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.

Everyone Cordially Invited – New Town Manager to be Announced Tuesday, March 7

The Town of Mocksville Board of Commissioners will announce the new Town Manager during the Commissioners’ meeting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday evening in the Mocksville Town Hall located at 171 S. Clement Street, Mocksville,

Notice of Special Called Meeting – Feb 21

The Mocksville Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Town Hall Board of Commissioners room.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Personnel Issues and any other issues the board may vote to consider.  The meeting will go into Executive Session.

 

Cecil Wood

Interim Town Manager

Notice of Special Called Meetings – Feb 7 & 8

The Mocksville Board of Commissioners will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Board of Commissioners room.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Personnel Issues.  The meetings will go into Executive Session.

 

Cecil Wood

Interim Town Manager

Notice of Special Called Meeting – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Mocksville Board of Commissioners will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the Town Hall Board of Commissioners room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Personnel Issues. The meeting will go into Executive Session.

 

Cecil Wood, Interim Town Manager
Town of Mocksville

Notice of Special Called Meetings – January 24th and 25th, 2017

The Mocksville Board of Commissioners will meet from 4:00 pm to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 in the Town Hall Board of Commissioners Room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Personnel issues. The meetings will go into Executive Session.

Will Marklin, Mayor
Town of Mocksville