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R I V E R
B E N D
NEWS
FROM TOWN HALL
www.riverbendnc.org
The Town has launched a new website, and if you have
access to a computer, I invite you to visit the new site
at www.riverbendnc.org.
In the present age we have all come to rely on the
availability of information that we obtain from the
computer. Like so many other aspects of life, orgaNEW TOWN WEBSITE
BY MAYOR JOHN KIRKLAND
nizations and processes develop by an evolutionary
method of growth. The first appearance of a web page
that addressed the Town was initiated by Messrs. Dave Wallace and Al Kish. These
gentlemen performed as web masters for
the page for a number of years. In time
it became obvious that detailed information about Town governance needed to
INSIDE THIS EDITION
MAYOR’S REPORT
PAGE 1
TOWN MANGER’S REPORT
PAGE 3
WRD/PW REPORT
PAGE 5
COMING EVENTS
PAGE 6
COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
PAGE 7
LEAF & LIMB SCHEDULE
PAGE 7
ETCETERA
PAGE 9
GARDENING ROUNDTABLE
PAGE 11
ZUMBA KIDS
PAGE 12
be expanded, and the expanded development and posting was transferred to the
Town staff.
For a number of years, Manager Drew
Havens was the primary individual posting to the web site, and he expanded the
“The first appearance of a
web page that addressed
the Town was initiated by
Messrs. Dave Wallace and
Al Kish. In time it became
obvious that detailed
information about Town
governance needed to
be expanded, and the
expanded development and
posting was transferred to
the Town staff. ”
site to include Town Ordinances and
also links to official county and regional sites. Prior to his move from River Bend, Manger Havens tasked Kathleen De
Young, our Deputy Town Clerk, to assume the task of updating and modernizing
the “site.”
Kathleen is a talented individual and one who works hard to produce a work that
has been tested and is as free from error as possible. She has spent a great deal of
time in the development of the product that is now available to you at www.river-
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bendnc.org. You will find the “site” has great utility to you. I am confident that you
will also agree it will represent the Town well when individuals want to see what
our Town looks like and what it has to offer. In this role it may well serve individuals trying to make a decision on relocating to this area.
If you agree with the comments that I have made in this article, the next time you
are in Town Hall please express your appreciation to Kathleen. I will quickly add
that every member of the Town staff is hard working and they try very hard to provide the best service possible and they also deserve an expression of appreciation.
The year 2015 has certainly gotten off to a fast and
busy start at Town Hall. Recently, the Town used our
e-news system to offer an information piece concerning the Town’s Facilities Enhancement and Development Strategy (FEDS). The e-news is a system that the
Town uses to distribute information to our subscribers.
TOWN MANAGER’S
REPORT
However, the content is available only to those who
BY TOWN MANAGER DELANE JACKSON
sign up for it. If you wish to subscribe, simply go to
our web site and follow the instructions. You are not required to supply a name,
only an e-mail address. The whole process takes less than five minutes.
I have been informed that a mailing has been circulated to our residents
discussing insurance for your water line.
It offers you an opportunity to purchase
an insurance policy for your water lines.
That mailing is in no way associated
with, nor endorsed by the Town of River
“The e-news is a system
that the Town uses to
distribute information to
our subscribers. If you wish
to subscribe, simply go to
our web site and follow the
instructions. You are not
required to supply a name,
only an e-mail address. The
whole process takes less
than five minutes.”
Bend. However, as the mailing states, it
is factual that the Town’s responsibility
for water line maintenance ends at the public right-of-way. Any leaks or damage
between the right-of-way and the residence is the owner’s responsibility. We do not
repair leaks on private property.
Another issue that arises from time to time relates to street lights, specifically,
streets lights that are not working properly. The Town of River Bend does not own
any street lights. We do pay a monthly rent to Duke-Progress for each street light.
Naturally, from time to time those lights burn out and need to be replaced. We do
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not replace those. Duke–Progress has to schedule a repair crew to do that work.
There are around 3,000 residents in Town and it is much more likely that one of you
will notice a street light being out before we will notice it. We pay a flat monthly fee
for each light regardless of whether or not it is working properly. There is a simple
way for you to report “out” street lights directly to Duke-Progress. Just go to our
web page and follow the instructions. To properly report the outage and expedite
its repair, you will need to provide the pole number, which is located on each pole,
and a physical address that is close to
the actual utility pole. The pole number
is usually a 5 to 6 digit combination of
letters and numbers, such as “RTX37”.
They are normally black digits on a yellow back ground. If you cannot report
“There is a simple way for
you to report “out” street
lights directly to DukeProgress. Just go to our
web page and follow the
instructions.”
it on line, report it to Town Hall and we
will handle it.
Some of you have asked about the previously discussed expansion of our dog
park. Last year, the Town sent a survey to each registered owner of a pet asking for
input on that project. Only 60 surveys were returned. They were split nearly 50-50
for and against an expansion. The Council has decided to re-visit that topic in the
near future to make a final decision. In the meantime, I will be preparing plans and
updated cost estimates for them to review. I will remind you that it is your responsibility as the pet owner to clean up after your pet. Please do so. Everyone will greatly
appreciate that.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Christmas holidays
with family, and friends. Christmas is always a wonderful time of year. This month Public Works assisted the CAC with Christmas decorations. Hopefully,
everyone enjoyed them as much as we did. The aerator
WRD/PW
DECEMBER REPORT
BY BRANDON MILLS
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
in the front entrance pond had to be pulled out and
repaired. This fountain helps keep the oxygen level
up in the entrance pond, and helps prevent the water
from becoming stagnant. Odors and mosquito infes-
tations would be higher without this constant aeration. Mike Steffa of the Public
Works Department repaired the fountain. The tree work around the Plantation Drive
median that was budgeted for in this year has been completed. The trees that were
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removed had been evaluated by a representative of the state forestry service, and
their removal was recommended. I would like to thank Lou of Tarheel Tree for a
job well done.
This month Water Resources had three sewer service blockages. These blockages came at a time when our high pressure sewer jet was down. Two of the three
blockages were cleared with a sewer line snake. A contractor had to be called for
the third when our staff was unable to
clear it. The problem with the jet was the
valve body that creates the pressure had
failed. We ordered the necessary parts
and rebuilt the valve body in house. Water Resources also had several sewer lateral cleanouts that had to be repaired. I
ask that all citizens who are on the sewer
system to watch out for the white caps
protruding up in their yards when they
are mowing. These caps allow us access
to the sewer line in case of a blockage.
When these caps are broken, it can allow
stormwater runoff and debris into your
sewer service line. This could cause a
blockage to your home, and the excess
“I ask that all citizens who
are on the sewer system
to watch out for the white
caps protruding up in
their yards when they are
mowing. These caps allow
us access to the sewer line
in case of a blockage. When
these caps are broken, it
can allow stormwater
runoff and debris into your
sewer service line. This
could cause a blockage
to your home, and the
excess flow from the
storm water runoff will
cause us problems at our
wastewater treatment
facility.”
flow from the storm water runoff will
cause us problems at our wastewater
treatment facility. So please be careful around these utilities.
If you have any questions about the Water Resources/Public Works Department,
please call us at 638-3540, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. After-hours
water and sewer emergencies can be reported by dialing Town Hall at 638-3870.
You will be instructed to then dial “9” and follow the directions to contact the oncall duty operator. You will be asked to enter your phone number at the sound of the
tone. After entering your phone number, the automated system will inform you that
your page has been sent. Please, be patient and our utility operator will return your
call. If you do not receive a call back within ten minutes, please notify the Police
Department at 638-1108.
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Council Retreat
February 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Town Hall
Council Work Session
February 12, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Town Hall
Gardening Roundtable
February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Town Hall
sponsored by
RBCOG
Council Meeting
February 19, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Town Hall
ZUMBA!
Wednesdays
Jan.7 - March 18
6:30 p.m.
River Bend Town Hall
Karate Classes
Mondays & Fridays
6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
River Bend Town Hall
contact
Police Chief Matthews
638-1108
ZUMBA Kids!
Saturdays
Feb. 28 - May 16
6:30 p.m.
River Bend Town Hall
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Leaf & Limb
Collection
Schedule for
2013-2014
Residents may begin
placing their yard debris
street side on the dates
indicated in parentheses
RIVER BEND
NEWS
FROM TOWN HALL
is published monthly by the
River Bend Town Council for
the residents of the Town of
River Bend.
MAYOR
John Kirkland
TOWN COUNCIL
Luci Avery
Brenda Garvey
Barbara Maurer
Buddy Sheffield
Irving “Bud” Van Slyke, Jr.
TOWN MANAGER
Delane Jackson
TOWN CLERK
Ann Katsuyoshi
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR
Margaret Theis
POLICE CHIEF
Ryland E. Matthews
DIRECTOR OF
PUBLIC WORKS
Brandon Mills
ASSISTANT
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
Chris Harmon
GRAPHIC DESIGN &
TYPOGRAPHY
Kathleen De Young
Contact Us:
45 Shoreline Drive
River Bend, NC 28562
252.638-3870
www.riverbendnc.org
Zone 1 Pick Up Begins
July 14, 2014
July 9, 2014
September 8, 2014
September 3, 2014
November 3, 2014
October 29, 2014
January 12, 2015
(includes Christmas trees)
January 7, 2015
March 9, 2015
March 4, 2015
May 13, 2015
May 6, 2015
Zone 2 Pick Up Begins
July 21, 2014
July 16, 2014
September 15, 2014
September 10, 2014
November 10, 2014
November 5, 2014
January 19, 2015
(includes Christmas trees)
January 14, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 11, 2015
May 18, 2015
May 13, 2015
Pinecones, pine straw and
leaves must be bagged. For
additional important information about River Bend’s Leaf
& Limb collection program,
please see our Ordinance online
at www.riverbendnc.org.
Town Council
2015 Meeting Dates
Work Session ..................................January 8
Regular Meeting ............................January 15
Council Retreat .............................February 3
Work Session ..............................February 12
Regular Meeting ..........................February 19
Budget Meeting..................................March 3
Budget Meeting................................March 10
Work Session ...................................March 12
Budget Meeting................................March 17
Regular Meeting ..............................March 19
Budget Meeting................................March 24
Budget Meeting................................March 31
Budget Meeting....................................April 7
Work Session .......................................April 9
Budget Meeting..................................April 14
Regular Meeting ................................April 16
Council Retreat ..................................... May 5
Work Session ...................................... May 14
Regular Meeting ................................. May 21
Work Session ...................................... June 11
Regular Meeting ................................. June 18
Work Session .........................................July 9
Regular Meeting ..................................July 16
Council Retreat .................................August 4
Work Session ..................................August 13
Regular Meeting .............................August 20
Work Session ............................ September 10
Regular Meeting ....................... September 17
Work Session ................................. October 8
Regular Meeting ........................... October 15
Council Retreat ........................... November 3
Work Session ............................ November 12
Regular Meeting ....................... November 19
Work Session .............................December 10
Regular Meeting ........................December 17
All Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will be
held in the River Bend Town Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.
All Council Retreats will be held at the Offices of Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks and Hart, PA, 416 Pollock
Street, New Bern, NC beginning at 5:00 p.m. All Council
Budget Sessions will be held in the River Bend Town Hall
beginning at 4:00 p.m.
*Green type indicates a completed leaf & limb collection
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TOWN OF RIVER BEND
etc.
2015 Golf Cart Registration
101
Town ordinances allow for residents to drive their
properly equipped golf carts on River Bend streets
provided that they are inspected by and registered
with our Police Department. If you plan to drive
your golf cart on the roadways, you must display the
2015 registration decal.
Inspection and registration are required annually.
The registration fee for each golf cart is $10.
For additional information and to make your
inspection reservation, please call the River Bend
Police Department at 638-1108.
River Bend Animal Registrations for 2015 are due
by March 31, 2015. All River Bend dogs and cats
must be registered annually.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.
through 4:00 p.m. Registration is $10.00 per pet.
Registration is
Required for all
Dogs and Cats
Owners must present proof of rabies vaccination at
the time of registration.
The Town of River Bend is now offering residents
the opportunity to link a digital photo of their
registered pets to our Animal Registration database. When you register your pet this year, you may
submit a photo by e-mail, or staff can scan a photo
for you if you prefer. This photo database will help
reunite lost pets with their owners more quickly in
the event a pet becomes lost.
Pet I. D. Photos
Now Available
The service is voluntary and free of charge.
River Bend dogs have their own exercise area where
they can play with other canines. Situated between
the Town Park and Ritter Field, the dog park gives
dogs a chance to run while their owners socialize.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset for dogs
with proof of current vaccinations. Separate exercise areas accommodate large and small dogs.
For complete list of rules applicable to dog park use,
please visit Town Hall for a brochure or view details
on our web site at www.riverbendnc.org. Dog park
rules are also posted at the entrance to the park.
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etc.
Sign up for our
Emergency Notification System
and receive timely notifications by phone, e-mail, text messages and more.
SIGN UP NOW
continued
at riverbendnc.org
this service provided by the Town of River Bend through
Blackboard
connect
River Bend has a functional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). For more information
about this group, or to volunteer, please contact the
CERT liaison, Police Officer Brandon Rohrs and/or
visit our web site.
If you have a medical condition for which you require
any type of special medical care during a disaster
or if your medical condition requires assistance to
evacuate during a disaster, you may wish to apply
to Craven County for their Special Needs Registry.
The River Bend Police Department can provide you
with the appropriate form and provide some basic
information about the County’s program.
THIS AREA
OBSERVED BY
COMMUNITY WATCH
CITIZENS
River Bend has a very active Community Watch
program, supported by our Police Department. If
you are interested in volunteering, call the River
Bend Police Department at 638-3870.
RIVER BEND POLICE DEPARTMENT
638-1108
River Bend has a skateboard park to meet the needs
of some of our more athletic residents.
A signed parental approval form is required and helmet use is strictly enforced. For more information
about the skateboard park, visit our web site or call
the River Bend Police Department at 638-1108.
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Wild 101
Wood
Storage
Our Wildwood Storage Facility offers a variety of
indoor and outdoor storage areas to meet all of your
storage needs, including parking spaces for RVs and
boats. For more information, call 638-3870, ext 216.
River Bend Police Chief Ryland Matthews teaches
karate classes twice weekly for students of all ages
and experience levels. The classes take place on
Monday and Friday evenings. Please contact Chief
Matthews at 638-1108 for additional information.
Karate Training at
Town Hall
ZUMBA
Comes to River Bend
Wednesday Evenings
January 7 through March 18
6:30 p.m.
ZUMBA
JAN. 7 – MAR. 18
Space is Limited!
To Register: Contact Sharon Wilkerson
[email protected]
252-259-4575
Presented by River Bend Parks & Recreation
ZUMBA
for kids
Saturdays
February 28 through May 16
10:00 a.m.
Space is Limited!
To Register: Contact Sharon Wilkerson at:
252-259-4575
ZUMBA
FEB. 28 – MAY 16
NEWS FROM TOWN HALL – FEBRUARY 2015
e-mail: [email protected]
Presented by River Bend Parks & Recreation
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The Arbor Day Foundation awarded the Town of
River Bend the Tree City USA designation for a
third consecutive year. River Bend is one of only
76 communities in North Carolina to achieve this
designation. To learn more about Tree City USA,
visit our web site.
etc.
continued
As Piedmont Natural Gas plans expansion of their
system, they take into account requests for new customer service. If you are interested in Natural Gas
Service, let them know you want their service. Like
any other business, they need to invest where there is
a higher likelihood of some return on the investment.
INTERESTED IN
NATURAL GAS?
You can express your interest by calling Piedmont’s
customer service number and telling them your address and telling them that you would like Piedmont
Natural Gas to serve River Bend. The number to call is:
1-800-752-7504.
Thank You!
The River Bend Town Council and staff offer a warm
and sincere thank you to all the River Bend residents
who thoughtfully donated food for the 2014 Holiday
Food Drive to benefit RCS. Town staff delivered 14
large boxes of food to RCS. River Benders are good
hearted people who can always be counted on to
help others in need. Thank You!
Holiday Food Drive
a Success
In accordance with the Town of River Bend Code of
Ordinances, § 13.01.006, “Regulation of Solicitors,”
the Town is currently updating its lists of residents
who would like to receive solicitations at their door.
Solicitation List
Update
Door-to-door solicitation will be permitted only at
those addresses on the list. To add your name to the
list of those wishing to receive solicitors please call
the Town Clerk at 638-3870, ext. 202 or e-mail her
at [email protected] Residents who do
not wish to receive solicitors need do nothing.
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