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Press Release – City Hall Parking

PRESS RELEASE     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY HALL PARKING

Laurinburg, N.C. – March 13, 2018 – Due to the ongoing construction of the New City Hall & Police Department at 303 W. Church St., the entire parking lot will be completely closed for approximately two months, beginning on Monday, March 26th, 2018, with limited re-opening by Monday, May 21st, 2018. This remaining section of the parking area that has been accessible for the past couple of months since the beginning of construction allowed for 26 parking spaces. In order to try to best accommodate our customers and residents, the City Street Department has marked off 27 parking spaces along both sides of Everett Street from Church St to McLean St for customers to use in the interim. There are also 7 additional parking spaces on the grassy area at the corner of Everett St and McLean St that are available for parking as well. City Hall will need to be accessed using the walkway coming from Everett St 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 St.

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.

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Pilot Program from Skyrunner Internet

The information in the flyers below covers the details of a Pilot Program from Skyrunner Internet for Business and Residential Broadband! (For anyone interested)

  

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State of the City 2018

Below is a link that shows the current State of the City in 2018:

State of the City 2018

 

 

 

 

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RECENT CHANGES TO COUNCIL RULES OF PROCEDURE

At its February 20, 2018 meeting, Council approved several changes to its Rules of Procedure concerning Council meetings.  The major changes are as follows:

  • Requiring citizens to sign up prior to the meeting to speak during Public Comment Period; however, if time allows at the meeting, a citizen(s) who did not sign up previously can speak during the Public Comment period.
  • If an individual has written comments, said comments are to be given to the City Clerk at the meeting.
  • Anyone wishing to be on the agenda as a “Delegation” must make such request 10 days prior to the meeting.
  • If a “Delegation” has written comments or presentation, they must be provided to the City Clerk 10 days prior to the meeting to be included in agenda packets.
  • Maximum time for a “Delegation” to speak is 10 minutes.
  • Miscellaneous administrative issues such as removing language concerning Council “work sessions”.

If anyone has any questions or needs clarification, please contact City Clerk Jenny Tippett at 291-2590.

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FREE MULCH!

Why buy mulch when you can get it for free? The City of Laurinburg takes the limbs that are picked up curbside and has them ground into mulch for all county residents to use. You can come get as little as a bucket full or as much as a truck load for free. If you need a truck load, we can help load it for you. Simply call 910-276-2364 to make an appointment.

We encourage you to stop by and check out our mulch pile to see if it is a material you can use for your landscaping or gardening needs. The mulch is located behind the Recycling Center at 600 Hall Street.

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NCDOT’s Swat a Litterbug Program

Help keep Laurinburg Litter free with the NCDOT’s Swat a Litterbug Program. If someone is seen littering, an individual can go online and report it. There is no penalty, but a letter is sent to the individual littering. A NC license tag number has to be provided when reporting. The link below provides detailed information on the program and how to report an individual for littering:

https://www.ncdot.gov/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/Litterbug/default.html

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Regular City Council Meeting

The regular City Council Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018 in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 303 West Church St.

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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.