DR-4393 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Public Notice

JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and North Carolina Emergency Management have received the following applications for Federal grant funding. Notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s consideration to provide funding in the form of a Hazard Mitigation Grant.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and provide public notices of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12892 also requires FEMA to provide an opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.

Funding for the proposed projects will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

  1. Applicant: Pender County, North Carolina

Project Title: Pender County Acquisition Project

Location of Proposed Work: The area affected by this project consists of potentially 151 properties located on the following streets in Pender County: Ashley Lane, Branch Drive, Daniel Road, Hot Ridge Road, Hoover Road, NC Hwy 210, Lizard Lick Trail, Buckle Road, River Bend Road, Lacers Way, Hickory Hill Lane, S Holly Shelter Estates Road, Shelter Creek Drive, Little Pond Road, US Hwy 117 N, Moore Town Road, Deerfield Court, Martinez Lane, George Washington  Hales Drive, Honeysuckle Road, Sportsman Drive, Pinkney Road, Beaver Trail, Copperhead Lane, Heading Bluff  Road, Lucilles Place, Red Hawk Lane, Melissa Lane, Canetuck Road, Whitestocking Road, Stag Park Road, Borough Road, Horseshoe Lane, Shelter Cove Road, Burgaw Creek Loop Road, Knollwood Drive, Chorley Road, Shane Pridgen Road, Oakmont Drive, Oxbow Landing, Rattlesnake Road, River Trail, River Birch Road, Bumpy Lane, Morgan Cove Road, Shaw Hwy, Broadwater Lane, Old River Acres Drive, W Huckleberry Way, Orchid Road, Battleground Road, Rhyne Road, Croomsbridge Road, NC Hwy 11, White Tail Lane, Thankful Road, Big Eagle Road, Northeast Drive,  NC Hwy 53 E, Ivanhoe Road, Ballards Lane, Woodpecker Pkwy, US Hwy 117 S and Sandy Bend Road,

Maps of the project areas associated with the grant applications can be reviewed by contacting Mr. Kyle Breuer at 910-259-1202.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

This will be a voluntary acquisition program. For all property owners who decide to participate in this voluntary program, the properties will be acquired using HMGP grant funds. The properties will be deeded as open space in perpetuity and will be allowed to revert to their natural state.

Project Alternatives:

Not taking a mitigation action is an option, but not an acceptable one. The reasoning for rejecting the No Action Alternative is that doing so will not mitigate any risks.  The entire project area would remain in danger from future flood events. Without acquiring these structures, damages and the risk of potential loss of life will continue to be a threat.

The second alternative is to elevate the structures. However, the most effective mitigation action is to remove the structures completely from the high-risk area, thereby eliminating any future risk to the structure. These homeowners prefer acquisition and complete elimination of their risk, so elevation is considered a less preferable option.

 

  1. Applicant: Pender County, North Carolina

Project Title: Pender County Elevation Project

Location of Proposed Work: The area affected by this project consists of potentially 82 properties located on the following streets in Pender County: Bumpy Lane, Lands End Court, NC Hwy 53 E, Shelter Creek Drive, Mallard Roost Drive, Ballards Lane, Big Eagle Road, Lizard Lick Trail, Hot Ridge Road, Moore Town Road, River Walk, Ivanhoe Road, River Bend Drive, Old Ramsey Road, Pinkney Road, Widow Moore Drive, Boyce Road, Croomsbridge Road, Estate Road, Watts Landing Road, Horseshoe Lane, Whitestocking Road, Broadwater Lane, Sea Manor Drive, Trixie Way, Little Kinston Road, NC Hwy 210, Fontanel Lake Drive, Knollwood Drive, Thankful Road, Cove Road, Shaw Hwy, Stag Park Road, Juniper Lane, Bowers Lane, Heading Bluff Road, Brown Moore Road, NC Hwy 50, Cape Fear Drive, George Washington Hales Drive, Old Maple Hill Road, Webbtown Road and US Hwy 117 N.

Maps of the project areas associated with the grant applications can be reviewed by contacting Mr. Kyle Breuer at 910-259-1202.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

This will be a voluntary elevation program. For all property owners who decide to participate in this voluntary program, the properties will be elevated using HMGP grant funds.

Project Alternatives:

Not taking a mitigation action is an option, but not an acceptable one. The reasoning for rejecting the No Action Alternative is that doing so will not mitigate any risks.  The entire project area would remain in danger from future flood events.

The second alternative is to elevate the structures. However, the most effective mitigation action is to remove the structures completely from the high-risk area, thereby eliminating any future risk to the structure. These homeowners prefer acquisition and complete elimination of their risk, so elevation is considered a less preferable option.

Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to Pender County, Attn: Mr. Kyle Breuer, or emailed kbreuer@pendercountync.gov by November 3, 2019.

Mountains to Sea Trail birthday hike rescheduled for Sept. 28 2019

CURRIE – The Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) birthday hike at Moores Creek National Battlefield will take place Sept. 28, starting at 10 a.m.

The hike was originally set for Sept. 7, but Hurricane Dorian’s visit to the coast postponed the hike.

“This is a belated birthday hike,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “But our goal is unchanged – to discover and celebrate the Mountains to Sea Trail.”

In Currie at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, hikers will trek the historic site of North Carolina first Patriots’ victory. Cross the Moores Creek Bridge and view the only monument dedicated to the women of the Revolutionary War. The majority of the approximate 1-mile trail is paved.

We encourage walkers, hikers, and joggers to meet at the visitor’s center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28,” said Proctor.

“The hike is free to the public,” said Proctor. “Moores Creek National Battlefield is conveniently located to Brunswick and New Hanover counties.  We encourage all residents to visit the only national park in Southeastern North Carolina.”

Register online at www.mountainstoseatrail.org/birthdayhike.

The Mountains to Sea Trail was first proposed in 1977 by Howard Lee who was then the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The 1,179-mile trail begins at Clingman’s Dome and concludes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The trail enters Pender County at the Bladen County line outside of Kelly and continues through Moores Creek National Battlefield, historic downtown Burgaw, the Holly Shelter Gameland, through Surf City, and up the beach to the Onslow County line.

For more information, visit mountainstoseatrail.org or call the Pender County tourism office at 910-259-1278.

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Ghost Walk tickets on sale now – Sept 19, 2019

BURGAW – Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past, a haunting tour in Historic Burgaw. Tickets may be purchased at the temporary Pender County Tourism office, 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw 28425. Tickets may also be ordered via phone with a credit card by calling 910-259-1278.

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past returns Oct. 11-12 with two shows each night, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per adult; students ages 6-17 are $5 each; children under the age of 5 are admitted free with an adult.

Each year the ghost walk is a sell-out event. Tickets are limited.

“We encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “We hate to turn people away on the night of the shows.”

“Again, we have new ghost stories,” said Stephanie Key, the art director of the ghost walk. “Two of our stories feature films shot in Burgaw – Silver Bullet and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I’m sure there will be a werewolf or two roaming the streets of Burgaw.”

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past is a collaborative effort of volunteers from Pender County Historical Society, Historical Society of Topsail Island, Poplar Grove Plantation, Pender Arts Council, Moores Creek National Battlefield, the Town of Burgaw, and the Pender County Library.

“Ghost Walk is the recipient of national awards from the National Association of Counties and Southeastern Travel Society,” said Key. “We have wonderful volunteers who make this annual, award-winning event possible.”

For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1278.

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Pender County Inspections and Permitting Department closed Thursday, September 19, 2019 for mandatory training

The Pender County Inspections and Permitting Department will be closed on Thursday, September 19, 2019 for mandatory training. Permitting staff will be unavailable 8am to 5pm. Inspections will continue as scheduled. The Portal will be available for permit submittals and inspection request with no interruptions. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Pender County asks residents to hold off recycling until next week

Due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Pender County officials are asking residents to hold of recycling until next week.

The storm caused “operational issues” at the recycling processing facility used by Pender County Solid Waste, according to a news release from the county. The impacts will affect recycling at Pender County’s convenience sites.

“Though we will have emptied the bins this week at most of our convenience centers, we will have limited capacity to hold recycling materials,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “We ask that the public hold on to their recyclables this week and wait until mid-week next week.”

Keel said residents who do not want to save their recyclables until next week, the items will be disposed with common waste.

“If there is no room in the recycling bins, customers can place their recyclables in the trash bins if they do not want to wait until next week,” said Keel.

Due to the driving wind and rain during Hurricane Dorian, rain and other materials entered the recycling bins. Wet paper and cardboard cannot be recycled. Those recyclables are considered “contaminated” and will be disposed of in the landfill, according to Keel.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said Keel. “We appreciate the patience of the public.”

Pender County conservation advisory and voluntary water restrictions rescinded September 7, 2019

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities has rescinded the Sept. 6, conservation advisory issued to its water customers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

“The water main break in the western part of Pender County has been repaired, which has returned water supplied to their normal availability,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

Also, Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions is lifted for users of the Pender County Water System in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

The conservation advisory and voluntary water restrictions were rescinded Sept. 7.

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Pender County system pressure advisory rescinded September 7, 2019

No longer necessary to boil water

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities rescinded the Sept. 6, system pressure advisory issued to its water customers. It is no longer necessary to boil water.

“Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair show no coliform bacteria present,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “The system has resumed normal operations and you may use the water without boiling.”

Pender County Utilities water customers in the Moores Creek Water District, Central Pender Water District, and Rocky Point/Topsail Water District west of 7390 NC Highway 210, where included all areas served with water by Pender County Utilities west of  Interstate 40, as well as areas along and adjacent to NC 53 east of Burgaw, and areas along NC 210 north and west of 7390 NC Highway 210 (Running Deer Landfill) lost water service when a water main broke during Hurricane Dorian.

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Pender County Emergency Management demobilizes September 6, 2019

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management (EOC) will demobilize Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

“Pender County Emergency Management was fully activated in response to Hurricane Dorian,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The storm is no longer a threat to Pender County.”

Collins said the Pender County curfew has been rescinded.

There are no mandatory evacuations. All Hurricane Dorian shelters are closed.

The Pender County State of Emergency is rescinded, effective Sept. 6, at 8 p.m.

Pender County Emergency Operations Center will return to regular working hours. Pender County government offices return to normal operations, effective Saturday, Sept. 7.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website, www.pendercountync.gov. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Pender County Solid Waste Convenience Centers Opening Saturday, September 7, 2019

PENDER COUNTY – All Pender County Solid Waste Convenience Center locations and the Hampstead Transfer Station will be open normal hours starting tomorrow Sept. 7.

“We will open all Convenience Centers and the Transfer Station on Saturday,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

The Hampstead Transfer Station will be open 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The solid waste convenience centers will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

No vegetative material will be accepted at any Pender County government solid waste sites.

Watch Pender County’s website at www.pendercountync.gov or an announcement on Pender County’s Facebook page. Or call the utilities department at 910-259-0212, when county offices re-open.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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