City Council

How do I request to speak to City Council at a public meeting?

Contact the Clerk’s Office. You can do this by calling 704-629-5542 / or email hhayes@bessemercity.com.

How often does City Council meet?

City Council meets on the second Monday every month at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers.

Special Meetings and other meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.

Economic Development

How do I find out if I qualify for historic district tax credits?

Look under Forms and Documents and you will find a map of the downtown historic district.

If you have questions about this, you can always ask!

How do I find out about available properties in Bessemer City?

By requesting an Economic Development Package, the department will supply you with information related to available properties, development assistance, and other necessary information. You can also browse the “Sites & Buildings” section of the City’s website as well.

How do I apply and how do I know if I qualify for business incentives?

Incentives are targeted for downtown business development.  Visit our page on incentives to review the guidelines and requirements for downtown incentives.

How do I find out more about Bessemer City’s Main Street program (Bessemer City Downtown Development?)

Visit the Downtown Development page for more information.

Where is the Economic Development Department located?

The Department of Economic Development is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 132 W. Virginia Avenue, Bessemer City, NC 28016.

Parks and Recreation

Where do I find schedules of athletic programs, team schedules, etc.?

Our team schedules are handed out to each participant before the start of each season. You may call the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-629-5111 for schedule information.

Do I need a permit or application to use the tennis courts, picnic shelters, etc.?

No. Tennis courts and picnic shelters are on a first come first serve basis.

What are the hours of operation for the Community Center?

Community Building and Recreation Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.

How do I register for Parks and Recreation classes and programs?

To register for classes and programs call the Parks and Recreation Office at 704-629-5111.

For Senior Activities and/or classes call 704.729.6465

How do I rent out the Recreation facilities (Community Center/Pool)?

To rent the Community Building call 704-729-6465 or visit the Kiser Senior Center located at 123 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Bessemer City, NC.

Swimming Pool Rentals begin each year at 8:00am on April 1 of each year at the Bessemer City Community Building.

Senior Citizens

Are there annual fees or dues for participation at the Kiser Senior Center?

There are no annual fees or dues. Most classes cost a minimal fee, usually a few dollars.

What are the hours of operation for the Kiser Senior Center?

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where do I find schedules of programs and activities at the Kiser Senior Center?

The “Senior Moments” newsletter is published monthly, includes a calendar and lists the classes and other special programs for the month. The newsletter may be downloaded by clicking on the link found on the Kiser Senior Center page of this website.

It is also available at the center or by email. Call 704-729-6465 sign up to receive the newsletter via email.

How do I register for classes and programs at the Kiser Senior Center?

Call the Kiser Senior Center at 704-729-6465 or drop by the center at 123 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Public Works

What causes my water to be brown or discolored?

Usually brown or discolored water can be caused by low usage, where water is sitting in the pipes or from a leak in the pipe. Sometimes we have what we call lake turnover which is caused by the change in temperature of the water and can occur during the change of the seasons, this will also cause discoloration as well as taste and odor in the water.

What does Natural Gas Smell Like?

Natural Gas has no odor; the odor only smells with the additive Mercaptan. It is added so anyone can recognize the smell of Natural Gas. It has a rotten egg smell.

How do I find out about availability of Natural Gas in my area?

You can call City Hall Annex at (704) 629-5542 and they can transfer you to the Natural Gas Division to speak with the Natural Gas Division Supervisor that can tell you if there is Natural Gas in your area.

Is my water safe?

Yes. The Water Treatment Facility staff samples and analyzes the water we treat hourly or as required by the State of North Carolina and EPA.  The Water Treatment Facility Operator continually monitors our charts, recorders, and digital information to ensure the plant does not have any problems.

Should there be a change in any of the above, the operator notifies the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for direction.

Why have I received a water report?

The State of North Carolina Water Resources requires the Water Treatment Facility to inform you of the conditions of your water throughout the year.  Some of these reports are general information, some are to notify you should a parameter in your water exceed the required limits.

Should you have questions concerning these reports please call someone at the above phone numbers.  We will be happy to assist you with your questions or concerns.

Water Division

Why have I received a water report?

The State of North Carolina Water Resources requires the Water Treatment Facility to inform you of the conditions of your water throughout the year.  Some of these reports are general information, some are to notify you should a parameter in your water exceed the required limits.

Should you have questions concerning these reports please call someone at the above phone numbers.  We will be happy to assist you with your questions or concerns.

What causes my water to be brown or discolored?

Usually brown or discolored water can be caused by low usage, where water is sitting in the pipes or from a leak in the pipe. Sometimes we have what we call lake turnover which is caused by the change in temperature of the water and can occur during the change of the seasons, this will also cause discoloration as well as taste and odor in the water.

Is my water safe?

Yes. The Water Treatment Facility staff samples and analyzes the water we treat hourly or as required by the State of North Carolina and EPA.  The Water Treatment Facility Operator continually monitors our charts, recorders, and digital information to ensure the plant does not have any problems.

Should there be a change in any of the above, the operator notifies the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for direction.

Natural Gas Division

How do I find out about availability of Natural Gas in my area?

You can call City Hall Annex at (704) 629-5542 and they can transfer you to the Natural Gas Division to speak with the Natural Gas Division Supervisor that can tell you if there is Natural Gas in your area.

What does Natural Gas Smell Like?

Natural Gas has no odor; the odor only smells with the additive Mercaptan. It is added so anyone can recognize the smell of Natural Gas. It has a rotten egg smell.

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