City News

Entries for June 2014

The City of Statesville has released its 2013 Water Quality Report and results show the City's drinking water meets or exceeds every health standard developed by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Statesville’s Water Quality Report is prepared by the City's Water Resources Department to meet the EPA's National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). It details drinking water sources, the testing methodology, the substances detected in the water and the levels of those substances.

The report gives the background on Statesville’s water system, explains the testing and many of the terms used in the information, and provides many charts.

"Statesville offers a safe, reliable water supply is critical for the health and welfare of our citizens, the prosperity of our businesses and our quality of life," Water Resources Department Director Joe Hudson said. "We are proud to deliver high quality drinking water to our customers."

Statesville has been serving water to the community for many decades and is committed to providing its customers with water that meets more than 100 state and federal drinking water standards. The City draws its source water from the Catawba River Basin on Lookout Shoals Lake.

Each year, the City produces a report for its water customers. It can be viewed online and hard copies can be obtained by calling 704-878-3438.

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Gary Styers has been named the new Deputy Chief for the Statesville Fire Department. He began his duties on Monday.

Styers, 39, is following in the firefighter footsteps of both his grandfather and father, beginning as a volunteer at the age of 15. He was most recently the Fire Marshal in Mooresville. Styers is filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Statesville Deputy Chief David Cline last year.

Statesville Fire Chief Dennis Hutchens expressed "no doubt that he (Styers) is going to make us a better department." Hutchens said Styers' "experience and excellent skills set will be a tremendous asset" to the recently accredited fire department.

Styers started out as a volunteer firefighter in Forsyth County, worked as a fire suppression officer in Kernersville and then went to the Charlotte Fire Department in 2002 as a fire investigator. In 2005, he took the position as Mooresville's Fire Marshal.

After high school, Styers earned an associate's degree from Guilford Technical College in Fire Science and a B.S. degree in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College. He received a Masters in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke with a minor in emergency management.

Along the way, he has received state and nationally certification in many areas including Fire, Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical, Fire Inspections, Arson, Fire Education, Fire Officer and Fire Service Instructor. Styers has also served on local, state and national fire service committees. He has also received the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer".

"I have a great respect for this department and especially for the deputy chief I am following," said Styers, referring to Cline. "I am looking forward to making a positive impact on this department."

Hutchens said that Styers' responsibility will include training, operations and fire prevention services.

A native of Forsyth County, Styers and his wife, Kym, have one daughter.

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Scott Harrell has been named as Statesville's Public Works Director/City Engineer by City Manager Larry Pressley. Harrell, 40, was hired as the Assistant Public Works Director in 2011, and became interim director in June, 2013.

"Scott's background makes him extremely qualified for the position," said Pressley. "It includes public regulatory service, private consulting engineering and municipal public works. Statesville is fortunate to have someone with his work experience."

Harrell is looking forward to the challenges as the director of a department that oversees everything from recycling to street maintenance to engineering sewer systems. "It's something different every day, but I enjoy the variety of projects and people I get to work with daily."

Harrell worked for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources at both a state and regional level, dealing primarily with dam safety and erosion control. "But I enjoy the municipal level the most," he said, explaining that "I am part of the decision making and the implementation of many of our City's projects. I have the benefit of being a part of so much of the activity that's going on in Statesville right now."

In addition to overseeing the divisions of streets, water and sewer maintenance, sanitation and the garage, Harrell will oversee the streetscape project, the conversion to single stream recycling and the implementation of new storm water regulations.

"In the state and regional offices, I traveled around North Carolina, but there's nothing like working with the elected officials, the superintendents and employees to really get things done in my community," said Harrell.

Pressley was the City's Assistant City Manager/ public works director when he hired Harrell as his assistant in 2011. When Pressley moved into the City Manager's job in 2013, Harrell was named interim. "I have a great mentor and friend," said Harrell about working closely with Pressley. "He has helped me grow into this job and I look forward to working with him and all the City staff in preparing for Statesville's future."

Harrell graduated from NCSU with degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering. He received a masters of civil engineering from NCSU in 2000 and a masters of divinity from Gardner-Webb University in 2007. He is a registered professional engineer.

He and his wife, Melani, have two sons, and live in Statesville.

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Nancy Davis
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