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Did you know?
Did you know Haulers on Union is returning to Concord in just a few weeks? On Thursday, May 16 starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Visit 600festival.com for details.

Concord in the Headlines
City Nature Challenge returns to Cabarrus County this weekend
McLendon, Knox named deputy fire chiefs
Concord Police officers honored for work on Prom Promise

Bost honored with 2019 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
At the April 11 City Council Meeting, Sonya Bost of the Fire Department was surprised with the news that she is the 2019 recipient of the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award. The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. Bost has worked for the City of Concord since 2008, starting as a customer care representative when it was located at Fire Station 3. She joined the Fire Department administration team in 2011 as an administrative assistant and is currently a senior executive assistant. Throughout her tenure with the City, she has led a number of high impact community service initiatives which have benefited over 30 families in Cabarrus County. Find out more about her service to the community at concordnc.gov.

Let’s be citizen scientists!  The City Nature Challenge starts today!
Calling all Concord!  Today through Monday at midnight, the Charlotte Metro region will join 149 other cities across the globe to see which can find the most nature in the City Nature Challenge.  The winning city will have the most observations of nature, find the most species and have the most citizens participating. Any living thing or evidence thereof (bones, scat, tracks, feathers) all count as observations!  We’ll use the iNaturalist website and free mobile app to keep track of all the data we collect.  To learn more about what’s planned for the Charlotte Metro, visit Facebook.com/CltCNC

Cabarrus County results in 2018, expansion to Charlotte metro in 2019
In 2018, Cabarrus County competed against 68 global cities in the City Nature Challenge and unexpectedly came in at number 18 – ahead of large cities like Tokyo!  What a fun and educational experience!  This year, 150 cities are taking the challenge, and we’ve expanded to include the entire Charlotte Metro Region.  We are calling on everyone in the Charlotte Metro to participate!  Doing so couldn’t be easier!  After you’ve created your free iNaturalist account, simply upload photos taken between now and Monday at midnight from anywhere in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Rowan, Union, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties to iNaturalist.org or the mobile app.  You can use a phone, tablet or digital camera.


What is iNaturalist?
What if you could step outside and be able to quickly identify nearly every living thing you saw?  The iNaturalist website and free app make that possible!  After you create your free account, you can easily upload photos of living things, and iNaturalist uses geolocation, photo recognition software and crowd-sourcing to identify them.  iNaturalist allows us to become citizen scientists and use technology to better understand the natural world.  When an observation is verified by 3 other iNaturalist users, it becomes “research grade” and is listed on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a tool used by scientists studying biodiversity!  iNaturalist.org began in 2008 as a UC Berkeley School of Information Master's final project of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda and has become the official tool for keeping track of data during the annual, global City Nature Challenge which is happening now through Monday at midnight!

Safe Disposal Event: Saturday, April 27
The Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event is Saturday April 27, 9-11 a.m., at CFA Village Parking Lot located at 280 Concord Parkway N. Two shred trucks will be onsite providing free secure document shredding and recycling for Cabarrus County residents. Please limit your documents to no more than three 13-gallon trash bags or bankers' boxes. The event will also feature free, safe collection and disposal of electronic waste (such as televisions, computers, and other devices) and unused/expired prescription medications. For more information on the Spring 2019 Cabarrus-Concord Safe Disposal Event, call 704-920-3209.

Preservation Plan surveys underway 
A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. By the end of the process, the City hopes to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City. The City needs citizen input and will receive feedback from April 25 through May 20. Two survey instruments are now open at concordnc.gov/preservationplanOne survey is geared towards existing historic districts and the other towards future historic preservation efforts. The City appreciates your input during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for your neighborhoods. In addition, Architectural Historian Laura Purvis with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. will be in Concord next week (April 29 - May 3) documenting and photographing neighborhoods built prior to 1970. 



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.

Holy Roly Poly!
Parks and Recreation is joining the fun of the City Nature Challenge with Holy Roly Poly! April 29 at McGee Park. This is how we roll - observing roly polies and their neighbors on a Greenway Adventure.  Download the iNaturalist app and create your account before you arrive, if you can!  Meet us at McGee Park Shelter at 4:00 p.m., and bring your phone or digital camera.  Just by participating, your family will be entered into a drawing for one of several butterfly puddlers to enhance your backyard habitat! Free and open to ages 3 and up. Click here to register now.

Move & Groove
For ages 2-5. Join us for singing, dancing, and Imagination Playground creativity! Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee for this program. We’ll meet at the David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Yo-Play-Ga
For ages 2-5. Reaching to our toddler toes and back up like the flower grows we’ll use music to stretch our imaginations and min-muscles while laughing and having fun. This week we are Walking the Tightrope and going to the circus to learn how to juggle, and show off our best acrobatic moves! Class meets Friday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. at David Phillips Activity Center, 946 Burrage Road NE. There is no fee for this program. Call 704-920-5604 for availability.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applicants fro the 2019-20 school year through May 3. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

May
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council and work session
8 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

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


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

Be ready: 2019 Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. This week, Concord Public Safety officials joined the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in bringing this safety campaign residents. With warmer weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season. If each resident would take a few moments to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized. Follow along on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page and learn more at weather.gov/rah/2019ncswpw.

Spring 2019 City Circular digital edition now available
If it has not already, the latest issue of the City Circular will soon arrive in the mail loaded with information and updates from your local government. You can also access the digital edition, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page.

NCDOT plans, postpones traffic shift and detour on Concord Parkway
North Carolina Department of Transportation has postponed a traffic shift and detour originally planned for Concord Parkway this weekend. Earlier this week, our partners at NCDOT announced a significant road detour for Concord Parkway near Charlotte Motor Speedway that would have started Friday evening. Crews were to shift traffic on U.S. 29 northbound where two bridges over the Rocky River are being replaced. Due to the rainy weather now expected, this has been postponed. Once rescheduled, the traffic shift will allow the demolition of the northbound bridge. Southbound traffic on Concord Parkway will proceed normally without a detour. For updated traffic information from NCDOT, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Mayor Dusch joins Commissioner Morris for Out & About on the new parking deck
Prior to last week’s event celebrating the opening of Cabarrus County’s new parking deck, Mayor Bill Dusch joined Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris to film the latest episode of CabCoTV’s Out & About. The episode centered on the impact of the project and the partnership between the City and County. Johnson Bray of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation joined in the discussion on what the new deck means for Downtown Concord. Catch the episode on CabCo TV (Spectrum Cable Channel 22 or livestream) each morning this week at 8:30 a.m. and at various other times during the day and evening. You can also watch the episode on demand on the CabCoTV YouTube Channel. The new five-story structure, located at 81 Spring St. SW, has 614 new parking spots. Visitors to downtown Concord can access the deck 24-hours a day from entrances on Spring Street and Corban Avenue. Find out more about the project at cabarruscounty.us.
 
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.

Recreation Centers offer affordable fun for the whole family
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department has three recreation centers with a variety of recreational opportunities available to the public at no charge. The centers are equipped with game areas offering billiards, foosball, bumper pool, and table tennis. The centers have weight rooms available to men and women and are equipped with machines, free weights, and cardiovascular equipment. Especially popular are free-play basketball in the gymnasiums, and meeting rooms that are available for rental. Find weekly activity schedules and more about the Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Centers 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.

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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Did you know?
Did you know the David W. Phillips Activity Center is the newest facility operated by Concord Parks and Recreation? Visit concordnc.gov to find out all the fun new programs offered at this unique location.

Concord in the Headlines
City of Concord sets up Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence
Local firefighters head to hurricane affected eastern NC

Florence: after the storm
Concord faced minimal impacts from Tropical Depression Florence including isolated road flooding and relatively brief power outages on Sunday. After the storm, City departments began checking facilities and infrastructure and clearing debris. Visit concordnc.gov for a summary of Concord's impact and response.

Eight Concord firefighters are part of a local group deployed to assist fire departments in the Wilmington area. You can follow their work at the
Concord Public Safety Facebook Page and on Twitter @ConcordNCFire.

Unfortunately, malicious actors are using Florence as an opportunity to exploit individuals concerned about helping those affected. Please 
visit us-cert.gov to learn how to avoid potential scams. If you are wanting to help those affected, please visit rebuild.nc.gov to learn how to donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund or visit redcross.org to learn about making a financial or blood donation to the American Red Cross.

City of Concord honored NCWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards
The City of Concord has been recognized as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s (NCWF) Municipal Conservationist of the Year.  The award is part of NCWF’s prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards which honor commitment to conservation in NC annually.  Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. Concord was honored at an award banquet on September 8, where Mayor Bill Dusch and former Mayor Scott Padgett accepted the award.  NCWF and Concord Wildlife Alliance representatives also attended the September Council meeting to present the award.  Full article available at concordnc.gov

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

Toddling Towards Art series at Fire Station 9

Children ages 10 months-3
years will have a load of fun at our Toddling Towards Art series at the Fire Station 9 community room. We'll combine arts and crafts with popular children's songs. First up: Apple Adventures on Tuesday, September 24 from 10-11 a.m. (register now) Come along on this awesome apple adventure…these apples aren't for us to eat, but they're still super neat!  Each toddler must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration for each session is required and opens 7 days prior to the class date. Fire Station 9 is located near Poplar Tent Road and I-85 at 1020 Ivey Cline Road. Find out more in the Leisure Times.

FREE showing of the film, “Stustainable”
Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.  This free screening is hosted by Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council, Rowan Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Program, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners, and Concord Wildlife Alliance.  It is a family-friendly event to bring attention to local farming communities and practices.  Screening will take place Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord.  Tickets are free, but pre-registration is requested.


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

October
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council 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 
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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? To find out more, visit concordnc.gov/flood or contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to request a consultation.

Concord in the Headlines
NASCAR dream to become reality for girl who saved brother's life

City of Concord to observe Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at noon on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Waste Pro's 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 Tuesday, May 29. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, June 1. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

City Nature Challenge Update
It has almost been a month since our first time participating in the City Nature Challenge, a global event that helped us find out what’s living in our back yards! Our local effort engaged thousands of people in identifying nearly 7,000 living things and over 1,000 different species ranking 18th of all 68 participating communities worldwide. We ranked higher than cities like Chicago, Rome, and Tokyo! We are already planning a bigger local effort for CNC 2019, so stay tuned to the CabCoCNC Facebook page. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to find out more.

Summer 2018 City Circular and Leisure Times coming soon

If you have not yet already, you'll soon receive the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail. The Summer 2018 City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also get ready for a summer of fun in the Leisure Times digital edition.

Concord recognized within the nation's 100 best fleets for fifth time
With over 1,000 vehicles and motorized equipment in place to deliver essential community services, the City of Concord's Fleet Services Department has no easy task. However, the department has been recognized as one of the nation's 100 best fleets for the fifth time this year. The City's recognition was highlighted by Fuel What Matters, an initiative of NC State University's Clean Energy Technology Center and the NC Department of Transportation. Visit fuelwhatmatters.org to find how Concord's Fleet Services team gets the job done so well.

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.

Jump in the pool this summer
The John F. McInnis Aquatics Center will open for weekend hours starting May 26, with weekday hours beginning Monday, June 11. During the season the pool offers open swim for the community at a minimum fee, water aerobics, and swimming lessons for both youth and adults. The pool can also be rented for private parties and special events. For hours and more information on programs please visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

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

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

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.
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Did you know?
Did you know you can help Concord Police provide toothbrushes and other dental care supplies to children who need them? Find out more about the SmileDrive on the Public Safety Facebook page.

 

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

Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member Brian Floyd.

Presented retirement plaques to Joe Wilson, 15 years of service – Transportation Department, and Johnnie Eudy, 29 years of service – Finance Department (Billing).

Received a presentation from the
600 Festival Association on the 2018 Haulers on Union event.

Received a presentation from Elaine Conti, Raftelis Financial Consulting, on the City's fee studies for water and wastewater system development fees, conducted a public hearing, and
approved the  System Development Fee Study

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of two parcels located on the south side of Ellenwood Rd, owned by Mitchell Hartsell Construction.

Tabled the public hearing for annexation of one parcel located at 8200 Poplar Tent Rd, owned by Steve Pinkerton (SMC Investments LLC) to allow the developer additional time to resolve issues with the annexation petition.

Authorized the
Planning and Neighborhood Development Department to submit an application for a Certified Local Government Grant for a Preservation Plan.


Customers rate City of Concord services better than national average
Survey says: Concord residents have a positive perception of the community, and higher satisfaction with City services compared to other communities. Most respondents rated Concord as an excellent or good place to live and raise children. Of residents who had an opinion, 79 percent indicated they were either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall quality of City services, and 60 percent had a positive rating of the value received for tax dollars and fees. Concord significantly outperformed the national and regional averages in about 75 percent of the covered topics. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

 

2030 Land Use Plan draft available for public review – public hearing scheduled
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for the February 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, who will consider if the 2030 Land Use Plan is ready for City Council adoption. Pending the outcome of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could hold a Public Hearing as soon as March 8. Additionally, in advance of the public hearings, comments may be submitted via email to 
sherrills@concordnc.gov. Find out more at concordnc.gov or call Kevin Ashley in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5149.

Drop-in workshops planned to discuss Concord's next greenway phase
The Parks and Recreation Department is planning two drop-in workshops to discuss the next greenway construction project with the community. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. Residents are invited to attend one of the two drop-in workshops planned at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivery Cline Road. City staff members will be on hand from 4:00 until 7:00 on both Tuesday, February 13 and Monday, February 26 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov
 
Concord Deputy Fire Chiefs honored by peers

Recently, the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs hosted its annual conference in Concord. Part the conference includes a banquet to recognize exemplary fire service professionals across the state. This year, both of Concord's deputy fire chiefs were recognized by their peers in the association for their contributions to the fire service. Deputy Chief Todd Eury, who has served the City for 28 years, was awarded Career Fire Officer of the Year.  Deputy Chief Jake Williams received the honor of Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for his dedication and service in his capacity as Chief of the Odell Volunteer Fire Department. Williams has served as a leader and dedicated servant to both the Concord and Odell communities for over 20 years. These awards are considered among the highest honors for fire officers in North Carolina. To find out more about the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, visit ncafc.com; for more on the Concord Fire Department, visit concordnc.gov/fire.


Cabarrus Economic Development wants women to Go Bold!
Local economic development professionals introduced Go Bold!, a new initiative this week Go Bold! Bold Women in Bold Careers exists to encourage women in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, to learn about challenging and rewarding career opportunities that they may not have considered. Check out the first story and find out more at goboldnc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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

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

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Did you know?
Did you know the Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Customers in the Monday collection area will have a normal schedule for Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection. However, customers in the Tuesday through Friday areas will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 7.  Customers are reminded that items set out after 6:00 a.m. may not be located and miss collection. Customers should consider placing items at the curb after 5:00 p.m. the night before, and can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to verify their collection schedule.  For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

Renovated Hartsell Recreation Center opens to community
City of Concord officials gathered with the Silver Hill community and members of the general public on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Hartsell Recreation Center. Hartsell was closed between August 12, 2016 and June 18, 2017 for an extensive, $1.8 million renovation.  To learn more, visit concordnc.gov.

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.

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

Boot Camp in the Park
This extreme fitness class focuses on levels of exercise incorporating cardio drills, resistance training with your body weight, and core workouts. Participants must be 18 years of age or older (medical clearance required for those over 40 years of age). Boot Camp meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 5-6:00 a.m. at Les Myers Park ballfield. The next 16-class session begins Monday, July 3. City residents pay $65, non-residents pay $70 for the combined 16 class session. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Circuit Blast

Register now for this outdoor fitness program that includes 45 minutes of circuits and 15 minutes of yoga stretch. Burn away calories and have a BLAST as we challenge and encourage you to reach your fitness goals. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle. The next 4 week session begins July 11, meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the large shelter at Dorton Park. City residents pay $25; non-residents pay $30, or pay per class city residents pay $5; non-residents pay $6. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Designed for ages 4 and up. Enjoy outdoor yoga with your child in a fun and interactive way! We’ll bark in downward dog, his in cobra pose and flutter our butterfly wings in butterfly pose while learning balance, strength and breathing techniques that you can practice all summer long. Bring a yoga mat for each of you as well as plenty of water. These outdoor classes meet at the large shelter in Dorton Park on Thursdays July 13 – August 17 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Participants pay $3 per child per class. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
24 at 6:00 p.m.
Board of Adjustment


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

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


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Did you know?
Did you know local government managers from across the state are in Concord this week for the North Carolina City and County Management Association summer seminar? The NCCCMA is the professional association for city and county managers and assistant managers from counties and municipalities throughout North Carolina. Welcome to Concord, managers!

Utility payment system to be unavailable for part of Saturday
The City of Concord has system maintenance planned for Saturday, 24 that will impact some customers’ ability to access their City utility accounts. Concord utility customers who wish to access their account or make payments over the phone or via eCare on Saturday, June 24 will not be able to do so for most of the morning and some of the afternoon. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep systems running at optimal levels.

Hartsell Recreation Center reopening celebration set for June 29
City of Concord officials will gather with the Silver Hill community and members of the general public at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Hartsell Recreation Center. Hartsell was closed between August 12, 2016 and June 18, 2017 for an extensive, $1.8 million renovation.

The facility was the historical site of Hartsell High School’s gym and classrooms, and was purchased by the City in 1994 for use by the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to an updated look and better ADA accessibility compliance, the Center now has renovated exercise, fitness, and multi-purpose rooms available to the public.

This project is the latest in a series of capital improvements to the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. In recent years, major renovations have been completed at the Academy and Logan Centers, along with new outdoor recreation options such as the Hector H. Henry II, Greenway and the Weddington Road Bark Park. The City Council continues to focus on demand for improved recreation facilities as adopted in the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, adopted in December, 2016. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-920-5600.

Town of Midland to host community safety awareness day and blood drive
The Town of Midland is inviting neighbors in Concord and around the region to visit on Friday, June 30. The Midland community safety awareness day will run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 at Midland Fire Station 1, located at 12805 U.S. Hwy 601 S. There will be activities for the youth to learn how to be safe in hazardous situations, and the Cabarrus County smoke house will also be on hand. In addition, the American Red Cross will have a blood drive donation center set up at the event. You can make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org.

In light of the recent passing of Midland Mayor
Kathy Kitts, Mayor Padgett encourages Concord citizens to support Midland in this time of loss by joining them to help others in need through the blood drive. "I have the deepest admiration for Kathy and express my sympathy to her family, friends, and colleagues," said Padgett. "Just as she was courageous in her battle with cancer, she led Midland with the same courage. She was a consensus-builder who was the perfect cheerleader for her community. She will be missed greatly in Midland and throughout Cabarrus County."

Interact with Concord Police at July 25 community crime and safety meeting
Concord Police invite you to the next Crime and Safety meeting, where the department will present crime statistics for the entire City for the first half of 2017. Additionally, Code Enforcement Manager Robert Watson will be speaking about the Code Enforcement process. The meeting will be held at CFA Suite 15, 280 Concord Parkway North (Next to Big Lots) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with members of the Concord Police Department and receive information regarding their neighborhoods. Find out more at concordnc.gov/police.

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

Final week to sign up for fall youth soccer
Parks and Recreation is excited to open registration for Youth Soccer now through June 30. Special in-person registration at Northlite Academy Sports + Outdoors from 11-2 on July 1. Registration is $35 for City residents, $55 for non-residents. Children ages 3-15 as of August 1 can register for the fall playing season. A parents meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, and skills assessment for older players is planned for July 15. Learn more and register online at concordparksandrec.org.

Want to get your skills in shape?
Click here to sign up for the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, which will run July 31-August 4.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic coming soon!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 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.