The Spring Lake Fire Department has begun its annual testing/flowing of all the fire hydrants in the Town of Spring Lake and the Manchester districts. This process should be completed by mid-May. Signs should be posted throughout the Town stating the location of the testing/flowing for citizen notification. Please stay alert in these areas, be mindful of the firefighters, equipment and any standing water. This testing/flowing of the hydrants is an annual requirement mandated by the State of North Carolina. It is necessary to open the hydrants completely to allow water to flow and clean out any residue or build up in the lines. During this process, data will be collected for statistical analysis. Water discoloration is possible throughout this process depending on the sediment build up and how long the hydrant has to flow. Regardless of how it may appear, the water is safe to drink. If you experience issues with your water during this time, please allow water to run through your faucets until it clears. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the Fire Department's non-emergency number at (910) 436-0337 and speak with the Captain on duty or the Fire Chief.



The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen has appointed a committee in order to develop a recommended name for the Poe Avenue Bridge. The name of this committee is the Poe Avenue Bridge Naming Ad Hoc Committee. The purpose of this committee shall be to conduct historical research, solicit community input and develop a slate of recommended names (at least three) for the Poe Avenue Bridge that represents the community. The committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Board of Aldermen. The term of the members will conclude once the ad hoc committee has made their recommendations to the Board of Aldermen. For more details on the committee, NC DOT Policy and Procedures for naming roads, bridges and ferries or to download an application for this committee, please click here.  You may also call the Office of the Town Clerk at (910) 703-8900.



March 31, 2016 (Spring Lake, NC) – Starting April 1, 2016, the Spring Lake Fire Department will join with national public safety leaders to promote 9-1-1 awareness and proper usage. This month-long campaign is aimed to help Americans of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis. Groups including the United States Congress and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), a leading public safety association, have also recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month and are encourage the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry as well as public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities during the month of April.


“For forty years, 9-1-1 has served as the vital link between the American public and emergency services,” said NENA CEO, Brian Fontes. “Public education and awareness initiatives throughout the years have contributed in large measure to the incredible and ongoing success of the emergency communications system as a whole. It is our hope that all groups interested in promoting and enhancing the safety and welfare of the public will help deliver critical 9-1-1messages this month.”


As consumers utilize new communications technologies and devices, 9-1-1 education takes on an increased importance for everyone, especially for children, teens, and parents. The most critical items everyone needs to know include: when to call 9-1-1, when not to call 9-1-1, the emergency capabilities of the device they are using, know the location where they are calling from, to stay calm when calling 9-1-1 and most importantly to never hang up. NENA has made a number of public safety educational resources for the media, 9-1-1 professionals, public educators and citizens available via its National 9-1-1 Education Month webpage,, including an E-Brochure entitled Making 9-1-1 Work for YOU! The brochure is designed to provide essential information to the general public, children, teens and parents about the 9-1-1 system and emergency response.


“Throughout April, we will be running several informational promotions on this topic as well as working it into our school and well visits. When we are out in the community, it will most definitely be one of the things we will be discussing,” says Assistant Fire Chief Jason Williams. “In an age of text messages, facebook, instagram, snapchat and the internet, it is important to reiterate 9-1-1 calling basics. You’d be surprised how many really do not know.”




March 18, 2016 (Spring Lake, NC).  Parker Street, in Spring Lake, will be closed to all thru traffic beginning on Monday, March 21, 2016. The closure is due to the relocation of the street. The project is expected to take three (3) months to complete.


The pre-construction meeting for the relocation of Parker Street was held on March 16, 2016 between Sandhills Contractors, McGill and Associates, Engineering and the Town. The relocation of Parker Street, in its entirety between North Fifth Street and North Sixth Street, is scheduled to start on Monday, March 21, 2016.  The project is expected to take approximately three (3) months.  During construction, Parker Street will be closed to all thru traffic.  Access to the parking lot behind Holland Church will be maintained except for short periods during the work week.  A turn around for buses and other traffic will be maintained at the northern most end of Sixth Street.


Residents are asked to find an alternate route during the project time period. If travelers find themselves in or around the project area, they are asked to remain vigilant, watch for shifting traffic patterns, be mindful of utility and work crews, never ignore road closed signs and do not speed thru or around this area.


The relocation of Parker Street includes removing all existing asphalt, replacing storm water drainage pipes, removing three (3) abandoned water meters and adding a new street light within the town right of way.  Material to support the construction may be delivered prior to start of the project.  The road construction company, Sandhills Contractors, will be relocating the street.  The engineering company of McGill and Associates will be overseeing all phases of construction.


The Town has notified or is in the process of notifying all residents who are directly affected by this road closure.  They are also working with Cumberland County Schools, the Spring Lake Police Department and Spring Lake Fire Department to ensure the safety and well being of all residents. All questions regarding this project should be directed to Paul Hoover, Public Works Director, at (910) 436-0241.


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 of 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.