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The Town of Spring Lake will be CLOSED Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of President's Day. This includes all Town Departments. Police and Fire will maintain operational shifts throughout the holiday. Yard debris and bulk pick up will not occur on the holiday but will be incorporated throughout the rest of the work week. Household waste service, recycling service and the bus service will not be affected by the holiday. If you need to report a water or sewer emergency, please call (910) 497-3390.


Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee Seeks Members

The Town of Spring Lake's newly formed, Board Appointed Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers wishing to help fill critical vacant positions on the committee.  The purpose of this committee is to promote Military and Veterans Affairs functions and activities in the community and to provide recommendations to the Town Manager and Board of Aldermen in planning programs and activities to enhance the quality of life and recognition of military residents, veterans and their families in the community. The committee consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Aldermen who serves for three (3) year terms. All members are to be residents of the Town of Spring Lake or the direct municipal influence area and serve as volunteers.  The committee meets monthly. It is recommended that members be active duty, retired or a veteran.  If you or someone you know is willing to serve and interested in learning more, please download an application from the website or call Town Hall at (910) 436-0241.



Town of Spring Lake Community Appearance Commission Regular Meeting Rescheduled

Notice is hereby given that the Regular Scheduled Community Appearance Commission Meeting scheduled for February 9, 2016 at 6 pm has been rescheduled to February 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm


March Burn Out

Beginning on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission will temporarily stop adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfection process.  The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources requires all water systems that add ammonia to their drinking water to discontinue its use for a one-month period annually to ensure that any biological growth that may have occurred within the distribution system is controlled.  PWC will resume adding ammonia to the water treatment disinfection process on Friday, April 1, 2016.

During March, some users of PWC water may notice chlorine odor as a result of this change in our treatment process.  Some users of water may also experience periods of discolored water as a result of the required distribution-system flushing that will accompany this change back to chlorine-only disinfection.  Fire hydrants on the PWC water distribution system will be opened periodically throughout the month to flush the system.

Water customers should be aware that during this time, traces of ammonia may still be in the water.  Therefore, PWC recommends that water customers, who pre-treat to remove chloramines prior to the water being used, could continue to do so.

The Public Works Commission began adding ammonia to the water treatment process in March of 2003.  Using ammonia in the treatment process helps to reduce disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethane.  The one-month return to chlorine-only disinfection is not expected to cause any significant increases in disinfection by-products.  The Public Works Commission has been in compliance with all disinfection by-product limits since beginning the addition of ammonia in March of 2003.


Beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Harnett County Public Utilities will temporarily change it’s drinking water disinfection from Chloramines (Free Chlorine plus Ammonia) to just Free Chlorine by stopping the addition of ammonia to its water treatment disinfection process. This change is a requirement by North Carolina Public Water Supply Section, which governs the operation of the County’s water system. The County will resume the addition of ammonia to form Chloramines for the water treatment disinfection process on Friday, April 1, 2016. The County began adding ammonia to the water treatment process in August of 1993. Using ammonia in the treatment process helps the County reduce the amount of Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids, by-products formed when water is disinfected with chlorine. This little over four week return to chlorine only disinfection is not expected to cause any significant increase in Trihalomethanes or Haloacetic Acids. Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acid levels are strictly regulated in the drinking water industry, and the County has maintained compliance with all limits on Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids since regulations were put in place. Some users of water may be affected by the temporary change in the treatment process. Water customers should be aware that residual traces of ammonia and chlorine must be removed from the water prior to its use in fish aquariums and ponds, kidney dialysis and some commercial manufacturing of food and beverage. The County also conducts flushing of the water distribution system during this period to hasten the change of chloramines to chlorine residual disinfectant. The system flushing may result in some minor discoloration of the County’s water. Water customers affected by this change include those who pay water bills to Harnett County Public Utilities as well as those who pay bills to the Towns of Lillington, Angier, Coats, Linden, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Spring Lake, East Moore Water District, Moore County Public Utilities – Pinehurst, Johnson County Utilities, Aqua N.C. (Woodlake), Linden Oaks or live and/or work on base at Fort Bragg. If you have any questions about this temporary change in the water treatment process, contact Public Utilities Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Allan O'Briant by phone 910-893-7575 ext. 3238, e-mail or by mail at Harnett County Public Utilities, P. O. Box 1119, Lillington, N. C. 27546.



Spring Lake Powerball Winner

January 14, 2016 (Spring Lake, NC).  One of the two (2) North Carolina winners of the $2 million from the recent powerball lottery mega jackpot lottery drawing purchased their ticket at the Food Mart Express just off Bragg Boulevard in Spring Lake. The entire Town is energized by the prospects of a local winner.


“We’re excited about the local outcome,” says Mayor Chris Rey. “While I can’t take credit for one of our citizens being the lucky winner, our recent growth and economic development is bringing more businesses and consequently more customers to Town. This is just more proof great things are happening here in Spring Lake!”  Enhanced mobility, brought about by NC DOT highway improvements will soon increase travelers from I-95 to downtown Spring Lake in a matter of minutes. This will boost the 50 – 60,000 travelers a day that pass through Town to over 100,000 within the next decade.


The Spring Lake powerball winner will join an exclusive club of individuals who hold the distinction of being the biggest winners of the lottery in North Carolina history. Mayor Rey was not only thrilled for the “hometown” winner as a native himself but also as a leader in the community because he recognizes the significant impact the revenue generated from the lottery will have on improving the Town’s schools. He is certain the soon to be well off individual will “buy local” and that is a bonus for the local economy. For now, everyone waits until hopefully the winner’s identity is disclosed in the not too distant future.


Spring Lake, NC was incorporated April 9, 1951 in Cumberland County, North Carolina and has a population of 13,037. For more information on the Town or Spring Lake, please call (910) 436-0241 or visit


Privilege License Update and Law change

Session Law 2014-3/House Bill 1050 states that beginning on July 1, 2015, local governments will no longer have authority to levy the privilege license tax with the exception of beer, wine and taxi. Any new or existing business will no longer be required to obtain or renew a privilege license. In accordance, renewal notices will not be mailed for current year licenses expiring on June 30, 2015.


Key points of the privilege license tax legislation:

  • Businesses which hold North Carolina ABC Commission permits must still apply for the Cumberland County Beer/Wine Permit with the Finance Department.
  • Even though a privilege license will no longer be necessary after July 1, the Town’s Ordinance requires that a zoning permit must be obtained before each new business can occupy a commercial space. Please visit our Inspection Department webpage or call them for more details.
  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) will assist businesses with what is needed to operate in North Carolina. Phone (919) 447-7828 or toll free at (800) 228-8443.

Please keep the letter below on file should you need proof that a business license is no longer required. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Town of Spring Lake Revenue office at 910-703-8912.

Business License exception and law change 2015


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.




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  If you call, please mention NCDOT project number U-5605.