City Hall Chats
City Manager Addresses COVID-19
City of Concord Takes Precautionary Measures Under State and Local Guidance
The City of Concord is aware that the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), Cabarrus County’s public health authority, has identified the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in a Cabarrus County resident. Please, visit www.cabarrushealth.org for more information.

At the continued guidance of CHA and the direction of City Manager, Lloyd Payne, the City is taking precautionary measures to limit non-essential events or gatherings involving non-City Personnel between now and March 31, 2020. Further evaluation will determine the extension of this time frame. Please, see below for detailed information. As we continue to follow the direction and guidance of Cabarrus Health Alliance, additional cancellations and closings may occur.

“We take the advice of our public health and emergency management partners seriously,” said City Manager Lloyd Payne.” While we recognize these decisions are a major disruption and inconvenience to the community, we believe they are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our team members and the general public. We thank you for your understanding and partnership as we work through this challenge together.”

Utility Payments and Services
To help aid in the preventive measures of spreading COVID-19, we strongly encourage all customers and community members to opt to utilize online and phone services as an alternative to face to face interaction at Concord City Hall. We offer online bill pay, utility service sign up, work order submittals, and many more features online at  www.concordnc.gov.  You are also welcome to use our drop box at City Hall or mail your utility payment versus paying in person. As always, our Customer Care Team is available to serve you Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM by dialing 704-920-5555.

Parks and Recreation
The City of Concord, Parks & Recreation at the direction of both local and state officials will be suspending and postponing the following:
  • Youth basketball/softball are postponed until April 12, 2020.
  • Adult basketball is postponed until April 12, 2020.
  • All parks and recreation programming is suspended until April 12,2020.
  • All community room and shelter reservations are suspended until April 12, 2020.
  • Recreation centers will remain open with no organized activities. This is subject to change.

Parks and Recreation staff will be reaching out to all those who are impacted by these changes. You may also contact P&R staff with your concerns and questions at 704-920-5600 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mon- Fri.

Fire Department
  • Monday car seat checks – Canceled. If you are in a critical situation, please contact 704-920-5516.
  • Public Education Events - The Fire Marshals office will be reaching out to reschedule or cancel.
  • Smoke Detector Installations – Please contact 704-920-5517.
  • Fire Department Tours and Truck Showing – Trucks will only be shown outside for viewing purposes only. Stations are closed for touring at this time.
  • Junior Firefighter Program – Canceled Monday 3/16, 3/23, and 3/30.

Housing
The following programs are canceled through March 31 unless otherwise stated.
  • Landlord workshops scheduled for April
  • Unique Alternatives – Free College Workshop (March 12, 2020)
  • The Connect Center Program for Seniors and Veterans (March 20, 2020)
  • A Radiant Princesses Dance Team – Monday and Wednesday
  • Multi-Cultural Computer Classes – Tuesday and Thursday
  • All Section 8 Briefings
Quick Links
Annual Bunny Run 5K & Festival - Cancelled
Don't Push Your Luck
In partnership with the Department of Transportation, the Concord Police Department will be participating in this month's Booze it and Lose it Campaign scheduled for March 12th-15th. 

During this Campaign, Concord Police will increase the number of and officers in strategic areas and set up checking stations. 

Motorists caught driving while impaired could face jail time, lose their driving privileges, and pay an average of $10,000 in fines, towing fees, and other expenses associated with a DWI.

That's not a small price, and it doesn't even count the heftier price: the potential cost of a lost life. DON'T PUSH YOUR LUCK! 
City Council Highlights
To review the full City Council Agenda, including action taken, please click on the agenda located on the left. 
Highlights

* Denied an ordinance for annexation of four (4) parcels located on the northeast side of the Rocky River Road and Lower Rocky River Road intersection.

* Adopted an ordinance annexing one parcel of land, 3817 Cochran Rd (southwest corner of Cochran Rd and Roberta Rd), owned by Cabarrus County Schools Statutes Sec. 158-7.1

* Offered a contract for a three year/85% tax based Downtown Municipal Service District Economic Development Incentive Grant to RCG SE, LLC for the redevelopment of 66 Union St. S. 

*Adopted an ordinance amending Articles 8 and 14 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) relative to allow "bars/taverns" as a permitted use
City Council Presentations
Presentation to the City of Concord for receiving the Tree City USA designation
On January 30, 2020, Concord was named a 2019 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. Concord achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the programs four requirements: having a tree board or department, establishing a tree care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2.00 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Tree City USA recognition from the NC Forest Service and Arbor Day Foundation highlights the City's commitment to urban forestry, community improvement and civic pride. Concord is one of more than 3600 Tree City USA communities with 87 of those communities being located in North Carolina
Presentation of a Proclamation recognizing March as Red Cross Month
Concord Fire Department
Annual Hydrant Inspection & Testing
This week, the City of Concord Fire Department will begin inspecting and testing over 4,500 hydrants within the City of Concord. Fire crews will be out Monday through Thursday 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. and Friday 8 A.M – 12 Noon until all service is complete. The inspection involves removing all caps and lubricating the threads as well as flowing water to ensure that each hydrant is operating properly.

This annual testing is essential to maintain CFD’s Class 1 Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification and to ensure that hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes. Along with maintaining the fire rating, the testing monitors the health of the City’s water system, identifies weak areas in the system, removes materials that settle in the hydrant, and cleans out the lines. Checking each hydrant also improves crew knowledge of hydrant locations.

Fire department personnel will also be checking to make sure there is adequate clearance around all fire hydrants. Property owners should clear weeds and brush from blocked hydrants to aid in their easy identification and access. The fire code requires at least 36 inches of clear area around the hydrant for proper access and helps assure that the hydrant is visible from the road.

If you have any questions, please contact the fire department at 704-920-5516.
All upcoming events and programs have been canceled.
The City of Concord, Parks & Recreation at the direction of both local and state officials will be suspending and postponing the following:

  • Youth basketball/softball are postponed until April 12, 2020.

  • Adult basketball is postponed until April 12, 2020.

  • All parks and recreation programming is suspended until April 12,2020.

  • All community room and shelter reservations are suspended until April 12, 2020.

  • Recreation centers will remain open with no organized activities. This is subject to change.

Parks and Recreation staff will be reaching out to all those who are impacted by these changes. You may also contact P&R staff with your concerns and questions at 704-920-5600 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mon- Fri.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport
Allegiant Air Travel

Amid concerns of COVID-19 concerns, we would like to share important information from our partner  Allegiant Air . We encourage you to follow this direct link concerning their travel schedule, cleaning processes, and precautionary measures.  Allegiant



The City of Concord continues to encourage you to follow creditable resources for guidance such as:

National information - www.coronavirus.gov.

State of North Carolina Information – www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus

Cabarrus Health Alliance Information – www.cabarrushealth.org
City of Concord
Housing Services






All programming has been cancelled through March 31st.
Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.
March 17th at 6:00 p.m.

March 24th at 6:00 p.m.

April 7th at 4:00 p.m.
City Council work session

April 8th at 7:00 p.m.
April 9th at 6:00 p.m.


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High 5 for Excellent Service

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.
3/10/2020
  Theodore Davidson 
       Customer Focus
I just wanted to give this employee a "shout out". My children were playing outside when he arrived to get our bag of yard waste. He took his time and was so friendly and invited them down to see the process. Great job to Theodore! We appreciate his hard work and dedication to his job. It is employees like this that go the extra mile and deserve to be recognized for it.
Nicole Blackwell