Concord officials respond to DNC

Published: Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM EDT
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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -Charlotte Motor Speedway was billed as the biggest venue to host an event connected to Democratic National Convention.

This past Monday, the track was officially scratched off the list of opening night festivities, and those assigned to protect and serve are expressing feelings of frustration.

Randy Holloway is the Concord Fire Chief

"Our investment has been time, "he said. " We haven't spent any dollars far as equipment or supplies. So it's really been an investment in time, again a disappointment in that."

Since January, Holloway has been summoned to a series of meetings connected to the convention designed to keep delegates, dignitaries, and members of the public safe.

Even one member of his staff attended the G-8 summit that was recently held in Chicago.

Still there is work to be done for public safety workers in Cabarrus County.

Dr. Dan Murrey serves as the Executive Director of Charlotte in 2012 committee.

He said, "We have 1600 rooms contracted for the Concord Community and a lot of event space up there."

That response was part of the exercise of spin and damage control that came from the local organizing committee on Tuesday afternoon, and based on the traffic along Bruton Smith Boulevard.

Jim Sells of Concord's Emergency Management anticipates that workers in his department will be busy.

"You're gonna have more traffic flow at the airport, and you're still gonna have more delegates at the hotel and you're gonna have to provide a level of protection for," Sells said.

Venues that are all smaller than they speedway, but Chief Holloway along with the city and county's first responders are trying to take it all in stride.

Holloway said, "All is not lost. Disappointed, but it's been a good experience for us."

Many of the meetings for Concord officials in recent months have involved members the FBI and U.S. Secret Service.

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