City Seeking Grant for Park at Corner of Williams/Montgomery St.

At the corner of Williams and Montgomery Streets in Henderson, NC used to stand the Vance Hotel. The big beauty burned to the ground in the early 1980s. Now the City of Henderson plans to revitalize the area with a park.

When asked if the City was moving forward with the item that appeared on the agenda of Monday night’s Henderson City Council meeting, City Manager Frank Frazier told WIZS News, ”Yes – seeking a grant to help pay for this, so the project would be contingent on receiving it. This is the old Vance Hotel site. City originally bought this for the police station.”

If received, the grant could total some $500k for the project.

If you’d like to see a picture of the old hotel, which most people younger than 40 never saw while it was still standing, check it out at

Henderson City Council to Meet Monday, March 11

-Public Notice, courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson

The Henderson City Council is scheduled to hold their regular meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave., Henderson, NC 27536.

Agenda items include consideration of the following:

Approval of Resolution 19-09, Directing the Clerk for the City of Henderson, North Carolina (City) to Investigate the Sufficiency of an Annexation Petition for 429 Birch Street and 432 Bobbitt Street. 

Approval of Ordinance 19-10, Authorizing the Closing and Vacating of 607 Young Street Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Standards. 

Approval of Resolution 19-10, Approving a Bid Award to Jacobs Construction and Development, LLC, in the Amount of $35,371.40 for the Dabney Drive Extension Water Main Project.

Approval of Resolution 19-12, 1) Approving the Agreement Setting Forth Mayor, City Council and City Manager Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations, and 2) Approving the 2019-2020 Strategic Plan.

Approval of Resolution 19-15, Authorizing an Application to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant in the Amount of $500,000 for the Construction and Development of a Diverse Multi-Use Park at the Corner of William Street and Montgomery Street. 

Approval of 1) Resolution 19-11, Authorizing the Purchase of Six Portable Radios, Five Mobile Data Terminals and Seventeen Surface Pro Computers in the Police Department; and 2) Approving Ordinance 19-09, FY19 BA#28, Authorizing the Transfer of $38,000 from the State Asset Forfeiture Fund to the Police Department Capital Outlay.  

Approval of Ordinance 19-11, Amending Section 15-82.1, Inflow or Infiltration.

Approval of Resolution 19-13, Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Sign Amendments to the State Archives Records Retention Schedule.

Approval of Resolution 19-14, Authorizing a Primary and Secondary Agent in Conjunction with a Disaster Assistance Agreement for Costs Incurred with Hurricane Michael.

Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the month of January 2019.

Please click here to view the full Henderson City Council agenda for March 11, 2019. 

Blockage Caused by Rags Leads to Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

-Press Release, City of Henderson


The City of Henderson’s Sewer Collection System discharged approximately 2,700 gallons of untreated wastewater on March 4, 2019, due to a blockage caused by rags. This occurred at the corner of Cypress Drive and Summitt Road.

North Carolina General Statutes Article 21, Chapter 143.215.1c requires a press release for all bypasses of 1,000 gallons or more that enter surface waters.

The city is investigating the problem at the locations noted above to address infiltration/inflow problems associated with this discharge as well as pumping capacity at the Sandy Creek Pump Station.

Questions relating to the sewer collection system should be directed to the Public Works ORC Joey Long Jr. at (252) 226-4492 or Andy Perkinson at (252) 431-6117.

City of Henderson Reports Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson

Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

The City of Henderson experienced heavy rain on Sunday, March 3, 2019, that caused the Sandy Creek Pump Station to overflow and discharge untreated wastewater. The discharge was an estimated 10,800 gallons at the Sandy Creek Pump Station, located at 482 Rock Mill Road, and was discharged into Sandy Creek, a part of the Tar Pamlico River Basin.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Monday, March 4, 2019. The City continues to find sources of stormwater that is entering the system, as well as pumping efficiency to stop the overflows at the station.

For more information contact the City of Henderson Water Reclamation Facility at (252) 431-6080.

After Missed Test, Kerr Lake Regional Water Reports Nitrate Levels ‘Not Detected’

The Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water System recently sent notices with customers’ water bills indicating an annual EPA-required test for nitrate was not conducted, due to being “overlooked,” during the compliance period of 2018.  The notice read, in part:

“Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water has not met monitoring requirements. We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During the compliance period [2018], we [‘did not monitor or test’ or ‘did not complete all monitoring or testing’] for contaminants [nitrate] and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time.”

The notice listed January 24, 2019, as the violation awareness date and further indicated that no action was required of customers.

According to Clarissa Lipscomb, director for the Kerr Lake Regional Water Plant, the required test has since been conducted and the results were returned from the lab indicating nitrates were “not detected.”

Section of Dabney Dr. to Close This Evening for Sewer Line Repair

-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson

Dabney Drive will be closed for through traffic from Coble Boulevard to Roanoke Avenue beginning Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 10 p.m. The work should be completed by 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

This closure is necessary to repair a sewer line across Dabney Drive. The City of Henderson does not anticipate any interruption of water or sewer service to customers during the repair.

Traffic will be detoured around the closure utilizing Coble Boulevard, Nelson Street and Roanoke Avenue.

Local traffic will have access to and from properties within the closed portion of Dabney Drive.

Trihalomethane Violation Notices Sent With Recent Henderson Water Bills

– Public Notice, City of Henderson

Recently, the Kerr Lake Regional Water System sent out notices that told about a total trihalomethane violation. Two notices were sent out in December for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2018 and one in January 2019 for the 4th quarter of 2018. Total trihalomethanes are a disinfection byproduct that is created by adding the disinfectant chlorine to water in order to make it potable for drinking. The organics in water that occur naturally react with the chlorine and create total trihalomethanes.

Henderson tests a total of 4 sites every quarter per state regulations. One of the sites that are tested had readings over the MCL (maximum contaminant level) determined by EPA standards. The maximum contaminant level for trihalomethanes is 80 parts per billion. Anything over this amount is considered a maximum contaminant violation and public notification is required at that site.

Due to the LRAA (local running annual average) being above the MCL, a system-wide notice was required to be sent out to all customers of the City of Henderson. These were the notices that were received in the water bills of December 2018 and January 2019.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Christy Lipscomb, KLRWP Director, at (252) 438-2141 or [email protected]

Daeke, Henderson City Councilman, Talks Dabney Dr. Rezoning

Garry Daeke, Henderson City Council member, was on Tuesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to provide further insight into the Council’s recent discussions on the possible rezoning of three lots at the corner of Lynne Avenue and Dabney Drive in Henderson.

Currently zoned for either residential or light commercial traffic, the Council has tabled the discussion on rezoning the lots for a heavier commercial use until their next meeting in February.

Further complicating any final rezoning decision is the concern over increased traffic volume in an already congested area along with uncertainty on the NCDOT’s current plans for the restructuring of parts of Dabney Drive.

“We know traffic on Dabney Drive is pretty bad most of the time, especially on Fridays and weekend,” said Daeke. “The corner of Lynne Avenue and Dabney has some particular concerns about ingress and egress traffic. For example, when you turn right off Lynne Avenue, you turn immediately into the right lane turning into the old Henderson Mall. Traffic also has difficulty turning left there and generally has to turn right.”

Daeke said one consideration to address safety concerns would be to make the area an out parcel of the mall and design the entrance and exits of any businesses that occupy that space to be accessible only through the mall parking lot.

According to Daeke, what the DOT has planned for Dabney Drive will also play into consideration. “We hope what the DOT does to Dabney Drive will help with that area, but we need more information before making a decision.”

As of now, Henderson City Council members are aware that the DOT is focusing its Dabney Drive surveying efforts from the intersection of the old mall to Interstate 85.

While Daeke said there have been talks that the lanes near the old mall intersection will be redesigned, the Council has not yet received an indication if that includes measures such as adding medians or changing the entire structure of the traffic flow.

Looking ahead to the future, Daeke said there are additional plans for Dabney Drive that include making the current road a one-way from the corner of Oxford Road and Dabney, all the way to the interstate. This plan also includes the addition of another one-way street running parallel along the old railroad line.

As with any project, costs and logistics are major considerations. “Some properties would be affected by this plan and that issue would need to be addressed. The plan we’ve been shown includes bike and pedestrian lanes and sidewalks; it’s a beautiful plan,” said Daeke.

While up to the DOT to fund any such project, Daeke said he believes “Dabney Drive needs it for growth in the future and for safety.” He suggested the implementation of the plan would be at least 5-10 years down the road.


In an aside from the main interview topic, Daeke also discussed his fond memories of the late Mary Emma Evans, a former Henderson City Council member, on the occasion of her recent birthday.

“Mary was a sweet lady and a dear friend. She always called me ‘Daeke,’ which made me laugh. She always cared so much for the community and was wonderful to work with.”

“Something that she used to always say to me that I’ll never forget is, ‘We can disagree and we can have different opinions; that doesn’t have to mean we have to be disagreeable.’ She was always about compromise and working together to find a solution. We miss her and may she rest in peace”

To hear the interview in its entirety, please click here. Daeke’s interview portion of the Town Talk segment begins at the 14:27 mark.  

Young St. in Henderson to Become One-Way; Court St. Traffic Flow to Reverse

-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson


On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Young Street will become a ONE-WAY street. Traffic will flow from Garnett Street to Chestnut Street. DO NOT enter Young Street from Chestnut Street.

Court Street will continue to be a ONE-WAY Street but the traffic flow will be reversed. Traffic will now flow from Young Street to Montgomery Street.


Local Youth Encouraged to Register for 5th Annual African-American Quiz Bowl

-Information and flyer courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

Come enjoy friendly and educational fun as the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department hosts the 5th Annual African-American Quiz Bowl from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The competition is open to 6th – 12th graders and will be held at the City Council Chambers located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

Questions will be based on African-American history in America, in North Carolina and locally in Henderson and Vance County.

Teams will consist of 3-4 participants. Registration deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019; a study guide is provided.

For more information, or to register, please contact Shantel Hargrove at [email protected] or 252-430-0382 or Gregory Kelly at [email protected] or 252-431-6099.