City Manager’s Report – September 2019
Economic & Tourism Development
Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill
An August 23, 2019 Danville Register & Bee article stated that Danville would run water and sewer utilities to the Mega Park. This referred to infrastructure running to the park from the VA state line—where Eden will send the water supply-- and within the park only. They are not taking this over from Eden. The article clearly confirmed that Eden will provide most of the water and all of the sewer for the park. Danville will be able to more effectively operate the internal water system than would Pittsylvania County. Eden was never involved in what our Virginia neighbors did with the water once it arrived at the VA state line.
Work has begun on the water line which will be completed within a year.
Fieldcrest Road Building
This building used to house Liberty Textiles. 48,000 SF of clean space has been vacated and will now be marketed for a user. This is a very attractive space that should be enticing to manufacturers. Besides MillerCoors, this is the only available space for industrial users in Eden at this time. The rest of the buildings are in use.
The NC Board of Transportation voted last week to include the extension of I-785 from Hicone Road in Guilford County to exit #153 (Eden. Reidsville, Yanceyville) in the 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan. The project is to be completed by 2027. This will benefit Eden because instead of being 36 miles from an interstate highway, the city will now be 11. Transportation costs are very important to many industrial projects. City and County Representatives have lobbied to expedite the completion of this project, but it remains in the current timetable for now.
Self-Help Credit Union
Self-Help Credit Union specializes in Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans. The local representative is working with Eden businesses on how to access these SBA loans. This is part of Eden’s entrepreneurship initiative run through the Economic Development Department and Rockingham Community College Small Business Center.
This company owns Kingsway Plaza. They will be making considerable investment in the shopping center over the next several weeks as part of the Planet Fitness facility accommodation. The new Planet Fitness façade is under construction.
This company is advertising its $1 down and $10 a month on-line sale that expired September 30, 2019. You can join on-line at www.planetfitness.com
The City is working with the company on finding a user for this building. One established business has shown interest in the facility, but much remains to determine if this will work to their mutual benefit.
On September 6th WDBJ TV of Roanoke, VA broadcast that Lidl will not build on two sites in Roanoke County, and one each in Salem and Christiansburg, VA. Salem and Christiansburg have populations of 25,000 and 22,000 respectively. This further reinforces the theory that Lidl hasn’t been able to thrive in smaller towns and is pursuing larger metropolitan areas in the northeast and southeastern U.S. That is why they decided not to pursue the Eden site and they closed stores in Kinston and Rockingham, NC earlier this year.
Duke Energy Foundation Grant
The City submitted a grant application for an otter habitat along the Smith River with the generous assistance of the Dan River Basin Association Executive Director Tiffany Haworth. This would be the only one of its kind in the U.S. The City will learn in a few weeks if the $9,999 proposed grant was awarded.
Triad Business Journal
A special feature was completed on Rockingham County by the Business Journal for its August 22nd edition. It focused on road, trail and downtown improvements in the County leading to expectations of future growth. Eden’s trail development and downtown revitalization were covered extensively.
Plans are moving forward with construction of 618 and 624 Washington Street to become apartments, a coffee shop and restaurant. The developer will rename the Central Hotel for John B. Ray, a former owner and prominent citizen.
Progress continues for construction of restaurant and retail spaces at 727 Washington Street. Interior concrete has been poured to cover newly installed plumbing. Fire walls are being installed and exhaust outlets hung.
A new business is coming to 616 Washington Street. The current owners of The Shiloh Shop plan to open The Workshop Eden space for instruction from makers and finders from the local area. The business should be open by December.
Eden Downtown Development Inc.
The Design sub-committee project of custom painting downtown fire hydrants will continue review applications past the August 19th deadline. Thirteen hydrants have been completed, one in process and more designs to be approved. If you would like to participate contact Randy Hunt at email@example.com.
Sophisticated Rubbish, 633 Monroe Street, a retail establishment reminiscent of an old country store with furniture will be open September 20th, just in time for Riverfest. Extensive cosmetic work has taken place and façade work has been completed. It will also include a salon space.
The former Duke Power building at 627 Monroe Street is now for sale. The property has stood empty for many years, but was never available for purchase.
A building owner has met with a muralist to determine the scope of work for a project for 600 Monroe Street. There are materials readily available. When mock ups are complete the Eden Downtown Development Inc. Design Subcommittee will be contacted.
A new reclaimed furniture store will occupy the former Roadside Gypsy location at 600B Monroe Street. The lease has been signed and furniture is being delivered. The Owner will open the business, Revisited Vintage, in the next several weeks.
The property owner at 115 N. Fieldcrest Road has requested a bench and trash can be placed at this location. The property holds storage units and was a former car wash. A SCAT Bus stop has been designated there for some time. A trash can will be moved to the location and added to the route.
The Draper Municipal Service District members met Thursday, September 5th. They voted to purchase two metal benches to be placed on Fieldcrest Road. They are also researching the possibility a bus stop shelter.
A group of Draper residents organized a community yard sale Saturday, September 7th. Proceeds are to be used for a Draper building beautification effort. It was located on Ridge Street and coordinated through local property owners and the Methodist church.
Main Street Champion
EDDI Members voted Rhonda and David Price as our 2020 Eden Main Street Champions for their extensive work in making downtown a better place to work live and shop. They both have been advocates, volunteers and donors to downtown initiatives.
The merchant’s next big event will be Rocktoberfest, Saturday, October 5th featuring live bands, food trucks and vendors. Monies raised are used for façade grants for buildings on the Boulevard.
Cars and Coffee
Our summer series of Cars and Coffee continues to be held at the Family Video parking lot the last Saturday morning each month from 8:00-10:00. Stop by and enjoy the comradery and see some beautiful and unique vehicles.
We hope everyone plans to join us for RiverFest on September 20 & 21!! We have an outstanding festival planned for the entire family thanks to our many community sponsors.
The entertainment lineup is incredible with everything from jazz to rock and everything in between on two stages. Please check out the schedule on our Explore Eden Facebook page or our website www.ExploreEdenNC.com. New this year is the Virtual Kayak, Butterfly Encounter, Adult Trike Races and the Bungee Trampoline.
In addition we have lots of delicious food, over 100 vendors, exhibitions, amusements, a bird release by the Carolina Raptor Center, dancers, river excursions, a Beer Garden sponsored by the Eden Rotary Club and so much more!
There is no entry fee or shuttle fee. Bring your lawn chair for the concerts and make sure you come early and plan to stay late!!
NCDOT Resurfacing Schedule
The paving contractor for NCDOT is scheduled to be back in Eden next week to finish the resurfacing contract they started in July.
2019-20 Street Resurfacing Contract
The bid opening for the 2019-20 Street Resurfacing Contract was held on August 22, 2019. A total of four responsive bids were received for the project. The successful low bidder was APAC-Atlantic, Inc. Thompson Arthur Division in the amount of $459,830.50. Approval to award the contract will go before Council for consideration on September 17, 2019.
Sectors of the following streets are included in the contract: Price Street, Cedar Street, Anderson Street, Church Street, Armfield Street, Madison Street, Grant Street, Pervie Bolick Street, Roosevelt Street, Haywood Street, Front Street, Hale Street and Maryland Avenue.
The substantial completion date for this project is May 29, 2020.
Water Construction Projects Update
Stoltzfus Engineering, Inc. has been hired to prepare construction plans and other documents required for permitting a pressure boosting system that is to be connected to the existing water main near Jackson Street and the off ramp from southbound NC 14. C.E. Robertson & Associates will be providing the surveying services needed for SEI to design the layout of the proposed improvements.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity targeting Hurricane Dorian disaster victims and potential donors. Phishing emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites.
Users should exercise caution in handling any email with a hurricane-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events.
To avoid becoming victims of malicious activity, users and administrators should review the following resources and take preventative measures. CISA has hints and tips on their website for the following:
• Staying Alert to Disaster-related Scams
• Before Giving to a Charity
• Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites
• Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
If you believe you have been a victim of cybercrime, file a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
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Update on Curbside Recycling Service
Eden City Residents, you now have the opportunity to subscribe to curbside recycling service. The City has negotiated with Foothill Waste Solutions to offer a voluntary curbside recycling service to our citizens. However, a minimum of 400 Eden City residents must sign up prior to October 31, 2019 directly with Foothill Waste Solutions before the curbside recycling option can be offered. This will be a contract between the citizen receiving the service and Foothill Waste Solutions.
Curbside recycling cannot be offered by Foothill if less than 400 Eden citizens subscribe to the curbside recycling service. Subscribers will be charged $9.50 per month and you will be billed quarterly. This fee has been established by Foothill and the City of Eden will not be receiving any payments from Foothill for the services they are providing. Glass will not be collected by Foothill. To subscribe to this service or to learn more about it, call Foothill Waste Solutions at (336) 871-4055. Again, if you want to subscribe to recycling curbside service at your location, please call (336) 871-4055 to sign-up.
Parks & Recreation
The City of Eden Prowlers will play the Junior Phoenix on September 21.
The City of Eden Prowlers will play at Morehead High School on September 28.
The City of Eden Prowlers will play at Rockingham County High School on October 5.
The City of Eden Prowlers will play at Northeast Guildford on October 12.
Mill Avenue Pool
The Mill Avenue Pool closed on Labor Day.
The Freedom Park Splash Pad is open through September 15, 2019. There have been over 14,000 visits to this facility since it opened on June 26, 2019.
The Putt Putt Golf is open to the public Monday-Sunday from 4:00pm – 8:00p.m. The cost is $2.00 per round.
Holmes Middle School began its Girls Softball Program at Freedom Park on September 9, 2019.
There is a Got Game Tournament scheduled for September 14 – 15, 2019 at Freedom Park.
There is a Concert in the Park/ Cruise In at Freedom Park September 28, 2019.
There is a Top Gun Tournament scheduled at Freedom Park on September 21 – 22, 2019, a Top Gun Tournament on September 28 - 29, 2019, Top Gun Tournament October 5 - 6, 2019 and a Top Gun Tournament on October 12 - 13, 2019.
Bridge Street Rec
The Western Rockingham County Middle School is using the Bridge Street Tennis Courts for their home matches this Fall. They will play their first match their September 9, 2019.
There will be a Tennis Clinic at the Bridge Street Tennis Courts on September 21, 2019.
Staff will conduct the Citizen’s Academy for Parks and Recreation on September 19, 2019.
Construction of Phase II of the Matrimony Creek Greenway has begun and this phase should be completed by the end of September 2019.
Mike Moore Media
Staff will conduct the Monthly Pod Cast with Mike Moore Media on Parks and Recreation on October 4, 2019.
Planning & Inspections
96 notices were mailed by certified mail and first class mail that affect the following number of properties: 9 for violation of the Human Habitation Standards, 1 for violation of the Non-Residential Building Maintenance Standards, 4 for disabled vehicles, 43 for high grass and weeds, 1 for high weeds and a disabled vehicle, 4 for high grass, junk storage and disabled vehicle, 5 for junk storage, 1 for burned house debris, 1 for sewage leak and 2 for a zoning violation.
The permits for Planet Fitness and Zip’s Carwash have been issued and are ready for pick-up. The Planet Fitness project has already begun staging and prep work. They plan to be open in October.
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission met on September 9th. They discussed a number of issues including the mural on Washington Street and its replacement. At the end of the meeting, Jean Harrington who has been on the commission since 1980 submitted her resignation.
Planning Board approved the rezoning request for property on Friendly Rd. from R-12S to RS. Will go to Council in September. This is the same property that was recently denied a special use permit for a shooting range. The current applicant is planning to live on the property and run a horse farm.
Landscape Plans for Bathroom Building at Matrimony Creek Trail
Josh Woodall is working on a landscape plan for the Matrimony Creek Trail bathrooms. The plans have been drawn and are being put into AutoCad. The plantings will begin in mid-September.
Fire Exit Plan
Josh Woodall developed a fire exit plan for the Senior Center on Morgan Road.
Stadium Drive Sidewalk
We have received letters of interest and the staff committee will meet in September to get the project rolling. We have had no indication from NCDOT that we can’t move forward.
We were notified that we were not funded for the Historic Preservation Sub-Grant. There is another round in January and we plan to reapply. We were given guidance from the federal agency regarding how to improve our chances.
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 county wide campaign to aggressively enforce littering and illegal dumping violations. We will continue to replay the announcement each month and aggressively enforce littering and illegal dumping statutes.
The Rockingham County School System’s first day of class for student’s was August 26, 2019. As we do throughout the school year, officers will be working in our school zones to ensure the safety of our students.
We have scheduled our mandated fall in-service training for the fall. The training dates will be November 4, 18 and 25. The training will be from 10am-10pm and include fall firearms qualification.
Officers with the Eden Police Department in conjunction with Cindy Adams and other department are preparing for Riverfest.
The Eden Police Department would like to continue to encourage the citizens of our community to utilize the Eden Police Department’s Facebook page for updates and information concerning our community, as well as Crimestoppers, to provide anonymous information concerning illegal activity to keep our community safe. We all have to work together to keep our community safe.
On September 5, 2019 the Public Utilities Department hosted the Citizen’s Academy. A meal was served and introductions of staff were made before the tours began. The tour of the water plant facility was guided by Melanie Clark, Water Plant Chief Operator, after which a tour of the wastewater facility was conducted guided by Chris Powell, Wastewater Plant Chief Operator.