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Entries for January 2016

New, attractive directional signs are being installed around Statesville in an effort to help visitors (and locals) locate some of the city’s major attractions and public parking places.
Statesville’s Wayfinding project includes six large signs around the entrances to town (Center St., Broad St. and Sullivan Rd.), 12 smaller signs in and around the downtown area and five public parking signs.
The City contracted with Buzz Bizzell to oversee the design and placement of the signs. He worked with a subcommittee appointed by City Council which included Mayor Costi Kutteh, City Council member William Morgan, Assistant Planning Director Sherry Ashely, DSDC Director Marin Tomlin, Convention & Visitors Bureau member Phil Hazel, Chamber president David Bradley and business owners Bob Dooley and Jeff Archer.
The placement of the signs was coordinated by NCDOT and city staff.
The signs incorporate the “bloom” from the City’s logo and are easy to read both day and night.
Messaging on the signs include “Downtown Shops & Dining”, “Historic City Hall”, “Mitchell Community College”, “Mac Gray Performing Arts Center”, “Civic District & Courts”, “Civic Center Fresco Gallery”, Caldwell Tennis Park”, “Visitor’s Center”, “Farmer’s Market”, “Library”, “Court Street Gallery” and “Fort Dobbs”.
The Wayfinding Project has been in the works for many years and involved former council members and community leaders. With the approval of a downtown masterplan, the project was reignited and Council approved $101,373 to pay for the creation and installation of the signs.

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Statesville has a familiar face behind the Finance Director’s desk. Ralph Staley, 55, the City’s Finance Director from 1990-1999, has been appointed to the position, announced City Manager Larry Pressley. Staley’s first day (back) at the job was Monday, Jan. 25.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Ralph’s experience and abilities in this office,” said Pressley. “His knowledge about the City’s financial operations will be invaluable as we face the challenges of a growing community.”
“The first time I came to the City I began work with the rest of staff on the recent annexation of the Broad Street corridor. This time there is a lot of activity starting and continuing at the airport and also at Exit 45. I am anxious to see where this development takes Statesville,” said Staley.
Even though Staley has worked in Charlotte and Washington, D.C. since his departure in 1991, his family has stayed in the area.
Family has been a driver related to my time in Statesville. Last time it brought me closer to where I was born and raised in Wilkes County and this time it brings me back to North Carolina where my children have put down their roots and brought grandkids into the equation.”
Staley received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting and in Business Management in 1982 from North Carolina State University. He has been a Deputy Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority since September 2011. He was the Chief Financial Officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte (NC) from June 2001 until September 2011. From December 1999 until June 2001 he worked in the securities industry where he held the Series 7, 24, 28, 53 and 66 securities licenses.
Before coming to Statesville in 1990, Staley worked with the Town of Garner and as a Systems Accountant with the N. C. Department of State Treasurer State and Local Government Finance Division. He started his work career in public accounting in 1982 with the North Wilkesboro firm Benson, Blevins, Drum & Thomas, CPA's.
Staley is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association, North Carolina Local Government Investment Association, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association. He was also an elected Iredell/Statesville School Board Member from 1998 - 2002.
Staley is filling the position left by Lisa Salmon who retired last year. His salary is $100,000.

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Has been canceled for tonight (Jan. 25). It will be rescheduled.

Be a part of the conversation that helps Statesville become a more inclusive and understanding community.

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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Owners must now register their drones and not fly drones within 5 miles away from airport

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Nancy Davis
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