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Statesville conducted a confined space entry and rescue training recently for the city’s Stormwater and Fire Departments. The day-long training involved two different scenarios and refined participants’ skills in recovering an unconscious victim that had encountered poison gases and rescuing someone who had fallen and broken an ankle entering a confined space. George Campbell, Statesville Risk Manager, organized the training as part of the City’s continued effort to “deliver quality, professional, public services to all residents in our community while ensuring high value with superior results during an emergency situation.” The SFD has a certified Confined Space Rescue Team (CSRT), but Campbell explained that “the environment which the Statesville Fire Department and Statesville Stormwater Department operates in has evolved, training must evolve with it or we fail!” Training was held at Statesville Fire Station Four. The first training scenario involved the recovery of an unconscious victim affected by poison gases in an oxygen-deficient atmosphere where there is a small window of time, typically six minutes, to get someone out; otherwise, the situation evolves from a rescue to a recovery. The second scenario the participants encountered was an example of a non-time-sensitive rescue were someone fell and broke an ankle going into a confined space. In these types of circumstances there are sufficient O2 levels and, therefore, the rescue is not as time-sensitive and can be conducted without the use of supplemental oxygen. Confined space rescue is a subset of technical rescue operations that involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped or injured in a confined space or in a place only accessible through confined spaces. A confined space means the space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc. Working in confined space can be dangerous for several reasons, many of them invisible or hard to detect, explained Campbell. The most common reasons that working in confined spaces is dangerous are: risks from noxious fumes, reduced oxygen levels; fire risks, flooding/drowning risks, asphyxiation risks, contamination risks; and access difficulties during emergencies. Many workplaces within the city contain areas that are considered "confined spaces" because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. According to Campbell, the City of Statesville does not permit employees into confined spaces until certain criteria are met. To bridge these criteria, the first step is employee training. OSHA requires initial training and refresher training every three years. There are a number of hands-on aspects that workers must be fully trained on before they can enter a confined space: ability to recognize and identify any potential hazards that may be associated with confined space entry; familiarity with the evaluation and control procedures for the identified or potential hazards; awareness of the set-up, use and limitations of all the equipment necessary for use inside the confined space area. This equipment may include ventilation equipment, emergency equipment, hazardous energy control equipment and more. They must also be familiar with the set-up, use and limitations of all of the personal protective equipment (like respirators and full-body harnesses) that they will need to use while they are working inside the confined space; knowledgeable about the Confined Space Hazard Assessment Program’s safe work procedures for entering the confined spaces; aware of the procedures to follow in the event of a potentially dangerous situation, which may be risky towards the worker or in an emergency; familiar with the work th
Posted by Guest  On Jun 06, 2022 at 12:59 PM
For more than six months, Statesville City staff and elected officials have been working with community members to study the feasibility of creating the City’s first African-American historic district. Mayor Costi Kutteh gave his official endorsement of the efforts at Monday night ’s Council meeting with a proclamation recognizing the Garfield/Green Street Area as a significant historical district in Statesville.  Kutteh presented the proclamation to Lisa Mozer, a Statesville native who is spending a great deal of time and energy to obtain recognition for this area and the variety of historic properties located within its boundaries. Also in attendance were other community members who are lending their support to the effort. In collaboration with this citizen group, Marci Sigmon, Statesville Planner and Historic Properties staff liaison, submitted an application to the State Historic Preservation Office for approval to continue next steps in seeking placement of the Garfield/Green Street Area on the National Register of Historic Places. If approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, a consultant will be engaged to oversee the process for National recognition. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic, architectural and archeological resources. The historic locations mentioned in the Mayor’s proclamation include: Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 537 S. Center St., established around 1868, and currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the home of Dr. Robert S. Holliday, a prominent African American physician from 1906 to 1966, and Mary Charlton Holliday, the director of African American schools in Iredell County from 1915 to 1956, located at 241 Garfield St.; the site of The Billingsley Memorial Academy, built in 1905 and located on S. Green St., the school for the area’s first generation African Americans living in Statesville outside of enslavement after the Civil War; the site of Morningside Academy, located at Green St. and Garfield St., which began as a two-room framed building known as the Colored Free School on S. Green St., and grew to become Morningside High School, built in 1942 and integrated in 1968; and Green Street Cemetery, the oldest African American cemetery in Statesville.
Posted by Guest  On May 02, 2022 at 7:48 PM
Statesville City Council will meet Monday night (May 2) at 7 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall. The meeting is streamed live at and on cable channel 20. The agenda can be viewed at At this meeting, City Manager Ron Smith will present Council with his proposed 2022-2023 budget. (The Public Hearing is scheduled for May 16 and budget work sessions are scheduled to begin May 18). Following the meeting, the budget will be available on line on the City’s website homepage at Smith will also update Council on the Vance Hotel development project and present an amended Master Development Agreement for approval. During the presentations portion of the meeting, the Mayor will recognize Statesville resident Anne Rhyne as the 2021 Mayor’s Cup recipient. Rhyne is the past chairperson for the Statesville Community Appearance Commission and has served on the Commission for 28 years. A proclamation recognizing the historical significance of the Green Street/Garfield Street area will be announced by Mayor Costi Kutteh. The only public hearing scheduled for Monday night is a request to rezone 87.29 acres of mostly wooded property north of E. Greenbriar Rd. from Residential-Agricultural District (R-A) and Medium Density Multi-Family/Manufactured Housing Residential District (R-8) to Medium Density Single-Family Residential Conditional Zoning District (R-8 CZ Cluster Subdivision). At the 6 p.m. pre-agenda meeting, Civic Center Director Kenny Roberts will present the findings of the Civic Center Market Analysis. No action is expected by Council, but the study will be used to plan future improvements to the center’s services and facility. A recording of the meeting will be available after the meeting at
Posted by Guest  On May 02, 2022 at 12:00 PM
SFD to hold Live Burn Exercise Firefighter Training in Eastside Dr. Neighborhood Statesville Fire Department personnel will hold a training exercise on Thursday, April 21, by conducting a controlled burn in the Eastside Dr. community. The structure located at 768 Eastside Dr. between Campbell St. and Cinema Dr. has been donated to the city for the training. The exercise will be conducted on April 21, between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. “This type of training is invaluable to the continued mission of the Fire Department in maintaining proficiency in the mitigation of structure fires, and is essential to ensuring that new and veteran firefighters are prepared to accomplish this mission. An acquired structure burn is a unique opportunity for firefighters to learn new skills, as well as, to hone previously acquired abilities. This is practical training aimed at helping Statesville firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting lives and property.” said Assistant Chief Kyle Bell. Residents and visitors can expect heavy smoke in parts of the area. There may be some traffic congestion due to partially blocked streets, as well as elevated noise levels from the fire equipment on scene. There will also be bright lights from the apparatus and other vehicles. This temporary inconvenience is necessary to obtain this level of fire training. Every effort will be made to minimize inconveniences. Motorist can expect a road closure to accommodate the activity. Eastside Dr. between Campbell St. and Cinema Dr. will be closed approximately 6-11 p.m. Traffic will be directed to use Folger Drive and Cinema Drive as a detour.
Posted by Guest  On Apr 11, 2022 at 10:18 AM
The Statesville Fire Department has announced the promotion of Lieutenant Matt Thompson to Captain, effective April 4, 2022. A 14-year veteran with the SFD, Captain Thompson is one of 15 captains in the department who supervise the operations of a crew on each shift. He will serve as the captain of the C shift at Station Four. “Captain Thompson has been an outstanding firefighter and lieutenant and we are certain he will do a great job as captain. We look forward to seeing all he will do for the department and for the citizens of Statesville,” said Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Kurfees. A captain is not only responsible for much of the administrative duties for a shift, they also direct their crew in responding to emergency calls, supervising and making decisions for their employees on the scene. “Captain Thompson will be responsible for making sure the firefighters under his supervision are always ready to respond to all emergency calls. He has shown us he can do the job and we are proud of the dedication Captain Thompson has show this department and our City,” added Kurfees.
Posted by Guest  On Apr 08, 2022 at 11:02 AM
A Safety Reminder About Meter Tampering From the City’s Customer Service Policy: It is unlawful for anyone other than a City employee or the City’s agent to cut on or off utility service (electric or water). If a meter seal is found to be broken or removed, the City may investigate to determine if tampering has occurred and then reseal the meter. A service charge as set forth in Section 7 will be charged to anyone violating this policy to recover the City’s cost for investigating the complaint. (In 2022 this charge is $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense). The City may also disconnect utility service for meter tampering. These policies were enacted to deter theft of utility service and to discourage people from making potentially unsafe disconnections and reconnections. Improper disconnection/reconnection of electric and/or water meters can cause injury, illness, or death. For City electric and water customers, the City will turn off/on electric and/or water to enable the building owner to safely perform permitted work free of charge during normal business hours. Please call Customer Service at 704-878-3564 to schedule permitted work-related service disconnection and reconnection. If the customer feels there is an unsafe condition requiring immediate inspection or disconnection of service, the City will send an on-call crew as quickly as possible. (Keep in mind during or after a major storm such requests may take a significantly longer time to address). The City performs these services free of charge because Safety is our highest priority. Thank you for your business!
Posted by Guest  On Jan 26, 2022 at 11:39 AM
In an effort to remain inclusive, the City of Statesville does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, services, activities, and employment practices. If you need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (such as a sign language interpreter, an assistive listening device or print material in digital format) or reasonable modification to programs, services or activities contact the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible, preferably 30 days before the activity or event. A grievance procedure is available to resolve complaints. Upon request, this notice is available in alternative formats such as large print. Complaints concerning discrimination on the basis of disability by the City of Statesville may be sent to the ADA Coordinator, George Campbell at [email protected] . George Campbell will contact the complainant within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint to discuss the complaint and will respond in writing within 15 days of the discussion. City of Statesville ADA Procedures & Forms
Posted by Guest  On Jan 26, 2022 at 10:15 AM
Statesville Residents Encouraged to Comment on the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) invites Statesville residents to offer input on the draft 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), revised 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), 2045 MTP amendments, and draft Air Quality Conformity Determination Report. The comment period opened on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 and will close on Thursday, February 17, 2022. The MTP defines the policies, programs and projects to be implemented during the next 20 years in order to provide mobility choices to residents in the CRTPO’s planning area (the Charlotte region), which includes the City of Statesville. The MTP contains recommendations for all modes of surface transportation: streets and roads; transit; and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The MTP also contains descriptions and assessments of conditions affecting the surface transportation of persons and/or the movement of freight in the CRTPO’s planning area. The air quality conformity determination report demonstrates that the total emissions projected for the MTP are within the emissions limits ("budgets") established by the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality. The documents will be posted on the CRTPO’s 2050 MTP website: Comments should include “2050 MTP” in the subject line and sent to Judy Dellert-O’Keef using the following methods: Online:   Online Comment Form E-Mail:   [email protected] or [email protected] Mail: CRTPO Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 600 E. Fourth St., 8th floor Charlotte, NC 28202 In addition, written or verbal comments on the MTP can be provided during the January 26, February 16, and March 16 CRTPO Board Meetings. Visit the CRTPO webpage for instructions. The CRTPO is scheduled to take action on the MTP, TIP, and air quality conformity determination report on March 16, 2022. The Program of Projects required by 49 USC 5307 is a subset of the Transportation Improvement Program and the public review and comment solicited for this Transportation Improvement Program is intended to include and satisfy the public review and comment required under 49 USC 5307 (c) (1) through (7) for Urbanized Area Formula Program for the public transit systems in the CRTPO planning area. The CRTPO is the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Charlotte urbanized area.
Posted by Guest  On Jan 20, 2022 at 3:17 PM
Now that you’ve stocked your refrigerator in anticipation of the winter weather forecasted for this weekend, here are some other matters the City of Statesville encourages you to prepare for: Hopefully, the power will not be impacted by the storm, but if you have special medical needs and depend on electricity, please make emergency plans or alternative arrangements. The City can’t guarantee the power will be restored quickly to anyone during an outage, regardless of circumstance. If you lose power, please report it to 704-878-3479.  Make sure major appliances are cut off to lessen the possibility of a fire when power is restored.  Using candles can be hazardous – make sure you have batteries for your flashlights! Check on homebound friends and family to see if they need anything.  Keep the following information handy for updates: The City’s website Follow the City on Facebook And Twitter @cityofsvl Stay tuned to local radio stations WSIC and WAME. For more information, call 704-878-3586 or email [email protected] Call 704-878-3479 to report an electric outage and if you see a downed power line. To report icy road conditions, please call 704-878-3406.
Posted by Guest  On Jan 14, 2022 at 10:25 AM
Click on the Resolution for details: Focus on your health – join the Fitness & Activity Center Get Involved – Apply to serve on a City board/commission Test all your smoke detectors to make sure they’re working Recycle More – especially #1 & #2 plastics! Learn something new – like Line Dancing!! Help Others – Sign up for the Round Up Program Walk more – try out our greenways Spend time with family – Adopt-A-Street!!!
Posted by Guest  On Dec 28, 2021 at 4:57 PM
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