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City Council Meeting (Live Stream Information)

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
May 13, 2021
 
The Laurinburg City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 18, 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, May 18, 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 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.

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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.