Here’s a riddle for you, readers. What do fried dough and City Manger Tom Aspell’s weekly memo have in common? Answer: They are both treats we have been looking forward to all week!
Because we don’t mind sharing, here are the highlights from this week’s memo.
We usually like to save the best news for last, but we couldn’t contain ourselves on this one. Tom announced a gift given to the City of Concord from Concord 20/20. Oh boy, we love presents! Is it a diamond ring? A lifetime supply of burritos? Four 20-foot long boat docks?
“One of the coolest things to happen during Concord’s heat wave was the installation of four 20-foot long docks along the Merrimack River,” Tom wrote.
“The site is next to the boat launch at Waterfront Park by the Everett Arena,” Tom continued.
“The docks are a gift to the City from Concord 20/20 so that our community canfully access the river near downtown.
“The project has been several years in the making, often deterred by high water levels from heavy rains and, last year, one of the gangways was stolen from the site just days before installation.”
We shake our fists at you, gangway thieves.
“Challenges aside, the view of our city from the river is magnificent. Enjoy!” Tom added.
We will, Tom. We will.
Update: North State Street
We know you’re dying for an update from the North State Street saga. So here goes:
“Phase II improvements to North State Street have reached substantial completion,” Tom wrote.
Whoa, Tom. First boat docks and now this. Is it our birthday?
“The contractor will be removing equipment and construction signs from the site,” he added.
Hmm. We have a feeling there’s a catch.
“Phase III improvements, from Lake Street to Palm Street, will be going out to bid on July 23, with a contract award being made shortly thereafter.”
Keep in mind, “improvements” is Aspell-speak for more road work and sitting in traffic.
“Thanks to all the residents, commuters, cyclists and pedestrians for their patience during this ongoing project.”
Uh, where’s The Concord Insider on that list?
A night out with the police department
Don’t worry, we don’t mean the kind of night out where you end up in a jail cell.
Tom wants you to save the date for The Concord Police Department’s National Night Out held on Aug. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rollins Park.
“This is an annual event held throughout the United States to promote cooperation between the police and the community,” Tom explained.
The night will include demonstrations of police-related equipment and services, public safety information booths, wildlife displays, fire department information and equipment, music, kids activities and attractions and more.
There will be plenty of food and refreshments, too – it wouldn’t be a night out without it.
“This event has become a very popular activity for the community and contributes to the safety and security of the City and the South End. We especially thank Target for their generous financial contribution, which assists us in providing this worthwhile event,” Tom added.