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City Council Meeting (Live Stream Information)

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 16, 2021
 
The Laurinburg City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Hall and Police Department building. Since the City Hall and Police Department building is open to the public, citizens and interested parties can attend. If you are planning to attend, we ask that you please wear a mask.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page, City of Laurinburg Government, and on its website at www.laurinburg.org. If you have any questions, you can call the City Clerk at 291-2590 or email her at jtippett@laurinburg.org.

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Press Release- Daniel Walters elected to NCDDA Board of Directors

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Daniel Walters elected to NCDDA Board of Directors

Laurinburg, N.C.- July 12, 2021- The City of Laurinburg’s Downtown Development Coordinator, Daniel Walters, was recently elected as the Southeast Regional Director of the NCDDA (North Carolina Downtown Development Association). For the past 4 years, Daniel has led the City of Laurinburg’s Main Street program and has been the leader in the downtown revitalization efforts.

The North Carolina Downtown Development Association is the leader in education and advocacy for economic growth and development in North Carolina’s downtowns. NCDDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional membership organization that is led by a 21-member volunteer board of directors, which meets quarterly. Members include downtown development managers; coordinators and Main Street managers; economic developers; town planners; town managers; architects, landscape architects; developers; and other professionals related to the development of North Carolina’s downtowns.

Charles Nichols, City Manager, stated “the City of Laurinburg is very lucky to have Daniel’s talent and determination.”

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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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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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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.