City Bulletin

The week of Sept. 29  is a red recycling week.

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Check out the variety of fundraisers, school events, performances and church services going on in our area.

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Considering our increased potential for dangerous weather (including tornadoes) over the next three days, Emergency Management wants to remind you of some safety tips provided through For further information please visit the website.

Before a Tornado

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Look for the following danger signs:

  1. Dark, often greenish sky
  2. Large hail
  3. A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  4. Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Know where to go. The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. If you have no basement, go to an inner hallway or smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Go to the center of the room. Try to find something sturdy you can get under and hold onto to protect you from flying debris and/or a collapsed roof. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Mobile homes, even those with tie-downs, are particularly vulnerable to damage from high winds. Go to a prearranged shelter when the weather turns bad.

If no shelter is available, go outside and lie on the ground, if possible in a ditch or depression. Use your arms to protect your head and neck and wait for the storm to pass. While waiting, be alert for the flash floods that sometimes accompany tornadoes.

Never try to outrun a tornado in a car. A tornado can toss cars and trucks around like toys. If you see a funnel cloud or hear a tornado warning issued, get out of your vehicle and find safe shelter. If no shelter is available, lie down in a low area using your arms to cover the back of your head and neck. Be sure to stay alert for flooding.

During a Tornado

At Home

Seek shelter on the lowest possible floor or in the basement. Under the stairs or in a bathroom or closet are good shelter spots. Do not open or close windows, stay away from them. Crouch on the floor in the egg position.

At Work

Seek shelter on the lowest possible floor or a basement, if there is a basement. Stairwells, bathrooms and closets are good spots. Stay away from windows. As a last resort, crawl under your desk.

At School

Seek shelter in interior hallways, small closets and bathrooms. Stay away from windows. Get out of mobile classrooms. Stay out of gymnasiums, auditoriums and other rooms with a large expanse of roof. Bus drivers should be alert for bad weather on their routes.

At The Mall/Store

Seek shelter against an interior wall. An enclosed hallway or fire exit leading away from the main mall concourse is a good spot. Stay away from skylights and large open areas.


Find the closest sturdy shelter. If no shelter is available, try to find a ditch or low-lying area. Cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries

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With warmer temperatures upon us, here are some ways to save power and money.  The Statesville Electric Utilities Dept. also offers Free Energy Audits.  Call 704-878-3419 or email to schedule an energy audit.

  1. Close shades, drapes and blinds during the day (all directions).
  2. Wear light weight clothing (short sleeves, shorts, cotton).
  3. Set the air conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Raise it a few degrees higher when away in the day. A lower air conditioning temperature makes your costs much higher. Setting your air conditioner at 70 degrees instead of 78 can almost double your operating cost!
  4. Don’t choose a lower air conditioning temperature when you first turn it on. It won’t cool faster –- whenever it’s running it’s cooling as fast as it can. Set low, it cools longer, not faster.
  5. When weather is mild, use fans instead of the air conditioner. Your central air conditioner will use about 100 times more energy than a fan at medium speed.
  6. If you have ceiling fans, run the fans and the air conditioner at the same time but set the air conditioner a few degrees higher, to 80 or 81 degrees. With the breeze from a fan, you should feel as cool as you would at 78 degrees with no fans – but you’ll reduce your costs by about 15%-25%.
  7. Use a microwave instead of the range/oven. The microwave doesn’t heat the kitchen.
  8. Keep windows and doors closed while air conditioning.

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Beginning Thursday, June 12, the Statesville Leisure Pool will open daily for the summer.  The pool is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.  There is evening swim for the public on M/W/F from 6-8 p.m. and Members Only swim on T/Th/Sat from 6-8 p.m.

Information on rates and season passes are available online.

This outdoor water park has a splash pad, spray ground, lazy river and 2 water slides;  the highest of which stands 20 feet high and will take you turning and twisting before dropping you into the crystal blue water.

Start your summer off with a splash and enjoy some time at the Statesville Leisure Pool.  

Call 704-878-3947 for more information.

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The City of Statesville has released its 2013 Water Quality Report and results show the City's drinking water meets or exceeds every health standard developed by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Statesville’s Water Quality Report is prepared by the City's Water Resources Department to meet the EPA's National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). It details drinking water sources, the testing methodology, the substances detected in the water and the levels of those substances.

The report gives the background on Statesville’s water system, explains the testing and many of the terms used in the information, and provides many charts.

"Statesville offers a safe, reliable water supply is critical for the health and welfare of our citizens, the prosperity of our businesses and our quality of life," Water Resources Department Director Joe Hudson said. "We are proud to deliver high quality drinking water to our customers."

Statesville has been serving water to the community for many decades and is committed to providing its customers with water that meets more than 100 state and federal drinking water standards. The City draws its source water from the Catawba River Basin on Lookout Shoals Lake.

Each year, the City produces a report for its water customers.  It can be viewed online and hard copies can be obtained by calling 704-878-3438.

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Statesville is improving its curbside recycling program by replacing the small red bins with new 96-gallon rollout containers that will allow citizens to recycle many more items.

Current and new recyclers MUST REGISTER to receive a new container.  It will be delivered later in the fall with more information about the containers and what you can recycle.

But for now, register!




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Nancy Davis
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