City Manager’s Report – November 2018
behalf of the Mayor, members of City Council and the city employees, I would
like to express our best wishes to each of you, for a blessed Thanksgiving
holiday. During this special time of year, we hope each of you takes time from
your busy schedules to reflect on the simple pleasures of life, to be grateful
to the people in your lives that bring you happiness and to give thanks for our
service members, veterans and the other blessings in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!
Economic & Tourism Development Department
A Charlotte, NC Commercial Property Asset Recovery Company has been selected as the Receiver for the SGRTex property located on Summit Road in Eden. This company is charged with selling the property as quickly as possible. Numerous commercial real estate brokers and yarn-spinning companies have been contacted about this available facility. The 180,000 SF facility should be quite marketable either with or without the current machinery and equipment.
The City is currently assisting an Eden industrial employer with a potential expansion.
State of Rockingham
On Friday, October 19, Gildan VP of Wholesale Distribution-Printwear Nick Freitag, RCC President Mark Kinlaw and Eden Director of Economic Development Mike Dougherty served as panelists at this Triad Business
Journal event. Topics covered during the event included MillerCoors, Piedmont Triad road improvements, the UNC acquisition of Morehead Hospital, the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill and Commonwealth Crossing.
recounted Gildan’s 2010 expansion towards automation in the Eden facility
thereby making them much more efficient. When he first arrived in Eden, trucks
were hand-loaded and not in any particular order. It took customers 3 hours to
unload a truck. That is now down to one hour because the colors and sizes of
each shirt are arranged in a much more efficient pattern. This automation led
to more Eden jobs. As Eden’s largest industrial employer, Gildan now employs 500 full-time and an additional 100+ temporary workers.
RCC President Mark Kinlaw discussed the ¼-cent sales tax initiative and how the workforce development center that it will fund will make Rockingham County more competitive in attracting industry. Workforce is the most significant factor in industrial recruitment because of the low unemployment rate as well as the need for more skilled labor.
Mr. Dougherty discussed the recent increased interest in the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill, the need to continue transportation improvements, and developments at the MillerCoors facility. At least three companies have expressed interest in this facility of late. He also noted the importance of the UNC Healthcare acquisition of Eden’s largest employer, the former Morehead Hospital. It is difficult for some communities to thrive if they do not have a health care facility.
213 Kings Automotive
Nissan closed this car lot and the one it had operated on Hwy 220 south of
Madison. The Nissan dealership’s General Manager revealed that they decided to
consolidate operations in Reidsville. Both of their satellite lots had not
produced the expected sales, especially in recent months.
October, an Eden resident emailed Lidl about the status of the Eden store. This
is part of the response she received:
“I can certainly understand your frustrations in regards to Lidl opening in Eden, and I wish that I had more updated information to provide. I will let our real estate team know that you’ve asked about this location, and for the sake of yourself and many other people that have contacted us, I hope that we will have some good news to share in the future”.
knows Eden consumers and City Staff are eager for the store opening. However, it becomes increasingly apparent
that nothing will happen until they get their internal issues corrected. This
store not opening does not have much to do with Eden; it has quite a lot to do
with the realities of the U.S. market that have not been favorable to them with
their current product mix and marketing strategies.
Small Business Video
Videographer Chase Nappier videoed seven Eden businesses for the Small Business Video that will be placed on the City of Eden web site next to the industry video. The businesses profiled included Make It Fit More Alterations, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Turner Furniture, Cirrus Construction, Sweet Revenge Bakery and Occasion Cakes, Mitchell’s Drug, and Belladonna Antiques and Originals. The video should be completed and placed on the web site by late November.
Disability and Transit System Deputy Executive Director/Senior Director of
Transit Services Meggan Odell presented information on the SKAT bus ridership
at the October 2018 Eden City Council meeting.
- 74,000 SKAT riders have patronized the system since its 2011 inception.
- Busiest stops are the two Dollar General Stores (Stadium Drive and Morgan Road) and Wal-Mart.
- The early 6:00am-7:00am route to accommodate people needing to travel to work has attracted 3 consistent patrons and up to 12.
- This early service is only being offered in Eden because the City lobbied for it to help those
without transportation to have a way to work.
Dan River ST8 Crossings Regional Marketing Campaign
campaign which includes eight regional partners within the Dan River Region
continues to seek additional partners and advertisers as it approaches its
third year. Thus far, Patrick County, Martinsville/Henry County, and Danville
have supported the campaign in Virginia. North Carolina partners include Stokes
County, Rockingham County, Caswell County and the City of Eden. The campaign
organizers are also seeking grant support. The regional marketing campaign is designed to promote the
positive elements of the Dan River and those communities that comprise the Dan
River Region. Visit www.DanRiverST8Crossings.com for more information.
Opioid Crisis Meeting
Phil Berger hosted an October 25 meeting in Stokes County about the
opioid crisis in the rural areas of NC. Several people spoke about the status
of opioid abuse in Stokes and Rockingham Counties. There was a packed house in
the Stokes County community center. Some interesting facts and recommendations
resulting from the meeting include:
- 115 Americans die from opioid overdose daily
- 97.4% of opioid misuse originates from prescription drug use.
- Rockingham County
- 2016 61 overdoses
- 2017 129 overdoses
- 2018 98 through September meaning they are on course surpass 2017
- Professionals say that people who overcome opioid addiction should be treated like heroes and not villains, which is often the case.
- People on disability often sell opioids as a way to make ends meet.
- The loss of marijuana sale profits in states that have approved marijuana for recreational use has caused the drug cartels to sell harder drugs, such as heroin, often laced with fentanyl, to compensate for these losses.
- People are holding NARCAN parties in which the participants try several types of drugs. The person who gets most intoxicated is then given NARCAN to make them recover. The attendees then go to the dealer who sold the most potent drug so they can get equally intoxicated.
Little Pork Shop” is the name of a new restaurant expected to open by the end
of November at 629 Monroe Street, formerly Angelo’s Pizza Pub and Kitty’s. The
venue is open and airy and is best described as a “funky little BBQ joint” by
owner Donna Hopkins, formerly of Red River Grille. Donna has completed
extensive renovations of the building for her new restaurant.
At the October 16 Eden City Council meeting the Council chose to accept the standing high bid of $15,573.50 for this downtown building. Small finish work is being completed and sale documents are being prepared to complete the transfer of the property to the new owner. The City used a grant to help rehabilitate the building, which will now house a functioning business and return the property to the tax rolls.
Fieldcrest Public Space
A lighting package is part of the renovation of this public space located at the corner of Mill Avenue and Fieldcrest Road in the downtown Draper area of Eden. It will be completed when weather permits. Proposals to secure the back of the building were favorably received by the Positively
Eden Strategic Planning Commission. Benches are being proposed for the space to provide seating. At its November 20 meeting, City Council will vote on funding this part of the project from funds previously set aside for the Strategic Plan in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.
Bridge Street Parking
release of funds from a grant received by the Home Trust Endowment is expected
by the end of November. The grant will
be used to complete the project by striping the lot and general
landscaping. New signage to more effectively direct motorists to the municipal parking lot located next to Holland and Associates was supported by the Positively
Eden Strategic Planning Commission and should be installed soon.
Downtown Development Inc. (EDDI)
Eden Downtown Development Corporation has submitted Ashley Latham Photography
for a 2018 NC Main Street Award for Best Endangered Property Rescue for her
work in transforming three, formerly vacant buildings on Washington Street. The
EDDI has expressed interest in a project involving the restoration of the
historic Balmar Theater in the Draper Municipal Service District of Eden.
Eden Rotary Club and Eden Preservation Society continue collecting artifacts
for the Luther Hodges exhibit that will be coming soon to Eden City Hall.
Hodges was born in Cascade, VA but spent most of his formative years in the
Spray section of Eden. He had a distinguished career as U.S. Secretary of
Commerce, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of NC and Chairman of the Research
Triangle Park Foundation. If you have items related to Luther Hodges that you
would like to donate to the exhibit, please contact Randy Hunt at
336-612-8034. This project has been generously supported by the Home Trust Endowment of Home Trust Bank.
Boulevard Merchants Association hosted their first ever Halloween Parade on
October 31. Children filled the street
as they visited businesses to kick off their night of Trick-or-Treating. Awards for best, most creative and most scary
costumes were given. The merchants plan to make this an annual event. They will
also host a Cars and Crabs event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 17, a
combination car show and low country boil. Contact Randy Hunt at 336-612-8034
for more details.
Volunteers are working together to shape an Eden entrepreneurship program that could feed into a local SCORE chapter. SCORE is the Service Corp of Retired Executives who donate their time to help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with their business needs. The program will contain many strategies of economic development recommended in the Positively Eden Strategic Plan. Efforts of the EDDI, Chamber of Commerce and local educators as well of
local professionals are being coordinated to inform participants of best
practices to build successful businesses in Eden.
Southern Sisters, a former Patrick Street retailer, has returned to Eden and is now located at 711 Washington Street in the former Macy J’s building. Southern Sisters sells
women’s and children’s clothing and accessories.
Veterans Day Program
We would like to send out
a huge thank you to Christy Bailey from Rockingham County Schools along with
the students from Central Elementary & Lincoln Elementary for a very
special and meaningful 15th Annual Veterans Day Program on November 13. Another big thank you goes out to Morehead High School, MHS Band, Morehead JROTC, Rockingham County Veterans Honor Guard, Sheriff Sam Page, Bob & Melvene Boone and all those who gave food for the reception. We really appreciate all of the parents and citizens who came to support the kids. Most of all, we want to thank all OUR VETERANS!
Winterfest & Jingle Bell Rockin 5K
Join us in Grogan Park
located on the City Hall Campus at 308 E. Stadium Drive on December 8 from
4 to 8 p.m. for a brand new event – WINTERFEST! We are collaborating with the Rockingham
County School System and their JINGLE BELL ROCKIN 5K to create an evening of
Winter Fun! Some of the activities will include:
· Large Red and Green Inflatable Slide
· Large Movie Screen with “Frozen” being
· Frozen Characters Strolling
· Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Popcorn,
Hotdogs, Walking Tacos
· Smore’s Bar
· Santa available for Pictures
· Beautiful and Fun Decorations
· Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30
· JINGLE BELL ROCKIN 5K will begin at 5:00
p.m. with Registration beginning at 3:30 p.m.
· Admission is FREE. All activities are free
accept the 5K registration fee. Food will have a minimal cost.
Christmas Dates To Remember and Mark on Your Calendar
Mark your calendars
because you do not want to miss any of the upcoming Christmas celebrations here
· November 23 – Leaksville Night-Time
Christmas Parade – 6:30 p.m.
· November 27 – Draper Tree Lighting – 6:00
· December 1 – 52nd Annual Draper Children’s Christmas Parade – 11:00 a.m.
· December 8 – Jingle Bell Rockin’ 5K &
WinterFest – 4 to 8 p.m.
Wire Animal Public Art Project
Watch our Explore Eden Facebook
page and keep up with artist Josh Cote as he creates our 6 wire animals for our
latest Public Art Project in Grogan Park. The rabbits, fox and owl are
completed! He is currently working on the beautiful heron.
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Street Resurfacing Projects
The bid documents for the FY 2018-19 Street Resurfacing
Contract, No. 2 will be sent out to contractors on November 26, 2018. The scope
of work includes the repair and resurfacing along sections of the following
streets: Norman Drive, Smith Street, Lewis Street, Seymour Court, Coleman
Street, Greenwood Street, Carroll Street, Davis Street, Riverside Drive, Thomas
Street, Wedgewood Court, City Hall Drive, Madison Street, Wildflower Lane and
Highland Park Drive. The work is scheduled to be completed in April and May of
next year. The bid opening will be held on December 13, 2018.
Asphalt Pavement Crack Sealing
The city has hired Delta Contracting to crack seal E. Moore
Street, the walking track and some of the parking lots at Freedom Park. The
work has not been completed yet due to recurring rain events. If weather
permits, the contractor should complete the crack sealing sometime over the
next few weeks.
Restriping of Country Club Drive
The city will be restriping a section of Country Club Drive
to install a lane of traffic specifically for the student pickup line that
stages along the west side of Country Club Drive in the afternoons. The
centerline will be shifted to the east approximately 10 feet to allow for a
third lane of traffic. The new lane of traffic will be designated as a turn
lane into the school parking lot and will be marked with single right turn
arrows. The new markings will be installed as soon as weather permits.
Repair at Freedom Park
The city has hired Dalton Enterprises Asphalt Paving to
repair a section of the roadway near the amphitheater at Freedom Park. The work
is currently scheduled to start on Monday, November 26, 2018 weather
permitting. Road closures will be necessary to complete the construction so
please avoid the work zones while crews are working.
NCDOT Resurfacing of
NC 14/Van Buren Road
The North Carolina Department of Transportation had the
contractor that completed the asphalt pavement repairs come in during the week
of October 15 to remove the centerline reflectors in the work zone. Since that
time, due to recurring rain events and lower temperatures, the contractor has
not been able to install the FR-SAMI application that is to be applied prior to
resurfacing. The contractor needs two weeks of dry weather with temperatures in
the mid to high 50’s to complete the work. At this time, the project is still
open and the work will be completed if the weather cooperates. If not, the
completion of this project will have to be delayed until next spring.
Replacement Projects Update
Bid packages for the Morehead Street 2” waterline replacement
project were mailed to local utility contractors on October 16. The plans
prepared by Stoltzfus Engineering, Inc. received approval from the Public Water
Supply Section on November 2. Joyce Backhoe Services, Inc. was the low
bidder at the bid opening held on November 8. Prior to awarding the
contract, efforts are underway to revise a couple work items to lower the cost
of the project from the corrected base bid of $102,390. This project will
involve the installation of about 500 feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron
water main between Glovenia Street and Hollingsworth Street.
Citty’s Plumbing and Pools, Inc. was the low bidder on
October 23 for the proposed installation of about 280 feet of 2-inch diameter
PVC water main along Ridge Avenue west of N. Hale Street. Agreements for
the project were executed on November 13 after receiving a performance and
payment bond based on the base bid price of $47,218. The crew is expected
to start work after the Thanksgiving holidays, with the actual date depending
on weather delays with current work.
A bid opening date of December 4 has been set for the Jackson
Street and W. Moore Street waterline replacement project. Final revisions
to the bid documents and specifications were made on November 11 by Alley,
Williams, Carmen & King, Inc. A memo was sent to area utility
contractors that afternoon with a dropbox link to access the bid documents and
construction drawings if interested in bidding. The plans have been
approved by the Public Water Supply Section for the installation of up to 905
feet of 6-inch diameter ductile iron water main.
October 7th thru the 13th was fire prevention week. During the month of
October, the Eden Fire Department conducted six public education events
throughout the city and attended the Lowe’s Home Improvement safety day held at
the Mayodan location. The events included information on how to call 911, home
escape drills, use of a fire extinguisher and the importance of smoke
detectors. The safety messages were delivered to approximately six hundred
adults and children.
Collection of Leaves
is Now Underway
The City of Eden is in the process of collecting
leaves for leaf season. Residents should place their leaves behind the curb or
edge of the road, and leaves must be separated from brush. During heavy rain events, leaves may not be
picked up on schedule due to water damaging the leaf machine. However, leaves will be picked up when they
dry out. The City will be collecting
leaves on a regular basis until February.
Parks & Recreation Department
Accents Program & Parks & Recreation Radio Program
Staff participated in the Community
Accents Program with WLOE (Wonderful Land of Eden) radio on October 24 and will
be participating in the same program on December 14. In addition, staff participated in the Parks
& Recreation Radio Program with WLOE on November 9 and will be participating
in the same program again on November 28 to update the public on our
recreational program offerings during the months of December and January. We remain involved in these community
outreach efforts in an effort to update residents about the programs being
offered by our Parks & Recreation Department.
Concert in the Park Series &
Concert in the Park/Cruise in/Fall Festival event was held in Freedom Park on
Be Healthy Rockingham County
Staff continues to be involved with
Be Healthy Rockingham. They attended the Be Healthy Rockingham meeting held on November
14 and will attend the one scheduled for December 12.
There are softball tournaments
scheduled at Freedom Park on November 10-11, November 17-18, December 1-2, and
December 8-9. These events bring visitors to our community who often end up
spending money that helps our local economy.
The City Council awarded a contract
to Cirrus Construction to Design and Build the Freedom Park Splash Pad Bath
House at their monthly meeting on October 16. Cirrus Construction is preparing
construction documents and plans on beginning construction sometime in December
2018. VORTEX is preparing construction documents for the Freedom Park Splash
Pad and they plan to begin construction in December 2018.
Matrimony Creek Greenway Nature
Trail & Parking Lot Update
The Matrimony Creek
Greenway Nature Trail has been re-opened now that the necessary repairs have
been completed because of the damage the trail sustained from the impacts of
hurricane/tropical storm Michael. Special thanks to the employees involved in the work to restore this
trail. Also, the City Council authorized the paving of the Matrimony Creek Greenway Nature Trail Parking Lot at their meeting on September 18, using funds from the Positively Eden Strategic Plan Funds for
FY 2018-19. Prices were received for
this project and a P.O. was issued, but this project was put on hold until the spring
of 2019 due to the repairs and restoration work needed due to the damage from
Bridge Street Tennis Courts Resurfacing Project
The resurfacing of the Bridge Street
Tennis Courts was completed during the week of October 22 and they are now open
to the public. They look fantastic!
Planning & Inspections Department
126 local code inspections were made since the last report. The breakdown of types are as follows: 12 for
building violations, 53 for high grass, 25 for junk cars, 22 for junk storage,
2 for yard waste, 5 for zoning violations and 7 for miscellaneous inspections. Miscellaneous
inspections would include, but are not limited to, sight obstructions, sewer
discharges on to the ground, improper vented wood stove and accumulation of
72 notices have been mailed by certified mail and first class
mail. Many properties require more than one notice because of multiple owners. The
number of properties affected are as follows: 20 for high grass, 2 for high grass and junk cars, 2 for high grass and
junk storage, 14 for junk, 19 for junk cars, 3 for junk storage and junk cars,
4 for a zoning violation, and 8 housing code violations.
In an effort to identify property owners, our staff regularly
consults with the Clerk of Superior Court of Rockingham County, North Carolina,
regarding deceased property owners and with the Medicaid Estates Recovery
Department in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Statements were mailed out the last week of October to all
property owners with an outstanding balance. Since the tax bills were mailed in
August, the City has received $3,897.54 on code enforcement fees that were
billed with the property taxes.
The Engineering staff continues to search for water meters that
have been installed since the new system was put into place and provide the
data for water meters that are shown incorrectly on our maps. We have received
a new geodatabase from WK Dickson Engineering with data for the sewer projects
done in the last 5 years. The data received is incomplete at this point and we
will continue to work with them to get the correct data that will assist our staff
in their day-to-day operations.
Land Use Regulations Update
The City of
Eden is the only municipality in North Carolina that is the result of the
consolidation of four local governments. They are:
Greens Metropolitan Sanitary District
All four of
these local governments had land use regulations including zoning and
subdivision. All four had their own
Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment. The newly established “City of Eden”
adopted a jurisdiction wide zoning ordinance on July 16, 1968 and a
jurisdiction wide subdivision ordinance on May 20, 1969. The flood damage
prevention and the water supply watershed protection programs were first
adopted shortly after consolidation. In 1989, the City of Eden hired its first
professional planner. At that time, the City Council was concerned that the
city’s land use regulations were 20 years old. The first task for this new
position was to update the land use regulations. Four years later in June of
1993, the City Council decided not to adopt the revised land use ordinance. Since
that time, we have amended the zoning map 200 times and the zoning text 130
times. Nearly 30 years after the first decision to adopt a Unified Development
Ordinance, we now have a 50-year old ordinance that is mired in the 1960’s.
What is a Unified Development
Development Ordinance (UDO) is a local policy document that combines
traditional zoning and subdivision regulations along with other regulations
such as design guidelines, sign regulations, flood damage preventions and water
supply watershed regulations. The combination of all of the regulations into
one document is intended to simplify and coordinate the development process to
remove inconsistencies and eliminate outdated policies. These types of
regulations make it easier for developers, the public and public entities to
understand requirements. A UDO uses clear, consistent language and definitions
and many illustrations and tables. The
end game is to make the regulations more user-friendly.
The City of
Eden needs updated land use regulations. The best method for us is the Unified
Development Ordinance. If a consultant is hired it will cost approximately
$90,000 and take at least two years. Due to financial concerns, we have begun
the process of revising the ordinance(s) ourselves in-house and we currently
plan on bringing both map and text amendments to the City Council for their
consideration in sections.
Community Appearance Commission
Community Appearance Commission met on November 6. They discussed various issues related to code
enforcement and the general appearance of the city, and the seemingly increase
in code enforcement issues. The Commission also discussed and made suggestions
for possible project(s) in conjunction with the Eden Youth Council. The
Commission suggested something to do with the river access points, noting that
we promote our rivers and parks, and we should make them “shine”. The
Commission will be presenting these ideas to the Eden Youth Council to discuss.
The Commission also discussed pending updates to the Zoning Ordinance (in
progress) and appearance related items in conjunction with that. The Commission
will not meet in December, but will be kept updated on anything that might come
case report for text amendment to address Disabled Vehicles in the Zoning
Ordinance. This will go to Planning Board in November.
Historic Preservation Commission
Historic Preservation Commission met on October 15. The members discussed code enforcement
efforts as they relate to historic preservation, and ways the Commission can
better protect historic properties. In addition, they discussed the Baptist
Church steeple. As of October 15, they had not received any comments from the
State. However, a letter from the State has now been received stating they have
reached out to the minister and congregation of the church regarding this
matter. The State notes that they DO NOT believe the replacement of the steeple
is enough reason to warrant removal from the National Register. Staff will be presenting
this information to the Commission at their next meeting.
Police Department is currently advertising for two full time police officer
positions to fill the positions being vacated by the retirements of William
East, Police Officer IV (28 years of service) and Sam Shelton, Sergeant II (24
years of service) in January 2019. The
advertising, application process and selection process will continue into
2019. We would like to express our
thanks and appreciation to Officer East and Sergeant Shelton for their hard
work, dedication and service to the citizens of Eden during the course of their
law enforcement careers with the city. In addition, we would like to congratulate them on their upcoming
retirements and to wish them much happiness and success.
Police Department will be holding their annual fall in-service training and
firearms qualification during the month of November. The in-service training
will run three consecutive Tuesday’s, November 13, November 20, and November 27.
Public Utilities Department
the course of the past month, city staff has met with WK Dickson Engineering
and spoken with the NC Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the
upcoming rehabilitation projects for the City of Eden’s sanitary sewer
collection system. Representatives from WK Dickson are investigating project
areas in order to identify yet unforeseen issues and F & R engineering has
been conducting core samples in the proposed sewer line replacement areas.
next set of collection system rehabilitation projects will include the Junction
Pump Station and Bridge Street Pump Station rehabilitations, along with the
replacement projects for the Dogwood Drive and Fourth Street pump stations. These projects are expected to be ready for
bid by March 22, 2019. Also projected to be ready for bid at that time are the
Glovenia, Spruce, Chestnut Streets sewer relocation project, the Junction
Street Basin replacement and rehabilitation project, the Kuder Street Basin
replacement and rehabilitation project, the Dry Creek replacement and rehabilitation
project, and the permanent standby generator installation projects for the Bear
Slide and Indian Hills pump stations.
November 8, there was a discussion between city staff, WK Dickson Engineering,
NC DOT, and LaBella Associates. NC DOT has plans to replace the culvert for
Tackett Branch on Church Street at Park Road in the summer of 2019. It was
already established during previous meetings with NC DOT that the contractor
for NC DOT would replace the sanitary sewer main in their project area and the
City of Eden would pay for the design and material costs. WK Dickson will be
providing utility plans, details and quantities of work by NC DOT codes and will
assist with any special provisions. By working together, this will create a cost
savings for both the City and NC DOT.
CleanB Project – Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Authorization to
Construct, for the CleanB project was submitted to the State for its review a
couple of months ago. They have now reviewed the files and posed a few
questions. W.K. Dickson Engineering sent in their responses on the November 12,
so we are hoping to get approval in a couple of weeks to begin the project.