January Planning Board Meeting – RESCHEDULED

The January meeting of the Pender County Planning Board has been rescheduled from Tuesday, January 7th, to Wednesday, January 22nd. As was originally scheduled, this meeting with take place in the Hampstead Annex Auditorium and will begin at 7:00 PM. Please call (910) 259-1202 for more information.

Christmas tree disposal available

Pender County residents may dispose of their Christmas trees at the Rocky Point and Hampstead Convenience Centers for three weeks following Christmas.

We will accept Christmas trees through Jan. 16.

Christmas lights and ornaments should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.

The Rocky Point Convenience Center is located at 16232 NC Hwy 210. The center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

The Hampstead Convenience Center is open Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 7 p.m. The Hampstead center is located at 250 Transfer Station Rd.

Christmas tree disposal available

Pender County residents may dispose of their Christmas trees at the Rocky Point and Hampstead Convenience Centers for three weeks following Christmas.

We will accept Christmas trees through Jan. 16.

Christmas lights and ornaments should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.

The Rocky Point Convenience Center is located at 16232 NC Hwy 210. The center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

The Hampstead Convenience Center is open Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 7 p.m. The Hampstead center is located at 250 Transfer Station Rd.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS – Generator Project Agricultural Building

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Pender County Government – Facilities and Fleet Services, 210 S. Bennett Street, Burgaw, North Carolina 28425 will receive sealed bids from North Carolina Licensed Electrical Contractors, for the installation of generators and all electrical work associated with the project in order to provide back-up power to the Agriculture building, Health Department and Fuel Depot all of which are located in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Bids will be due on Friday, January 16, 2019, no later than 3:00 p.m.  Deliver bids to Mr. Allen Vann, Assistant County Manager – Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services, 210 S. Bennett Street, Burgaw, NC 28425.  Single Prime Lump Sum Bids for Electrical Construction Work will be considered.

Complete plans, specifications, and contract documents can be obtained electronically through the office of Allen Vann by calling 910-259-0225; email:  avann@pendercountync.gov; or on the Pender County Website under “Open RFPs and Bids – Generator Project:  Agriculture Building, Health Department and Fuel Depot.”

A pre-bid meeting will be held at the Pender County Government Administration Building at 805 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC on Tuesday, January 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm, County Manager’s Conference Room.  The meeting will address project scope, description, issues, bidding procedures and forms, and answer specific questions.  A walk-through of the site(s) will take place following the pre-bid meeting.

Pender County encourages all businesses, including minority, and/or women owned businesses to respond to all Invitation for Bid requests.  In addition, if subcontracts are let, the awarded contractor must ensure the same.

Bids may not be withdrawn for (45) days after bid due date.

The Owner reserves the right to reject each and every bid and to waive informalities in bidding.

Allen Vann, Assistant County Manager – Pender County Government

Burgaw, North Carolina 28425

Please click here for the full document:

Generator Project Ag Building 12.19.19

Recruiting neighborhood volunteers for CERT program

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County will host an informational session about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Jan. 14, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17.

“The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

“CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks,” said Walter Makaryk, a CERT leader. “Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.”

Anyone interested in learning about CERT should attend the Jan. 14 meeting.

“CERT volunteers are extremely important,” said Makaryk. “They are the neighborhood responders who inform emergency services of downed trees and power lines. They check on their neighbors following a disaster. They are the conduit to retrieve assistance for their neighborhood.”

Read about the CERT program at www.ready.gov/cert.

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at http://www.pendercountync.gov/em/special-disaster-information/emergency-notification-system/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Maple Hill VFD receives improved ISO rating

BURGAW – This spring residents in the Maple Hill Fire District will find a savings on their home insurance, thanks to the work of the Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department, the Pender County Fire Marshal, and the NC Department of Insurance.

“Maple Hill VFD has received a North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) Insurance Rating of a 5/9E,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Fire Marshal. “The fire department along with other fire departments and other agencies were graded on a point scale in September for this final grade.”

Batson said the point system grading system includes 10 percent from Emergency Communications Center. Fire department makes up 50 percent of the points system. Water supply is 40 percent and Community Risk Reduction makes up the last 5.5 percent for a total of 105.5 points.

“The Maple Hill VFD has been a Class 9 and was the minimum rate fire protection class,” Batson said. “The Office of the State Fire Marshal comes in and reviews many different things in the different areas of the grading system. After a few months the final score from a Class 1 being the best to a Class 10 having no fire protection coverage is finalized.”

We’re pleased that homeowners in March 2020 will receive a savings when the new insurance rating will go into effect,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “The fire insurance premium drop will be for all fire insurance policies that are within the five-mile district of the Maple Hill VFD.”

“Anyone living in the five to six-mile area will continue to receive a class 9 E ratings,” said Batson.

“This will substantially reduce insurance rates for homeowners and commercial businesses in the district. Anywhere from $150 to possibly $250 a year based upon the insurance company,” Lee Kennedy, a rating inspector for the North Carolina State Fire Marshal said.

“It was a combination between our department, Nine Mile, Pin Hook, Haws Run, Pender EMS & Fire, and Burgaw,” said Harold Motley, Maple Hill fire chief. “We did water shuttles, we trained together. We do these things to increase the amount of water we can bring to a fire and of course, the engines and the fire trucks and the manpower.”

Residents with questions regarding the ISO rating should contact their insurance carrier.

Blueberry Drop returns Dec. 31

BURGAW – The Town of Burgaw, Pender County, and the North Carolina Blueberry Festival welcome the return of the Blueberry Drop Dec. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. in Historic Downtown Burgaw.

“The Blueberry Drop was a huge success last year,” said Cody Suggs, Burgaw Parks and Recreation director. “We’re pleased to offer our residents and visitors a fun, family-oriented way to ring in the New Year.”

The event will feature Fayetteville-based Rivermist Band and their classic variety rock music. Entertainment will include a fire twirler and fire truck. The Burgaw Lions Club will sell hot chocolate. The NC Blueberry Festival will offer presale tickets to the annual pancake breakfast as well as merchandise.

“Last year’s event packed out the Historic Train Depot,” said Suggs. “This year, we’re closing a portion of Fremont Street for the staging of the blueberry drop, the band, and most importantly, our retailers and restaurants will be open, creating a street fair atmosphere.”

The fun will begin at 5 p.m. and the blueberry drop will take place at 7 p.m. – which is midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Food trucks will be on hand all evening long.

“Dropping the blueberry at 7 p.m. allows us to celebrate as families,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director. “We’re pleased to partner with the Town of Burgaw and the NC Blueberry Festival on this uniquely Burgaw/Pender County event.”

The Blueberry Drop is a free event. Outside alcohol or pets are prohibited.

For more information call Burgaw Parks and Recreation at 910-300-6401.

 

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