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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.

Henderson City Council to Discuss Proposed Budget, Mon., May 13

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

The Henderson City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. in the R.G. (Chick) Young, Jr. Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, NC.

Agenda items include:

PUBLIC HEARING

a) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-01, Amending the Zoning Map to Rezone 1337 Dabney Drive (Parcel 0013 03052), 1343 Dabney Drive (Parcel 0013 03001), and 1511 Lynne Avenue (Parcel 0013 03002) from OIA (Office Institutional “A”) District and R-8 (Moderate to High Density Residential) District to B-4 (Neighborhood Commercial) District.

(b) Consideration of 1) Holding a Public Hearing on the Question Annexing 429 Birch Street and 432 Bobbitt Street Pursuant to NCGS §160A-31, and 2) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-16, 1) Extending the Corporate Limits of the City of Henderson, North Carolina; 2) Assignment of Newly Annexed Areas to Ward 4, and 3) Directing the City Attorney to Record Annexation with Vance County Board of Elections, Vance County Register of Deeds and the North Carolina Secretary of State.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-12, Amending Elmwood Cemetery City Code Article II Section 4-12, Cemetery Maintenance and Operation, and Article IV, Section 4-18, Plants, Flowers, Etc., and Section 4-22, Other Rules and Regulations Enumerated.

b) Consideration of Approval of 1 Ordinance 19-07, Amending Section 10-34 of the City Code Relative to Peddlers, Solicitors, Park Concessions and Food Trucks.

c) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-20, Amending Section 7-48 of the Henderson Code of Ordinances Relative to Specific Streets.

d) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-19, FY19 BA #32, Approving a Budget Amendment to Make Repairs at Red Bud and Industrial Park Pump Stations.

CONSENT AGENDA

All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine or have been previously discussed, and can be approved in one motion unless a Council Member asks for separate consideration of an item.

a) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-21, Authorizing the Submission of an Application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance Office for the FY19 Bulletproof Vest Program Grant for the Police Department.

b) Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of March 2019.

CLOSED SESSION

a) Pursuant to G.S.§143-318.11 (a)(6) regarding a Personnel Matter XIV.

WORK SESSION

a) Consideration of Stormwater Utility Ordinance.

b) Consideration of Beckford Drive Widening Project.

PROPOSED FY20 BUDGET PRESENTATION (To be Distributed at Meeting)

Battling Cancer: Pancake Supper Benefiting Teresa & Cameron Fuqua

The City of Henderson Operations Center, 900 South Beckford Dr. in Henderson, will be the site of a pancake dinner on Friday, May 24, 2019, from 4 until 7 p.m.

Plates are $7 for all-you-can-eat. All proceeds benefit Teresa and Cameron Fuqua, a mother-son team battling cancer.

Thanks for your support!

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Bypass of Untreated Wastewater Enters Red Bud Creek

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

Bypass of Untreated Wastewater

The City of Henderson’s Sewer Collection System bypassed approximately 2,100 gallons of untreated water on May 3, 2019, due to grease in the sewer main. This occurred on the Henderson Country Club golf course. The overflow entered Red Bud Creek.

North Carolina General Statute Article 21, Chapter 143-215.1C requires a press release for all bypasses of 1,000 gallons or more that enter surface waters.

Questions concerning this matter should be directed to the Public Services ORC, Joey Long, Jr. at 252-226-4492 or Andy Perkinson at 252-431-6117.

Henderson’s Public Safety, Public Works Committees to Meet May 9

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

The Henderson City Council’s Public Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Fire and IT services.

The Henderson City Council’s Public Works Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss stormwater issues.

The public is welcome to observe.

City Lifts Boil Water Advisory for Dabney & Beckford Drive

-Information courtesy the City of Henderson, Public Works

According to City of Henderson Public Works officials, the boil water advisory that was in effect for the Dabney Drive and Beckford Drive area as of Wednesday, May 1, 2019, has been lifted. Residents and businesses in this area may resume normal water consumption.

Water customers in the Dabney Drive area may have experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a line break earlier this week. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increased the potential for back siphoning and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

The boil water advisory was issued as a safety precaution.

URGENT: Boil Water Notice Issued for Parts of Dabney Drive and Beckford Drive

Water customers of the City of Henderson in the Dabney Drive area are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a line break, according a news release. The news release says periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphoning and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Repair of the broken line is expected to be complete by 8:00 this evening.

The release continues: “Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises that when water is restored, consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.”

Public Works Director for Henderson, Andy Perkinson, told WIZS News, “The people affected would be Dabney Drive from Coble Blvd. to Beckford Drive.  And Beckford Drive down past the Farmers Market.”

Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier confirmed, as well, that the boil water advisory was only for those affected by the water line break.  The boil water advisory is not for everyone.

To be on the safe side, if you experience low water pressure in the next 24 hours in the affected or surrounding area, you may want to boil your water as well.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water, the news release says.

Public Works is strongly urging water consumers to conserve water whenever possible. This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory was issued on May 1, 2019 by Andy Perkinson, Public Works Director, City of Henderson.

West End Community Watch Hears From Daeke; Positive Changes Ahead for Henderson!

-Notes courtesy Claire Catherwood

Notes from the West End Community Watch meeting held on April 16, 2019:

West End Community Watch met on Tuesday, April 16. The speaker was Garry Daeke. Daeke discussed the City Council’s progress and plans since his joining the council 12 years ago.

In 2006, the City Council was very short on funds and the city was in danger of shutting down. Finances are now greatly improved. Taxes are not expected to be increased any time soon.

Many streets need resurfacing, and they are now being done. Resurfacing is very expensive.

City employee salaries had to be increased because Henderson has not been keeping up with the pay for city employees in neighboring cities. The city is still not on par with surrounding areas.

New equipment has been added; this is also very expensive.

About 80% of city employees’ time is spent on water, sewer, and street maintenance. The city has 100 miles of water and sewer line.

Asked about the THM pollutant in the city water supply, Daeke noted that Henderson was “just over the edge” in recent tests.  The problems existed only at the “dead ends” of water lines that were all outside of city limits.

The City Council realizes that changes must be made in housing and is working towards redevelopment through private and public funding. Cost is the problem. Some of the plans are expected to be “very unique.” Attention is being placed on the entryways to the city; particularly Highway 39/Andrews Avenue. Lighting and signage will soon be added to some areas.

Downtown development is expected soon. An outdoor theater on Breckenridge Street, just outside the police station, has been contracted and will be the final stage of “Breckenridge Commons.” Also, a grant has been procured for a park to be developed at the site of the old Vance Hotel.  An “open-air market” and a park, to include a “splash pool,” is planned for the site.

Beckford Drive is to be widened soon. Original plans included Beckford being wider when first built, however, due to inflation, the money saved was insufficient by the time the road was built.

Dabney Drive is being redesigned. There are currently two separate, projected plans. One widens Dabney Drive only as far as Parker Lane. The second widens it all the way to the Hardees location.

Additional businesses are coming to Dabney Drive. A coffee shop and a bank are soon to be added to the new Aldi’s. After that, additional shops are expected to open. These will add to the traffic in this already congested area.

Daeke said he is pro-sidewalks, but they are very expensive. With the city population decreasing, little progress has been made on building sidewalks.

The council is trying to get more kids involved with the Recreation Center. There are many activities available to Henderson children, but many parents are not aware of offerings. To name just a few opportunities, Henderson has PALS, The Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the “Y”, the Henderson-Vance Recreation Department, Fox Pond Park, Aycock Recreation Center, Rollins Park, the Perry Memorial Library, etc.

From the floor, it was suggested that the police department and/or the City Council post a list on social media so that parents can see the many options open to their kids.

The City Council, realizing that the perception of the city needs to change, is soon to start a trash and litter program. Also, not enough people recycle. Daeke would like to see the existing garbage carts become recycle bins and smaller carts be used for garbage. Both of these goals require a change in the mentality of our citizens.

Complaints are often issued about the cost of the city’s water. Daeke noted that our water is actually much lower than areas around Henderson; however, it is expected that our rates will soon increase. Our sewer rates are, admittedly, already high.

The group asked about the development behind the hospital. Daeke noted that this is outside city limits and beyond the responsibility of the city council.

City of Henderson Announces Recent Untreated Wastewater Discharges

-Press Release, City of Henderson

Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a Public Notice when untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

The City of Henderson experienced heavy rainfall on April 13, 2019, and had a discharge of untreated wastewater. The discharge was an estimated 21,600 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.

Two other spills occurred at Neathery Street (12,000 gallons) and Rockspring Street (6,000 gallons), which also are a part of the Tar Pamlico River Basin. The City continues to work on ways to increase pumping capacity at the Sandy Creek Pump Station as well as reducing Infiltration/Inflow of the sanitary sewer system.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on April 13, 2019, and is reviewing the matter.

For more information contact the City of Henderson Water Reclamation Facility at (252) 431-6080 or Joey Long, ORC at (252) 431-6030.