• Every Monday and Friday, the Alms House serves meals from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Saturday meals are at noon, and Sunday meals are at 5 p.m. Free. Contact, Grilley Mitchell at 910-476-3719 or visit www.almshousehopemills.com for details.
• Hope Mills Youth baseball, softball and indoor soccer registration is open through Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m. Baseball ages 5-14, Softball ages 7-5, instructional soccer ages 5-6, indoor soccer ages 7-12. Eligibility cut-off date for baseball and indoor soccer is May 1. Softball cut-off date is Jan. 1. Proof of address and birth certificate are required to register. Call 910-426-4105 for more information.
• Hope Mills Youth wrestling registration is open until Feb. 2 for ages 6-12. Practices are held at Brower Park. Matches are held at Myers Recreation Center. $30 per child. Proof of address and birth certificate are required to register. Call 910-426-4105 for more information.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. at Hope Mills United Methodist Church, 4955 Legion Rd. • Hope Mills Board of Commissioners Meeting first and third Monday of each month at the Town Hall Building at 7 p.m.
• Hope Mills Area Kiwanis Club second Tuesdays at noon at Buckhead Steakhouse (Sammio’s starting in Feb.) and fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Mi Casita in Hope Mills. For details, call 910-237-1240.
• Volunteer coaches needed for Hope Mills Youth sports. Pick up coach applications and background check forms at the front counter of the Hope Mills Recreation Center. Call 910-426-4105 for more information.
• Adopt-A-Street Help keep the streets of Hope Mills clean by adopting one near your home or business. Contact the Street Department at https://townofhopemills.com/200/Maintenance for details.
• Adopt-A-Drain Join volunteers from all over town who help keep storm drains clean and free of debris. Help prevent flooding, protect wildlife, and keep the town’s water clean and safe. Visit the Adopt-A-Drain Program page to get started: www.townofhopemills.com/203/Adopt-ADrain- Program.
• Citizen’s Police Academy The Training Department at the Hope Mills Police Department offers a training course for citizens to become more prepared and involved in the safety of their community. Download the application to get started: www.townofhopemills.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/62.
• Firefighters The Hope Mills Fire Department employs both career staff and volunteers. Find out the criteria and training requirements for volunteer firefighters and join the team today: www.townofhopemills.com/155/Volunteer-Firefighters.
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• Go Green! Recycling helps keep your refuse fees lower. Call the Public Works Department’s Waste Management division to start your service at 910-480-4010. Acceptable recyclables can be commingled together in the recycling container. Acceptable recyclable items include: magazines, office paper, junk mail, brown paper bags, newspaper, paperboard (cereal, cracker, drink and snack boxes), phone books, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles (#1 - 7), paper cardboard (dairy and juice containers), aluminum cans, foil and pie tins, steel or tin cans. Collection is on Wednesdays.
• Hope Mills is accepting bids for “ROCKFISH ROAD SIDEWALK FOR TOWN OF HOPE MILLS.” Sealed bids for the project entitled “ROCKFISH ROAD SIDEWALK FOR TOWN OF HOPE MILLS” will be received by the town of Hope Mills until 2 p.m., Feb. 6, in the town of Hope Mills Town Hall, 5770 Rockfish Rd., Board Room. At said place and time, all bids that have been duly received will be publicly opened and read aloud.
A pre-bid conference will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16 at the town of Hope Mills Town Hall, 5770 Rockfish Rd., Board Room. Interested parties are invited to attend this meeting to review the plans, ask for additional information or clarification and to visit the project site. Visit www.townofhopemills.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=546 for more information.
• Fire Inspections: Anyone who would like to schedule a fire inspection, report a possible fire code violation or ask questions about the fire code are encouraged to contact the fire marshal at 910-424-0948 ext. 3397.
The town of Hope Mills charges for fire inspections and permits. Fees for fire inspections are based on the square footage of the occupancy. All permits are obtained through the town’s inspection department. Fines will be issued for fire code violations and are assessed on a per violation and per occurrence basis. The fire marshal is responsible for conducting state mandated fire inspections and fire code enforcement in all new and existing buildings, except for one- and two-family dwellings.
On July 1, 1991, North Carolina adopted the statewide fire code, and state legislation enacted a mandatory inspection schedule. This schedule governs the frequency of inspections based on occupancy classifications. Commonly observed fire code violations include: failure to have fire extinguishers serviced annually; failure to have automatic fire protection systems (sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems) serviced annually; hood suppression systems not serviced (must be serviced every six months); improper use of extension cords; inoperative exit signs and emergency lighting; improper locking devices on required exits; blocked or locked fire exits; and poor housekeeping and storage practices.
• The NC Community Development Initiative Small Business Disaster Recovery Program offers loans to small businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew. The funds are available for refinancing, predevelopment, new construction, rehabilitation, working capital, equipment and inventory. The Affordable housing program offers loans for the development of projects that expand access to disaster recovery affordable housing. The rental housing repair program offers funds for owners of rental housing whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Matthew. Learn more at www.ncinitiative.org/initiative-capital.
• The Hope Mills Senior Program is seeking qualified instructors in the areas of fitness, creative arts, crafting and dance to teach classes and/or workshops to older adults ages 55 and up. Format and scheduling are flexible. Contact Kasey Ivey or Anne Evanco for more information: 910-426-4109.
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