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Summer 2024 Update – Clerk’s Corner

Happy Summertime,

I hope this update finds everyone staying cool and doing well to start the summer season off. 

I hope everyone made it out to see the July 4th Parade and was able to join in the festivities that followed.  Considering the heat, we had a great turnout; we gave away hotdogs, watermelon, and popsicles. The kids stayed cool on the slip-and-slide, and with the baby soap and shampoo we used to keep it slick, they got a free bath at the same time. Grimes Parker was our Honorary Grand Marshall this year. As many know, we lost Grimes in March this year, so his family rode the float to honor him. It was great for the Town to recognize him once more for all that he had done for our community and Davie County over the years. 

One item that will make many folks happy is we officially have a Code Officer back in Town. Tyler Chadwick started July 1. He is trying to familiarize himself with the area, and I will be assisting him in that area. He will spend the few weeks seeing the Town, sending letters of notification, not violations just yet,   hoping the notices let folks know he is here and starting up. Hopefully, when he starts with a full bang in August,  many will have cleaned up, mowed, or handled what violations may be present. 

The next Town Board meeting will be Monday night, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. We will be discussing several topics. We are looking to appoint folks to the Planning Board soon. If you or someone you know is interested and lives within the Town limits, please send them to Town Hall for information. We have an Interlocal Agreement with Davie County in place for Tax Collections, the Cooleemee Branch of the Davie County Library, and soon Zoning Assistance. We are considering RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for architect duties to begin the design and oversee the construction of the new Community Center. A Public Hearing will be held as we have updated Zoning Ordinances to the newly required 160D by the state. We hope to vote those into action Monday night.

Over the next couple of weeks, you will notice a lot of activity on Church and Duke St. This will involve the demolition of the old pool. I understand many have great memories of the pool and hate to see it go away. However, the expense is just too great for our small town to bear to repair and maintain. Thanks to State grants, we have an opportunity to build this Community Center that is planned to hold Town Hall offices, a meeting room, a conference room, a small exercise room, a small kitchen, and the new branch of the Davie County Library. An area with use of the kitchen will be available to rent for your parties and get-togethers. 

Newsletter mailings will start going out to Post Office Boxes soon. They will start coming out each quarter for summer, fall, winter, and spring with updates on what’s happening with the Town, River Park, CHA, events, etc. So be on the lookout for those to hit your box soon. 

Lastly, the Town passed its 24/25 Budget at the June meeting. The budget is balanced at $516,400. No tax rate increases for our community is great news; a slight dip in Sales Tax is expected due to the Hold Harmless between the Town and County. However, a slight increase from last year’s budget is expected from State Sales Tax, which should help balance any differences. We will continue to have Davie County Sheriff Officers in town here with Sgt. Joseph Crotts heading that up for us; we greatly appreciate his service to our Community.

Stay cool and watch over your family, neighbors, and pets. We’ll talk to you in August.

Thanks!

Steven Corriher
Clerk/Finance
Town of Cooleemee
336-284-2141 Office
336-284-6285 Fax
8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday

Town of Cooleemee is Now Accepting RFQs for New Community Center

Notice of RFQs

The Town of Cooleemee is now accepting Requests for Qualifications for the Design and Construction of a New Community Center.

The Town of Cooleemee will accept these requests until July 12, 2024, at 4:00 PM.

The requests will be presented to the Board on Monday, July 15, 2024. A selection from the presented requests will be made after that date.

We ask that all requests be sealed upon the Town receiving, you may mail those to PO Box 1080 Cooleemee NC, 27014 or, you may bring these to Town Hall located at 131 Church St. Cooleemee NC, 27014.

Packets can be picked up at Town Hall if desired, or you can read and download the details of our Request for Qualifications for Professional Architectural Services for a New Community Center below:

RFQ-form-Community-Center

Feel free to contact Town Hall for further questions at 336-284-2141 or email scorriher@cooleemee.org or any contact information included in the packet.

Request for Qualifications for Professional Architectural Services For a New Community Center

Submittals Due Date: July 12, 2024

Contact: Steven Corriher, Town Clerk
Town of Cooleemee
131 Church St PO Box 1080
Cooleemee, NC 27014
scorriher@cooleemee.org
Phone (336)284-2141

Purpose
The Town of Cooleemee, North Carolina is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide complete architectural services for the design, oversee construction, keep projects on task, and provide information to the board on status of a new Community Center. The Town is Interested in finding a firm that will develop the design in a manner that reflects the surrounding streetscapes as well as meets our current and future needs and work with the building contractor through the construction and completion of the project to ensure completed by deadline.

Firms can direct any questions to Clerk Steven Corriher Town Hall 336-284-2141 or email scorriher@cooleemee.org or to Mayor Jeff Smith 336-250-1135 or email jsmith@cooleemee.org

Project Overview
The Town owns property at 124 Duke St (the Old Pool site) where the proposed Community Center is projected to be built. The anticipated size of the building will be approximately 4000 sq ft., must be ADA compliant, with an estimated total budget of $1.25 million to include design, survey, grading and ground prep, and construction.

The facility we hope has some brick mixed with vinyl siding to match the criteria of the Town houses located around it. The facility will house a Community Room/Council Meeting room, restrooms, small residential style kitchen, and potential Davie County Library.

The following shall be incorporated in the new facility:

  • 2 Offices for Town Hall 250sq/ft each 500sq /ft total
  • Council Meeting room 800sq/ft
  • Conference Room 300sq/ft
  • Restrooms Handicap Acc 250sq/ft each 500sq/ft total
  • Residential Kitchen 250sq/ft
  • Lobby with area for vending 400sq/ft
  • Library w/ storage 800sq/ft
  • Exercise Room 300sq/ft
  • Storage Space 50sq/ft
  • Hallway between meeting room offices and library 100sq/ft

Other items of current use:

  • Sprinkler system for fire
  • Fire and Security alarm (we would pay monitor fees)
  • Utilities including water, sewer, power, phone, internet (we would pay the monthly fees
  • Proper drainage outside around the facility.
  • At minimum have Handicap and Employee parking on site

Potential Future use:

  • Outdoor picnic area
  • Outdoor amp theater

Objectives
The Town of Cooleemee North Carolina proposes to retain a highly qualified firm to plan and design the project for a fixed cost. The Firm must have a commitment to designing a facility that functionally meets expected growth in the area while adhering to local architecture and history. Therefore, the successful Firm shall be familiar with local design themes and development processes. The Town of Cooleemee is the owner, and all financial and contract decisions will be made by the Town.
Submittal Requirements

  • The qualifications of the project team, the firm’s history, individual resumes, and current and completed projects over the last 5 years.
  • A list of similar projects current and completed by the firm within the last 5 years which are relevant to the scope, size, and complexity of the project as described above.
  • Provide examples of the experience of key members of the proposed team on the projects listed regarding demonstrated success with similar projects for local and state governments and educational institutions, preferably within North Carolina. Provide an organizational chart and resumes which will address the following:
    • Name the Principal in Charge, Project Manager, and other individuals to be assigned to the project, number of years of professional experience, and educational background inclusive of professional certifications.
  • List the following consultants that your firm plans on partnering with on this project such as Civil, Structural, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical.
  • List of client references for related projects with contact name, telephone number and email address.

EVALUATION CRITERIA
Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to demonstrate:
Describe no fewer than five projects in order of most relevant to least relevant that demonstrate the Designer/Team’s capabilities to provide design services for the project at hand. Identify whether the projects involved any of the firms/companies included in responder’s submittal for this RFQ. For each project, the following information should be provided:

  1. Project name.
  2. Project location.
  3. Dates during which services were performed.
  4. Physical description (e.g., square footage, number of stories, site area).
  5. Cost description (this description, at a minimum, must include: original project budget; final project cost and explanation of any differences in the original and final costs, if applicable)
  6. Brief description of project.
  7. Services performed as Designer.
  8. Statement of performance versus owner expectations in the areas of cost, quality, and schedule.
  9. Owner reference(s).

SELECTION PROCESS
Town of Cooleemee staff will evaluate each submitted RFQ and may select Firm(s) to interview. Upon selection, a recommendation will be made to the Town Council.

The Town of Cooleemee reserves the right to reject any and all proposals received as well as to waive any irregularities as they see fit.

Clerk’s Corner – Summer 2024

Welcome to the Clerk’s Corner – Summer 2024 Edition

Check back each month for new updates from the Town of Cooleemee’s Clerk and Finance Officer, Steven Corriher.

July 4th Parade

We are about to start advertising for the July 4th Parade as it is planned for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, starting at the school and ending at the Zachary House. If you or someone you know would like to help, enter, or watch, please make sure to join us. Also, if you see the posting on Facebook please share, share, share, we know not much talk of it has taken place at the moment, but other big things are in the works, and I have almost run short on time in preparation for this event. But we will have it!

Community Center

We have received a $1 million grant to aid with the construction of a new Community Center. Current plans are that the building will hold the Town Hall, Town Meetings, and the Davie County Library Cooleemee Branch, which will be relocated from the Shopping Center. The building will have a small Kitchen and a room available for rent with the use of that kitchen. We hope to add a small exercise room that perhaps will hold a few treadmills, a bike or two, and at least one workout machine for some weight training. We hope this Center is just the start and will grow in the coming years, adding bigger and even better things in and around the Center!

Code Enforcement

Being a big topic here in Town the past little while we have a contract that will be on the agenda in June for approval, we are very hopeful this will be started back up by July 1, 2024, and in full swing. We do ask that you bear with us, and the contractor selected to perform these duties as we get started back up in that division.  

Town Board Meetings

The next town board meeting is June 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Zachary House, 131 Church St. 

A Public Hearing for the budget will be set for June 24, 2024, before the full approval of the Towns 24/25 budget, which is expected the same night. 

However, the Budget Message and Budget Ordinance are available here at Town Hall for viewing, The Ordinance numbers are subject to change between now and the June 24, meeting.

Mobile Recreation Day

Davie County Recreation and Parks will host a mobile recreation day at the Zachary House in Cooleemee on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please bring your kids or grandkids to enjoy the free fun.

As always, thank you all for your contributions to the Town. I hope to see you all on Monday, June 17, at the meeting and to see everyone on July 4 at 10 a.m. for the July 4th Parade.

If you need anything, email scorriher@cooleemee.org or call 336-284-2141. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and we are usually closed between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. for lunch and errands. 

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Town of Cooleemee Accepting Bids for Pool Demolition

The Town of Cooleemee is now accepting bids for old pool demolition.

The Town of Cooleemee will be accepting bids for the demolition and removal of the Old Swimming Pool
located at 114 Duke St Cooleemee, NC, 27014, from May 6, 2024, through May 24, 2024.

In this bidding process, the Town will require 2 bids.

Bid One – disassemble and remove the pool along with all its contents, including all concrete, rebar in the
concrete, all plumbing, electric wiring (will be turned off beforehand), all fencing, all pumps, all filters, blocks,
bricks, pool completely disassembled, and hauled off including the service provider handling all EPA
compliance dumping and fees. Take the site to the ground, with any items located underground in this area
related to the pool also being removed and hauled off, in the same manner asked above, along with a small
water heater storage shed to be disassembled and hauled off with service provider handling all EPA
Compliance dumping and fees.

Bid Two – same as Bid One, in addition, a bid to remove the Bathhouse/Concession Stand at the entryway
of the pool location, including all block, brick, concrete, plumbing, and electrical (will be turned off
beforehand) taken down to the ground and hauled off including the service provider handling all EPA
compliance dumping and fees.

The area(s) would need to be prepared as flat as possible without much, if any, dirt being hauled in, using
land and dirt in the surrounding area, and re-seeded with grass as well as any other erosion control to help
prevent washouts during the time of non-use while the grass grows in. We need you, the contractor, to
maintain the erosion control for 6 months following completion of the work. To replace or fix washed-out
areas due to rain and weather conditions or possible areas of settlement in the worked area. (The Town will
maintain mowing maintenance if grass begins to grow within that 6 months)

We require that ALL bids received by the Town be sealed and mailed to P.O. Box 1080, Cooleemee, NC
27014, or dropped off at Town Hall, located at 131 Church St., Cooleemee, NC 27014.

With your submitted bids, please provide proof of your current, up-to-date bonding and liability insurance
policy with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence. The policy must be in the name of the
bidder/contractor.

Please include a projected time frame best for you to start and complete each bid. (such as I can start June 1, 2024, and expect to be finished within 45 days of start)

The projected payout for the project will be as follows: 1/3 deposit, 1/3 payment once deemed satisfactory and halfway
complete, and 1/3 final payment once the Town deems the project completed in a satisfying manner.

Failure to comply with any process in this notice during bidding will result in a disqualifying bid and will not be
considered for the awarding of the project.

Feel free to come by the location listed above to look at the project before bidding.

Bidding-on-Pool

Cooleemee Elementary Students Experience Cooleemee in the Past

A chilly morning at RiverPark set the scene for students from Cooleemee Elementary School to learn about 17th-century Indians, 18th-century life and the grist mill, and kids working in the textile mill in the 19th century.

John Chandler presented the children with a warm welcome and a layout of the morning’s journey.  Joey Shore led each group to each station and stop along the way.

Johnny Brown demonstrates how to grind corn using a pestle and concave rock

The Indian’s learning center was set up right by the South Yadkin, with the dam spilling water over its rocky edge.  Students saw handmade drills, bows and arrows, a deer antler shortened into a knife, and a grinding rock for grain.

After climbing the hill from the dam to a clearing, Sandra Ferrell taught the kids about growing corn and taking it to the gristmill. They each received a tiny canvas bag filled with cornmeal. Later, each student got a paper bag with either two apples or a bag of peanuts. Bartering took place, and each student ended up with one apple and some peanuts.

Sandra Ferrell shows pictures of the gristmill

Shore pulled a sassafras twig from the ground, pulled the bark back, and told the children he used to chew on the stalk when he was little. The stalk could also be boiled in water for sassafras tea, which was good for allergies.

When the students arrived at the 19th-century stop, they learned that children worked in the mill. Girls earned 55 cents, and boys earned $2.75 a week. Mama was there with her field hat and apron, and she promptly came around and collected all the money earned by each boy and girl. They all got to keep just a quarter.

Sandra Ferrell gave each student a small bag of cornmeal

All went to the company store, where they bought a pickle, cheese, crackers, and a peppermint stick.  They had to pay their last 25 cents.

Bartering apples for  peanuts

I asked some of the students:  Out of all the information you learned, what stands out the most?

  • Air”yana Braswell – “What they used to make houses and all the equipment they used.”
  • Jaxon Herbiest – “ How they made the clothing, weapons, and tools to catch fish.”
  • Jayke Neighbors – “Why do kids work? Why is it happening in the past? They shouldn’t be able to.  Kids need to learn and go to school.”
  • Max Hall. – “How to make tea out of plants.”

A New Year Message From Cooleemee Mayor Jeff Smith

Happy New Year

As 2023 winds down, I’m sure we all have experienced good and tough times during the year, but I hope that the good outnumbered the tough.

Every year brings its own challenges, but the new year always brings new hopes. I look forward to working with the Town Board in 2024 to continue to make Cooleemee all that it can be.

With your help and involvement, we can make that happen.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2024.

Jeff Smith
Cooleemee Mayor

Cooleemee Commissioners Provide Statement About Cooleemee Police Department

Press release 12-20-2022

On Monday, December 19th the Town of Cooleemee Commissioners made the difficult decision by unanimous vote to dissolve the Cooleemee Police Department and to enter into a 2 ½ year contract with the Davie County Sheriff’s Department to provide all law enforcement services. The contract will go into effect by January 1, 2023. 

Commissioner Chris Almond stated, “This was a tough decision to make, but it’s the best option we have with the chief leaving at the end of the month. Currently, the police department is only made up of a part-time chief and 3 part-time officers giving the town roughly 60 hours of coverage in a two-week period.  Contracting with the sheriff’s department will provide the town with more coverage on a weekly basis. With the ongoing decrease in revenue the town receives, the town doesn’t have the funds to bring the department back to where it needs to be to provide safety for the residents of Cooleemee.”  

Cooleemee’s Christmas Parade – December 17 at 2 p.m.

Cooleemee’s Christmas parade is back again this year. Come out on December 17th at 2 p.m. to join in the fun.

The lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at Cooleemee Elementary School, and everyone is welcome to participate; no pre-registration is required.

Pictures With Santa

After the parade, bring the kids to Zachary House at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee, NC 27014 for a visit and pictures with Santa! Pictures with Santa will be available after the parade if the weather permits.