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January 13, 2015 (Spring Lake, NC).  On Friday, January 16, 2015, the Spring Lake Ministerial Alliance, in conjunction with the Town, will be hosting what it hopes will become an annual event.  The 1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held at the Spring Lake Recreation Center gymnasium located at 245 Ruth Street in Spring Lake.  This free event is open to the public and will start at 8:00 am.


The breakfast is being held to celebrate and honor the life, work and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Bishop Alfred Marshall from the Spring Lake Ministerial Alliance says, “We have wanted for years to host such a tribute in Spring Lake. We are honored to see it finally become a reality. It is a chance for us all to come together and carry forth the legacy Dr. King began. We look forward to a wonderful event.”


This year’s program includes prayer, song, the reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by a student from a local school and remarks from Mayor Chris Rey.  The keynote speaker will be Mr. Chuck Fager, author and personal friend of Dr. King.  Mr. Fager has many accomplishments and attributes making him an ideal speaker for the occasion. One in particular is that he spent a year in Selma, through the march to Montgomery and afterwards. While he was there, he was arrested three (3) times, once spending the night in jail cell with Dr. King.


The final program for the event will be released later this week.



The Spring Lake Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee will not meet on Monday, January 19 due to the Martin Luther King Holiday. They will meet on Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm in the Senior Center.



January 6, 2015 (Spring Lake, NC).  On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Town of Spring Lake will hold a forum, “Governing the Tap” from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Grady Howard Conference Room located inside Town Hall.  The forum is free and open to the public. Spring Lake residents are strongly encouraged to attend.


The purpose of this forum is to provide information regarding water utilities which include water billing, water rates, water usage, water meters, water accounts, collections and customer service. Representatives from Finance, to include Revenue Billing, Revenue Collections, Water Operations, Water Resources and other staff members will be on hand to provide insights, tips and general information regarding everything water related as it pertains to the Spring Lake water system.


“We have made a lot of progress in our water utility department, “says Interim Finance Director Tina West. “Across the board, we have improved the process for customers from start to finish. With the addition of second notices to revamping our customer service program, we have completely changed the way we do business. As we continue to move forward, it is important to engage with our customers to ensure we are getting the information out in a clear and concise manner. Our goal is to educate and be proactive.”


The forum will be informal and allow residents to connect with staff.  It will be informational and the dialogue will be two way.  “It is just one more way to reach out to our citizens,” comments Mayor Chris Rey. “Anything we can do to promote citizen engagement, we are going to do it.”


For more comments or details on this event, please feel free to contact Tina West, Interim Finance Director, or Michelle Ballard, Revenue Supervisor at (910) 436-0241.


The Town Urges Water Customers to Protect Pipes from Freezing

SPRING LAKE (December 1, 2014) -- With the forecast of sub-freezing temperatures, The Town of Spring Lake urges customers to protect their water pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can burst and cause substantial damage if a large amount of water is released in a home or business. Below is a list of precautions for protecting water pipes:


Seal Openings & Leaks— Pipes in unheated areas of a house, typically the crawl space and/or basement, have the greatest chance of freezing. It is important to seal openings and air leaks in the crawl space or basement, including access doors, air vents in the foundation, and cracks. You can use insulation or even cardboard, plastic or newspaper to close and seal cracks and other openings. Keep the cold out as much as possible. Your foundation air vents may have hinged covers so the vents can easily be closed.


Trickle of Water— Leave a trickle of water running continuously from the faucet located highest in the house. The trickle should be a steady stream the size of a pencil tip, which will only cost a few cents to leave running overnight. The Town of Spring Lake strongly supports and encourages conservation. However, water supplies are adequate this time of year, so using a very small amount of water to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting is a wise precaution. Broken water pipes can cause substantial water loss as well as property damage.


Meter Box Cover— Make sure the water meter cover on your property is closed to prevent cold air from freezing any water inside the meter. If the cover of your water meter is broken or missing, please call the Town of Spring Lake Water Department at 910- 703-8912.


Heating Failure— If the heat fails long enough for your house or other building to get close to a freezing temperature, or if you have a vacant building with the heat off:

  • Turn off the water at the master shut-off valve in your plumbing system. Your shut-off valve may be in the basement, crawlspace or closet where water pipes enter the building. If you do not have a master shut-off valve in your plumbing system, consider installing one for future use. 
  • Before draining pipes, turn off your water heater to make sure the lack of water doesn’t burn out the heating elements.
  • Drain the pipes in your plumbing system by opening the highest and lowest cold water faucets in your house until the water is gone.  Before turning on the hot water heater again, wait until water service is restored and the hot water tank is refilled.


Frozen Pipes— If your water pipes do freeze over:

  • Shut off the water immediately.  Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
    Apply heat to a frozen pipe by warming the air around it or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water.  Do not to leave space heaters unattended and avoid using kerosene heaters or open flames.  Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.


Irrigation Systems: If freezing temperatures are in the forecast, it's time to winterize your outdoor irrigation system. By removing water from the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads, contractors can protect systems from potentially serious damage in cold weather. Without these precautions, valves can crack, system mains can freeze and burst, and back flows can create damage. Anything that is pressurized can cause damage to the system if you don't winterize it.  Please contact your local irrigation specialist for more information.