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Memorial Day
Memorial Day Schedule
City of Statesville government offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no garbage collection on that day. The revised schedule for the week of May 30 – June 3 is as follows: Monday’s route will run on Tuesday; Tuesday and Wednesday routes will run Wednesday; Thursday and Friday routes will operate on the same schedule.
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senior wellness event
National Senior Health and Fitness Day
We care about your health - especially our seniors and especially on National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation's largest older adult health and wellness event. Statesville is celebrating on Wednesday, May 25, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Statesville Fitness and Activity Center, 1875 Simonton Rd. It's all free. There will be a health fair, group fitness classes, aqua fitness classes, giveaways, pickleball demo, BINGO, refreshments, Classic Car Cruise-In and more!
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waterline replacement project
Waterline Replacement Project
The Public Utilities Department is excited to announce the kickoff of the City of Statesville Waterline Replacement project. In 2020, a condition assessment study identified several critical distribution and transmission mains through downtown that needed rehabilitation or replacement in the near future. These cast iron waterlines were installed in the 1940s and are increasingly likely to suffer structural damage or failure due to age, resulting in service disruptions and costly repair efforts.
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budget proposal
Proposed Budget Overview
Statesville City Manager Ron Smith presented the proposed 2022-2023 fiscal budget to City Council Monday night, recommending that the tax rate remain at .5478 cents per $100 valuation and that there be no increases in the electric and water/sewer rates. The proposed budget of $151.6 million reflects an overall increase of 22% from the current fiscal year. The budget includes the continued implementation of a career development program for various departments, a 2% across-the-board increase in employee salaries, a 10% increase in employee health insurance, several new positions, and upgrades to the Soccer Complex and Harris, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bristol Road parks. ​ The expected increase in tax revenues and appropriations from the Fund Balance and Electric Utilities funds will be used to help balance the budget. Council set the public hearing on the budget for Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. A budget work session is set for Wednesday, May 18 at 3 p.m.
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civic center study
Civic Center Study
The Statesville Civic Center recently completed a Market Analysis to determine how best to utilize the 22-year old facility. Representatives of BerryDunn presented the findings to City Council and indicated their analysis will be used to improve operations and identify potential renovations or expansions of the facility. Continue reading to review the analysis presentation.
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NCLM Award
SVL Receives State Award
The City of Statesville has received the "Advancing Technology Award" from the North Carolina League of Municipalities Local Leadership Foundation in recognition of Statesville’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) initiative. Council members Fred Foster, Amy Lawton and Mayor Pro Tem William Morgan were presented the award at the NCLM’s annual conference this week in Wilmington.
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Vote 2022
Municipal Elections
Early voting for the Statesville City elections (and primary elections) begins Thursday, April 28. Scheduled for October, 2021, the city elections were moved because of a delay in receiving updated census information and adjusting ward boundaries. Election day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Statesville Municipal elections are NON-PARTISON. All registered voters living inside the Statesville city limits can vote for Mayor and 2 at-large candidates. Voters living in wards 2, 3 and 5 can vote for their ward candidates. The One Stop Early Voting site is Statesville is located at the Iredell County Board of Elections Office, 203 Stockton St.
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Statesville Connects
Share the Warmth
Statesville Utility customers have a simple yet powerful way to share the warmth this winter with neighbors in need. It’s called Statesville Connects and this voluntary assistance program allows customers to contribute through their monthly utility bills to aid low income families and people in crisis who need help with their utility payments. Statesville customers can donate in two ways: The Round-up Program is a new method for contributing that allows the customer to “round up” their bill each month to the next highest dollar amount. Customers can also participate by adding a designated contribution on their monthly bill. Separate donations are also accepted.
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ADA survey
ADA Survey
The City of Statesville is developing a plan to help improve the accessibility of its programs and facilities for all citizens. We need the public's assistance in identifying areas where improvements are needed. Please take a moment to complete this survey and let us know what you think. It should take about 5-7 minutes.
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police beat info
Police Beat Update
The City of Statesville is divided into four police response areas called "Police Beats". Each Beat has a supervisor assigned as the contact person for that area. Captain Bryan Johnson is the contact person for Beat 1; Captain Tenita Huffman for Beat 2; Captain Paul Ballard for Beat 3 and Captain Tom Souther for Beat 4. Keep reading for more information on the beats and when the community meetings are scheduled.
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council meeting
Special Council Meeting - April 25
Statesville City Council will meet in a special meeting on Monday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda includes discussion of the change in the City's fee in lieu of policy for sidewalks, curbs and gutters. A report on the police station space study will also be presented.
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arbor day
Arbor Day Plans
We are excited to announce the return of the City of Statesville 𝐀𝐑𝐁𝐎𝐑 𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐂𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍! 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟐𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝟏𝟎:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦-𝟐:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐱 This FREE event for the whole family will feature... a FREE FUN-K, Inflatables, Kid Friendly Activities, Local Healthy Vendors, Farmers Market Booths, Arts & Crafts Merchants, Non-Profit Groups, City of Statesville Touch-A-Truck, Food Vendors, Entertainment and MUCH MORE!
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scam alert
Scam Alert
The City of Statesville has received reports of salespeople claiming to represent the City, going to door-to-door attempting to sell water purifier systems. The City of Statesville does not solicit door-to-door – period. Statesville Water Customers should also disregard claims that the salespeople represent a government agency or a Water Quality Association, or possess an EPA registration. These organizations do not endorse water tests or water treatment products.
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Good Friday Closing
Good Friday Holiday Schedule
Statesville City offices will be closed Friday, April 15 in recognition of the Good Friday holiday. There will be no garbage collection on Friday. The revised schedule for residents for the week of April 11-15 is as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday routes will operate on a regular schedule. Thursday and Friday routes will be collected on Thursday.
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Public Power Awards
The City of Statesville Electric Utilities has received the prestigious Public Power Awards of Excellence in all five key areas of service, recognizing Statesville as one of the top performers of public power in the state for 2021. ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., announced that Statesville received awards for “Value of Public Power”, “Wholesale Power Cost”, “Workforce Planning and Development”, “Grid Modernization” and “Continuous Improvement”. ​
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RFP - Tree Services
On April 7, 2022, a Request for Proposal (RFP) for specific tree services will be posted on the City of Statesville website. The post can be viewed at SVL is seeking submissions from qualified vendors for tree trimming services, to include take downs, removals, pruning, stump grinding, chipping, hauling, site cleanup, etc. throughout the city.
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public notice
Public Notice - Leased Cropland
The City of Statesville intends to enter into a ten (10) year lease of approximately 78 acres of cropland located at the Fourth Creek and Third Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant sites in Statesville, NC. The City intends to lease the property to an interested citizen for a term of ten (10) years beginning May 7, 2022, through May 6, 2032. Continue reading for details.
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City Hall
Special City Council Meeting
Statesville City Council will meet in a special called meeting on Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall to discuss the elimination of the City’s Solid Waste Fee. Council instructed the staff to present options showing the impact of eliminating the fee immediately, as well as eliminating it over the next four years. The agenda and presentation information are online at
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Harry Hull
SVL Water Gets Great Report
Drink Up Statesville! The Water's Great! The City of Statesville has released its 2021 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.
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we are hiring
City Job Openings
The City has openings! Take a look at the Administrative Assistant position in Electric Utilities. How about the openings in Water Resources or the Automotive Mechanic? Check out the great benefits of working for the City of Statesville and apply today!
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fire awards
Fire Department Employee Recognition
The Statesville Fire Department honored more than 50 individuals at its recent awards banquet, making up for several years of postponed events where new firefighters, promotions, certifications, and retirements would have been recognized. The banquet, held at the Statesville Civic Center, allowed nearly 175 honorees and family members to celebrate SFD’s accomplishments.
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John Ferguson
Airport Manager Earns Professional Credentials
Statesville Regional Airport Manager John Ferguson is one of 20 managers from North Carolina public-use airports who received the inaugural North Carolina Airport Professional (NCAP) credentials awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation. Ferguson, the City’s first airport manager, was hired in 2015, to oversee the daily operations of the airport, and handle marketing and economic development projects. With nearly 40 years of airport management experience, Ferguson said the NCAP program provided beneficial knowledge and information that he can apply directly at the airport.
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sherwin williams announcement
Great News For Statesville
“What a great day for Statesville,” were the first words from Mayor Costi Kutteh in conjunction with the announcement that Sherwin-Williams is expanding its Statesville manufacturing facility and has plans to construct an 800,000-square-foot distribution and fleet transportation center in the area. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts “to accomplish this result,” added Kutteh, “and we are grateful to Iredell EDC, Iredell County and the State of North Carolina for their tremendous partnership with our City.” The official announcement came from Raleigh, but Kutteh and City Council members are especially excited to share the news with the Statesville community.
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Mayor Makes Special Proclamations
Two proclamations were presented at Monday night's City Council meeting. In the left photo, Statesville NAACP President Todd Scott receives the Black History Month Proclamation from Mayor Costi Kutteh. In the right photo, Commander Kenny Wallace with Hurst Turner American Legion Post 65 accepts the Four Chaplains Sunday Proclamation and presents Mayor Kutteh with a certificate of appreciation from the American Legion.
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electric anniversary
Public Power Celebration
Happy Birthday Statesville Electric Utility! You are 133 years old today which means that public power in North Carolina is also celebrating 133 years of service! Public power is electric service provided by a city or town. Back in the late 1800s, investor-owned utilities were not paying any attention to the smaller towns and rural areas. Statesville leaders realized that if they wanted their town to grow, they were going to have to produce power themselves. A bond election authorizing $8,000 was held to finance the project and a site for the plant (near N. Center St.) was purchased for $350.
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Firefighter Openings
Join the Statesville Fire Department today. Both experienced and new candidates are encouraged to apply. Keep reading for more information!
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Kyle Bell
Kyle Bell Named Assistant Fire Chief
Congratulations to Kyle Bell, Statesville Fire Department's new Assistant Fire Chief. Bell, a 15-year veteran with the fire department, will serve as the department's training/safety officer.
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Budget Award
City Honored with Budget Award
For more than 20 years, the annual financial report for the Statesville City has received national recognition for its “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City's financial story and ability to motivate potential users and user groups to read the report. Statesville Chief Financial Officer Brian Roberts is pictured introducing Marcie Spivey with the auditing firm of Martin Starnes & Associates, who presented the audit to Council recently. The audit is posted on the City's website. Continue reading for the link.
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hot air balloon proclamation
Statesville - Ballooning Capital of the East
Mayor Costi Kutteh made it official - Statesville is the Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the East! The proclamation was presented at Monday night’s City Council meeting. It was originally read during a special weekend recently that highlighted Statesville’s tourist attractions. “We are proud to be a hot air ballooning community,” said Kutteh, “and look forward to many more years of bright-colored skies.”
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firefighters on roof
Community Survey Underway
The Statesville Fire Department is committed to providing excellent fire service to the community and wants you to tell them how they’re doing! Community organizations, businesses and residents are invited to participate in a special survey that focuses on the needs and expectations of the SFD. ​ The survey is available online at and allows individuals to prioritize SFD programs.
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Land Development Plan Update
The Statesville Planning Department has announced that the timeframe for approval of the proposed 2045 Land Development Plan (LDP) has been extended to give staff an opportunity to address the concerns and comments raised by the public thus far in the process. The draft LDP can be viewed at Any changes to the draft plan will be made available to the public on the City’s website. The Planning Board will continue its review of the draft plan at its January 25, 2022 meeting. Its recommendation and the plan will be presented to City Council on February 7, 2022. A public hearing is also scheduled for that meeting. Adoption of the plan is set for February 21, 2022.
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Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts Named Finance Director
Statesville City manager Ron Smith has named Brian Roberts as the City’s new Finance Director, effective immediately. For the past two years, Roberts, 38, has served as the City’s Assistant Finance Director under Chris Tucker, who resigned in August to accept another position.
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Haunted Statesville
Haunted Statesville Ghost Tours
What's Halloween without a visit with Statesville's ghost? Have you ever wandered past the old Fourth Creek Burying Ground and seen the shadow of the unknown soldier buried there? Did you grow up hearing stories about the ghost of a young girl spotted over and over again dripping wet in the Vance Hotel? Don't miss your chance to enjoy a walking ghost tour full of old stories and legends from Statesville’s past. Step beyond the beauty of Statesville’s historic downtown and discover its true haunted history--where tales of spirits, scary creatures, mysterious deaths, and creepy alleys become real. Guided by The Sharpe House Historic Players, you will be enthralled on your journey into the spirit realm on select evenings throughout the fall.
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LDP plan
Land Development Plan Presentation
Statesville City’s 16-year old Land Development Plan is getting a make-over. After months of study, research, public meetings, surveys, and discussion, both the Planning Board and City Council will receive an overview of the LDP’s recommended goals and priorities for the City’s future growth. The joint meeting will be held in Council Chambers on Monday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. It will be an opportunity for these leaders to ask questions and give their input prior to the public hearing and first reading of the plan on Monday, Nov. 15. The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 20 and the City’s Youtube Channel (
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sculpture art
New Sculpture Garden Art
The Statesville Sculpture Garden has two new pieces to show off at Friday night’s Fall Art Crawl. The sculpture entitled “Harmonious Balance” (left) was purchased by the City of Statesville earlier this year to add to the City’s permanent collection. “Mother & Child” (right) will be in the sculpture garden for the next year as part of the City’s rotational art.
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Water Resources Award
Water Resources Receives State Award
SVL Water Resources was recognized for receiving the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award. Harry Hull, Water Plant Supervisor, who received the award on behalf of the City of Statesville, said the award recognizes the City's high standards for water quality. For more information on the award, keep reading:
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speed limit sign
Traffic Related Changes
City Council passed the following traffic-related changes to the City Code: Established 25-mile per hour Speed Zones on all city-maintained streets which are not a part of the NCDOT Highway System and other exceptions; Changed the Parking Violations and Fines for Downtown Statesville; Approved First Reading of “No Parking Anytime” ordinance on both sides of Alexander St. between N. Lackey St. and Nursery St.
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recycling schedule
2021-2022 Recycling Schedule Released
The 2021-2022 Recycling Schedule is out. It will be included in upcoming newsletters, but is currently on the city’s website at Recycling is picked up every other week and you are assigned either a “red” or “blue” recycling week, based on your address. You can also find an interactive map on the website to find out whether you are a red or blue week. Also on this page, is information about how to recycle. Some key tips to remember are: DON’T bag your recyclables. DON’T recycle glass. REMEMBER – if you’re not sure whether it’s recyclable, - put it in the trash.
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Reward Fund for Statesville Children
Make checks out to the United Way of Iredell County. The memo line on checks should say COS Protect Our Children Reward Fund Cash donations can be made to the City Manager's office, 227 S. Center St. Checks should be mailed to the following United Way of Iredell c/o City of Statesville PO Box 1111 Statesville, NC 28687
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sanitation appreciation
National Waste and Recycling Collectors Day
June 17 is National Waste and Recycling Collectors Day, but the City of Statesville plans to celebrate all week long! Join in the celebration by giving an extra wave when a sanitation truck goes by or find your own way to say “thank you” for all these great workers do to keep Statesville safe and clean! The employees of the Sanitation Division were honored recently at a City Council meeting where Mayor Costi Kutteh presented a special proclamation to Kevin Rankins, Sanitation Division Superintendent.
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budget discussion
Council Finalizes Budget - No Tax Increase
Statesville City Council finalized the 2021-2022 budget during Monday’s budget work session, deciding to leave the current tax rate and the $120 annual Solid Waste Fee intact. Council also decided that the proposed 20% increase in water/sewer rates was necessary.
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Jeldwen- Doosan
Major Projects Announced
Two major economic development projects have been announced in Statesville – a $70 million expansion of the current Doosan Bobcat North American manufacturing facility in Statesville and the construction of a new $7.9 million production facility for VPI Quality Windows, a brand of JELD-WEN, a global manufacturer of windows and doors. Along with the investment comes new jobs: for Doosan, it will be 250 new, full-time jobs over the next five years, and for JELD-WEN, it will be 235 jobs.
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Kiva Loans Making A Difference
We are excited to be a part of this great loan program that will help small business borrowers who may not have access to traditional resources. Targeting women and minority-owned small businesses, Kiva loans are offered through the Self-Help Credit Union. Statesville City Council provided some start-up money for the program and is looking forward to hearing about the success of local small businesses who take advantage of the program. Here's how to find out more and apply online:
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Next Steps for Vance Hotel Development
City Council will consider next steps for the development of the Vance Hotel at its meeting Monday, Feb. 15. A Master Development Agreement will be presented which involves selling the hotel property to Rainier Group, LLC, for $47,000 and allowing them to proceed with plans to restore the Vance to a 60-unit hotel. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on cable channel 20 and Here’s more information on the agreement.
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airport hangars
Airport Flying High
The Statesville Regional Airport is contributing millions of dollars to the local and state economies, as well as supporting hundreds of jobs connected to the operation of the airport, according to a recent report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation. The report contains 2019 data from the state’s network of 72 publicly owned airports, and the aviation and aerospace assets that rely on them. It shows the Statesville airport as having a $139.2 million impact on the economy, including funneling more than $8.7 million to state and local tax revenues.
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Tom Marshburn
Statesville Astronaut Headed Back Into Space
Statesville native Dr. Thomas H. Marshburn, NASA astronaut, is going back into space. It was announced Monday that Marshburn will serve as pilot for the NASA-SpaceX commercial mission to the International Space Station in the fall of 2021. Statesville is proud to be the hometown of Dr. Marshburn, who has walked in space and spent five months aboard the International Space Station. Many of our welcome signs around Statesville now include that slogan: “Hometown of NASA Astronaut Dr. Thomas H. Marshburn”
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Downtown retail
New Retail Development Initiative
The City of Statesville has announced its partnership with Retail Strategies, a national retail recruitment firm, to help expand retail development in Statesville. The project involves conducting a detailed analysis of the City’s retail market, creating a strategic plan for recruiting new business and growing existing businesses, and then proactively reaching out to potential businesses and developers. The project will focus on all of Statesville.
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no glass
Recycle Right
As of January 2020, Statesville residents and other Benfield Sanitation Services customers (including Mooresville and Troutman) have been instructed to no longer put glass in their recycling bins. Also, Benfield has begun charging municipalities $20 per ton of recycling, whether or not there is glass in the materials. This will cost Statesville $12,000-$13,000 per year. Removing glass from the recycling materials should lower the weight and lower costs. Continue reading for more information on how to recycle right!
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dogs on lease
Here's a Reminder about City's Leash Laws for Parks
Statesville considers itself a dog-friendly community and asks pet owners to help it keep that reputation by obeying the City's leash laws in city parks and greenways
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Bailey Promote Rebate
Statesville Electric Utilities Rebate Program
Statesville Electric Utilities has a great rebate program for residential customers who purchase new heat pump systems and/or electric water heaters. The Baileys recently took advantage of the program and got a $400 rebate from the City after installing a new heating and air conditioning unit.
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