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The Town of Spring Lake will be CLOSED Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015, in observance of Thanksgiving. This includes all Town Departments. Police and Fire will maintain operational shifts throughout the holiday. Household trash and recycling service will not occur on the holiday (Thanksgiving.) Service normally scheduled for Thursdays will instead be picked up on Friday. The bus (Spring Lake Transit) will not provide serive on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) but will run on Friday. Yard debris and bulk pick up service will not occur during the holiday.  Instead, it will be incorporated throughout the week (Mon-Wed.) If you need to report a water or sewer emergency, please call (910) 497-3390.


Town Awarded $126,500 PARTF Grant

Spring Lake, NC (November 16, 2015).  The Town of Spring Lake is the recipient of a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant in the amount of $126,500, of which $63,250 comes from the state and the Town will match the funds dollar for dollar for the total amount.


The Town received official notification of their award on October 30th 2015.  There were 67 applicants requesting over $12.6 million in funding.  With only a little over $4.8 million to distribute throughout North Carolina, funds were very limited.  With dedication, patience and perseverance, the Spring Lake Parks and Recreation Department prepared a winning grant project.  Funds from this grant will provide total reconstruction of the Town’s tennis courts and the addition of much needed amenities, to include a playground and outdoor fitness equipment, to Ruth Street Park. 


The grant will be a two year project for the Parks and Recreation Department. Ms. JC Combs will be overseeing the construction and management of the grant project.  Project construction is slated to begin early in 2016 upon final acceptance of the state contract.  The first part of the project will be to demolish the existing tennis courts.  After demolition is completed, the courts will be rebuilt and reopened by late 2016 or early 2017.  The final phases of the grant project will be adding the playground and outdoor fitness equipment on the walking trail.  The project will be completed by early 2018.  This is the second PARTF grant awarded to the Town to help improve amenities to its citizens while saving on costs.  The most recent PARTF grant helped to make improvement to Edward Mendoza Memorial Park. 


For more information on this award or any information as it pertains to the Spring Lake Recreation Department, please contact JC Combs at (910) 436-0011.


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.