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City Council Meeting (Live Stream Information)

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 17, 2020
The Laurinburg City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on September 22, 2020 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, September 22, 2020. 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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Smoke Test Public Notice

City of Laurinburg

Public Notice

To all occupants and residents:

The city will be conducting leak tests in the sanitary sewer system by blowing smoke into the pipes. This smoke will reveal sources of sewer odors in your neighborhood as well as places where storm and other surface waters are entering the sanitary system.

A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. This smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant and animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.

Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of this smoke may enter your house if the:

• Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed.

• Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers, and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing.

• Pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your building are damaged, defective, have plugs missing or are improperly installed.

All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enters your house or building, it is an indication that odors from the sewer also may enter. These can be both unpleasant and dangerous, as well as a health hazard to the occupants. Location, identification and correction of the source of smoke that enters your house is urgently advised.

If you have any questions or desire more information, please telephone the city public works department at 276- 2364.

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PRESS RELEASE – UTILITY PAYMENT PLANS

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UTILITY PAYMENT PLANS

Laurinburg, N.C. – August 21, 2020 – The Governor’s Executive Orders 124 and 142 placed a moratorium on residential customer disconnections from March 31, 2020 to July 29, 2020.  Some customers have not paid balances over this March 31-July 29 timeframe, or have paid partial balances.  The executive orders require that these customers must be given the opportunity to pay their balance (the amount in arrears) using a reasonable payment arrangement that spreads out repayment of those balances over at least six (6) months from the expiration of the executive orders on July 29th.

The City of Laurinburg suspended disconnections and late fees prior to the Governor’s Executive Orders, therefore, in order to assist our customers further, any unpaid balances for residential bills dated March 1 to July 1 will be included in the utility payment plans.  The total of any unpaid balances during this time period will be split into six (6) equal, fixed monthly installments.  Each customer will be given a copy of their individual payment plan that shows the amount of their monthly installment.

Please note that customers will be required to pay their monthly installment in addition to any current amount due beginning with the bills dated September 1, 2020.  In order to comply with the payment plan, customers need to pay the amount of their monthly installment for any unpaid balances in addition to their current monthly amount due going forward, or their account will be subject to disconnection.

The payment plan period only includes bills with a bill date of March 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020.  It does not include bills dated prior to March 1, 2020, therefore, any unpaid balances on those bills need to be paid immediately or those accounts could be subject to disconnection.  The payment plans also do not include the most recent bills dated August 1, 2020.  Based on normal disconnection policies, if bills dated August 1, 2020 are not paid by no later than September 5, 2020, those accounts will be subject to disconnection.

Please contact Customer Services at 910-276-1521 for any additional questions.  As always, thank you for allowing us to serve you.

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SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR CITY OF LAURINBURG COMMITTEE AND BOARD

 

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR
CITY OF LAURINBURG COMMITTEE
AND BOARD

The City of Laurinburg is seeking volunteers for a Council-appointed committee and a Council-appointed board. Applicants for appointment by City Council must reside within the City limits. The application can be found on the City’s website www.laurinburg.org.

  • One (1) opening on the Laurinburg/Scotland County Crime & Drug Committee. The Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Laurinburg City Council and the Scotland County Board of Commisssioners. Its mission is to develop strategies to reduce, prevevnt and respond to crime, drug and gang activity.
  • One (1) opening on the Laurinburg Planning Board. The Planning Board is an advisory board to the City Council guiding and accomplishing coordinated and harmonious development of the area within the City’s jurisdiction.

For additional information, please contact Jenny Tippett, City Clerk at 291-2590 or jtippett@laurinburg.org.

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Guidance for Building Water Systems

Please view the article through the link below on “Guidance for Building Water Systems” during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Stagnant, or standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria.  When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the Legionella growth range (77–108°F, 25–42°C).  Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectant, such as chlorine.  Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

“Guidance for Building Water Systems”

 

 

 

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STATE OF EMERGENCY: COVID-19

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PRESS RELEASE – CORONAVIRUS

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the City of Laurinburg has taken several actions to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public.

The City of Laurinburg encourages employees and the public to adhere to virus mitigation guidelines from the CDC to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. These guidelines include hand washing, avoiding public places while sick, and social distancing.

o All City Facilities and Offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16th until further notice. We encourage all customers to utilize the numerous payment methods we offer including the drive thru window at City Hall, by mail, on our website, through our payment drop box, or by calling (910) 276-1521.
o If assistance from the Police Department is needed please call (910) 276-3211.
o All City Services will continue to be provided to our citizens as usual. Please call (910) 276-8324 with other questions/concerns.

We are aware that our response to the COVID-19 outbreak may change quickly depending on the virus’ spread.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make decisions that are in the best interest of our employees and the public.

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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 February 3, 2020.   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 16, 2020.  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.