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City of Henderson Releases Sanitation Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

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

The City of Henderson has released the sanitation schedule for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The schedule will be as follows for recycling and yard debris:

Monday, November 25 –  Monday and Tuesday customers will be collected

Tuesday, November 26 – Wednesday and Thursday customers will be collected

Wednesday, November 27  – Friday customers will be collected

Please note that Waste Industries garbage collection will follow a different schedule for Thanksgiving. Their schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 25 – No Change

Tuesday, November 26 – No Change

Wednesday, November 27  – No Change

Friday, November 29 – Waste Industries to collect Thursday customers

Saturday, November 30 – Waste Industries to collect Friday customers

If you have any questions, please call the Assistant Public Works Director, Lee Owens at (252) 431-0419

City Manager Talks Flood Ordinance, Address Identification, Bulletproof Vests

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City Manager Frank Frazier discussed a few of the key bullet points of the October 14 Henderson City Council meeting on WIZS’ Town Talk last week, including:

Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations Plan

Brian Short, director of the Henderson-Vance Emergency Operations Center, is currently working with local law enforcement and fire personnel to update the emergency operations plan in light of recent enhancements to 911 and GPS tracking.

In August, H-V Emergency Operations upgraded to a new telecommunications system known as “Next Generation 911,” allowing for faster digital communication between the public, participating 911 centers and emergency personnel.

In addition to faster call processing, Short said in a previous interview with WIZS that the Next Generation infrastructure will eventually allow for video chats with callers, improved 911 texting speed and faster identification of GPS coordinates.

While faster GPS identification will save precious time in an emergency, Frazier said the City and County are working together on updating addresses in the system and discussing ways to better physically identify properties.

“We aren’t looking at changing anyone’s address,” explained Frazier. “We have some residents that currently do not physically present their address in a location that fire, police or other emergency services can quickly identify.”

Frazier said street numbers posted on mailboxes or the front of homes can save time in an emergency situation and will be a topic of discussion for the City moving forward.

Enforcing Minimum Housing Codes

With the recent hiring of an additional full-time code enforcer, Frazier said the City is beginning to ramp up enforcement of dwellings not meeting minimum housing standards.

Demolition of two dwellings – 302 Harriett Street and 726 College Street – were approved at the October City Council meeting. According to Frazier, the owners of the properties requested and were granted 60 days to bring the units up to code before demolition begins.

For additional information on building codes, please visit the City of Henderson’s code compliance site (click here).

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Following a scheduled public hearing with no one speaking in favor of or in opposition to updates to a local flood ordinance, the City Council approved proposed amendments.

Changes to the ordinance mirror recommendations made by the State of NC, and will keep Henderson eligible for assistance if a qualifying situation occurs.

While the rules and regulations for what qualifies for FEMA assistance and grants after a flood remain “very restrictive,” Frazier said improved mapping completed after the destruction of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 makes it easier to determine if your home or business is located in a flood zone.

“Henderson is primarily at the top of the ridge and we don’t have as many flood plain areas as other communities,” Frazier said. “We do have better mapping now and, with minor revisions to the flood ordinance, we are in much better shape than we were years ago to handle this responsibility.”

Purchase of Bulletproof Vests for the Henderson Police Department

The Henderson Police Department will soon be receiving new bulletproof vests thanks to approximately $8,000 in budgeted federal money.

“Bulletproof vests have an expiration date and have to be replaced,” said Frazier. We are sticking to the guidelines to keep our officers safe and equipped with the best.”

To hear Frazier’s Town Talk interview in its entirety, please click here. Frazier’s segment begins at the 15:00 mark. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Henderson’s Loose Leaf Collection Season Has Begun

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

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The City of Henderson’s Loose Leaf Collection Season began the week of October 14, 2019, and will end January 17, 2020. During this period of time, it is permitted to place rows or piles of loose leaves or pine straw at the roadside for the City’s Public Works Department to collect. Please note that rows or piles of loose leaves or pine straw shall:

  • Be placed behind the curb not to interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Not be placed in an open ditch, gutter or street area as this can interfere with the City’s storm drainage system.
  • Be free of trash and debris such as glass, cans, rocks, limb cuttings, etc. as this may damage collection equipment.
  • Not be placed on top of your water meter.

Loose leaves and pine straw will generally be picked up on a two or three-week rotation; however, this is dependent on weather conditions and leaf accumulation. You may continue to bag leaves or place them in a container during loose leaf season, however, it is not required.

If leaves or pine straw are placed at the curb in loose form before loose leaf season begins or after loose leaf season ends, a $75 charge will be added to your sanitation bill.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 252-431-6115 or 252-431-6030.

City of Henderson’s Loose Leaf Season Dates Announced

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

The City of Henderson’s Loose Leaf Collection Season will begin the week of October 14, 2019, and will end January 17, 2020. During this period of time, it is permitted to place rows or piles of loose leaves or pine straw at the roadside for the City’s Public Works Department to collect. Please note that rows or piles of loose leaves or pine straw shall:

  • Be placed behind the curb not to interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Not be placed in an open ditch, gutter or street area as this can interfere with the City’s storm drainage system.
  • Be free of trash and debris such as glass, cans, rocks, limb cuttings, etc. as this may damage collection equipment.
  • Not be placed on top of your water meter.

Loose leaves and pine straw will generally be picked up on a two or three-week rotation; however, this is dependent on weather conditions and leaf accumulation. You may continue to bag leaves or place them in a container during loose leaf season, however, it is not required.

If leaves or pine straw are placed at the curb in loose form before loose leaf season begins or after loose leaf season ends, a $75 charge will be added to your sanitation bill.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 252-431-6115 or 252-431-6030.

Frazier Announces Retirement Intentions; City Searches for New Manager

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Among the agenda items for Monday evening’s Henderson City Council meeting, council members will discuss extending City Manager Frank Frazier’s contract for employment on a month-to-month basis.

Frazier’s contract with the City is currently set to expire at the end of July.

Frazier, who has served as city manager since 2015, announced his intentions to retire once a successor is named for the position.

Mayor Eddie Ellington, who has been privy to closed sessions involving Frazier, gave this statement to WIZS News:

“We are at a significant moment for the City of Henderson. Our city manager announced to the Henderson City Council a few weeks ago that he plans to retire, with his contract coming to an end this month. We have agreed to keep him on as city manager on a monthly basis as we have set in motion the process of hiring a new manager.

Frank Frazier and I started just a few months shy of each other, with myself as mayor and him city manager. I am pleased with what we have accomplished in our years together, but there is still work that must be carried out for the betterment of our city. The most important is finding the right person to succeed Mr. Frazier. This is a charge that I must lead, for this is our future and I know the citizens of Henderson share my concerns.”

Mayor Ellington recently filed for re-election in the October 8, 2019, City of Henderson election. Filing began on July 5, 2019, and will end on July 19, 2019, at 12 p.m.

To view the Monday, July 8, 2019, Henderson City Council agenda, click here.

City Urges Residents to Complete Online Litter Survey

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

Below is a link to a litter survey that the City of Henderson would like as many people as possible to complete. The survey has also been placed on the home page of the City’s website.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S2TCDXH

Results will help the City determine steps to take in addressing the ongoing issue of litter around Vance County.

City Council’s Boards and Commissions Committee

— courtesy of the City of Henderson and City Clerk Esther McCrackin

The Henderson City Council’s Boards and Commissions Committee will meet on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to consider applications for various citizen committees. The public is welcome to observe.

City of Henderson: Notice of Possible Discoloration of Water

-Press Release, City of Henderson

Notification of Possible Discoloration of Water

As a customer of the Kerr Lake Regional Water System/City of Henderson, you may have or may be experiencing a slight discoloration of your water. This is due to elevated levels of manganese and turnover in the surface water from which the KLRWS processes its water. This may cause the water in Henderson and surrounding areas to have a color to the water; however, there are no safety concerns related to this and the water can be used by the consumer.

The KLRW facility is in the process of adjusting the process to account for the manganese and remove the discoloration of the water.

If you have any questions, please call the Kerr Lake Regional Water Plant at 252-438-2141.

 

City of Henderson Announces Memorial Day Sanitation Schedule

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

The City of Henderson’s Sanitation Division will not work on Monday, May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day.

Yard Waste, Recycling and Curbside Materials for Monday, May 27 will be collected on Tuesday, May 28. Please note that this is for Yard Waste, Recycling and Curbside Materials only.

Waste Industries will collect trash as scheduled on Monday, May 27.

Henderson’s Proposed Budget Totals $42M, Includes Water Rate Increase

Frank Frazier, city manager for the City of Henderson, has submitted the FY20 recommended budget to the Henderson City Council for the period beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020.

A Public Hearing on the recommended budget will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue, Henderson, NC, on Monday, May 20, 2019, at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend, submit written comments, make oral comments and/or ask questions about the budget, in whole or part, during the Budget Public Hearing period.

No property tax, sewer or regional water increase is recommended. A water rate increase of 2.5% is recommended.

A summary of the FY20 Recommended Budget is provided below:

GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS

General – $17,370,810

Powell Bill – $831,370

ENTERPRISE FUNDS

Water – $8,218,770

Sewer – $5,156,000

Regional Water – $5,060,000

CAPITAL RESERVE FUNDS

Utilities – $184,240

Economic Development – $16,440

Regional Water -$5,071,140

Rate Stabilization – $3,091,000

Subtotal – $44,999,770

Less Inter-fund Transfers – ($2,729,740)

TOTAL: $ 42,270,030

Prior to the Public Hearing, the City Council will hold budget workshops to review, make comments or ask questions about the proposed budget. Subsequent to the Public Hearing, the City Council may further adjust and/or adopt the budget.

Budget adjustments may include, but are not limited to, increasing or decreasing revenue or expenditure estimates, the proposed property tax rate, utility rates or the sanitation fee.

The proposed budget will be placed on the agenda for approval at the Henderson City Council’s June 10, 2019, meeting.

A copy of the FY20 Recommended Budget is available for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk, 134 Rose Avenue, Henderson, NC, during normal business hours.

To view the FY20 Recommended Budget on the City of Henderson’s website, click here.