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Everything You Need to Know About Recycling!

Recycling is important to our community. It provides jobs here and across North Carolina. Many businesses rely on high-quality recycled materials to make new products. Most importantly, recycling protects and conserves our natural resources.

Recycling messaging has been confusing for residents. The City of Laurinburg is promoting simple, easy steps residents can do to recycle the right way and reduce contamination. We are urging residents to recycle only the items on our local recyclables list and when in doubt, throw it out.

The video below details everything you need to know about what to recycle here in the City of Laurinburg! For more information on the City’s recycling program, you can visit our website at https://www.laurinburg.org/public-works/ #recycling

View the video by clicking here: Everything You Need to Know About Recycling!
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City Council Meeting (Live Stream Information)

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
June 10, 2021
 
The Laurinburg City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 15, 2021 as scheduled; however, because of restrictions issued by the Governor in response to COVID-19, the public will not be allowed to attend in person.  The meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page, City of Laurinburg Government, and on its website, www.laurinburg.org.  Any citizen wishing to submit comments for the Public Comment Period should submit comments in writing to the City Clerk via email, jtippett@laurinburg.org, or via regular US mail, P.O. Box 249, Laurinburg, NC 28353.  All public comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.  The City Clerk will read aloud your comments during the Public Comment Period of the meeting.  The regulations for Public Comment remain in effect as shown on the City’s website under “Links of Interest”.
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Press Release – City of Laurinburg Announces Launch of New Downtown Website

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF LAURINBURG ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW DOWNTOWN WEBSITE

New and Improved Website Provides Residents and Visitors with Easier Access to Downtown Laurinburg Information

Laurinburg, NC (May 19, 2021) — The City of Laurinburg announced today the launch of a newly designed website at downtown.laurinburg.org.  The updated website, specifically designed to promote the downtown area, features improved functionality, expands online downtown information for residents and visitors, and showcases some of the city’s downtown businesses and downtown area.

As cities continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and best serve residents, now more at a distance, the new website provides enhanced online information for residents and visitors looking to minimize in-person interactions. It is user-friendly layout and navigation are built on an updated platform with increased accessibility.

The new Downtown Laurinburg website offers many new features that will be continuously improved.  Some of these features are an interactive downtown map, individual business pages, calendar of events, and a complete section dedicated to opening a business in the downtown area.  Downtown businesses are constantly being added to the business pages and will also be added to the map.  All of this can be accessed from any device with internet connection.

The downtown website is the primary source for downtown information and updates.  Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a service-oriented site and access the information they are looking for quickly and easily.

To explore the site further, visit https://downtown.laurinburg.org.

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Press Release – City of Laurinburg Continues Efforts to Reduce Litter

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF LAURINBURG CONTINUES EFFORTS TO REDUCE LITTER

Laurinburg, NC – April 29, 2021 — Littering is against the law and carries a sizable fine.  The City of Laurinburg has been stepping up our efforts to reduce litter and penalize offenders. This is a reminder of the fines and community service that will be given if caught littering.

The minimum fine for a first-time offense of intentional littering is $250, with maximum fines going as high as $1,000 plus 24 hours of community service.

Subsequent offenses can bring additional community service requirements and fines of up to $2,000.

Unintentional littering, such as debris flying off a truck bed, can be fined up to $100 plus 12 hours of community service.

Additionally, House Bill 100, the Highway Cleanup Act, has been introduced in the NC House of Representatives. If passed, this bill would double the current fines.

If you see someone littering on the highway, you can call *HP and you will be connected to the nearest Highway Patrol dispatch center.

You can also report litterbugs through the Dept. of Transportation’s Swat-A-Litterbug Program.

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City of Laurinburg Receives 2020 Certificate of Excellence in Reliability

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF LAURINBURG RECOGNIZED FOR RELIABLE ELECTRIC SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Laurinburg, NC – March 31, 2021 — The City of Laurinburg has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2020. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

APPA helps electric utilities track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service. Once per year, APPA’s Reliability Team compares this data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“Public power utilities have proven their commitment to serving their community by continuing to lead the nation in reliability,” said Alex Hofmann, APPA’s Vice President of Technical and Operations Services. “These utilities are the best of the best when it comes to keeping the lights on in their communities.”

Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the amount of time that customers of other types of utilities do.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that we keep Laurinburg powered,” said Jason Lighthall, Electric Utilities Director at the City of Laurinburg.

APPA has compared City of Laurinburg’s utilities reliability data compiled through the eReliability Tracker to the national reliability data collected by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). According to this comparison, the City of Laurinburg is in the top quartile (25%) of utilities for System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) based on the EIA data in 2015 – 2019, thereby qualifying the City of Laurinburg for the 2020 Certificate of Excellence in Reliability.

For more information on the City of Laurinburg and its commitment to reliability, visit the Electric Operations section of the Public Works page at https://www.laurinburg.org/public-works/.

 

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Please Help the City Prevent Sewer Back-ups & Overflow

Have you ever experienced a sanitary sewer back-up or overflow? Luckily, most sewer back-ups and overflows can be prevented with a progressive preventive maintenance program.  All of us can help to prevent them by wisely using the City of Laurinburg’s sanitary sewer system.

Sewer back-ups and overflows are frequently caused by improper materials such as fats, oils, and grease being placed into the sewer system.  Since fats, oils, and grease are lighter than water, they tend to accumulate at the top and sides of sewer pipes and can build up until a blockage occurs.  If a blockage happens, the sewer backs up or overflows resulting in interior home damage, environmental damage, and health hazards.

The City of Laurinburg’s Fats, Oils, and Grease Ordinance requires that food service facilities should install and maintain grease traps and/or interceptors to prevent grease from entering the sewer system.  However, there are many more residential kitchens than there are restaurants in Laurinburg.  By reducing the amount of fats, oils, and grease that enter the sewer system from homes, you can help to protect the environment by preventing sewer back-ups and overflows.

Sanitary sewer systems are designed to handle three things: used water, human body waste, and toilet paper.  Here are some simple actions that you can take that will help the City protect water quality and maintain the sewer system in Laurinburg.

DO NOT:

  • Pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drain.
  • Use the toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Use the sewer as a means to dispose of food scraps.

DO:

  • Collect grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with solid waste, or start a compost pile.
  • Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid waste.  Disposable diapers, condoms, and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.

These suggestions can save you money too!
Most sewer back-ups occur between the house and the City’s sewer main, where the property owner is responsible for correcting the problem.  Avoiding blockages means avoiding plumbing bills.  When the blockage occurs in the City’s sewer main, the City will correct the problem.  Please call the Public Works Division at (910)276-2364, 24 hours a day, to report a sewer back-up or overflow.

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Cemetery Item Removal

Cemetery Item Removal

The City of Laurinburg Cemetery Department wants to remind everyone if you have placed any items on cemetery plots that do not conform to the cemetery ordinance they will be removed on the week of March 1, 2021.   Any items not inside an approved flower vase will be removed.  (Potted Plants, Flower Arrangements, Trinkets, Solar Power Lights, Plaques etc.) If you have any questions please call the Cemetery Department at 910-276-8324.

Cemetery Christmas Item Removal

The Cemetery Department will be picking up all Christmas floral arrangements starting March 22, 2021.  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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PRESS RELEASE – UTILITY PAYMENT OPTIONS

PRESS RELEASE
UTILITY PAYMENT OPTIONS

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 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.