City Council Meeting

The regular City Council Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in the Council Chambers of the New City Hall and Police Department located at 303 West Church St.





Laurinburg, N.C. – June 4, 2019 – On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the NC Department of Transportation will be milling South Main Street Downtown from Business 74/Church Street to Railroad Street.  This portion of South Main Street will be closed, with the possibility of being closed on Wednesday, June 12th as well.

When the milling is complete, it is expected that DOT will begin paving this portion of South Main Street in approximately two weeks.

If you have any questions please contact NCDOT Resident Engineer James Dietrich at 910-944-2344.


Energy Tips for the Summer


Heat records for the month of May have already been set in some locations in the south. The city of Laurinburg encourages customers to prepare now to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills.

Here are a few tips pertaining to air condition use that may be helpful in saving money and energy:

– Have a professional service your A/C unit now to ensure it is running efficiently
– Trim plants around outside units so they can receive proper air flow
– Set the thermostat at 78 to 80 degrees for peak efficiency. Approximately 5% is added to cooling costs for each degree the thermostat is set below 78 to 80 degrees.
– Check filters monthly; replace or clean them as needed
– Close drapery at the windows to keep the sunlight out
– Use an attic fan to ventilate the house and reduce the use of the air conditioner
– Consider running a ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner during cooler parts of the day





March 22, 2019

This notice is intended to provide information relative to a recent action by the Scotland County Board of Commissioners concerning two (2) small county water districts.  On March 11, 2019, the Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the transfer of ownership of the portion of the Scotland County Water Districts on Calhoun Road and Dorset Road to the City of Laurinburg, pending City Council approval.  On March 19, 2019 Laurinburg City Council voted unanimously to accept the two (2) small Scotland County Water Districts.  These Districts will be combined with the City of Laurinburg systems.

The primary reason for the request Scotland County was to avoid the increased testing cost as a result of requirements imposed by the State of North Carolina.  The State changed the organization of the two (2) county water districts into seven (7) small systems.  As a result, all of these systems will require testing similar to new larger system.  Scotland County will continue to own the remaining five (5) systems.

The transferred systems are in the area of Dorset Drive and the area near Calhoun Road.  The affected areas are Calhoun Road, Gibson Road, Pankeytown Road, Jim Calhoun Road, Blue Woods Road, Dorset Drive, Cornwall Court, Devon Drive and Carlyle Court.  This acquisition will add about 78 customers to the City system.  The City currently supplies the water for and has provided maintenance on these two (2) systems since they were built; therefore, operational impacts will be minimal.  However, this change in ownership will impact the water rates that these customers are charged.  The customers on these two systems will be charged City of Laurinburg-Outside City Limits water rates.  This results in a slight increase from the current Scotland County water rate. The base charge per month on the County water rate was $31.20 for 2,000 gallons, and the City of Laurinburg-Outside City Limits rates are $31.85 base charge per month.

These rates will be effective for bills rendered on and after April 1, 2019.





Laurinburg, N.C. – November 2, 2018; 11:20 a.m. – The Sanitation Department is still working on making one pass down every street in the City picking up storm debris related to Hurricane Florence.  After this storm passed, the collection crews started in the West section of the City and has, thus far, made one pass through the West, North, and East sections of the City.  The collection crews are currently on the South section of the City.  Please refer to the map below to see where the crews are currently working in this South section.  They are currently working in the area marked as 4 (near the north end of Purcell Rd.) on the South section.

The crews are currently working Monday through Saturday in these cleanup efforts.  Once a pass has been made through the South section, the crews will go back into the West section and repeat the cycle again.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.





Laurinburg, N.C. – October 9, 2018 – The entire parking lot at City Hall will be closed indefinitely beginning on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 due to the ongoing construction of the New City Hall & Police Department. There are parking spaces along both sides of Everett Street from Church Street to McLean Street for customers to use in the interim. There are also 7 additional parking spaces on the grassy area at the corner of Everett Street and McLean Street that are available for parking as well. City Hall will need to be accessed using the walkway coming from Everett Street to the entrance of both the Police Department and the Consumer Billing Department. Please be aware of the signage for handicap parking availability and that space is marked in blue and is closest to this walkway on Everett Street.

If you are visiting City Hall for utility bill payment purposes, please remember that, for convenient alternatives, we have 24/7 bill inquiry and payments via the telephone and the City’s website. Call (910) 276-1521 to access records and make payment by phone or visit our website at www.laurinburg.org and select the option at the top of the page to “Pay Your Bill” to make online payments. The City currently does not charge a fee to remit payment by debit/credit card.

The City also has a Night Drop Box that can be utilized 24/7. Payments deposited in this box are retrieved daily. As an added convenience, please also consider using the Automatic Draft option. If you are interested in using automatic draft, please call or come by the Consumer Billing Office and request the necessary authorization form or you may download it from the City’s website on the Customer Service/Billing page. Automatic drafts occur on the 15th of each month.

You may also inquire with your bank about automatic bill-pay options. The majority of banks offer this option, whereby you can schedule the date you would like your utility payment sent from your bank to be received by the City. This option is handled entirely by your bank and the City has no control over when payment is actually sent. Therefore, you will need to make sure with your bank that the scheduled payment receive date is on or before the 20th of each month to avoid a late fee added on the 21st of each month.

The safety of employees, construction workers, and customers that come to the City Hall to conduct business is the top priority and the reason for taking these measures at this time. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated, while we work through this transitional period.

Additional press releases will be forthcoming for any other issues affecting customer access to city services at City Hall.