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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bragg Boulevard Closures
April 20, 2015 (Spring Lake, NC) Contractors working with the U-4444 project have informed Town personnel that North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has plans to close portions of Bragg Boulevard for two nights this week.
Town officials working closely with this project received official notification that southbound Bragg Boulevard would be closed on Monday, April 20, 2015 starting at 8:00 pm for set up and will be closed starting at 10:00 pm to thru traffic. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, northbound Bragg Boulevard will be closed starting at 8:00 pm for set up and will be closed starting at 10:00 pm to thru traffic. Both lanes are expected to re-open for morning commuter traffic.
Both the Spring Lake Police Department and the Spring Lake Fire Department are aware of these closures.
The Town feels it is in the best interest of the public to be aware of these closures so everyone can be proactive and make the necessary adjustments to travel plans. It should be noted that the closures may be delayed and rescheduled due to the weather. The Town will make every effort to keep the public aware of any changes or updates as they are available.
This closure is due to NCDOT work that must be completed. Should residents have questions regarding this construction or closure, they may call the Utilities Director, Byron Blumenfeld at (910) 497-3390 x1612 or as always, the office of the Town Manager at (910) 436-0241.
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More than 200,000 Kids Treated in Emergency Rooms for Injuries at Playgrounds
Safe Kids Cumberland County reminds parents of top 4 tips to remember during Playground Safety Week
Cumberland County, NC – Spring is officially here, and a trip to the playground is a great activity that both parents and kids enjoy. During this Playground Safety Week April 20-24 Safe Kids Cumberland County reminds parents to actively supervise their kids when playing on a playground.
For more playground tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/playgroundsafety
Each year, more than 270,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occur on the playground. While most of the injuries from playgrounds are due to falls (75 percent), most fatalities are caused by strangulation. Even nonfatal injuries from playground falls can be serious. Almost half of playground-related injuries are severe, including fractures, internal injuries, concussions and dislocations.
“Lack of or improper supervision is associated with approximately 45 percent of playground-related injuries,” said Jason Williams coordinator of Safe Kids Cumberland County “Playgrounds are a great way for kids to get exercise and explore, and with active supervision and some basic safety tips, every day at the playground can be a walk in the park.”
Safe Kids Cumberland County reminds parents and caregivers of the following 4 playground safety tips.
Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous. Encourage the older kids to look out for the younger ones. Little kids play differently than big kids. It is important to have a separate play area for children under 5.
For more information about playground safety, call 910-436-0337 or visit www.safekids.org.
About Safe Kids Cumberland County
Safe Kids Cumberland County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include Spring Lake, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Stoney Point fire departments Safe Kids Cumberland County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Cumberland County was founded in 2010 and is led by Spring Lake Fire Rescue for more information, visit safekids.org. The contact for Safe Kids Cumberland County is jason Williams, Assistant Fire Chief, Spring Lake Fire Department. AC Williams can be reached at (910) 436-0337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Main Street Closure
April 09, 2015 (Spring Lake, NC) Contractors working with the U-4444 project have announced to Town officials that Main Street will be closed from Lake Avenue to Bragg Boulevard within the next week. This closure could be as early as Monday, April 13, 2015 but may be delayed a day or up to a week depending on pending circumstances.
Town officials working closely with this project received official notification that the pending road closures would be implemented starting Monday; however, the exact closure date may be off one to two days. These closures are to facilitate the installation of sewer, storm drains, movement of waterlines, aide in the construction of retaining walls and the build-up of the ramp to the roundabout. Due to these factors, Main Street, from Lake Avenue to Bragg Boulevard, will be closed for several months.
During this closure period, there will be limited access for emergency vehicles. It should be noted; however, due to construction activities (i.e. excavation, equipment placement, etc.) directional flow may be hampered. Both the Spring Lake Police Department and the Spring Lake Fire Department are aware of this closure.
The Town feels it is in the best interest of the public to be aware of this closure as early as possible so everyone can be proactive and make the necessary adjustments to travel plans. Although the exact start of the closure is uncertain, the closure will happen. It will happen within a week with the possibility being as early as Monday.
Should residents have questions regarding this construction or closure, they may call the Utilities Director, Byron Blumenfeld at (910) 497-3390 x1612 or as always, the office of the Town Manager at (910) 436-0241.
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Volunteer Firefighter First To Complete the Fire Academy
On Tuesday evening March 31st, 2015 the Central Carolina Community College held its Graduation Ceremony for Fire Academy # 6 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. The Graduation was to mark the culmination of the 7month long academy. Spring Lake Volunteer Firefighter Tommy Elder Jr. graduated the Academy and was also awarded the Captain's Award. The Captain's Award is presented to the Academy Graduate that best exemplifies the true example of what it takes to be a Firefighter.
Firefighter Elder is the first Volunteer Firefighter from Spring Lake to complete the Fire Academy. Currently 5 personnel who are employed by Spring Lake FD have completed the CCCC Firefighter Academy. Spring Lake FD was awarded an SAFER grant for starting a Volunteer Firefighter program thru FEMA in June of 2013. This grant assist Spring Lake FD with being able to provide more personnel to respond. Another benefit of this grant is that the required training that a Spring Lake FD Volunteer must complete within two years of joining the department also prepares them for a Career in the Fire Service. Personnel are required to obtain (at a minimum) North Carolina and Federal certification(s) of: Firefighter (NFPA 1001), Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, National Incident Management System 100, 200, 700, & 800.
The Academy teaches/enforces following rules, regulations, pride, leadership and numerous other basic needs that a Firefighter must have in this career. Academy was 7 months (August - March), over 1,000 hours of Training was completed. Students in the Academy must pass each test at the end of each class to be able to remain in the Academy for the full duration. The Academy is Monday-Friday with very few breaks.
Certifications Obtained while in the Academy:
* Emergency Medical Technician Basic- EMT
* HAZMAT Level I Responder
* Technical Rescuer General & Vehicle Machinery Rescue (VMR)
* Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD)
* Incident command system (ICS)
* Rapid intervention
* Safety and survival
Academy Location: Central Carolina Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Interim Town Manager Named
Contact: The Office of the Mayor
April 2, 2015 (Spring Lake, NC) Former Pinehurst Village Manager, Andrew M. Wilkison, will assume the duties of Spring Lake Interim Town Manager on Monday, April 6, 2015.
“Mr. Wilkison comes highly recommended from not only the League but many other sources”, says Mayor Chris Rey. “The Board and I feel he is the right person at this critical time for our Town. He brings stability and great working knowledge of local government, and we are excited to have him on board.”
Mr. Wilkerson retired as Village Manager in Pinehurst after serving 26 years as Manager. Under his leadership, Pinehurst grew from a population of 2,000 to more than 15,000. He also oversaw the expansion of many government services ranging from fire expansion, recreation program development to the building of a new village hall. He earned a bachelor’s degree from NC State University in political science and a master’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University. He is married and has three grown children.
Spring Lake, NC was incorporated April 9, 1951 in Cumberland County, North Carolina and has a population of 13,037. For more information on Spring Lake, please call (910) 436-0241 or visit www.spring-lake.org.
Annual Fire Hydrant Testing has Begun
The Spring Lake Fire Department has begun its annual testing of the fire hydrants in the Town of Spring Lake and the Manchester districts. This process will continue through mid-April. This testing process requires the hydrants to be opened completely allowing the water to flow and clean out any residue or build up in the lines. During this time, required data for the Town’s annual report is being collected. It is possible, depending on the sediment and the flow from the hydrant, water discoloration may occur during this testing process. REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR, THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK. Should you experience water discoloration, allow the water to flow through your faucet(s) until the water clears. If you have any questions or need any clarification on this process or about your water, please feel free to call the Spring Lake Fire Department and Chief McLamb at (910) 436-0337.
Department of Transportation Environmental Study
(as communicated directly from Richard W. Hancock, PE, Manager, Project Development & Environmental Analysis Unit, NCDOT)
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (Department) is constantly working to provide better and safer transportation facilities for public uses in North Carolina. The effects that theses proposed facilities have on the human and natural environment are of great concern to the Department and must be adequately described in environmental documents, such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. As part of this process, the Department is obligated to identify and document environmental resources so that they can be avoided or impacts reduced Streams and wetlands are two of the resources that must be identified during the review process. The Department has begun planning studies for the proposed widening of Odell Road (S.R. 4202) from Fort Bragg boundary to Bragg Blvd. (NC 24-87) in Spring Lake, Cumberland County, TIP Project U-5605.
Over the next several weeks, representatives of the Department, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division, may be present on your property for the purposes of conducting or verifying the limits of waters and wetlands pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. These representatives will be wearing orange safety vests, have picture ID badges, and will be hanging pink and black flagging, or ribbons, on trees and shrubs to identify the limits of streams and wetlands, if present, on the property. This flagging DOES NOT indicate the location of a proposed transportation project, but it is very important in our environmental review process. Please do not disturb this flagging.
Please note that if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering has already issued a Jurisdictional Determination on your property confirming the presence of streams and/or wetlands, or if you have general questions or comments about the project, contact the NCDOT Planning Engineer Joseph Miller by mail at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548, by phone 919-707-6031 or via email at email@example.com. If you call, please mention NCDOT project number U-5605.