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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Police to Citizen (P2C) Portal

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Use this online services portal to search for and print public safety incidents, crash reports, arrests, and access other useful information. These features are intended to provide convenience and greater ease of use.

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News Flash

Posted on: February 20, 2024

Additional Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer in Downtown Area

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The City of Sanford Engineering Division has contracted with Compliance EnviroSystems (CES) to conduct a physical survey of a portion of the sanitary sewer system in downtown Sanford from MLK Memorial Park to Sunset Drive.

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 19, 2024

Engineering Requests LOIs for Fields Drive Sidewalk Construction

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REQUEST for LETTERS of INTEREST (RFLOI)

 PE Design for Construction of Fields Drive Sidewalk

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 16, 2024

Notice of Feb 20 Regular City Council Meeting

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The public shall take note that Sanford City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, in Council Chambers of the Sanford Municipal Center beginning at 5:00 p.m.

View the meeting agenda at https://www.sanfordnc.net/agendacenter.

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 15, 2024

City Seeks Mobile Food Vendors for Summer Concert Series

Sanford Parks Commission

The City of Sanford seeks qualified applicants to serve as mobile food vendors for its 13-week summer concert series.

For 2024, the concert series will run on Thursday evenings from June 6 through the end of August. Due to renovations at Depot Park, the se...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 2, 2024

Honoring Captain Donald Quick, the City of Sanford’s First Black Fire Fighter

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When retired Sanford Fire Department Captain Donald Quick was a little boy who loved fire trucks and looked up to fire fighters for their bravery and courage, he never imagined that he’d become one – or that he’d make history...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: January 10, 2024

City of Sanford Non-Profit Application

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Local non-profit agencies who carry out a public purpose may apply to the City of Sanford for funding assistance. Decisions on funding lie within the discretion of Sanford City Council and within funds available.

Eligibility: Agencies applying for funding ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: January 4, 2024

Annual Water Treatment Process Change Scheduled for March 2024

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Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

The City of Sanford normally uses a combination of ammonia and chlorine to disinfect its drinking water. Howe...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Rosser Promoted to Financial Services Director

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Glenda Rosser has been promoted to Financial Services Director for the City of Sanford.

Rosser was hired in August 2009 to serve as Senior Accountant. She was promoted to Financial Services Supervisor in August 2015 and to Financial Services Manager in Sep...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 29, 2023

Sanford Central Green Set to Transform Section of Downtown

Sanford Central Green Rendering by ADW Architects

The City of Sanford is closer to bringing the Sanford Central Green community greenspace to downtown, an initiative and vision that will transform the area for generations to come.

Last year, Sanford City Council committed $2.8 million in funds made availa...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 8, 2023

Appearance Commission Requests Proposals for New Public Art

Public Art

The City of Sanford Appearance Commission public art sub-committee is currently accepting proposals for a commissioned sculpture and mural for Hawkins Walk.

The subject matter for both the sculpture and the mural is “Flora and Fauna of the Piedmont,” and s...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 3, 2023

City of Sanford Announces Organizational Changes

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To best meet the needs that come with Sanford’s continued growth and development, the City of Sanford has restructured to include two assistant manager positions.

The City of Sanford has made several strategic investments to improve Sanford residents’ qual...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: October 10, 2023

Widening Project Beginning in Lee County

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This information is being shared on behalf of NCDOT as a courtesy to our residents.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has begun work on a multi-lane widening project on Broadway Road in Lee County.

Boggs Contracting Inc. is currently cl...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: October 3, 2023

City of Sanford Recognized as an Official Bee City

Bee City USA

The City of Sanford has been certified as a Bee City USA® affiliate, a designation given to cities, towns, and counties that have committed to the conservation of native pollinators.

The Bee City USA program is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Inver...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: September 20, 2023

City Creates New Process for Engineering Submittals

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The City of Sanford’s Engineering Division has a new process for developers and design consultants to submit construction and record drawings for review and approval.

The new process will make it easier for the division to receive and track plans...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: September 5, 2023

Depot Park to Close Soon for Building Renovation

Sanford Depot

Depot Park will soon close to the public as the City of Sanford renovates the depot building to ensure the historic and beloved structure remains a focal point for the community.

The depot building was built in 1910 to service passengers of three rail comp...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: September 4, 2023

Sanford Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

Fire Station Groundbreaking

The City of Sanford, ADW Architects, and Carolina Commercial Contractors broke ground on the Sanford Fire Department’s newest fire station on August 29.

The station, which will be the City’s fourth, is the first new municipal station si...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 18, 2023

NCDOT Publishes Transit Oriented Development Study

S-Line TOD Study

This press release from NCDOT is shared as a courtesy to our residents.

Communities along the S-Line rail corridor in central North Carolina now have plans and strategies to prepare for Transit Oriented Development, thanks to a study released this week by ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Sanford Fire Department Receives $338K FEMA Grant

Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA

The Sanford Fire Department has been awarded $338,176.19 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), which focuses on enhancing the safety of firefighters and the communities they serve.

AFG fu...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 3, 2023

City Earns Excellence Award for Financial Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Sanford for its annual comprehensive financial report (ACFR).

The Certificate...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 3, 2023

Sanford and Pittsboro Sign Historic Utility Merger Agreement

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At its August 1, 2023 regular meeting, Sanford City Council signed an interlocal agreement with the Town of Pittsboro to become the utility provider for Pittsboro

“This historic decision for the City of Sanford and Town of Pittsboro se...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: July 21, 2023

City Set to Expand Water Filtration Facility with Partners

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For two years, the City of Sanford, the Town of Fuquay-Varina, the Town of Holly Springs and the Town of Pittsboro have been in discussions regarding a regional partnership to meet each municipality's water needs now and into the future.

At the July 18, 20...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: July 19, 2023

City Credits Team Effort for Cleaning Up The Prince

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After years of battling crime and blight at The Prince Downtown motel, the City of Sanford, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), and neighboring Sanford residents and businesses have worked together to close it down permanently.

The Prince Downtow...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: June 30, 2023

Downtown Sanford Inc Awarded MSD Management Contract

Downtown Sanford Inc DSI

At its May 23 regular meeting, Sanford City Council awarded Downtown Sanford, Inc. (DSI) another 5-year contract to manage the Downtown Sanford Municipal Service District (MSD).

In September 2015, the General Assembly amended NCGS 160A Art. 23 subjecting m...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: June 21, 2023

Utility Service Rate Increases to Take Effect July 1

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At its June 6, 2023 meeting, Sanford City Council approved the City of Sanford’s budget for fiscal year 2023-2024, which includes rate increases for water and wastewater users.

The City’s water rate will increase by 6 percent and its wa...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: June 14, 2023

Sanford and Pittsboro Consider Utility Merger

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Sanford City Council is continuing its progress toward being a regional utility system by exploring a utility merger with the Town of Pittsboro to provide for their water and wastewater needs.  

Currently, Sanford supplies water and wastewater ser...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Proposed Municipal Budget for FY 2023-2024 Now Available

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Update: The FY 2023-2024 budget was approved as a proposed at the June 6, 2023 meeting of Sanford City Council. View the budget ordinance here.

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: May 15, 2023

Arbor Day Foundation Names Sanford a 2022 Tree City USA

Tree City USA

Sanford was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the tenth consecutive year to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Sanford achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: April 28, 2023

City Seeks Proposals for Downtown Sanford MSD Management

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The City of Sanford has published a request for qualifications (RFQ) from firms and organizations interested in partnering with City staff to provide enhanced services to the Downtown Sanford Municipal Service District (MSD).

The City of Sanford has had a ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: April 14, 2023

City Residents Donate to Sanford Cares Utility Assistance Program

Sanford Cares

Members of the Sanford community have come together to make a monetary contribution to the Sanford Community Assistance & Relief Emergency Support (Cares) program.

Sanford Cares provides temporary assistance to help Lee County residents pay their water...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2023

Remembering the late Jackie Pearce

Womens History Sanford

In celebration of Women's History Month, the late Jacqueline Howard “Jackie” Pearce has been highlighted on the City of Sanford’s website.

Jackie Pearce made history in 1973 when she became the first woman elected to Sanford City Council. Pearce represente...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2023

Former Mayor Recognized as 'Main Street Champion'

Main Street Champion Chet Mann

Last week, former Sanford Mayor Chet Mann joined a prestigious list of North Carolina Main Street Champions when he was recognized by the NC Department of Commerce for his contributions to the economic development of downtown Sanford. 

Mann was no...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2023

City Launches Project Hub

Zencity Project Hub

The City of Sanford now has a project hub to inform residents about current and ongoing projects.

The hub is hosted by Zencity, a digital community engagement tool designed to help local governments provide up-to-date information about plans and initiative...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 8, 2023

City Publishes Annual Water Quality Report

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The City of Sanford water filtration facility has published its Annual Water Quality Report, which covers all water testing performed by the facility between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

This annual report is published in March each year. In addi...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 3, 2023

New ‘From’ Address for Utility Bills, Purchase Orders, & EFTs

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The City of Sanford has updated the email address from which utility bills, purchase orders, and EFT notifications are sent to customers and vendors. This change is to limit the amount of system-generated emails being marked as spam.

Effective immediately,...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 24, 2023

Remembering the late Walter McNeil, Jr.

Sanford Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, the late Walter McNeil, Jr. has been highlighted on the City of Sanford’s website.

In 1981, McNeil became the first Black person elected to Sanford City Council. He served Ward 4 until his passing in 2014, including t...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 23, 2023

Food Truck Ordinance Now in Effect

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The City of Sanford has passed an ordinance to guide how food trucks operate within city limits.

The ordinance affects mobile food vendors, which includes any licensed, motorized vehicle or food unit that sells food, drink, or other consumable products. Th...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 8, 2023

TJCOG Awarded $250k to Study Road Safety in Sanford

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The Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Safe Streets and Roads for All program to develop a Comprehensive Safety Action Plan for Sanford, Broadway, Lee County, and ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: January 31, 2023

City Offers Options to Avoid Lengthy Mail Processing Times

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The U.S. Postal Service has announced that its standard for prompt delivery has slowed. The new longer delivery standard has resulted in lengthy times-in-transit for utility bills and payments.

To prepare for slower delivery, the City of Sanford encourages...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 8, 2022

Ting Internet Installing Fiber in Sanford

Ting Internet

Residents in Sanford/Lee County will soon have another option for internet service, as Ting Internet is currently adding Sanford to its network of high-speed fiber service. 

What to expect: Ting crews use door hangers to alert residents that they ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 1, 2022

City Awarded $5.8 Million for Affordable Housing Initiatives

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The City of Sanford has been awarded more than $5.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funds by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division to support Brick Capital Community Development Corporation’...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 16, 2022

City Commits $4.2M for Affordable Housing, Downtown Transformation

ARPA

Sanford City Council has committed to spending $4,268,444 for four transformative community initiatives, as defined by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Passed in 2021, ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds were designed to help local g...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 3, 2022

City of Sanford Celebrates Completion of 226 Linden Avenue

Linden Ave Ribbon Cutting

The City of Sanford welcomed members of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Greensboro Field Office, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Sanford Housing Authority (SHA), elected officials, and community leaders for a ribb...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: October 20, 2022

Piedmont Blues Celebrates Sanford’s Musical Heritage

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Sanford’s connection to the Piedmont Blues musical tradition will soon be on display in downtown, thanks to the City of Sanford Appearance Commission’s upcoming mural depicting local blues guitarist Floyd Council and regional blues musician Pink Anderson....

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: September 7, 2022

New Regular Meeting Time for Sanford City Council

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Sanford City Council has changed its regular meeting time, effective immediately.

Council will now meet at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Sanford Municipal Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 

Public hearings will be held on ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 18, 2022

$3.4M Grant Awarded to S-Line Mobility Hub Planning Project

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $3.4 million RAISE grant for mobility hub planning along the future S-Line.

The grant was announced Tuesday at a media event held in Depot Park and attended by officials from across the state. ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 17, 2022

Sanford Launches Revamped Municipal Website

Civic Plus

The City of Sanford launched its newly revamped website this week, following a comprehensive redesign process by CivicPlus, a leading government website provider.

The revamped website has a powerful search tool, a fresh web design, and most importantly, a ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 11, 2022

City Council Approves System Development Fees

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At its August 2, 2022, regular meeting, Sanford City Council approved system development fees for all newly connecting water and wastewater customers, effective September 1, 2022.

System development fees are one-time charges assessed to residential or comm...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: August 10, 2022

Sanford Hires New Fire Chief

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The City of Sanford has hired Matthew Arnold to serve as Sanford Fire Chief, filling the vacancy left by Chief Wayne Barber in January. 

Arnold has 23 years of leadership experience with 14 of those in fire and emergency services. Most recently, h...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: July 5, 2022

Sanford Ag Marketplace Awarded Rural Transformation Grant

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The City of Sanford has been awarded $900,000 by the Rural Transformation Grant Fund to develop the Sanford Agricultural Marketplace in downtown Sanford.

The Rural Transformation Grant Fund is a new source of support for rural economic development projects...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: June 10, 2022

Youth Council Donates 900+ Books to Local Schools

Race to Read

Members of the former Sanford/Lee County Youth Council donated more than 900 books to two local elementary schools this week.

Disbanded in 2018, the Youth Council hosted the Race to Read 5k annually from 2012 to 2017 to promote literacy and raise funds to ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Proposed Budget for FY 2022-2023 Now Available

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City staff presented the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the May 24, 2022 meeting of the Sanford City Council.

The proposed budget focuses on two major themes.  The first is delivering superior services, especially in the realm of ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Sanford's Vision Leads to Historic Economic Development Deal

VinFast

Sanford City Council’s vision to partner with Chatham County to develop a megasite in Moncure is paying off to the tune of thousands of new jobs and billions in investment.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that Vietnamese electric vehicle manufacturer VinFa...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Service Offsite Solutions selects Sanford for New Facility

Service Offsite Solutions

Service Offsite Solutions (SOS), a building products company headquartered in Raleigh, NC, will open a new facility in Lee County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to occupy a newly constructed state-of-the art, 240,000 square foot m...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Public Works Department Recognized as Main Street Champion

Main Street Champion

The City of Sanford's Public Works Department was one of 33 North Carolina Main Street Champions recognized by the N.C. Department of Commerce at a virtual Recognition Ceremony today. 

Downtown Sanford, Inc. nominated the department for the Main S...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 17, 2022

Housing-Related Assistance Available for NC Homeowners

NC Homeowner Assistance Fund

The NC Homeowner Assistance Fund is now accepting applications from North Carolina homeowners whose finances were impacted by the pandemic and who need assistance with housing-related expenses. 

Established through the 2021 American Rescue Plan to...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 11, 2022

City of Sanford Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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The Government Finance Officers Association has announced that City of Sanford, North Carolina, has received GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. View the City of Sanford budget here.

The award represents a significant achievement...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 8, 2022

City Releases Popular Annual Financial Report for FY 2020-21

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The City of Sanford has published its Popular Annual Financial Report, which summarizes the City’s financial activities for the last fiscal year.

The purpose of the report is to provide a user-friendly and easy-to-understand the financial informa...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Appearance Commission Requests Proposals for Two Murals

Public Art

The City of Sanford Appearance Commission is currently accepting proposals from artists interested in creating commissioned public art murals.

There are two murals in the works. One will commemorate local racing legend J.D. McDuffie with his pit crew as th...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Emergency Assistance Available for Water Bills

Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program

Low-income households affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can apply for assistance paying water bills thanks to a new program administered by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

This program, called the Low-Income Household Water Assist...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Customer Service Department Gives Gifts to Nursing Center

The City of Sanford's customer service department partnered with a local nursing and rehabilitation center to provide Christmas gifts to residents who may not otherwise receive gifts this year.

Center staff selected three residents and provided wish lists ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 19, 2021

City Projects Recognized for Excellence in Engineering

ACEC/NC

Two City of Sanford projects have received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC).

Each year, ACEC/NC recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achiev...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 17, 2021

City of Sanford Fire Chief Recognized as Hometown Hero

Fire Department

Chief Wayne Barber of the Sanford Fire Department was honored on Tuesday, Nov. 16 for being a Hometown Hero by the NC Automobile Dealers Association.

Barber was nominated by John Hiester Automotive. The award ceremony was held at the dealer’s Fuquay-Varina...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Three Benches Donated to the City of Sanford

Shook Construction

Shook Construction has donated three benches to the City of Sanford for use at Kiwanis Family Park.

The donation is part of the company’s initiative to give back to communities in which they work, notes Matthew Gilroy, project manager for the company. Shoo...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Street Pianos Coming to Downtown Sanford

Street Piano

The City of Sanford Appearance Commission is making music interactive for residents and visitors in downtown Sanford by adding two street pianos to the Public Art Program.

Works of art themselves, the pianos have been hand painted by local artists. Reggie ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Free Wi-Fi Now Available in Downtown Sanford

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Lee County Government, the City of Sanford, and Downtown Sanford, Inc. have partnered to provide free Wi-Fi access to a section of the downtown area.

Called “Open Sanford,” the Wi-Fi network is powered by Open Broadband, a hybrid fiber and fixed wireless I...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Pilgrim’s to Build Sanford Agricultural Marketplace with Hometown Strong Funds

Pilgrims Hometown Strong

In October, Pilgrim’s announced a $515,000 investment in Sanford, NC, to support the community’s future through the company’s Hometown Strong program. Pilgrim’s has been working with local leaders to determine where the funds can best help meet immediate ...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: December 17, 2020

NCDOT Awarded Grant for Passenger Rail in Sanford

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has been awarded a grant to help bring passenger rail to Sanford and other North Carolina communities between Virginia and South Carolina.

The Federal Transit Authority granted NCDOT’s Integrated Mobility Division $900...

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Municipal News & Announcements
Posted on: January 14, 2018

SHA, City Collaborate to Offer Housing for Homeless Families

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The City of Sanford and the Sanford Housing Authority have been granted funds to develop five units to house homeless families.

The NC Housing Finance Agency has provided the Sanford Housing Authority with a forgivable loan for $440,000 from the Supportive...

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