City Manager's Report - May 2018
Public Safety – It Takes a Community
The Eden Police Department would like to encourage all citizens to play an active role in the safety of our community. The Eden Police Department is committed to its fight against drugs, gangs, opioid abuse, targeted shootings, vandalism and more, but we believe additional community involvement can make a huge difference! We would like your help in identifying, locating and arresting criminals in our quest to make our community a safer place to live, work, go to school, and play.
If you see something, know something or have good reason to suspect something, we would encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683. You should not be afraid to call. Crime Stoppers is a safe and secure way for you to anonymously give information that helps our law enforcement officials make an arrest, close an open case, and open new cases as needed.
In addition, if you and your neighbors are interested in creating a “Neighborhood Watch” community group, the Eden Police Department has the resources and expertise available to assist you in this effort. Just call the Eden Police Department at 336-627-4282 or send an email to Sergeant Sam Shelton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe “It Takes a Community” and we would appreciate your assistance in our fight to eradicate crime and the undesirables from our community. Please help us if you can – and Thank You!
2018 Eden Citizens Academy
The 2018 Eden Citizens Academy is open to all individuals 18 years old or older who are city residents, those who live in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction, and those individuals who work/own a business or property in the City of Eden. Class size is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis. When class capacity has been met, the excess applications are carried over to the next academy. Applications request standard information, such as a name, address, phone number, email address, and employer name and address, but they also ask for the applicant's birthplace, length of time living in Eden and Rockingham County, interests and accomplishments, and expectations from the program. If you are interested in applying for the FREE Citizens Academy please call Ms. Deanna Hunt, Deputy City Clerk, at 336-623-2110, extension 3025, or email her at email@example.com.
While attending the Citizens Academy, participants will:
- Learn about city government operations and services.
- Participate in dialogues with city leaders, city staff and other civic-minded residents.
- See taxpayers' investments at work.
- Expand their knowledge and become more informed on current and proposed projects within the city.
- Gain appreciation for the city's resources and capacity to meet the needs of the community.
- Learn about opportunities to become more involved and help build a sustainable community.
- Receive first-hand information and have the chance to ask questions on any topic at the end of each session.
Again, there is no cost to individuals who attend the sessions, but the city strongly encourages participants to commit the time to attend each program. The sessions begin in August and are held each Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 9 weeks at various city locations. Site visits will include trips to the Water Filtration and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Public Works Facility, Police Department, Fire Department and Freedom Park. Since many participants will arrive directly from work without eating, a light meal will also be provided each week. The tenth and final session will be held at the Eden City Council's October Meeting at 6 p.m. This will allow each participant to see how city government operates and each participant will be recognized by the Mayor and City Council. A graduation reception will be held after the meeting.
This program is truly a look behind the scenes of local government, pointing out its role and limitations, as well as a glimpse into the long-term planning that makes Eden what it is today.
Again, if you wish to learn more about the City of Eden's Citizens Academy, please contact Deanna Hunt, Deputy City Clerk, at 336-623-2110, Extension 3025 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch Future City Council Meetings from The Comfort of Your Home
I am pleased to announce the City of Eden is partnering with Mr. Roy Sawyers, of Rockingham Update (www.RockinghamUpdate.com) to record future regular meetings of the Eden City Council and then to provide produced videos of each monthly meeting to Rockingham Community College for playback over the Spectrum Cable/RCC PEG Channel in order to help inform our citizens by providing a direct conduit to interested citizens who may otherwise be unable to attend the monthly meetings of the Eden City Council. In addition, Rockingham Update will upload each meeting video to the Rockingham Update YouTube channel and will provide the corresponding links to the City of Eden for use on our web page. This is another step in our efforts to improve our community outreach and to keep our citizens informed.
Proposed Budget for FY 2018-19
Copies of the proposed budget for FY 2018-19 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) were distributed to the Mayor and each member of City Council on Monday, April 9. The City Council held a budget work session during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 17. A copy of the budget has been on file with the City Clerk since April 9 and is available for public inspection during normal business hours until the May 15 public hearing, and adoption.
- The combined budgets for fiscal year 2018-19 are balanced and equal $33,332.200, which is an increase of $78,400 or 0.24% when compared to the current budget.
- On February 24, 2018 the City Council met for its annual budget/planning retreat. According to the priorities submitted and discussed by the Mayor and members of City Council, the funding priority themes for FY 2018-19 include:
- Economic Development Initiatives
- Parks & Recreation Initiatives
- Infrastructure Improvement Initiatives
- Positively Eden Strategic Plan Initiatives
- Code Enforcement & Nuisance Abatement
It should be noted that funding to some degree or another for each of these identified and discussed priority themes has been included in the budget as submitted. It was also requested that the budget be submitted, if possible, without any increase in the City’s current tax rate or water and sewer rates.
- The budget does not increase the current tax rate of $0.609 per $100 assessed property valuation. A comparison of the existing tax rates currently being charged by surrounding governmental entities is as follows:
Eden $ 0.609, Rockingham County $0.696, Madison $ 0.73, Stoneville $ 0.69, Mayodan $ 0.63, Wentworth Not Applicable, Reidsville $ 0.74
- The budget does not increase the water rates, sewer rates or monthly residential solid waste fee.
- The budget does not increase the motor vehicle license fee of $15.00 per licensed vehicle.
- The budget includes a flat $700 increase in compensation for all full-time employees.
- The budget includes funding for 181 full-time employees. This is a reduction of 3 full-time positions since October 2015. This full-time employment level compares favorably to the 203 full-time positions that were funded in FY 1995-96, and the 189 full-time positions that were being funded during FY 2000-01.
- The budget includes $1,000,000 in contingency funds (General Fund $500,000 and Water & Sewer Fund $500,000) for unanticipated expenditures and/or unforeseen declines in revenue.
- The FY 2018-19 spending plan includes the allocation of $1,000,000 in available fund balance (General Fund $500,000 and Water & Sewer Fund $500,000). Without the appropriation of $1,000,000 in contingency funds as noted above, there would not have been a need to allocate any fund balance.
- Approximately $38,201,955 in work related to the EPA Administrative Order Consent (AOC) ($31,134,055) to eliminate Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and the Berry Hill Mega Park Project ($7,067,900) to extend waterlines to the NC/VA state line will dominate much of our time over the next four years.
- A lump sum allocation of $300,000 for additional undesignated initiatives related to the continued implementation of the Positively Eden Strategic Plan is included in the budget.
- Funding is included for the following items:
- $4,760,900 for capital outlay items – several of which, are related to the Positively Eden Strategic Plan:
General Fund – $1,543,600, Powell Bill/Street Resurfacing – $856,700, Water & Sewer Fund – $2,360,600
- $2,831,800 in loan proceeds for twenty-four different items/initiatives.
- $2,769,600 for debt service payments:
General Fund – $820,100, Water & Sewer Fund – $1,949,500
- $1,307,900 in revenue from the following grants/principal forgiveness loans to help fund various projects and initiatives:
- Rockingham County Aging, Disability & Transit Services (RCATS) Grant for the Skat Bus Operations – $127,800.
- Duke Energy Water Resources Fund Grant for the Klyce Street/Draper River Access Points/Landings – $100,000.
- Community Oriented Policing Services Grant the Help Fund Two Additional Police Officers – $83,100.
- North Carolina Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority Grant for the New Street Sewer Improvements Project – $997,000.
- $262,000 in funding to pay for the City’s obligations in reference to performance agreements with four local industries: Gildan, SGRTEX, Karastan, and Innofa.
- $162,800 for code enforcement efforts including demolitions and nuisance abatements and $40,000 in funding for part-time employees who will focus on picking up litter and debris to improve community aesthetics.
- $124,100 in funding to continue supporting a number of community-wide organizations, events and initiatives.
Please refer to the Budget Message for comprehensive information concerning the FY 2018-19 budget. A copy of the complete budget message can be found on the City’s web page in the document center for your review and information. It can be accessed directly via this link: https://www.edennc.us/DocumentCenter/View/10401 . A public hearing and adoption of the FY 2018-19 budget will be held during the City Council’s regular meeting on May 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Eden Youth Council – Update
The Eden Youth Council organized and hosted a city-wide elementary school kickball tournament for the Eden elementary schools: grades 3-5 on Saturday, May 5. There were 74 students that participated in this event. Members of the Eden Youth Council served as coaches and the Eden Parks and Recreation Department provided the umpires. The Youth Council provided pizza and Gatorade for the kids. The winner of this year’s tournament was Douglass Elementary School. The members of this team will be presented a team trophy and will be recognized by the Mayor and members of City Council during their meeting on May 15. Congratulations!
Economic & Tourism Development Department
Currently, there are three interested parties in the MillerCoors site. The rumors of the Pabst takeover of this site remain simply that and both companies are currently in litigation over the Eden brewery closure and its effect on the production of Pabst products.
¼ Cent Sales Tax Campaign
The sales tax campaign was successful, garnering 55% of the county vote. This was a joint effort by the Citizens for the One Fourth Cent Sales Tax to Benefit RCC. The committee is grateful to the citizens who voted for the sales tax to fund multiple workforce development programs and a new workforce center.
Eden’s census tract 37157040200 which includes New Street has been submitted by the NC Department of Commerce to the federal government for consideration as an opportunity zone under the recently passed federal tax code reform bill. The program is designed to drive long-term capital to rural and low-income urban communities throughout the nation, and uses tax incentives to encourage private investment in impact funds. The City should learn about the approval process in the coming months.
This company has purchased the former Swift Trucking terminal that was most recently leased by Raven Transport. Based on discussion with the firm, they will ramp up operations in the coming months.
This company laid off the bulk of its employees in December of 2017. It has now entered into a partnership with a global textile firm. If it can resolve other local issues, it may resume operations in the next several months.
Starting May 1, the SKAT bus system started a route that begins at 6 a.m. and ends at the Eden industrial areas so those who work there can arrive in time for their 7 a.m. shifts. Flyers announcing this route have been circulated on Facebook and to local staffing agencies.
Eden Lawnmower Shop-Congratulations!
Eden Lawnmower Shop of Eden has earned the prestigious Presidents Club for 2017 award. This annual award is presented to qualifying Toro dealers in recognition of outstanding sales of residential lawn and landscape contractor equipment. As an award-winning Toro dealer, Eden Lawnmower Shop offers a complete line of Toro products with the latest advancements. Congratulations to Tim, Karen and Joey White and the rest of their team. Stop by their Eden facility for your next Toro product or service your existing mower.
Local Real Estate Market
Eden and Rockingham County realtors are reporting increased sales. One Eden realtor had 9 closings in April and reports that most Eden realtors are having good years. The western part of the county is experiencing depleted housing inventories. Part of this has resulted from people moving to the area for family reasons. Another, is a lack of housing stock in Greensboro—and with the improved I-73 and I-785 corridors — it is now easier to access major Triad cities from Rockingham County. Some home remodelers are also reporting significant business increases.
Jason Bramlet Real Estate
This real estate broker has either purchased or leased the former dental office next to the State Employees Credit Union off of south Highway 14. Mr. Bramlet advertises on a local talk radio station claiming he will purchase a home if he is not able to sell it within a specified period of time.
On April 11, Sheetz held open interviews throughout its company-wide service area. The Eden Sheetz had 45 applicants. Sheetz has been rated one of the top 10 places to work in NC in the past.
The final recommendations related to the branding study have been finalized and Arnett, Muldrow and Associates is in the process of finishing this project. The project recommendations will be unveiled in the near future once the final project product has been received.
Draper Pocket Park
Work is continuing on this project. Parching will be cleaned from the site, the walls are to be waterproofed and a leveling survey will be ordered before backfilling the area.
622 Washington Street
The bids for the 622 Washington Street Rehabilitation Project were received on May 7. The only bid received was from Wright & Wray, Inc. Their bid was in the amount of $115,813.10 with a proposed completion date of August 30, 2018. The City Council will consider this bid at their meeting on May 15. Debris has been removed in order for construction to proceed.
The Merchants Association held a food truck rodeo Saturday, April 21. Several food trucks, vendors, live music and a bounce house filled the streets. This will become an annual event. They are now in the process of planning a multi-cultural Festival for Saturday, October 13.
NC Main Street Visit
Staff from the NC Main Street program will visit Eden on April 24 as a part of its mission to visit all NC Main Street communities in 2018. The visit will include representatives from the EDDI and will conclude with a tour.
Available Property Listings
The available property listings continue to be updated on the city website as new properties are added to the market.
Get Fit Rockingham
The Get Fit Eden model has been recognized to be effective and will expand into a Get Fit Rockingham program. Reidsville, Madison, Mayodan and Stoneville are working with Get Fit Eden to make this a county wide initiative.
Dan River Game Land
At the ribbon cutting of the 1,700 acre Dan River Game Land project, it was announced there will be a boat landing added near the southern portion of the property. At some point after that there are plans for another landing to be developed at the northern end of the property. These landings will complement our own Klyce Street landing that will be developed during FY 2018-19.
UNC Rockingham Health Care Earns Top Safety Score from Leapfrog
UNC Rockingham Health Care earned top marks in the latest round of hospital safety grades from The Leapfrog Group, ranking it among the best in the nation. The Eden hospital was one of 750 awarded an A grade on The Leapfrog Group’s spring report card. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an A Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first 24 hours a day.”
“It is an important achievement to receive an A grade from The Leapfrog Group,” said Dana M. Weston, President of UNC Rockingham Health Care. “It’s a reflection of our dedicated staff and the outstanding work of our physicians, nurses and clinicians who drive our delivery of safe, quality and excellent care.”
UNC Rockingham Health Care is one of five hospitals in the UNC Health Care system earning the A grade. High Point Regional, Johnston UNC Health Care, UNC Hospitals and UNC REX also received the top scores. Grades are peer reviewed, transparent and free to the public.
To see a hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
Fiesta in The Park
We conducted a Hispanic Heritage event in Grogan Park on May 8 with 260 Eden fifth-graders from our Eden elementary schools. It was a beautiful afternoon in Grogan Park. The kids experienced authentic Mexican food, a Mariachi Band, piñatas, photos and lots of fun. This event was possible thanks to a Grassroots grant from the Rockingham County Arts Council.
Oink & Ale
Our fourth Annual Oink & Ale event will take place along Monroe Street in Historic Downtown Eden on Saturday, May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will include music by the band Chicago Rewired, a Chicago Tribute Band, along with lots of delicious food and beverages. Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and plan to have a great time. Admission is FREE.
Piedmont Pottery Festival
The 16th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival will take place in Kingsway Plaza located at 220 W. Kings Highway on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 75 potters from all over North Carolina and Virginia will be there with their beautiful creations. There will be door prizes all day and demonstrations.
We are live!! Text EDENNC to 51660 and stay informed!
Economic Development Infomercial
We are beginning work on our next infomercial that will feature Rivers, Trails & Parks!
Also, our next 5 “Did You Know” videos will be coming soon! Included below is a link to our new Economic Development Infomercial:
We have an e-newsletter!
You can get information about upcoming local events by email through our monthly Explore Downtown newsletter. If you want to subscribe, please send your email address to email@example.com.
2018 Major Event Dates
Mark your calendars now! We have a fun line-up of 6 major events slated to take place in 2018. They are the following:
May 12 Oink & Ale
June 2 Piedmont Pottery Festival
July 21 Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest
August 9 Grown & Gathered
August 25 Touch-A-Truck
Sept. 14 & 15 RiverFest
Watch www.ExploreEdenNC.com and our Explore Eden Facebook page for other small events such as “Movies Under the Stars”, Downtown Events and so much more!
Tune in to watch “A Few Minutes with the Mayor”
Spend 15 minutes with Mayor Neville Hall on WGSR-Star News 5 as this show airs live at 6:15 p.m. the last Thursday of each month.
Please join our Explore Eden Facebook page to stay up to date on all the exciting things happening in Eden!
Street Resurfacing Projects - Update
Waugh Asphalt, Inc. completed most of the shoulder reconstruction work related to the FY 2017-18 Street Resurfacing Contract, No. 3 on Tuesday, May 8. They intend to complete the remaining streets by May 11 to finish up the contract.
The bid opening for the FY 2018-19 Street Resurfacing Contract, No. 1 was held on April 3. We received the following bids: Waugh Asphalt $488,072.35; Joyce Trucking & Paving $507,324.50;
Adams Construction Company $596,409.35; Triangle Grading & Paving $949,044.60; Waugh Asphalt, Inc. was the low bidder. The request to award the contract will go before the City Council for approval at their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15.
Waterline Replacement Projects Update
Workers from Sam W. Smith, Inc. were able to install the last of about 860 feet of 6-inch diameter water main for the Sunset Drive replacement project on the last day of April at the intersection with Conover Drive. Two steel plates are being used to cover excavated areas at that intersection where temporary flushing pipe was installed for testing use, and where a small amount of 2-inch diameter pipe will be installed later to connect with existing water mains that will remain in Conover Drive. Hydrostatic testing of the new pipe was passed without trouble on May 2, and a clean bacteriological analysis result was received on May 8th after the new pipe had been chlorinated and flushed. The crew is scheduled to return on May 14 to begin making new water taps for the customers in the project area. They will then proceed with killing out the galvanized water main in Sunset Drive while also connecting the new water main to the existing pipes at the Conover Drive intersection.
A crew from Sam W. Smith, Inc. is expected to mobilize to the Jackson Street and Farrell Street area shortly before or right after the Memorial Day holiday to begin the installation work for about 730 feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron water main. This project will be completed by the end of June, and will involve replacing a section of 2-inch diameter water main where at least three different types of pipe are now in service.
The crew that has worked on the Sunset Drive waterline replacement project will relocate to S. Byrd Street and begin installation of about 664 feet of 2-inch diameter water main between South Avenue and Stegall Street. This work, combined with additional work that will be done by our Collection and Distribution crews, will allow for the existing galvanized water main to be eliminated from the distribution system. The work by the contractor will be completed by the end of June, but a firm date for the additional work has not been set at this time.
Information Technology Department
Fiendishly Clever Gmail Phishing You Need to Know About
Here is how this scam works. The victim receives a text asking whether they’ve requested a password reset for their Gmail account - and, if not, to reply with the word ‘STOP’. If someone falls for this social engineering tactic and responds with ‘STOP’, they are urged to send the 6-digit numerical code arriving in a separate text in order to prevent the password being changed. What is really happening is the scammer has requested a password change on the victim’s account. That request sends a code to the real account owner to verify that they actually want the password changed. And by sending the attacker that code back, you’re enabling the bad guys to complete the password change, and now they have access to the account and all the email. The City of Eden and Information Technology Department urges all of our citizens to remain vigilant and to take a TNO (Trust No One) stance when it comes to text messages and e-mails they weren’t expecting.
Municipal Services Department
National Public Works Week
National Public Works week honoring all Public Works employees will run from May 21 – 27. We want to thank each of our employees for their service to the citizens of our community.
Klyce Street River Access and Draper Landing River Access
The City of Eden has been awarded a $100,000 Duke Energy Water Resources Fund Grant for the development of a new river access at the Klyce Street and for improvements to the Draper Landing river access. We are currently in the process of surveying the property at Klyce Street in preparation for this project and are currently making arrangements to replace the steps at the Draper Landing river access.
During the past month our Fleet Maintenance Division has handled 233 work orders for maintenance and repairs to our fleet of vehicles and equipment. A big thank you to the employees in this division who work tirelessly to make sure our vehicles and equipment are well maintained.
Dash Cameras On Refuse Collection Trucks
The City of Eden has recently installed dash cameras on the refuse collection trucks to improve efficiency and safety for the citizens as well as to document situations where refuse collection cans may or may not be out for collection when the truck arrives for collection.
Reminder - City No Longer Picks-Up Used Car Tires
The City of Eden will no longer pick up used car tires, residents must take them to the Rockingham County Landfill for disposal. This is due to a recommendation the City received from the Department of Environmental Quality and a City ordinance change that was approved by the City Council on April 18, 2017. The Landfill will accept the tires at no cost, unless it has a wheel on it, and in that event, they will charge $0.50 to remove the wheel.
Parks & Recreation Department
Community Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program
Staff participated in the Community Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on May 11 and will be participating in the June 8 program as well. In addition, staff participated in the Parks & Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on April 25 and will be participating in the May 30 program as well. We remain involved in these community outreach efforts in an effort to update residents about the programs being offered by the Department.
Our annual Fun Fest event will be held at Freedom Park on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Fishing Derby will be held on May 26. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at email@example.com.
Opening of Mill Avenue Pool
The Mill Avenue Pool will open for the summer season on May 26. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Day Camp Program
The Summer Day Camp Program will begin on June 5 and run through August 17. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at email@example.com.
Concert in the Park Series & Cruise In
The first Concert in the Park/Cruise In was held at Freedom Park on April 28. The next one will take place on May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Freedom Park. These events will be held on the last Saturday of each month through October 2018. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were Top Gun Softball Tournaments at Freedom Park on April 21-22, and May 5 and there are additional softball tournaments scheduled at Freedom Park on May 19-20, May 26-27, June 2-3, June 9-10, and June 16-17.
Be Healthy Rockingham County
Staff continues to be involved with Be Healthy Rockingham. They attended the Be Healthy Rockingham meeting in April and will attend the next meeting in May.
Matrimony Creek Greenway Project - Update
The Matrimony Creek Greenway Project is moving forward. The Street Division continues to work on installing stone, gravel, and granite dust for the nature trail. This will continue over the next several weeks, and the project is on schedule to be completed by June 30, 2018. The contractor for the restrooms has met with the Collection & Distribution Division personnel to determine where the water and sewer tap ins will be located. The contractor has indicated the restrooms should be completed sometime in mid-June.
Freedom Park Dog Park - Update
The Freedom Park Dog Park opened to the public on April 23 and a ribbon cutting for this new facility will take place at the Dog Park on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Anyone wishing to use the Freedom Park Dog Park will need to fill out an application and get a user permit for each dog that uses the Park. This is to ensure that all dogs are vaccinated and to ensure the users are aware of all rules. This project is a part of the Positively Eden strategic plan. Listed below are the rules that apply to the Freedom Park Dog Park. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at email@example.com.
Dog owners are legally & financially responsible for their dog’s behavior. Violations of these rules can result in permanent loss of park privileges. PARK HOURS SUN UP TO SUN DOWN
DOG PARK RULES
- Freedom Park Dog Park is designated as a “Dog Friendly” park. Upon entering you agree to abide by the park rules.
- Dogs must be within voice range and under owner’s control at all times.
- Aggressive dogs are prohibited from this park and dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed from the park immediately. Female dogs in heat are prohibited from the park.
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Maximum of two dogs per handler.
- Owners must dispose of waste properly in the designated on-site containers.
- No food, drinks or glass containers in training area.
- No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.
- Smoking, alcoholic beverages and food are not permitted within the fenced areas.
- No prong, pinch, spiked or choke collars.
- Dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the park.
- Dogs must wear I.D. and per state law (NCGS 130A-190) must wear rabies tag at all times.
- All dog bites must be reported (NCGS 130A-196). If a bite occurs, give your name and phone number to the other dog’s owner. For non-emergency assistance call 336-623-9755.
- FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1
- For questions or to report a problem with the facility, please call Eden Parks & Recreation at 336-623-2110 option #3. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Freedom Park Nature Trail Improvements/RV Pads - Update
The Freedom Park Nature Trail Improvements and RV Pads were opened to the public on April 23 and a ribbon cutting for this new facility will take place at the Dog Park on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Anyone wishing to use the Freedom Park RV Pads will need to fill out an application and pay a rental fee for this use. There are 10 RV Pads with water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. The cost is $25 per night for City residents and $40 per night for Non-City residents. The Nature Trail is open Monday – Sunday from sun up to sun down. Freedom Park is an alcohol free and smoke free facility. Listed below are the rules that apply to the Freedom Park RV Pad Rentals. This project was made possible thanks to a $25,000 Rockingham Community Foundation Grant. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREEDOM PARK RV PAD RULES
- ALL CAMPERS MUST CHECK-IN. Check-in and check-out time is 3:00 p.m.
- Site Stay Allowances-Daily Sites- Stay for 10 days, leave campground for 15 days.
- NO ALCOHOL is allowed on the premises; any violation will result in suspension and/or police/ranger/camp host involvement.
- The person(s) registered for the campsite must be 18 and older and present during the nights. Adults should be present with anyone under 18 staying on the site.
- Visitors should not be left alone or in charge of the campsite.
- All visitors must leave the park at 10:00 p.m. NOTE!! Campers must let their visitors out of the front gate when it is secured.
- Camping is only permitted on the designated campsite assigned to you, and you must camp in the designated area on your site. If you are not sure about whether you are on the correct designated campsite or area, please contact the camp host or a park staff.
- No more than 2 vehicles will be allowed on a campsite. Use of vacant campsites to park vehicles on is prohibited. If you have more than two vehicles you will be ticketed by the police or ranger. Other vehicles are to be parked in designated parking lots throughout the park; normally this does not include the grass.
- The park gate will be closed during the designated closing time of the park. Campers must use the combination gate access code that was provided to them to leave and enter when the gate is closed.
- “Quiet Time” begins at 10:00 p.m. and should be observed by ALL campers.
- After 10:00 p.m., there is to be no bicycling or golf cart riding. Children, under the age of 16, must be escorted to any other areas of the park/camping area by an adult. Small flashlights should be used for guidance.
- No loud music at any time will be tolerated.
- No one under the age of 16 may drive a golf cart. Golf carts should be electric. In addition, no ATV’s are authorized.
- Pets are not to be left outside unattended at any time and MUST BE ON A LEASH.
- NO PLASTIC OR INFLATABLE POOLS ARE ALLOWED.
- PLEASE MAINTAIN A NEAT/CLEAN CAMPSITE. DON’T LEAVE FOOD OR TRASH OUT, NO CLOTHES LINES, AND DON’T LEAVE ITEMS LYING AROUND THAT CAN BE STOLEN. CITY OF EDEN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED OR STOLEN PROPERTY, SO SECURE ALL BELONGINGS.
- The Parks & Recreation Supervisor has the authority to contact the authorities if needed to maintain an orderly camping area.
- *NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANYONE WHOM VIOLATES A RULE OR HAS BEEN EVICTED FROM THEIR CAMPSITE. ALL REFUNDS MUST BE GRANTED BY THE PARKS & RECREATION SUPERVISOR OR DESIGNEE.
Planning & Inspections Department
Collections – Previous & Proposed
Monthly statements were mailed to all property owners having an outstanding balance due to the City of Eden. In addition, we will follow-up on any title transfers or foreclosures. $1,250.00 has been received during the past month for outstanding code enforcement actions.
Code Enforcement – Previous & Proposed
32 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class mail for code violations since my last report. We recently sought out interested contractors for a rotation list for our nuisance abatement program. The first of those jobs was given to Crawford’s Plumbing. They began the cleanup of 718 Davis Street on May 9.
GIS – Previous & Proposed
Staff members from Planning and Inspections, Engineering and Finance continue to work on locating water meters. Since the location of the meters are not identified in x/y coordinates when they are installed, the data is not available to add to the GIS maps. Address formats used in the Finance Department are not compatible with US Postal regulations and, therefore, do not geocode with the GIS data when information is requested on water/sewer customers. Staff from Public Works have requested new sewer map books for their trucks. Staff in the Planning and Inspections Department is updating the grid maps and are preparing to print the up to date books.
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission met for their regular meeting on April 16. The Commission again discussed the steeple replacement of the First Baptist Church. The Commission will begin updating the current historic properties inventory, as this has not been done in 20+ years. Staff will evaluate the current condition of each property (several hundred properties), whether it has been demolished, and also assess properties that are not on the list which would now qualify. An update to the Commission on the proposed development of the Spray Cotton Mill was also provided. A special meeting of the commission was held on Monday May 7 in reference to a property on Henry Street that is subject to a property tax auction on May 14.
Strategic Planning Commission
Based upon the previous approval of the City Council, the organizational meeting of the Strategic Planning Commission was held on May 4. Ms. Dana Weston was elected as their chairman. The members will serve staggering terms in the same fashion as our other Planning Organization boards and commissions. At the meeting the commission decided to meet quarterly and at other times as necessary. Their next meeting is scheduled for August 2018. Various members of city staff discussed projects that have been undertaken during fiscal year 2017-2018 and it was noted that large amounts of grant funds had been obtained to further the effectiveness of the Positively Eden initiatives.
Community Appearance Commission
The Community Appearance Commission purchased plants and installed them in the planters in the Downtown Leaksville and Downtown Draper areas on Saturday, May 5.
One of the action items of the Positively Eden Strategic Plan is to encourage a dialogue between the City and the Development Community. This meeting was held on May 2. It was moderated by Tom Terrell, a well-known land use attorney. The goal for this gathering was to begin the process of finding ways that the City and the Development Community can work together to promote quality development of land in our community. We expect to sponsor another luncheon at some point in the Fall of 2018.
Blight and Local Code Enforcement Impacts
In our Positively Eden Strategic Plan, there is a strong emphasis on local code enforcement. Several efforts are underway to improve our program and the proposed 2018-2019 budget reflects increased spending for the current year. Along with that, we have been doing research into possible avenues to improve our ordinances or approach to local code enforcement. Director of Planning & Inspections Kelly Stultz has been reading two publications recently on the subject. The first is “Vacant Properties the True Costs to Communities” and “Implementing A Coordinated Approach to Address the Systemic Causes of Vacancy and Abandonment in High Point North Carolina”. These publications offer suggestions of a way that through GIS data and an interdepartmental committee, we might be able to identify the worst of the worst and track endangered properties. She plans to share more about these ideas in the coming months.
Ashton Way Apartments
Work in underway on the Ashton Way Apartments being constructed by Wynnefield Development on East Harris Place.
North Carolina Department of Transportation Projects (NCDOT): Highway #14 and King’s Highway Interchange
Ms. Kelly Stultz, Director of Planning and Inspections recently attended a meeting at the NCDOT office concerning a project to improve the intersection of Highway #14 and King’s Highway. This project has been moved up in priority and preparations will begin this year. There are several options for the project and NCDOT plans to meet with the city when they have questions answered about some of the possible configurations. The Eden City Council will have an opportunity to weigh in on the project before final approval.
NCDOT Bridge Replacement Project on Highway #14 North
The City has been contacted by NCDOT officials concerning the bridge replacement project on north Highway #14. This replacement project appears to be moving toward construction fairly soon.
Spray Cotton Mill Rezoning Request (Z-02-18)
Staff prepared the case report, maps, etc. for the requested rezoning of property from I-1 to PUD-MU (PUD-Mixed Use). This case was heard by Planning Board on March 27 and they are recommending approval by the City Council.
Spray Cotton Mills, LLC
This firm, managed by Mr. Mark Bishopric, has submitted the pre-application for improvements to the former Spray Mercantile Property. This is a separate tract from the re-zoning approved in March. The application is for our Commercial Development Incentive Grant.
Urban Forestry Grant – Draper Pocket Park
Staff prepared the grant application, narrative, maps etc. for the Draper Pocket Park and formerly submitted the grant for consideration.
Draper Public Space
Staff prepared plans for improvements to a small public space located at corner of Stadium and Fieldcrest. The property owner has been consulted and approved the concept as did the Draper Merchants. Improvements will include landscaping, a bench and walkway. Construction has begun on the walkway. This is a project of the Community Appearance Commission.
The Tree Board met on April 16 and welcomed their newest member, Mr. Mike Corum. The board discussed plans for the celebration of Arbor Day. Staff will coordinate with the schools to set dates for the programs. In addition, the Board has agreed to work with a local Boy Scout on an Eagle Scout project to do tree identification along the greenway.
Public Utilities Department
EPA AOC and Mandatory Projects to Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflows – Update
This EPA Administrative Order on Consent project includes over $33,725,000 worth of sewer improvements that will be completed in the next four years. This project is funded with a $16,660,000 principle forgiveness grant, a $15,000,000 zero percent interest loan and $2,056,600 from the City of Eden. This undertaking is a massive project that will see sewer line improvements in virtually every corner of the City. The Water Infrastructure Section of North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved our Engineering Report for this work on Tuesday this week. The approval of this report clears the way for the engineering design work to move ahead. This is a large project and it will take over a 2019 to get to bidding this work out to contractors. Our design and bid specifications will be submitted for approval on or before October 1, 2018 and the approval is expected by February 1, 2019. Bidding and award of the of the project should be completed by June 1, 2019 with construction starting shortly thereafter and running through mid to late 2021. We anticipate that the EPA AOC will be completely satisfied by the April 22, 2022 deadline established by the EPA. During the last six month’s significant progress has been noted by the fact that even though we had significant rainfall during this reporting period, we had no sanitary sewer overflows due to inflow and infiltration from rainfall. During the last two weeks of this reporting period, the city received nearly 5 inches of rain. We believe this indicates that we have reached the tipping point where our sewer collection system rehabilitation work is showing convincing evidence that we are nearing our goal to stop sanitary sewer overflows. The additional sewer projects ahead of us over the next four years will allow us to push well past the tipping point we are at now, and will allow the city to handle rainfall from 5 to 10-year storm events without having overflows well into the future.