Governor Cooper Announces $17 Million in Grants for Parks and Recreation Projects Statewide, Pender to receive $1 million

39 Local Communities to Receive Funding for Park Expansion and Restoration

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced today the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) will award over $17 million in grants to fund 39 local parks and recreation projects across the state. The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority (Authority) approved the grants at its meeting held on Aug. 26 at the Nature Research Center in Raleigh.

“Our parks and recreation areas are so valuable to our communities and they’ve become more popular than ever,” Governor Cooper said. “These projects we’re funding today will give people even more opportunities in North Carolina to build healthier and happier lives.”

Local communities applied for grants to fund land acquisition, development, and renovation of public park and recreation areas. Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of PARTF’s total funding to local government projects.

The Authority considered 49 local grant applications requesting $20.9 million in total. The maximum grant awarded for a single project was $500,000. Awardees must match funds dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.

This year, $17.9 million was allocated to PARTF for local projects—an amount at least triple that of most years in the last decade. With these awards, PARTF has now made more than 1,000 grants to build parks in communities across the state.

“Congratulations to the local governments that received Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants to invest in the health and quality of life of their communities,” said D. Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “The historic increases in funding by the legislature and Governor Cooper will result in more North Carolina families having ready access to outdoor recreation.”

The Town of Burgaw will receive $443,408. Pender County Parks and Recreation will receive $500,000 for Central Pender Park Development and another $500,000 for Phase 4 of Hampstead Kiwanis Park.

In addition to the local grants program, the Authority allocated $5.7 million to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation for land acquisitions at Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County and Lake James State Park in Burke and McDowell Counties. It will also fund several capital projects at Hammock’s Beach State Park (Onslow County), Morrow Mountain State Park (Stanly County) and William B. Umstead State Park (Wake County).

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which is part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Local grants are awarded annually by the Authority at their quarterly meeting in August.
Grant recipients and award amounts are as follows:

Celebrate the 45th birthday of the Mountains to Sea Trail

Three family-friendly hikes are planned in Pender County

BURGAW- The Mountains to Sea Trail, which stretches 1,175 miles from Clingman’s Dome to Jockeys Ridge, is 45 years young in September and Pender County partners are joining in the birthday celebration.

“The trail travels the length of Pender County, through two trail towns, Burgaw and Surf City, as well as Moores Creek National Battlefield,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director.

To celebrate the birthday of this beautiful trail, Burgaw Parks and Recreation, Surf City Parks and Recreation, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and Pender County Tourism are hosting family-friendly hikes.

“The hikes range from 1-to-2-mile hikes,” said Proctor.

The MST Birthday Hikes kick off in Pender County with the Surf City Bridge Hike. Hikers will meet in Soundside Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 to cross the Surf City Bridge. The hike will be led by a volunteer from the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The hike will feature a “Kodak moment” at the peak of the bridge for a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Herrings Outdoor Sports has donated an Ice Mule Cooler, valued at $80, which will be raffled off to a lucky winner.

On Sept. 9, the Town of Burgaw will host a birthday hike along the beautiful Osgood Canal Greenway. Hikes will meet at Hankins Park for a 9 a.m. step-off. And what’s a birthday celebration without cake? Cupcakes will be given away by Pender County Tourism staff.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Moores Creek National Battlefield will host a 1.5 mile walk-and-talk that will be dog-friendly. This will entail a walk of the History Trail, Tar Heel Trail, Woodpecker Trail, and Black River Road, all in the park. This is not a guided tour, but rather an informal walk with Jason Howell. Hikers will meet at the park’s Visitor Center by 9 a.m. The planned timeframe is approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour and visitors can walk the loop as many times as they would like.

“All hikes are free to participate,” said Proctor. “We just ask that all hikers register with the tourism office so we can plan appropriately.”

To register, call 910-259-1278.

Residential well testing for GenX could happen this month

Pender County Health and Human Services Director Carolyn Moser told the board of county commissioners on Feb. 7 that Chemours may proceed with testing residential water wells along the Cape Fear River.

According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Chemours submitted a plan to DEQ which is currently being reviewed for sampling in Pender County.

It is possible the sampling could take place this month.

NCDEQ maintains a “request to sample” list. Residents in close proximity to the Cape Fear River should visit DEQ’s website, https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/genx-investigation/genx-information-residents. 

Pender County officials will share information to our residents as it becomes available.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Accepted Now

PENDER COUNTY – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms are available in Pender County at the following locations:

  • Pender County Tourism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw
  • Pender County Annex, Suite 116 and in the brochure rack.
  • Online at the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service website at www.volunteernc.org under the “Volunteer Awards” tab

Last year, Share the Table volunteers were honored with the esteemed Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. Honored 2021 Pender County volunteers were Diane Cavanaugh, Wayne Jeno, and Marge Ulcickas.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2022. Award winners will be honored during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23 in a virtual ceremony.

Please return the completed forms to Tammy Proctor via email at tproctor@pendercountync.gov or the rism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw.

Here is the link to the downloadable form.

Your opinion is important

Pender County residents, your opinion is important to us. Pender County leadership recognized the need for access to broadband as a priority for the county and, through collaboration with community leaders, worked to form a Broadband Committee to develop a Digital Inclusion Plan to help guide the county to a more connected future.

The Digital Inclusion Plan will make Pender County eligible for the maximum amount of broadband expansion funding – funding that could pay for construction to bring internet access to practically every citizen of the County without access.

This is probably the last chance to ever see funding on this scale made available for broadband expansion.

We need your input now.

Please read the Digital Inclusion Plan and provide us with your feedback via email to CMO@pendercountync.gov.

Thank you for your participation.

Pender County Digital Inclusion Plan October 25 2021

Water outage – Updated Oct. 28, 2021

Important update:

Effective Oct. 22, the water outage has been corrected. Here is the official follow-up:

System Pressure Advisory RESCINDED

 Pender County Utilities has rescinded the October 21, 2021System Pressure Advisory issued to its water customers along address 5200 Hwy 117 North to the end of the system.

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair show no coliform bacteria present.  The system has resumed normal operations and you may use the water without boiling.

The system pressure advisory is hereby rescinded on October 22, 2021, 4:30pm

 

 

System Pressure Advisory!

 Water customers of Pender County Utilities, in Pender County, living in the vicinity of 5900 Hwy 117 North to the end of the system towards Wallace had a water outage starting around 3:00pm on October 21,2021. A utility contractor on Hwy 117 hit the 10-inch water main setting a power line anchor.  Water system has been isolated, and there is no water from 5900 Hwy 117 to the end of the system toward Wallace. The repair crew is in route and water service will be returned in 3 to 4 hours if there are no other problems encountered

Water service will be returned upon completion of the repair.

Therefore, consumers in the area noted above are advised to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until this advisory is lifted. This advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 24 hours.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory will go in effect on Wednesday 10-21-2021 4:00 pm.  The advisory will be lifted when 24-hour testing comes back negative for Bac-T.

 

October Board of Adjustment meeting rescheduled

BURGAW – The Pender County Board of Adjustment, which was scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 20 has been canceled. Any agenda items that were slated for Oct. 20 will be addressed in the November Board of Adjustment meeting.

The Nov. 17 meeting will take place in the Pender County Board of Commissioners’ Chambers at 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, please call the Pender County Planning and Community Development Department at 910-259-1202.

Election Day is Nov. 2

Attention all registered voters in the North Burgaw and Sloop Point precincts

 BURGAW – Temporary precinct change notices were sent to registered voters in the North Burgaw and Sloop Point precincts with the incorrect Election Day date. The card states the Municipal Election is Nov. 3, 2021.

“The cards were printed with the wrong date,” said Susan Williams, Pender County Board of Elections director. “Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.”

The information on the postcard is important. Voters who live in the North Burgaw precinct who live in the Town of Burgaw will be temporarily transferred to the South Burgaw precinct, located in the Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St., Burgaw.

Voters who live in the Sloop Point precinct who live within the Town of Surf City will be temporarily transferred to the Surf City precinct, located in the Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Dr., Surf City.

The polls will open on Nov. 2, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Clearing of Pender County creeks and streams to begin Oct. 11

BURGAW- Contractors will begin clearing creeks and streams beginning Oct. 11 throughout Pender County.

“Workers will remove debris such as fallen trees and limbs from the waterways,” stated Daniel Adams, Pender County floodplain administrator. “Work will continue in the following months at 31 specific sites, including creeks and streams in Hampstead, Rocky Point, and Willard.”

This project is grant-funded through a state and federal cost-share program associated with Hurricane Florence Recovery, with money coming from the United States Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

“This project will assist in the management of potential flooding, which eventually impacts the farms and families of our county,” said Adams.

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