City Bulletin

Entries for August 2012


At tonight’s City Council meeting, Rob Hites announced his plans to retire from his position as City Manager effective August 31, 2012.  Hites, 60, has been Statesville’s City Manager since 1998.  He began his career in 1977 as an assistant city manager in Durham, NC.

Hites is one of 16 Statesville City employees who are taking advantage of Council’s voluntary retirement incentive program developed during the budget process as a way to reduce the budget.     

After the meeting, Hites stated, “I’m young enough to do something different at this point in my life … teaching, working in the private sector … It is the right decision at the right time.”

Council will meet on Thursday to discuss plans for an interim manager and how to proceed with the hiring of Hites’ replacement.

Hites has also served as the City Manager of Lumberton, Southport and Pittsboro, NC and worked as a licensed contractor in Greensboro for six years. 

His tenure in Statesville has included many construction projects, beginning with the civic center and followed by renovations to the police station and city office building, construction of the Statesville Soccer Complex, Statesville Fitness & Activity Center and Fire Station Four, improvement to the airport, the streetscape project and his most satisfying accomplishment - the City Hall renovation project.

Rob and his wife, Lucy, have two school-age sons, William and Ben.

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The City of Statesville and the N.C. Department of Transportation are co-sponsoring an information meeting for the public about the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St., from 5-7 p.m. Residents are invited to drop in, ask questions and receive information about the project.


This project kickoff meeting will allow the public to speak with NCDOT, the contractor and others about various aspects of the project, including the project schedule, traffic control and communications, as well as view the project map in an informal setting. The $89.1 million project was awarded to Zachry Construction Corp. of San Antonio, Texas. The project start date has yet to be determined, but work must be completed by March 14, 2017.


There will be several phases of the project both on and off the interstate and interchange area. The project includes:

  • Constructing a multi-level interchange of the two interstates;
  • Widening I-40 from four to six lanes from N.C. 115 to Old Mocksville Road.
  • Constructing parallel lanes on I-40 that will allow vehicles to access U.S. 21, as well as access I-40 from U.S. 21, without disrupting the flow of traffic;
  • Reconstructing U.S. 21 from just north of Glenway Drive to BB&T on Sullivan Road south of I-40, with a diverging diamond interchange at I-40;
  • Reconstructing the bridge on Radio Road;
  • Building a new bridge over U.S. 21 and Fourth Creek;
  • Building a new bridge from Sunset Hill Road to Gaither Road; and.
  • Closing the existing interchange at Old U.S. 64.

The Statesville interchange of I-40/77 was built in the  late 1960s. The current configuration does not meet today’s design guidelines, and the interchange has outlived its service life.

Originally, the traffic projections through the area were about 5,000 vehicles per day. Today, the traffic on both interstates through the area is about 70,000 vehicles per day, and is projected to grow to about 110,000 vehicles per day in 2035.

There will be lane closures during the project, but there are restrictions on when those closures can occur, such as holidays and major events in the region, including races in Charlotte.

There will be regular updates throughout the project. These updates will be provided via the NCDOT project website, traditional media and Twitter.

For real-time travel information on this project at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

For more information about this project, contact NCDOT Resident Engineer John Cook at (704) 876-3543.

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Statesville City Government is hosting a seven-week program that gives participants an in-depth look at the functions of city government from the citizen’s viewpoint.  It’s called Statesville 101 and the next session will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 6 – Oct. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The program is open to all Statesville citizens, 18 years and older, at no cost.  Interested citizens must complete and return an application form by August 24, 2012.  Class size is limited to 25 participants who will be selected in a manner so that the class contains, in as much as is possible, a diverse representation across the wards.  There are some spots available for non-residents.

Students will learn about local government, visit the various city facilities, gain insight into the different departments, and meet and talk with department heads and other city officials.  “The weekly sessions are designed to help citizens become more informed and involved in the community, while having a good time,” said Nancy Davis, Statesville Public Affairs Director.

To get an application, click here or call 704-878-3583 or email

For more information, contact Davis at 704-878-3586.

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Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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