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Goodwill Community Resource Center

(The following press release was issued by Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina on June 19, 2018)

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (Triad Goodwill) is moving locations and changing the way they serve job seekers in the Eden Community.  Starting July 2, the Career Center on Kings Highway is being closed.  The Career Center Coordinator, Laurie Suthard, will continue to be available at the Goodwill retail store, located at 303 E. Arbor Lane (across from Walmart). Rockingham Community College (RCC) classes will be moved to 649 Washington Street, creating a smooth transition for about 50% of people who use the Center.

While a big part of the move is due to overwhelming challenges in the leased facility, Goodwill is taking the opportunity to re-evaluate their services in Eden and engage with the community in a different way.  “Goodwill sees the need to more effectively respond to community needs by partnering with other agencies, such as Rockingham Rescue Mission,” says Vice President of Career Development Services Jessica Schultz.  “We are committed to the Eden community, and will continue to provide the same services we always have – job search assistance, resume development, interview prep, job fairs and hiring events.  Some of that will take place at our retail facility, while others will be housed at community locations.  Additionally, going to a mobile service model will allow us to bring career development supports to people who sometimes struggle to get to us.  Transportation and accessibility are barriers for a lot of folks. This change will allow us to bring services to the community rather than them having to come to us.”

While long-term plans are still being developed, a schedule of career activities will be posted at the Eden Goodwill store.  You can also check out where to find services via Goodwill’s website, triadgoodwill.org, or Facebook. Schultz recognizes that the move will interrupt services for many people, and brings with it some new challenges.  “Goodwill will work hard to continually evaluate the impact of this change and explore options that will enhance our services in Eden. Communication about where to find us will be critical moving forward, and we will do our very best to keep everyone informed.”

For questions or to learn more about how to engage with Goodwill, please fill out the “Contact Us” form on triadgoodwill.org

The RCC students who have been transferred to the RCC Center for Brewing Sciences building on Washington Street have been very pleased with this move and expressed their appreciation to those involved.


Public Safety – It Takes a Community

The Eden Police Department would like to encourage all citizens to play an active role in the safety of our community.  The Eden Police Department is committed to its fight against drugs, gangs, opioid abuse, targeted shootings, vandalism and more, but we believe additional community involvement can make a huge difference!  We would like your help in identifying, locating and arresting criminals in our quest to make our community a safer place to live, work, go to school, and play.

If you see something, know something or have good reason to suspect something, we would encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.  You should not be afraid to call.  Crime Stoppers is a safe and secure way for you to anonymously give information that helps our law enforcement officials make an arrest, close an open case, and open new cases as needed.

In addition, if you and your neighbors are interested in creating a “Neighborhood Watch” community group, the Eden Police Department has the resources and expertise available to assist you in this effort.  Just call the Eden Police Department at 336-627-4282 or send an email to Sergeant Sam Shelton, at sshelton@edennc.us.

We believe “It Takes a Community” and we would appreciate your assistance in our fight to eradicate crime and the undesirables from our community.   Please help us if you can – and Thank You!


Humane Animal Tethering

In response to concerns voiced by members of the animal welfare group, Humane-ity, and other concerned citizens, the members of City Council, working with the Police Department voted to amend our Animal Ordinance on April 17, 2018.  The amended ordinance includes a new section under Chapter 3: Section 3-8 Cruel Treatment.

The new section addresses humane animal tethering as well as sanitary and adequate food, water and shelter.  Chains and ropes are no longer acceptable.  Chains or ropes can tangle up and prevent the dog from access to food, water and shelter or the dog could possibly become entangled in the rope, chain or surrounding objects and become strangled.  Citizens have been allowed six (6) months to come into full compliance with the April 17th changes.  The deadline is October 17, 2018.  Residents who do not comply will be in violation of the ordinance and subject to the penalties outlined in the ordinance and North Carolina State Law.  In the case of a serious violation, the police may seize the animal.

The amended ordinance requires tethered dogs to be attached to a swiveled ground anchor by a coated cable wire at least fifteen (15) feet in length and of sufficient strength to restrain the dog without breaking.  Chains, ropes, twine, cords and non-cable wire are not acceptable types of tethers.  All tethers must have swivels attached to both ends to prevent twisting.  The area should be free of garbage and other debris that can harm the dog.  It shall be unlawful to tether a dog in a manner as to cause injury, strangulation or entanglement of the animal on fences, trees, or other manmade or natural obstacles; or to a fixed-point; or that is under four (4) months of age; or that is sick or injured.  There should be no fences or objects within the radius of the tether that the dog can get hung upon.  The tether must be arranged so as to be free from obstacles that may limit the movable length of the tether. 

The tethering ordinance also states that the tether must be attached to a safe and secure harness or collar.  Under no circumstances shall the tether be placed directly around the dog’s neck. Tethers are never to be used in conjunction with training collars such as choke or pinch style collars and shelter and water must be present and always within reach of a tethered dog.  Properly fitted collars will be required. 



Economic & Tourism Development Department


Berry Hill Regional Mega Park

In the recently approved state budget the NC General Assembly included $1 million in funding for Eden to use for water line extension work.  This $1 million in grant funding will be used to help extend a waterline to the Berry Hill Regional Mega Park and brings the total amount of grant funding for this initiative to more than $4 million for the estimated $7.5 million project.  Special thanks to Senator Phil Berger for his efforts and support in obtaining these funds for our community.

 

Innofa 

Innofa is an Eden company that makes mattress ticking and zippered covers for mattresses.

Ticking is a circular knitted fabric that has inherent stretch properties, ideal for composing mattress fabrics and covers.  Recently, Innofa introduced a very successful patented engineered cover that reduces production labor significantly and added marketing advantages traditional processes could not provide.  This innovation created a lot of benefits for the rapidly- growing e-commerce compressed mattresses industry marketed on Internet.  Congratulations to Innofa on this new innovation.


Loparex 

Loparex makes many different products across all market segments that require adhesive delivery, from removable tabs on adhesive bandages to the aerospace industry. Recently, plant manager Chip Sheeran discussed how the Eden facility is considered innovative and adaptable to change within the organization.  This often leads to the plant becoming the proving ground for new concepts, processes, or equipment.  Congratulations to Loparex on their success.


Gildan

Gildan is currently hiring and looking for people who are willing to work and are capable of passing drug tests.  Recently, three people left Eden restaurants for the opportunity to work full time with quarterly incentives, medical and other benefits.  One is now helping them open a distribution center in another state.  They even have a weekend shift that is 36 hours but you get paid for 40 hours and have the rest of the week off.  This company now employs more than 600 people and is our largest industrial employer.  Please contact Workforce Unlimited (336-347-7783) or Ameristaff (336-623-6252) to begin the employment inquiry process.

Also, this company is planning another sock and shirt sale in Eden in mid-October.  The location has yet to be determined but will be released as soon as it is determined.


Other Area Companies Who Are Hiring

KDH Defense Systems, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Glass Dynamics (they need CDL drivers,) Hampton Inn, Di’Lishi Frozen Yogurt, Cook Out, Papa John’s and Dollar General—Ridgeway, VA are all now hiring.  Please stop by these locations to learn more about the available jobs.


RCC Plumbing Class

Several local plumbing firms have told the community college they need workers.  This is an opportunity to enter a very good trade with great upside career potential. From August 15 through December 10, 2018, RCC will hold a plumbing class on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Students will need safety glasses, work gloves and closed-toed shoes.  Tuition is $180.00, plus $20.00 for supplies. Call 336-342-4261 to register.


RCC Trails Program

Are you interested in the RCC sustainable trail skills classes, but don’t have enough time available to take a class? Join the RCC Trail Crew and learn a little while completing trail work on the trail system at RCC.  The trail crew meets on select Tuesday evenings for only two hours. No experience is required, and everyone is welcome. This crew is open to students, staff, faculty, and community members.

The remaining July workday will be on July 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. They will be meeting in the parking lot at the Horticulture Building. Please call or email Tim Johnson, Director, if you plan to join them so he can have enough tools ready to go. Tim will also need your contact information in case the workday is called off due to weather or some other unforeseen circumstance. Volunteer hours will be recorded and prizes awarded for the more hours you work: RCC Trail Crew T-shirt - 10 hours; Duke Energy TRAILS at RCC Pint Glass - 20 hours; Duke Energy TRAILS at RCC Baseball Cap - 30 hours. Tim Johnson can be reached at 336-342-4261 extension 2704 or at johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu


Lidl Supermarket

In June, the Lidl Director of Communications contacted Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development to say there had been no change in the status of the Eden store.  No timetable has been set to open the store nor has the property been sold, as rumor had claimed.  If you have been following the news, you may have learned that Lidl is experiencing many issues with other store development projects from which they have withdrawn.  They have a new CEO who is trying to set a better course for the company but they have many hurdles ahead of them.

The City has no influence on a private company except to constantly urge them to open the Eden store, which has been done on numerous occasions.  More information will be provided as it is received.


Dan River Water Resources Fund

The City has been invited to submit a full application for the Dan River Nature Trail project that will run from Leaksville Landing to the Bridge Street pump station.  The grant recipients will be announced in October of 2018.


Eden Economic Development Department Grants and other funding received since 2011

Eden city staff members are always seeking grant opportunities to save taxpayer money for projects.  The list below details the $6,093,076 in grants received by our Economic Development Department since 2011:

$   731,000, Golden Leaf Foundation for Berry Hill Regional Mega Park sewer line

$   209,894, Duke Energy contribution to defray marketing expenses after the coal ash spill

$     25,000, Duke Energy contribution in lieu of Rockingham County Community Foundation grant

$     25,000, Rockingham County Community Foundation grant for Grogan Park Trail

$       5,000, Reidsville Area Foundation grant for Grogan Park

$     15,500, Rockingham County Community Foundation grant for bike racks

$     16,931, Rockingham County Community Foundation grant for Smith River Greenway parking lot extension

$1,800,000, NC Drinking Water Resources Fund grant for Berry Hill Regional Mega Park waterline

$   100,000, Duke Energy Water Resources Fund grant for the Matrimony Creek Nature Trail

$     24,975, Rockingham County Community Foundation grant for Freedom Park Trail

$2,000,000, EDA grant for Berry Hill Regional Mega Park water line

$   100,000, Duke Energy Water Resources Fund grant to restore/install river access points

$   997,000, Rural Infrastructure Authority grant for New Street Sewer line upgrade

$     42,776, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant for Get Fit Rockingham  

 

Get Fit Rockingham

This expanded program received a $42,776 Kate B. Reynold’s Charitable Trust grant to fund the 2018 and 2019 programs including Eden, Madison/Mayodan, Reidsville and Stoneville. The program kick-off took place on Saturday, June 2.  The City of Eden took the lead on this countywide program and initiated the grant.  Free t-shirts, pamphlets, and tracking cards are available at the Eden Chamber of Commerce office for anyone interested in participating.


Shaggin’ On Fieldcrest

One of our favorite events of the year is coming up Saturday, July 21 along Fieldcrest Road.  Our Sixth Annual Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will include a FREE concert by Jim Quick & Coastline, delicious food and beverages, Kona Ice and great apparel from Preppy Pirate Outfitters.  Bring your lawn chairs, come early and join us for supper and enjoy a great night of live music by Jim Quick.

 

Grown & Gathered 

Come experience local foods in a picturesque setting along the Canal at the Spray Mercantile at our newest event, “Grown & Gathered”, on Thursday, August 23.  A seasoned chef has designed a mouth-watering menu based on regional recipes and local ingredients.  Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and are limited to the first 120 people.  This includes an incredible summer supper, two drinks, a local handmade pottery plate along with live music.

Come enjoy Eden’s hospitality at its best at our premier farm-to-fork event.  Please call 612-8049 or 344-5539 and reserve your ticket today!

 

Touch-A-Truck

GET READY KIDS! Our fun Touch-A-Truck event is set for Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Henry Street located in Downtown Eden!  There will be fire trucks, a tractor, police car, crane, garbage truck, tractor-trailer, public works trucks & equipment, and many more vehicles to see, sit in and blow the horn.  We will also have your favorite characters there to meet and have your picture taken with!  Plus, there will be hotdogs, shaved ice, cotton candy and lots of other delicious treats.  Admission is a food item for the Kids Backpack Food Program. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

RiverFest

Things are getting very exciting!  Our Fifteenth Annual RiverFest celebration is set for September 14 & 15 and will be full of exciting things to hear, see and do!  Headline bands will be Pizazz for Friday night and The Ultimate Eagles Tribute – On The Border for Saturday night along with two stages of live music from local and regional artists all day long.  Come enjoy a Virtual Kayak Experience without ever getting in the water or take a live excursion with Three Rivers Outfitters down one of our beautiful rivers.  There will be amusements, the Gravity Ball, Knockerball, an awesome Butterfly Encounter walk through exhibit, Carolina Raptors with a bird release, sand art, over 125 artisans, crafters and civic groups and so much more!  Plus, what would a festival be without awesome food.  We will have barbecue, chicken, burgers, stew, philly cheese steak subs, Greek food, funnel cakes, pizza and so much more.  Admission to the festival, concerts and shuttles are all FREE!  Make sure you bring your chairs for the concerts. See you Friday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Text Messaging 

Make sure you are in the know! Text the keyword EDENNC to 51660 and stay up to date on meetings, events and opportunities for our citizens.


“A Few Minutes with The Mayor” 

Tune in to WGSR Star News the last Thursday of every month at 6:15 p.m. and spend 15 minutes with Eden’s Mayor Neville Hall.


Explore Eden Facebook Page 

Please join our Explore Eden facebook page as another way to stay up to date on what to do in Eden! We have over 7,000 followers!


John E. Grogan Park

A big thank you to all who attended the City of Eden sponsored Chamber Coffee in our beautiful John E. Grogan Park this month.  We hope everyone will enjoy the park this Summer and Fall. Bring a picnic, sit in the swing and enjoy the chimes, walk the trail, or just sit under the gazebo and enjoy a good book or great conversation with friends.  The park grounds, plaza and gazebo are available for weddings, corporate gatherings, reunions or other events.  Also, the fountain, beautiful structures and trees make for a great photo session.


Bridge Street Parking

Paving crews recently returned to finish grading and begin paving the parking lot and alley way.  If weather continues to cooperate, the paving should be completed by August.  


622 Washington Street

Debris from the crumbling sidewall has been removed by the contractors, Wright and Wray,  and the back wall has been framed in, bricked and a new back door installed. Old flooring was removed from the second story to allow for a new sub floor.  Second story windows have been removed for replacement.  The projected completion date of this building is currently August 30, 2018.


Fieldcrest Public Space 

A tremendous amount of progress has become apparent in the last month in this space that was formerly occupied by two buildings at the intersection of Fieldcrest Road and Mill Avenue.  Work below grade included removal of debris and waterproofing the surrounding walls along with gravel back fill.  Multiple loads of dirt were deposited then compacted.  Concrete was poured and a medallion was stamped in the center of the structure.  A lighting design was implemented and fixtures have been ordered.  A large decorative sign using a popular logo from the newly implemented branding study has also been ordered.  As stucco is replaced on the walls, the sign and lighting will be installed.  The space will also have Wi Fi accessibility.


EDDI

The Eden Downtown Development Corporation Design sub-committee is researching small-scale public art installations.  Similar projects have made large impacts with minimal expense.  The areas for public art could include non-traditional spaces in our downtown.  For more information, please contact Randy Hunt, Main Street Manager at rhunt@edennc.us.


Luther Hodges Exhibit @ City Hall

The Eden Rotary Club and Eden Preservation Society previously submitted a letter of interest to the Home Trust Endowment for the future Luther Hodges exhibit at city hall.  They have received tentative approval and will now move on to the next step of the application process.

 

Cars and Coffee

The next Cars and Coffee event will be Saturday, July 28 at Family Video.  This event takes place on the last Saturday each month and will run through the month of September.


REAL Certification 

Randy Hunt, Eden’s Main Street Manager, has now been certified as a facilitator through the REAL Institute (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning). REAL Entrepreneurship is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship education.  This will help us when providing assistance to aspiring and existing business owners as well as in the establishment of a SCORE chapter of retired executives helping such business owners.



Engineering Department


Street Resurfacing Projects - Update

The FY 2018-19 Street Resurfacing Contract, No. 1 was awarded to Waugh Asphalt, Inc.  The scope of work includes the adjustment of structures, patching, asphalt milling, surface treatment, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction.  The availability date for this contract is July 16, 2018. Waugh Asphalt plans to start work by August 1.  The completion date for this project is August 31, 2018.  The estimated cost of the project is approximately $488,000.


NCDOT/Highway 14, Kings Highway and Stadium Drive Interchange Improvements

NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) is collecting preliminary data to decide what type of improvements if any are needed at the interchanges along NC14/Van Buren Road to support future transportation improvement projects.  The preliminary surveying is being completed along NC 14, Kings Highway and Stadium Drive for the planning of possible improvements to the NC14/Van Buren Road interchanges at Kings Highway and Stadium Drive.  NCDOT has informed us that the City will be contacted when a recommendation is finalized.


Public Utilities

Southeast Connections is installing a new 8-inch plastic gas main for Piedmont Natural Gas along New Street and West Fieldcrest Road to replace an old gas main that was retired late last year. This project includes the installation of approximately 10,000 linear feet of plastic pipe. There will not be any services installed on the new main.  The main is being installed to ensure sufficient supply can be provided during the winter months in high demand situations.  Piedmont Natural Gas plans to have this new main installed and in operation by October 1, 2018.


Waterline Replacement Projects Update

Workers from Sam W. Smith, Inc. were able to get by some old and unexpected gas main piping near the intersection of Jackson Street and Farrell Street, before continuing west to install 6-inch ductile iron water main pipe along the south side of Farrell Street. During a temporary shutdown of the water to area residents on June 21, the crew was able to install a 6-inch valve on the existing 6-inch water main in Farrell Street. After closing the new valve and restoring water service, the crew was able to install the last 41 feet of new water main for this project and connect to the existing 6-inch main. Pressure testing and initial chlorination of the new 732 feet of pipe was completed the next day. Two crews were involved with making new water taps, with the last one completed on July 3. Asphalt pavement repairs were completed on July 9.

A Sam W. Smith, Inc. crew started work on the South Byrd Street waterline replacement project on June 18 by making a 2-inch tap off the existing 6-inch water main at the intersection with Stegall Street. They steadily installed the schedule 80 plastic pipe, heading north towards South Avenue. The crew was able to make a 2-inch tap off the existing 6-inch water main in South Avenue on June 26. The crew then left to assist with the Jackson & Farrell project.  After installing a new 2-inch valve at the South Avenue intersection on July 10, the crew was able to get the hydrostatic pressure test for the new 664 feet of water main to pass shortly before lunch the next day. If the remainder of the required testing is passed in the following days, a crew from Collection and Distribution is expected to start making taps for customers during the week of July 16.



Finance & Human Resources Department


Increase in Delinquent Payment Penalty for Delinquent Water & Sewer Accounts

Effective July 1, 2018 the City of Eden will be increasing the delinquent payment penalty for delinquent water and sewer accounts from $25.00 to $40.00.  Currently Water and Sewer customers have 20 days to pay their water bill.  A $10.00 late fee is added to accounts that are unpaid by the due date.  If the account is still delinquent 10 days after the due date, we currently charge a $25.00 delinquent payment penalty (increasing to $40.00 effective July 1, 2018).  We also pull or lock water meters, if the account is still delinquent 10 more days after the cutoff date and there is another $25.00 fee charged to reestablish service.  Due to the increase in delinquent accounts, effective July 1, 2018 the Billing & Collections Division will be applying a delinquent payment penalty of $40.00 (instead of $25.00) directly to the account when the cut off list is generated and $25.00 directly to the account when the pull/lock meter lists are generated.  Water and Sewer customers must pay their delinquent bill by 4:30 on the day prior to cutoff.  A reminder notice will continue to be mailed out after the due date. 

The Finance Department offers several convenient ways for you to pay many of your city bills, providing you with new levels of convenience, cash management and benefits from credit card reward programs along with providing a safe, secure and proven way to reduce paperwork, speed transactions and eliminate errors.

  • Option I: Electronic payments for water bills, recreation payments and other miscellaneous payments using all major credit and debit cards, via the Internet at www.edennc.us 
  • Option II: MasterCard, Visa, and debit cards at the counter or MasterCard and Visa cards   by telephone (623-2110, option 1)
  • Option III: Automatic bank draft - customers who prefer to pay by bank draft must come to the Finance Department to set up their account
  • Option IV: Payment Drop Box is located in front of City Hall.  Just drive up, fill out the envelope and insert your bill and payment.  Finance Department personnel will be checking the box at 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each business day to collect the payments.
  • Note:  The City of Eden has no connection with DOXO.com.

We hope you will take the time to consider each of these payment options and hopefully one will work for you.  The city does not charge additional fees for these payment types.  Our employees are eager to provide both service and information to those who request it.  If you do not find the information you seek within our website, please stop by the Finance Department at City Hall or call 623-2110, option 1 for a personal response to your inquiry.


Information Technology Department


Congratulations to Taylor Rorrer, IT Specialist, on his recent graduation from the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program at the UNC School of Government.

The CIO Certification Program involves 11-months of course work that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing the most critical issues facing information technology (IT) leadership in local governments. The purpose of the course is to equip IT personnel with the requisite tools to manage and improve their organizational technology assets. The course addresses major topics including IT governance, project management, risk assessment and management. Mr. Kevin Taylor, Director of Information Technology, is a graduate of the 2007 CGCIO cohort.


Municipal Services Department



Klyce Street River Access and Draper Landing River Access

The City of Eden has been awarded a $100,000 Duke Energy Water Resources Fund Grant for the development of a new river access at Klyce Street and for improvements to the Draper Landing river access.  We are currently in the process of surveying the property at Klyce Street in preparation for this project and are currently making arrangements to replace the steps at the Draper Landing river access.



Parks & Recreation Department


Parks & Recreation Grant

In the recently approved state budget the NC General Assembly included $500,000 in funding for Eden to use towards Parks and Recreation.  This $500,000 grant will be used to help build the new Splash Pad complex that will be constructed within Freedom Park.  Special thanks to Senator Phil Berger for his efforts and support in obtaining these funds for our community.


Community Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program

Staff will be participating in the Community Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on July 13 and August 10. In addition, staff participated in the Parks & Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on June 27 and will participate again on July 25 to update the public on our recreational program offerings during the months of August and September.  We remain involved in these community outreach efforts in an effort to update residents about the programs being offered by our Parks & Recreation Department.


North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone State Tournament

The NC Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone State Tournament will get underway at Freedom Park on July 13 with a family pizza night and Opening Ceremonies, and tournament games will be held from July 14 – July 19 at Freedom Park. The winner will advance to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Lumberton, NC in August, 2018.


Mill Avenue Swimming Pool 

The Mill Avenue Swimming Pool is open for the summer season and will remain open through Labor Day Weekend. For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at gspence@edennc.us.


Summer Day Camp Program 

The Summer Day Camp Program is currently in progress and will run through August 17.  For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at gspence@edennc.us.


Concert in the Park Series & Cruise In
The next Concert in the Park/Cruise In event will be held on July 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Freedom Park. These events will be held on the last Saturday of each month through October 2018.  For more information please call 336-623-2110 Extension 3030 or email Ms. Georgette Spence at gspence@edennc.us.


Be Healthy Rockingham County 

Staff continues to be involved with Be Healthy Rockingham.  They will be attending the Be Healthy Rockingham meetings scheduled for July 17 and August 21.


Softball Tournaments

There are softball tournaments scheduled at Freedom Park on July 21 - 22, July 28 – 29, August 4 – 5, August 11 – 12, and August 18 – 19.  These events bring visitors to our community who often end up spending money that helps our local economy.


Matrimony Creek Greenway Project - Update

A Ribbon Cutting has been scheduled for August 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Matrimony Creek Greenway.  Please join us and feel free to explore this new trail.



Planning & Inspections Department


Code Enforcement

As we prepare to turn over all abatement fees incurred since July 1, 2017 to the Rockingham County Tax Department, letters were mailed to all property owners that would be affected by this change.  The letters gave them the opportunity to pay prior to the County taking over the collection.  We have already received payments from 2 property owners. 

 

CDGB Grant Application

Based upon advice from the PTRC (Piedmont Triad Regional Council) staff, the city intends to apply for a jurisdiction wide grant.  This round of funding will allow us to do demolition work as well as rehabilitation work.



Police Department


Welcome to Officer Eric Gann & Retirement of Lieutenant Richie Jeffries

The Eden Police Department would like to welcome Officer Eric Gann.  He was sworn in as an Eden Police Officer on July 12.  In addition, we have advertised for a full-time position to replace the position being vacated by the retirement of Lieutenant Richie Jeffries, which became effective on July 1.  Again, thank you to Richie Jeffries for his years of dedicated service and congratulations on his well-earned retirement!


Men of Valor Excelling M.O.V.E. Program

During the week of July 16 - 19, the Eden Police Department will participate in the ‘Men of Valor Excelling’ M.O.V.E. program.  This program will be based out of the Leaksville-Spray Elementary School and will include students in the 7th and 8th grade.  Local individuals from Eden and the Rockingham County School system in leadership positions will be speaking to the students about decision-making and future decisions that may impact the rest of their lives.  This program also includes the children visiting the library, UNC Rockingham Hospital, swimming at the YMCA and attending a robotics class.  The Police Department will have officers with students during staggered times of the week to participate and interact with them in various activities.  This will be the first year our department has participated in this program and we look forward to engaging with our youth. 






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