Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Let's Talk Greenway

The City's summer intern, Joseph Akinosho, has created a survey to gather more information about how and why people use -- or don't use -- the Endor Iron Furnace Trail (Greenway).

Share your thoughts here or click the image below to take the survey.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

City Opens GovDeals Bidding

Need a new vehicle? How about office equipment, radios, or a backhoe? The City of Sanford has you covered.

Starting this Monday, the City has nearly 30 items available for auction on, a site that allows government agencies to sell surplus items to the public. Items range from big ticket (a utility van and retired police cars) to next-to-nothing (a $10 couch).

Each auction will end 2 weeks from its start date.

See What We're Selling

You can get item photos and descriptions, as well as place your bid, by going to and entering "Sanford" in the search box.

Quick link: To go directly to the City of Sanford's listings, click here.

Get Registered

Anyone can bid on auction hosted at GovDeals. But before you can place a bid, you'll need to register to use the service. You'll have to enter a phone number where the site can call or text you to validate your registration.

After the validation, you'll receive an email from GovDeals' customer service department. Click the link in the email and then enter the username and password you set up during registration.

From start to finish, the registration process lasts no longer than five minutes.

Start Bidding

Once you've registered, run your search for "Sanford." When you click on any of the items, you'll see a bidding form on the left of the description screen. Enter your bid and you're officially part of the auction.

Make sure you read the terms and conditions for all items before you place your bid. Everything you need to know is right on the description screen.

Payment & Pick Up

If you place the winning bid, GovDeals will issue you a buyer's certificate and you'll have five business days to make your payment. For items less than $5,000, you can pay by credit card or Paypal. You may pay by wire transfer for items that cost more than $5,000.

Note that a 5% buyer's premium is added to the final selling price of each item, in addition to any taxes imposed.

Once you make your payment, you can schedule a time to pick up your item(s). You must remove the item from City property within 10 days of the date on your certificate.


For more information about our items or to arrange an inspection of what's for sale, contact Randy Paschal at 919-777-1250 or send an email to

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Community Turns Out For Second Safety Day

The 'Play It Safe' Family Safety Day was a huge hit with families in the Sanford area this Saturday. Children loved riding around the Safe City and many families asked that we do it again next year.
Children gather at a "crosswalk" to learn about safety from the Community Policing division.
In even better news, several community members learned about National Night Out and found a site in their neighborhoods. 

Next up: Our next NNO pre-event will be Personal Safety for Families on August 3 at First Baptist Church. Come out and learn basic self defense in the air conditioning!

We're so pleased to have the Sanford Police Department, Sanford Fire Department, and many other community agencies and businesses working together to help make Sanford a safer city for everyone!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sanford Police Take Citizens On Department Tour

Nearly 40 citizens came out to the Sanford Police Department on Friday night for a special community tour meant to help spread awareness about National Night Out.
Sgt Tony Hancox led the tour, which was free and open to the public. He and other officers in the Community Policing division gave attendees the inside scoop on what the police department does and how it operates. They also discussed how citizens can help the police make our community safer.

The next National Night Out sponsored event will be the 'Play It Safe' Family Safety Day on Saturday, July 20 at Spring Lane Cinemas (9-11am). Bring the kids and their wheels for a morning of fun!

See more photos from the tour on Facebook.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Benjamin Moore Agrees: Sanford's Main Street Matters

Sanford's dedicated voters pulled out a huge win last week when Benjamin Moore announced that Sanford is among the top 20 winners in the Main Street Matters competition.

Downtown Sanford, Inc and the City of Sanford relied mainly on social media like Facebook and Twitter to get the word out about the contest and to remind users to vote daily.

The win means that Benjamin Moore will supply paint and paint services for three blocks in downtown Sanford. Learn more about the contest here.

Timeline: "We’ll be working with each town over the next year with the help of local Benjamin Moore retailers and local painting contractors," Benjamin Moore stated on its website. For Sanford, that means the company will work closely with McNeill Paint & Decorating Store on Woodland Avenue.

"We're proud to be part of the concept, and that our business could have a hand in this," said Jody McNeill, who runs the family business with his brother Marty.

Edward Giunco, Benjamin Moore rep for the region, was the force behind Sanford's nomination. Giunco works closely with the McNeills and was happy to have the chance to help revitalize Sanford. "They asked us to nominate real towns full of hard working, average people," Giunco explained. "Sanford fit the bill -- and I can't wait to see what happens next."

Sanford beat out 110 other cities and communities and was one of only two cities in the Southeastern U.S. to win. Other winners include Macon, Ga., Joplin, Mo., Flint, Mich., Sheboygan, Wis., and Hilo, Hawaii.

[Read local coverage in The Sanford Herald, Raleigh News & Observer, and Triangle Business Journal.]

Friday, July 5, 2013

See Sanford's National Night Out Sites

Wondering if there's a National Night Out site near you? Here's our map of registered sites. We'll add new sites as they are registered.

View National Night Out Sites in a larger map

Key: Green signifies a community gathering site, blue indicates a home, and yellow indicates a church.

Reminder: National Night Out is Tuesday, August 6. The City is also planning several events throughout the summer to provide information, advice, and registration.

Want to host an NNO gathering? Here are some helpful FAQs to help you get started. You can also call the City's coordinator Kelly Quinones Miller at 919-777-1133 or shoot her an email.

If you already know you want to register a site, click here to do so online or download a form.