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City Manager's Report- April 2019

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City Manager’s Report – April 2019

Proposed Budget for FY 2019-20

Copies of the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) were distributed to the Mayor and each member of City Council on Monday, April 8.  A copy of the budget document is on file with the City Clerk and is available for public inspection during normal business hours from now until the May 21 public hearing.

The City Council will hold a budget work session on the proposed budget at the end of their regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m.


Executive Summary

The combined budgets for fiscal year 2019-20 are balanced and equal $32,816,800, which is a decrease of $515,400 or 1.54% when compared to the current combined budgets at $33,332,200.

  • On February 23, 2019, 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 2019-20 include:
  • Economic and Tourism Development Initiatives
  • Parks & Recreation Initiatives
  • Infrastructure Improvement Initiatives
  • Positively Eden Strategic Plan Initiatives
  • Code Enforcement & Nuisance Abatement Initiatives

In addition to the funding priority themes, the City Council ranked their top four specific spending priorities for FY 2019-20 as follows:

  • Positively Eden Strategic Plan
  • Code Enforcement & Nuisance Abatement Issues
  • Construction of Emergency Services Fire Training Facility
  • Replacement of 1972 Boiler at Eden Municipal Building

Funding to some degree or another for each of these identified and discussed priority themes and spending priorities has been included in the budget as submitted.  City Council also requested that staff proceed with finalizing plans for the construction of a shell building for industrial recruitment efforts and implementation of a water pressure improvement grant for citizens meeting specific criteria related to low water pressure. Staff will address both of these measures as we move into the fiscal year. 

  • 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 $500 increase in compensation for all full-time employees.  Additional compensation ranging from $0 (0-4 years of service) to $1,000 (30+ years of service) based on an employee’s length of service to the City is also included.  The total cost for both of these measures combined is consistent with the 1.9% increase in the Consumer Price Index for 2018.  

The budget includes funding for 180 full-time positions.  This is a reduction of one full-time position when compared to the current FY 2018-19, a reduction of four full-time positions since October 2015 and a reduction of twenty-three full-time positions since FY 1995-96.    

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 2019-20 spending plan includes the allocation of $2,000,000 in available fund balances (General Fund $500,000 and Water & Sewer Fund $1,500,000).  A significant portion ($1,000,000) of the fund balance from the Water & Sewer Fund is the result of excess leachate revenues that have been and will continue to be received from Duke Energy during the current 2018-19 fiscal year.

During the next three years, we will be undertaking a significant amount of water and sewer infrastructure work.  It is projected that we will be spending more than $40,000,000 in just the next three years for work associated with the EPA Administrative Order of Consent (AOC), the Mega Park Waterline Extension Project, and improvements at our Water Filtration Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant as well as our distribution and collection system.

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:

  • $3,955,900 for capital outlay items – several of which, are related to the Positively Eden Strategic Plan:

                    General Fund – $1,648,900   

                    Powell Bill/Street Resurfacing Account – $467,500

                    Water & Sewer Fund – $1,839,500

  • $1,788,200 in loan proceeds for eleven different items/initiatives.
  • $2,991,500 for debt service payments:

                  General Fund – $919,600                  

                  Water & Sewer Fund – $2,071,900

  • $1,068,000 in revenue from the following grants to help fund various projects and initiatives:
  • Rockingham County Aging, Disability & Transit Services (RCATS) Grant for the Skat Bus Operations – $  64,900
  • Community Oriented Policing Services Grant – $  83,100
  • North Carolina Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority Grant – $920,000
  • $160,000 for code enforcement efforts including demolitions and nuisance abatements.
  • $62,300 in funding to continue supporting a number of community-wide organizations.

A reappraisal of real property was completed by Rockingham County during 2018.  The combined actual values for real property, personal property and public utility for 2018 equaled a value of $910,328,571.  As of April 3, 2019, the estimated post-reappraisal combined actual values for real property, personal property and public utility for 2019 equaled a value of $901,071,375.  This is a reduction of $9,257,196 or approximately 1.02%.  According to North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 159-11(e) “the revenue-neutral property tax rate is the rate that is estimated to produce revenue for the next fiscal year equal to the revenue that would have been produced for the next fiscal year by the current tax rate if no reappraisal had occurred”.  This general statute also provides instruction on how the rate is to be calculated.  Based on the preliminary information highlighted above, the estimated revenue-neutral property tax rate for 2019 equals $0.617.  This is an increase of $0.008 from the current tax rate of $0.609.

However, additional loss in value (leading to an even higher revenue-neutral tax rate) could be realized due to appeals and corrections made during the ongoing appeal period of the revaluation. In addition, there are many unanswered questions related to business personal property values and various industries. Due to the nature of the appeals process currently underway, the total tax base as a result of the reappraisal process is not firmly known.  As we have seen, some appeals take a significant amount of time to be resolved. For example, the 2017 appeals from MillerCoors is still pending and SGRTEX, which is presently under receivership, has requested an extension to list.

Despite the outcome of the appeals and adjustment process, the budget as submitted maintains our existing tax rate of $0.609 per $100 assessed property valuation (currently the lowest in Rockingham County) for FY 2019-20. We believe it is best to wait at least a year to see what the true outcome of this reappraisal and appeals process is on the tax values and revenues for the City.

Please refer to the Budget Message for comprehensive information concerning the FY 2019-20 budget.  A copy of the complete 58-page 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/Index/987 .  A public hearing and adoption of the FY 2019-20 budget will be held during the City Council’s regular meeting on May 21 at 6:00 p.m.


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.  The recyclables allowed consist of the following:  plastic containers, mixed paper, used oil, batteries, cardboard, aluminum cans and tin cans.  We DO NOT accept tires.

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.

Anyone caught dumping at the drop port sites after the drop port sites have been closed is susceptible to being charged for illegal dumping.  For additional questions regarding any of these issues, please call 336-627-7781 ext. 103 or email Dusty Curry, Superintendent of Solid Waste at dcurry@edennc.us.

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 jwoods@edennc.us.

School & Community Team Up to Clean Up Event @ Morehead High School

Seventy-Five (75) city employees joined forces with students, faculty and other school and community members and representatives to help clean up Morehead High School.  The event was on Saturday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The day was a HUGE success.  Thank you again to everyone that participated!

City of Eden – Morehead High School Partnership – Student/Employee Shadow Day

Several Morehead High School students shadowed employees with the City of Eden on Thursday, March 28.  They spent the entire school day with us learning about various jobs they were interested in learning more about, as well as the operations of the City in general.  This partnership between the City and Morehead High School is one of the results from the Positively Eden Strategic Plan.  The City and Morehead High School will collaborate for additional shadow days on Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, May 23.

EPA Administrative Order of Consent

From 1987 – 2001, Eden averaged 2,028,819 gallons in sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) on an annual basis.  Despite being blessed with an abundance of water and sewer using industries that generated significant water and sewer revenue the city did not use that time to make a significant investment towards addressing its on-going problems associated with inflow/infiltration (I/I) and the SSOs.

Since 2001, the city has spent over $46,161,593 (through March 31, 2019) on improvements to our sewer collection system related to battling inflow/infiltration (I/I) and reducing our problems with SSOs. 

Despite our extensive investment and work, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not tolerate ANY wastewater overflows. They have a zero tolerance policy, despite it being nearly impossible to stop all wastewater overflows when you have sudden and significant rainfall.  The city is at the mercy of this federal agency.  If it does not comply with this unfunded mandate, the city risks daily fines of up to $37,500 for each violation as well as possible criminal penalties.

In early 2017, the EPA approved a remediation plan submitted by the City and on March 18, 2017; the clock began on the five-year implementation period for fulfilling our mandated obligations in relation to the EPA Administrative Order of Consent (AOC).  The EPA AOC must be completed by April 21, 2022.

On March 21, 2017, City Council approved the creation of a Capital Project Fund for the EPA AOC Sewer Project in the amount of $33,725,600.  It was noted that prior to March 2017, a total of $15,391,673 had already been spent on this unfunded federal mandate.  At that point, in time, the funding to date included:

  • 0% and low interest loans             $10,961,507
  • Principal forgiveness loans           $  4,034,000
  • Eden pay-as-you-go funding         $     396,166

                                                      Total    $15,391,673

It was also noted that the remaining work had a projected cost of $33,725,600 at that point in time, and thanks to the NC Connect Bond, funding for the remainder of this work would come from the following:

  • NC Connect Bond Grant               $16,666,000
  • NC Connect Bond Loan @ 0%     $15,000,000
  • Eden pay-as-you-go funding         $  2,059,600

                                                        Total    $33,725,600

The City Council voted to transfer $2,059,600 to this newly created capital project fund in March 2017.  An additional $1,000,000 was allocated in FY 2017-18.  Since the inception of this capital project fund in 2017, the “Total Expenditures” for this project as of June 30, 2018 equaled $2,201,647.  The Fund Balance in this fund on June 30, 2018 was $857,953.

The tentative projected schedule of construction for the remaining EPA AOC Projects (10 phases in remediation plan) moving forward is as follows:

        Task                                                        Project Date

Bid/Design Package Approvals                      January 2019 – May 2019

Advertise, Receive Bids, Submit Bids            March 2019 – September 2019

Authorization to Award Bids                           March 2019 – October 2019

Notice to Proceed                                           July 2019 – November 2019

Construction Completion                                September 2021 – December 2021

Project Closeout and Completion                   Before April 22, 2022

Mega Park Waterline Extension Project

On March 21, 2017, City Council approved the creation of the Mega Park Waterline Capital Project Fund in the amount of $18,489,600.  On November 20, 2018, the City Council approved an amendment to the amounts previously authorized on March 21, 2017.  Due to a reduction in the size of the proposed waterline (30-inch to 20-inch water line that will supply a predicted water demand of 6-7 million gallons per day) and additional grants that have now been awarded, the projected cost and funding sources for this project have changed as follows:

Revised Estimated Project Cost as of November 2018:                     $7,072,900

Projected Funding Sources as of November 2018:

Drinking Water Reserve Grant                                               $1,018,225

Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant            $2,000,000

NC General Assembly Legislative Grant                               $1,000,000

Loan @ 0% Interest                                                               $3,000,000

Loan @ 1.53% (maximum rate)                                             $     54,675

                                                                                    Total    $7,072,900


The City Council voted to transfer $500,000 to this newly created capital project fund in March 2017.  Since the inception of this capital project fund, the “Total Expenditures” for this project as of June 30, 2018 equaled $133,951.  The Fund Balance in this fund on June 30, 2018 was $366,049.

The tentative projected schedule of construction for the Mega Park Waterline Extension Project moving forward is as follows:                   

           Task                                                                  Project Date

Advertise, Receive Bids, Submit Bids                         March 2019

Authorization to Award Bids                                        May 2019

Notice to Proceed                                                       June 2019

Project Closeout and Completion                               January 2021


EPA Administrative Order of Consent & Mega Park Waterline Extension Project – Financing Plan of Action

The combined projected total cost for the EPA Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) Sewer Capital Project and the Mega Park Waterline Capital Project is $56,190,173.  A total of $15,391,673 had been spent prior to March 2017 leaving a combined remaining total cost of $40,798,500.  We are pleased that:

$20,684,225 (approximately 50.70%) = grants

$18,000,000 (approximately 44.12%) = 0% loans

$       54,675 (approximately 0.13%) = max interest rate of 1.53% loan

This leaves a balance of $2,059,600 or approximately 5.05% to be funded from the Water and Sewer Fund.

We currently make a combined principal/interest payment of $1,251,000 on $14,375,755 in loans that were taken out during 2007 and 2008 with an average interest rate of 3.73%.  These loans will be paid in full at the conclusion of FY 2021-22.  One of the funding strategies we identified previously and intend to pursue, is to roll-over this existing $1,251,000 in debt service payments that is already built into our existing rate structure, and will become available for re-appropriation in FY 2022-23.  These funds will be more than sufficient to cover the $903,194 in future debt service payments for the 20-year loans associated with the EPA Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) and the Mega Park Waterline Extension Project.

Waste Management Plans to Cease Offering Curbside Recycling

We recently received notification that Waste Management plans to cease offering curbside recycling in both Eden and Reidsville at the end of June.  This will directly affect those citizens who voluntarily signed up for the service and have been paying the associated collection cost.   Waste Management currently offers the curbside recycling service as a component of their current franchise agreement with Rockingham County.  According to a representative with Waste Management, Eden currently has 371 homes participating in the bi-weekly voluntary curbside recycling program at a current rate of $3.93 per month.  According to our Billing and Collections Division, there are an approximate 5,914 residential solid waste customers in Eden.  The 371 homes participating in the current program represent approximately 6.27% of our total residential solid waste customers. 

According to Waste Management, the recycling market is at a very low point right now and the current contract is no longer sustainable.  They informed us they are losing money every day at $3.93 per home.  They wrote, “As you can imagine, it would be approximately $9.00 per home or more for MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) collection.  As stated, the only difference now for recycling is that it costs even more to service”.  They went on to state, “basically, recycling routes utilize the same truck cost, driver cost and now a higher end cost due to processing and a lack of marketing potential.  Reports are the markets are only going to get worse when China stops receiving any recycling from the USA.  It is mainstream thought this will occur by early next year”.  Finally, they note, “The issue is recycling processing now costs over 2 ½ times that of MSW LF (linear foot) tonnage rates”.

Fortunately, the City of Eden has its recycling center that is located at 123 Mebane Bridge road that will accept recyclable materials for all Eden residents who would like to continue recycling moving forward.

Economic & Tourism Development

SGRTex 

A national company will complete its due diligence of this facility by April 11.  A decision on the purchase will come soon thereafter.

Industry Expansions

It is likely that two existing Eden industries will expand in 2019.  This will create up to 40 jobs. More information will be released as these expansions progress.

Employment Opportunities

Gildan Activewear of Eden needs 30 employees immediately.  KDH Defense Systems is also hiring at this time.  For more information on Gildan, contact Ameristaff, located at 302-D North Pierce St, Eden, NC, at 336- 623-6252.  For KDH Defense Systems visit their operation at 750-A Fieldcrest Road or send your resume and cover letter to nshreve@kdtech.net .  Commercial opportunities include Hampton Inn, Papa John’s, and Sheetz. Visit their locations for more information.

UNC Family Practice of Eden—Two New Practitioners 

Two new practitioners are accepting patients at UNC Family Practice of Eden.  Dr. Alethea Barrino, a graduate of Winston Salem State University, attended medical school at East Carolina University and did her residency in family practice at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  As a family practice physician, she enjoys working with hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, women’s health, and always places an emphasis on preventive medicine.

Since age 12, Dr. Barrino has known that she wanted to work with people, serving in a community where she can make a difference in peoples’ lives.  Becoming a physician has helped her achieve that dream.  “My approach to patient care is to treat everyone as an individual; no one patient is identical to another,” she says.  “Treat every patient like they are your own family member, with patience, compassion and empathy.”

Britney Joyce is a Nurse Practitioner who grew up in the Western area of Rockingham County. After finishing high school, she worked as a certified nursing assistant.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from UNC-Greensboro, and then went on to earn a BSRN from Winston Salem State University.  Her goal was to become a nurse practitioner.  In 2018, she achieved that goal by earning a Masters’ Degree from South University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Britney enjoys helping patients manage chronic conditions, treating acute conditions and promoting health with a focus on holistic care.  “I have been taught from a young age to go above and beyond for every patient, exceeding their needs and providing quality care,” she says.

UNC Family Practice of Eden is located at 515 Thompson Street, Eden. Phone (336) 627-5178 to make an appointment or to get more information.

UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham—Open to serve you. 

UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham, a service of UNC hospitals, formerly known as The Smith McMichael Cancer Center, is located on the campus of UNC Rockingham Health Care.  They provide care to residents of Rockingham, Guilford, Caswell, Pittsylvania and Henry Counties. With an Oncology Nurse Navigator on staff, patients have a resource to help them understand their diagnoses, respond to their questions and concerns and serve as a liaison to coordinate care.

Many additional services are offered at neighboring UNC Rockingham Health Care.  The ability to receive care locally is a convenience and a comfort to patients and their families. They offer radiation oncology including 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Electron Beam Therapy. They also offer Oncology Navigation Services, laboratory services, nutritional support, patient education and financial consultation.

They are located at 516 S. Van Buren Road. Hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-3:30pm Friday. Call 336-623-9713 for more information.

Once Upon a Time Fairytale Parties

The Opening Celebration of this business took place on Monday, April 1.  Owner Kaitlin Harris conducts Fairytale parties with her characters.  She is an enterprising young woman helping to make your child’s birthday party special.  She is located at 428 B, King’s Highway in Eden. Call 336-520-7020 or 336-520-0381 for more information.

WickEd Chikz Design

An Opening Celebration took place on Friday, April 5 at this 602 N. Bridge Street location. WickEd Chickz is owned by Angela Crawford.  It offers step-by-step paintings, home decor, wood crafts and more. They also have a little art studio that sells items. Call 336-932-1318 for more information.

The Clock Doc

Eden’s only watch/clock repair shop is located at 350-B W. King’s Highway.  Owner Kevin Webb has done watch/clock repair since 1993.  Rolex, divers, chronographs, pocket watches, grandfather, tube chime, cuckoo, ships clocks, & instrumentation are included in his services.  On March 10, they reminded customers that they are 3-4 months backlogged on their workload.  If you have a clock or watch that needs to be repaired, do not delay in getting it to The Clock Doc, especially if you want it for a Christmas present.  The store can be reached at 336-627-3750.

Small Pleasures Gift Shop at UNC Rockingham Healthcare

This gift shop is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of UNC Rockingham Healthcare.  If you are looking for a party gift or something special for your friends or family, stop by to see what they have to offer.  UNC Rockingham Healthcare is located at 117 E. King’s Hwy in Eden.

Matrimony Creek Nature Trail 

The City is considering purchasing property adjacent to the Matrimony Creek Nature.  This property will create a recreation area and provide a beautiful view of the trail.  A grant will be pursued in May of 2019 to help pay for property improvements.

National Parks Service Historic Preservation Sub Grant

Staff has been working on a grant application that could award up to $750,000 for Eden historic properties.  Those included in the grant were two historic Washington Street properties, the Nantucket Mill, and Spray Cotton Mill.  The City would divide the funding up to assist all four buildings.  The City will know in the fall of 2019 if the grant application has been approved.

Bridge Street Parking Lot

Eden City Public Works has removed debris that remained from 622 and 618 Washington Street construction.  The dedication sign has returned from the printer and will be mounted to a decorative pole.  Concrete pads for benches and landscaping will exhaust remaining grant funding from the Home Savings Endowment. 

Fieldcrest Public Space

The fabrication of the corrugated sliding metal doors is nearly complete and we expect the electrical work to be completed in the near future.

Eden Downtown Development Inc.

The board of directors met April 8 for the EDDI annual meeting.  Attendees of the NC Main Street conference gave feedback to the group on what they learned that could help the downtown of Eden.  An update from the county’s Economic Development Small Business Manager, Adam Mark, was given for the Rockingham Economic Alliance Program and the Rockingham Community College’s role in the program.  A resolution to urge the President of the United States and US Congress to continue the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program was passed.  New transformative downtown economic development strategies were developed that are based on the Main Street America model applying the four-point approach to downtown revitalization: Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality.  This plan was designed to achieve measurable results.  Faye and Terry Shelton represented Eden as our Main Street Champions for their extensive work at Five Star Realty.  Congratulations to Faye and Terry!

Washington Street

The owner of the former Buick dealership building has completed placing four black metal awnings on Patrick Street for four new store fronts.  He is on track to begin building out the restaurant this month.  The theme of the restaurant will embrace its rich history as the Hampton Buggy Company.  The owner of the former Belk and Leaksville Hardware building plans to start construction for his microbrewery the second week of April and is still on pace for the end of summer completion date.

Olde Leaksville Merchants Association

The merchants held their first meeting of the year Tuesday, April 9.  Items for discussion included new upstairs residential apartments and new construction projects.  A calendar of events will need to be scheduled.  Several new business projects were discussed.

Draper Merchants Association and Draper MSD

The Draper merchants met to plan upcoming events.  The Draper Raceway Racers Reunion will be held June 22, Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest July 20, and the annual Christmas tree lighting December 3.  The Draper Municipal Service District members met to discuss Christmas light replacement.  The group voted to continue to use the current trumpeting Angels, but replace all incandescent bulbs with new LED sun warm bulbs.

NC Main Street Site Visit

Sherry B. Adams, Coordinator, Downtown Programming & Technical Assistance of the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center performed a site visit to review our 2018 Main Street Assessment.  This formal review affirmed our 2019 Accreditation.

Henry Street Mural Update

The City Council approved $20,000 from monies set aside in the 2018-19 budget from the Positively Eden Strategic Plan to fund a new mural.  Artist Brandon Hardison has started working with a concept that embraces the natural beauty of Eden and our network of trails and rivers.  He plans to use ‘Polaroid’ type painting within the mural and logo images surrounding the main artwork.  The initial design has been modified to include more color and to embrace work from the recent branding study as well as a look to the future of Eden. 

Oink & Ale 

We hope everyone will join us at our Oink & Ale event set for Saturday, May 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Eden along Monroe Street. Our brewers will include:

        Two Witches Winery & Brewing Co.

        Reynolds Brewery

        Mountain Valley Brewing

        Natty Greenes Brewing Company

        Eden Rotary Beer Garden

Food will be provided by: That Little Pork Shop and Tim Biggs Barbecue. We will also have the Kona Ice Truck and a lemonade stand.  Music will be provided by On The Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band.  In addition, we will have games, photo opportunities and lots of FUN! See you there!

Grown & Gathered – Update 

Eden Tourism Development invites you to join us for the Spring Grown & Gathered Dinner on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spray Mercantile along the Canal in the Spray Historic District.  A seasoned chef will be preparing a mouth-watering menu based on local ingredients. Come enjoy Eden’s hospitality at its best at our premier Farm-to-Fork event.  Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple.  This includes dinner, drinks and a commemorative glass.  Call 552-6132 or 344-5539 for tickets.  Get them early because we are only selling 100 tickets.

Pottery Festival – Update 

Our 17th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We have a new venue this year – FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH located at 582 Southwood Drive (behind Walmart). We will have more than 50 potters from all over the state of North Carolina and southern Virginia who will be displaying their beautiful creations.  There will be pottery door prizes being given away all day. Don’t miss it!

Sunflower Field on the Smith River Greenway

Our 2- acre sunflower field on the Smith River Greenway will be planted mid to late April. Blooms will appear 60 to 90 days later.  Standard varieties will grow about 6 feet with smaller varieties along the border.  Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Canadian Golfers

Our Canadian Golfer friends will be playing golf in Eden and all over the region April 13-20. They stay at the Hampton Inn all week and will be golfing, dining and shopping here in Eden! This is the groups 20th year visiting!

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 godowntown@edennc.us

Engineering

Street Resurfacing Projects:

Subcontractors for Waugh Asphalt, Inc. started construction on the FY 2018-19 Street Resurfacing Contract, No. 2 on Thursday, March 28.  Delta Contracting completed the asphalt milling on Norman Drive, Smith Street, Highland Park Drive, Seymour Court, Greenwood Street, Thomas Street, Davis Street and City Hall Drive.  Boone Masonry adjusted 39 manholes and 24 water valves on the streets scheduled to be resurfaced.  The paving crew was scheduled to start resurfacing on Friday, April 5 but were delayed due to rain.  They are hoping to get started later this week if the rain moves out.

NCDOT State Resurfacing Schedule:

Contractors are slowly making progress on NCDOT’s annual resurfacing schedule due to wet weather.  Crews are currently working in the Wentworth area.  They hope to be moving into the Eden area sometime in the next few weeks.

Waterline Replacement Projects Update

After dealing with damage to an unmarked gas service line, the crew from Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. was able to install the last forty feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron water main along the south side of Morehead Street on March 13. The new main passed the hydrostatic pressure test the next day without any problems. The bacteriological analysis report for two samples was received on March 21 indicating no issues. The last new water tap was completed on April 3, with the old 2-inch diameter galvanized water main cut and capped shortly afterwards. A paving subcontractor is scheduled to be on site during the week of April 15 to make repairs to the pavement cuts between Glovenia Street and Hollingsworth Street.

A crew from Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. was able to install a tapping sleeve and valve assembly on the existing 6-inch ductile iron water main in W. Moore Street on March 15. After making the wet tap, the crew installed the last two sections of pipe for the Jackson Street waterline replacement project, along with a 45-degree bend. Trial pressure testing indicated a problem in one section of the new main. Installation of a bell repair clamp near station 2+75 on March 20 and additional trial pressure testing the next day allowed the scheduling of a representative from Alley, Williams, Carmen and King to be on site March 22 to witness the hydrostatic pressure test that passed without any problems. After receiving final approval of the project from the Public Water Supply Section, crews starting making new water taps for customers on April 3. As of April 9, the crew has four more customers that need to be connected to the new water main, with six new water taps completed.

Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. has submitted all the required bonds and agreements for the West Avenue waterline replacement project as of April 8. The start of the installation work near and south of Central Avenue will begin after the crew completes a water main project elsewhere in the county near a school. This project will eliminate a 2-inch galvanized water main currently serving ten houses. Additional fire protection will be provided by installing a hydrant at the end of the proposed 6-inch diameter water main.


Municipal Services

 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.

Reminder: Solid Waste Ordinance 12-31: Placement of Roll-Out Containers; Collection Schedule; Removal from Street Right-Of-Way After Emptying

 According to the Solid Waste ordinance 12-31: placement of roll-out containers; collection schedule; removal from street right-of-way after emptying:

  • As used in this section, CONTAINERS shall mean those roll out refuse containers owned by the city that have been distributed to any person, firm or corporation in the city.

It shall be unlawful to:

Place a container within the public right of way at any site other than the site designated by the city;

Place a container within the public right of way prior to 24 hours before the day of collection;

Place a container within the public right of way after 7:00 a.m. on the day the container is scheduled to be emptied;

Fail to remove the rollout container at a residential location from the public right of way within 24 hours following the date the container was scheduled to be emptied;

To place a container at the curb for pickup, with a lid opening and failing to close with a gap of more than six inches;

To place a container in such a fashion that it cannot be serviced, due to obstruction by objects.

We wanted to share this reminder for everyone’s information and use.  Thank you in advance for your assistance with compliance.


Parks & Recreation

Community Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program

Staff participated in the Community Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on April 12 and will be participating in the same program on May 10.  In addition, staff participated in the Parks & Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on March 27 and will be participating in the same program again on April 24 to update the public on our recreational program offerings during the months of April, May and June.  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 April 10 and will attend the May 8 meeting as well.

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 with the exception of a 10’ area from the Splash Pad to the Bath House was poured on March 23.  Some of the splash pad features have been installed and the remaining features will be installed during the course of the next two months.  Construction on the Splash Pad should be completed by May 30 weather permitting.

Cirrus Construction continues their work on the Splash Pad Bath House.  They will be pouring footings and starting the foundation and block work in the coming weeks.  The wet weather continues to prohibit work from being done and the completion date is now scheduled for June 23.  However, Cirrus Construction has informed us they are hoping to complete the project before this date if the weather cooperates.

Softball Tournaments @ Freedom Park

There is a USSSA Softball Tournament at Freedom Park April 20 – 21.  In addition, there is a Got Game Tournament April 27 – 28, a Top Gun Tournament May 11 – 12, and a Got Game Tournament May 18 – 19.

Senior Games

The Senior Games for Rockingham County will begin on April 16 and run through May 18 at various locations throughout Rockingham County.  For additional information, please contact Georgette Spence at gspence@edennc.us.

Upcoming Events

  • April 20           City-wide Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Freedom Park
  • April 27           Concert in the Park/Cruise-In will take place at Freedom Park
  • May 3 – 4        Relay for Life will take place at Freedom Park
  • May 3 – 4        Eden Youth Council Kickball Tournament will take place at Freedom Park
  • May 4              Eden Youth Fishing Derby will take place at Fireman’s Hut
  • May 11            FunFest 2019 will take place at Freedom Park

For additional information about any of these upcoming events, please contact Georgette Spence at gspence@edennc.us.

Repaving Projects – Update

The walking tracks at the Mill Avenue Recreation Center and Bridge Street Recreation Center will be repaved prior to the end of June.  In addition, the parking lot at the Leaksville Landing will be paved prior to the end of May.


Planning & Inspections

Code Enforcement

52 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class mail that affect the following number of properties:  4 for junk cars, 7 for junk storage and junk cars, 15 for junk storage, 5 for violation of Minimum Housing Standards and 6 for violation of Non-Residential Maintenance Standards.

Collections

$400.00 has been received as payments on code enforcement fees.  In addition, we received $2,164.16 from the Rockingham County Tax Department as payments on amounts being collected with the property taxes. 

GIS 

We have provided maps for Economic Development projects as requested.  Water data required to be reported to the State of North Carolina is now being required in GIS format so we assisted staff in submitting the data in the requested format.

Board of Adjustment

The Board denied the request for the special use permit for a firearms training facility and gun range.

Community Appearance Commission

The Community Appearance Commission sponsored a citywide cleanup day on April 6.  They also participated in the School and Community Team Up to Clean Up event at Morehead High School on March 30. 

Zoning Text Amendment

Staff has prepared a case report for a text amendment to allow truck driver training schools in the BSC (Business-Shopping Center) district.  The Planning Board amended this request and recommended approval by the City Council.

Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

On Monday March 25, staff received information about the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program.   It is an entirely new grant and specifically designed to assist communities like ours.  It is unusual in that we had to come up with a list of potential properties and get consent from the property owners.  If approved we can receive up to $750,000.  The properties on our list are 624 Washington Street, The Central Hotel, The Nantucket Mill and the Spray Cotton Mill Complex. We submitted our application on March 30.   

Ashton Way Apartments

Ashton Way Apartments have received their certificate of occupancy.

1220 Front Street

The owner of 1220 Front Street was found guilty of violating our Nuisance Ordinance.  She received six months of probation, has to pay all court costs, has to pay all of the funds she owes the City by June 25 and must complete 24 hours community service by the same date.

Local Landmark Request

Staff received an application for local landmark designation for Rivermont, located at 351 W. Meadow Rd.

Zoning Sign Ordinance Revisions

Staff prepared a case report and Power Point presentation for the Planning Commission to explain proposed revisions in our sign ordinance.  The report will be finalized and presented to the Planning Commission in April.

Stadium Drive Sidewalk

Staff continues to complete the preliminary work for this project with NCDOT.  We are very close to seeking engineering firms for the design.

Police

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 been leading the classes at Central that will wrap-up later this month.  

Municipal & County Administration Academy Graduation

Deputy Chief Clint Simpson will be graduating from the Municipal & County Administration Academy offered at UNC-Chapel Hill each month since the fall of 2018. Congratulations to Deputy Chief Simpson on this achievement!

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. 

We encourage our residents to visit the Eden Police Departments Facebook page to view the individuals with outstanding warrants.  Anyone having information is asked to call the Eden Police Department at 336-623-9755 or Rockingham County Crimestoppers at 336-349-9683.

Stand Against Litter

On March 19, the Eden Police Department posted a Public Service Announcement on the Eden Police Department’s Facebook page asking citizens to Stand Against Litter as part of the county wide campaign to aggressively enforce littering and illegal dumping violations. The PSA has been viewed more than 9,000 times and shared 57 times.         

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