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City of Salisbury, North Carolina

Issue 3, August 2011 August Garden Notes

A True Definition of Servant Leadership

from Stephen Q. Brown, RLA Parks and Recreation Maintenance Manager

David W. Treme (Serving the City of Salisbury, 1986 - 2011) When David (Dave) Treme joined the City team in early 1986, he brought with him a drive to serve others, but during his 25 year tenure as City Manager, it was his compassion for others that shaped the leader he became. Using every moment as a teachable one, Dave worked with staff day after day to shape the City of Salisbury into a community that citizens could be proud of and enjoy calling their home. Through triumph and tragedy, Dave led by example, embraced the talents of those around him and encouraged many individuals to reach their goals, no matter how difficult they may have seemed. A leader, by every definition of the word, Dave leaves us with a strong foundation to build upon and vibrant future to look forward to.

1) Dig and divide flowering bulbs like Iris, Lilies and Amaryllis. They should be divided every three to five years to promote blooming. 2) Do not fertilize cool season (Fescue) this month. 3) Start planning for your fall landscape projects. 4) Deadhead perennial Phlox, Salvia, Coneflower, Shasta Daisy and others to help promote a longer blooming season. 5) Ever blooming Roses can be fertilized with a fast release fertilizer. 6) As needed spray insecticide to control summer insects like Japanese Beetle, Rose Aphids and Spider Mites. 7) Remove dead, diseased or damaged branches from your trees and shrubs. 8) Continue to water your lawn 1 to 1 ½ inches per week. Water a ½ inch every two (2) days as this promotes deep rooting. 9) Gather and dry herbs. 10) Harvest garlic when their leaves turn yellow and pick vegetables from your garden as they ripen.

We thank him, for his service and his compassionate leadership . . . City of Salisbury


217 S. Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144


(704) 638-5270


Code Services

What Does that Mean? The Code Services Division strives to deliver the highest possible customer service to the community, while also enforcing municipal codes and ordinances, adopted by the Salisbury City Council, in an effort to make our community visually appealing, clean and safe. Code Enforcement Officers work daily to inspect their assigned sections of the City. The focus of their inspections deal primarily with the following issues: Minimum Housing Addresses safety and livability situations pertaining to housing situations. Nuisance Abatement Handles issues such as overgrown grass, inoperable vehicles and trash on lots. Zoning Deals with such things as improper outside storage, improper use of zone and parking vehicles in front yard of property and sign violations. As a citizen of Salisbury, you have the right to report an act or situation that you believe violates a code or ordinance by contacting Code Services at (704) 216-7559 or

Mark McDaniel is the new Downtown Police Officer who you may see patrolling on his motorized Segway. Officer McDaniel has been with the Salisbury Police Department since 1996.

Lightning Safety Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time, but did you know that lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer? Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when it does strike: Outdoor Safety • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder to return to your outdoor tasks. • Stay away from windows and doors. • If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately. • If you feel your hair stand on end, that means lightning is about to strike, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground. This is a last resort when a building or hard-topped vehicle is not available. • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 and get medical care immediately. Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge, so attend to them immediately. Check their breathing, heartbeat and pulse. CPR may be needed. Indoor Safety • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, like computers and turn off air conditioners. If you are unable to unplug them, turn them off. • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electronic equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. • Avoid washing your hands, bathing, doing laundry or washing dishes. For more information or resources on this subject, visit or contact Salisbury Fire Marshall Terry Smith at (704) 638-4467 or

Think Twice . . . August is one of the most popular months for travel, but it’s also one of the most popular months for home burglaries and most communities across the country will experience a 10-19 percent increase in home burglaries, according to the Burglary Prevention Council and FBI statistics. A new trend that thieves are using to target homeowners who are on vacation is by monitoring social media outlets. Think twice before posting upcoming vacations on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media outlets. You’d be surprised how fast that information can travel on the information highway—and sometimes to the wrong computer screens. Vacations are meant to be fun times with the family and friends, not a time for convenience for thieves and potential burglars. Keep this simple tip in mind and you’re likely to enjoy the vacation you set out to have. For more information or resources on this subject, contact Salisbury Police Officer Ann Cooper at (704) 638-4463 or

Discover Recreation

Dog Friendly Parks and Trails

Friendly canine companions are allowed in all of our parks and on the Salisbury Greenway, as long as they are kept on a leash shorter than six feet!

I Need Police Service, But It’s Not an Emergency. Who Do I Call? If you need to reach the Salisbury Police Department for a reason other than an emergency, you may call Salisbury Police Dispatch at (704) 638-5333. Of course, if you are dealing with an emergency situation, you should dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Planning Board Meeting Tuesday, August 9 I 4:00 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers Historic Preservation Commission Monday, August 15 I 5:15 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers City Council Meeting Tuesday, August 16 I 4:00 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers Human Relations Council Thursday, August 18 I 5:30 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers Planning Board Meeting Tuesday, August 23 I 4:00 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers City Council Meeting Tuesday, September 6 I 4:00 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers Watch City Council and Planning Board Meetings live at www.salisburync. gov/council/webcast.htm.

Summer Jr. Tennis Camp NBA Babies Basketball Camp Youth Triathlon Camp Hip Hop Dance Camp Lil’ Dancers Camp Martial Arts Camp III For more information about parks and recreation in your community visit or call (704) 216-PLAY.

Recreational Fishing

Enjoy the Great Outdoors at One of Our Fishing Lakes

Discover Government Community Appearance Commission Wednesday, August 3 I 4:00 p.m. City Hall—Council Chambers

Summer Specialty Camps

The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department maintains two fishing lakes. One, three (3) acre lake at City Park and one, eight (8) acre lake at the Salisbury Community Park. Park patrons may fish at both lakes, but must have a valid North Carolina fishing license to do so. Children under 16 years of age, may fish without a license, under the supervision of a licensed adult.

Salisbury Parks and Recreation Going for the Gold . . . Salisbury Parks and Recreation has been selected as one of four finalists for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Gold Medal Award, which is the most elite award presented to park and recreation agencies nationwide. The department is competing against three other agencies from Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin. Upon review by a national selection committee, the award winning agency will be announced at the NRPA National Congress in Atlanta at the beginning of November. As a finalist, the department worked with the City’s Public Information and Communication’s team to create a twelve minute video that highlights the department. This video is available for viewing on the City’s homepage at and on ACCESS16 Television.

Jr. Bobcats Boys Basketball The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department’s Hall Gym will begin accepting registration for the Jr. Bobcats boys basketball league on Tuesday, September 6. Registration will run through Saturday, October 15 or until all spaces have been filled. The Jr. Bobcats boys basketball league is designed for boys ages seven through fifteen and focuses on developing fundamental basketball skills, building character and self esteem, teaching teamwork and learning basic basketball techniques. Registration fees are $35 per player for city residents and $50 per player for nonresidents. Registration can be completed at Hall Gym, 1400 West Bank Street. For further information, interested parties should contact Lakai Brice at (704) 216-2722 or

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Human Relations Council (HRC) The Salisbury-Rowan Human Relation Council (SRHRC) was created to identify concerns in the area of human relations, make recommendations regarding issues and engage in activities that benefit all citizens. The 18 member committee appointed by the Salisbury City Council, Rowan County Commissioners and jointly as the SRHRC, also coordinates activities surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award Banquet, the Covenant Community Connection (CCC) and the Hispanic Coalition. The SRHRC meets the third (3rd) Thursday of each month for approximately one hour. Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. For additional information contact Ruth Kennerly at (704) 638-7564 or

By now you’ve heard of fibrant, but are you aware that if you live within the city limits of Salisbury, you can take advantage of the fastest, most innovative communications technology available in the state of North Carolina? That’s right . . . fibrant, Salisbury’s Fiber to the Home utility, belongs exclusively to the people of Salisbury. Fibrant brings the best in high-definition TV, digital telephone, and lightning fast Internet services straight to our residents and local businesses! Unlike cable providers, fibrant uses tiny fiber optic strands to transmit light beams and deliver TV, telephone, and Internet data straight to your home - - lightning fast. And unlike cable providers, fibrant is local. Our customer service department is homegrown and employs local folks. We operate right here in Salisbury, in your very own backyard! Make the switch to fibrant today! We’ll even give you up to $150 credit to help with early termination fees. Why wait? Want to learn more about fibrant? Visit us on the web at or call (704) 216-7567

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The stormwater drainage system within the City of Salisbury consists of a broken network of pipes, ditches and open channels that were installed at different times by many different entities. The flow of storm water travels through both public and private property, and maintenance of the drainage route is the responsibility of each respective property owner along the route. The City of Salisbury maintains storm drainage systems in City-system streets and on City-owned properties. Maintenance is provided on an on-call basis. The City clears obstruction and replaces damaged pipes and basins. What Exactly Is Stormwater? Stormwater runoff is precipitation that does not soak into ground, but flows over land into storm drains. As this water flows across surfaces it picks up pollutants from the ground. Water that flows into stormwater drains is released back into natural water sources and does not go to a treatment plant. Where Does It Go? Sewer pipes and stormwater pipes are not connected! Stormwater flows back out into natural bodies of water, not into treatment plants. In Salisbury, storm drainage eventually drains to one of three main creeks: Grants, Town and Crane. These creeks drain to the Yadkin River and to High Rock Lake. For more information about stormwater contact the Street Division at (704) 638-5251.


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