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CITY OF LAURINBURG RECOGNIZED FOR RELIABLE ELECTRIC SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Laurinburg, NC – April 4, 2022 — The City of Laurinburg has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2021. 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.

“Once again, public power utilities have demonstrated their commitment to providing highly reliable power to their customers.” said Alex Hofmann, APPA’s Vice President of Technical and Operations Services. “We commend these utilities for their hard work 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 Charles Nichols, City Manager.

“The cities and towns of North Carolina are adept at creating lasting change. Sometimes the projects are immense, while other times they are simply forward momentum and incremental improvements.

In Laurinburg , the city is leveraging the resources available to them. That includes leaning into the area’s new interstate corridor. Designated in 2013, the interstate construction has occurred in phases, but for City of Laurinburg Government, the effects are now being seen, even as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted some of the progress.

“We see this as an opportunity to enhance our retail business footprint and then to build off of that to create wider economic growth,” said Charles Nichols III, City Manager.

It’s an approach that is working. Over the past three years, despite the pandemic, Laurinburg has seen eight retail establishments begin operation, creating 124 jobs and generating nearly $12 million in annual sales.” – (Via the N.C. League of Municipalities Facebook page)

Please follow this link to read the entire article: https://herewegrownc.org/local-stories-list/laurinburg-leverages-new-interstate-for-business-growth/

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 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.

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.

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.