TOWN OF SPRING LAKE TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING: (Spring Lake, NC). In the interest of public safety, the Town of Spring Lake will be conducting Town wide mosquito spraying on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 10:00 pm until approximately 2:00 am. This is a proactive measure to help prevent the severity of mosquitoes and the nuisance they cause. The Town is also planning to follow up this scheduled mosquito spray with another one in August and September. As a reminder, separate notices will be sent in advance of those sprayings scheduled for August 24th and September 21st. The Town has partnered with Hope Mills to conduct the spraying and it will be conducted in a manner similar to that done in 2016. The spray poses no threat to humans or pets. In order for the spraying to be most effective, residents are encouraged to make sure their property is free from places where mosquitoes are most likely to breed such as any place with standing water. If you have health concerns and do not wish for your address to be sprayed, the Town will accommodate your request. Residents making this request need to complete a Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services Form located on the Town’s website, facebook page, inside Town Hall or Public Works Department and return the completed form to John Kleinert, Maintenance Director, no later than 12:00 noon Thursday, July 27th. In addition to the mosquito spraying, the Town also has mosquito dunks available if residents wish to pick them up. They are free and come with a fact sheet and brochure. Mosquito dunks are the only product with BTI, a bacteria non-toxic to all wildlife, pets, fish and humans but not mosquito larvae. The dunks can be added to any standing water, up to 100 feet, and will kill mosquito larvae within hours and lasts for 30 days or more. They can be picked up from the Maintenance Director at the Public Works Department located at 720 Tuscarora Drive, Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 am until 4:00 pm. They may also be picked up from Bernard Lemon, Office Assistant, as you enter Town Hall, located at 300 Ruth Street, during normal business hours. If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact John Kleinert at (910) 497-3390 x1602.
TRANSITIONING TO NEW SITE: The Town of Spring Lake is PROUD to announce that our website will soon have a new look and feel! In the meantime, there will be a few things that may not be kept updated as we work to complete the new site. If you find a page or information that appears to be outdated or incomplete and you need more information, please feel free to contact the webmaster at email@example.com or (910) 497-3390 x1601 and they will provide you with any information you may need. We appreciate your patience as we continue to strive to improve communications for Spring Lake. We anticipate the new site going live late July or early August at the latest. Drop in from time to time to get "glimpses" of what is to come. Get excited!
Town of Spring Lake Passes Budget for FY2017-2018: June 19, 2017 (Spring Lake, NC). The Town's Board of Aldermen voted to approve the Town's
Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 during a regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017. The Budget of$12,933,671.00 represents a 2.2% increase over the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. Passage of this Budget will enable the Town to continue providing basic Town services to residences and businesses. Although the Town is faced with a number of potentially significant financial challenges in the coming year, the Board voted to maintain the current tax rate of$0.70 per $100.00 valuation of property. Key impacts to the upcoming budget include the following: rate increases for treated water supplied to the Town by both Fayetteville PWC (3.4%) and Harnett County (5.0%), a 9% increase in health care costs provided by the Town for employees, a reduction of $78,000.00 in revenue due to the recent revaluation of residential and commercial properties, and several residual issues remaining from damages and claims associated with Hurricane Matthew. To offset some of the impacts mentioned above, the Town will take deliberate actions to maximize the use of available dollars, to include the following: eliminate the impact of rising health care costs by shifting to a lower cost health care plan sanctioned by the North Carolina
League of Municipalities, funding a water and sewer study to better understand the rising costs of these services and to determine if a water/sewer rate increase is warranted down the road, and reduce the cost of replacement computers via a short term leasing option with a built in service program.
Additionally, the Town will use a combination of General Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, and Storm water Fund Balance dollars to retire $832,182.20 in debt. This initiative will not only reduce longer term costs and associated interest payments, but in the short term provide an additional $272,760.70 in available dollars to further offset a number of the increases in costs during the coming year. Even with the debt payoff, the Fund Balances for each account will remain above 30% for each of the 3 fund balances mentioned above. Additional highlights ofthe Budget include a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Town employees that will begin on January 8, 2018 (during the 3rd Quarter of the Fiscal Year), reductions in the costs for Community Center memberships, and a $1.50 convenience fee that
will be levied for online payments by residents in conjunction with their water/sewer bill each month. The reduction in the cost of Community Center memberships was recommended as a mechanism to increase both resident and non-resident use of Town facilities. The convenience fee was identified as a means to offset the amount of bank processing fees and transaction charges currently being subsidized by the Town."This was an extremely challenging budget process for the Board and the Town Staff', remarked Mayor Chris Rey, "But I could not be more proud of our accomplishments on pulling this together on behalf of our residents and local business owners."