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Posted on: June 11, 2021

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Industry: 
Even though U.S. manufacturing activity surged to a 37-year high in March, the industry has more than 500,000 current job openings. Factories are struggling to find skilled workers for specialized roles such as welders and machinists. Manufacturers are even having trouble hiring entry-level positions that do not require expertise. “We have a perception problem. People don't know the jobs are here or that these are jobs they want,” Carolyn Lee, executive director of the Manufacturing Institute, said. The talent shortage is not new but it is getting worse and could have far-reaching consequences beyond the manufacturing industry itself. As many as 2.1 million manufacturing jobs will be unfilled through 2030, according to a study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The report warns the worker shortage will hurt revenue, production and could ultimately cost the U.S. economy up to $1 trillion by 2030. The study points to the top reasons these positions tend to go unfilled, with new entrants having different expectations for jobs and careers topping the list (38%), followed by lack of attraction or interest in the industry (36%) and retirement of baby boomers (34%). Eden’s Nestle Purina facility plans a public area where students can view the manufacturing facility to understand that modern manufacturing is a clean and sophisticated process that yields good wages and potential for career growth. Virtually all Eden industries and many commercial businesses are eagerly seeking employees. If you need a job, check the N.C. Works website to learn about the opportunities in Eden and Rockingham County.  

Southern Finishing: Now Hiring! 
Southern Finishing has assumed most of the former AC Furniture location on N.C. 87 North in Eden. Headquartered in Stoneville, they manufacture, finish and ship prefinished wood products to many of the largest building product and furniture manufacturers in the U.S. Southern Finishing is a privately held company founded in 1978 and currently employs more than 500 people with 11 manufacturing and distribution locations in N.C., Virginia and Arizona. All shifts are hiring including general labor, warehouse, sprayers and sanders. Apply in person at ATC Staffing Solutions, 2873 N.C. 135 in Stoneville. Call 336-623-8180 or visit www.hirestandards.com for more information and to apply online. 

Commercial: 

Simply MK Café
Simply MK Café opened June 7. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at 708 Washington St. They sell sandwiches, salads and hot dogs. You can order on the menu or build your own sandwich. Call 336-635-9140 for more information.  

Linda’s Paint Bar
Linda features paint classes, private parties and pottery painting at 201 E. Meadow Rd. inside Total Vintage Marketplace. Call 336-432-0041 for more information and to schedule an event.  

Railroad Café celebrating over 60 years in business
The dining room is now open at the Railroad Café at 239 N. Main St. at 770 East. You can enjoy country cooking in a friendly atmosphere. Call 336-635-1709 for more information or to place takeout orders. 

Ingrid’s Cupcakes and Confections 
What started as specialty cupcakes has blossomed into a wide variety of cake and buttercream flavors, hand-pressed butter mints, cookies, pies, cake pops, and more. All of Ingrid’s products are made fresh, to order, and with nothing more than is needed. They are proud to say that they have moved to a commercial location and are no longer a home-based bakery. They are at 238 W. Kings Hwy., Suite B.    

The Bette-R-Look Salon & Day Spa
Hair, nails, skincare and massage are offered at this 715 Washington St. business run by Bette Hutchens. TanMark’s Tanning Salon is also located inside the salon and now has spray tans. Call 336-623-9912 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

Oak Hills Swim Club
Located at 436 East Stadium Dr., this swim club offers family-friendly pool with three pools from which to choose. Family memberships are $500 and single memberships are $250. New easy access steps and railings have been added for all pools. For an application, call 336-623-6381 or email kenan.wright@oakhillsgolf.net  

ENGINEERING

Street Resurfacing Contract No. 2
Waugh Asphalt, Inc. finished resurfacing Kennedy Avenue, Patterson Street and Sherwood Court on May 17. Crews installed the shoulder stone on May 24 to complete the contract. Triad Road Maintenance reinstalled the pavement markings under a separate contract. This project has been completed.

NCDOT Road Resurfacing – Kings Highway
The resurfacing of Kings Highway has been completed. The permanent pavement markings are scheduled to be installed the week of June 7 weather permitting.

NCDOT Road Resurfacing – Washington Street
Delta Contracting and the Sharpe Brothers were scheduled to start construction June 7. The crews arrived on site but were delayed due to thunderstorms. NCDOT rescheduled the work for June 8.

Waterline Replacement Projects Update
An encroachment agreement has been obtained from NC DOT for the proposed Bridge Street waterline replacement project, but a date for the preconstruction meeting has not been set.  The start of installation work by Collection and Distribution crews has not been established for the block between Irving Avenue and Oak Street. About a third of the materials needed for other water main replacement projects have been received.  The rest of the materials are expected to be received by the end of June, with the possible exception of fire hydrants.  Plans prepared by LKC Engineering, PLLC for four future water main replacement projects are expected to be submitted to Public Water Supply Section for review and approval before the end of June.

MARKETING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Grown & Gathered
What a magical night along the Spray Canal! Once again, this signature farm to fork dinner sold out! Many thanks to all our guests, Jarrett Nycamp of Blissful Palette, Real Jazz, Mark Bishopric/Spray Mercantile, Proper Pour, Johnson’s Florist and our wonderful farmers/growers/bakers. Plus, a special thank you to all our volunteers who help make the night the special evening it was. Our Summer Grown & Gathered is set for Thursday, August 12. Make your reservations now! 

Piedmont Pottery Festival 
Pottery fans were certainly ready to buy some beautiful pottery on June 5! Many of our potters had record sales and are asking for a fall show. Our guests came from all over North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Our show was smaller this year due to effects of Covid from the past year, but it was certainly mighty. Thanks to First Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use their beautiful facility for this popular event. A huge thanks goes out once again to our very special volunteers who help make the day go smooth.

Oink & Ale
Oink & Ale is set for Saturday, June 19 on Monroe Street in Uptown Eden! We have the Eagles tribute band On the Border playing live, barbecue and ribs, beverages, ax throwing and more all set to go. There is no admission fee. Thanks to presenting sponsor That Little Pork Shop along with all our other sponsors that make this event possible. We hope to see you all on Uptown Eden on the 19th! It’s going to be a fun night!

Spray Mural
Make sure you go by Ramsey’s Barber Shop on Morgan Road and see the new SPRAY mural! It is awesome!

PARKS & RECREATION

Eden Parks & Recreation offices are now located at the Bridge Street Recreation Center. The Bridge Street and Mill Avenue centers are open to the public from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Come out to exercise or play! 

Freedom Park 
Open daily, this park offers a walking track, nature trail, splash pad, skateboard park, basketball courts, miniature golf (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4-7 p.m.), playground and dog park – dawn to dusk, as well as picnic shelters and an amphitheater. 

The park hosted a fun Eden Youth Council/Eden Police Department Kickball Game on May 27. 

Concerts in the Park were held twice in May. The upcoming concert is Saturday, June 26. The cruise in begins at 5:30 while the concert, featuring Remedy, starts at 6:30. Free admission. Concessions are available. 

Garden of Eden Senior Center
The Garden of Eden Senior Center offers paint classes, mahjongg, pickle ball (mornings and evenings offsite), exercise classes, cornhole, knit and crochet, strength and balance, legal aid, quilt guild, Friends Club, bingo, watercolor class, craft class, senior tech classes and assistance and referral for seniors! In addition, the community garden they planted is doing great. 

In May, we held a volunteer lunch and the Kiwanis Fishing Derby, as well as a virtual workshop in collaboration with AARP and a home invasion prevention workshop. The Senior Games also wrapped up in May with a picnic and awards ceremony at Freedom Park. For more information about the center, call 336-627-4711. 

Pool and Splash Pad
The Mill Avenue Swimming Pool and the Splash Pad at Freedom Park are open! Pool admission is $4 for a city resident. Season passes are available. Splash pad admission is $2. Each of these facilities may be rented out for private parties – call 336-623-2110, option 3 to make a reservation.

Rentals
We are now renting out shelters and some facilities. Shelter 1 at Freedom Park continues to be the hot spot for all renters since it is located next to the playground and splash pad. Karate classes are once again being held at the Boone Road Facility. Our RV pad had six campers staying the night over the Memorial Day weekend. To rent a facility, call us at 336-623-2110, option 3. 

PLANNING & INSPECTIONS

Local Codes and Inspections 
Local code complaints have picked up considerably as they typically do this time of year, however complaints continue to be addressed in a timely manner and notices sent as needed. Permits are being issued, contractors are getting what they need and the public’s questions and concerns are being addressed in a timely manner. Complaints are being handled in a timely manner and turn-around time from time of complaint to inspection is usually 1-2 days, often the same day. The inspectors are also checking other code violations as they see them out in the field and submitting them for notices to be sent: 

Total Local Code Inspections Performed: 156
Local Code Notices Sent: 78
Local Codes Abated : 29
Sent to Facility Maintenance for mowing: 12 

Inspections & Permits May 1 – May 31: 
Total inspections performed: 298
Total permits issued: 157                                                

Ongoing Projects for Inspections:
Inspection volume is steady. Plan review for the Purina project continues as documents are released. Permits have been issued for three new single-family residences and construction should begin within the next two weeks. The Ray Commons project is moving along nicely with floors 2-4 now complete and occupied. 

Planning Board:
The Planning Board met May 25 to consider amending Article 5.06 of the UDO to allow Automobile/Vehicle Sales, Rental, Service & Minor Repair to be permitted with standards in the Business Central (BC) and Neighborhood Mixed Use (NMX) Districts. 

Community Appearance Commission: 
The Commission elected Julie Talbert as chair and Debbie Ellis as vice chair. The Community Appearance Award was given to 241 Events on The Boulevard. 

Historic Preservation Commission: 
The Commission discussed a work plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Tree Board: 
The Board elected Max Kirks as chair and Paul Dishmon as vice chair. 

Community Development and Main Street: 
A SECU construction team evaluated space we identified for new ATMs in Draper and Uptown. 545 Morgan Road has started a complete remodel by new owners. 

 

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