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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord’s Fleet Services department is responsible for overseeing a fleet of over 1000 vehicles and equipment? The department was recently awarded the 2019 Best 100 Fleets of North America by Governing Magazine. The 2019 submission highlighted the balance of efficiency and effectiveness measures attained in the NC Benchmarking Program. To learn more about the City’s Fleet Services Department, visit concordnc.gov.

 


Concord in the headlines
City of Concord first responders come to aid of stranded bus passengers
Streetscape results: Public votes for expanding Union Street sidewalks for outdoor activity

 

Highlights of the July 11 City Council Meeting

Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Proclamation of thanks recognizing Price Memorial AME Zion Church for their 30th year in the City's Adopt A Street program.

 

Presented a retirement plaque to Archie Coble for 30 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord Fire Department.

 

Recognized Fleet Services for receiving the 2019 Best 100 Fleets of North America Award.

 

Presented a Certificate of appreciation to outgoing Board / Commission Members Clyde Kluttz and Warren Nance.   

 

Conducted a public hearing and approved a contract for a three year / 85% tax based Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Sim to locate at 7075-A Aviation Blvd.  

 

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Articles 1 and 6 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) relative to procedures for zoning violations and permit revocation.  

 

Adopted a policy setting the requirements for citizen requests of street renaming’s within the City of Concord.

 

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

 

Awarded FY20 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a two-year contract with Agio, LLC. in the amount of $266,925.12 for cyber security related technology services.

 

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Armstrong Glen, PC for architectural and engineering services relating to the design of the Electric Equipment Shed. 

 

Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Landmark Structures I, L.P. for the construction of a new elevated water storage tank in the amount of $4,975,000 and execute a contract amendment with HDR Inc. for construction administration services in an amount not to exceed $311,600.

 

Accepted a grant from the FAA for the purchase of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) truck and to adopt a budget amendment.

 

Approved a Letter of Agreement for Concord-Padgett Regional Airport to participate in the NCDOT Division of Aviation Airport Safety / Maintenance Program and to adopted a resolution of commitment.

 

Adopted a resolution amending the Customer Service Policies and Procedures.

 

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.


Good Food, Good Mood

For ages 6 & up, plus and adult. This healthy food swap will have you doing a happy dance! Join our fun family class as we make tasty and healthy recipes. Learn together as we experience Great Greek. High in protein, you’ll be surprised by how many ways Greek yogurt can be used in the kitchen. Class meets Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Class price is per person, youth or adult. Fee per participant is $8 for City residents; $13 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

 


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

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

August
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7 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 you can lend your voice to NCDOTs plans for future transportation improvements? Get started at ncdot.gov.

Cabarrus County Parking Deck opening celebration – February 27
You are invited to the opening celebration for the Cabarrus County Parking Deck. The five-story, 614-spot parking deck is on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse in downtown Concord. The project will help address parking demands for courthouse activities. The celebration will take place at the deck entrance on Corban Avenue (across from St. James Lutheran Church). The deck will open for public parking on Friday, March 1. Find out more about the project at cabarruscounty.us.

ClearWater The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training Exhibit – March 10
ClearWater Artist Studios, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, will present The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training, an Athletic Training and Sports Medicine photographic and illustrated art exhibition. The photographs were commissioned to draw attention to approaches for best practices in preventing sudden death and catastrophic injury in athletics in North Carolina. The idea is to utilize art for a series of educational posters to achieve this goal. The exhibit will be displayed in the Community Room/ Second Gallery at Clearwater Artist Studios with an opening reception Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. The reception is a free public event will feature the photographer and the ballerina as featured in the photos. For additional details, see clearwaterartists.com; or call 704-784-9535.

 

Pipe replacement project closing section of Roberta Road next week

An NCDOT project to replace a failing pipe under Roberta Road in Cabarrus County will require the closure of a short section of the road near Farm Lake Drive for three days next week. Work is scheduled to start Monday morning, Feb. 25, with the road expected to be open by Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27. Motorists will be able to use Roberta Road up until the closed section between Farm Lake Drive and Rubens Road, southwest of Concord, but will have to detour to get around the work zone. The signed detour route uses George Liles Parkway, U.S. 29, Cabarrus Avenue, U.S. 601 and Old Charlotte Road. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching the work site. They should anticipate needing extra time to travel through the area because of the detour. For real-time travel information, visit the all new DriveNC.gov

Neighborhood Program Workshop: Growing your membership – February 27

Neighborhood Leaders are invited to attend the Growing Your Membership educational workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at Fire Station #9 (1020 Ivey Cline Road) located just off Poplar Tent Road and I85. Attendees will learn methods to identify new members, strategies for hosting inviting meetings, the importance of hosting fun social events to allow people to meet and network, and how to effectively utilize social media in these efforts. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cherie Jzar at (704) 920-5298 or send email to jzarc@concordnc.gov.

 

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

Exercise & Movement
This specialized program is intended for middle and high school-age individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Featuring Yoga, Dumbbells, Tai Chi and a variety of other exercise and movement modalities will keep up feeling healthy and happy! Our next class will be Monday, 2/25 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class, but do give us a call to pre-register at 704-920-5604.

Move & Groove
For ages 2-5. Join us for singing, dancing and Imagination Playground creativity! We will meet Tuesday, 2/265 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this class. Pre-registration is required, please call 704-920-5604.

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

March
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Happy New Year!

The CityLink Newsletter is not being published this week due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day Holiday. As a reminder, City of Concord offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. For information on residential solid waste collection and other services during the week of December 31, visit concordnc.gov.  Have a very happy and safe new year!


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

January
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Police have welcomed three new K9’s to the Patrol Bureau? The new K9’s- Kodi, Wolf and Csubi are all certified in a full patrol capacity. Each K9 lives with their respective handler and continues to be an important tool for patrol officers and citizens of ConcordTo learn more, visit the City’s Facebook Page

 

City of Concord wins Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award for Municipal Conservationist of the Year

The City of Concord was selected as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s 55th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Winner for Municipal Conservationist of the Year. The award recognizes the work of the Concord Wildlife Alliance and coordination of City of Concord Environmental Educator- Mandy Smith-Thompson in achieving Certified Community Wildlife Habitat status, the supported conservation through signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and the creation of a native plant project with a local juvenile detention facility. The award also acknowledges the achievement that the City made when competing in the Global City Nature Challenge and the partnerships with local schools, community groups and libraries. Award winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists. These prestigious awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state.  Award winners will be honored at a banquet to be held September 8 in Cary, N.C. For more information about the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Winners, visit ncwf.org.


Cabarrus real estate and personal property tax bills mailed July 20

Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills mailed to residents on July 20. Concord residents will receive one tax bill for both municipal and Cabarrus County property taxes. The County’s single-bill initiative is a cost-saving measure that streamlines the billing process and minimizes administrative overlap. Property tax bills are due on September 1 and are classified as past due if not paid before January 8, 2019. Residents also have the option of viewing their property tax bills online at the Cabarrus County website, cabarruscounty.us/tax.  Since Cabarrus municipalities no longer provide tax collection services, tax payers across Cabarrus County now have a single point of contact, the Cabarrus County Tax Administration Office. The new system allows tax payers to view their consolidated tax bill and make payments online through the County website at cabarruscounty.us/tax. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us

 

Recognizing our #TEAMCONCORD High Performers

The High 5 for Excellent Service recognition program’s purpose is to recognize coworkers for their commitment to the City’s 9 Principles of Excellent Customer Service. Coworkers can be nominated by citizens or fellow employees. Each quarter, the Customer Service Advancement Team selects #TEAMCONCORD High Performers from those nominations to be honored at a luncheon with the City Manager. Learn more about our most recent honorees on the City's Facebook Page.

 

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

Gridded Oil Pastel Portraits

For ages 12 - 18. Are you interested in drawing portraits, of actors, musicians, or fictional characters from film/television? Learn how to draw proportionately using the gridded scale method; as well as how to shade, highlight, and blend oil pastels to give your portraits the illusion of depth. Everyone will take home a portrait! This mini camp will meet Wednesday - Saturday, 7/25 - 7/28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #9. All participants must pre-register by 7/18. Fee for all four days is $70 for City residents, $75 for non-residents. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

 

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

August
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 that residents in the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County now have access to a new waste collection calendar and reminder system called CabConKan CARTology? Visit concordnc.gov, to learn more. 

 

 

Highlights of the July 12 City Council Meeting

Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Mike Causey, recognized Concord for achieving a Public Protection Classification of 1.  


Presented
 retirement plaque to Concord Police Canine Rico for six years of service as a police canine.  


Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to John Sullivan - Chairman of the Board of Adjustment.   

Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to DeAnne Hobbs in recognition for her six years of service on the Historic Preservation Commission.


Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of +/- 3.758 contiguous acres located on the south side of Harris Rd, owned by Glenna Tucker Hensley

Conducted a public hearing and tabled a request to consider adopting an ordinance for annexation of one full parcel and a portion of a second parcel, located at 8520 and 8549 Quay Rd which is owned by the Carol Jones Fox Family Trust.    

Conducted a public hearing and denied the request to amend an approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the commercial village located within the Christenbury Farms/Christenbury Village development located at 9620 Christenbury Parkway.    

Awarded FY19 Neighborhood Matching Grants for Recognized Neighborhoods

Renamed a segment of Kannapolis Hwy to Optical Court NW and a segment of S Ridge Ave to Transit Ct NW. 

 

Delayed awarding a bid to Sink Tower Erections Company, Inc. to construct a communications tower and directed the City Manager to investigate the feasibility of locating a communications tower at an alternative site.  

 

Awarded a bid and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Page Power Systems, Inc. for relocating the generator at 26 Union St. S.to 100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. N. 


Authorized the execution of a Second Contract Addendum to the New Harrisburg-Concord Water Agreement and adopted an O&M rate of $3.30/1,000 gallons and a monthly base rate of $24,677 for FY 2019. 

 

Approved change order number two for Runway Strengthening Project at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. 

 

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with ALS of North Carolina for the construction of one Dynamic Message Sign Assembly for the City of Concord's Intelligent Transportation System contingent upon NCDOT's approval. 

 

Accepted the preliminary application from Oscar Alvarado Ortiz for property located at 853 Zion Church Rd and approved the owner to proceed to the final application phase to received water and sewer services outside of the City limits, excluding annexation. 

City of Concord Officials unveiled Alfred Brown Jr Court SW
On Thursday, July 12 City of Concord Officials along with former City Council member Alfred M. Brown Jr. and invited guests including retired City Manager Brian Hiatt, retired Council Member David Phillips and Lamar Barrier gathered at the intersection of Warren C Coleman Boulevard and Manor Ave SW to unveil the new name of the drive leading to the Brown Operations Center – Alfred Brown Jr Court SW. Last month City Council voted to rename the drive in honor of former City Council member Alfred M. Brown Jr., son of the former City Council member Alfred M. Brown, Sr. in honor of whom the Operations Center is named. For more info and to see photos from the event, check out the City’s Facebook page.


Temporary lane closure planned July 16 and July 17 on Cabarrus Ave W
The Water Resources Department will temporary close one lane of Cabarrus Ave W between Yorktown Street and Spring Street on Monday and Tuesday evening. This lane closure is necessary to allow crews to perform utility work near 61 Cabarrus Ave W. The work is scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m. and will last for approximately six hours, weather permitting. Cabarrus Ave W. will be down to one travel lane with flaggers in place.  Motorists who wish to travel on Cabarrus Ave W should exercise caution and travel slowly in the work areas. For more information, visit concordnc.gov or contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

 

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

Mythical Creatures Mini-camp at Dorton Park – July 16 thru July 18

Mermaids, mermen, unicorns and dragons, oh my! So many creatures out there, which captures your eye? We will create crafts and play games based on these mysterious legends! There are only a few spots available for this mystical adventure. The mini camp is for children ages 5 – 10 and will take place on July 16 through July 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Dorton Park. Participants will meet at the small shelter. Fee for all three days is $15 for City residents, $20 for non-residents. 

 

Shipwrecked!

For ages 8 - 12. CRASH!! What's that noise? Your ship just ran into the side of an island. Uh on! You'll have to learn how to survive in this "crash" course. We'll build forts, learn about navigation, hunt for food and become the ultimate survivalists! Do you have what it takes? We'll meet Monday - Wednesday, 7/16 - 7/18 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Weddington Road Bark Park. Cost: $15 for City residents and $20 for non-residents. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.

Big Books Little Cooks - Should I Share My Ice Cream?

For ages 2-5. Joins us for a story and fun in the kitchen! We all scream for ice cream... and now we'll make our own! Bring gloves because things are going to get chilly! We will meet Thursday, 7/19 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station #9. All participants must pre-register by 7/17. Cost: $5 for City residents and $10 for non-residents.

 


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

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

August 
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 atconcordnc.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 National Arbor Day is April 27? See if you can spot tagged trees around Concord!  City staff is applying the tags, courtesy of the NC Urban Forest Council to draw attention on the monetary value and ecosystem services provided by our urban trees.

Early Voting for the May 8 Primary Election

The primary election is set for Tuesday, May 8. Avoid long lines on Primary Election Day or register and vote on the same day at one-stop voting, known as early voting. There is only one early voting location in Cabarrus County for the May Primary, the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office located at 369 Church St. N. Early voting dates: April 19 and 20, 23 through 27, and April 30 through May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is also a Saturday early voting option on May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters can find more information on early voting for the May 8 Primary election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections   


As part of earth day events, show us your litter sweep at #ConcordLitterSweep 

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 semi-annual litter sweep partnership. We all win when our city is cleaner – even our wildlife and water benefit!  Everyone can conduct a cleanup, and we encourage you to Show Us Your Litter Sweep by posting a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ConcordLitterSweep. Don't forget, next weekend's City Nature Challenge April 27-30 will cap off the month. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.


Know your rights by attending Fair Housing event on April 26 
The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, Housing Department, and many other community partners will offer a Fair Housing event on Thursday, April 26 to bring awareness to the barriers that prevent equality in housing choice. During this event, attendees will view “A House Divided,” an excerpt from the EPIX original docu-series on inequality called AMERICA DIVIDED. A panel discussion will follow.  The event will be held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. Please reserve your seat by contacting Stephen Todd at 704-920-6111 or todds@concordnc.gov.

Local partnership continues on National Prescription Take Back Day 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, 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.
 

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 Home Invaders Activity 
“Not in my house”, says your mom!  Or will she?  We’ll capture local, non-native critters and place them in a Mason jar home.  It’s up to your mom to decide if your new buddy lives in your room or not. This Free activity is for ages 8 and up. The event is scheduled for 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 24 starting at the McGee Park Shelter located at 219 Corban Ave. E.  


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 atconcordnc.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 Housing Department hosts a monthly program for seniors and veterans? The Connect Center program allows community partners to meet with seniors and veterans to assist them with various topics, such as nutrition, remaining active, and life skills. The program is held at the Neighborhood Technology Center located at 265 Salem Street, SW. You can learn more about this and many other opportunities by calling the Housing Department at 704-920-6110.

 

Mayor and City Council focus on the future at 2018 Planning Session
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Mayor and City Council met with the City Manager and staff leadership team to receive updates on current year projects and establish focus areas for FY 2018-19. The presentations and discussions that followed will establish priorities to help the City Manager recommend the FY19 budget in May. A video celebrating accomplishments for the community in 2017 was presented and is available on the City’s Facebook page. Find out more about the budget process at concordnc.gov/budget.


Last chance to meet Spring into Arts Early bird deadline
The 2018 Spring into Arts Festival is coming Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region to its juried art show spanning a wide variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, and textiles. The first deadline for applications is January 31. Applications received up to that date include an $85 fee, after January 31 the application fee is $110. Any artist who is not selected by the jury receives a full refund of their application fee. Registration is available online at www.concorddowntown.com. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Loose leaf collection final cycle of this season in Monday route next week
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week, entering the final cycle of collection opportunities. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through February 9. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 29 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Higher utility bills expected because of record low temperatures

New Year’s brought in record low temperatures. Based on these low temperatures and how energy was used in homes and business to keep warm, customers may see an increase on their monthly utility bill. During severely cold weather, customers use more electricity and natural gas to heat their homes and businesses. Outdoor temperatures drive indoor energy usage more than any other single factor. While we cannot control the weather, we do encourage customers to take steps to reduce energy usage and lower bills as much as possible during the winter months. Here are some suggested tips: set thermostat between 68° and 72°, insulate and seal any air leaks with caulk or weather-stripping, cover drafty windows, and properly maintain your heating system.  See the impact of weather on your utility bill: temptracker365.com

Neighbor Helping Neighbor program helps to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. 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.

 

Concord Downtown Development Corporation Launches Parking Initiative

Concord Downtown Development Corporation, CDDC has been working to create and promote alternative parking options in Downtown Concord in anticipation of the closing of Cabarrus County surface parking lots 3 & 4 to make way for construction of a new County parking deck in Downtown Concord.  The recently released update of the Concord Downtown NC app now includes an interactive parking feature that has real time lot accessibility and offers the ability for a visitor to plan ahead for their visit to Downtown Concord and view parking options depending on when they will be arriving. Users can toggle between the option of Weekday and Nights/Weekends to find available parking locations. The parking feature utilizes one’s phone navigational component to provide directions to a specified lot. iPhone users will pull up parking lot directions via Maps; Android users will automatically pull up directions via Google Maps. The CDDC has also been working with private property owners in the district to make private lots available to the public during evenings and weekends. The free Concord Downtown NC app is available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store. To learn more, visit concorddowntown.com.

Register now be a part of the 13th Spring Herb and Plant Festival 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). The association is now seeking vendors, artisans, and growers to offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. For more information, call Vickie Julian at 704-455-7847 or go to mastergardenerscabarrus.org.


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

February
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 
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Did you know?
Did you know the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will blast at 11:00 a.m. on Veterans Day (tomorrow) to honor all who have served in the United States armed forces? The City of Concord thanks all who wear our nation's uniform, past, present, and future.

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

Presented a retirement plaque to Keith Fitch, 28 years of service - Fire Department.

Presented the 2017 Productivity Improvement Award to the Solid Waste Services Department.

Received a presentation from Raftelis Financial Consulting on their work to update the City's water and wastewater system development fees in compliance with newly adopted
HB436.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances for annexation of: one parcel located at 9000 Poplar Tent Road, owned by Marsha and Robin Hood (Trustees); and one parcel located at 4960 Roberta Rd, owned by Charles and Susan Trevathan.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution to rename the public street Transit Court NE to Brodick Court NE.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85-percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to Project Mix to locate at International Business Park.

Conducted a public hearing, considered staff's recommendation for setting the priorities for sidewalk construction projects in the Pedestrian Improvement Program (PIP), and adopted the FY18 PIP schedule in the Capital Improvement Program.

Received a report from Transportation staff and approved the use of Purple Heart Recipient City placards at new Welcome to Concord City Limit sign assemblies.

Recognized the Cannon Crossing Homeowners Association into the City's
Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods program.

Accepted assignment of the easements for the 2.3 mile
Hector H. Henry II Greenway Trail in the Mills at Rocky River.

Concord holiday kickoff just one week away! November 17 and 18
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.

City of Concord encourages responsible political sign disposal
With Tuesday'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.

Friday route 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 FRIDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 13 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2017-18 schedule at concordnc.gov.

ClearWater Second Saturday Open Studios is November 11
Tomorrow is the perfect day for a first-time or returning visit to ClearWater Artist Studios in Gibson Village. At the monthly art open house you will find artists on-site working in studios, and the Gallery and studios open to the public for exploration, asking artists questions, and seeing art being created! ClearWater Artist Studios artist members will be available with doors open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Gallery will also be open for perusal of the featured exhibition by Barbara Ellis. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

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.

Ultimate Game Days – Gaga Dodgeball
For ages 8-17. Think you can play dodgeball? We challenge you to the ultimate game of Gaga Dodgeball. Bring your friends and meet us at McGee Park in the circle off the parking lot from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16.

Pickleball
Ages 50 & up. Have you heard of the fastest growing game in town? This racquet sport combines badminton, tennis and table tennis. Bring your own equipment or use ours. No fee. Join us at Hartsell Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for indoor or outdoor play, or visit Logan Multipurpose Center on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for indoor play. Find out more in the
Leisure Times 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
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?
Over 1,400 people have subscribed to receive updates from the City of Concord’s Twitter feed. You can join them by visiting https://twitter.com/ConcordNCgov and clicking "Follow."

Public invited to review Draft 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday October 10

The public is invited to get a first glimpse of the policies and maps that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at Concord First Assembly Village Suite 75 located at 280 Concord Parkway N. During the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the consultants and city staff regarding the land use plan. The 2030 Land Use Plan will be an official statement by the City of its vision, intentions, goals, objectives, and strategies for future land use development. The study area includes land within the City’s current boundaries, as well as areas outside the City limits that could be annexed in the future. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov/2030 or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

New video makes Concord budget more accessible
Concord has a new approach to make its annual budget accessible to the public with the debut of its first ever budget highlights video. Although Concord has been nationally recognized with GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 15 consecutive years, the Finance Department's budget staff were excited to make a new option available to the public for fiscal year 2018, which started July 1. Available at concordnc.gov/budget, and youtube.com/concordnc1, the six-minute video condenses the information found in the City’s Annual Operating Budget and Performance Plan into a visual summary of how Concord is spending $246 million in public funding this fiscal year.  To learn more about the budget in detail, visit concordnc.gov/budget, or call 704-920-5261 if you have questions about the budget process.

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.


Closure on Corban Avenue W planned for utility work related to County parking deck construction

Corban Avenue W between Spring and Union Streets will be closed Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13 to facilitate utility work in advance of the Cabarrus County parking deck project. This closure will include the roadway and sidewalks on both sides of the street. Motorist and pedestrian should exercise caution and follow posted detour routes. For additional information or questions about the planned utility work, contact Alex Burris at 704-920-5335 or burrisa@concordnc.gov. For additional information about Cabarrus County's parking deck project, contact Kyle Bilafer at 704-920-3200 or KDBilafer@cabarruscounty.us.

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
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 the Housing Department hosts programs designed to help promote more self-sufficiency and economic homeownership opportunities for local residents?  The Department will host a career fair at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center (265 Salem Street SW) on Thursday, September 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  For more information call 704-920-6110.

As part of national preparedness month, plan to help your neighbors and community
As National Preparedness Month continues, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, communities in nine impacted states have begun their recovery. Before sunrise on Wednesday, Concord Electric Systems sent its first crew to East Point and Covington, Georgia 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.  The crew is now heading to Jacksonville, FL. The City of Concord asks you to consider how you can prepare to help your community and neighbors if needed. Visit the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page to learn more and visit ready.gov/september.

Highlights of the September 15 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Received a presentation from Concord Youth Council President Allyson Finley.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 offered a contract for a one year/85 percent tax-based
Economic Development Incentive Grant to JJ Haines to locate at 1000 Derita Road NW in Concord.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 9, Section 9.1.5, Special Purpose and Overlay Districts, of the
Concord Development Ordinance (CDO).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) for the receipt of the
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant funds to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Approved the
Rider Express regional transit route proposal and authorized City staff to work with CATS staff and the Charlotte Metropolitan Transit Commission to reach and finalize an agreement and project execution plan.

Authorized the City Manager to finalize and sign a contract with
Odonnell Company to provide marketing and public relations services for the Rider Transit system.

Entered into a Municipal Agreement with the
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the extension of Dickens Place NE to connect with Vinehaven Drive NE at Copperfield Boulevard.

Adopted a resolution endorsing and
requesting NCDOT funding for roadway improvements along US 29 (Concord Parkway S) from the intersection of Concord Commons Place to Rock Hill Church Road.

Accepted a
grant from the FAA for the Concord Regional Airport Runway Strengthening project and adopted a related budget amendment.

Adopting resolutions authorizing the City Manager and other appropriate staff to take all appropriate actions to sell City owned property located at 30 Hawthorne Street SW and authorizing the sale of real property located at 95 Kirkwood Drive and 34 Hawthorne Street SW.

Appointed Cesar Correa and Steve Bradley as alternate members to the Board of Adjustment; Kim Greer as an at-large member to the Stormwater Management Advisory Committee; and Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne as a member of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Tweet with the Chief
Concord Police are expanding their social media reach with a new presence on Twitter. Follow @ConcordNCPolice for news, information, and updates from Chief Gary Gacek and his team. In the first official tweet, Chief Gacek said the department is “looking forward to connecting with community and keeping public updated on news and events via Twitter.” You can also find the Police Department on Nextdoor.com and on a shared Concord Public Safety Facebook page jointly managed along with Fire, Communications, and Emergency Management staff.

 

Be your Child's Hero at Safety Palooza 2017 TOMORROW!
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.

Flying history museum at Concord Regional Airport this weekend
The “Madras Maiden” WWII Era B-17 Flying Fortress is at Concord Regional Airport this weekend. As part of the 2017 Salute to Veterans Tour, the Liberty Foundation of Claremore, Oklahoma is bringing the historic aircraft to Concord for flights and ground tours on September 16 and 17. Madras Maiden is one of just a handful of airworthy B-17s in the United States. For more information, visit
libertyfoundation.org or call 918-340-0243.

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.

Youth Basketball Registration continues the entire month of September
Youth Basketball (ages 3 – 15) registration is underway through September 30.  Registration is $35 for City of Concord residents and $55 for non-city residents, and is available at any of our 3 Recreation Centers (Academy, Hartsell, and Logan) or online at
concordparksandrec.org. Visit our website or call 704-920-5600 for details.

Greenway Adventures – FREE!
We are back on the greenways with our special tools in search of nature’s supplies and awesome habitats. Are you ready to get down and dirty? This week we are making Muddy Masterpieces. Using soils from along our trail we will sculpt, draw and paint with the mud. Bring a towel for this filthy activity. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. We will meet on Monday, 9/18 at the McGee Park Shelter and Wednesday, 9/20 at the Moss Creek HHH II Greenway trailhead beginning at 5:00 p.m. These activities are created for ages 4 and up and there is no fee to participate.

Big Books and Little Picassos
Our story this week “Ten Apples Up On Top” will lead us into wonderfully creative activities. Instead of apples on our head like the book, we’re going to paint “apples” on the “tree” using fingers and found objects. We are using water-based paints so make sure your child is wearing old clothing! For children ages 2-5; children must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 9/19.
Pre-register by 9/18. Each Big Books and Little Picassos class is $5 for City residents; $10 non-residents.

Big Books and Little Cooks
Children ages 2-5 are welcomed to join us for a story and fun in the kitchen! We’ll play games and make themed snacks with our story, “Marshmallows for Martians”. Blast into space with us as we join George on his quest to find out what sort of sweets aliens like to eat. We’ll make marshmallow goodies fit for a Martian!! We will meet at Fire Station #9, 1020 Ivey Cline Road from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, 9/21.
Pre-register by 9/19. Each Big Books and Little Cooks class is $5 for City residents; $10 non-residents.

Ultimate Game Days – FREE!
Think you can play dodgeball? Youth ages 8-17, we challenge you to the ultimate game of Gaga Dodgeball! Join us Thursday, 9/21 at McGee Park in the circle between the parking lot and the playground from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
There is no fee, but do signup; no registrations may result in cancellation.

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

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

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

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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