Welcome to Rocky Mount

Quick Links

Below is a collection of the most popular links for your convenience.

Rocky Mount Mayor
& City Council

Check out the C.I.T.Y. TV 19

City TV 19 Weekly Video

Your source for the latest news & information in Rocky Mount.

City Council Meeting

Rocky Mount’s latest City Council meetings are available here.

Featured News

Stay updated on all the latest Rocky Mount special features.

Nov. 28 celebration set for 60th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Rocky Mount

On Nov. 27, 1962, the first recorded rendition of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech happened at the former Booker T. Washington High School gymnasium in Rocky Mount, nine months before his famous address during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

To mark the 60th anniversary of this historic event, the city will host a free public celebration at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center gym, 747 Pennsylvania Ave. 

The event will culminate with the unveiling of a large sign outside the gym commemorating King’s speech in Rocky Mount. 

Tar River Transit seeks public input on microtransit feasibility study

Tar River Transit provides regular bus service for the general public and paratransit services for those who have disabilities. Tar River Transit also provides demand-response service outside of Rocky Mount in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

To better serve the Rocky Mount area, the city is participating in a transit study with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Integrated Mobility Division to examine the existing services for improvements and to explore the possibilities and feasibility of deploying microtransit within the area.

Microtransit is a flexible, on-demand transit service that operates within a defined service zone. Riders request rides within the zone through a smartphone app or call center. A small transit vehicle, car, or van picks up riders at or near their location who may then share the ride with others.

A microtransit presentation can be viewed online at https://tarrivertransit.org/about/public-input/. Residents and Tar River Transit riders who visit that webpage also are encouraged to take surveys that available in English and Spanish.

What residents need to know about collection of loose leaves

The city’s Environmental Services Division will continue collecting loose leaves through December.

The city is divided into two routes – North and South – for the purpose of loose-leaf collection. See the route map by clicking on: https://rockymountnc.gov/RockyMountNC/Documents/PublicWorks/Environmental/Loose%20Leaf%20Collection%20Map.pdf

The weekly schedule for the North and South during the next month is posted below. However, residents need to be aware that collection can be affected by the volume of material, weather and available resources. During peak periods, it may take 10 to 12 days to complete a route, so residents should be patient or put their leaves in a container for pickup by environmental services.

Loose-leaf collection schedule

North Route – 

Week of: Monday, Nov. 14

                Monday, Nov. 28

                Monday, Dec. 12


South Route –

Week of: Monday, Nov. 21

                  Monday, Dec. 5

                  Monday, Dec. 19

Residents should rake their leaves to the back of the curb, not in the street. For residents living on a strip-paved street (no curb and gutter) with a ditch, the leaves should be staged just behind the ditch. Leaves should not be placed in the ditch for collection because they may obstruct drainage and cause localized flooding during a rain event.

To ensure collection, residents are required to have their leaves at the street by 7 a.m. Monday of their week of collection.

If you have questions, call 252-467-4906.

City of Rocky Mount accepting applications for two housing repair programs

The city of Rocky Mount’s Community Development Department is accepting applications for its Housing Repair and Workforce Housing Repair programs.

Both programs seek to promote neighborhood stability and preserve the existing supply of single-family homes by assisting low- to moderate-income homeowners with grants of up to $15,000 for rehabilitation improvements in houses that are at least 40 years old.

Residents earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income are eligible for the Housing Repair program. The Workforce Housing Repair program is for residents earning between 80% and 125% of Area Median Income.

Applicants for either program must own and live in a home within the city limits of Rocky Mount that is at least 40 years old. They must provide written evidence of insurance coverage for liability, casualty, and flood damage if located in flood zone. They also must be current on city and county taxes; city utility bills and have no liens against the property for weed abatement or improvements.

Eligible repairs include energy efficiency improvements (replacement windows and doors), system upgrades (i.e. plumbing, electrical and HVAC), roof repair and/or replacement and gutters, water heater replacement, lead, mold, and asbestos abatement/remediation, accessibility features for entering and existing the home (i.e. wheelchair ramps, stair rails) and grab bars in bathrooms and installing smoke alarms. If the property is under the minimum housing code, the scope of work must satisfy all code violations.

Funding sources for the Housing Repair program include $125,000 from the city of Rocky Mount and $81,335.52 from a Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant. The city of Rocky Mount has set aside $200,000 to fund the Workforce Housing Repair program.

Applications for the Housing Repair and Workforce Housing Repair programs will be accepted through Dec. 9. For more information, go online and visit https://rockymountnc.gov/housing-grants-programs/ or call 252-972-1100.

Unity Cemetery cleanup rescheduled for Dec. 3

Due to expected rain, the Unity Cemetery Cleanup has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

City warns customers to be cautious of scammers

Although utility scammers work year-round, they tend to be more active in the peak winter and summer months when people rely on heat and air conditioning. With the onset of the winter heating season, the city of Rocky Mount is urging customers to be cautious of scammers. Utility scammers may falsely identify themselves as city employees and threaten to disconnect services unless the customer makes a payment over the phone. Scammers may also falsely claim to help customers save money on their energy bills as an attempt to gain personal information.

The city of Rocky Mount Business and Collections Services department uses an automated calling system to remind customers of payments that are past due. However, this automated call will not provide the payment amount and due date. City of Rocky Mount employees will never demand immediate payment over the phone or ask a customer to meet them for payment. The automated calling system number is 1-866-288-7608.

The city will not instruct customers to wire funds. The only retail outlet authorized to accept city of Rocky Mount utility payments is Walmart. All other utility payments should be made directly to the city of Rocky Mount.

City of Rocky Mount employees will instruct the customer to call Customer Service at 252-972-1250 for possible assistance, or the toll-free number at 1-866-288-7608 if the customer wishes to make a payment over the phone using the automated system. Payments taken by phone with a customer service representative are at the customer’s request only when they call 252-972-1250.

City of Rocky Mount customers who suspect they have received a call from a scammer are urged to hang up immediately and call a Customer Service representative at 252-972-1250 to verify whether the city is attempting to contact them. Customers are also urged not to share any personal information with the scammers or return any phone calls.

If customers wish to pay their utility bills electronically, they may use the city’s online services at https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/crm to make the payment.

Special Notices

Check out articles on a variety of important topics.

Citizen Resource Center

This Citizen Resource Center contains information from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations providing important information and exceptional services for citizens of Rocky Mount. The Citizen Resource Center is for information purposes only, and we encourage you to contact organizations or businesses directly for additional information.

City Manager's Award

The City of Rocky Mount considers its employees to be one of its most valuable assets. The City Manager’s Awards Program is a recognition program that acknowledges employees who go above and beyond the job description requirements and excels at exemplifying the City’s core values: Customer-Centered Service, Professionalism, Respect, Teamwork & Leadership, and Supportive Work Environment.

Streetscape and Depot Park Survey

The city of Rocky Mount and the Kimley-Horn design are gathering feedback for the conceptual design of the Falls Road Streetscape Project. This project is an effort to transform Falls Road between West Thomas St. and Church St. It includes providing a safer, more vibrant corridor through the addition of sidewalks, streetscape, and a new park.

Click Here to take part in a survey.

City Events

Take a look at all the upcoming events in Rocky Mount.

Need Help to Find a Job?

Rocky Mount Job Opportunities

Interested in working for the city of Rocky Mount? Click here to check out the positions we have available.

Rocky Mount Fire Department

Interested in becoming a fire fighter? We would love for you to apply and see if you are a fit for our team.

Rocky Mount Police Department

Our police department is looking for new recruits. Do you have what it takes to answer the call? Click here to find out more.