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Posted on: January 13, 2021

City Manager's Report

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City Manager’s Report
 January 2021

City Manager Jon Mendenhall

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Commercial

JS of Eden Enterprises, Inc. 

A 7.6 acre site located at 916 S. Van Buren Road is now available for leasing. This is a prime spot for your business. Call 336-627-1313 for leasing information. 


First Choice Tire and Automotive 

Located at 311 S. Van Buren Road, this new Eden business offers oil changes, new and used tires, tire repairs, alignments, tire rotation, brakes, transmission repair, state inspections and automotive maintenance. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon starting in January. Their Eden Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will take place on January 15. Call 336-612-2884 for more information.


Platinum Kutz Beauty Salon and Barber Shop: Opening February 1

This newest Eden salon and barber shop will open February 1 next to the former Belk building in Eden. Owner Tim Dickerson is a veteran who has opened a beautiful facility in the new Eden Venture Business Park. All styles are offered here, so stop by and learn more about this new business. Call them at 336-417-7224 or visit www.platinumkutz.style to schedule an appointment. 


Save-A-Lot Food Store: Staying Open in Eden!

This Eden store will remain open and is ready to serve your grocery shopping needs. Stop by their 640 S. Van Buren Road location for dairy, frozen foods, grocery and other items. They are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week. You can reach them at 336-627-9555.


Seth M. Woodall & Associates

This Eden law firm has added a new attorney as it strives to meet the legal needs of Eden and Rockingham County. Tim Dugan, a graduate of Elon Law School, began work at the firm on January 11. Seth Woodall & Associates offers real estate, estate planning, personal injury, civil litigation and corporation and business set-up services. Call 336-623-3138 or email info@woodall-law.com for more information. 

  

Industry 

Eden Venture Business Park (formerly Eden Mall)

As most people have seen thus far, owner Ron Hutchens has done an exceptional job of improving the exterior of the former Eden Mall. He is offering build-to-suit spaces for businesses, with the exception of retailers. Thus far, Platinum Kutz has been established in the facility, opening February 1. Another company is now considering the space. 

If you would like a location for your business, visit www.edenventurebusinesspark.com for more information and to apply.


Nestle Purina

In December of 2020, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approved a $2 million building reuse grant for Nestle Purina. This funding will be used to help upfit the former MillerCoors facility for Nestle Purina. Special thanks goes to Existing Industry Manager Kerry Taylor of the Rockingham County Economic Development Department for her work in writing this grant.


Night Owl National StoneWorks

The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority also approved a $100,000 building reuse grant for the Eden Venture Business Park (formerly the Eden Mall) to help upfit a cabinetry facility in this space. 


Weil-McLain

This Eden company currently has openings for two manufacturing engineers and one purchasing agent. In addition, they have 25 full-time hourly positions that are open including assembly, material handling and machine operators. Visit www.weil-mclain.com/careers for more information.

 

Main Street 

B & K Bargains-New Store!

This new 232 The Boulevard business is owned by Christy Williams. This thrift store business can be reached at 336-250-7586.


Former Jones Hardware Building

This iconic 630 Washington Street building has been purchased by Olde Leaksville Gun Shop owner Barry Carter. Barry has already started renovating the space, which is another example of progress in Eden’s most historic commercial area. Thanks to Barry and all the merchants and property owners who have invested in Uptown Eden—an exciting place to visit, shop and dine.

 

Tourism

The 2021 Event Calendar is set. Pending lifted restrictions, we are preparing for 2021 events & festivals!

  • Spring Grown & Gathered                    May 20
  • Piedmont Pottery Festival                     June 5
  • Oink & Ale                                          June 19
  • Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest                          July 24
  • Summer Grown & Gathered                  August 12
  • Touch-A-Truck                                    August 21
  • RiverFest                                             September 17 & 18
  • Heritage & Heroes                                October 16
  • WinterFest                                           December 4

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate and showcase our Small Town~Big Outdoors!

 

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, answer questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19 and pass a temperature check before they are allowed into the facility. Staff will also sanitize the facility before, during and at the end of each evening.

 

Basketball Program

Staff has begun registration for youth boys and girls basketball and will possibly start practicing with masks required if not affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

 

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 ten 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 ten.

 

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. There will continue to be no shelter rentals at this time. 

Tournaments at Freedom Park Softball Complex and Multi-Purpose Field are scheduled to begin in February if not affected by COVID-19 restrictions. 

The 2021 Freedom Park schedule of events has been completed. If restrictions surrounding COVID-19 are lifted, there will be weekend tournaments scheduled at Freedom Park ballfields beginning February 6 and running through December 6. Included in the schedule of events is a N.C. Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament from July 16-22.

 

Garden of Eden Center

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


PLANNING & INSPECTIONS

 

Boards and Commissions

There will be no Boards and Commissions meetings during the month of January that are not required by law.

 

Codes Inspector Position

Fred Fleming has been hired as a Codes Inspector Trainee and is working with Chief Inspector Bob Vincent on a daily basis.

 

Collections

The City collected $249.00 for code enforcement fees. Payments made to the Rockingham County Tax Department in December for code enforcement fees that are due to the City of Eden were $13,251.02.

 

COVID-19 CDBG Assistance to Low and Moderate Income Citizens Grant

Staff received notice of the grant agreement and package being sent from the Housing Finance Agency. 

 

Draper CDBG

The environmental review was completed and its record was posted on the City’s website, advertised in the Rockingham Now newspaper and is available for review at City Hall. The comment period for the environmental review record has ended and the report has been sent to the N.C. Department of Commerce with a ‘Request for Release of Funds’ for the grant.


GIS

Staff is making progress with the solid waste maps requested by Public Works so that each truck can have a navigational device to direct them on the most efficient routes. The on-line services have been updated for City Staff to use with their mobile devices. The Engineering Department is providing data on the sewer remediation work as it progresses so that it can be made available to City staff as soon as possible. 

 

Historic Preservation Certified Local Government

Our Preservation Commission has been certified for a number of years. The annual report has been submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office.

 

Internal Technical Review Committee

The ITRC met and continued discussions regarding the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for next fiscal year’s budget.

 

Nantucket Mill Project

At the present time, the City is awaiting an answer from the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. City staff is continuing to pursue grant funds for the project. However, Council has approved a way for the City to proceed with the project.

 

Tree City USA

Eden has been designated as a Tree City USA since the 1990s. The annual report, prepared by Planner Debbie Galloway, to continue the program has been submitted. 

  

Unified Development Ordinance

The UDO is now effective. The next step will be to schedule a training session with City Council, the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and City staff.  

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Various administrative law enforcement personnel plan to attend the quarterly Rockingham County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) at the Rockingham County Emergency Services location in Wentworth on January 20 in addition to participating in a prayer walk on The Boulevard on January 30.

 

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