Watermain repair to impact portions of Hampstead – March 14, 2019

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County Water Utilities customers will experience a disruption of service Thursday, March 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. while crews repair a watermain.

Impacted areas of Hampstead include homes along Country Club Drive between Sawgrass and Kings Landing roads, Waldorf Way, Bramble Drive, Shandy Way between Waldorf Way and Emerald Ridge Drive, Julep Trace, Collins Way, Milano Court, and Kensington Court within the Villages of Olde Point.

“Water services to those homes will be temporarily turned off to conduct a watermain repair,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Keel said it is important that when water service is restored, water customers are advised to boil all water used for human consumption, including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Bottled water is an option for drinking, brushing teeth, and food preparation.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

“Water service will be returned to you as soon as possible upon completion of the work,” said Keel. “The system pressure advisory remains in effect until further written notice.”


Invitation for Proposals – Roadside and Expanded Shoulder Mowing Services

Pender County is soliciting proposals for Roadside and Expanded Shoulder Area Mowing Services for the Pender Commerce Park located on Hwy. 421 opposite Cowpen Landing Rd. A contract for these mowing services will be awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. Bidding packets are available at the office of Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services (Attn: Deanna Lanier) located at 210 South Bennett Street, Burgaw, NC 28425 or emailed upon request.

The sealed proposals must be delivered or mailed to the office of Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services (Attn: Deanna Lanier) located at 210 South Bennett Street, Burgaw, NC 28425. Sealed proposals on the appropriate bid forms will be received by 3:00p.m. on Friday, March 29th.

This contract will be informally bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina G.S.143-129. There will not be a public bid opening.

A pre-bid meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11 am at the entrance of Pender Commerce Park (adjacent to Empire Distributors) at the intersection of US Highway 421 and Corporate Drive.

Questions concerning the proposals may be directed to Chad McEwen at (910) 259-0228. Questions regarding the scope of work should be directed to Joe Camperlengo at (910) 471-2251. Pender County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.

Please see the full PDF below or click the link here to view a larger, printable version of the PDF.

PCP Roadside Expanded Shoulders Mowing RFP_2019

Passport service and photos available in Pender County

BURGAW –  The office of the Pender County Register of Deeds offers passport services in their Burgaw office, 300 E. Freemont Street.

“You don’t have to leave the county to apply for a US Passport,” said Sharon Willoughby, the register of deeds. “We also provide passport photos for only $10.”

Willoughby said the office is a local one-stop for applications and photos.

US citizens planning international travel should make an appointment with the register of deeds office. Walk-in applicants are welcomed, if staff is available to assist.

Willoughby urges citizens to make an appointment to receive personalized assistance.

“We are here to help you with your passport needs,” said Willoughby.

The office of the Pender County Register of Deeds is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information call 910-259-1225.


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Advertisement for Bids – Central Renovation and Repair of Pender County’s Hampstead Annex Auditorium


Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services, 210 S. Bennett Street, Burgaw, North Carolina 28425 will receive sealed bids from North Carolina Licensed General Contractors, for the Commercial Renovation and Repair of the Pender County Hampstead Annex Auditorium, Hampstead, North Carolina.

Bids will be due on Friday, March 15, 2019, no later than 3:00 p.m.  Deliver bids to Mr. Allen Vann, Director – Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services, 210 S. Bennett Street, Burgaw, NC 28425.  Single Prime Lump Sum Bids for General Construction Work will be considered.

Complete plans, specifications, and contract documents can be obtained electronically through the office of Allen Vann by calling 910-259-1228; email:  avann@pendercountync.gov; or on the Pender County Website under “Open RFPs and Bids – Commercial Renovation and Repair, Hampstead Annex Auditorium.”

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Pender County Government Hampstead Annex building at 15060 Highway 17, Hampstead, NC on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:00 am.  The meeting will address project scope, description, issues, bidding procedures and forms, and answer specific questions.  A walk-through of the auditorium will take place following the pre-bid meeting.  Prime bidders are required to attend.

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 that the necessary affirmative steps are taken:

  1. Place qualified small, minority, and woman-owned businesses on solicitations lists;
  2. Assure that such businesses are solicited when they are potential sources;
  3. Divide total requirement, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by such businesses;
  4. Establish delivery schedules, where requirements permits, which encourage such businesses to respond;
  5. Use service and assistance from such organization as SBA, minority business development agency of the Dept. of Commerce;

Bids may not be withdrawn for (60) days after bid due date.

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

Allen Vann, Director – Pender County Facilities and Fleet Services
Burgaw, North Carolina 28425

Please see the document below or click here to view it full size.

Hampstead Annex Auditorium Repair RFP - Complete Bid Package - 022019

Inaugural Golf Classic to benefit Parks Foundation of Pender County

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Parks and Recreation Department announced the Inaugural Golf Classic will tee off April 29 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Castle Bay Country Club.

“All proceeds will benefit our newly founded Parks Foundation of Pender County,” said Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director.

The golf classic welcomes all golfers and supporters of Pender County parks. A box lunch will be provided, and a buffet awards dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $125 per person or a foursome for $400. The use of practice greens is included and much more. The day will also include contests, door prizes, and much more.

“It will be a great day supporting the brand-new foundation for our Pender County parks,” said Shipley.

To become a sponsor or to register for the outing, call 910-663-3770 or visit online at https://www.jotform.com/form/90315769168163.

Golf Classic - Player


Tree seedling giveaway, March 8

HAMPSTEAD – The Pender County Parks and Recreation Department will host a tree seedling giveaway March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pender County Government Annex, 15060 US Hwy. 17.

“This is the perfect opportunity to replace trees that may have been lost during Hurricane Florence,” said Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Tree selections include River Birch, Pignut Hickory, Chestnut Oak, and White Dogwood. There will be a limit of two seedlings per household.”

Tree species availability is subject to change without notice. All selections are on a first come, first served basis. The seedlings are bare root trees.

For more information call 910-663-3771.

Tree Giveaway



Hurricane Florence State of Emergency terminated

BURGAW – More than five months have passed since Pender County declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Florence. Today, Pender County Chairman George Brown terminated the state of emergency.

“A state of emergency no longer exists,” said Brown. “However, our recovery efforts will continue.”

Since the Hurricane Florence State of Emergency went into effect Sept. 10, 2018, Pender County residents have been approved for $121.3 million in state and federal funds, according to the latest FEMA statistics. An estimated $16.8 million in state and federal grants have been given to 2,671 homeowners and renters in Pender County.

As of last week, 7,236 home inspections have been issued.

Pender County residents suffered an estimated $261,800,000 in damages. More than $6.2 million in damages was suffered by non-residential structures.


Pender County hires Jennifer Kimler as new Human Resources Director

BURGAW – Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff announced Jennifer Kimler has been hired as the county’s Human Resource Director.

Kimler previously served as the county’s human resources/risk management specialist since June 2017. Kimler is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Kimler has earned numerous certifications, including a certified ALICE Instructor for Active Shooter Situations by the Pender County sheriff’s department. She studied employee benefit law through the NC School of Government and 10 hours of course work from the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina.

She graduated Magna cum Laude from Kent State University in 2004.

“Jennifer Kimler has been an asset to our county staff,” said Woodruff. “We look forward to her continued contribution in her role as HR director.”


Alive After Five Concerts coming to Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD – Today Pender County Parks and Recreation announced the new Hampstead Alive After Five concert series.

“We are pleased to start this concert series in Hampstead,” said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Summer Concerts are something that many Pender County residents have expressed interest in.”

The free Friday evening event will feature live music by:

  • May 31, Eaglewing (Eagles Tribute Band)
  • June 21, British Invaders (Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who, Etc.)
  • July 19, Randy Knight and Parrot Party (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)
  • Aug. 2 will serve as a rain date if needed.

The event will be hosted at Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd, Hampstead, NC 28443.

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the entertainment. Various food trucks will be on site throughout the series. Alcohol and pets are prohibited.

For more information, contact Zachary White at 910-663-3771.


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