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July 9 City Council Highlights
Recognition of 31 years of financial excellence
The City of Concord has participated in the Government Finance Officer's
Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) award program for many years
and has met the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 31 st consecutive time. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Congratulations to the Finance Department .
Planning for two new community parks
City Council adopted a unique concept plan for a new park on Wilson Street along the McEachern Greenway alignment, including an outdoor education facility, pollinator garden, and even an enchanted fairy door path on nearly 7 acres. City Council also authorized proceeding with design work for a new park on about 28 acres near Cox Mill Elementary School. Additional renovated or new parks are in the works for Caldwell Park, Dorton Park, and Burrage Road near David W. Phillips Activity Center. Find out more about future facilities: concordparksandrec.org .

Other City Council Highlights
  • Recognized HR staff for leading the City's efforts resulting in earning a spot on the CBJ Healthiest Employers list for the fourth consecutive year, finishing in second place for organizations with 400-1499 employees in 2020.
  • Conducted a public hearing and denied an annexation petition for four parcels located on the northeast side of the Rocky River Road and lower Rocky River Road intersection.
  • Conducted a public hearing and approved submitting the FY20-24 Consolidated Plan and FY20-21 Action Plan to US Dept of Housing and Urban Development for the CDBG and Home programs.
  • Awarded FY20-21 Neighborhood Matching Grants to nine Recognized Neighborhoods.
  • Adopted a resolution to create temporary COVID-19 related policies for the City's utility customers regarding utility shut-offs, late fees, and reconnection fees upon expiration of the Governor's Executive Order No. 124 & 142. Find out more.
  • Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Queen City Engineering for Rider Transit driver protection barriers.

See the full agenda at  concordnc.gov/councilagenda .
Upcoming meetings:
Please note, unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be conducted over video conference. Please open the agenda for the desired meeting to join via Zoom.

July 21  Planning and Zoning  6:00 PM
August 11 City Council Work Session  4:00 PM
August 12  Historic Preservation  6:30 PM
August 13 City Council Regular Session  6:00 PM
Concord Cares:
Cover your face for a healthy tomorrow
The City of Concord is hosting an ongoing series of drive-thru face covering distribution events across the community. Staff will distribute one face covering per person present. Events will be planned over the coming weeks and months to distribute a total of 20,000 face-coverings. The City's first distribution events, held earlier this week, provided over 1,400 masks to Concord residents.

Upcoming events
The next two events planned for City of Concord residents are Tuesday, July 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at  Caldwell Park  in the Logan Community (362 Georgia Street SW), and Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at  ClearWater Arts Center & Studios  in Gibson Village (223 Crowell Drive NW).

In addition, Cabarrus County plans to hold drive-thru face covering distribution events on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each of the County’s four parks. Find out more at  cabarruscounty.us .

For more information and the latest on upcoming face covering distribution events, visit  concordnc.gov/masks .

Additional coverage of Concord Cares: go in depth courtesy of the Independent Tribune
Cabarrus Health Alliance - COVID-19 updates

How else can you help with COVID response?
It's as simple as answering your phone! Answer your phone if you receive a call from 704-920-1000, as it's our partners at Cabarrus Health Alliance.
Video update from Cabarrus Health Alliance - available at cabarrushealth.org each Wednesday.
Important update
for Concord Utility Customers
Consistent with  Executive Order 124  issued by Governor Cooper on March 31, 2020, and as amended by  Executive Order 142  on May 30, the City of Concord will neither disconnect utility accounts for nonpayment, assess new late payment fees, nor collect late payment fees that were imposed on accounts as of March 31 for at least 120 days (through July 29, 2020).
Upon expiration of this order, City of Concord staff is prepared to discuss reasonable payment arrangements for those who incur a delinquency from March 31 through July 29. Please contact the Customer Care team at 704-920-5555 to discuss the City of Concord's response to this order, including re-connection of terminated service, payment options, or other concerns. City Council adopted a resolution to guide these policies on July 9, 2020.  Click here for more information .
Parks and Recreation
Want to find out what's open and what's not? Check our chart at  concordparksandrec.org .
There is still time left to register for and complete the virtual Streetlight 5K and Frolic. That means if running in the evening isn't your scene, you can do it as bright and early as you wish!

To register, visit click here or call 704-920-5600 by July 10. You will have 2 weeks to complete the 5k, from July 10-24. Don’t worry – you’ll still get a cool shirt and a medal. Swag will be mailed out to those who complete starting July 24.
Traffic info: closures starting Monday
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Join us on July 30
for a virtual lunch conversation
Want to talk to experts about reducing waste? Join us July 30 for a virtual lunch conversation on recycling right, saving landfill space (and money!), and protecting our natural resources - and we'll answer your questions!
This conversation will be led by Robin Barham, Solid Waste Director, and Mandy Smith-Thompson, Environmental Educator. Click here to register and submit your questions in advance . Registrants will receive an email with instructions to join the meeting.
#Count4Cabarrus Update

As of July 1, Cabarrus County is ranked #31 in North Carolina with a self-response rate of 59.3%. Let's move up in the ranks together! Everyone counts, and every census filled creates a stronger community for all of us to enjoy in the future. #Commit4Cabarrus and complete the 2020 Census today. 2020Census.gov  
The City of Concord partners with our community to deliver excellent service, and plans for the future while preserving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of life.
High 5 for Excellent Service

Over 1,000 people in our organization spend every day focused on providing the services needed to keep our community moving. Regardless of which department, all of Concord’s coworkers are committed to providing excellent, customer-focused service. Nine principles help us deliver a high level of quality services: Concern for the Individual, Customer Focus, Fair and Equitable Service, Professional Service, Effective Communications, Taking Ownership, Timeliness, Teamwork, and Great Service Recovery.

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If so, we hope you’ll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started at  concordnc.gov/high5  or call us at 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgment via the telephone voicemail line.