City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell puts the city memo through rigorous layup drills and free throw practice. It gets so good that it gets a lucrative multi-year contract in Europe. It sends postcards frequently, though, and we pieced them together here!

The old switcheroo

Ready, set, change sides

This week marks the final week of work on the east side of North Main Street, Aspell writes. Let’s celebrate with cake!

On Monday, crews completed brick work at the Phenix Hall Plaza. In addition, the northbound lane was prepped for paving, which is scheduled to take place today. Sounds cakeworthy!

During the latter half of the week, painting of street markings and parking areas will occur, as well as final clean-up for the traffic swap, which will take place early on Monday morning, July 13.

They’re really touched

The trucks, that is

The General Services, Police and Fire departments had a great time participating in the “Touch A Truck” event this past Friday during Market Days, Aspell writes. It was much more well received than the previously considered Touch A Skunk event.

Children enjoyed sitting in and learning about city equipment and meeting the Concord Fire Department mascot, Sparky! The General Services Department handed out goody bags (full of general goodness!) and people who subscribed to their e-newsletter were entered into a raffle for a chance to win an EPA WaterSense labeled showerhead or a small bundle of Pay-As-You-Throw trash bags, one of which is totally a garbage prize. Eight winners have been selected. The city is looking forward to the next “Touch A Truck” event, which will be held at National Night Out on Aug. 4.

Shred sesh

Fixes coming, bro

On June 29, Concord Skateboard Park users, Parks and Recreation Department staff, City Councilors and members of the Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee met to discuss renovating and revamping the current skateboard park, which was built in 2000, Aspell writes. Skateboarders report the meeting was “totally rad, dude.”

City staff brought some very preliminary plans to the meeting to get the discussion rolling (note: skateboarding pun! Believe it or not it was in the original memo and not an Insider addition). Skateboard Park users took the lead on the discussion and provided feedback regarding the types of materials they prefer the implements be made of, new and unique implements they might want, which implements are salvageable from the current park, and other features they would like to see in the design. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for July 20 at 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office at 14 Canterbury Road. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Author: Keith Testa

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