City Manager’s Report – March 2019
Drop Port Sites Eliminated & Recycling Center Hours of Operation Expanded
Effective June 1, 2019, all six of the recycling drop port sites located throughout the city will be closed and all recyclables can be dropped off at our recycling center that is located at 123 Mebane Bridge road.
Our Mebane Bridge site is currently being renovated to better handle the recycling material and ease of access. In addition, the site will have longer hours of operation. As of June 1, 2019, the recycling center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. The facility will be closed on Mondays and will be closed in observance of 11 holidays throughout the course of the year.
According to the NC Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Eden is only allowed to accept recycling material from Eden residents. As such, we will be furnishing a vehicle sticker to Eden residents the first time they visit the site to drop off their recyclables. Once residency has been verified, a sticker will be given to the resident. The sticker must be displayed in the right rear of their vehicle. Each sticker will be numbered and assigned to that vehicle only. If a resident needs more than one sticker, for other vehicles they own, that vehicle must be driven to the site on a subsequent visit to the recycling center in order to be registered to receive a recycling sticker.
In addition, for those residents that may be interested in exploring the option of curbside recycling – please call the current service provider, Waste Management, at 1-877-652-4550.
For additional questions regarding this issue please call 336-627-7781 ext. 103 or email Dusty Curry, Superintendent of Solid Waste at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Budget/Planning Retreat – Update
The City Council met with staff for their annual budget/planning retreat on February 23. The City Council discussed priorities related to ongoing Economic Development initiatives and their desire to construct a shell building. The City Council also discussed their desire to stay focused on code enforcement and nuisance abatement related initiatives throughout the City. The City Council discussed issues related to the Parks and Recreation Department and indicated their support for a merger between the Eden Prowlers youth football program and the City of Eden Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the other priorities discussed included the construction of an emergency services training facility, elimination of the drop port recycling sites, improvements to and expansion of hours for the recycling center on Mebane Bridge road, littering and community aesthetic issues, the process of reporting burnt out streetlights and a synopsis of budgetary trends and financial data.
The top four City Council priorities (above-and-beyond normal operations) slated for funding in the upcoming fiscal year is as follows:
- Continued implementation of the Positively Eden strategic plan,
- Continued emphasis on code enforcement and the abatement of nuisances,
- Construction of an emergency services training facility behind fire station 400 on East Stadium Drive, and
- Replacement of the 1972 steam boiler at the Eden Municipal Building.
WARNING - Littering Enforcement/Fines - Take Pride in Your Community and Don’t Litter!
The City of Eden intends to use surveillance and other measures to aggressively enforce NO LITTERING in the City. Individuals caught littering will be fined $500! There WILL NOT BE ANY WARNINGS. The number one complaint we receive on a consistent basis is the littering that is taking place throughout our community.
We hate litter! There is absolutely no reason for a civilized place to have an issue with litter, but Eden, like most communities, does. Please help us combat unsightly trash around our beautiful city.
How can you help?
Did you know that littering North Carolina roadways is illegal and can result in fines for those that commit the offense? Some litterbugs simply need to be informed and reminded that littering – whether deliberate or unintentional – can end with a personal commitment to stop.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a fantastic program - Swat-A-Litterbug. This program encourages the public to report people who litter in an effort to help make North Carolina roadways cleaner. The program provides every individual an opportunity to be an active participant in reducing litter on North Carolina roadways. It's almost impossible for law enforcement to catch someone dumping litter from a vehicle without surveillance because who in their right mind would roll down a window and throw out a bag with a police officer behind them? With this program, any citizen can report the offending vehicle and NCDOT will take it from there. If you see someone throw out trash from a vehicle, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/environmental/litter-management/Pages/swat-a-litterbug-report.aspx or call the NCDOT Customer Service Office at (877) 368-4968.
NCDOT notifies the vehicle owner of the littering offense; informs the vehicle owner of the penalties for littering; and urges the litterbug to stop littering. A formal notification is signed by the Colonel of the N.C. State Highway Patrol. This letter helps educate and remind citizens of their civic responsibility to protect the environment.
Please keep the area around your property clean by picking up trash that land on or along it. It is frustrating when someone throws out something and it lands in or next to your yard or it blows off the back of a vehicle and is caught in your ditch. It is not your fault at all, but picking up the litter and disposing of it if you are able is showing your pride in your property, your neighborhood, and best of all, your city.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help us in our fight against littering.
Eden Youth Council
Are you ready to serve? The City is currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 City of Eden Youth Council. Membership is open to individuals who live in the Morehead High School Attendance Zone (MHS, college, homeschool or private school students) and are between the ages of 14 and 20.
What can you expect?
- Service opportunities
- Develop leadership and professional skills
- Networking with civic leaders
- Coordinate opportunities for Eden youth
- Great experience to list on resumes and college applications
If you are interested in applying, you can get your application at Eden City Hall - Administration, or Morehead High School Student Affairs Office. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Woods at email@example.com.
Economic & Tourism Development
Former MillerCoors Site
The new owners of this site are aggressively marketing the site and have hired a national site consultant firm that specializes in food and beverage processing. Two legitimate projects are currently considering the facility.
Progress continues on reopening the former SGRTex facility on Summit Road. There could be a new owner by the end of the second quarter of 2019.
Regional Economic Development Summit
City of Eden Economic Development Director Mike Dougherty participated as a panelist at the March 12 event held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA. Fellow panelists included Danville Economic Development Director Telly Tucker and Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director Matt Rowe. The focus of the panel was economic development organizations, recent developments at the former MillerCoors site and progress at the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill.
Elite Driving School
There is a tremendous need for truck drivers nationwide. Trucking companies are offering generous sign on bonuses and significant income. Elite Driving School offers CDL driving training in addition to driver’s education for students and others in need of a driver’s license. Contact them at 336-623-6800 for more information.
Osborne Company and Kirkland Builders Merger
In early March, the Triad Business Journal announced the merger of Eden’s Osborne Company and Kirkland Builders of High Point, NC. This merger was part of a succession plan for the owners of Osborne Company. The operations will consolidate in High Point by the end of 2019. Osborne Company employs twenty people, most of who live in the Greensboro area. The City of Eden appreciates Osborne Company for operating in Eden since 1991 when it merged John Smith and Sons.
Azure Women’s Apparel
This Women’s Clothing Boutique is located at 238 W. King’s Hwy in Eden. Owner Andria Lowman has a wide variety of tops, dresses, jeans, casual business dresses, leggings, kimonos, handbags and accessories. Check out their Facebook page at Azure Women’s Apparel and Instagram account @azurewomensappareleden. Local people are remarking on the great product lines carried here. They can be reached at 336-637-6054.
On January 22, staff for the City of Eden had a conversation with the Lidl Director of Communications. For at least the next four months, nothing will happen with the site. This European company’s CEO has characterized its United States launch as “disastrous”. For example, they had eight stores slated for the Piedmont Triad but have only opened four of these because of sales being below expectations. They are trying to work out their problems and establish the right product mix to compete in this market. The status of the Eden location could change by mid-2019 but we have not been guaranteed anything at this point.
Yono Express Japanese Restaurant—New location
This long-time restaurant has moved into the former Popeye’s Chicken location at Fiddle Stix convenience store located at 700 S. Van Buren Road in Eden. The drive-thru window will add to the convenience of patronizing this business.
Bridge Street Parking
The newly paved parking lot off Bridge Street that flows behind Washington Street continues its improvements. Directional signage has been placed as well as a larger parking sign featuring images from the recently completed branding study. Concrete pads for benches, landscaping and a dedication sign will exhaust the remaining grant funding provided by the Home Savings Bank Charitable Endowment.
Fieldcrest Public Space
This public space in Draper on Fieldcrest road had its benches installed by the City’s Facilities and Grounds Department. Corrugated sliding metal doors were delayed but should be completed by the end of the month. The equipment to install the lighting is on hand, but inclement weather has delayed its instillation. Funding for this project was provided by a recommendation from the Positively Eden Strategic Planning Board through the Eden City Council.
City of Eden representatives, staff from Rockingham Community College and Rockingham County Economic Development staff continue to design the R.E.A.P. (Rockingham Entrepreneurial Assistance Program). Identifying clients for recruitment, targeted buildings and outlines for curriculum are current priorities. Brief surveys were conducted to gauge interest from potential participants. The REAP would assist with our objectives found for economic development in the Positively Eden Strategic Plan.
Eden Downtown Development Inc.
The EDDI board welcomes two new members: Ashley Latham of Ashley Latham Photography and Barry Carter of the Old Leaksville Gun Shop. Mike Quickel was voted as president, and Glenn Denny returned to the board. Several members of the EDDI board will be attending the NC Main Street conference in Salisbury, NC in March. The City’s Planning and Inspections Department continues to work with the EDDI to create a pamphlet promoting the QR historical markers that are located in the Old Leaksville Commercial District. This Old Leaksville Commercial District Walking Tour will also include some historical structures just outside of the existing commercial district.
Henry Street Mural
The City Council previously approved spending $20,000 from the current Positively Eden Strategic Plan budgetary account to fund a new mural that will be completed by muralist Brandon Hardison.
The Boulevard Merchants Association will hold the second annual Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There have been fifteen food trucks reserved and additional spaces are available to rent for interested vendors. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Art Project
The public art project supporting painting fire hydrants has had a great response. Hydrants in our downtown areas have been identified as priorities and several local artists have volunteered to take on the project initially. his is open to the public; contact Randy Hunt at email@example.com for more information.
Cars and Coffee
These events are open to the public and will be hosted the last Saturday of each month from April through October between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Family Video parking lot. The Three Rivers Chapter of the AACA Eden car show will be held on May 25 at the Tractor Supply Parking lot.
Wire Animal Public Art Project
They are Here! These life-sized wire creations by artist Josh Cote were officially unveiled at the John E. Grogan Park on February 25. Grogan Park is located at Eden City Hall, 308 E. Stadium Drive. We invite everyone to come out and view these first pieces of public art located here at Grogan Park…take a stroll, relax in the swing or under the gazebo, or bring a picnic. By the fountain at the park’s entrance, you will find a heron. Along the path, look for an owl on a perch, two boxing hares, a buck, a doe, and a fox. Come and enjoy!
Karastan Mosaic Public Art Project
Work has begun on the Karastan Mosaic that will be placed on the floor of the gazebo in the John E. Grogan Park. The mosaic will be created by artist Teresa Phillips to closely resemble the original 717 pattern. Stay tuned for an unveiling date later this spring.
Fine Arts Festival
The Fine Arts Festival will once again be held here at the Eden City Hall. Some of the important dates to remember include:
- Sneak Peak – Thursday, April 4 – 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - View and purchase art before the public
- Awards and Opening Reception – Sunday, April 7 – 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- Show Dates – April 8 – 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 – 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Spring Grown & Gathered
Exciting News! We have added a second Grown & Gathered event this year due to the popularity of last year. Our spring event is set for Thursday, May 23 along the Canal at the beautiful Spray Mercantile. Our late summer event will be Thursday, August 15 in the brand new barn located at the Wright Memorial Event Center. So exciting! Tickets will be available soon, but mark your calendars now!
Oink & Ale
Our very popular Oink & Ale event will take place on May 11 on Monroe Street in Historic Downtown Eden. Our featured band will be the very popular On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute. Come and enjoy delicious barbecue and ribs along with refreshing beverages. Admission is free.
Piedmont Pottery Festival
Our 17th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival is set for Saturday, June 1 in Kingsway Plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Applications are available at ExploreEdenNC.com. You do not want to miss it!
Two Acre Sunflower Field
Coming this summer to the Smith River Greenway! Stay tuned for more exciting details!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Resurfacing Projects
Waugh Asphalt, Inc. will be starting construction on the second street-resurfacing contract for the 2018-19 fiscal year sometime in April or early May. There are 17 street sections on the spring resurfacing schedule to be repaired and resurfaced. All of the work is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019.
NCDOT State Resurfacing Schedule
NCDOT has several state roads scheduled to be resurfaced in the Eden area this year. We have been told that construction on the Rockingham schedule is expected to start sometime this month. State maintenance crews will be out in the next couple of weeks to make the repairs that are needed prior to resurfacing. Please slow down and use caution when entering these work zones.
Waterline Replacement Projects Update
The Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. crew began installing 6-inch diameter ductile iron water main along Morehead Street on February 14, heading east from the Glovenia Street intersection. Installation of the water main under an active metal storm drain, and an unexpected old clay storm drain located a few feet to the east, was completed on February 27. After getting the correct tapping saddle delivered, the crew was able to make a wet tap on the existing 8-inch diameter cast iron water main in Hollingsworth Street on March 11 without any problems. Installation of the final forty feet of water main is to be completed on March 13, with testing to be done during the next several days.
A crew from Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. began delivering materials to the Jackson Street and W. Moore Street waterline replacement project on March 2. Installation of the new 6-inch diameter ductile iron water main began a few days later and has continued as weather permitted. As of March 12, the crew has installed about 805 feet of new water main, two fire hydrants, and nine valves. The crew has also replaced two short sections of clay sewer main with ductile iron pipe at the intersection of W. Moore and Jackson. With a little luck, the installation of the rest of the proposed water main should be completed soon, and the crew can begin the required testing for the project.
A bid opening was held on March 5 for the West Avenue waterline replacement project. Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. was the lowest responsive bidder for the proposed installation of about 550 feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron pipe, and about 120 feet of 2-inch diameter schedule 80 PVC pipe. The crew is expected to start the installation work near the intersection with Central Avenue after completing their current job on Morehead Street, probably the second week of April.
Facilities & Maintenance
The City of Eden will be joining the Rockingham County School system and Rockingham County Government by participating in the School and Community “Team Up to Clean Up” event that will be taking place at Morehead High School on Saturday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are excited about this opportunity and would like to invite anyone else that may be interested to join us at Morehead High School on March 30 for this important event. Thank you in advance for helping to make our neighborhood a beautiful place to work, live and learn.
Your IT Department is pleased to announce that we have completed the design phase for FREE Wi-Fi in Freedom Park. We are expecting to begin installation in early April and will be approaching the installation in three phases as follows:
Phase 1 – Wireless Infrastructure Installation (early April)
- Freedom Park Water Tower
- Ball field concession stand area
- Picnic shelter beside the playground
Phase 2 – Wi-Fi Access Point Installation (early April)
- Ball fields
Phase 3 – Expand Coverage (late April – early May)
- Walking track
- RV Pads
- Skate park
Watch our Facebook page for project progress and pictures. We will also be posting a poll where you can vote for what to name the Wi-Fi network.
Compost for Sale
The City of Eden will be offering compost for sale on the following Saturdays: March 30, April 6 and April 13 from 7:00am to 2:30pm. Costs are as follows: pick up load - $5, Tandem axle trailer $15 and large dump trucks $25 each.
Code Red Notification System
The City of Eden has a Code Red Notification System to help make residents aware of changes to garbage collection due to weather or holiday closings, missing persons and any road closures. The system is also used for other public service and emergency related announcements. If you are not receiving the notifications and are interested in being included, please contact Georgette Spence at 336-623-2110 option 3 and have your name and number(s) added to the Code Red notification list. If you are an Eden resident, there is no cost to receive these notifications.
Spring Clean-Up Week
Spring Clean-up Week will be observed during the week of April 1 – April 6. Please remember that no hazardous waste will be collected such as paint, stains, thinner, acid, etc. In addition, the City will not collect masonry products such as bricks, blocks, concrete, and tires.
Parks & Recreation
Community Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program
Staff participated in the Community Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on March 8 and will be participating in the same program again on April 12. In addition, staff participated in the Parks & Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on February 27 and will be participating in the same program again in March to update the public on our recreational program offerings during the months of March, April, and May. We remain involved in these community outreach efforts in an effort to update residents about the programs being offered by our Parks & Recreation Department.
Be Healthy Rockingham County
Staff continues to be involved with Be Healthy Rockingham County initiative. They attended the Be Healthy Rockingham County meeting on March 13 and will attend the next meeting scheduled for April 10.
Kate B. Reynolds Community Conservation Meeting
Staff attended a Kate B. Reynolds Community Conservation meeting on March 22 concerning the efforts of how this Foundation is working in Rockingham County to improve the health and well-being of the residents in the County.
Collaboration with UNC-Rockingham Health Care
Staff has met with Liz Penn, Director of Rehabilitation Therapy & Sleep Center, at UNC-Rockingham Health Care, and the City will be collaborating with them to provide workshops at the Garden of Eden Center. The first workshop was held on March 18 and it will address fall prevention. Other classes will be scheduled throughout the year. For additional information, please contact Georgette Spence at email@example.com.
Freedom Park Splash Pad & Bathhouse Update
VORTEX continues the construction of the Freedom Park Splash Pad. The concrete area for the Splash Pad features was poured on March 12. The remaining concrete for the facility will be completed in the next few weeks, weather permitting. The Splash Pad features will be installed in the upcoming weeks. Construction on the Splash Pad should be completed by May 30 weather permitting.
Cirrus Construction received the building permit for the Freedom Park Splash Pad Bath House on January 28. The construction on the Splash Pad Bath House began on March 13 with staff from Cirrus Construction locating the building corners and making preparations to remove the top soil where the building will be located. The wet weather over the past several months has prohibited work from being done and the completion date for the Bath House is now June 14. Cirrus Construction has informed us they are hoping to complete the project before Memorial Day if the weather is good.
Matrimony Creek Greenway Parking Lot Update
The Matrimony Creek Greenway Parking Lot paving project has been postponed indefinitely until all of the work associated with the EPA Administrative Order in the Matrimony Creek area has been completed.
Installation of Chiller and Cooling Tower at Eden Municipal Building
Work related to the installation of a new chiller and cooling tower at the Eden Municipal Building is underway and is scheduled to be completed by mid-April.
Softball Tournaments @ Freedom Park
There is a USSSA Softball Tournament at Freedom Park March 16 – 17. In addition, there is a Top Tournament March 23 – 24, a Top Gun Tournament March 30 – 31, a Got Game Tournament April 6 – 7, and a Top Gun Tournament April 13 – 14.
Planning & Inspections
68 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class mail. These actions include nuisances, junked motor vehicles. A total of $2,629 in code enforcement fees was collected during the past month.
1220 Front Street
This is the site of our most unusual repeat code violations. We have cleaned the property 8 times during the past year. The owner was charged with a criminal violation. She did not appear at our last court date and an order was issued for her arrest. She was served and was released on a $1,000 secured bond. Our next court date is March 26.
Nuisance Abatement – Demolitions - Update
All of the demolitions previously authorized by the City Council in November of 2018 have been completed. We have sent out bid requests for 6 properties that we plan to bring to the City Council at the March meeting for authorization for demolition.
Our staff is working with staff at our Water Filtration Plant on creating GIS maps that will be required for future reporting. Maps have been provided to the Economic Development & Tourism Development department for marketing tools. Staff in our Engineering department continues to locate and identify water meters that were not operational when the new meters were installed or have been installed since 2012 and were not reported to our departments for mapping purposes.
Ashton Way Apartments
Staff has issued 90 Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for this project. The contractor should be completely finished by the end of March.
The hospital has submitted plans for a new elevator system.
Former Sonic Property
We have received civil drawings for a new carwash to be located at 104 E. Harris Place (site of the former Sonic restaurant). We expect construction drawings within the next few weeks.
Staff attended the meeting with representatives from the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), held at the Eden Library, concerning intersection improvements to Kings Highway and Highway #14. The project is funded and will get underway very quickly once the final choice is made on the various options that they presented. NCDOT will be holding at public meeting on this topic at Eden City Hall on Thursday evening March 14.
Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment met on March 7. They considered a private recreation use for a shooting range on Friendly Road. The Property is the next to last property still in North Carolina. The board denied the request.
Community Appearance Commission
The commission discussed plans for citywide cleanup efforts during the “Great American Cleanup” (March 1 – May 31); discussed ideas to involve civic groups, church groups and school groups. They also discussed issues with parking lot maintenance (particularly Kingsway Center, the Eden Mall and the old Winn Dixie shopping center on the west side of town.) It was determined that this could be addressed using the non-residential maintenance code, and the Commission wishes to follow through with this. Inspectors have inspected these parking lots and notices will be sent to property owners for violations. Commission members also each took an area of the city to do a “litter assessment” as well as a sweep for junk, junk cars, and other nuisance issues. From this, we will target areas for cleanup and try to develop an anti-litter campaign.
CDBG Grant Application
We have located a private consulting firm to handle our CDBG Housing application. Mrs. Kelly Stultz, Director of Planning and Inspections recently met with W.T. Sorrell, III of Withers Ravenel from Asheville. They have a Greensboro office and staff from that office will be assisting us without upcoming application. Changes in the way the State is handling the program require more upfront work than has been required in the past. We expect that the call for applications will be in March or April and the deadline for applications is likely to be in late August of 2019.
Stadium Drive Sidewalk
We expect to be cleared to go out for bids for engineering and design services during the week of March 1.
Historic Preservation Commission
Staff prepared a list of all historic properties currently in our inventory. Each Commission member took an area and will assist us in completing an assessment on the condition of our historic properties (vacant, occupied, drastically altered, demolished, etc.). The Commission members discussed the possibility of creating some type of revolving fund or incentive grant (“carrot vs. stick”) to encourage historic property owners to help maintain or make repairs to their properties. The Commission intends on developing a plan to propose to City Council to test the viability of this plan. The members also discussed issues with non-residential maintenance code and their desire to push for enforcement that is more aggressive. They would like to try to intervene before a building gets in too bad of a condition that there is no choice but to demolish.
Historic Walking Tour
Staff is working to revive the historic walking tour in the Leaksville area. They will be working on maps and brochures, with the idea to expand this to other areas of the city, possibly initiating “heritage tours” in each area.
Junior Achievement Program
The Eden Police Department is participating in the Junior Achievement Program, for the second year, at Central Elementary. Junior Achievement helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. Sergeant David Stepps and Lieutenant David Lamberth have begun their classes at Central.
Posting of Outstanding Warrants on Eden Police Department Facebook Page
In January 2019, we implemented a new power point presentation (video) for individuals with outstanding warrants. This power point presentation is currently being utilized on our Eden Police Department Facebook page every three to four weeks. The slide show highlights individuals with outstanding warrants to include a photo, name, and current outstanding charges. This is another way of keeping our citizens informed and up to date. The most recent video, posted March 1 has been shared 68 times and has now reached approximately 15,000 people.
Mebane Bridge Digestion Improvements Project - Update
Sealed bids were recently received for the Mebane Bridge Digestion Improvements Project, which is one of the projects, included in our EPA Administrative Order of Consent Remediation Plan. Four contractors submitted bid packages. They include:
Frizzell Construction Company, Inc. $2,043,211
English Construction Company, Inc. $2,384,000
Shook Construction Company $2,615,000
Laughlin-Sutton Construction Company $2,700,600
The engineer’s estimate for this project was $2,400,000. As such, the base bid from Fizzell Construction is $356,789 under the engineer’s estimate. It is anticipated that the City Council will vote to accept the low bid at its meeting on March 19. Because this is a loan and grant-funded project, staff will forward the bid results with City Council approval to the NC Division of Water Infrastructure to receive authorization to award the contract to the contractor approved by the City Council.