District by district, storm debris is getting a clean sweep

PENDER COUNTY – All storm-related vegetative debris and construction debris pick-up by DRC, the county’s contractor, has resumed following the holidays.

“The deadline was Dec. 21 for all debris to be placed on the roadway,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The debris is being picked up district by district. Now that we are through the holidays, DRC will have 18 trucks on the roads picking up storm-related vegetative debris and construction debris.”

“Hurricane Florence left behind a tremendous amount of debris,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “We are working hard to clean the county of storm debris.”

“We are aware of problem areas and illegal dumping,” said David Williams, Pender County Commissioner. “These sites will be cleaned, and illegal dumpers will be prosecuted.”

“Materials brought to the road right-of-way now will be considered illegal dumping,” said Collins. “Contractors dumping shingles, sheetrock, framing materials and repair debris will be fined.”

Private contractors are responsible for disposal of materials at proper landfills. Contractors and residents may also dispose of debris at the county’s convenience sites at Rocky Point, Burgaw, and Hampstead up to 200-lb. per load, per day. Debris weighing over 200-lbs are charged a weigh fee at the Hampstead Transfer Station. The Rocky Point Convenience Center 16232 NC Hwy 210, is open daily 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and closed Sundays and Wednesdays. The Burgaw Convenience Center, 3088 New Savannah Rd., is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Hampstead Convenience Center and Transfer Station, 250 Transfer Station Rd., is open Mondays through Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 7 p.m.

DRC, the county’s debris contractor, will not accept household trash, roofing materials, concrete or brick, or new construction waste.

DRC is covering the county’s five districts, starting with District 5, then District 4, District 3, District 2 and District 1. Residents uncertain of which district they reside should click on the county link: http://pendercountync.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=49a7e5ccd5834af1912665e99649c908

For questions about debris pick-up, contact DRC, toll free at 1-888-721-4372.


Buy-out workshop set for Jan. 15

BURGAW – Pender County Planning and Community Development will host an Acquisition “Buy-out” Workshop for victims of Hurricane Florence. The meeting is set for Jan. 15, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Pender County Commissioner Chambers, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

“Attendees will learn how to apply for a buy-out through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  We’ll have industry experts as well as staff from the State in attendance to assist with our citizens’ needs and questions” said Kyle Breuer, Pender County Planning and Community Development director.

The workshop will discuss the buy-out process and Duplication of Benefits.

“This workshop will assist residents of Pender County who may be eligible for a buy-out due to flooding from Hurricane Florene,” said Breuer.

For more information call the Pender County Planning Department at 910-259-1202.


Cape Fear Community College creates blueberry for New Year’s Eve event

BURGAW –  When Al Meadowcroft was asked to craft a blueberry, he must of thought Pender County’s tourism and parks departments were a bit crazy.

However, when Meadowcroft, the instructor of the welding program at the Cape Fear Community College Burgaw campus, learned of the purpose of the task, he and his classes were “all in.”

Cape Fear Community College welding classes designed and crafted the frame of the blueberry that will be lowered in the first New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop.

“This program offers day and night welding classes,” said Meadowcroft. “We involved both our day and night classes.”

The class welded aluminum straps and gently formed the straps into the shape of a blueberry. The six-foot frame is light-weight at approximately 20-lbs.

“We have about 15 hours of work involved,” said Meadowcroft.

The CFCC program offers instruction on all types of welding, including stick, TIG, and MIG. It is a program that offers a full educational experience with hands-on instruction that provides students with workforce ready skills. Meadowcroft said his students find local jobs quickly.

The classes even had suggestions on how to lower the blueberry in the New Year’s countdown.

“This is a perfect example of the community working together for a family-friendly event,” said Pete Cowan, Burgaw mayor.

“We were happy to contribute to the Blueberry Drop,” said Meadowcroft.

The Blueberry Drop is sponsored by the NC Blueberry Festival, the Town of Burgaw, and Pender County. The drop will begin Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. Eaglewing, an Eagles tribute band, will perform. The countdown will take place just before 7 p.m., which is midnight on Greenwich Mean Time.

“This will be a fun event for the entire family,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director.

“We are excited to begin such a unique tradition here in Burgaw,” said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation Supervisor. “With this celebration we are offering our residents and visitors a unique way to ring in the new year and celebrate the local Blueberry industry.”

Al Meadowcroft, CFCC instructor

Al Meadowcroft, CFCC instructor

Pender County Parks and Rec Supervisor Zach White, welding instructor Al Meadowcroft, Welding student Joshua Roberts, and Pender County Tourism assistant Olivia Dawson.


Pender Education Partnership offers HOPE to Pender Educators

BURGAW – Pender Education Partnership (PEP), a non-profit foundation established to enhance educational opportunities and assist public school educators, presented $10,800 to 27 Pender County staff and teachers who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

“PEP agreed we needed to help our educators,” said Tammie Parris, interim treasurer of PEP. “We established a fund online and Dave Stipe, our president, spread the word about the great need in our school system.”

“Hurricane Florence left more than 80 Pender County staff displaced,” said Dr. Steven Hill, superintendent of Pender County Schools. “This community came together for a worthy cause to assist our staff and students.”

PEP’s fundraiser was named HOPE, Help Our Pender Educators. PEP’s goal of raising $10,000 was exceeded, thanks to the generosity of residents, businesses, and organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island and the Wilmington Kiwanis Club.

“Several directors on the PEP board were impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Parris. “We understand the recovery process is hard. Our goal with this gift is to show our support and appreciation for our Pender County School educators and staff and to make their holiday a little brighter.”

PEP hosts the annual April Spelling Bee at Heide Trask High School, a fun-filled evening that pits good-natured competition between local businesses, teachers, and civic organizations. This year PEP will sponsor the first State of Education and Economy program on Jan. 31, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Mojo Tone in Burgaw.

Pender Education Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 foundation with a mission of providing educator mini-grants and senior scholarships. For more information visit their webpage or Facebook page or contact a board member.

Tammie Parris presents HOPE funds to Dr. Steven Hill to assist Pender County School staff who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Tammie Parris presents HOPE funds to Dr. Steven Hill to assist Pender County School staff who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Pender Education Partnership presented 27 Pender County School educators and staff with checks for $400 each



Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

E-cigarette use has recently surged among youth, fueled by new e-cigarette types that look like a USB flash drive and other shapes. One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL, and other companies are now starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm the developing adolescent brain.

The Surgeon General urges immediate action to protect our nation’s young people from the addiction to nicotine. The advisory encourages many different stakeholders to take action to protect our nation’s youth from this health risk, including parents, teachers, health professionals, and states, communities, tribes, and territories.

Learn more at http://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov

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Hurricane Florence Request for Proposals for Professional Services — Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)


Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received by Pender County, North Carolina, until 5:00 P.M. EST, Friday, January 11, 2019, for the following Professional Services to be provided to said jurisdiction:


Project Summary: Pender County suffered significant damage to residential housing during Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The county is soliciting turnkey professional planning and project management services required to undertake the following activities:

1) Submit Letters of Interest and applications for, and manage, proposed Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) elevation, reconstruction, and acquisition activities for all federally declared disasters and annual FMA application cycles occurring prior to December 1, 2021. These activities are to be conducted with FEMA funds pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act, the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994, and the State of North Carolina’s Flood Mitigation Administrative Plan, as administered by the NC Division of Emergency Management.

Upon selection of a qualified consultant(s), Pender County will enter into contractual agreements with the consultant(s), based upon the planning and management needs to be determined by the county and the prospective funding agencies. Following contract negotiations with the planning and management consultant, the county plans to undertake a similar effort to procure professional engineering services required for the elevation and reconstruction components of HMGP/FMA projects. This is not a request for professional engineering services.

The contact for this project is:

Kyle M. Breuer, AICP, Director

Planning and Community Development

805 S. Walker Street

PO Box 1519

Burgaw, NC 28425

(910) 259-1202 / kbreuer@pendercountync.gov

Each proposer must submit complete proposals in the format provided in the RFP. Proposals must be in a sealed envelope and clearly marked “HURRICANE FLORENCE HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM AND FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – SPECIAL PROJECT RFP” in the lower left corner of the envelope. Mailed, delivered, or e-mailed proposals must be received by no later than 5:00 P.M. EST, Friday, January 11, 2019, to be considered.

Proposals will be rated by the County staff prior to recommendation of an award of any contract. Procurement of planning/management firms will be accomplished in accordance with 2CFR200 and the North Carolina General Statutes relating to procurement of professional services.

A hard-copy of the Request for Proposals is available at the Planning and Community Development offices at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

To view the Request for Proposals, click HERE

Solid Waste stickers coming in March

BURGAW –  Solid waste stickers for 2019– 2020 will be mailed to residents within the unincorporated areas of Pender County in mid-March.

“The current stickers will be honored at all the convenience sites through March 31,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.  “All new stickers should be distributed by March 31.”

As with the previous sticker issuance, two sticker types will be available. Residents in unincorporated areas of Pender County will receive either FULL or RECYCLE sticker that corresponds with the amount paid on their tax bill for the annual solid waste fee.

“Since the solid waste fee is paid with your taxes, it was necessary to delay sticker issuance until after the final tax year payment deadline,” stated Keel. “This will help with a more accurate accounting of the solid waste fee payment received from property owners.”

Taxpayers may identify the fees paid by looking at their tax bill. The S64 fee of $220/year is for FULL USE, permitting a resident to use the convenience sites for household trash and recycling. Code S63 on the tax bill with a fee of $110/year is for RECYCLE ONLY.

More detailed information can be found on the Pender County Solid Waste site, www.pendercountync.gov/sw/.

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