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The City of Statesville has released its 2015 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.

Hard copies can be obtained by calling 704-878-3441.

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.

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Statesville City Manager Larry Pressley announced Monday that Spencer Lee has been named Fire Chief of the Statesville Fire Department. Lee, 41, is currently the Deputy Chief for Fire & Emergency Services for the City of Jacksonville, NC, Public Safety Department. He will begin his duties in Statesville on March 6, 2017.
"Chief Lee has experience in many of the areas the Statesville Fire Department will find itself dealing with in the future," said Pressley. "He has lead the Jacksonville department through two cycles of re-accreditation and understands the importance of maintaining a department's accreditation. He oversaw the construction of a public safety facility, working with police and fire to accommodate both department's needs. This, too, is something, we will be asking Lee to work on in Statesville as it relates to our plans to construct a public safety facility on Shelton Ave."
Lee is from the eastern North Carolina area of Duplin and Lenoir Counties. His first professional firefighting job began in 1996 when he went to work for the Kinston City Fire Department and he's never looked back. In 2002, he moved to Carteret County where he worked for Atlantic Beach Fire Department and Western Carteret Fire & EMS, where he became the Assistant Chief with specific duties in training and administrative reporting, as well as handling the chief responsibilities when needed.
From there, he joined the Jacksonville Fire Department in 2008 as the Division Chief of Training and Standards and was later promoted to Deputy Chief in 2010. When Jacksonville merged its administrative operations of Fire, Police and Emergency Services to one Public Safety Department, Lee was named Deputy Chief (the top official) of the Fire & Emergency Services.
He has an associate degree in Emergency Medical Sciences from Carteret Community College and is a graduate of the University of Mt. Olive with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Lee is looking forward to moving his family to Statesville, "closer to the mountains where we enjoy fishing and even tubing." I am eager to begin serving the citizens of Statesville," he added.
He and his wife have four daughters, two of them still living at home.
Lee said he hopes to use his partnering skills to strengthen relationships with local agencies and departments, and enhance firefighter safety and interoperability in the framework and procedures used in emergency communications.

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Interested in serving on this important board?

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Police Chief Barone's weekly tidbits are about holiday safety this week. Check out the video version on Facebook, too.

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Mayor Kutteh presented his annual year in review to Council Monday. 2016 has been a very good year.

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New format provides more details about your usage and transactions.

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New trash containers and important guidelines will improve garbage service

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Slow down, be alert and prepare to stop.

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Citizen input and experience important in creating City's Stormwater utility

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Here are some quick highlights on this year's budget

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Council Member William Morgan accepted the award for the City.

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First ever state aviation award for safety goes to Statesville Regional Airport

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Prince Mural sparks positive conversation on Statesville's long-time support for public art.

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Includes a map of the proposed district, statement of need for the district and plan for offering services.

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What makes a community great? A good start is a community where all residents are treated fairly – young people, old people, low income people, ethnic minorities, entrepreneurs, artists and immigrants.

On the heels of a successful community forum on February 29, 2016, at the Unity Center, the newly re-established Human Relations Commission invites the community to be heard at any one of five scheduled listening stops. These scheduled stops are being held in our local churches but are not limited to specific congregations. Each meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 14 - Statesville Covenant Cathedral, 1103 Wilson Lee Blvd.
Tuesday, April 19 - Shiloh AME Zion Church, 1115 Salisbury Rd.
Thursday, April 21 - St. John's Baptist Church, 1438 Church St.
Thursday, April 28 - Trinity Episcopal Church, 801 Henkel Rd.
Tuesday, May 3 - Grace Baptist Church, 719 Club Dr.

The public is invited to speak, write down their concerns and suggestions for improvement on a card or just come and listen. The meetings will be facilitated by local community members. Representatives from local government, Iredell-Statesville Schools, the NAACP, the local faith community, law enforcement agencies and the business community will be there to listen.

The results of these forums and the Feb. 29 forum will be presented in a special report to the community later this spring.

For more information contact Nancy Davis, Statesville Public Affairs Director at 704-878-3586 or ndavis@statesvillenc.net

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Soleil Steeb will represent American Renaissance School as one of the student fire chiefs.

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Acting Chief Joe Barone is named Statesville's Police Chief.

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

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What happened in 2015? The Mayor presented his top 10 events in the annual Year in Review.

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Nancy Davis
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704-878-3586
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