Kannapolis NC Newcomers Guide

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Welcome to

704-920-4300 | www.kannapolisnc.gov

Kannapolis, North Carolina is a dynamic and desirable community that is attractive to families, loved for its neighborhoods, appreciated for its uniqueness and respected for its contribution to the economic vitality of the region. Kannapolis has a population of 48,000 and stretches 32 miles. It is located in both Cabarrus and Rowan counties. The City is a place where you can live a good life. A healthy holistic life. A community that welcomes new people, new ideas and new businesses. A place where there is a balance between work, family, and social living. A unique place where health, nutrition, science and education are becoming the business of the City and where a significant investment of the business sector has already been made. We welcome you as you become part of our community and hope you find this guide informative. Our goal as elected officials and staff is to provide an environment where you and your family live socially, physically and economically healthy lives.

Let’s Discover a Healthy Life Together!


Table of Contents Welcome to Kannapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 City Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 City-Council Manager Form of Government . 4 City Facility Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 City News & Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 City Taxes & Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Current Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Elected Officials & Voting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 eNews & Emergency Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Garbage, Recycling, & Yard Debris . . . . . . . . 9 General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Kannapolis 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Phone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tourism & Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Transportation/Getting Here . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Utility Bill Payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Volunteer Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Water & Sewer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Budget The City’s primary revenue comes from property and sales taxes. The $68M budget includes the general fund and fund balance. The City’s general fund is used to pay for expenses that are recurring. The fund balance is used when expenses are beyond what the general fund has budgeted. It is almost as if the City’s general fund is its checking account while the fund balance is its savings account. The City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) identifies capital projects and equipment purchases, such as dump trucks, fire trucks, parks, or new streets and sidewalks, that are financed.

Parks & Recreation 3%

Debt Service 12%

Other 8%

Public Works 6%

General Government 11%

Public Safety 22%

Enterprise Funds 38%

Business The City of Kannapolis is one the fastestgrowing cities in North Carolina, and is often lauded for its highly ranked business climate. This is exemplified by the growing North Carolina Research Campus, investment in infrastructure and the fostering of economic development opportunities for businesses. As the 20th largest city in the state we strive to provide clear, timely information about opportunities to do business in our City. The City’s development services are designed to provide a smooth, efficient approach to ensuring quality growth of business. Kannapolis is home to over 2,500 businesses including: Amazon,Gordon Food Service, Shoe Show, Ei Pharmaceutical Solutions, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus County Social Services, Stanley Black & Decker, NC Research Campus and Stewart-Haas Racing (the only Formula 1 team in the United States). The City is seeking partners to invest in development of the downtown core. Our Downtown Revitalization Plan calls for a new sports and entertainment venue, performing arts center and other anchor projects to be built in partnership with

private investors over the next decade. Adjacent to the North Carolina Research Campus, the revitalized downtown will be a catalyst to recruit supporting business investments for the campus and other firms already located in the City. Kannapolis has more than 350,000 square feet of new shell space available, as well as other industrial properties, mixed-use, office and commercial properties and land for development. To access demographic data, descriptions of premier sites, an overview of our incentive policy, business and economic development news, and an economic development overview guide, contact Irene Sacks, isacks@kannapolisnc.gov. To obtain information on starting a business, including City of Kannapolis, County and other requirements or recommendations, refer to www.kannapolisnc.gov/startabusiness.


City Council MAYOR M. Darrell Hinnant 704-920-4317 (O) | 704-244-0342 (C) dhinnant@kannapolisnc.gov Kannapolis is governed by a Mayor and a City Council, consisting of six members who are elected to four-year terms. The Mayor serves as the spokesperson for the Council and is authorized to execute legal documents on behalf of the City. The Kannapolis City Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The first meeting is known as a Work Session meeting, a less formal meeting which allows council to discuss issues in greater detail. On the fourth Monday of each month the regular business meeting is held, and residents have an opportunity to speak on issues at this time. Meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 401 Laureate Way, at 6 PM (unless otherwise noted). Agendas for the City Council meetings are posted on the website the Friday before each meeting. The public is welcome at all City Council meetings.

COUNCIL MEMBERS Dianne Berry, Mayor Pro-Tem 704-699-4800 (C) | 704-933-4416 (H) dberry@kannapolisnc.gov Ryan G. Dayvault 704-791-5843 (C) rdayvault@kannapolisnc.gov Roger Haas 704-938-7390 (O) | 704-933-4502 (H) roger@racetocharlotte.com Tom Kincaid 704-938-2927 (O) | 704-932-6630 (H) tkincaid@kannapolisnc.gov

Van Rowell (704) 932-5896 (H) vrowell@kannapolisnc.gov Doug Wilson 704-933-5988 (H) dwilson@kannapolisnc.gov

City-Council Manager Form of Government Kannapolis operates using the council-manager form of government. The City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and the City Manager handles the dayto-day implementation of these policies and the management of the City organization. The City Council appoints the professional City Manager, who also serves as the Council’s chief advisor. The City Manager also oversees the employees of the City. General Services Director

Deputy City Manager

Finance Director

City Clerk Kannapolis Citizens

City Council

Public Works Director

City Manager

Fire Chief

Police Chief

Informations Technology Director

City Attorney Communications Director


Human Resources Director

Planning Director

Economic & Community Development Director

Parks & Recreation Director

City Facility Rentals The City of Kannapolis has a diverse group of facilities available to rent for conferences, training sessions, workshops, and celebrations. The facilities will appeal to you based on your individual needs and preferences. Spaces range from new and modern to historic and traditional. Facilities for rent include: Dale Earnhardt Plaza The Laureate Center Public Works Train Station Veterans Park Gazebo Village Park

Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to rent any of these properties at 704-920-4314 or rentals@kannapolisnc.gov. Visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/ parksandrec and click on Facility Use Application under Forms & Documents to rent park shelters/facilities.

The Laureate Center is located in the Kannapolis City Hall & Police Headquarters at 401 Laureate Way. The Laureate Center is the perfect location for you to host events, seminars, professional development classes, conferences and weddings. The center also has a lovely gallery where receptions or other pre-meeting events can be held in conjunction with your rental of the Laureate Center. There are two beautifully landscaped terrace areas that are perfect for social gatherings as well.

City News & Information • Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (Kannapolisnc), LinkedIn (City of Kannapolis) and Snapchat. • Kannapolis Matters – monthly newsletter inserted in everyone’s utility bill

The City utilizes a variety of platforms to keep you informed. • City Website – www.kannapolisnc.gov Updated daily the website offers news, events calendar, meeting notices and information on all City services and departments.

• News Outlets – Local and regional newspapers, television and radio stations, and magazines include coverage of the City. • City eNews and Emergency Alerts (see page 9) Questions? You are always welcome to contact us at 704-920-4300 or info@kannapolisnc.gov.


City Taxes & Fees In the City of Kannapolis we have a 0.63 cent property tax, while Cabarrus County has a tax rate of 0.70 cents and Rowan County has a tax rate of .6625 Cents. To calculate your property tax, multiply your house value (median house value in Kannapolis is $150,000) by the tax rate (City tax rate + County Tax rate), then divide it by 100.

An example using Cabarrus County tax rate: (0.63+.070)

$150,000 x $1.33 = $1,995 100

Kannapolis assesses user fees to cover expenses for stormwater, water, sewer, and environmental services (garbage/recycling/ yard debris).

Community Development With its community development program, the City strives to accomplish two primary goals:

• Installation of infrastructure to improve quality of life and stimulate investment in neighborhoods

PEOPLE: Assist low-to-moderate income residents

• Support of nonprofit organizations that provide services within the community for persons in need

PLACE: Bring positive change to neighborhoods The City accomplishes these goals with several approaches that include but are not limited to: • Development of new housing units to provide quality affordable housing to eligible residents

• Assist homeowners with repair and rehabilitation of their homes • Down payment assistance for first time homebuyers To learn more please contact Sherry Gordon at sgordon@kannapolisnc.gov or 704-920-4332.

Current Projects It is an exciting time to be a resident of the City of Kannapolis! Phase I, the streetscape and infrastructure improvements, are under way in Downtown. The Downtown Revitalization Project will further economic development in the City and includes plans for a sports and entertainment complex, performing arts center, new apartments, retail and restaurant space. The City continues to grow with an average of 1,000 people annually. In order to ensure the quality of service to citizens other projects underway include water, sewer, and street improvements, new and renovated fire stations, new greenways and improvements to existing parks. Visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/revitalization.


Education In Kannapolis, there are three public school systems, one community college and various private and charter school choices. Kannapolis City Schools 704-938-1131 www.kannapolis.k12.nc.us Cabarrus County Schools 704-786-6191 www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us Rowan-Salisbury Schools 704-636-7500 www.rss.k12.nc.us Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 704-216-RCCC (7222) www.rccc.edu The City is conveniently located near several colleges and universities including, Catawba College, Livingstone College, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Elected Officials & Voting Kannapolis is unique in that the City is partially located in Cabarrus County and Rowan County.


In Kannapolis you are represented locally by a City Council (see page 4) and either the Cabarrus County Commission or the Rowan County Commission (depending upon your residency). In North Carolina, you are automatically registered to vote when you apply for your N.C. Driver’s License. All residents of North Carolina are represented in the United States Senate by two senators and in the United States House of Representatives by 13 members. Representation in the NC House, the NC Senate, and the US House is determined by district. Each resident of the state has one representative in each of those

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legislative bodies, determined by the district in which their residence falls.

Cabarrus and Rowan County offers many services to residents to enhance quality of life. The county also performs public safety functions, building inspections to protect property investment, social services, and enrichment services (such as libraries, parks, veterans services and senior centers). For in-depth information on absentee ballots, one stop voting dates, voter registration and election schedule, and a directory of public officials, please visit either www.cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-2100 or www.rowancountync.gov or call 704-216-8180.


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YOUR U.S. AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE: US Senator Richard Burr 202-224-3154

NC State Senator District 36 Paul R. Newton 980-354-1237

US Senator Thom Tillis 202-224-6324

NC State Senator District 34 Dan Barrett Dan.Barrett@ncleg.net 919-715-0690

US Congress 12th District Alma Adams NC House of Rep. District 76 202-225-1510 Carl Ford Carl.Ford@ncleg.net US Congress 8th District 704-305-3541 Richard Hudson 202-225-3715 NC House of Rep. District 83 Linda P. Johnson Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net 704-932-1376

NC House of Rep. District 77 Harry Warren Harry.Warren@ncleg.net 919-733-5784 NC House of Rep. District 82 Larry G. Pittman Larry.Pittman@ncleg.net 704-782-3528 NC House of Rep. District 25 Tom McInnis Tom.McInnis@ncleg.net 919-733-5953

CABARRUS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Steve Morris, Chair smmorris@cabarruscounty.us 704-932-0901

Blake Kiger fbkiger@cabarruscounty.us 704-454-5622

Lynn Shue lwshue@cabarruscounty.us 704-786-0480

Diane Honeycutt, Vice Chair Elizabeth Poole drhoneycutt@cabarruscounty.us efpoole@cabarruscounty.us 704-782-4723 704-721-7152 ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Gregg Edds, Chair Mike Caskey Craig Pierce Greg.Edds@rowancountync.gov Mike.Caskey@rowancountync.gov Craig.Pierce@rowancountync.gov 704-216-8180 704-216-8180 704-216-8108 Jim Greene, Vice Chair Judy Klusman Jim.Greene@rowancountync.gov Judy.Klusman@rowancountync.gov 704-216-8180 704-216-8180

Employment Want to work for the City? We have a great team who serve our citizens in many positions. Please refer to our website, which has an up-to-date listing for available part time and full time City jobs. For any questions you may have please call 704-920-4300 or email jobs@kannapolisnc.gov.


eNews & Emergency Alerts The City offers eNews and Emergency Alerts for its citizens – it is simple and quick to access. • To receive Kannapolis City news, sign up for eNews. • To receive emergency alerts on your phone or email, sign up for Emergency Alerts. • We strongly recommend you sign up for both. Signing up is easy: go to www.kannapolisnc.gov and click on the tab eNews & Emergency Alerts. From there, click on each separate link to sign up for both the eNews and Emergency Alerts.

Fire Kannapolis Fire personnel are trained to respond to fire and emergency health situations. The fire department has an ISO rating of 4. This rating is used for insurance purposes. It is a rating based on fire station water systems, communication systems and how fast they respond to calls. A 4 is an excellent score and should result in lower insurance premiums for your home or business. Kannapolis has five fire stations: Station 1: 300 Firehouse Drive Station 2: 819 Richard Avenue Station 3: 2209 Florida Avenue Station 4: 328 Stewart Street Station 5: 2046 Barr Road The department offers a number of programs on fire and medical safety, such as smoke alarms, a residential Knox Box program and children’s educational classes. For more information contact: 704-920-4265 or fill out the form on the Fire Department website page.

Garbage, Recycling, & Yard Debris The City provides garbage, yard waste, and bulky item collection for each household once a week. Recycling collection is every other week. The City provides one garbage cart and one recycling cart per household. To find out your garbage/yard waste and recycling day, please visit www.kannapolisnc.gov. The City also offers competitive commercial garbage and recycling to businesses. To register your business or for any questions you may have pertaining to garbage and recycling, visit www.kannapolisnc.gov, email athacker@kannapolisnc.gov, or call 704-920-4202.

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HOLIDAYS • Garbage and recycling will occur on all holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and will operate on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. • Loose leaf and yard waste collection will operate on a one-week delay after holidays observed by The City of Kannapolis (check social media/city website for information).


Garbage, Recycling, & Yard Debris LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION OCTOBER – SECOND WEEK OF MARCH • Loose leaves must be placed at the curb or along the ditch line (not in ditches) in rows parallel with the street. • Leaves must be clear of sidewalks and the street. • Place leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection on the scheduled day. • Leaves mixed with limbs, other yard waste, sweet gum balls, gravel, glass or other solid matter will not be collected. • Leaves in garbage containers will not be collected.

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AFTER LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION SEASON THIRD WEEK OF MARCH – LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER •P lease use clear/biodegradable bags for loose leaves. If you use other bags, leave them untied. •D o NOT dispose of leaves in your garbage container. Bagged leaves and yard waste (grass clippings, small limbs, garden debris with as little dirt as possible) will be collected weekly, the same day as your garbage.

• Leaves must be clear of water meters and fences, and placed on the street side of retaining walls. • To determine your loose leaf collection zone, visit www.kannapolisnc.gov.

General Information ELECTRICITY Electricity is provided by Duke Energy. To establish service at your new residence, go to www.duke-energy.com and complete the Start Service Form or call 1-800-777-9898. Duke Energy service personnel are available Monday through Saturday except for major holidays. Please allow at least three business days to complete your request. NATURAL GAS Natural gas service is available from PSNC Energy. To sign up for service, call 1-877-776-2427 24 hours a day, seven days a week or go to www.psncenergy.com. When you call, be sure to have the following information available: • the complete address where you would like service • your mailing address (if different) • your phone number • your Social Security number • your spouse’s name and Social Security number (if applicable) • your driver’s license number and expiration 10 date

• t he name and phone number of a contact person • y our landlord’s name (if applicable) N.C. DRIVER’S LICENSE OFFICE 2192 Kannapolis Highway, Concord Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 704-782-7214 NC Driver’s License address changes can be made at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/ driver/renewal. N.C. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES - KANNAPOLIS OFFICE 1509 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 704-932-3146 More information about the vehicle registration process and fees is available at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and through the DMV direct access line at 919-715-7000 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Healthcare Kannapolis has great hospital and urgent care choices: Cabarrus Health Alliance 300 Mooresville Ave, Kannapolis, NC 28083 www.cabarrushealth.org Carolinas HealthCare System Kannapolis – Urgent Care 2711 Lane Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083 www.carolinashealthcare.org/locations/carolinashealthcare-system-kannapolis Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast 920 Church Street N, Concord, NC 28025 www.carolinashealthcare.org/locations/carolinashealthcare-system-northeast Novant Health Rowan Medical Center 612 Mocksville Ave, Salisbury, NC, 28144 www.novanthealth.org/rowan-medical-center

Kannapolis 101 Curious about how your city government works? Want a behindthe-scenes look at everything from the police department to economic development to the wastewater treatment plant? Feel like asking the hard questions about how your tax money is spent? The Kannapolis Citizens Academy gives residents an inside look at their government at work. Evening classes are held weekly at various locations during a 9-week period in the fall.

Citizens Academy topics include: • Overview of local government • Finance • Public Works • Planning & Zoning • Police • Parks and Recreation • Fire • Economic Development For further information on the Citizens Academy contact Melissa Loveless at mloveless@kannapolisnc.gov.

Library Cabarrus County operates the public libraries in Kannapolis and the county. There are several branches including: KANNAPOLIS LIBRARY 850 Mountain Street Kannapolis, NC 28081 704-920-1180 Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. www.cabarruscounty.us/government/departments/library/Pages


Parks & Recreation

The Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department has been recognized by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) for excellence in operations and service. They are now recognized as one of only 149 departments in the country to receive this accreditation, which establishes them as being in the top 1% of parks and recreation departments in the United States. Numerous area park and recreation facilities offer many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and an active lifestyle. They include: Bakers Creek Park and Greenway, Veteran’s Park, Vietnam Veterans Park, Village Park, Walter M Safrit Park, Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza and Lake Fisher Reservoir. The Parks and Recreation Department also partners with the Kannapolis YMCA, the Cabarrus Arts Council, the Cabarrus County Library-Kannapolis Branch, and other organizations to provide programs and events.

The Village Park Amphitheater is the largest in Cabarrus County. The awardwinning Summer Entertainment Series (for the events calendar, visit www.kannapolisnc. gov/parksandrec) continues to grow— attracting over 50,000 people annually. It is also home to the Rotary Express Train, a g-24 scale replica CP Huntington engine and three coaches. Our 1989 Bertazzon Carousel is the only double decker carousel in North Carolina. It was manufactured in Italy, and has 1,800 lights, Brazilian oak decking, and charming handpainted Venetian murals. The distinctive carousel horses rotate to carnival music. The ride accommodates approximately 60 people and is handicap accessible. We also have a Splash Pad at Village Park and a putt-putt course and greenway at Baker’s Creek. A variety of shelters, ballfields and playgrounds are available at all parks. Want to reserve a shelter or athletic field? Please contact us at 704-920-4314 or rentals@kannapolisnc.gov. Visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/parksandrec and click on Facility Use Application under Forms & Documents to rent park shelters/facilities. SPLASH PAD at Village Park

Summer Hours Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, Sunday & Monday



Summer Hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. Winter Hours Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.

End of Aug. - 2nd weekend in Sept. Saturdays & Sundays

Phone Numbers ADMINISTRATION/GENERAL CITY INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4300 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis 28081 CITY MANAGER Mike Legg . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4333 mlegg@kannapolisnc.gov DEPUTY CITY MANAGER Eddie Smith . . . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4308 resmith@kannapolisnc.gov ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Irene Sacks, Director . . . . 704-920-4326 isacks@kannapolisnc.gov CITY CLERK Bridgette Bell . . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4303 bbell@kannapolisnc.gov COMMUNICATIONS Annette Privette Keller, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704-920-4311 aprivettekeller@kannapolisnc.gov GENERAL SERVICES Trent Marlow, Director . . . 704-920-4331 tmarlow@kannapolisnc.gov

UTILITY BILLING . . . . . . . . 704-920-4399 FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4300 Eric Davis, Director . . . . . . 704-920-4307 edavis@kannapolisnc.gov FIRE (nonemergency) . . . . . . 704-920-4260 Ernie Hiers, Chief . . . . . . . 704-920-4271 ehiers@kannapolisnc.gov HUMAN RESOURCES . . . . 704-920-4300 Tina Cline, Director tcline@kannapolisnc.gov PARKS AND RECREATION 704-920-4349 Gary Mills, Director . . . . . . 704-920-4343 gmills@kannapolisnc.gov POLICE (nonemergency) . . . 704-920-4000 J.W. Chavis, Chief . . . . . . . 704-920-4010 jwchavis@kannapolisnc.gov PLANNING . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4350 Zac Gordon, Director . . . . 704-920-4325 zgordon@kannapolisnc.gov PUBLIC WORKS . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4200 Wilmer Melton, Director . . 704-920-4231 wmelton@kannapolisnc.gov

LEGAL Walter Safrit, II . . . . . . . . . 704-920-4371 wsafrit@kannapolisnc.gov

Planning The Kannapolis Planning Department is responsible for the review and approval of all residential and non-residential development within the City. Additional items they can assist you with: • Code and zoning enforcement • Issuance permits • Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, City Council, City Departments, land owners, developers, and the public. For assistance call 704-920-4359.


Police The Kannapolis Police Department is a nationally accredited department who concentrates on preventing crime and building strong community relationships. Kannapolis has one of the lowest crime rates in N.C. due to these efforts. We participate in community events and partner with local business to educate citizens. • Community Watch: This crime prevention program involves citizens working together with each other and law enforcement to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. • Citizen Police Academy: This program’s main objective is promoting a strong relationship between the police and the citizens it serves. Citizens who attend will be taught traffic enforcement, use of force, firearms, police ethics, and crime scene tactics. Evening classes are held weekly at various locations during a 9-week period in the spring. For further information, email sbelk@kannapolisnc.gov or call 704-920-4343. • Operation Medicine Drop: To protect kids, prevent overdoses, and protect our waterways, a medicine drop box is located in the lobby of City Hall for residents to dispose of unused and expired medications. • Project Safe Cabarrus: This State and Federal law aims to improve the quality of life for Cabarrus County residents by addressing illegal gun, gang, and violent crime in the county. • D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T.: These two programs are well-known police-taught classes, and are conducted with the purpose of preventing underage drinking and drug use along with delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.


ALARM REGISTRATION Citizens must register their security system with the police department: • Call 1-866-402-2091 or visit www.crywolfservices.com/ kannapolisnc. Once you have registered, you will receive an invoice by US Mail for the one-time registration fee. • You may obtain a False Alarm Reduction Program registration form at the Kannapolis City Hall/Police Headquarters, 401 Laureate Way. This form should be mailed in its entirety with a check or money order in the amount of $20 to: Kannapolis False Alarm Reduction Program P.O. Box 741007 Atlanta, GA 30374-1007

Special Events We host a variety of events with something for everyone. The Jiggy with the Piggy Festival in May kicks off the event schedule. The Kannapolis Farmers Market is every Thursday from May to September. The Summer Concert and Movie Series runs from June through August and includes concerts, movies, Stories Under the Stars performances for children and much more. Cruise-Ins and the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals are held several

times a year. November is the beginning of the A Kannapolis Christmas and Celebration of Lights and runs through New Year’s Day. For the complete event calendar visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/parksandrec.

Run Kannapolis and Loop the Loop are part of the City’s Discover a Healthy Life brand. We welcome people of all ages and all abilities to participate in these events. Hosted by Carolinas Healthcare System Northeast – Run Kannapolis is eight 5K walks/runs in the City. Runners/walkers are encouraged to participate in the entire series of races and series awards will be provided to only those who finish at least five events. For those who participate and finish all eight events, there is a special recognition. Register for races throughout the year at www.runkannapolis.com. Area organizations benefit from the entry fees. Loop the Loop is a series of loops in downtown Kannapolis and around area schools, ranging from a half mile to three miles. Follow the signs and sidewalk markers to walk, bike or run the loops. For a map/more information – www.kannapolisnc. gov/looptheloop.

Kannapolis Christmas is a chance for families and our community as a whole to get together during the holidays. The Tree Lighting is the start of the Celebration of Lights in Kannapolis. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights. We have many events for families to attend, such as: • Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express • Holiday Market • Annual Tree Lighting • Christmas Parade www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas


Tourism & Entertainment We are the proud home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, our Minor League Baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. We are also home to two motorsports attractions, the Curb Motorsports Museum for Music and Motorsports, and Stewart Haas Racing (the only Formula 1 team in the United States). While you are here, visit the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, an intriguing place that features a quick response bar code format so that anyone with a smart phone can learn more about the history of any musician they want inside the museum with just the click of a button! Musicians honored here include everyone from Andy Griffith to the Avett Brothers. Travel The Dale Trail™ in Kannapolis, Dale Earnhardt’s hometown, and visit landmarks relating to his life and legendary NASCAR career. Share the Kannapolis community’s pride in its hometown hero on the first motorsports heritage trail in the country. The tour begins along Dale Earnhardt Blvd., a street named in Dale’s honor in 1992. At Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Center, every person receives a collectible brochure and map containing information about the stops on The Dale Trail. You can also begin the trail at Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way by picking up the Dale Trail brochure. Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau 10099 Weddington Road, Ext. 102, Concord, NC 28027 | www.visitcabarrus.com


Transportation/Getting Here BY CAR Kannapolis is easily accessible from Interstate 85 exits 54 through 63. The City is just 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte, NC on Interstate 85. Interstate 77 access is 15 miles west of Kannapolis and Interstate 40 is accessible 40 minutes north of downtown. BY BUS Rider Transit: The Rider Transit bus system has seven routes throughout Kannapolis and Cabarrus County, providing service to many local neighborhoods. Free Rider Transit brochures are available at Concord and Kannapolis City offices. For complete fares and schedules, visit www.ckrider.com or call 704-920-RIDER. Rowan Express: The Rowan Express, a partnership of Rowan County, Salisbury, China Grove, Landis and Kannapolis, runs Monday through Friday and connects each of the municipalities. For more information on routes and fares, visit www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/ Departments/RowanTransitSystem or call 704-216-8891. CATS Express: Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) offers a convenient option for commuters traveling from the Kannapolis area to Charlotte. The 80x commuter bus stops at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For more information about fares and schedules, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE (704-336-7433).

BY AIR Concord Regional Airport: Located just 20 minutes, or 13 miles southwest of Kannapolis, the airport serves general aviation aircraft, corporate, military, government, and commercial service aircraft. Allegiant Airlines provides commercial service to select destinations. Visit www.concordnc.gov/ Departments/ConcordRegional-Airport or call 704-920-5900. Rowan County Airport: Located just 20 minutes, or about 13 miles northeast of Kannapolis, the County of Rowan operates the airport for the benefit of all residents, business owners, and visitors of the County. Visit www.rowanairport.com or call 704-216-7753. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: Located 30 minutes south of Kannapolis on I-85, Charlotte Douglas offers non-stop service with 700 daily flights to over 150 destinations worldwide. Visit www.cltairport.com or call 704-359-4013. BY RAIL Amtrak offers daily service from the Kannapolis Train Station, located at 201 S. Main Street, along two routes, The Carolinian and The Piedmont. Information about fares, schedules and reservations is available online at www.amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).


Utility Bill Payment Water and sewer customers for the City of Kannapolis can pay their bills several different ways. • Online: www.cokbillpay.com ($2.75 fee applies) • Automated bank draft (free): www.kannapolisnc. gov/paymybill/ (download, complete, and return form to sign-up) • By mail: P.O. Box 1190, Kannapolis, NC 28082-1190 • By phone: 704-920-4400 (automated system available 24/7) • In person: Utility Billing Office located at 401 Laureate Way. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for City holidays. • Dropbox: in the parking lot of City Hall located at 401 Laureate Way and available 24/7.

Volunteer Opportunities We are always looking for people who want to get involved and play a role in the important work we do for our citizens. The Kannapolis City Council appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Most of these boards and commissions participate in the City’s policy decisions by making recommendations to the City Council. You can make a difference by sharing your time and talents and becoming an integral part of our community’s success.


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Board terms are staggered three-year terms and generally end June 30 of each year; however, applications are accepted on a continual basis and kept on file for consideration in the event a vacancy occurs. Applicants must be 18 or older and a resident of the City of Kannapolis, with the exception of the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

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Meetings are typically monthly in the evening, but each commission varies. Those interested in applying can fill out an application online at www.kannapolis.gov. For more information, contact the City Clerk at bbell@kannapolisnc.gov or 704-920-4303.

related to parks and recreational activities and facilities provided by the City.

Here are the commissions you can serve:

The Personnel Advisory Board is composed of three persons designated by the City Council, with authority to hear employees’ grievances and recommend decisions to the City Manager.

The Planning & Zoning Commission advises City Council on issues related to the Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance. The Board of Adjustment hears appeals and can grant conditional use permits based on their interpretation of the Unified Development Ordinance and the Kannapolis Zoning Map. The Parks and Recreation Commission advises City Council on all matters

The Community Development Commission provides input on the City’s community development program, including expenditure of funds and community outreach.

Adopt-a-Street allows for residents and organizations to adopt at least one mile and commit to picking up trash at least four times a year. The City provides all equipment and bags. For more information, contact Melissa Loveless at mloveless@kannapolisnc.gov or visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/adoptastreet.

Water The Water Resources Division provides safe and sufficient drinking water, collects and treats wastewater, maintains the City’s infrastructure, and works in collaboration with other public and private sector organizations to enhance the region’s environmental resources. The City operates its own water treatment plant where water from Kannapolis Lake is collected and processed into clean drinking water. The average daily demand for water in Kannapolis is 4 million gallons.

If you see any water pollution or water leaks call 704-920-4200 immediately. If you would like to learn more about Smart Water Meters, Sewers, Backflow and CrossConnection, or Fats, Oil, and Grease (how to dispose of it) please go to our website at: www.kannapolisnc.gov/water.

Water & Sewer Service To begin water and sewer service to your home or business visit our Utility Billing Office in City Hall at 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis or call 704-920-4399. You will need to complete an Application for Service, which you can find here www.kannapolisnc.gov/water.


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