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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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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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City Hall will once again participate in the Downtown Statesville Fall Art Crawl this Friday, Sept. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (rain or shine)

The featured exhibit is provided by the Artists Guild of Statesville and include a variety of artwork from local artists. It will be located in the lobby of City Hall. Please come by.

The Art Crawl is a juried art exhibit that will showcase as many as 50 artists in 30 different shops and restaurants scattered throughout the heart of Downtown ...Statesville. It is self-guided and you can begin the Crawl at any location. Just look for the sidewalk markers indicating a participating business. A program guide directing attendees to all the locations and listing all participating artists will be available.

The concept is simple – come downtown and walk from location to location, meet the artists and enjoy their work (maybe make a purchase), browse through the shops hosting the artists while enjoying refreshments and entertainment, possibly pause to refresh yourself in one of our restaurants or bars, all the while enjoying the social mingling with hundreds of others out to have a fun time.

For more information contact Nancy Davis at 704-878-3586 or by email at

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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.

Applications are available at or by calling 704-878-3583 or emailing

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

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Here are safety guidelines and a list of permitted public fireworks displays.

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The City is out of the dumpster business effective August 1, 2012. The City of Statesville will no longer provide dumpster service to commercial establishments or apartment complexes currently using dumpsters.

There will be no changes to residential garbage and recycling services at this time.

Sanitation Service to Apartment Complexes:
City service to apartment complexes with roll-out carts will continue to be offered by the City.
Service to apartment complexes for bulky items (furniture, appliances, etc.) will be continued by the City.

Commercial Roll-Out Cart Service:
Effective July 1, 2012, the monthly rate for commercial roll-out cart service will increase from $2.60 to $10.70 per cart, serviced once per week.
City Code allows a maximum of three roll-out containers for commercial customers. Additional carts may be allowed for special conditions in the downtown area.
Commercial customers are serviced a maximum of twice weekly. Additional pickups may be allowed in the downtown area.

Dumpster customers will be responsible for securing service through a private hauler before August 1. Private haulers offering service in the Statesville area are:

Benfield Sanitation Services
704 872-2668

Waste Management
800 273-0438

Republic Services
800 234-6223

For more information, contact Fred Morrison, Sanitation Superintendent at 704-878-3415.

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Statesville City Hall will show off its newly renovated lobby during the April 20 Art Crawl with a special exhibit of paintings by Statesville native Robert Gantt Steele.

In 1995, Steele painted more than 20 paintings depicting the history of Statesville. The paintings were sold at auction and the proceeds were used to purchase, move and restore the Statesville depot, which was set to be torn down.

As many as 13 of these paintings and other Statesville paintings by Steele will be on display this Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the first floor of City Hall.

“We are extremely grateful to the owners of the paintings for loaning them to us for this occasion,” said Statesville Mayor Kutteh. “The sampling we have gathered is going to be spectacular. And the venue in which we showcase them is magnificent as well.”

Steele, who is part of the family-owned business J.C. Steele & Sons, grew up in Statesville and was trained as an architect at NCSU and at the University of California, Berkeley. He studied art in Austria as a Fulbright scholar and is now a renowned artist living in California. He has never forgotten his roots, assisting the fundraising efforts of the Statesville depot and Fort Dobbs preservation campaigns by donating paintings from which prints were made and sold.
Steele is unable to attend the event, but was in town recently to visit with friends and family.

He stopped by City Hall and toured the building with Kutteh and City Council member Roy West. West owns Steele’s painting of J.C.’s Toot’n Tellum drive-in which is part of the exhibit.
“I think it’s a perfect match – historic building, historic-themed paintings, hometown artist – I hope it’s the first of many events we can host in City Hall,” said West.

Although all of the original paintings will not be on display, prints of them, along with the narratives Steele wrote about each painting, have been framed and will be part of the exhibit. These prints will be on sale through GG’s Art Frames Gifts in Downtown Statesville.

City Hall is just one of the dozens of venues hosting as many as 80 artists for the April 20 Art Crawl. It is self-guided and attendees can begin at any location. Sidewalk markers will indicate a participating business and a program guide is available at all locations.

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Reserve your table now for New Year's Eve.

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City offices are closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day

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Chief Addison describes the meetings as the department's "new normal ... we're here and we're accessible"

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This is a public comment meeting

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What do you think about plans for future roads, bike lanes, strategic corridors and more? Take a look!

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Project information available online

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RFP for Janitorial Services will be posted on April 1, 2019.

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Public invited to learn more about the Stormwater Management Program and Utility Service Fees

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Council to consider an economic incentive for an existing Statesville industry

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SFD is one of 260 agencies in the world to achieve this award

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The public is invited to attend the ceremony

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Chris Tucker takes over Finance Department responsibilities

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