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City Manager's Report- July 2019

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City Manager’s Report – July 2019


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 dhunt@edennc.us.

Economic & Tourism Development

Mabe Trucking Company

Some interesting facts about this Eden industry:

  • 300 employees
    • Eden’s #3 employer
  • 200 trucks and 240 drivers
  • 1.9 million miles per month driven—close to 500,000 miles per week.
  • Top 5 carrier for Dollar General (DG) which has 16,000 stores across the nation.

New Industries

It looks very promising that Eden will have two industrial announcements within the next two months. Both will fill currently empty facilities

Duke Energy Site Readiness Process

Target industries for the MillerCoors site as recommended by the Site Consultant group that did the site evaluation:

Food and beverage

Plastics and chemicals

Aerospace and defense

Auto, truck and heavy machinery

City and County economic development offices are working to identify companies in those industries to contact with site information.

New Fitness Center is Coming to Eden

The City of Eden Planning and Inspections Department is expecting plans for this business by the end of July.  They will locate in Kingsway Plaza between Dollar Tree and the Kingsway 4 Cinema.

Fast Lane Convenience Store

This drive-thru convenience store located at the intersection of Adams Street and Stadium Drive will reopen soon.

Burger King

This company is in the midst of a major exterior renovation to create the modern style of their newer stores.

Ample Storage

This is the company purchasing the former Wal-Mart building. They will continue leasing a portion of the building to Tractor Supply.

Zip’s Car Wash

This car wash is coming soon to the former Sonic location on Hwy 14. This is from their web site:

Zips Car Wash is an express tunnel wash, located in 14 states with 137 customer service centers.  Founded on service and leadership, our goal is to provide the best customer service and quality wash in the industry.  With the help of our exceptional team members, we make sure our customers are satisfied with a shining, like-new ride.  Our technological advancements have allowed us to provide a safe and gentle wash towards vehicles and the environment.  At each location all chemicals used are eco-friendly, plus our recycling system saves energy and water with every wash.  As we continue to grow, we hope to make a difference in not only the appearance of your vehicle, but in our customer’s lives and our communities.

Mission Statement

We strive every day to make a difference in the lives of our customers and team members by providing a SAFE, RIGHT, FAST, FRIENDLY wash experience along with a progressive work environment through STRUCTURE, CAMARADERIE & STRONG FOCUSED LEADERSHIP.

Motel Occupancy Tax

In 2005, the City of Eden joined the City of Reidsville in levying a 2% motel occupancy tax to help fund special events and tourism. The 2018-19 fiscal year will see record tax revenue generated for the City.  Through May, revenue is +22% and the annual tally will exceed $80,000 for the first time ever.  This revenue pays for more than ½ of the Coordinator of Special Events and Tourism position’s salary, and supplements the cost of special events.  It also helps fund many tourism promotion related activities that help draw attendees to events.  Without this revenue, RiverFest, Touch a Truck, Grown and Gathered, Oink & Ale and Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest would not be nearly as successful as they currently are.  Local industry visits, recreational events, family reunions, anniversaries and other activities contribute to this revenue as well.

Living in Eden

New information in the “Residents” section of the City web site for current and prospective residents includes the following:

  • Cost of living is 13% lower than national average (Source Jobs EQ 2019 Q1)
  • Air quality is 24% better than the national average (Area Vibes)
  • Pollution is 89% better than the national average (Area Vibes)
  • Highest monthly average temperature in July is 76 degrees (Area Vibes)
  • Lowest monthly average temperature in January is 38 degrees (Area Vibes)
  • 30.2 miles to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI)
  • 40 minutes to Greensboro, NC and 20 minutes to Danville, VA 
  • Just over four hours to the beach (Wilmington, NC) and mountains (Asheville, NC).  The foot hills are within an hour.
  • Amenities
    • Dan and Smith Rivers
      • Three Rivers Outfitters
    • Smith River Greenway
    • Matrimony Creek Nature Trail
    • Freedom Park Nature Trail, walking track, splash pad, miniature golf course and dog park
    • Grogan Park

For more information, visit ExploreEdenNC.com

Bridge Street Parking Lot

The parking lot has now been completed.  The final component of this project was the landscaping along the alley that connects it to Washington Street.  If you visit this area, you will note that Nandinas, ornamental grass and lilies line the rock wall along with three decorative benches.  This work was made possible from a grant provided by the Home Savings Endowment. 

Fieldcrest Public Space

This project has now been completed.  It was designed to bring an open air space to the Draper section of Eden.  The project transformed two destroyed buildings into a beautiful gathering space for Eden residents and guests.  The opening celebration was held on June 26. 

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.  They will offer free WiFi, and hot water (meaning the natural gas cost to heat the water will be included in the rent).  Efficiencies will be $675 per month, one-bedroom units $825 per month and two-bedroom units are $925 per month.  Convenient rear parking is available for the future tenants.  Please call 561-313-9309 for additional information.

Eden Downtown Development Inc.

The Design sub-committee project of custom painting downtown fire hydrants continues to review applications.  Several designs including a gumball machine and one depicting the historic significance of Draper have been approved.  If you would like to participate, please contact Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager at rhunt@edennc.us .

Youth Community Mural Project

John Mark Daniel, a recent Wheaton College graduate, Community Arts major has painted a mural in Draper as a public art project on Fieldcrest Road.  The project involved several young artists designing and painting a collage based on imagery from North Carolina, Eden and Draper (past and present). 

Get Fit Rockingham

The 2019 Get Fit Rockingham is a great way to get in shape with other county residents this summer.  Shirts, participation cards and pamphlets are now available for Eden residents at the Eden Chamber of Commerce.

Boulevard Merchants

The merchants third Cars and Crabs event will be July 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  It will feature a car show and one of the best low country boils in Eden.

Leaksville Commercial Shopping District

Southern Julip, a new women’s clothing and accessory boutique has opened at 711 Washington Street.  You can follow them on Facebook.

Cars and Coffee

Our summer series of Cars and Coffee continues to be held at the Family Video parking lot the last Saturday morning of each month from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Stop by and enjoy the comradery before it gets too hot. 

647 Washington Street

Preppy Pirate has relocated their store to downtown Leaksville.  Be sure to visit and follow them on Facebook.

Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest  

We would like everyone to join us for a night of fun with Jim Quick & Coastline along Fieldcrest Road in Draper on July 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There will be lots of great live music, food and beverages for all!  This is a FREE event.  Bring your lawn chairs and be prepared to have a great time!

Grown & Gathered

Our Summer Grown & Gathered event is set for Thursday, August 15 at the Spray Mercantile along the Canal.  We have another great menu set along with some special music!  We are now taking reservations.  Please call 612-8049 or 552-6132 to reserve your special seat.  Tickets are $50 per person or $90 a couple.  Come enjoy Eden’s hospitality at its best at our premier farm-to-fork event.

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A- Truck is set for Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. along Henry Street in Downtown Eden!  This is such a fun and exciting event for little kids and big kids alike.  We will feature over 50 vehicles that will include fire trucks, police cars, tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, cement mixers and so much more.  There will also be face painting, food and much more! So bring the kids and climb, explore and discover your favorite things on wheels.  Admission is one of the following items that will go to our school system for the Kids Backpack Food Program: Applesauce Cups, Fruit Cups, Canned Spaghetti, Ravioli, Pop Tarts, Peanut Butter Cracker Packs or Beanie Weenies.

Did You Know Video

Our latest “Did You Know” video now being featured on WGSR TV highlights the new and exciting Splash Pad at Freedom Park.  In addition to WGSR, it can be viewed on our Explore Eden and City of Eden Facebook pages as well.

Our State Video

WOW! The video and feature article highlighting some really special treasures right here in Eden is now being showcased on the Our State Magazine website.  It will be there for 12 months!  It is a great depiction of life here in Eden.  Please take a look if you have not seen it already.  So proud of Eden! A huge thanks to Laurie Wilson and Mark Bishopric who did a great job in the video!

Wire Animal Art

We have two new animal residents in Grogan Park.  We just installed a squirrel that has been placed on the side of a tree and a hawk that is suspended in full flight. Come check them out!

Sunflower Field

Calling all photographers, nature lovers, walkers, cyclists, etc.  The beautiful sunflowers along the Smith River Greenway are beginning to bloom!  We will be placing some fun sunflower trivia signs along the perimeter of the field as well.  Bring the kids and get some great photos!  We ask that you do not pick the blooms.  We want everyone to enjoy the beauty!

Matrimony Creek Nature Trail

Our trail head sign, kiosk, information panels, mile markers and benches have been installed along the beautiful Matrimony Creek Nature Trail!  Be patient with us a few more weeks as we add information on panels, install metal features, landscape areas and get things spruced up.  It’s going to be a really nice addition.

Engineering

NCDOT Resurfacing:

APAC/Thompson Arthur is still working on the 2019 Rockingham Resurfacing schedule for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  Aiken Road, Summit Road and Landfall Drive have been resurfaced.  Sections of Friendly Road, Northridge Drive, Wilshire Drive, Lincoln Street and Short Union Street are still on the schedule to be completed.  The paving crew that was working in Eden was pulled off on June 27 to complete the resurfacing project on US 29.  As of right now, the Project Manager does not know when they will be back in Eden.

The permanent pavement markings will be reinstalled when all of the resurfacing in the Eden area has been completed.

Waterline Replacement Projects Update

Hydrostatic pressure testing of the new water main installed along West Avenue by Joyce Backhoe Service Inc. was passed on June 12 without any issues. Chlorination and other testing procedures continued through June 18. The last replacement water tap and tie-over to the new water main was completed on June 26. The crew returned three days later to temporarily shut off the water to customers, then cut and abandon the old 2-inch diameter galvanized water main. A paving subcontractor is scheduled to be on site July 11 to place asphalt material in the pavement cuts.

A small crew from Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. worked on punch list items for the Jackson Street and W. Moore Street waterline replacement project on the first day of July.  Additional dirt, grass seed, fertilizer and straw was placed at several locations along the disturbed shoulder areas. The crew was also able to remove a silt basin and repair the ditch line where it had been located.

A crew from Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. returned to the Ridge Avenue waterline replacement project on June 19 and was able to cut and cap the old 2-inch diameter galvanized water main at the intersection of N. Hale Street. The crew returned two days later to remove temporary stone from two pavement cuts, then place and tamp asphalt to complete work on the project.

Municipal Services

Solid Waste Ordinance Provisions

According to the Solid Waste ordinance 12-56, Yard Rubbish, Tires and Trash:

A.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.

  • 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.

According to the Solid Waste ordinance 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

Parks & Recreation Information

Due to the Community Accents and Parks & Recreation radio programs with WLOE not being conducted any longer, staff is working with Mike Moore of Mike Moore Media to develop monthly pod casts to help keep the community informed about Parks and Recreation activities happening throughout the City.  More information will be released once it is available – stay tuned!  

Be Healthy Rockingham County 

Staff continues to be involved with Be Healthy Rockingham County initiative.  They attended the Be Healthy Rockingham County meeting on July 10 and will attend the
August 14 meeting as well.

Freedom Park Splash Pad 

The Freedom Park Splash Pad was opened to the public on June 26.  The ribbon cutting for this facility was held on July 9 with over 200 people in attendance. During the first 13 days the facility has been open, there has been over 3,700 visits. We are very proud of this facility and hope each of you will have an opportunity to come by for a cool splash!

North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone State Tournament

Eden will be hosting the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone State Tournament at Freedom Park from July 12 through July 18.
Teams from all over the state will be traveling to Eden for this event.  If you want to see some exciting baseball, come join us. 

Concert In The Park/Cruise-In @ Freedom Park

A Concert in the Park/Cruise-In was held at Freedom Park on June 29.  The next Concert in the Park/Cruise-In will take place at Freedom Park on July 27.

Freedom Park Putt-Putt Course 

The putt-putt golf course at Freedom Park is available to the public Monday – Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  The cost is $2.00 per round.

Matrimony Creek Nature Trail – Phase II

Construction of Phase II of the Matrimony Creek Nature Trail is currently underway and should be completed by the end of August.

Planning & Inspections

Code Enforcement 

A total of 236 notices have been mailed by certified and first class mail that affect the following number of properties:  99 for high grass, 6 for high grass, junk storage and disabled vehicles, 1 for high grass and a zoning violation, 24 for junk storage, 10 for zoning violations, 4 for junk storage and disabled vehicles, 22 for disabled vehicles, 1 for a collapsed carport, 1 for yard waste accumulation, 1 for sewage discharge into yard, 13 for violation of Human Habitation Standards and 1 for violation of the Non-Residential Building Maintenance Standards.

For fiscal year 2018-2019 we have transferred $86,091.47 to the Rockingham County Tax Department for collection with ad valorem taxes.

Historic Walking Tour Brochure

Work has now been completed on the Historic Walking Tour Brochure and the Brochures have been printed.

Community Appearance Commission

The commission purchased small flags for national patriotic celebrations.  Mr. Michael Hutchinson, a volunteer member of the commission put out more than 100 of these flags at various city installations and public spaces for the 4th of July Holiday.

CDBG Housing and Infrastructure Grant

The application for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Grant will be submitted by July 11.  Both the consultant and staff have taken applications from numerous homeowner’s in the proposed target area.  The consultant has told us that the people in the area have been welcoming and have made information easily available for the grant submission.  We sent out letters in advance of the applications being taken to nearly 250 households in the target area.

Stadium Drive Sidewalk

We have been given permission to hire an engineering and design firm on this project.  This request will be sent out this month.

Vacant Downtown Buildings Ordinance

This ordinance was adopted in May of 2019. Staff has surveyed the areas denoted in the ordinance and letters are being prepared to go out to the various property owners.  They will go out on Friday July 19.

North Carolina General Statutes Changes

For a few years, there have been discussions at the State level concerning an overhaul of the statutes in Article 19 of chapter 160A pertaining to cities and Article 18 of Chapter 153A pertaining to counties.  This is the first major overhaul since 1973.  As of January 1, 2021 both of the chapters will be repealed and the new Chapter 160D will take its place.  This gives us 1.5 years to change every statute reference in our various land use ordinances and to change the regulations in them to meet the new requirements.  The UNC School Government has indicated that it will be holding workshops on the changes.

Police

Stand Against Litter  

The Eden Police Department continues to ask citizens to Stand Against Litter as part of the countywide campaign to aggressively enforce littering and illegal dumping violations.  Be advised that we are aggressively enforcing littering and illegal dumping statutes.  

Public Utilities

EPA AOC and Mandatory Projects to Stop Sewer System Overflows - Update

We are on schedule for our projects and our documentation submittals to the EPA and NC Water Infrastructure.  The Mebane Bridge digestion improvements project has received all of the necessary approvals and the contractor is beginning construction of this project.  The remaining projects of the remediation plan will bid in sequence between now 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 have issued the official notice to proceed and construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.


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