City Manager’s Report – June 2019
Update on Freedom Park Splash Pad Opening, Ribbon Cutting & Admission Rates
The construction of the Freedom Park Splash Pad is moving along, and it is anticipated that the facility will be open to the public sometime later this month.
Regardless of the eventual opening date – the City of Eden will be holding a ribbon cutting at the new Freedom Park Splash Pad on Tuesday, July 9 beginning at 12:00 noon. There will be pizza and cake and the public is invited to attend. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Splash Pad will be open as regularly scheduled for that day.
On June 18, the City Council will consider an updated and final set of admission rates for the first year of operation. The proposed rates are as follows:
Daily Admission: $2.00 per person (Residents and Non-Residents)
(Under 4 and 55 and over are free)
Annual Pass: $40.00 per person (Residents) – Includes unlimited visits to BOTH
the Freedom Park Splash Pad and Mill Avenue Swimming Pool
$55.00 per person (Non-Residents) – Includes unlimited visits to
the Freedom Park Splash Pad
$75.00 per person (Non-Residents) – Includes unlimited visits to
BOTH the Freedom Park Splash Pad and Mill Avenue Swimming Pool
2-Hour Rental: $80 (Residents) and $100 (Non-Residents)
The opening date for this facility will be announced and advertised once construction is completed. In the meantime, please mark your calendars now for our ribbon cutting ceremony on July 9 at 12:00 noon.
2019 Eden Citizens Academy
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizens Academy. The Academy will be held on consecutive Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning August 15 and running through October 10. A graduation ceremony will be held at the October 15 meeting of the Eden City Council.
The Academy is a free, nine-session interactive course designed to provide residents with an in-depth look into municipal government. It is open to all city and ETJ residents, city business or property owners, and anyone who works in the city. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Apply in Administration at Eden City Hall or online at https://www.edennc.us/322/Citizens-Academy. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
For more information, please contact Deanna Hunt, City Clerk at 336-623-2110, option 8, or email@example.com.
Recycling Center Hours of Operation Have Been Expanded
Reminder that all recyclables can now 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 has been renovated to better handle the recycling material and ease of access. In addition, the site now has longer hours of operation. The recycling center is now 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. For additional questions regarding recycling, please call 336-627-7781 ext. 103 or email Dusty Curry, Superintendent of Solid Waste at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
770 Ventures (MillerCoors)
A Duke Energy Site Readiness process on this site took place in late May of 2019 at city offices. Representatives from a global site consultant group met with City, County, NCDOT and utility companies to discuss the assets of the former MillerCoors site. The purpose of this Duke Energy-funded process was to evaluate the site and provide recommendations to make it more marketable to potential tenants. The company selected to facilitate this process has experience with larger, water-intensive projects, which is what is needed for the site. A late June 2019 presentation on the process findings will be presented.
Update on SGRTEX
In the October 2018 City Manager’s report there was an update concerning the closure of SGRTEX and 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. It was noted the City had 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 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.
On March 26, 2019, Mayor Hall received a letter from Iris C. Payne, Director, CDBG Programs for the NC Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division that stated SGRTEX would need to repay the City $300,000. This would allow us to then reimburse the state. I am pleased to report that the $300,000 due to the City has now been received from property previously owned by SGRTEX and a check for the full $300,000 dated May 31, 2019 was submitted to the state in fulfillment of the March 26, 2019 request and the December 19, 2014 loan agreement.
Finally, an offer to purchase the former SGRTEX facility has now been accepted by the financial institution holding the deed of trust on this facility. Once a judge approves the offer, the company can proceed to close on the site. The City and County economic development offices are working with the prospective new owners.
NC Rural Center Policy Luncheon
Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager and Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development attended this May 21 meeting that focused on three initiatives the NC Rural Center is advocating for in this year’s General Assembly long session. They include broadband, healthcare access and entrepreneurship support. The NC General Assembly is comprised as follows:
Body Total Seats Republican Democrat
Senate 50 29 21
House 120 65 42
As the information indicates, the Republicans no longer hold a veto-proof majority. The urban/rural divide is illustrated by the 19 northeastern NC counties having 17 representatives in the General Assembly while Mecklenburg County has 17 representatives itself. Rural counties need to work together and show solidarity to compete with the increasing power of the urban areas.
The goals are availability, affordability and adoption. $98 million has been given to 19 rural counties to help make these areas
more accessible to broadband. An additional $15 million was approved by the House and is on its way to the Senate.
74 of 80 NC rural counties are considered “medical deserts” and seven rural hospitals are in jeopardy of closing. House Bill
H655 is designed to help working families who are ineligible for Medicaid but are committed to healthy lifestyles. This bill was
sponsored by two Republican legislators.
Small Business Development
Very small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer) make up 75% of all rural NC establishments. While these firms
have grown by 2% (2,393 businesses, rural counties have lost 7% of businesses since 2005 (4,289 businesses.) An aging and
declining workforce, underfunding of entrepreneurial education, lack of investment in and coordination among
existing business support networks, deficient and outdated physical and digital infrastructure and access to capital are some
of the reasons for this decline.
87% of private-sector jobs created in rural NC are formed by companies that are already located in the state or by homegrown entrepreneurs. The Rural Center is working with the General Assembly to address these issues that are causing business declines because these are the main source of new jobs.
A national fitness center company will submit construction plans for its Eden location to the City Planning and Inspections Department by the end of June. Construction should begin shortly after approval at Kingsway Plaza in Eden.
The City and local commercial real estate brokers are awaiting a price for the facility from Lidl corporate. Several inquiries to purchase have been made since the announcement that the building would be sold.
Commercial companies hiring
More than fourteen local commercial companies are hiring including Sheetz, Elizabeth’s Pizza, Food Lion and CVS. Visit www.NCWorks.com for more information on available jobs in Rockingham County. Here is how to navigate the site:
Click the Obtain Labor Market Information under “Employers” on the home page
Click on Area Profile
Click on Area Type: County
Click Area: Rockingham
You will see the companies hiring and jobs available.
UNC Rockingham Healthcare CEO Dana Weston—Most Admired
The Triad Business Journal held a contest for the Most Admired CEOs in the Piedmont Triad Region. UNC Rockingham Healthcare CEO Dana Weston was one of the twenty CEOs selected by their employees and associates. This talented young leader brought the former Morehead Memorial Hospital through bankruptcy and into the UNC Healthcare system. She is a sought after speaker who always presents Eden in the most positive, complimentary way possible. Dana is certainly to be admired and appreciated for all that she has done for Eden’s largest employer. Congratulations Dana!
Bridge Street Parking Lot
The work to complete this project is near its end. A dedication sign has been erected. Forms for concrete pads were poured and benches were installed. The remaining landscaping work will exhaust a grant provided by the Home Savings Endowment.
Fieldcrest Public Space
This project is near completion. The corrugated sliding metal doors were mounted and painted with a protective silver coating and a damaged window has now been repaired. Look forward to a ribbon cutting ceremony being announced for some time this summer.
Efficiency, One and Two Bedroom Apartments Coming Soon to Historic Eden
Sections of 618 Washington Street and the Historic Former Smith and Lane building at 624 Washington Street are being converted into efficiencies, one and two bedroom apartments. The owner intends to make them affordable, offer free WIFI, and hot water (meaning the natural gas cost to heat the water will be included in the rent.) Efficiencies are being priced at $675 with one bedrooms at $825 and two bedrooms at $925 per month. Convenient rear parking has just been developed by the City. Call 561-313-9309 for more information.
Eden Downtown Development Inc.
The board of directors met June 10 for their EDDI regular meeting. The design sub-committee project of custom painting downtown fire hydrants continues to review applications. A hydrant representing Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Sunrise” was painted on Monroe Street. Several other designs have been approved. If you would like to participate, please contact Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The design sub-committee also approved funds to facilitate a new mural that will be painted off Fieldcrest Road in July. The Rockingham Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (REAP) has moved up its scheduled roll out to July. Susan Reagan, Director of RCC’s Small Business Center is working closely with the County’s Economic Development department and representatives of the City of Eden concerning this exciting program.
Youth Community Mural Project
A recent Wheaton College graduate community arts major will paint a mural in Draper as a public art project on Fieldcrest Road. The project will involve 5-6 young artists designing and painting a collage based on imagery from North Carolina, Eden and Draper (past and present). Projected dates for the work are June 17- July 5 with a minimal cost.
Get Fit Rockingham
The 2019 Get Fit Rockingham is officially under way. The groups’ kick off one-mile fun run was held June 1, with about forty participating in Eden. Shirts, participation cards and pamphlets are available now for Eden residents at the Eden Chamber of Commerce.
The Merchants are planning another food truck rodeo October 5 in conjunction with a battle of the bands to be called Rocktoberfest. They have scheduled their next Cars and Crabs event for July 27. Mark these dates on your calendar now.
Historic Marker Walk Brochure
Final details for the historic marker walking brochure are being reviewed and will then be submitted to the printer for printing. We hope to have them available early summer.
Leaksville Commercial Shopping District
Southern Julip, a new women’s clothing and accessory boutique will open at 711 Washington Street in July. The owner of 729 Washington Street has started building out the restaurant.
The former Body Fit Fitness Therapy building was purchased last month. The new owners are considering converting it to retail space.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to our 17th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival! Another thank you goes out to the First Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use their beautiful facility. The potters and visitors loved it! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
Oink & Ale
Please join us for our rescheduled Oink & Ale event on Saturday June 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monroe Street in Historic Downtown Eden! There will be plenty of barbecue, brisket, beverages and other delicious foods plus a live concert by the very popular Cat5 Band! Make sure you bring your lawn chair and ID. Admission is FREE. See you there!
Shaggin’ On Fieldcrest
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20. Jim Quick & Coastline will join us once again for Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest! The FREE concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Fieldcrest Road in Downtown Draper. There will be food and beverages to purchase. Again, please bring your lawn chair and ID and be prepared to have a great time!
Matrimony Creek Nature Trail
Our new amenities for the Matrimony Creek Nature Trail will be installed over the next two weeks! The package includes a trailhead sign, kiosk, two information panels, benches and mile markers. Please look for an announcement coming soon with a date for our Dedication Ceremony. We hope everyone is out walking/jogging/biking and enjoying this beautiful trail along Matrimony Creek!
Karastan Mosaic Art Project
Artist Teresa Phillips is putting the finishing touches on our amazing Karastan Rug Mosaic that will be placed under the pavilion in Grogan Park. Thanks to all those who came out last week and helped her put in some of the tiles and being a part of this exciting project. We will be announcing an Unveiling Ceremony very soon. Stay tuned on our Explore Eden NC facebook page for additional details.
It’s EDEN DRIVE IN season! Take advantage of this rare and nostalgic treasure we have right here! You can find out what is playing every weekend at www.edendrivein.com.
Our State Magazine Video & Article
Our State Magazine videographers, photographers and other representatives were in Eden on May 22 to film a video for the magazine that will accompany a feature article on our City. It will feature our blue ways, trails, downtown, drive-in, and so much more of what makes Eden so unique and beautiful. Our launch date for the completed piece is set for June 22. The finished product will be placed on the magazine’s website www.ourstate.com and will stay there for 12 months. Check it out!
We hope all of you will take advantage of the many outdoor opportunities offered here in Eden this summer! We have two beautiful rivers to explore, nature trails to walk, jog or bike, Splash Pad, miniature golf, skateboard park, drive-in movie theatre, festivals, basketball courts, cruise-in’s, outdoor concerts, ball tournaments, picnic shelters, parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, pools and MORE!!! In addition, the best part is that most of these are free or at little cost. Have Fun!
You can get information about upcoming local events by email through our monthly Explore Downtown newsletter. If you want to subscribe, please send your email address to email@example.com.
Street Resurfacing Projects:
All of the street resurfacing projects for the 2018-19 budget year have been completed.
The pavement markings have been installed on the new parking lot at the Leaksville Landing so it is now complete.
The walking tracks at Freedom Park, Mill Avenue Recreation Center and the Bridge Street Recreation Center were all just recently resurfaced and are in great condition.
NCDOT State Resurfacing:
The roadway construction and resurfacing of NC14 from Cox Street to the Virginia State Line was completed this week. The permanent pavement markings are scheduled to be installed sometime in the next two weeks.
APAC/Thompson Arthur is currently working on the Rockingham Resurfacing schedule for NCDOT. Sections of Aiken Road, Summit Road, Friendly Road, Northridge Drive, Wilshire Drive, Lincoln Street, Short Union Street and Landfill Drive are scheduled to be resurfaced in conjunction with this project. ACCI is in the process of raising the manholes and water valves so please be aware of these structures and use extreme caution when traveling in these areas. The start date on the resurfacing has not been announced as of yet but should be coming up very soon.
Waterline Replacement Projects Update
Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. began cutting pavement across West Avenue just south of the intersection with Central Avenue on May 20, with a subcontractor cutting pavement along the west side of West Avenue for part of the route of the new water main. A wet tap was made two days later on the existing 6-inch diameter water main, with a short section of pipe installed to get just past the centerline of the street. Two 45-degree bends and a couple partial joints of pipe were installed the next day to get to the normal route for the new main at about 1.5 feet east of the concrete walk. Installation of the new 6-inch diameter ductile iron pipe was completed June 7 with the installation of a fire hydrant near 1023 West Avenue. Installation of about 120 feet of 2-inch diameter schedule 80 PVC water main was completed on June 11. A pay request in the amount of $40,451 was received on June 11 for most of the work completed on the West Avenue waterline replacement project through the first week of June.
Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. submitted their second pay request on June 7, showing $22,006.04 due for work completed on the Jackson Street and W. Moore Street waterline replacement project. The pay request is being reviewed, and a revised sales tax report is needed. Additional maintenance work is to be done to several areas where the shoulder of the streets were disturbed.
A crew from Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. is currently planning to return to Ridge Avenue on June 18 to cut and plug the old 2-inch diameter galvanized iron water main at the intersection with N. Hale Street. Doing so will require a short shutdown of water service to some residents in the surrounding area. The crew will then repair the two areas of pavement cut during the Ridge Avenue waterline replacement project.
Repair of Storm Damage at 835 Bridge Street
The demolition of the culvert at 835 Bridge St. has now started. This culvert and surrounding areas were damaged previously from storms. We have set the I-beams in place that are supporting the sewer force main and we have removed the dirt and debris down to the top of the existing culvert. We are now in the process of removing the head walls and will be removing the culvert this week. On June 17, a crane will be on site and set up for use in the installation of the new box culvert. The new box culvert will be here first thing June 18 and the installation will take place on that day. Once this has been completed, we will start the process of backfilling back to the road level and working the slopes as we come up with the backfill. We then will seed and straw all areas that have been disturbed. We anticipate all of this work being completed by the end of this month.
Solid Waste ordinance 12-56, Yard Rubbish, Tires and Trash
According to the Solid Waste ordinance 12-56, Yard Rubbish, Tires and Trash:
- Trees, sections of tree trunks, tree stumps and tree limbs larger than those described
- in 12-57 (C) will not be collected by the city, and shall be removed from the premises by the owner.
- The city will not remove yard rubbish or trash from a vacant lot without the
- payment of appropriate fees.
- Tires will not be collected by the city, and shall be removed from the premises by
- the owner.
- Wooden pallets, discarded computer equipment and discarded televisions will not
- be collected by the city, and shall be removed from the premises by the owner.
12-57 Preparation for collection:
Fine accumulations shall be placed for pickup at the curb but not in the street, and shall contain no rocks, masonry, and the like.
Yard rubbish and trash, other than that described in subsection (C) and 12-58, shall be removed by the owner by placing it at curbside for pickup on established days. The collection schedule shall be kept on file in the Office of the City Clerk.
Trees, sections of tree trunk, tree and shrubbery limbs placed at curbside for collection shall be no larger than the following.
Zero to four inches in diameter, maximum six-feet long;
Four to eight inches in diameter, maximum two-feet long.
Loose-leaf collection shall be provided throughout the year. In order to be collected, leaves shall be raked to a point behind the curb where pickup will be made. Leaves and yard waste placed in plastic bags or other containers will not be picked up.
Parks & Recreation
Community Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program
Staff participated in the Community Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on June 14 and will be participating in the same program on July 12. In addition, staff participated in the Parks & Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on May 22 and will be participating in the same program again on June 26 to update the public on our recreational program offerings during the months of June, July and August. 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 June 12 and will attend the July 10 meeting as well.
Freedom Park Splash Pad & Bathhouse Update
VORTEX has completed construction of the Freedom Park Splash Pad and staff is being instructed on how to operate the Splash Pad features. Once the landscaping and fence is installed the facility will be ready to be opened. A ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 9 beginning at 12:00 noon. The public is invited to attend.
Cirrus Construction continues working on the construction of the Splash Pad Bath House and all of the work has now been completed on the building except for punch list items. We are hopeful that all of these items will be completed by June 18.
An opening date will be announced in the near future.
Upcoming Sporting Tournaments @ Freedom Park
There is a Top Gun Softball Tournament at Freedom Park on June 29-30. In addition, there is a Freedom Sports Tournament at Freedom Park on July 6-7 and Eden will be hosting the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone State Tournament at Freedom Park on July 12-18.
Mill Avenue Swimming Pool
The Mill Avenue Swimming Pool opened for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 25 and will remain open through the Labor Day weekend in September.
Summer Day Camp
The summer day camp program started at the Bridge Street Recreation Center on June 4 and will run through August 9. For additional information, please contact Georgette Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert In The Park/Cruise-In @ Freedom Park
A Concert in the Park/Cruise-In was held at Freedom Park on May 25. The next Concert in the Park/Cruise-In will take place at Freedom Park on June 29.
Freedom Park Putt-Putt Course
A putt-putt course has been installed at Freedom Park and is available to the public Monday – Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. The cost is $2.00 per round.
Planning & Inspections
161 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class mail that affect the following number of properties: 47 for high grass, 2 for high grass and disabled vehicles, 4 for high grass and junk storage, 8 for junk storage and disabled vehicles, 3 for junk storage, 4 for disabled vehicles and 2 for violation of Non-Residential Maintenance Standards.
$5,475 has been received for payment of the demolition of 1013 First Street. Also, approximately $50,000 has now been sent to the Rockingham County Tax Department for collection as per the tax bills.
We have provided maps for Economic Development projects as requested. The Planning and Inspections Department and Finance Department continue to work together on locating water meters. A map and an address book was prepared and given to staff to help train new personnel on the streets located inside the City Limits.
Highway #14 Intersection Improvements
Kelly Stultz, Director of Planning and Inspections has been notified by a representative with the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that they are recommending alternate 1. This recommendation was based upon engineering expertise and various meetings with citizens, members of City Council and staff. This will create a Super Street. We have spoken with them in the past about pedestrian accommodations. They estimate sidewalks to cost +/- $284,000 and the city’s match would be approximately $57,000. We would also need to take ownership of what they are calling Buckingham Lane and CVS Road. Staff attended a recent meeting and it does appear that NCDOT is willing to include the bike/ped improvements. However, the City will have to pay matching funds for the bike/ped improvements.
Local Landmark Report
We recently received an application for local landmark designation for Rivermont, located at 351 W. Meadow Road. We prepared the necessary case report and this report/request was approved by the Historic Preservation Commission in May. It has now been sent to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for review.
Stadium Drive Sidewalk
We plan to send out the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as soon as we get approval to proceed from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Duke Energy Storm Resiliency Grant
The Eden Police Department has applied for a Duke Energy Storm Resiliency grant. This will provide a backup radio system for the police department and fire department, as well as a mobile command center. The radios are utilizing the public works radio system for infrastructure. We will be applying for a $49,000 grant to cover the cost of the radios and mobile command center. The command center will be a 28-30 foot enclosed trailer outfitted with the necessities to maintain command of city operations during an emergency or natural disaster. We should hear the status of the grant request by August 31, 2019.
Secured Evidence Storage Lot – Update
The new secured evidence storage lot that is located adjacent to the Police Department entrance at the Eden Municipal Building was completed on Friday, June 7. We were able to move the vehicles stored in the sally port to the new lot that same day. The sally port is now operational again, which ensures the safety of our officers during prisoner transport to and from the police department.
Stand Against Litter
The Eden Police Department continues to post a Public Service Announcement on the Eden Police Department’s Facebook page asking citizens to Stand Against Litter as part of the countywide campaign to aggressively enforce littering and illegal dumping violations. We will continue to replay the announcement each month and we are aggressively enforcing littering and illegal dumping statutes.
Summer Reassignments – School Resource Officers
Now that school is out for the summer, our School Resource Officers have been reassigned to patrol squads for the summer. The reassignment allows for an additional officer on each squad and it helps to increase visibility and response time during the summer months.
Eden Police Department Facebook Page
The Eden Police Department continues 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 in an effort to keep our community safe.
Area Wide Optimization Program Award – Robert A. Harris Water Filtration Plant
Since 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has developed several new regulations to help reduce the risk of biological contamination while limiting the risk from disinfecting chemicals and their byproducts. The Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) was developed to help water systems meet regulations that are more stringent and achieve higher levels of water quality. Achieving this goal means that the water’s turbidity levels were less than one third of the allowable limits 95 percent of the time. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally, but can potentially include harmful bacteria and viruses. Target turbidity levels are 0.1 ntu (nephelometric turbidity unit), well below the regulatory limit of 0.3 ntu. Water treatment plants that consistently attain such a low level of turbidity achieve significant water quality benefits by removing particles that may harbor microbial contaminants.
AWOP Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. While all drinking water systems have to meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, the systems that achieve this award met performance goals that are significantly more stringent.
The Robert A. Harris Water Filtration Plant has participated in AWOP since 2005 and recently received one of the state’s highest honors in water treatment, The Area Wide Optimization Award for 2018. This is the tenth award and the seventh straight year of achieving this recognition. Of the 150 surface water systems in the state only 57 received the award. Mr. Eric Hudson, North Carolina Regional Engineer with the Public Water Supply Section within the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, presented the award to Dena Reid, Superintendent of Water Filtration on June 13 at the North Carolina Water Operators Association meeting that was held in King, NC.
EPA AOC and Mandatory Projects to Stop Sewer System Overflows - Update
At this time, we are on schedule for our projects and our documentation submittals to the EPA and NC Water Infrastructure for our grant and loan funding. The Mebane Bridge digestion improvements project has received all of the necessary approvals and the contractor will begin construction of this project in the near future. This is the first of the remediation projects and opens the door for the city to begin drawing reimbursements from grant and loan funding for engineering work completed to date. The remaining projects of the remediation plan will bid in sequence between June and September. All projects in the remediation plan should be approved and ready to begin by January 1, 2020.
Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill
Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham, VA won the bid to install the City of Eden water line to the VA state line. They were the lowest of the three firms who bid on the project. This line will provide most of the water to this industrial park. The bid was roughly $1.5 million under the engineering firm estimate for the construction portion of this project. Haymes Brothers is currently extending the City of Eden sewer line from the VA state line to the Mega Park. We hope to have this project underway by July with construction expected to take about 18 months to complete.