City Manager’s Report – October 2018
The 2018 Citizen’s Academy got underway on August 16 and will
continue until graduation during the October City Council meeting scheduled for
October 16. The remaining schedule is as follows:
October 11: Finance
& Human Resources Department
October 16: City Council Meeting - Graduation
The fifteen participants
graduating from the 2018 Citizens Academy include: Carol Bailey, Chris Burns,
Nicole Burns, Heather Castle, Andrea Fox, Angela Fowler, Sherry Hall, Tanya
Harris, Michael Hutchinson, Jon Land, JeSie Morris, Norma Purcell, Jeffrey
Starnes, Clara Ann Williams and Karen Williams. We appreciate our fellow
citizens taking their time to learn more about how their city operates. Information
about next year’s academy will be available in June.
Have you wanted to
explore the feasibility of having sidewalk installed on your road? On January 21, 2003, the Eden City Council
adopted an assessment policy for the installation of new sidewalks. The minimum
criteria for sidewalk installation projects shall not be less than an entire
street length between intersections and shall extend to the terminus of the existing
infrastructure, if any. In addition, more than 50% of the adjacent property
owners must sign a petition requesting the sidewalk extension and if the property
deed is registered in more than one name, all owners mist sign the petition. Also,
property owners that own more than one parcel must sign for each parcel of land
adjacent to the proposed sidewalk. The cost of extension will usually be assessed
based on street frontage and the North Carolina General Statutes sets the
requirements for assessments. Once presented with a qualifying petition, the
City Council “may,” decide to participate in a portion of the funding. Eden,
like many communities, has traditionally paid for 50% of the project and
assessed the citizens adjacent to the improvements for the remaining 50%. Traditionally,
the City pays for the improvements up front and then the property owners make 5
equal annual payments with an interest rate established by the City Council. During
the FY 2018-19 budget process the City Council investigated the feasibility and
costs associated with installing sidewalks in three large neighborhoods/areas. They
14,734.40 linear feet of sidewalk in the
Grand Oaks area (20 different street sections) at a projected total cost of
11,437.09 linear feet of sidewalk in the
New Street area (25 different street sections) at a projected total cost of
7,900.67 linear feet of sidewalk in the
Harris and Klyce Streets area (14 different street sections) at a projected
total cost of $790,067.23
As you can see, the
installation of sidewalks is an expensive endeavor. However, if you are
interested in exploring the feasibility of having a new sidewalk installed along
your road the sidewalk assessment policy should be used as a guide. For more
information concerning our sidewalk assessment policy please contact Kelly
Stultz, Director of Planning and Inspections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic & Tourism Development Department
Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill
Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill (formerly referred to as the Berry
Hill Regional Mega Park) has earned Tier 4 certification. Tier 4 certification means the land
is graded and utilities like water and sewer lines are already in place or
will be soon. The Virginia Department of Commerce and Trade Secretary Brian
Ball recently stated the risks to a client are reduced if the site is in “ready
to go” condition as happens with this certification. The certification comes
from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia
Business Ready Sites program.
The Mega Site is only the seventh Tier 4 site in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Having utilities in place makes a site more attractive to potential users because the time is lessened for project development.
In late September, a second company signed a purchase agreement for a 179-acre parcel at the site with a projected investment of $200 million for its project. The agreement allows the company to have an initial 6 – month due diligence period followed by three, 12 – month options.
The water line installation schedule for Eden to run water to the state line for the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill is as follows:
Preliminary Engineering Report February of 2017
Revised Environmental Review Submittal February of 2018
Bid and Design Package Submittal September of 2018
Bid and Design Package Approval January of 2019
(EDA, NC DENR and NC Dept. of Health)
Advertise and Receive Bids February of
Authorization to Award Bid March of 2019
Execute Construction Contract March of 2019
Completion September of 2020
recently approved state budget the NC General Assembly included $1,000,000 in
funding for Eden to use towards this project. Special thanks to Senator Phil
Berger for his efforts and support in obtaining these funds for our community.
As previously noted, more than half of the water line construction costs will
be covered by grants.
L. Powell Furniture
This Eden company imports furniture and sells through Wayfair, Home Depot and Lowes.com, etc. About 1/3 of their business is done by e-commerce. They operate Sunday-Friday. Employment ranges from 50-65 people. Employment opportunities exist for office workers.
UNC Rockingham Healthcare (from the Triad Business Journal)
UNC Rockingham Health Care’s six physician practices in Eden and western Rockingham County have become part of the UNC Physician’s Network. The practices involved in the transition have changed their names as follows:
· UNC Family
Medicine at Eden (formerly Morehead Family Practice)
Neurosurgery at Eden (formerly Morehead Neurospine)
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Eden (formerly Morehead Orthopedic Center)
Surgical Specialists at Eden (formerly Piedmont Surgical Associates)
· UNC Urgent
Care—West Rockingham (formerly Morehead Urgent Care West)
· UNC Women’s
Health at Eden (formerly Women’s Health Center)
Rockingham Heath Care, formerly Morehead Memorial Hospital, became UNC Health
Care’s 13th affiliated hospital in January of this year.
Industry Bus Tour-Postponed
rescheduled tour is planned for October 29 after the originally scheduled
September 28 date was designated a regular school day to make up for
the lost school days due to hurricane Florence. This is designed to familiarize
Morehead High School teachers and counselors of the employment opportunities
with local industry.
Update on SGRTEX
In my City Manager’s report for May 2018 I noted that SGRTEX had entered into a partnership with a global textile firm and that “it may resume operations in the next
several months”. Unfortunately,
SGRTEX has not reopened. We were optimistic in May 2018 because representatives
from the City of Eden and Rockingham County were being told by representatives
from SGRTEX that they fully intended to resume their operations and that they
had entered into a partnership with a global textile firm.
Since their closure I have been asked about the status of the
Performance Agreement between SGRTEX, Rockingham County and the City of Eden. I
have also been asked about the status of the $750,000 in CDBG (Community
Development Block Grant) funds from the NC Department of Commerce that was
received for the benefit of SGRTEX.
On November 18, 2014 the City Council voted to approve a performance agreement that included the City of Eden, Rockingham County and SGRTEX LLC. Specifically, the City Council voted to appropriate from the General Fund an amount not to exceed $555,853.79 in the form of incentive payments that could have been paid over a series of years after the industry paid its annual taxes and as long as they met the established parameters outlined in the performance agreement. As you may be aware, performance agreement payments do not come from the annual taxes paid by other city taxpayers. These funds come from the annual taxes paid by the specific industry and NO payment is ever made until the taxes are paid. In addition, prior to any payment being made, the Rockingham County Department of Economic Development confirms and verifies the new machinery/equipment investment and new job creation parameters for all of the industrial performance agreements that include both Rockingham County and the City of Eden.
The $555,853.79 was not appropriated on November 18, 2014 into any specific budgetary line item. Eden budgets for performance agreement payments on an annual basis in the General Fund Special Appropriations budget in line item #10-9920-71001. Due to SGRTEX’s failure to meet their contractual obligations, the City only made one performance agreement payment in the amount of $63,865.01 for Phase I (payment 1 of 4) on June 15, 2017. The $75,469 in performance agreement payment funds included in the FY 2017-18 budget for Phase I (payment 2 of 4) were not paid because SGRTEX failed to fulfill its contractual obligations. If you have taken a look at the current FY 2018-19 budget you will note that it includes $75,469 in performance agreement payment funds for Phase I (payment 3 of 4) and $63,595 in performance agreement payment funds for Phase II (payment 1 of 4). This was done in the event SGRTEX resumed operations and met its contractual obligations. Again, when the FY 2018-19 budget was prepared and adopted in the spring of 2018, officials from SGRTEX were informing representatives with the City and Rockingham County that it fully intended to resume its operations and fulfill all of their contractual obligations. Obviously, we knew if they failed to do so, the payments included in the current FY 2018-19 budget would not be expended, just like FY 2017-18.
City also received $750,000 in CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds
from the NC Department of Commerce …“for
construction purposes and other rehabilitation of the building…”. The City received $541,096.00 in the FY 2014-15
budget year and $208,904.00 in the FY 2015-16 budget year. These funds were placed in the Community
Development Block Grant Fund (a Special Revenue Fund) in line item
#22-3329-35000 NC Department of Commerce – SGRTEX. We paid SGRTEX $541,096.00 on June 11, 2014
and $208,904.00 on September 3, 2015. The expenses were shown in the Community Development Block Grant Fund (a Special Revenue Fund) in line item #22-4135-5000 Building Reuse Grant Expenditures – SGRTEX.
December 19, 2014 loan agreement with an expiration date of December 14, 2019
between the City of Eden and SGRTEX concerning these funds indicated that
SGRTEX would not have to make any repayment of these funds if all of the terms
and conditions of the loan agreement were complied with. However, in the event
of noncompliance, SGRTEX would owe a pro-rated repayment amount. The City of
Eden has not forgiven this loan, has not received any loan payments from
SGRTEX, and has a deed of trust on properties owned by SGRTEX that we are
planning to enforce due to SGRTEX failing to fulfill the requirements of the
loan agreement. We are very grateful to Ms. Sharon McDuffie of LKC Engineering,
PLLC for her work in administering the CDBG 13-E-2618/SGRTEX Building Reuse Project
on behalf of the City. She worked closely with representatives from the NC
Department of Commerce and oversaw compliance, recordkeeping and reporting. Despite
the loan agreement with SGRTEX remaining in effect until December 19, 2019 the
CDBG grant was closed by the NC Department of Commerce on February 21, 2017.
This Eden company held a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 5 at their new Hwy 14 facility north of Cox Street. The Eden, Reidsville and Western Rockingham Chambers of Commerce, Board members and other business leaders, welcomed cirrus to the Eden business community.
Ice Machine at Two-Rivers Plaza
On September 26, the Eden Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the ice machine recently installed at this Meadow Road shopping center. The machine at Kingsway Plaza does very well, so this one should also. Shopping Center owner Ira Tilley has made several landscaping improvements to the center.
This former Eden company conducted an initiative called No Roof Left Behind. Rockingham County residents were nominated to receive a new roof; specifically, those who could not afford them. Four finalists received 755 votes and one was chosen as a winner. The winning Mayodan woman cares for her special needs brother in their home. Skywalker owner Luke Wilson was so moved by the finalists’ stories that he is replacing all of their roofs, free
of charge. Mr. Wilson provided the following quote for a story about
(Skywalker Roofing) decided to be a part of this program to help people and
maybe get some name recognition at the same time”, stated Wilson. “After interacting with each finalist it was
clear that this is my purpose; this is what I was put on this earth to do. I
never thought that God could use me. I’m
just a roofer, but I was wrong. I hope this is just the beginning of helping
many, many more people. The people receiving the new roofs keep saying that
I’ll never know how much it means to them. I’d like to say they’ll never know
how much they’ve changed me and the Skywalker team’s lives.”
The News & Record ran an October 7 story in its Rockingham section that detailed the event surrounding the replacement of the winner’s roof. Skywalker Roofing plans future initiatives in other Triad counties.
Gildan Sock Sale
sale took place from October 4 -7 at the former Pennies for Change space in
Meadow Greens Shopping Center. From all accounts received, it was a huge
The green directional signs that are seen throughout the community are being refurbished and updated. Many had deteriorated because of weather exposure. The signs will be refurbished in groups of five. The project should be completed by the end of November.
Triad Business Journal State of Rockingham
will take place on Friday, October 19 at the Rockingham County Economic
Development office in Wentworth. Three panelists include, Nick Freitag, Gildan
Vice-President of Wholesale Distribution-Printwear, Dr. Mark Kinlaw, President
of Rockingham Community College, and Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic
Development for the City of Eden. They will discuss issues pertinent to county
economic and workforce development. Tickets are $30 on-line in advance at the
Triad Business Journal web site or at the door.
River ST8 Crossings Marketing Campaign
In February of 2014, the Duke Energy Dan River facility suffered a coal ash spill. In September of 2014, Duke Energy representatives convened a group of regional partners representing the eight counties and independent cities of VA and NC, which comprise the Dan River Region. The purpose of this stakeholder group was to learn of the ways in which Duke Energy was mitigating the coal ash spill, the monitoring of water quality, the status of the Dan River, and to consider projects to help promote proper river stewardship and recreation. The group was called the Dan River Stakeholders group because of their vested interest in the Dan River and their communities.
One of the negative
outcomes of the coal ash spill was relentless local and national media coverage
of the accident. As a result, Google searches of the Dan River resulted in
images of coal ash and little else. The Stakeholders group determined that a regional
marketing campaign could promote the positive elements of the Dan River and
those communities that comprise the Dan River Region. Requests for Proposals
were submitted to marketing and public relations companies within VA and NC.
The result was a comprehensive multi-media campaign, including a brand for the
Dan River region, billboards, web site, videos, social media, search engine
optimization, and content generation. Duke Energy funded this campaign. The Dan
River ST8 Crossings brand was created because the Dan River crosses in and out
of VA and NC eight times. There are also eight jurisdictions involved in the
Dan River Region. The objective was to create a logo similar to OBX for the NC
The web site, www.danriverST8crossings.com, presents the different campaign elements.
The “8” theme, as used in
the words “elev8” “navig8” “celebr8”, describes what interesting things can be
done within the region. The Dan River ST8 Crossings social media campaign
includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Duke Energy ended its
involvement and funding of the campaign in August of 2016. The regional
partners have continued to meet monthly and have contributed financially to a
digital campaign that includes the ST8 Crossings web site and social media that
is managed by Silver Lining Design of Patrick County, VA. The regional partners include:
Patrick County, VA
City of Martinsville, VA
City of Danville, VA
Stokes County, NC
City of Eden, NC
Rockingham County, NC
Caswell County, NC
This campaign is currently funded through 2019. The Partners are seeking additional regional contributors to continue the campaign long-term. They are also seeking advertising partners, such as Martinsville Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, Primland Resort and other businesses. The City of Eden contribution to the effort has come from funding previously provided by Duke Energy specifically for marketing in the aftermath of the coal ash spill.
622 Washington Street
initial offer to purchase the building was made in late August. A series of
upset bids were placed with the most recent upset-bidding deadline of October 3
at 4:30 p.m. passing without another bid. A recommendation to City Council will
be made to accept the standing bid of $15,573.50. The bidder has plans to open
a business at this site.
Fieldcrest Public Space
lighting is scheduled to arrive by October 16 and will then be installed. Plans
are being made to secure the back doors and windows at the rear of the building
and the addition of tables and benches for the area are being planned. For additional information concerning this
project please contact Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager at email@example.com.
Bridge Street Parking
are looking forward to October 15 and the formal announcement in
reference to the Home Trust Endowment grant award for our beautification
project. Once received, we will then be able to stripe the parking lot and begin
our beautification project. Additional signage is being pursued to inform the
public that the lot is available for use. For additional information concerning
this project please contact Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eden Downtown Development Corporation has submitted their 2018 Main Street
Champion nomination – Faye and Terry Shelton of Five Star Realty. They have
also submitted a nomination for a NC Main Street award for a building
rehabilitation project. The Board voted at their October meeting to pursue
acceptance of a downtown building donation. The design subcommittee met with
city employees and a manufacturing representative to test a new trash
receptacle design that could be serviced by city collection equipment. The EDDI
is recommending replacement of our downtown receptacles with this new product. We
continue to meet with a local artist that plans to bring a gallery and glass
blowing facility as well as an artesian school to downtown.
Rotary Club & Eden Preservation Society
Eden Rotary Club and Eden Preservation Society continue planning and collecting
artifacts for the Luther Hodges exhibit at City Hall. An announcement
concerning our grant application from the Home Trust Endowment grant is
expected on October 15th.
final Cars and Coffee for the year was Saturday, September 29 at Family Video. The
event continued to grow larger each month. We will host the series of meets
again in the spring of 2019.
Boulevard Merchants Association will hold a second Cars and Crabs event on November
10 of this year. The first one that was held in the spring was very successful. In addition, they decided to postpone their multicultural festival until a later date.
The new owner of the former Buick dealership building on the corner of Patrick and Washington Street continues working to place a restaurant in the building. He is very much interested in collecting memorabilia from the building from the period it was first a buggy company.
Make sure you bring the
kids to Downtown Eden along Washington Street for Treat Street on Friday,
October 26 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Participating merchants will be handing out
treats to all the kids in their cute costumes! At 6:00 p.m. join us in the park
at the corner of Washington and Henry Streets for the annual Costume Contest!!
See you there!
Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony
The 15th Annual Veterans
Day Parade and Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 13 beginning at
9:00 a.m. from the former Draper Elementary School. Kids from both Lincoln
Elementary and Central Elementary will be joining us!! We will walk together to
Veterans Park on Fieldcrest Road where the ceremony will begin at approximately
9:30 a.m. We hope all of you will be able to join us for this very special
Christmas Parade Dates – Mark Your Calendars Now!
Night-Time Christmas Parade – Friday, November 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
52nd Annual Draper Children’s Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1 beginning at
Our State Magazine Filming
Our State Magazine has
been in Eden filming a new video for us that will be released in November that
will appear on all their digital outlets. We are also working with the magazine
on an article that will also appear in digital form on their website for an
entire year. We are celebrating all that makes Eden unique and special,
including but not limited to: the Dan & Smith Rivers, Eden Drive-In,
Downtown areas, Drive-In Restaurants, The Barn, Smith River Greenway, Matrimony
Creek Nature Trail, Freedom Park, John E. Grogan Park, Historic Homes and so
much more!! We can’t wait to share it with you!!
Both of our upcoming
public art projects are in the creation stages this month. Josh Cote will begin
on our wire animal art later in October and will be completed by early Winter.
Teresa Phillips will begin work on our Karastan Mosaic later this month as
well. Completion will be early Winter, but installation will be early
Spring. We will keep you updated on the
progress of both of these exciting projects!!
Grogan Park in The Fall
Grogan Park just might be
prettiest in the Fall!! Consider the park for your church functions, reunions,
corporate events or any other gathering opportunities you might have. On a
daily basis you can come by to sit and enjoy the fall colors of the beautiful
trees that make the park so special. Bring a lunch or a full picnic and just
enjoy being outside!! Amenities include a covered gazebo, plaza area, water
feature, wind chimes, tables & chairs, benches, swing and conversation area
along with a walking path that winds through the park. Also, you will be able
to enjoy some beautiful and interesting public art later this year and early
2019. We already have a beautiful Quilt Square that’s part of the Rockingham
Co. Quilt Trail for you to enjoy. See you in the park!!
Make sure you are in the
know! Text the keyword EDENNC to 51660 and stay up to date on meetings, events
and opportunities for our citizens.
“A Few Minutes with The Mayor”
Tune in to WGSR Star News
the last Thursday of every month at 6:15 p.m. and spend 15 minutes with Eden’s
Mayor Neville Hall.
Explore Eden Facebook Page
Please join our Explore
Eden Facebook page as another way to stay up to date on what to do in Eden! We
have over 7,200 followers!
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
County Arts Council Grants
pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $2,200 grant for the 2019
Hispanic Heritage Day festivities and a $477 grant for the Piedmont Pottery
Festival. Our thanks to the Rockingham County Arts Council for awarding us both
of these grants.
Street Resurfacing Projects:
All city street resurfacing projects have been completed for
the year. The next contract will be will available for construction in April
Asphalt Pavement Crack Sealing
The city has hired Delta Contracting to crack seal E. Moore
Street from NC14 to S. Pierce Street in front of Holmes Middle School in
November due to severe cracking. The work will be completed between the hours
of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to avoid any interruptions to normal school
operations. The street will be restriped after the crack sealing is completed.
Restriping of Country Club Drive
Due to the new traffic pattern at Central Elementary School,
the city will be restriping a section of Country Club Drive to install a lane
of traffic specifically for the student pickup line that stages along the west
side of Country Club Drive in the afternoons. The centerline will be shifted to
the east approximately 10 feet to allow for a third lane of traffic. The new
lane of traffic will be designated as a turn lane into the school parking lot
and will be marked with single right turn arrows. The new markings should be
installed sometime in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Knight Street -
The Oaks Homeowner’s Association had the private section of
Knight Street repaired and resurfaced by Waugh Asphalt in August bringing the
roadway up to city specifications. The city received a request from The Oaks
Homeowner’s Association on September 27 asking the City Council to accept the
maintenance on Knight Street from Oleander Drive to Laurelwood Drive. The
request will go before the City Council on Tuesday, October 16 for approval.
City staff has recommended in favor of this request.
NCDOT Resurfacing of
NC 14/Van Buren Road
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will
be resurfacing NC14/Van Buren Road from Cox Street to the Virginia state line
later this month. NCDOT will have contractors on site the week of October 15 to
complete the pavement repair and asphalt milling prior to resurfacing. Russell
Standard will have a crew on site sometime in the next two weeks to install a
FR-SAMI application which is a fibermat that combines polymer modified asphalt
emulsion with chopped glass fiber strands to create a membrane that absorbs
stresses and delays cracking. This application will be applied and covered with
an asphalt overlay. The work is scheduled to be completed in November.
Waterline Replacement Projects Update
plans for the Morehead Street 2” water line replacement project have been
prepared by Stoltzfus Engineering, Inc. The application for approval was signed
on October 2, and it has been sent to the Public Water Supply Section in
Raleigh for review and approval, along with the plans and engineer’s
report. A bid opening date has been set
for November 8. This project will
involve the installation of about 500 feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron pipe
between Glovenia Street and Hollingsworth Street.
for installing about 280 feet of 2-inch diameter PVC water main along Ridge
Avenue west of N. Hale Street were completed on October 3. Bid and contract document packages have been
provided to local utility contractors. A bid opening date has been set for
Williams, Carmen & King, Inc. provided plan and profile drawings for review
on September 14 for installing about 845 feet of 6-inch diameter
water main on Jackson Street, north of W. Moore Street. Comments were provided and final revised
plans were received on September 27, along with the engineer’s report. The
required items have been submitted to the Public Water Supply Section for
review and approval. A review of the draft bid documents was completed on
October 9. Engineering personnel will be talking with one property owner to
acquire an easement for a small corner of a lot while waiting for plan
approval. A bid opening date has not been set for this project.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In conjunction with the National
Cybersecurity Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security, the City of
Eden has joined the initiative as a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness
Month (NCSAM) 2018. As part of the initiative, the City will conduct
cybersecurity awareness training for all of our employees.
our citizens and businesses to protect themselves online and help to make the
Internet safer and more secure by following these simple tips from the Stop, Think.
• Enable stronger authentication. Always enable stronger authentication for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social media and financial accounts. Stronger authentication (e.g., multi-factor authentication that can use a one-time code texted to a mobile device) helps verify that a user has authorized access to an online account. For more information about authentication, visit the new Lock Down Your Login Campaign at www.lockdownyourlogin.com.
• Make your passwords long & strong. Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters. Use unique passwords for different accounts. Change your passwords regularly, especially if you believe they have been compromised.
• Keep a clean machine. Update the
security software, operating system, and web browser on all of your
Internet-connected devices. Keeping your security software up to date will
prevent attackers from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities.
• When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email and online posts are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious (even if you know the source), delete it.
• Share with care. Limit the amount of personal information you share online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
simple steps will go a long way toward improving their online safety and
defending against cyber criminals and malware.
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 addressing
both of these initiatives.
We are currently
evaluating our recycling operations at the six (6) drop port sites as well as
our recycling center. We hope to make some recommendations for City Council’s
review and consideration in the near future.
Bridge Street Washout
Staff is currently in
the process of repairing the wash out on Bridge Street that occurred due to the
heavy rains. Once we can get a sufficient amount of dry weather to complete all
of the necessary repairs, the road will be reopened to traffic.
Fleet Maintenance Work Orders
The Fleet Maintenance
Division generated 230 work orders for repairs and preventive maintenance to
the fleet during the course of the past month.
Parks & Recreation Department
Parks & Recreation Grant
recently approved state budget the NC General Assembly included $500,000 in
funding for Eden to use towards Parks and Recreation. This $500,000 grant will
be used to help build the new Splash Pad complex that will be constructed
within Freedom Park. Special thanks to Senator Phil Berger for his efforts and
support in obtaining these funds for our community. On August 21 the City
Council awarded a contract for the development of the Splash Pad to VORTEX and
a purchase order was issued on August 27. VORTEX is currently working on
construction documents and we anticipate that construction will begin sometime
in October of this year. The Splash Pad equipment is scheduled to be delivered
to Freedom Park the week of October 15-19. Staff met with the VORTEX Construction Manager on October 9 to go over
details concerning the construction time frame.
A RFQ for
Design/Build Construction of a bathhouse was sent out on August 29 and the
RFQ’s were submitted to the City for its consideration on October 2. There was
only 2 RFQ’s received, so this was rebid with a due date of October 12. Staff
will review the RFQ’s and make a recommendation to the City Council to enter
into a Contract for Design/Build Services at their meeting on October 16. For more information concerning this project
please contact Johnny Farmer, Director of Parks, Recreation, Facilities and
Grounds at email@example.com.
Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program
Staff participated in the Community
Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on September 26 and
will be participating in the same program on October 12 and November 9. In addition, staff participated in the Parks
& Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on October 24 and will be
participating in the same program in November to update the public on our
recreational program offerings during the months of November and December. We remain involved in these community
outreach efforts in an effort to update residents about the programs being
offered by our Parks & Recreation Department.
Concert in the Park Series &
Concert in the Park/Cruise in event was held on September 29. The next and final Concert in the Park/Cruise
in event for this year will be held on October 27 beginning at 5:30 pm in
Freedom Park. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030
or email Ms. Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Healthy Rockingham County
Staff continues to be involved with
Be Healthy Rockingham. They attended the Be Healthy Rockingham meeting held on October
10 and will attend the one scheduled for November 14.
softball tournaments scheduled at Freedom Park on October 20-21, October 27 – 28,
November 3-4, and November 10-11. These events bring visitors to our community
who often end up spending money that helps our local economy.
Matrimony Creek Greenway Nature
The City Council authorized the paving of the Matrimony Creek
Greenway Nature Trail parking lot at the September 18 City Council meeting,
using funds from the Strategic Plan funds allocated in the current FY 2018-19
budget. Quotes are being obtained and this project is scheduled to be completed
by November 30.
Bridge Street Tennis Courts Resurfacing Project
The resurfacing of the Bridge Street
Tennis Courts is scheduled to be completed by the end of November, depending on
Planning & Inspections Department
216 local code inspections have been made since the last report. The
breakdown of types are as follows: 13 for building violations, 136 for high
grass, 19 for junk cars, 29 for junk storage, 2 for yard waste, 5 for zoning
violations and 12 for miscellaneous inspections. Miscellaneous inspections
would include, but are not limited to, sight obstructions, sewer discharge on
to the ground, and accumulation of downed trees.
The sweep of the City included the Grand Oaks area,
Northridge/Summit Place Subdivision, NC 87 North and a portion of the
Leaksville area. Also, re-inspections were made of the properties in violation
during the previous sweep that received Notices of Violation.
81 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class
mail. Many properties require more than 1 notice because of multiple owners. The
number of properties affected are as follows: 19 for high grass, 3 for high
grass and junk cars, 4 for high grass and junk storage, 15 for junk, 6 for junk
cars, 4 for junk storage and junk cars, 3 for a zoning violation, 1 for
directing water to another property, 1 for discharging sewerage on the ground,
1 for a sight obstruction and 9 housing code violations.
One of the major issues we currently face
with Code Enforcement deals with vehicles. The NCGS (North Carolina General
Statutes) provide definitions and enforcement enabling legislation for cities
to use. One of the drawbacks to this process is that we cannot touch any
vehicle that has valid tags.
We have discovered that jurisdictions are
solving this problem by adding the prohibition of disabled vehicles to their
zoning regulations. We are taking an amendment to the Planning Board this month
to include this in our zoning regulations.
The Sex Offender Map has been updated and replaced in the Eden
Police Department area. Several maps were printed for display at the Citizens’
Academy. Updates were provided to WK Dickson Engineering and a WebEx is scheduled
for Friday, October 12, to share data and schedule future updates. The data for
staff members using the iPad version of ArcGis was updated and the data for
water meters is an on-going project. In addition, we continue to update the
locations of the water meters as staff tries to locate them for various jobs.
Strategic Planning Commission met on August 17 and had a productive meeting. The
Our State Magazine Digital Package project was approved at the August regular
Council meeting and the remaining projects were approved at the September
regular Council meeting. The projects already approved for funding include:
Creek Greenway Nature Trail Parking Lot Improvements,$42,000
Matrimony Creek Greenaway Nature Trail Amenities Package, $28,700
Wire Animal Public Art Project – Grogan Park, $10,770
Our State Magazine Digital Package, $ 8,200
Karastan Mosaic Public Art Project – Grogan Park,$5,000
Total of $94,670
This leaves a remaining balance of $205,330 for additional
strategic plan initiatives during FY 2018-19.
The staff committee for the Strategic Plan met on Wednesday,
October 3. At that time, we discussed agenda preparation for the Strategic
Planning Commission’s next regular meeting on November 2.
Community Appearance Commission
At their regular September meeting, the CAC asked for maps so they
could divide up and help to monitor various areas of our city. Specifically,
they will ride around and scan the areas for things they think may qualify as
violations. The maps have been provided and they intend to discuss their
findings at their next meeting in October.
of Local Code Enforcement
course of the past month there has been some discussion and social media posts
about code enforcement, the role of government, the role of private property
owners, the processes involved etc... We have assembled some information in
this month’s report that we hope will be both beneficial and informative.
The City of
Eden is responsible for insuring that the community’s physical environment
complies with applicable State and Local code requirements. We review applications for
development, make inspections pursuant to a permit and pursue compliance with
the State and Local code provisions. Applicable State and Local codes include
those concerning new construction, unsafe buildings, dwellings unfit for human
habitation, non-residential maintenance standards, land use and development,
public nuisances, and junk vehicles.
We make inspections
on the various codes based on city staff observations and complaints received
either by phone, through the mail, in person or on the City’s online complaint
submission system. This can be found on our website at www.edennc.us.
All of the ordinances for local code enforcement contain provisions for appeal and due process must be
applications for standard permits for new construction or remodeling can be
obtained on our website or in the Planning and Inspections Department.
availability of funding is very important. The amount of funding that can be allocated to these
programs has to balance the needs in other departments such as police, fire,
street maintenance and recreation to name a few.
Local code enforcement is limited by the NC General Statutes.
State law gives Eden and all other local governments the authority to adopt and
enforce various codes, limits how far those actions can go and sets up the
manner in which the city can recover funds from private property when we have
to step in and abate the violations.
A good example to consider is a building on The Boulevard
that the City Council decided to rehabilitate several years ago versus
demolish. It cost $10,000 more to fix the building than to take it down. Even
so, once the building was sold, the citizens of the City of Eden paid $146,000
to abate the violation and we had no ability to recover the cost. Code
enforcement is vital and important but it is often very expensive. If we only
have $146,000 left to spend is it more important to tear down a neglected
property owned by a private citizen or corporation or to spend those funds to
resurface some additional roads, to pay for additional police officers or some
other need? Often times, the cost of doing one thing, is the cost of not doing
something else. There are also those citizens in our community that we hear
from who truly believe taxpayer dollars should not be used to abate a situation
created by the neglect of a private property or business owner.
The City of Eden does allocate funds each year for some code enforcement initiatives. The current FY 2018-19 budget includes $162,800 for these efforts. This is an increase of $102,800
$60,000 that was allocated during FY 2017-18. However, an important question
that is often discussed is how much money the citizens and City Council are
comfortable with spending each year knowing in advance that they will not be
getting back much of the money spent? When we tear down a building on a certain piece of property we are unable to attach those costs to other properties and/or assets the property owner may possess. Our collection efforts are limited to the property that is abated. Yes, we can place a lien on the property or move forward with foreclosure but we would likely never re-sell properties for what the City has in them. Also, with the funds that are allocated - do we concentrate on a few properties in each electoral ward if we can afford it, or do we concentrate on the very worst which is what the City has been trying
to do as
money has been made available? If we continue to follow our current
prioritization process, then there will be some wards and areas of Eden that
may not have anything done depending upon the amount of money available for
government certainly has a role and should do what it can in reference to
minimum housing standards etc… many of these properties and houses would be
fine if the owner of the premises did what was needed in terms of routine
maintenance. Just think how much better everything would look if we could all
work together to get more people caring about the appearance and condition of
property they own?
Here is a
listing and explanation about the pertinent codes, standards, regulations and
ordinances that are administered by the Planning and Inspections Department.
For more information about any of this material please contact Kelly Stultz,
Director of Planning and Inspections at email@example.com.
Violation of the Human Habitation Standards Ordinance (Minimum
This ordinance applies to all existing housing including manufactured homes. The ordinance addresses the safety and welfare of inhabitants or potential inhabitants. Unsightly conditions do not always create
are received, an inspection is made. If the inspector cannot identify enough
qualifying conditions without going inside the structure, then a petition is
required from 5 citizens with actual knowledge of the conditions or by a public
When a housing
code action is started, a notice is sent to the property owner(s) and
lienholders giving them notice of the hearing date and time. If, after the
hearing, violations are confirmed then an order is sent.
The order may
require that the dwelling be either:
Repaired or vacated
and closed; or
vacated and demolished.
The owner has a minimum of 45 days to comply. If,
after this time, the owner has not complied with the Order, then the City
Council is requested to adopt an ordinance to abate the violation subject to
the availability of funding. The property owner can appear before the City
Council to appeal the violation.
Violation of the Non-Residential Building Maintenance Standards
This ordinance applies to all existing structures not used for housing. The ordinance addresses the safety and welfare of occupants or potential occupants. Unsightly conditions do not always create
are received, an inspection is made. If violations are found, then a complaint
and notice of hearing is sent to the property owner and lienholder and a
hearing is set. If, after the hearing, violations are confirmed then an order
The order may
require that the structure be either:
vacated and closed if the cost of repairs is less than 50% of the value of the
vacated and demolished if the costs exceed 50% of the value.
The owner has a minimum of 90 days to comply. If,
after this time, the owner has not complied with the Order then the City
Council is requested to adopt an ordinance to abate the violation subject to
the availability of funding. The property owner can appear before the City
Council to appeal the violation.
Special Note: The NC General Statutes provide extended time
and other protections to buildings that are considered Historic or are vacant
Violations of Land Use and Development Regulations
Violations of our
Zoning, Subdivision, Water Supply Watershed and Flood Damage Prevention
Ordinances are handled as follows:
are received for these types of violations, we do a site inspection. If a violation is found, then a letter is
sent to the owner giving them 10 days to respond to the Planning and
Inspections Department. If no response is received after 10 days, a letter is
sent stating a formal violation notice and the owner has 30 days to abate the
violation. If compliance is not achieved, then the final 30-day letter is sent.
If there is no response, then the case is taken to the City Council to
authorize legal action through the Rockingham County Courts.
Violation of the Nuisance Ordinance
conditions constitute a public nuisance:
growth of noxious weeds and grass in a height in excess of 12 inches.
of animal or vegetable matter that is offensive by virtue of odors or the
inhabitance of rats, mice, snakes or vermin of any kind.
The collection of
garbage, food waste, animal waste or other such matter in an open space.
rubbish or combustible items causing stagnant water or the inhabitance of
mosquitos of other vermin.
The open storage
of any refrigerator, appliance or other similar items.
of a street or highway.
of yard waste.
hinder the natural flow of water.
If you believe you have observed any of these conditions, please call or email us with the information. We will usually check the violation within 24 hours. If a violation is found, a notice is sent to the property owner. Once the notice is sent, the property owner has 15 days to
abate the violation before the City can order the abatement.
Violation of the Junk or Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance
If a complaint is
received, we then go to the site on which the vehicle or vehicles are located
and do an inspection. This requires that the VIN number for the vehicle be
A junked motor
vehicle is (must meet 2 criteria):
dismantled or wrecked; or
self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it was originally intended; or
Is more than five
years old and worth less than $500; or
Does not display
a current license plate.
motor vehicle is one that:
Has been left
upon a public street or highway in violation of a law or ordinance prohibiting
Is left on
property owned or operated by the City for longer than 24 hours; or
Is left on
private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lease holder for
longer than 2 hours; or
Is left on any
public street or highway for longer than 7 days.
If a violation is found city staff must identify the owner of the vehicle and send a notice. Once the notice is sent, the property owner
has 15 days to abate the violation before the City can order the abatement.
In the case of a
vehicle abandoned on public streets, the vehicle can be removed immediately by
the Police Department and the owner notified after the fact.
If you have any
questions about this information please feel free to contact Kelly Stultz,
Director of Planning and Inspections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Department is currently advertising for two full time police officer
positions in preparation of the retirement of two senior officers on January 1,
2019. The applicant must be BLET certified as a North Carolina Law Enforcement
Officer by December 10.
Police Department has scheduled CPR and AED training for the entire department
during the month of October 2018. The CPR training will re-certify all officers
within the Eden Police Department. This training will also include training for
the new AED units purchased with funds from the FY 2018-19 budget.
Chief Clint Simpson attended the first session of the UNC School of Government
Municipal and County Administration Course during October 9-12. The first session, originally scheduled in
September, had to be re-scheduled due to hurricane Florence. That session has
been rescheduled for the first week in December.
Light and Deputy Chief Clint Simpson will be attending the Shepherd’s and
Shields lunch meeting scheduled for October 16. This meeting consists of local
pastors and law enforcement leaders to share a meal and discuss any issues in
our communities. These meetings have been very beneficial over the years in developing
close relationships within our community.
Chief Clint Simpson and Captain John Edwards will be attending 2019 In-Service
Instructor training October 23-24, in preparation for In-Service training
during 2019. The training will be held
at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, North Carolina.
Captain John Edwards will assist the
Danville Police Department on October 30 for their promotional process for the
rank of Captain within the Danville Police Department.
Chief Greg Light, Deputy Chief Clint Simpson, Captain John Edwards and Municipal Services Director Paul Dishmon will be meeting with Jason Julian, NCDOT, to discuss the feasibility of adding additional truck route signs in and around Eden. This has been ongoing problem with tractor and trailer trucks not utilizing the designated truck routes in Eden. This meeting will take place on October 17.
Police Department would like to continue to encourage the citizens of our
community to utilize the Eden Police Department’s Facebook page for updates and
information concerning our community, as well as, Crimestoppers to provide
anonymous information concerning illegal activity to keep our community safe.
Public Utilities Department
Administrative Order on Consent (AOC)
continuing on the EPA AOC that requires us to complete our Remediation Plan
Work before February 28, 2022 (5 years). Staff met with representatives of W.K. Dickson Engineering on September
26 to review finalized plans for several phases of the project work.