 at the Davis Theatre (65 Union Street S). Learn more and see the trailer at naturemattersfilm.com.

New solo exhibit coming soon to ClearWater Artist Studios
The team at ClearWater Artist Studios is gearing up for a new exhibition that will run October 7 through December 1. The solo show features ClearWater tenant artist Barbara Ellis' abstract expressionist works, which have evolved over the year 2016-17. For the first time, the Opening Reception will take place in the evening, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. Ellis will give an Artist talk from 7-8 p.m. during the reception, and light refreshments will be served. Parking is free and plentiful on-site in three well-lot parking lots. ClearWater Artist Studios are located at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. Visit the all-new clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535 details.

D. G. Martin to speak in Concord: reserve your seat by October 12
D. G. Martin, author, columnist, and host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is the guest speaker at the Deana Irvin Author's Symposium luncheon, sponsored by the Concord Friends of the Library. The event will be Thursday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at City Club at Gibson Mill (325 McGill Avenue NW). Book signing for Martin's "North Carolina's Roadside Eateries" book to follow program. Open to the public. Tickets are $27 (includes lunch buffet). Registration form available at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, or via the Concord Friends of the Library’s Facebook Page. Registration deadline is October 12. Call 704-920-2050 for additional information.

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

Final Call for Youth Basketball registration
Registration for Youth Basketball ends this weekend! Online registration ends at 11:59 pm Saturday night. Additionally, Parks and Recreation staff will be at the Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. register in-person (cash or check only). Find out more about the youth basketball league at concordparksandrec.org.

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

October
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
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Police will be increasing the visible police presence, traffic enforcement citations, bike patrols, and foot patrols in the Concord Mills Boulevard area beginning October 1? It’s all part of a federally supported operational model called DDACTS. Find out more about this new program on the new @ConcordNCPolice Twitter feed.

Electric crews on their way home after restoring power in Georgia and Florida
For the last ten days, 14 Concord Electric Systems coworkers have been working as part of a 42-person team deployed by ElectriCities to restore power in Georgia and Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Concord’s team joined crews from Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Huntersville/Cornelius, Maiden, Morganton, and Statesville first going to East Point and Covington, Georgia, and then to Jacksonville, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Fort Myers, Florida. The team was released this afternoon after helping restore power to thousands of customers and is expected back in Concord tomorrow.   to assist in power restoration efforts, including Justin Pepper, Marino Perez, Jackie Rushing, Jason Sartain, Larry Barbee, Chandler Rice, Daniel Scott, Robert McClure, Jonathan Sheilds, Chris Aldridge, Darrell Allman, Lannie Cruse, Billy Deese, and Blaine Long. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page or ready.gov/september to find out how you can be involved and part of something larger when disaster strikes.

Updated water sampling shows compliance with all standards
The City of Concord is pleased to announce that as of August 2017, drinking water supplied to our customers has returned to compliance with all federal and state regulations. In June of this year, customers were notified of the exceedance of haloacetic acids, in violation of a drinking water standard. Haloacetic acids (HAAs) are a type of by-product formed when the chlorine used to disinfect drinking water reacts with naturally occurring organic matter (NOM) in water. Although water remained safe for drinking, cooking, bathing, swimming, and other activities, the City prioritized keeping customers aware of what happened, actions they could consider, and what the City would do to correct the situation. August's sampling results show that Concord's water has returned to compliance with haloacetic acid levels and all other regulations at all sampling locations. To achieve compliance, Water Resources professionals immediately started new efforts to correct the HAA issue, including adjusting the pH of the treated water to be less favorable for HAA formation, and using carbon in raw water to adsorb as much of the organics as possible prior to chlorination. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

NCDOT to shift traffic on Concord Parkway near NC 73 tonight
The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to shift traffic on U.S. 29 North near N.C. 73 in Concord as part of a $13 million project to replace two bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad. Weather permitting, work will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, when northbound traffic will be shifted from its current pattern to the existing southbound lanes. The new pattern will leave two lanes available for both northbound and southbound traffic, and will be in place up to a year. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the spring of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

C-54 that participated in Berlin Airlift coming to Concord Regional Airport
The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's WWII era C-54 Spirit of Freedom aircraft will visit Concord Regional Airport and be open to the public on September 27 and 28, with tours available 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. each day. This four engine cargo aircraft was a Berlin Airlift participant; it’s now a flying museum to the airlift, owned and flown by a volunteer crew of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. There is free parking available and no charge tour the aircraft on the ground. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

D. G. Martin to speak in Concord reserve your seat by October 12
D. G. Martin, author, columnist, and host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is the guest speaker at the Deana Irvin Author's Symposium luncheon, sponsored by the Concord Friends of the Library. The event will be Thursday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at City Club at Gibson Mill (325 McGill Avenue NW). Book signing for Martin's "North Carolina's Roadside Eateries" book to follow program. Open to the public. Tickets are $27 (includes lunch buffet). Registration form available at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, or via the Concord Friends of the Library’s Facebook Page. Registration deadline is October 12. Call 704-920-2050 for additional information.

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

Take a Child Outside week: Park Passport and Wilderness Hunt
Each year,
Take a Child Outside week is September 24-30. Playing outside connects children to the natural world, helping them focus in school and reducing the chance of childhood obesity. Join us for a week-long BINGO scavenger hunt, where participating children will receive passport stamps at each location they visit. Visit two or more programs and receive a special wilderness adventure prize! No registration required. Drop in 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week (September 25-29)! Visit concordparksandrec.org for locations.

Pardon our dust: upgrades coming to Caldwell Parks' Dan Pharr Building
The Dan Pharr Building at Caldwell Park is currently under renovation and is scheduled to reopen in early 2018 with more program/meeting space (increase from 2,219 to 2,667 square feet), an improved kitchen, and upgraded flooring (existing floors are concrete). The Dan Pharr Building is used often by the community and these renovations will enhance its use for family gatherings and other community events. Parks and Rec staff anticipate reopening the reservation process for this facility in January. If you have questions, please call 704-920-5600. Construction photos are available at facebook.com/ConcordNC.

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

October
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
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the City has property for sale? The Legal Department has established a process for the City to divest of extraneous property and to dispose of property acquired through tax foreclosure. Visit concordnc.gov/property4sale to see what's available.

As Irma track changes, long-term preparedness encouraged
Earlier this week, the projected path of Hurricane Irma heightened local awareness of the need to prepare for emergency situations. The City continues to monitor Irma and is ready to respond to local impacts. Although the latest forecasts now have lessened the local threat, the public is encouraged to use this as an opportunity to prepare now for future events. Whether tropical storms, winter weather, or other situations, maintaining emergency plans and supply kits for homes and businesses can have an enormous effect on the ability to recover. The best time to plan for an emergency is now, well in advance.

Over 30 staff members from all Departments assembled in the City's Emergency Operations Center this afternoon for a final briefing in advance of Irma. The City has focused preparations on staffing, equipment and supplies, fuel, and interdepartmental coordination that would be needed in the event of responding to severe weather. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and encourage the community to do the same. Being ready helps you and your family stay safe before and after a severe weather event. It also lowers the workload of fire, police, and medical first-responders, find out how at concordnc.gov and readync.org.

Cabarrus County Fair now open!
Nothing Compares, the theme of the 2017 Cabarrus County Fair, invites you to explore beyond the midway. The Fair features a butterfly encounter, which sits alongside crowd favorites like the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth, and educational exhibits. Live performances include karaoke on Sunday nights, local bands, The Firefighter Training Show, Barnyard Cackle Review, Ackmonster's Chainsaw Art, Robinson's Racing Pigs, and Rockin' A Ranch Petting Zoo. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. Find out more and buy tickets at cabarruscountyfair.com.

Honoring the lives lost on 9/11 and first responders

The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road.

Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Monday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition to this remembrance of 9/11, as part of the 2017 Appropriations Act the General Assembly added a new legal holiday, First Responders Day, to occur annually on September 11. The City of Concord thanks all first-responders who work to keep our community safe.

Be your Child's Hero at Safety Palooza 2017
Safe Kids Cabarrus and the Concord Fire Department are hosting this year's Safety Palooza from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. The event will once again be at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N and features the Junior Firefighter Challenge for youth ages 6-17. The event will also feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, free CPR training, and safe disposal of expired and unused medications. Enjoy free food, inflatable amusements for kids, and community vendors! Visit safekidscabarrus.org or call 704-920-5529 for more information.

Final weeks to participate in 2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at
concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

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

Toddler time and pre-school activities
Concord Parks and Recreation has a variety of programs and classes available for Concord's littlest citizens. From art and dancing to cooking and fitness, check out the Fall 2017 Leisure Times for all the fun things available for kiddos! Pre-registration required for most activities, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know you can plan your Rider Transit trip with Google Maps integration, and track your bus location on ckrider.com? Let us help you take a ride and see your bus location in real time now at ckrider.com.

Concord in the Headlines
Local governments advocate for business owners affected by NCDOT bridge closure plans

Concord Police reach out at Coffee with a Cop

2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey now open
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

Fall City Circular and Leisure Times on the way!
If you have not yet already, you'll soon receive the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail soon. The Fall 2017 City Circular digital edition is also available, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page. Additional photos of Mayor Scott and Teresa Padgett as featured in the Fall issue are available on the Michael A. Anderson Photography Facebook Page. The Fall 2017 Leisure Times is also available in a digital edition, with tons of fun for you and your family this fall.

Cabarrus County Schools to welcome students back August 28
As thousands of students, teachers, and families prepare for the new school year to begin on Monday, the City of Concord encourages everyone to be cautious as the community readjusts to school year vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Familiarize yourself with laws regarding stopped school buses at ncbussafety.org. Be extra careful around bus stops, school zones, and crosswalks, and plan extra time to travel next week so you will not feel rushed on your morning and evening commutes. Learn more on the Cabarrus County Schools back to school site: cabarrus.k12.nc.us/bts.

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

Back to school means the fun continues with Parks and Rec
Did your family members have fun with us this summer at camps, classes, or other activities? Sad that the summer is coming to an end? Don't be! Classes and other programs for youth continue year-round, such as Greenway Adventures meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00. Visit concordparksandrec.org for details and to register, or call 704-920-5600.

Final chance to register for adult flag football leagues
Are you ready for some football? Concord Parks and Recreation is once again offering coed and mens' adult 5 on 5 flag football leagues. Registration is available through August 31, and the playing season runs September through December. Each week, teams play one or two games weekday evenings, and registration is just $375 per team. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

September
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know you can visit concordnc.gov/WhatsMyDay to verify your residential garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection schedule?

(Almost) Total eclipse of the sun
On Monday, August 21, all of the continental U.S. will experience an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years. A total solar eclipse will be visible within a path 70 miles wide that stretches across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina, including seven western counties. Almost everywhere else in North Carolina will experience a partial eclipse of 90 percent totality or more. Visit nc.gov/eclipse2017 for statewide eclipse event and safety information, and ncdot.gov for travel tips. Rather stay home and avoid the crowds? The Cabarrus County Public Library has events planned to help you enjoy the eclipse right here, find out more at cabarruscounty.us.

Statement from Mayor Padgett on the closing of Alevo
Mayor Scott Padgett offered the following statement today, after Alevo announced its immediate closure. “I was extremely disappointed to receive notice that Alevo is ceasing operations today. My most immediate concern is for the 290 individuals and their families that will be affected by a loss of employment. They took a chance on a promising future with Alevo, and now have to start back at square one. Fortunately, we have an increasingly diversified economy in Concord that offers many current and future employment opportunities.

Alevo offered an exciting vision for a portion of the former Philip Morris property they leased, which ultimately did not come to reality. The property ownership of the entire tract of land on both sides of Concord Parkway remains financially stable. The City, County, and Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation will continue working with the owners to find the right use for the most unique development opportunity in this part of the United States.”


Find employment opportunities and why the City of Concord is a great place to work
With over 1,000 positions authorized in the current year budget, the City of Concord is always looking for great new members of Team Concord. Find out more about why the City of Concord is a great place to work, browse employment opportunities, and fill out an application at concordnc.gov/HR.

2017 Solid Waste customer satisfaction survey now open
The City of Concord is committed to providing residents with the highest quality of service. We would like you to tell us how satisfied you are with your garbage, recycle, and bulky waste services by Waste Pro. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer complete our short survey available at concordnc.gov/solidwaste.

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

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