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Christmas Tree Community Bonfire Event Postponed

Due to the amount of expected rainfall between now and Friday evening, we have made a decision to postpone the Community Bonfire event at Legion Park to next Friday, January 19th, at 6:00PM. Any questions can be referred to the Fire Department at 276-1811.

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Cemetery Item Removal

The Cemetery Department will be picking up all Christmas floral arrangements on March 15, 2018.  All other items, starting January 22nd, that are not in compliance with the Cemetery Ordinance will be removed and retained for 2 weeks for pick-up.  This includes Hillside Memorial Park, Hillside Cemetery and Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Any questions or concerns can be answered by the Cemetery Department at (910) 276-8324.

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HOLIDAY SOLID WASTE INFORMATION

SOLID WASTE INFORMATION

 

City of Laurinburg Residents & Businesses

 

The City of Laurinburg will be closed on Monday, December 25th, and Tuesday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday.  All solid waste routes for Monday and Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday, December 27th, and all solid waste routes for Wednesday and Thursday, will be picked up on Thursday, December 28th.

 

Also, the City of Laurinburg will be closed on Monday, January 1st 2018 for the New Year’s Day Holiday.  All solid waste routes scheduled for Monday will be picked up on Tuesday of that week. 

 

For more information contact:

CITY OF LAURINBURG

SANITATION DEPARTMENT

910-276-2364

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PRESS RELEASE – CITY HALL DRIVE-THRU WINDOW CLOSURE

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY HALL drive-thru window CLOSURE

Laurinburg, N.C. – December 18, 2017 – Due to ongoing construction of the New City Hall & Police Department at 303 W. Church St., the utility payment drive-thru window access will be closed indefinitely, beginning on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018.  This will also result in only one entrance to the City Hall from Everett Street, with limited space in our parking area, so please use caution when entering and exiting this site.

 

Customers that normally utilize the drive-thru window due to physical disability, please contact the Consumer Billing Office at (910) 276-1521 in order to discuss the best way to accommodate your needs.  For other customers that choose using the drive-thru for convenience only, we apologize for this inconvenience, but please come into our office or use one of the alternative convenient payment methods listed below.

 

As an alternative, please remember that 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.  This form can also be retrieved 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.  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.

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COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER NEEDED

The City is accepting applications for the Laurinburg/Scotland County Crime and Drug Committee. There is currently one vacancy.  The Crime & Drug Committee is an advisory committee and is appointed by the City Council and the Scotland County Board of Commissioners.  In order to be an appointee by the City Council, the individual must reside in the city limits.  The committee meets the first Monday of every month (except July and September) at 12:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Lunch is provided.  Applications can be found on the website at http://www.laurinburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/boardapplication.pdf.  If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk at 276-8324.

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Important Notice of Pole Inspections

Starting as early as December 4th, the Electric department will have a contractor in town inspecting poles. Utility Asset Management is the name of the company. They will have two trucks in town that will have, “Contractor for the City of Laurinburg”, magnetic signs on their vehicles. They will be entering customer’s yards to inspect poles, and will be in town into February.

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Press Release – Parking and Drive-Thru Window

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY HALL PARKING AND DRIVE-THRU WINDOW

Laurinburg, N.C. – November 16, 2017 – Due to ongoing construction of the New City Hall & Police Department at 303 W. Church St., some additional parking areas will be closed.  Also, the  the right lane coming off Church St. for the drive-thru window access will also be closed.

 

The parking areas that will be closed, beginning Monday, November 27, 2017, include the parking on the back southern end of the lot near the grassy area.  The south entrance to the parking area off Everett St. near the old park will also be closed at that time.  These areas will be closed indefinitely, with re-opening dependent on construction progress.

 

The right lane of the entrance to City Hall off Church Street is scheduled to be closed immediately.  While the left lane of this entrance will still be open, this entrance will be for drive-thru window payments only.  As a reminder, utility payments can also be made online at www.laurinburg.org or by phone by calling the automated phone system at (910) 276-1521 and following the prompts.

 

The safety of employees, contractors, and customers that come to the City Hall to conduct business is the top priority and the reason for taking these measures.  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.

 

 

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Press Release – Recycling Drop Off

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

City hall recycling drop-off

Laurinburg, N.C. – November 16, 2017 – Due to ongoing construction of the New City Hall & Police Department at 303 W. Church St., which will require closing access to a large portion of that site, the City’s Recycling Drop-Off behind City Hall will be closed indefinitely, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

 

The City collects recyclable material curbside from all residents on a bi-weekly basis.  Please place all recyclable items in your blue cart (not in bags) and place your cart beside the road for collection every other week on your day of collection.  If you are unsure what week (Red or Green) your recycling will be collected, please call the Public Works Facility at (910) 276-2364, and we will be glad to assist you with any questions or concerns.

 

The safety of employees, contractors, and customers that come to the City Hall to conduct business is the top priority, along with limited space that will be available on the site during construction, are the reasons for taking this measure.  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.

 

 

Energy Saving Tips

The following tips can help you cut your energy consumption, the single largest influence on your energy bill. The City of Laurinburg works diligently to keep internal costs down.

Load Management – You can save as much as $48.00 per year simply by participating in the Load Management Program. If you have an electric water heater you can save $2.00 each month, or if you have a central electric air conditioning system, you can save $6.00 a month on your July, August, September and October utility bills. You can pick up a form at the Customer Services Department or call the Customer Services Department at 276-1521

Off Peak Billing – This program is designed to save you money. Make the choice to watch when you use power and save on your electric bill each month. A brochure is available in the Customer Services/Consumer Billing Department at 303 West Church Street.

Energy Audit – The City offers an Energy Audit program for your home to help you find any problems that could be causing your electric bill to run high. Brian Morrison will come into your home to suggest ways to decrease your electric bill. Please contact Brian at 291-1709 to schedule your energy audit.

Heating Recommendations

  • Set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature. We recommend 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Every degree above 70 costs an additional 3 percent to 5 percent. For instance, keeping your home at 75 degrees could cost nearly 30 percent more than keeping it at 70 degrees.
  • During winter months, health permitting, it’s best to lower the thermostat to between 60 to 65 degrees at night. By keeping your thermostat 10 degrees lower at night you’ll save 10% to 20% in heating costs.
  • With a heat pump, avoid large changes in thermostat settings. A dramatic increase in temperature may cause the supplemental heat strip to operate, forcing energy consumption much higher along with your costs.
  • Change your filter regularly. Dirty filters increase heating and cooling costs.
  • Caulk and weather-strip leaky doors and windows. Insulated or storm windows also help reduce unwanted
    heat loss.
  • Open drapes on the sunny side (usually south and west) of your house during the day. You’d be surprised
    how efficiently that sunlight will warm those rooms. Close drapes and shades at night.
  • Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking air vents or returns.
  • A portable heater may allow you to lower the temperature in the rest of the house, but it can also be
    expensive if used 24 hours. Limit use of portable heaters.
  • Keep your central unit fan in the “auto” position. Leaving the fan “on” will force the fan to run 24 hours a day,
    adding as much as $15 a month to your heating costs.
  • Keep the outside heating unit clear and clean.
  • Close the flue when you aren’t using your fireplace.

To download this information in PDF format, click here.

 

Laurinburg Market Place Snapshot

Below is the linked Laurinburg Market Place Snapshot prepared by the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center Staff.

Laurinburg Market Place Snapshot