Town of Mocksville Fills Finance Director/Town Clerk Position

Mocksville, NC, May 22, 2017– The Town of Mocksville would like to announce the hiring of Lynn Trivette as the next Finance Director / Town Clerk.

“On behalf of the Town of Mocksville, I would like to welcome our new Finance Director / Town Clerk, Mrs. Lynn Trivette to our Town. Lynn’s skills, qualifications, and experience are going to be a vital asset to the Town in the years to come.”– Marcus Abernethy, Town Manager.

Mrs. Trivette is coming directly from the Town of Jonesville, NC, where she has served as the Finance Director/Town Clerk for over ten years.  She has overseen a department with a staff of three and oversaw a budget of $2.8 million annually. Her administrative duties included the supervision of Tax Collection, Utilities, and Payroll. She also served as Clerk to the Town Board.  Mrs. Trivette has served as the assistant to the Town Manager and served the Town Mayor and Town Board by assisting to establish goals to assure effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery. Mrs. Trivette will directly administer the Town of Mocksville’s financial activities and serve as the Town Clerk under the supervision of the Town Manager. Lynn is excited to get started.

 “I am ecstatic about this opportunity. The Town has a lot of character and I feel blessed to be a part of the continuing growth. I intend to enjoy every moment along this journey finding laughter, strength, and joy with each day that passes.  I look forward to working with such a gifted and professional workforce. Our teamwork together will achieve the goals of the Town Board and the community.” – Lynn Trivette, Finance Director / Town Clerk for the Town of Mocksville.

Mrs. Trivette is a graduate of High Point University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerk’s where she recently served a four year term on the Board of Clerks for her district. She earned her North Carolina Clerk Certification and is currently working on her Clerk’s Master Certification through the UNC School of Government. She is excited to be serving with the Town of Mocksville.

The Town welcomes Mrs. Trivette, who officially starts Monday, June 19, 2017. For more information about this topic, please contact Town Manager, Marcus Abernethy at (336) 753-6700.

Town of Mocksville Seeking New Attorney

The Town of Mocksville, a vibrant community with over 5,000 residents, is advertising to appoint a new Town Attorney. Mocksville, the County Seat of Davie County, is a great community with several annual community events, charming neighborhoods, and a great school system.  Mocksville is a full service town focused on improving the quality of life for residents and visitors. The Town’s overall budget totals $7,905,199, and the Town uses a combination of in-house and contracted services.

The Town is seeking a qualified person/firm to perform legal analytical evaluations in the areas of interpretation of law and litigation for the Town Board. Anticipated work will include the person/firm to analyze legislation affecting the Town; review proposed contracts, review bonding and financing documents, insurance policies and other documents affecting the Town; monitor and control liability claims and legal proceedings. Prepare and/or review ordinances, resolutions, annexations, deeds, pleadings, contracts and other documents for legal sufficiency, ensuring the best interest of the Town has been legally guaranteed.

Qualified candidates must be a member in good standing and licensed with the NC State Bar with at least 5 years progressively responsible experience and/or training in the practice of law, including municipal law and administrative experience. Candidates must also have exceptional knowledge of constitutional, federal and state laws affecting NC municipalities. A working knowledge of governing board procedures, open meetings laws, public records law, economic development incentives, financing and contracts are a plus. Successful candidates should possess excellent communications skills and be able to communicate effectively with public officials and the general public. Successful candidates should also have the ability to analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to local government challenges; draft ordinances and regulations.

The Town anticipates making an appointment in July, 2017 upon the retirement of current Town Attorney Hank Van Hoy, who has served as the Town Attorney for over 40 years. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, a resume, and required retainer fees and/or hourly rates to Mocksville Town Attorney Search, ATTN: Marcus Abernethy, Mocksville Town Hall, 171 S. Clement Street or email mabernethy@mocksvillenc.gov.

Mocksville Water Quality Report

We are pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.  This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.  Included are details about your source(s) of water, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies.  Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.  We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.  We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water and to providing you with this information because informed customers are our best allies.  Please click here for a PDF copy of the complete report.

Town of Mocksville Help Wanted – Finance Director/Town Clerk

opportunityThe Town of Mocksville, a vibrant community with over 5,000 residents, is recruiting to hire a new Finance Director/Town Clerk. The Town of Mocksville is designated as the County Seat of Davie County, which is less than a half hour drive outside of Winston-Salem. Mocksville is a great place to live with several annual community events, charming neighborhoods, and a great school system.  Mocksville is a full service town focused on improving the quality of life for residents and visitors. The Town’s overall budget totals $7,905,199, and to Town uses a combination of in-house and contracted services.

The person in this position reports directly to the Town Manager, and performs complex administrative and professional work planning, organizing, managing and participating in the financial and management activities for the Town. This position is responsible for managing Finance, Billing and Collections, and assisting with budget development and administration. Work involves supervision of purchasing, accounting, collections, billing, and payroll. Work also involves assisting the Town Manager and the Board of Commissioners in developing the annual operating budget for the Town and budget administration. In addition, the employee attends meetings of the Board of Commissioners to present requested financial reports and information. This employee also serves as the official custodian of public records as Town Clerk. The employee must exercise considerable independent judgement and initiative in planning and directing the fiscal control system, records retention, and the recording of minutes. Work is performed in accordance with established municipal finance procedures, local ordinances and North Carolina General Statutes governing the responsibilities of local government accounting. The successful candidate will also have the ability to communicate well with staff, elected officials, and town administration in a public setting.

The Town seeks an experienced professional with at least three to five years of progressive experience. This experience should include and emphasis in municipal government accounting, budgeting, and finance. The basic desired educational qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, or a related field. A candidate may distinguish themselves with a master’s degree or additional experience.

Please submit a letter of interest or cover letter, resume, and a completed Town of Mocksville employment application. The salary for this position is negotiable based upon the candidate’s qualifications and experience. However, the Town anticipates the hiring rate to be between $55,000 and $70,000 annually.  The salary is supplemented by an excellent benefit package. To be considered for this position, applicants must send application materials as noted above to Mocksville Finance Director Search, ATTN: Marcus Abernethy, Mocksville Town Hall, 171S. Clement Street or email mabernethy@mocksvillenc.gov. This position will be open until filled, with review of candidates to begin May 1st, 2017. The Town of Mocksville is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications are available at Mocksville Town Hall, or you may click here to download an application.

Town of Mocksville Internship Opportunity

The Town of Mocksville is advertising to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in serving as a management intern with the Town. This opportunity will expose students to experiences in career fields of interest in a local government setting. An intern will have the opportunity to shadow local government professionals from every major department in order to learn how local governments function. Assignments will include special research projects at the request of the Town Manager. The intern needs to be capable of conducting budget and management analysis, and general data analysis through the use of Microsoft Excel. Work may include some clerical work including data entry tasks, filing, copying, etc. An internship with the Town will also include the opportunity to work briefly alongside Town staff, and to also assist in the coordination of events. To be considered for an internship position with the Town of Mocksville, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited college or university;
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills;
  • Be proficient with computers and software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Be eager to learn and able to work independently as well as with a group;

The Town is interested in appointing one or more paid or unpaid interns depending upon qualifications. Someone with prior local government experience or service with the public is a plus. If you have additional questions about this program, please contact Town Hall at (336) 753-6700. Please email a professional resume and a letter of interest to mabernethy@mocksvillenc.gov

 

Mocksville Town Hall
171 S. Clement Street
Mocksville, NC 27028
Phone (336) 753-6700
Fax (336)751-9187
www.mocksvillenc.org

Remaining Oak Trees on Mocksville Town Square to be Removed and Replaced

On Tuesday April 4th, 2017, at the regular Town Board Meeting, the Town Board of Commissioners made the decision to remove the two remaining Oak Trees in Court Square. The trees have begun to show decline and will have to be removed in order to ensure public safety. The Town has made preparations to replant new trees at the same locations once the remaining trees are removed.
The Town consulted with an arborist to inspect the Court Square Oak Trees in 2015. That inspection found both structural failures and infection of a fungal disease called Hypoxylon Canker in some of the trees. The first two oak trees were removed immediately in order to preserve public safety due to their immediate threat caused by structural failure and disease.

The Town wishes that there were another option other than removal of the trees, because they have become such a strong part of the community. However, from the standpoint of safety, the best recourse is removal. It is the Town Board’s initiative to replant trees where the four oaks once stood in order to return beautification to Court Square. The Trees will be removed April 18th, 2017.

Mocksville Town Hall
171 S. Clement Street
Mocksville, NC 27028
Phone (336) 753-6700
Fax (336)751-9187
www.mocksvillenc.org

Notice of Special Called Meeting – April 12, 2017 – Budget Work Session

The Town of Mocksville Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm for a Budget Work Session.

Advertisement for Bids – Court Square Water Line – Town of Mocksville

Sealed Bids for the construction of the Court Square Water Line will be received, by the Town of Mocksville, at the office of the Town Hall, 171 South Clement Street, Mocksville, North Carolina until 2:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read. The Project consists of approximately 1,200 feet of 6‐inch and 8‐inch water line and all appurtenances.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a unit price basis as indicated in the Bid Form.

The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: Willis Engineers, 10700 Sikes Place, Suite 115, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277. Prospective Bidders may examine the Bidding Documents at the Issuing Office on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9:00‐5:00, and may obtain copies of the Bidding Documents from the Issuing Office as described below.

Bidding Documents also may be examined at the Town of Mocksville Town Hall, 171 South Clement Street, Mocksville, North Carolina on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9:00‐5:00.

Printed copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from the Issuing Office, during the hours indicated above, upon payment of $100 for each set. The date that the Bidding Documents are transmitted by the Issuing Office will be considered the Bidder’s date of receipt of the Bidding Documents. Partial sets of Bidding Documents will not be available from the Issuing Office. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including Addenda if any, obtained from sources other than the Issuing Office.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

Owner: Town of Mocksville
By: Marcus Abernethy
Title: Town Manager
Date: March 24, 2017

Mocksville Wins Bid to Host 2017 American Legion Junior State Tournament!

American Legion Baseball has been a summertime mainstay in the Mocksville/Davie area for decades. I recall as a child watching the games with hundreds of supporting fans, sitting on “the hill” or in the stand with friends and family…ready to pounce at a stray ball and trying to not become a peanut gallery casualty. Then I would wait for the end of the game, anxiously hoping the players would sign my hard-earned ball. I remember my grandfather taking us to the game but, never getting out of his car. I also remember the Rich Park hot dogs, best around, as well as the popcorn and ice cold sodas.

Come and relive those good times this summer as the Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54 hosts the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament!

The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field July 14th– 19th, 2017. The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville. Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).

State Baseball Commissioners Select Mocksville after Visit to Mando Field and Rich Park
Mr. Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, explained that the tournament rotates every year between the four areas of the state. This year was our area’s turn. Our region, Region III, includes cities from Burlington to Albermarle. Six out of 22 teams bid on the tournament. The bids and proposals are reviewed by the state baseball commissioners who also conduct a site survey of the facilities. A vote is cast and Mocksville won over some great programs for this year’s slot. Mr. Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future. A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy. The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!

Mr. Kurfees feels that “the Legion program is an excellent experience for high school age youth and that participation in the program instills an attitude of hard work, team work and friendly competition.” He added that there are no fees to play. All transportation, uniforms, food and lodging is provided free of charge by the American Legion.

“Some of the best days of my life”
Former Junior and Senior ball player, Jacob Barber, commented that “the Legion program was the best. You compete with and get to know some of the best players in the state. It’s hard work, you play a lot of games in a short span of time, and it’s hot, but it’s worth every minute of it. It’s truly the Boys of Summer. Those were some of the best days of my life.”

History of American Legion Baseball
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.

American Legion Baseball is a national institution that still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. It has thrived through wars, national tragedies, and times of despair. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and faithful citizenship. The program promotes equality, making teammates out of young athletes, regardless of race, income levels, or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been and continues to be one of many stepping stones to adulthood for millions of young men. Many have gone on to serve the country or community, raise families, or compete at the highest level.

The league was first proposed at an American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD, when Sioux Falls attorney and Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invited his close friend, Maj. John L. Griffith to address the convention. Instead of a traditional speech, Griffith spoke about the positive impact athletics has on youth.

“The American Legion could well consider the advisability of assisting in the training of young Americans through athletic games,” Griffith stated during the convention. “Athletic competition teaches courage and respect for others, fostering their growth into active citizens.”

The convention agreed and passed a resolution urging the Legion to create an organized summer baseball league that started each June. National Commander James A. Drain backed the resolution, which passed that fall at the Legion’s national convention in Omaha, Neb. It read:

“RESOLVED: That the American Legion… inaugurate and conduct baseball leagues and tournaments for local championships. And that local champions determined by the competition be given the opportunity to compete in departmental, sectional and regional tournaments and that a junior world series championship baseball series be conducted at each national convention….”

The first program in the world to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers, American Legion baseball was born.

N.C. Junior American Legion State Tournament Sites:
2001-Goldsboro
2002-Goldsboro
2003-Forest City
2004-Salisbury
2005-Hickory
2006-Cary
2007-Cherryville
2008-Kinston
2009-Asheboro
2010-Durham
2011-Hickory
2012-Swansboro
2013-Kernersville
2014-Raleigh
2015-Granite Falls
2016-Shelby
2017-Mocksville

Be sure to mark your calendar for this season’s events and come out and support your American Legion Baseball!

Mocksville Welcomes New Town Manager

The Town Board with the Town of Mocksville is excited to announce that the Town has selected Mr. Marcus Abernethy as the next Mocksville Town Manager. The Town utilized resources and technical assistance from the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments to coordinate the hiring process, which started in December of 2016, and included a total of 28 prospective candidates.

“On behalf of the Mocksville Board of Commissioners, I would like to welcome our new Manager, Marcus Abernethy to our Town. Marcus comes to us as the former City Manager of Hamlet, NC. We believe he will do a wonderful job in managing the day to day operations of our Town. I look forward to him being a part of our community for many years to come.” – Will Marklin, Mayor of the Town of Mocksville

Mr. Abernethy previously served as the City Manager of Hamlet, NC, where he led a staff of 95 employees and oversaw a budget of $8 million annually. His administrative duties included the supervision of Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Utilities, Finance, Senior Center, and Museums. He also brings previous experience with the Town of Matthews and the City of Lenoir, NC. Mr. Abernethy recently completed the Municipal and County Administration Course at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the George C. Franklin Award for Public Service. Mr. Abernethy is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is also a member of the North Carolina City/County Management Association and the International City and County Management Association. He is eager to be serving with the Town.

“I am very thrilled about this opportunity as it is a blessing for me and my family. Mocksville is an amazing place to live and work. The Town has a bright future and I feel blessed to be a part of that. I look forward to working with such a talented and professional staff. Our teamwork will help to accomplish the goals of the Town Board and the Community.” – Marcus Abernethy, Manager of the Town of Mocksville.

The Town welcomes Mr. Abernethy who was officially appointed on March 7th, 2017, during the regular monthly Town Board of Commissioners meeting. The Town wishes to extend its thanks to the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments for their assistance and to Mr. Cecil Wood, former Interim Manager for assisting in the transition. Mr. Wood will stay on through March 10th to ensure a smooth transition.  Mr. Abernethy can be reached during normal business hours for the Town of Mocksville. For more information about this topic, please contact Mayor Will Marklin at (336) 753-6700.