City Manager’s Report – October 2019
Economic & Tourism Development
On Wednesday, October 2nd, representatives from the City of Eden Economic Development Department, Danville, VA Economic Development, Pittsylvania County, VA Economic Development and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance met with NCDOT Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills to discuss the continuation of I-785 to the Virginia state line. This is a vital component to the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill development.
Division 7 staff is trying to get the final leg of I-785 included in the Hicone Road to exit #153 funding so the entire section is completed. We will work with them to accomplish this through meetings with both state and federal officials.
Economic Development Announcement
An announcement will be made the week of October 14th.
This company has extended its $1 down and $10 a month on-line sale until October 28, 2019.
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UNC Rockingham Health Care
Now Offering 3D Mammograms at the Wright Imaging Center, a Service of UNC Rockingham Hospital
Breast imaging services at UNC Rockingham Health Care now include 3D mammograms, a screening that delivers a more in-depth look at breast tissue. The more detailed 3D image reduces the likelihood of additional screenings or follow-up visits. It also enables physicians to find cancers at an earlier stage. For those who have dense breast tissue, a 3D mammogram offers a clearer image.
Screening mammograms are recommended for women beginning at age 40, unless otherwise advised by your physician. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hours will be extended to 7 p.m. every Monday. Patients getting a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month will receive a free gift.
To make an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 336-627-6183. UNC Rockingham Wright Imaging Center, A Service of UNC Rockingham Hospital is at 618 South Pierce Street, Eden.
3D Mammography at UNC Rockingham is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
UNC Cardiology at Eden—Now Open!
This practice opened on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 518 S. Van Buren, Suite 3. Cardiologists Dr. Thomas Wall and Dr. Fernando Ortiz see patients in the office and provide hospital consults at UNC Rockingham Health Care on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’re excited to bring this specialty to the UNC Rockingham campus,” said Dana M. Weston, president and CEO of the Eden hospital. “Through our affiliation with the UNC Health Care system, our community and our patients now have access to the expertise, research, technologies and clinical trials that are available at UNC Medical Center.”
UNC Cardiology at Eden will see patients for the prevention, screening and treatment of heart disease. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (336) 864-3130.
Duke Energy Foundation Grant Received
The City received a $9,454 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for an otter habitat along the Smith River with the generous assistance of the Dan River Basin Association Executive Director Tiffany Haworth. This will be the only habitat of its kind in the U.S. The City of Eden has received more than $300,000 in grants from Duke Energy for environmental, trail development and waterway projects since 2016.
Young Eden Professionals
Like most rural areas of the U.S., many young people from Eden have left for an education or to work and have never returned. In fact, a recent study showed Rockingham County was among the top NC Counties in population loss among young people. It is encouraging to see younger people returning to continue their lives in their hometown, especially when they are professionals interested in becoming the next generation of community leaders. What is interesting about each of them is how they left home for larger communities, but appreciated the benefits of small-town living. Those profiled already are all professionals—three in the medical community and one a partner in an accounting firm. Watch for their profiles in Eden’s Own Journal and other publications.
Construction continues at 618 Washington Street with the public pedestrian pass through to the rear of the facility. The building will become apartments, a coffee shop and restaurant.
Available Property Listing
The city of Eden maintains an available commercial downtown property listing on the official city website. It can be found under the Economic Development tab, then Start a Business, with current ESRI data that is helpful to determine current businesses needed in Eden.
The Leaksville Municipal Service District continued to support Riverfest again this year with a donation of $1,500. This MSD has supported the Eden signature event that brings thousands of people to the downtown area.
Morehead High School held its annual homecoming parade October 4th on Washington Street. The Street was lined with supporters cheering on the football team, cheerleaders and the Morehead High School marching band. Businesses were encouraged to decorate their storefronts for the occasion.
Eden Downtown Development Inc.
The Design sub-committee project of custom painting downtown fire hydrants has been a success and will continue for the foreseeable future. Nineteen hydrants were completed in time for Riverfest. FOX 8 featured the hydrants in their Friday night broadcast including hydrants from Leaksville, Draper and the Boulevard. Another was finished depicting a rainbow trout design at the Spray traffic circle. Morehead High School students plan to complete one at Panther Lane. If you would like to participate contact Randy Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Draper Municipal Service District members met Thursday, October 3rd. They voted to purchase additional spools of bulb wiring and cases of LED bulbs to replace the aging electrical components on the angel lights that are hung from poles downtown at Christmas time. Two metal benches were placed on Fieldcrest Road to service the bus stops. They are also researching the possibility of a bus stop shelter.
Draper Merchants Association
The Merchants Association are designing a T-shirt depicting Draper memories to be sold as a fundraiser for upcoming outdoor events, such as the Draper Christmas tree lighting December 3rd. The Friends of Draper are planning a Trunk or Treat event for Halloween. Draper hosts a large Veterans Day event also.
Cars and Coffee
Our last 2019 Cars and Coffee will be held at the Family Video parking lot the last Saturday morning of October from 8:00-10:00. Stop by and enjoy the comradery and see some beautiful and unique vehicles.
Get Fit Rockingham
Get fit Rockingham, a program designed for residents of Rockingham County to develop healthy habits wrapped up the 2019 season. A raffle was held at Riverfest for Eden participants. John Carter of Eden won the grand prize, a new Apple I watch. The program will continue countywide in the spring of 2020.
Eden Downtown Development Inc.
EDDI Members involved with an entrepreneurship education program met with representatives of Rockingham Community College and then members of the Rockingham County School system. Fostering an entrepreneurship mindset for a younger generation to create economic opportunity was a focus; jobs and future workforce is difficult to predict as the world is changing more and more quickly.
There will be a mural unveiling at Henry Street Friday, November 1st.
The merchant’s held Rocktoberfest, Saturday, October 5th featuring live bands, food trucks and vendors. Monies raised will be used for façade grants for buildings on the Boulevard. The merchants will be hosting a Boo-la-Vard! Halloween parade featuring trick or treating, face painting and a costume contest.
We would like to thank everyone who was a sponsor, vendor, exhibitor, volunteer or attendee at RiverFest 2019. We had great weather that made for a very successful weekend here in beautiful Eden, North Carolina. See you next year!!
2019 RIVERFEST Sponsors
City of Eden
Eden Tourism Development
Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism
Historic Leasksville MSD Board
UNC Rockingham Health Care
News & Record
Fair Funeral Home
Tri-City Automotive Group
Mike Moore Media
Stay tuned for a new and improved tourism website. Coming to a screen near you!!
Halloween Events in Our Downtowns
Treat Street along Washington Street – Friday, October 25 – 3:00 to 5:30 – Costume contest at 6:00
Friends of Draper Trunk or Treat along Fieldcrest Road – Saturday, October 26 – 3:00 to 7:00
Halloween on the Boo-Levard – Treats, music, costume parade and contest and more - Thursday, October 31 – 4:00 to 6:00
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
NCDOT Resurfacing Schedule
APAC Atlantic, Inc. has completed all of the state resurfacing and all of the pavement markings have been installed for 2019.
2019-20 Street Resurfacing Contract
Sections of Price Street, Cedar Street, Anderson Street and Church Street are scheduled to be resurfaced this month. The other 11 streets on this paving schedule will be resurfaced in the spring of 2020.
Delta Contracting, Inc. completed the asphalt milling on Anderson Street, Cedar Street and Church Street on October 9, 2019.
Boone Masonry is currently working on the manhole and water valve adjustments on sections of Price Street, Anderson Street, Cedar Street and Church Street. The adjustments are scheduled to be completed by Friday, October 11, 2019.
APAC Atlantic has their paving crew scheduled to start resurfacing on Monday, October 14, 2019. The substantial completion date for this project is May 29, 2020.
October is National Cybersecurity Month! I know, I know, there’s a month for everything under the sun now, but that doesn’t make cybersecurity any less important.
Shannon Morse, a technology and cybersecurity commentator, has published a 30 day challenge for Cybersecurity Month. She guides you through various tasks to improve your personal cybersecurity with a different activity each day. She provides video as well as written instructions and links to various online resources. You can find the 30 day challenge here:
The most important thing you can do to improve your cybersecurity is to Stop! Look! And Think! before clicking that Link!
Parks & Recreation
Holmes Middle School continues its Girls Softball Program at Freedom Park through October 2019.
The City of Eden Prowlers Football Program will play at Morehead High School on October 19, 2019
There is a Concert in the Park/ Cruise In/ Fall Festival at Freedom Park on October 26, 2019.
There is a NSA Tournament scheduled at Freedom Park on October 19 - 20, 2019, a Top Gun Tournament on October 26 - 27, 2019, a NSA Tournament November 2 - 3 , 2019, a Top Gun Tournament on November 9 - 10, 2019, and a NSA Tournament November 16 – 17, 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 home matches there through October, 2019.
Staff will attend a Piedmont Triad Regional Council meeting on October 16, 2019
Staff will conduct the Monthly PodCast with Mike Moore Media on Parks and Recreation on November 1, 2019.
Planning & Inspections
22 notices were mailed by certified mail and first-class mail that affect the following number of properties: 2 for violation of the Human Habitation Standards, 5 for disabled vehicles, 2 for high grass and weeds, 1 for junk storage, 1 for yard waste accumulation, and 4 for zoning violations.
$400.00 was collected for code enforcement fees.
We have been working with the Eden Police Department on their Crime and Traffic Safety Analysis and DDACTS program.
It has become obvious that we need additional software and training to be able to meet the recent requests from the Police Department and the Municipal Services Department
During the month of September, we completed 216 building code related inspections.
Staff also researched property owners and provided maps for the Business Development Department.
Maps and documents were created for the Planning Board meeting and the City Council meeting.
The Planet Fitness project is proceeding. They have been through the rough in stage and are now trimming out. They intend to open this month.
Permit approved and issued, waiting on contractor to pick up. We have no startup date for this project.
We are also expecting the plans for the new KFC any day now. They are wanting to get started ASAP so we will fast-track the plans once they are received.
The Planning will hear a PUD-MU request for the Nantucket Mill property at their October regular meeting. They will be heard at the City Council meeting in November. This is the same meeting that the American Warehouse property will be on the agenda for abatement.
Historic Preservation Commission
Commission met on 9-9-19. Commission is upset about Strategic Planning Commission, feeling that they (HPC) have to go thru them (SPC) to get projects/money approved. (They do not.) Kelly came to the meeting to explain the role of the SPC. Also discussed replacing historic district signs. Have prices from Steve Rippey to match new wayfinding signs, however will have to bid project. Mrs. Harrington resigned.
Community Appearance Commission
Commission met on 9-3-19. September Appearance Award went to Burger King. Discussed possibly getting new banners on Washington St. to support the high school. Checked into getting something by homecoming, but this is not possible on short notice. Will discuss at next meeting as possible future project. Also discussed adding more planters on Washington St. which are more affordable than the large ones there now. Also discussed new trashcans for Washington St. and Draper. Will coordinate with Randy Hunt on this. Also discussed new plantings in Draper downtown – something low (zero) maintenance and drought tolerant. Will do this when the weather cools off.
Our department is scheduled for Citizen’s Academy this week. We have made preparations for our presentation and the dinner.
Stadium Drive Sidewalk
We have a meeting this week with the staff committee to begin the selection process for an engineering firm to begin the project.
CDBG: We have not heard about the CDBG application for housing rehab and infrastructure for the Draper neighborhood.
Pedestrian Plan: We have not heard from the NCDOT about the Pedestrian Plan.
The General Assembly has approved a total re-write of 160A Article 19. This will mean that every ordinance we are responsible for will have significant changes. Pouring through new Statutes and comparing them to old ones is slow going. There is a long session on these changes at the NCAPA Conference next week.
NC Planning Conference
Kelly will be attending the NCAPA Chapter Conference from October 8 through 11.
Bridge St Sidewalk-
Josh has been working with Kevin London on the development of a sidewalk on Bridge St. from Kings Highway to Highland Dr. This will provide connectivity to the new trail being installed behind Karastan. Josh and Kevin have met on site and found the existing property lines to ensure that the sidewalk will not encroach on private property. The project will now be released to Public Works to begin construction.
Matrimony Creek Greenway
Josh has been developing a landscape plan for the Matrimony Creek Greenway around the entrance and bathrooms.
Meadow Rd/ Stadium Dr. Landscape Plan
Josh has drawn a landscape plan for the concrete island at the intersection of Meadow Rd and Stadium Dr. and has received funding approval from the Strategic Committee. Josh has submitted the plans and encroachment agreement to NCDOT for approval. He is meeting Jason Julian with NCDOT on 10/3/2019 at the site for final NCDOT approval.
One of the duties that has been assigned to Josh Woodall is to assist with 811 locates. Josh has assisted the Engineering Department with multiple 811 locates including the waterline project for the Berryhill Mega Park and also a large locate project for Duke Energy in the Bearslide development.
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 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.
November Fund Raiser
This year, our department will be participating in ‘No Shave November” and ‘Crazy Nail / Casual Dress November’ fundraising campaign. We will be supporting one of the members of our “First Responder” family this year. Emily Thacker is a Rockingham County 9-1-1 Telecommunicator and a volunteer in the Eden Rescue Squad. Emily is a 34-year-old single mother of three children (ages 11, 6, 5) and lives in Eden. Emily was diagnosed with Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer. Emily has been a trooper since her diagnosis. She has had multiple doctor’s appointments for testing, scans, and biopsies. Emily has had to leave work for appointments and came back to work afterward. This will be, not only a lengthy process for her but a costly one as well. For our female officers and clerical staff, November and December 2019 will be casual dress and we also encourage our female officers and clerical staff to paint their fingernails a pink or lavender for cancer awareness.
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.
Police Department Facebook Page
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.