City Bulletin

Entries for January 2016


With temperatures predicted to drop below freezing, the City of Statesville advises residences and businesses with backflow preventers to protect these devices from the cold.

Information and recommendations on how to protect your backflow device are available online.

Call 704-832-3847 or email if you have questions.

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The Bentley Community Center hosted an open house Sunday afternoon, January 10, to celebrate 20 years of serving the south Statesville community and show off its recent renovations that include the creation of a game room, computer lab and small fitness center. 

The Bentley Center, located at 1410 Third St., was the result of a special citizen advisory committee, created in 1993 by Statesville City Council and tasked with the responsibility of recommending solutions to problems in the neighborhood.  The committee recommended the construction of the community center, which was approved and funded in the 1994-1995 budget.  Council also voted to name the facility after Statesville Mayor Ralph L. Bentley, an advocate of the community recreation facility during his tenure, 1985-1993.  It officially opened on Jan. 10, 1996.

In 1995, residents were surveyed as to the types of programs they would like to see offered.  "We continue to listen to the residents and especially the program participants," said Recreation and Parks Director Brent Cornelison, "in order to evolve and meet the changing needs of this growing community."

Center Director Eric Heaggans has overseen the operations of the 12,500-square foot facility for nearly all of its 20-year history.  He is particularly excited about the addition of new fitness equipment and computers, as well as the fresh paint and sprucing up that has taken place.

The Bentley Center is open daily for afterschool enhancement programs and fitness and sports programs.  It is also used for senior groups, festivals, special events and church programs.

"Our goal Sunday," said Cornelison, "is to unveil all the changes and renew our commitment to being a vital part of the neighborhood Bentley Center serves."

For more information, contact Heaggans at 704-380-2600.

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The online payment system will be down today, Jan. 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for maintenance. 

Monday's garbage will be picked up Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be collected Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are on a regular schedule

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Thursday and Friday will run on a regular schedule.

Read about the hard work of our City Crews during the winter storm. (articles on

Iredell-Statesville Schools are on a regular schedule.

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Ferguson, MO … Charleston, SC … Richland County, SC - these towns have experienced violent events recently which put them on the front page of every newspaper.  The events in the communities have also struck hard at the conscious of many Statesville citizens; including members of a newly organized Human Relations Commission who want local citizens to work together to help determine appropriate responses to issues as they arise and offer suggestions to prevent them from happening in the first place. 

Citizens will have an opportunity to tackle these issues at a community forum on Monday, January 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Unity Center, 1145 Salisbury Rd., sponsored by the City of Statesville, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Statesville Chamber of Commerce and Statesville Branch of the NAACP.  

"How can we be the city you want to live in, instead of the city in the news" is at the heart of the forum, which is open to anyone interested in working together to making Statesville a better city for all.  After a brief introduction, facilitated conversations will take place and a list compiled of recommendations on how Statesville can come together and not apart. 

Representatives from the four sponsoring organizations, in addition to other involved community members, have been meeting for about six months to create a team that is on the forefront of human relations issues.  The forum is hopefully the first of many opportunities for the community to listen to and learn from each other.  Call 704-878-3586 for more information.

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Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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