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Feel good Friday: celebrating service milestones
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights a Team Concord member who began his career working at Disney World! Charles Thompson is a Warehouse Clerk with the Finance Department's Purchasing Division, and helps make sure all departments have the supplies and materials they need to get the job done. Meet Charles and find out more about his approach to service on our Facebook page.

Coming soon: a new and improved CityLink
We have published the CityLink Newsletter as a weekly update on all things happening in Concord since 2009, and in a consistent format since 2010 (click here to see one of our first editions in this format). That's over 500 editions reaching several thousand subscribers. Continuous Improvement and Communication are part of our Core Values as an organization, and we are excited to announce that we are retooling CityLink with an updated name and fresh look, debuting in September. Beginning September 13, we will publish "Concord CityLink" twice each month with the same timely information, news, and events in an improved format. In the meantime, we'll share even more information in between CityLink editions on our growing social media presence, through our Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods, and on concordnc.gov. Current subscribers will automatically receive the new CityLink and we look forward to many more joining in. Stay tuned next week for a sneak peek.

Concord in the Headlines:
Homelessness: Affordable housing becomes a constant issue in Cabarrus County
People in Concord excited for potentially hundreds of new jobs with Carvana

Curious for an update on the Downtown streetscape project?
We have heard a lot of talk about the Downtown streetscape project currently in the pre-design stage. This includes rumors, which happen with every large project, event, or idea of interest in the community. This week we spent some time on the sidewalk with Kaylee Caton, Design Manager in the Planning Department to find out the latest on the project and sort through all the rumors. Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to see what is fact vs. fiction when it comes to the New Union StreetScape project!

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. Registration and more available at concordparksandrec.org.

Battling Bakers: Fireside Fun
Two teams will make two different sweets (our version of Cupcake Wars)--taste and decoration will determine the winner! For ages: 8-16; meets August 29, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. Fee is $10 for City residents, $15 non-residents. Register or cancel by August 27 at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5604.

Adult fall softball league registration continues through August 31
The dog days of summer are winding down, which means it is time to sign up for our fall adult softball leagues. Men's open, men's church, women's open, and co-ed leagues available. Games are played at WW Flowe Field (99 Central Heights Drive), Registration is $375 per team with a guarantee of 8-10 regular season games and a post season tournament. Learn more and sign up 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.

September
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter.

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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Feel good Friday: welcoming new friends
It's Friday, Concord! This week we're highlighting Concord's partnership with our relatively new Sister City--Freeport, Bahamas. Representatives were in Concord last week to explore our community and meet officials. Sister Cities International works to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. Established by President Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International has worked to create global relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Concord joined the program in 1991, and formed its first partnership with Killarney, Ireland in 1993. Freeport was officially added in 2014, and Siena, Italy became our third Sister City in 2016. We are proud of our community's involvement in this global effort of peace and understanding. See images from Freeport's visit on our Facebook page.

Concord in the Headlines:
Allegiant announces service from Concord to West Palm Beach
Concord’s new sister city – Freeport, Bahamas

During national wellness month, start a new routine with us
The well-being of all individuals who visit, live, or work in our city is a priority to us. Concord Parks and Recreation offers you top-of-the-line ways to enhance your mental and physical well-being. Our instructors offer an array of classes, many that you would never think of, at a minimal (and sometimes no) cost. There are fun, creative wellness classes offered at various times, for multiple ages, and different skill levels (including specialized training). Worried about the heat? DON'T FRET! We have you covered with indoor activities that enhance the mind and motor skills. Click here to learn more and visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to register today!

A tower with a heart: CTW visits Atrium Health Cabarrus heart and vascular tower
Have you heard about the newest investment into our community's health that brings access to specialized care for the entire region? Come along with our friends at CTW for a tour of the new Atrium Health Cabarrus (formerly NorthEast) heart and vascular tower. The $115.2 million, 163,000 square-foot building is part of a multi-year modernization project to transform the Cabarrus campus. The state-of-the-art facility will house Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute services and interventional radiology services, offering new cardiac catheterization labs, electrophysiology labs, pre-and-post op care services, and a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Find out more at CabCoTV or atriumhealth.org.

Stormwater repair work planned on Cumberland Ct SW Aug 19-23
City of Concord Water Resources crews will begin a stormwater pipe replacement project on Cumberland Court SW on Monday, August 19. During a routine inspection, crews found multiple deficiencies in the existing stormwater pipe system in this area. To minimize the inconvenience to residents and motorists, multiple crews will work simultaneously to complete this project as quickly as possible. Due to site conditions, crews will close Cumberland Court SW in both directions between Plott Drive SW and Warren C. Coleman Blvd. This closure will begin on the morning of August 19 and continue throughout next week. Detour signs will be in place as needed to route motorists around the closure. All local residents will have access to their driveways. Weather permitting, this work is scheduled to be completed by August 23. Get more details at concordnc.gov.

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. Registration and more available at concordparksandrec.org.

Register for adult fall softball leagues through August 31
The dog days of summer are winding down, which means it is time to sign up for our fall adult softball leagues. Men's open, men's church, women's open, and co-ed leagues available. Games are played at WW Flowe Field (99 Central Heights Drive), Registration is $375 per team with a guarantee of 8-10 regular season games and a post season tournament. Learn more and sign up at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Java N’ Paint
For ages 18 and up. Our staff artist will lead you step by step through the whimsical motions of “Sunset Waves”. Enjoy complementary coffee while you complete a 16” x 20” canvas of this colorful sea painting. Class will meet Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register or cancel by August 19. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 for non-residents.

Expressive Art & Music
This specialized program is intended for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For elementary and middle school ages. Express yourself through a multitude of artistic pathways. Each class challenges the imagination through art projects infused with music. Class will meet Thursday, August 22 from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register by August 21 by calling 704-920-5604. There is no fee for this class.

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

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

September
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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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Feel good Friday: the Mom of Concord-Padgett Regional Airport
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights Aviation Department team member Cheryl Ketrow. Considered a "Mom" by many of her coworkers, she goes above and beyond to make sure those exposed to the elements at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport have what they need to best serve customers and stay safe. Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

Concord in the Headlines:
Local leaders, emergency responders engage with community at National Night Out
Dave Phillips appointed to fill District 1 Council Member vacancy
Concord’s new sister city – Freeport, Bahamas

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

Appointed David W. Phillips to fill the unexpired term of District 1 Council Member until December 12, 2019, pursuant to NC General Statutes 160A-63.

Presented a retirement plaque to James E. "Jim" Sells for 34 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord.

Conducted public hearings pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered contracts for three year / 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Incentive Grants to: 1) Carvana LLC with a commitment to creating 304 full time jobs with an average wage of $40,560 for Project Wavy to locate at 2321 Concord Pkwy S; 2) The Keith Corporation for Project Cylinder to locate at 4495 Global Avenue NW; and 3) Sonoco-Trident for Project Cylinder to locate at 4495 Global Avenue NW.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance annexing one parcel located at 656 Shellbark Dr owned by Corey Barr.

Conducted a public hearing and denied a request for annexation of three parcels located to the southeast of the Fountainview Ave. and Roberta Rd intersection.

Adopted a resolution to receive an offer to acquire approximately 0.2065 acres of City property located at 66 Union Street South from Sherwood Development Group, LLC for $470,000, and directed the City Clerk to advertise for upset bids pursuant to G.S. 160A-269.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ike's Construction, Inc for the construction of the 1.3 mile Hector Henry Greenway Riverwalk Phase and adopted a budget amendment to appropriate the funds.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Signet Golf Associates II, Inc. for Bunker Renovations at Rocky River Golf Club.

Adopted an ordinance to amend City Ordinances 18-100, 18-101, 18-102, Pawnshops; 18-281 and 18-282, Precious Metals Dealers; and to create a new Chapter 18-104, Currency Converters.

Phillips rejoins City Council to complete the term of Sam Leder
Concord City Council has appointed David W. Phillips to fill the District 1 Council Member vacancy left by the death of Sam Leder, until the expiration of Mr. Leder's term in December, 2019. Phillips is temporarily returning to the City Council after serving as District 1 Council Member from 1995-2015. "I am humbled and honored that the City Council has appointed me to fill the unexpired term of Sam Leder," said Phillips. "…I will do my best to represent the City as the Council Member from District 1 with the same honesty and integrity that were trademarks of the way Sam always conducted the business of the City of Concord…" Find out more at concordnc.gov.

Share your scenes from National Night Out
On Tuesday, neighborhoods across Concord and beyond participated in the 36th National Night Out (NNO). NNO is America's night out against crime, and the event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Do you have images from your neighborhood's event? Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram using #1ConcordNNO.

Elections officials plan seminars on 2020 Voter ID requirement August 12
State officials will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County on August 12. The first session is at 2 p.m. in the Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) and a second session takes place at 6 p.m. that day in the Kannapolis Train Station (201 S. Main Street, Kannapolis). The seminars are free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us/events.

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. Registration and more available at concordparksandrec.org.

Basic Yoga
For ages 18 and up. Instructor Kelly Bost will guide you through movements with breath to flow dynamically from posture to posture. Bring your water and a mat. This four-week session will meet Wednesdays August 14 through September 4 from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. at David W. Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Fee per four-week session is $15 for City residents; $20 for non-residents.

Cooking Academy: Birds of A Feather
For ages 6 – 12. This STEM activity we’ll make a homemade birdfeeder and banana breakfast wraps with the birds singing outside. Class meets Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David W. Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee for this program is $40 for City residents; $45 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; register or cancel by August 15.

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

August
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
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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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Feel good Friday: celebrating service milestones
It's Friday, Concord! This week's Feel good Friday highlights the 139 Team Concord members who celebrated continuous service milestones during the last fiscal year. Their collective service to the community exceeds 1,800 years! Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

Concord in the Headlines:
Concord, Kannapolis officers, leaders eager for community engagement at National Night Out
Data Transfer van on Concord streets making quick progress
NC first lady checks out Cabarrus County art scene

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) is America's night out against crime, and this year's celebration is Tuesday, August 6. This annual, nationwide event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 36 years, National Night Out has grown to over 38.5 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year marks the 17th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord.

In observation of National Night Out, Concord Police ask you to leave your porch light on from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. The porch light is a symbol of alertness and awareness; it makes your neighbors and friends feel welcome. Many community celebrations are planned across Concord, be sure to attend an event planned in your neighborhood. If there is not a formal event, it is still a great night to get out and meet your neighbors. If you have questions or desire more information regarding National Night Out, please contact Sergeant Kelly Seagraves 704-920-5059 or seagrakl@concordnc.gov. You can also find more information at nno.org.

Elections officials plan seminars on 2020 Voter ID requirement August 12
State officials will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County on August 12. The first session is at 2 p.m. in the Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) and a second session takes place at 6 p.m. that day in the Kannapolis Train Station (201 S. Main Street, Kannapolis). The seminars are free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Find out more at cabarruscounty.us/events.

NCDOT: weekend traffic shift on U.S. 29 Bridge Project
This weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will switch 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. The switch involves moving northbound traffic from its current location to a new bridge, so demolition on the existing bridge can get underway. This switch will start tonight and be completed by 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. The work depends on dry weather and will be rescheduled, if rain impedes the contractor's progress. Future traffic shifts will be scheduled as work progresses. The project is scheduled to wrap up in the summer of 2020. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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. Registration and more available at concordparksandrec.org.

Java N' Paint: Watermelon Wedge
Ages 18 & up. With step by step instructions given by our staff you will paint a 16” x 20” canvas of summer's favorite fruit, the watermelon! Enjoy complementary coffee. Class will meet Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-register by August 5. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 for non-residents.

Photography Like A Pro
For ages 18 & up. Learn how to use your camera like a pro by understanding composition, light, exposure, camera controls, creative controls and recognizing personal vision as a photographer. We will create a series of prints to be matted and displayed. Bring a camera. Classes will meet on Saturdays, August 10 and August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Register or cancel by August 8. Fee for City residents is $55; $60 for non-residents.

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

August
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
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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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Introducing: Feel good Friday!
It's Friday, Concord! With this week's CityLink Newsletter we want to incorporate a new feature on our social accounts into your weekly dose of City updates in your inbox. Feel good Friday will highlight one of our team members each week to help you learn more about the people delivering services to you. Hop over to our Facebook page to meet Telecommunicator Paige Hailey and find out what she does to honor members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty.

Reminder: new fees, increased motor vehicle tax took effect July 1
Have you noticed something different on your utility bill or when registering a vehicle with the DMV? While keeping the property tax rate level, this year's adopted budget adjusted revenues in three key service areas. The changes include the addition of a minimal monthly solid waste fee for residents, a nominal fee for water customers to support a new program to protect customers from the cost of water leaks, and an increase in the motor vehicle tax paid while registering vehicles with the NC DMV. We first shared this information when the FY20 budget was recommended in May, but want to take this chance to remind you about these adjustments. To learn more, go to concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus property tax bills are on the way
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills are coming in the mail soon. Property tax bills are due on September 1 and are classified as past due if not paid before January 7, 2020. Residents also have the option of viewing and paying their property tax bills online at cabarruscounty.us/tax. Residents in Concord receive one tax bill for both municipal and Cabarrus County property taxes. Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online, over the phone, and in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. S, Concord). For assistance with a payment plan, to make a payment or for other information related to your tax bill, call the Tax Collector’s Office at 704-920-2119 or email taxinfo@cabarruscounty.us. For questions related to property value, call the Cabarrus County Tax Assessor’s Office at 704-920-2166 and select option 2 for personal property, option 3 for business personal property or option 5 for real estate. More details are available at cabarruscounty.us.

Stormwater pipe repair closes portion of Spring Street NW
This week, Concord Water Resources crews began a stormwater pipe replacement project on Spring Street NW near Coltrane-Webb Elementary School. During a recent routine inspection, crews found a deficiency in the existing stormwater pipe system in this area. This work began quickly in order to be completed before the start of the school year. To assure a safe work zone, stormwater crews will close Spring Street NW in both directions between Grove Avenue NW and Franklin Avenue NW, weekdays only from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. At other times, the roadway will be open to all traffic. Weather permitting, this work is scheduled to be completed by August 23. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov.

Census 101: Counting on Cabarrus
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or census — of America’s population. The 2020 Census will mail this fall and is due April 1, 2020. The Census bureau will increase its use of technology with the 2020 Census. For the first time, you can respond online, by phone or by mail. Cabarrus is counting on your participation in the 2020 Census because it determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries; because our community receives $1,600 annually from the Federal government for each person counted in Cabarrus County; because communities rely on Census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs, including new roads, schools and emergency services; and because businesses use Census data to decide where to locate facilities and create jobs. Find out how to learn more and get involved at cabarruscounty.us/news/census-101-counting-on-cabarrus.

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.

Community Workshop - Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan
On Monday, July 29 Concord Parks and Recreation will host a community workshop at the David W. Phillips Activity Center (945 Burrage Road NE). Attendees will learn more about the master planning process and participate in engaging and interactive activities designed to help inform the Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan. Drop in anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jason Pauling 704-920-5600 or paulingj@concordnc.gov.

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

August
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
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 new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

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

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Did you know?
Did you know one of Team Concord's members is 86 years old and comes to work at 5:00 every morning excited to start his day? Hop over to our Facebook page (and turn up the volume) to learn a little bit about "Mr. Webster" who has worked for the City for over fifteen years and is a favorite of our team members who work at Fire Station 3. You'll want to start every day with Mr. Webster after this.

Enhanced street condition inventory process underway in Concord
A new process is underway to analyze the condition of more than 350 miles of roadway maintained by the City of Concord. The City's Transportation Department is working with Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS), a Florida-based nationwide firm, to inventory the condition of all City-maintained streets. DTS' data collection vehicles will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way. This imagery will be used to create a digital video inventory to help the City of Concord manage transportation infrastructure, facilities, and assets. The distinctive, specialized vans will travel all City-maintained streets from mid-July through mid-August. To learn more and about the enhanced street resurfacing funding included in the current year budget, go to concordnc.gov or call the Transportation Department at 704-920-5363.

Submit your ‘Fairly extraordinary’ work: Cabarrus County Fair calls for contest entries
Now is the time to submit contest entries for the Cabarrus County Fair, September 6 -14 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center. Choose from a variety of categories to discover your blue-ribbon event. The competitive exhibit area includes vacation photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, model creations, kids’ summer craft projects, jewelry, paintings, flowers and much more.  Best of Show is awarded to one adult and one youth among the competitive entries. Best of Show Winners will receive $100 (and bragging rights). Other events include the Cabarrus County Fair Pageant and the Senior Talent Show. Agriculture competitions include showings for poultry, rabbits, mini horse, youth and adult horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by noon on Wednesday, August 21. For more information, visit cabarruscountyfair.com or follow facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.

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.

🏝Java N' Paint: Sandy Feet👣
Step by step painting instruction while enjoying complementary coffee! *We will be painting with our feet for a portion of this class* Meets Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. Registration fee: $20 City resident; $25 non-resident. Register or cancel by July 22 at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5604.

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

August *Please excuse the error in the dates listed in last week's edition*
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
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 new Instagram page & follow us on Facebook.

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 as a benefit to citizens, the City of Concord offers a service to provide advice regarding drainage issues outside the right-of-way and City-maintained easements. Although the City of Concord maintains all drainage ditches and stormwater pipes within City-owned rights-of-way and is limited to working within these locations, this advisory assistance can be helpful to customers with private draining system questions. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about this and other stormwater services provided by the Water Resources Department.

Concord in the headlines
City of Concord mourns the loss of councilman Leder
Concord 'anchor' Sam Leder remembered for his smile and character

Remembering Council Member Sam Leder
The City of Concord mourns the passing of Council Member Samuel Mayer Leder, who passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Sam Leder was elected to the City Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro-Tem since December 2018.

A native of Whiteville, he was a lifelong North Carolinian, and lived and worked in Concord since 1995. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degrees. A Certified Public Accountant, he was managing partner of local accounting firm Potter & Company.

He was active in the community and served on the Uwharrie Bank Board, the CMC NorthEast Hospital Advisory Board, the Academic Learning Center Board, and volunteered last four years as Treasurer of the Ella Foard Foundation for Rett Syndrome. He was also a member of the Concord Rotary Club, a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and past president (2008) and director. He was involved with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1996, served as its Chairman of the Board in 2010.

The elected officials and staff of the City of Concord express their heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Shannon and their two sons, Matthew and Bennett. The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 3. For more information, visit 
hartsellfuneralhomes.com/notices/Samuel-Leder.

The Mayor and members of City Council interacted with Sam Leder in various capacities, and offered reflections on his life at
concordnc.gov.

Introducing the Water Loss Protection Plan
Unexpected water leaks are a challenge for customers and the City of Concord. Some of the most common ways that customers experience water loss are toilet leaks, hot water tank leaks and broken pipes. Since customers are charged for all water passing through their meters (including leaks), those who have leaks can experience high water bills. Historically, customers with leaks have been eligible for a partial leak adjustment, leaving an amount due higher than the typical monthly bill, which can create an unexpected financial burden. Effective July 1, 2019, the City of Concord is able to assist customers who experience high water bills due to unexpected leaks with a new program that provides a 100 percent leak adjustment. The program allows a customer to receive this adjustment one time over a 24-month period. Find out more at concordnc.gov/WaterLossProtection.


NCDOT: nighttime road work planned at Concord Parkway and Rock Hill Church Road
North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced roadwork at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rock Hill Church Road Sunday and Monday, July 7 and 8, to mill and resurface the roadway. Once work at the intersection is complete, additional nighttime resurfacing will take place on U.S. 29 between Rock Hill Church Road and George Liles Parkway for the next several weeks. Find out more about lane closures at ncdot.gov.

Community invited to Courthouse project Q&A event
Cabarrus County Commissioners on Monday experienced the first 3D images of the possible future of downtown Concord, viewing renderings of the Cabarrus County Courthouse as it could exist at the completion of the project. During commissioners’ agenda work session, officials also welcomed the public’s input and announced a Q&A information session for July 10. The multiple Courthouse views will be on display for comments, questions and general thoughts during the drop-in session from 3 to 8 p.m. in the rotunda of the Governmental Center at 65 Church St. S. At the same time, the County will host a live Facebook chat for those who cannot attend the session in person. Find out more about the project and how to participate at cabarruscounty.us.

Cabarrus County launches municipal election process, seeks volunteers
Candidate filing for city, town, and village offices across North Carolina began at noon today and ends at noon Friday, July 19. Elections for Cabarrus municipalities are held in November. You must be a resident of the municipality to vote in its elections. Voters must be registered 25 days before an election to vote on Election Day. For November elections, the registration deadline is Oct. 11. Voters may also register after the regular deadline and vote during the early voting period using “same-day registration” in places where absentee voting is authorized. Cabarrus County is also looking for poll workers to help conduct elections. Please call 704-920-2860 for visit cabarruscounty.us for more information about elections held in Cabarrus or to inquire about precinct jobs.

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.

Java N’ Paint: Moonlight
For ages 18 & up. Step by step instructions are given by our staff artist as you paint a 16” x 20” canvas. Enjoy complementary coffee. Paint the moonlight’s reflection on the water for a calming décor in any room. Class meets Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $20; $25 non-residents.

Shaping Summer: Styrofoam Printmaking
For ages 6-12. Using Styrofoam and bright colors we’ll print cheery designs and transfers. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

Art Just for Teens: Screen Printing
For ages 13-18. Forming art from paint, mesh and our very own stencils. Class meets Thursday, July 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required. Fee for City residents is $15; $20 for non-residents.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation offers specialized programs intended for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities? Find out more below in the Parks and Recreation Highlights.

Concord in the headlines
CPR saves life of Concord 5-year-old at holiday cookout

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day week
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 5. For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

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

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

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

Featuring specialized programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

Free! Exercise & Movement
Yoga, Dumbbells, Tai Chi and More! Teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can maintain good health and mobility while exploring a variety of exercise and movement modalities! Class meets Monday, July 1 from 5:00 – 5:45 PM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this class. Call 704-920-5604 for details and availability.

Garden Club: The Seeds We Eat
Intended for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about the seeds that grow foods we eat every day! We will tend our garden and plant seeds for you to take home to start your own garden! Dress for the mess and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated! Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, July 3 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. Pre-registration is required, register by July 2. Registration is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents. To register call 704-920-5604 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord/Cabarrus County's first ever Juneteenth celebration event is planned for Saturday, June 29? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865 is considered the date when the last enslaved Americans were notified of their new legal and free status by General Gordon Granger who arrived in Galveston, Texas, almost 2 ½ years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Follow along on Facebook at: Concord Cabarrus Juneteenth Celebration.

Concord in the headlines
100,000 more people on the road - how do we get around?
Concord opens state of the art traffic center to help ease driving headaches
Concord has new state-of-the-art Transportation Management Center
30 years strong: Price Memorial AME keeps street adoption going for three decades

NCDOT: Roadwork on U.S. 29 in Concord Next Week
Traffic patterns at U.S. 29 and George Liles Parkway will be temporarily altered next week while N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews extend a turn lane. Crews will remove about 50 feet of a raised concrete median and widen the roadway approximately 350 to build a turn lane into Christy’s Nursery, which is south of George Liles Parkway. Reduction of travel lanes and other alterations will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28. Full details are available at ncdot.gov or drivenc.gov.

Our friends at CabCoTV visit Clearwater Artist Studios
Tune into this week's Cabarrus This Week for a tour of ClearWater Artist Studios. ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m., every second Saturday of the month from 10-4, or by appointment. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are also available to rent out for private events and parties. Visit clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535 to find out more.

Readiness Education and Coaching for Home ownership workshop in Kannapolis tomorrow
Are you thinking of purchasing a home? Make sure you know before you buy. Join Cabarrus County, Prosperity Unlimited, the City of Concord and Kannapolis for a workshop. REACH—or Readiness Education and Coaching for Home ownership is Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Kannapolis Train Station. The event features information on down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention programs and other supportive services by area nonprofit agencies. Click here for more information, or visit prosperitycdc.org or call 704-933-7405.

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

Java N' Paint: Pretty Pineapple
🍍
Participants ages 18+ will learn to paint a 16x20-inch canvas while enjoying complementary coffee! Meets Tuesday, June 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road. $20 City resident/$25 non-resident. Click here to register by June 24, or call 704-920-5604.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

July

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

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know Concord-Padgett Regional Airport has been certified as a leader in business aircraft handling and safety? Learn more at concordnc.gov.

Highlights of the June 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to retired Fire Chief Ray Allen.

Presented the NC SWANA Road-E-O Roll-Off second place trophy to Solid Waste Services staff member Greg Spears.

Recognized Concord-Padgett Regional Airport for IS-BAH Stage 1 Certification.

Presented a Proclamation recognizing June 19, 2019 at Juneteenth Day.

Received a plaque of appreciation from the Town of Mooresville for support offered during the mourning of fallen Police Officer Jordan Sheldon.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a ten year / 50% tax based Downtown MSD Economic Development Incentive Grant to Concord Master Venture, LLC (Lansing Melbourne Group) for the development of a mixed use structure located at 30 Market St. SW.

Conducted a public hearing and approved the submission of the FY2019-20 Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs.

Conducted public hearings and adopted ordinances designating Bell and Harris - Maxwell Brothers and Collins - Maxwell Brothers Furniture Store (29 Cabarrus Ave. E) and the Hotel Concord and Concord Telephone Exchange Building (4-18 Union St. N and 11-15 Cabarrus Ave. E) as local historic landmarks.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to annex +/- 0.408 acres of property, located at 7601 Rocky River Road, and owned by Rocky River Project, LLC.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the official zoning map for property located on the southeast corner of the George Liles Parkway, NW and Coddle Market Dr, NW intersection from C-1 (Light Commercial) to C2-CD (General Commercial Conditional District).

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to N.C. General Statute 159-12 to consider public comments relative to the proposed FY 2019-2020 budget for the City of Concord and adopted the proposed budget.

Adopted a resolution requesting the Cabarrus County Board of Elections place a proposition "to permit the on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages" on the November 5, 2019 ballot.

Adopted a resolution accepting an offer of $175,000 for the sale of 12 Hawthorne Street, SW.

Awarded a bid to N.C. Quality Home Builders, LLC in the amount of $118,650 to construct a new home at 524 Allison Street.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract addendum with Waste Pro USA, Inc. for the collection of garbage, recycling, and bulky waste.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Ratzlaff Construction Company for the construction of the Open Air Learning Center on David Phillips Center property.

Made appointments/reappointments to various City of Concord Boards and Commissions and a reappointment to the CDDC Board of Directors.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with United of Carolinas, Inc. for the replacement of the culverts on Chelwood Dr NW and Chadbourne AVE. NW.

Update from Concord Water Resources: odor concerns
Some Concord water customers have noticed an unpleasant odor in our water recently. The cause is an algal bloom in one of our water sources and the odor will improve as conditions change. However, Concord's water remains safe for all uses including drinking, and continues to be tested to ensure it meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

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

Cyanotype
For ages 6-12. We’re using the power and light from the sun to create images with special paper without ever needing a camera. Parents are encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is required. We will meet Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee is $15 for City residents; $20 for non-residents.

Art-Ventures
For ages 8-12. Combine the outdoors with adventure and art. We’ll collect our art supplies on our walk in the great outdoors. Wear clothes for messy activities. This time it’s “Everything Sticks” because sticks are awesome and we’re on the hunt! Create your sculptures from your collection and decorate them with sparkles and paint! Pre-registration is required. We will meet on Monday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. The fee is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents.

Kid’s Night Out
For ages 8-12. Come hang out and have snacks, play games, fun arts & crafts, and more! Parents can take a few hours off while the kids have a night full of fun! Parents will need to check kids in and out with the instructor upon arrival and departure. Max. 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. Kid’s Night Out will be held on Friday, June 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hartsell Recreation Center, 60 Hartsell School Road. Each kid is $5 for City residents; $10 for non-residents.

Greenway Adventures
For ages 3 & up. Using the greenways as our classroom, we will explore critters and their habitats, adding in fun and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to join in on the fun. Each program will meet at the designated trail for approximately 1 hour. This week we are rejoicing the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year will be celebrated with flower crowns, suncatchers and games of the sun! We will meet Friday, June 21 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at McGee Park. There is no fee for this program.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Click the links to find details and upcoming agendas.

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

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

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

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

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