We Are All in This Together

The letter below appeared in the Letters to the Editor section of the February 18, 2016 edition of the Davie County Enterprise and is republished below with permission.  Please click here for a printable copy of the original document.

Editor:

The Town Councils of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee and Mocksville are strongly opposed to the County’s proposal to change the method of sales tax distribution from the Per Capita to the Ad Valorem method.

  • The change would take money away from the Towns and give it to the County. Mocksville would lose $377,000 (22% of its budget), Bermuda Run, $273,000 (28% of its budget), and Cooleemee, $150,000 (35% of its budget).  The three towns would have to raise taxes significantly or reduce essential services.
  • The change will harm economic development initiatives. A majority of the largest taxpaying companies are located in the Towns where there is commercial activity.  An additional tax in the Towns would threaten the success of our economic development program, which has created new jobs and reduced the pressure to raise taxes.
  • The change is driving a wedge within the County. The Towns are part of Davie County, and each citizen in the Towns pays the same tax rate as a citizen in the unincorporated areas of the County.  Plus, Town citizens pay an additional tax that pays for their core government services.

The facts lead to three questions:

  • Is it fair and equitable to shift the burden of the County’s financial problems to the citizens of the Towns? The County is asking that the Towns, which make up 20 percent of the County’s population, shoulder 100 percent of the burden of the County’s financial challenges.  The County is asking the Towns to bail them out.
  • The current Per Capita distribution method has been in effect in Davie County for 40 years. Out of the blue, the County wants to change it.  Why and why now?
  • Why is the County not willing to discuss the financial dilemma openly with the Towns to find a more equitable solution? Davie County is one economic unit, and we will rise or fall together.  The people of Davie attend the same schools, shop in the same stores, worship in the same churches, and likely will be buried in the same cemeteries.  Surely, we can come together to make the best decisions on a sales tax issue.

 

 

Town of Bermuda Run                       Town of Cooleemee                            Town of Mocksville
Kenneth A. Rethmeier                        Steven D. Corriher                              William J. Marklin III
Mayor                                                     Mayor                                                    Mayor

Gearing up for the 2016 Mocksville Farmers Market

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketIt’s time for local farmers to start planning for the 2016 Farmers Market. The Mocksville Farmer’s Market will once again be held in the Mocksville Town Hall Parking Lot located at 171 S. Clement St in Mocksville, just a block down W Depot Street from the town square.

For 2016 the market will operate from 3-6 pm on Wednesdays beginning 4/20/2016 and continuing through 11/23/2016.

for complete details, including vendor application, please visit The Mocksville Farmers Market.

Special Called Meeting Jan 25 4pm

Subject: Special Called Meeting Jan 25 4pm

Town of Mocksville will hold a special called meeting at 5pm to discuss Sales Tax Distribution Formulas and  Potential Revenue Loss

Town offices Closed today January 22, 2016 Due to Inclement Weather.

Town offices closed today January 22, 2016 Due to Inclement Weather.

Blue, Blue Blue…Law Enforcement Appreciation!

Project Blue Light Mocksville“Law enforcement” is the term that describes the individuals and agencies responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety. Law enforcement includes the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension and detention of individuals suspected of law violation.

Project Blue Light – January 1 – 9, 2016
Beginning on New Year’s Day and thru January 9th, 2016, please consider placing a blue light in a window or on your porch to show your support for your law enforcement officers. ( Blue light bulbs are available at the Mocksville Town Hall for $1.50).

By displaying blue lights, you will be sending a dual message: that you support America’s peacemakers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace. You will be showing your support for those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honoring those officers who continue to work and serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out. It will also make a statement that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible careers that officers have chosen, in public service to us all.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – January 9, 2016
On January 9th, 2016, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).

Each day’s circumstances are different for law enforcement officers.  Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can’t. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life.

Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling.

Law enforcement is challenging, officer’s hours are often difficult, responsibility is enormous and in general; public service is no easy task. At times there is little appreciation for the career they have chosen and the sacrifices they make. However, when confronted with why this choice? The response – “To protect and serve is rewarding.”

  • Citizens can show their support in a number of ways:
  • See a police officer? Thank a police officer
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Participate in Project Blue Light. Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. The color blue is symbolic of peace.  Law enforcement officials say it’s a beacon of hope, as residents are encouraged to proudly display a blue light in your window or porch light January 1st thru the 9th.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards

Please join us January 1-9 for Project Blue Light!

Bed Races and Christmas Parade Kick-off 2015 Hometown Holiday Celebration

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3Bed Races Friday night , Parade Saturday – Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 20 as 18 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits and WXII-12 News take part in the 4th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.

The festivities will begin with the lighting of the Oaks and downtown businesses at dusk followed by the bed races at 6 pm.

New this Year – Parade of Beds, Surprise Events, WXII-12 Food Drive
Race participants, accompanied by their supporters, will parade up and down North Main Street, beneath the twinkling lights, showing off their slumber mobiles. There will be some surprise activities between the races that you won’t want to miss! In addition to racing, WXII-12 will be conducting a live feed as well as collecting non-perishable food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Food donations should be placed in the race bed next to the WXII-12 van.

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the bed race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are appropriate.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The Most Outrageous team will pick up $50, the Most Creative team will pick up $50, and even the Slowest team will pick up a $50 prize.  The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Bleachers, Food & 2015 Ornaments
Main Street from Gaither Street to the ­­­­­corner of Main Street/601/64 ­­­­­­­­­will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race.  Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available.  O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators, and food vendors will offer pizza and other snacks. Tree of honor forms and flags and the 2015 commemorative Christmas ornament will also be available.

Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays”
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s theme is “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays – a Celebration of Farming Heritage of Davie County” and will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats. The parade will depart from Rich Park at 2 pm Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25. 

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Downtown merchants will be hosting their annual holiday open house from 10 am – 7 pm with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

The 4 Oaks Event Center at 142 N. Main St. will be hosting Shopalooza from 11 am – 2 pm featuring 15 different vendors including local artisans as well as Thirty-One, Premier Jewelry, Scentsy, Origami Owl, and Stella Dot to name a few.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store is now open in the corner shop next to Restaurant 101. Stop by and buy a little something sweet to eat during the parade and support the Davie High Band, which receives 35 % of the proceeds.

Don’t forget to pick up your “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” commemorative Christmas ornament.  These beautiful tractor-shaped ornaments, which celebrate local agriculture and the Piedmont Antique Power Association’s commitment to the community, may be purchased for $8.00 at area merchants, banks, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Questions?
For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6700. For more information about the “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” Christmas parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.

“Twas The Night Before” Bed Races – Early Bird Registration Open Now!

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3No one’s sure exactly when the word “bedroll” entered the English lexicon, but it definitely will take on a whole new meaning on Friday, November 20 in Historic Downtown Mocksville as intrepid teams from across Davie County and beyond take part in the 3rd annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race.

Special events this year include the lighting of The Oaks and Parade of Beds.

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the Bed Race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are great, but riders have to wear something.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The Most Outrageous team will pick up $50, the Most Creative team will pick up $50 and event the Slowest team will pick up a $50 prize.  The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Early Registration Open Now!
Sign up early and save on the registration fee.  Early bird registration in only $15 – deadline is Thursday, October 15th!  Download the Bed Race Entry Form for all of the details!

You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Historic Davie, Inc.) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028.

Due to weather, Concert Scheduled for Mocksville Saturday, September 26 has been rescheduled for June 2016

100% chance of rain this Saturday.  The free concert event scheduled for Saturday, September 26, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ground Breaking – $40,000,000 Project to Create 50 New Jobs in Mocksville

Avgol America 2015 Expansion Groundbreaking

l-r: Will Marklin, Mocksville Mayor-Pro Tem; Terry Renegar, Davie County Board of Commissioners Chairman; David Hodgetts, Avgol COO; Terry Bralley, President Davie County EDC, Ronnie Batchler, Avgol VP Operations North America.

Avgol America today broke ground in Mocksville on a $40,000,000 expansion that will make the Mocksville, NC Avgol America plant the single largest producer of non-woven fabrics in North America.  This $40 million investment by Avgol will create 50 new jobs here and add $36 million to the County’s tax base.

Located at 178 Avgol Drive in Mocksville, the company will hold a job fair this fall with plans to begin hiring late this year.

Mocksville and Davie County Competing Globally – And Winning!
As the largest producer of non-woven fabric in the world, Avgol has a global footprint with manufacturing plants in China, Israel and Russia.  The Mocksville expansion was considered for all 4 of Avgol’s locations.

Economic Development is a Team Sport
Winning on the global stage doesn’t happen by accident.  Davie County can be grateful to have in place a team of local business leaders and elected officials that know how to win in the big leagues.  Wins require the coordination and mustering of teams and resources at the municipal, county, and state level.

The Davie County 2-Step
With wins like Ashley Furniture, Volvo, Dunlop, Gildan, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Pro Regrigration under their belts in the last several years, elected officials from across Davie County at both the municipal and county levels have learned how to coordinate efforts to get things done quickly and efficiently.

The first two steps in this win occurred when Davie County Commissioners unanimously approved an incentives package valued at almost $800,000 in early May of this year and less than a week later, the Town of Mocksville Board unanimously approved a local incentives package valued at over $300,000.

Incentives granted by the Town of Mocksville and Davie County are structured and paid only after investment and jobs targets are met. This means that the grants are not earned and awarded to the recipient companies until after the promised investments and jobs have been created.

In addition to elected officials and boards, much of the work gets done behind the scenes by town and county staff.  City and county planning and zoning departments, building inspectors, water and sewer departments, power companies and more have all learned to work together to make things happen.   When it comes to doing business, time is money.  And practice over the years has made Davie County, North Carolina an easy place to do business.

The Raleigh 2-Step
Economic development wins require support from our State Government in Raleigh.  NC State Representative Julia Howard and NC State Senator Andrew Brock both play leadership roles that help Davie County stay in the spotlight in Raleigh and in the hunt for job creation opportunities.

Local support for the expansion and the support of our elected State officials may have helped pave the way for the win at the next stage of the project.  The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) in June of this year announced a $220,000 Community Development Block Grant to pay for a rail spur that would make an expansion possible at the Avgol facility in Mocksville.  The RIA reviews and approves funding requests for grant programs operated by the Rural Economic Development Division at the N.C. Department of Commerce.  These grants support infrastructure development, building renovation and site improvements.

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place on Thursday, August 20 when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved an existing buildings grant of $500,000 to support the Avgol expansion.

From the grant announcement: “The Town of Mocksville (Davie County): $500,000 to support Avgol American’s expansion of a 282,069 square-foot building located at 178 Avgol Drive in Mocksville. The company is a global supplier of non-woven hygiene solutions. The building was constructed in 2000 and has been occupied by Avgol American, Inc., for 14 years. The grant supports a total investment of $8,000,025 being made at the property. Avgol American plans to create 50 jobs.”

As Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission always likes to say:  Economic Development is a team sport in Davie County!

The Rich Park Greenway Phase One Now Open – Come on out and Take a Stroll!

2015-08-19_144149Town of Mocksville leaders and the Town of Mocksville Public Works Department joined the Davie County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 13 to celebrate the opening of the Rich Park Greenway!  Construction of phase one of the Rich Park Greenway is complete and construction of stage 2 is underway.  The Rich Park Greenway currently connects Rich Park to Halander Drive, winds down to Rich Park Shelter 1 in one direction, to Rose Cemetery in another direction and down to the third entrance across from the baseball field parking lot.

If you do a Google search on Mocksville Greenway you get planning documents dating back more than 10 years and we hope this opening of Rich Park Greenway Phase I is a harbinger of greater things to come.  In the plans are phase II and phase III.

A short visit to the Greenway earlier today (Wednesday, August 19) proved that this greenway is already being well used.  This writer counted a dozen people using the trails in just 15 minutes during a period of clearing on an otherwise rainy morning.

A greenway can be defined as a linear park within towns and cities.  They often connect different parts of a community; parks, trails, roads, sidewalks, schools and neighborhoods.  They provide a recreational amenity for walking, jogging, biking, and strolling in a natural setting remote from traffic and they promote physical activity and wellness.

Rich Park Greenway IntersectionRegulations
Park Hours are dawn to dusk – no trespassing after hours.
No motorized vehicles or ATVs.
Dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up after them.
No littering – please place trash in containers located strategically throughout Rich Park.

Benefits of Greenways (from the Carolina Thread Trail)
Greenways and trails not only encourage friends, families and communities to interact with each other and nature, but they also provide a venue for physical activities such as walking, jogging, running, and biking. The associated physical and psychological health benefits of these activities are significant. Greenways and trails help to:

Facilitate Physical Activity
A landmark report by the U.S. Surgeon General found that “Americans can substantially improve their health and quality of life by including moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives.” It also found that “health benefits appear to be proportional to the amount of activity; thus, every increase in activity adds some benefit.”

Rich Park Greenway PathThe American Academy of Pediatrics released a report highlighting the impact of inactivity on the alarming increase of overweight children. The report underscores the importance of creating our communities in a way that children will engage in physical activity as a part of their daily lives. “The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children.”

Improve Psychological Health
A growing body of research suggests that mere contact with the natural world improves psychological health. Green settings have been shown to relieve feelings of anxiety and improve our ability to cope with stressful situations. In some cases, natural spaces provide therapy for conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder and improve cognitive function and work performance. In addition, greenways, trails and parks provide safe places for kids to play, which is vital in brain development in young children.

Rich Park Greenway Entrance SignReduce Negative Health effects Associated with Air Pollution
Greenways and trails serve as highways for alternative means of transportation. Therefore, automobiles are used less frequently, resulting in lower overall carbon dioxide levels. Additionally, increased tree density along these greenways can mitigate air pollution by filtering pollutants out of the air, and therefore decreasing the number of respiratory illnesses experienced by many people.

Special Thanks
A very special “Thank You” to; Mocksville Public Works, Mocksville Parks Department, Willis Engineers Inc., Vulcan Construction Materials, Lakey’s Backhoe Service Inc., NCDOT – Davie, and Rowan Precision Machining, Inc.  and the Town of Mocksville!

Come on out and enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through YOUR Rich Park Greenway today!