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Posted on: November 13, 2020

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City Manager’s Report
 November 2020
 City Manager Jon Mendenhall

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Industry
Nestle Purina 
Below is a FAQ section about the Nestle Purina facility in Eden:
Q: How do I apply for a job there?
A: Be among the first to know when new roles are posted in the area by signing up for job alerts here: http://adtrk.tw/tp/rj6_31uwR.e.K

Q: When are they going to start hiring/interviewing?
A: Positions are estimated to be posted mid-2021 and phone interviews will begin shortly following. 

Q: How many jobs will be created?
A: Approximately 300 jobs by 2024.

Q: How much will Purina pay?
A: Pay rates at this time have not been established. When determining starting wages, they pull local market research and consider unique talent, skills and experience to offer very competitive hourly and salary rates.  

Q: How big of an investment was made to open a facility in Eden?
A: $450 million. 

New Technology Brings More Advanced Radiation Oncology to UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham
On September 16, UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham, a Service of UNC Hospitals, began operation of its new $3.8 million linear accelerator, a machine used to deliver high-dose radiation beams to tumors inside the body.
The Elekta Infinity linear accelerator provides newer, faster and more precise treatment to patients undergoing radiation therapy. It replaces an older linear accelerator at the facility that remained in use during the construction and installation phase for the linear accelerator, ensuring that there were no disruptions to care for patients requiring radiation.
“This is a state-of-the-art therapy device that brings the same cutting-edge technology available at major hospital centers, directly to our community,” said Dr. Ted Yanagihara, radiation oncologist at UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham.
The partnership and collaboration with UNC Health, UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center not only advance upgrades such as the linear accelerator, but also provides our Eden-based oncologists with access to the latest research and clinical trials. UNC Rockingham treats a wide variety of cancers using both radiation and chemotherapy.
“This upgrade is another example of UNC Health’s investment in the care for people in Rockingham County and its commitment to our mission to improve the health and wellness of all North Carolinians,” said Steven Eblin, President and CEO at UNC Rockingham Health Care.
The cancer center is at 516 South Van Buren Road, across from the Emergency Department at UNC Rockingham Health Care. For more information, phone (336) 623-9713 or visit https://www.uncrockingham.org/care-treatment/cancer/.

Now Hiring!
Night Owl National Stoneworks 
This company is a granite and quartz fabrication center located in the former K-Mart building on Meadow Road. They are hiring electricians, electricians’ helpers, granite polishers, CNC machine operators, forklift operators, finish carpenters, sheetrock workers and framers.
Visit www.noncstoneworks.com/careers  or call 888-283-6303 for more information. 

Eden Venture Business Park
The former Eden Mall is under new management. The building is being painted and outside appearance being dramatically improved. The new owner is seeking professional and light industrial tenants. They will build to suit your needs. Visit www.edenventurebusinesspark.com for more information and to apply.

Gildan Yarns
Gildan is seeking machine electricians, spinning and carding technicians, spinning and carding operators, and can haulers. There are some day shift positions, but the majority of these openings are on the night shift. Most positions are for 12-hour shifts on a 2-2-3 schedule. For more information, visit their 335 Summit Road facility.

Weil-McLain    
Hiring 10-15 full time employees, including machine operator, assembler, material handler and paint operator. Visit www.weil-mclain.com/careers for more information.

Armor Express
Openings for a ballistic sewer, carrier and ballistic spread and cut, packout clerk, customer service representative, customer service supervisor, ballistic pad prep, warehouse clerk, carrier sewer and ballistic material handler. Applicants should apply by visiting armorexpress.com under Resources

Josh Smith Auto Repair
Looking to hire an automotive technician. If interested, you may apply and submit your resume in person during their regular business hours of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email it to joshsmithauto536@yahoo.com. They are offering a referral reward: if you refer an applicant and they are hired, you will receive a $200 reward!

Blow Molded Solutions
Immediate openings for machine operators at Blow Molded Solutions in Mayodan! They offer 12-hour shifts (day or night) and up to $11.75/hour. Contact AmeriStaff at www.ameristaff.com or 336-623-6252 for more information. Applications may be filled out onsite Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Henniges
Openings for a quality engineer, quality systems coordinator, industrial engineer, engineer and HR generalist. You may submit your resumes to dana.huskey@hennigesautomotive.com

Royalty Adult & Home Care
They are now hiring CNA's. For more information, call 336-623-2547; visit their website at www.royaltyhwr.com; or email angela@royaltyhwr.com.

Workforce Unlimited
Hiring for positions in Blairs, V.A.; Martinsville, V.A.; Eden, N.C. and Reidsville, N.C. They have openings for order picker, packaging and general laborer positions in all shifts. For more information, call the Reidsville branch at 336-347-7783 or visit wfunlimited.com.

Commercial
H & B Hardware
This is the former Builder’s Mart, located at 137 Cox Street. New owner Greg Beasley is transforming the business into a full service hardware store. The store will have significantly more items for your shopping convenience. Stop by there or call 336-623-3194 for more information.  

Main Street
Simply MK will open December 1 at 708 Washington Street in the former Harrington Law office. The retail store features clothing, home décor gifts and much more. They also have further expansion plans.

ENGINEERING

Waterline Replacement Projects Update
Survey crews from LKC Engineering, PLLC began work on four water main replacement projects the first week of November. The proposed replacement projects are along a section of Maryland Avenue between S. Rickman Street and Bay Street, along Maple Lane from Dishmon Loop to the dead end, along Circle Drive from Shedd Street to Hodges Street, and another section of Circle Drive from Pitcher Avenue to Hunter Street. No construction work is planned during this fiscal year for any of these project areas.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES

If a citizen has any issues concerning solid waste, streets, or collection and distribution during the normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., please call 336-623-7789 and choose from the extension list below:
Jessica Joyce- Warehouse Dispatcher/Administrative Assistant ext. 3052
Dusty Curry- Solid Waste Superintendent ext. 3061
Darren Gatewood- Streets Superintendent ext. 3060
Darryl Tilley- Collection and Distribution Superintendent ext. 3062
Paul Dishmon- Director of Municipal Services ext. 3053
If you have an emergency after normal business hours, please call the 24/7 on-call personnel at 336-415-4444.   

PARKS AND RECREATION

COVID-19 Updates-Phase 3
All Parks and Recreation facilities are open in a limited capacity due to Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 3 regarding COVID-19. Please note, at all open indoor facilities, staff will have participants sign in and answer questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19 before they are allowed into the facility. Staff will also sanitize the facility before, during and at the end of each evening.

Bridge Street & Mill Avenue Recreation Centers
These two facilities will be open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a maximum of 25 participants allowed at any given time. 

Citywide Playgrounds
All playgrounds are open.

Eden City Hall 
City Hall is now open to individuals needing to conduct business within the Finance Department. In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, we ask that you wear a mask and remain six feet apart from others as there will be markings in the lobby appropriately spaced.
Staff from other departments within City Hall can meet with individuals in the lobby or in the front Conference Room if needed.

Facility Rentals
There will continue to be no facility rentals due to the limited number of individuals allowed in a facility only being 25.

Freedom Park
The park will continue to operate by maintaining social distancing during the use of the park by citizens. This includes the walking track, basketball courts, skateboard park, nature trail and dog park. The Splash Pad is closed for the season. There will continue to be no shelter rentals at this time.
The Freedom Park Softball Complex and Multi-Purpose Field will continue to operate as it did in Phase 2 with no weekend tournaments being held. 

Garden of Eden Center
This facility is operating with a limited capacity of 25 participants at any given time and will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Matrimony Creek Nature Trail Repair Update
Eden’s greenways and trails are typically built on sewer line outfalls that run along creeks and rivers. They have multiple uses, such as walking, jogging, biking and horseback riding, which make for a great environment to be out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
The first three-quarter mile of the Matrimony Creek Nature Trail is now open for public use.

PLANNING & INSPECTIONS

Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment will hear an application for a special use permit for Solar as a Principal Use at their November meeting. This project is located adjacent to the Purina property on Meadow Road.

Draper CDBG
Currently, we await approval from the Department of Commerce to begin the inspections and document verification to begin the repairs of the structures identified by the scoring process.

Unified Development Ordinance
At the October City Council meeting, City Council voted to approve text of the UDO that will be effective on January 1, 2021. The map amendments will be considered at the November City Council Meeting.

COVID-19 CDBG Assistance to Low and Moderate Income Citizens Grant
The City is partnering with Rockingham County United Way on this project. The City was notified that it would receive $900,000 to assist its citizens with utilities, rent and mortgage payments that are delinquent due to issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include payments of bills owed to the City of Eden for water, sewer and garbage fees. 

Stadium Drive Sidewalk Project with NCDOT
The Stadium Drive Sidewalk Project is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2021. The City of Eden has already paid its share of $98,800, leaving the state’s portion of the project being $394,000.  

Pedestrian Plan
This is a project that was funded before the COVID-19 pandemic. The City received word from NCDOT that the project would begin in November.

Nantucket Mill Project
City staff has been working together to help find a way to close the funding gap for this project. We have had calls with our state legislature, the State Historic Preservation Office and other outside agencies to find resources. Mike has contacted a number of potential lenders and Erin has spoken with attorneys that have handled such projects for their jurisdictions. Additionally, we had a call with the Cannon Foundation concerning potential funding assistance.

POLICE

The police department’s final in-service training sessions will run from November 16 through December 8. This training is for all sworn officers and includes annual taser re-certification, nighttime firearms qualification, OC spray training, ASP baton training, subject arrest control training and fire extinguisher training.

 

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