Monday, December 17, 2012

Did You Know? Water Testing

City residents may only receive a water report once each year, but the City of Sanford's Water Treatment Plant is constantly monitoring and testing our water to make sure it's safe.

In addition to daily and hourly tests, lab analysts sample and test 50 sites throughout Lee County each month to ensure the drinking water meets standards set forth in the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Water samples collected on December 11 for monthly testing.
The samples are tested onsite for pH, free ammonia, free chlorine, monochloramine, total chlorine, heterotrophic bacteria, and total coliform bacteria.

Test results are submitted to regulators to show that our water meets state and federal standards.

Want to know more about water testing? The Water Treatment Plant offers educational tours of its facility. Call 919-777-1800 to schedule a time for your group to visit!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Historic Preservation Commission Vacancy

The City of Sanford is seeking a member to fill a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

Requirements & Responsibilities

Interested candidates must:
  • be a resident of the City of Sanford;
  • be registered to vote in Sanford; and
  • have demonstrated a special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology, or a related field.
Once appointed to the HPC, members will:
  • recommend to City Council the designation of historic landmarks and districts;
  • grant requests for proposed changes to historic landmarks and properties situated within historic districts; and
  • conduct educational programs with respect to historic properties.

Commission Background

Formed in 1997, the HPC serves the public as a steward for historic properties and as a facilitator to people fortunate enough to own such properties.

The commission provides assistance to owners and tenants, helps them plan alterations for their properties, and guides owners through the application process necessary to implement those changes.

Members of the HPC are appointed by City Council for overlapping three-year terms. Candidates can learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission on the City's website. Click here to view the HPC's rules and procedures.

To Apply

You can download an application from the City's website. For more information about the Commission or for questions about the vacancy, contact Bonnie White at 919-777-1111.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Job Opportunity: Auto Mechanic II

The City of Sanford is seeking an Auto Mechanic II to work in the Public Works Shop. See the full job description and requirements here.

Job Description

Qualified applicants must be able to perform maintenance and repair on all types of automotive, construction and maintenance equipment, ensure safe operation of vehicles and equipment, and operate diagnostic testing equipment, as well as other duties. (See full duties list.)


All candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid driver's license, and have considerable experience in repairing automotive and construction equipement. Preference will be given to applicants with an Automotive Degree and ASE Certification.


Applications will be accepted by the City's HR department until Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at 5pm. You may also submit your application by email.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

3 Alarm Toy Drive Brings Comfort & Cheer To Burned Children

Local firefighters ready to play Santa for another year.

SANFORD – In 1996, two firefighters with the Sanford Fire Department envisioned a way to bring Christmas cheer to burned children. More than 20 years and thousands of gifts later, they're still at it.

"Our first goal was to support the Burn Center," explains David Nance, a long-time firefighter and co-founder of the 3 Alarm Toy Drive with fellow firefighter Frank Layton. "We just wanted to make those kids' lives a little bit easier, especially during Christmas," Nance says.

However, as the toy drive grew, the department has been able to supply gifts for Lee County Schools, the Department of Social Services, the Salvation Army, and other local charities.

For example, Nance and other firefighters took an enclosed 16-foot trailer full of toys, blankets, hygiene items, and more to the Rocky Mount Fire Department when a hurricane flooded that region. They also sent a load to Mississippi after a tornado ripped through several towns.

But the NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC is near and dear to local firefighters' hearts, and their top priority. The Lee County chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund – also founded by Nance and Layton –provides support and assistance throughout the year to families of children who've been burned and local firefighters visit with patients at the Burn Center frequently.

Playing Santa is just one more way we can brighten the lives of those children and adults, adds Layton.

To learn more about the Lee County Firefighters' Burned Children Fund, go to For questions about the 3 Alarm Toy Drive, call 919-775-8242.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Notice: Water Service Interruption

Several local areas will experience a temporary interruption of water service for water line tie-in next week.

On Monday, Dec. 10 (9am-5pm), water service will be interrupted for Salem Church Road from Buckhorn Road to Copeland Road and for Buckhorn Road from Salem Church Road to Thomas Kelly Road.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11 (10pm-4am), water service will be interrupted for all areas in Cumnock, including Cumnock Road from Hwy 421 to Zimmerman Road, Cotten Road from Cumnock Road to Iron Furnance Road, and Forestwood Park Road from Hwy 421 to Valley Road.

Water pressure may be low and water may be discolored in these areas during this time.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

City Now Accepting Proposals For Banking Services

The City of Sanford's Financial Services Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for banking services. The contract period will be March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2017.

Proposers must be federally or state chartered with branch banking facilities located within Sanford's city limits, or in the vicinity of the City of Sanford's municipal buildng. The bank must also be a qualified depository for public funds. See the RFP here.

Offer Your Services

The deadline to submit a proposal is noon on December 21, 2012. You can download the bid proposal and tabulation sheet from the News & Announcements section of our website.


For questions or additional information, contact Melissa Cardinali at 919-775-8209 or before 3pm on December 19, 2012.

All answers will become public record and will be emailed to proposers who received a copy of the original RFP.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ready, Set, Recycle!

The City of Sanford's new roll-out recycling carts will begin hitting City streets on Monday. Inside each cart is an informational brochure that explains what you can expect.

The Details

Who: All residents within the city limits.
When: New carts will be delivered between December 10 and December 18.
What: Your pickup frequency will change from every week to every other week. See what you can -- and can't -- recycle here.

An informational video began airing on Charter channel 11 this week. Click below to watch it. Or click here to read about the program in The Sanford Herald.

For Spanish speakers, we have a shorter version of the video:


You can call the City Service Center at 919-775-8247 with any questions or concerns. You can also access more information on our website in the News & Announcements section.