Dispose of storm debris responsibly

PENDER COUNTY – Due to the limited geographic impacts from Hurricane Isaias, Pender County is not conducting curbside collection of storm-related debris. Damage assessment has been completed and determined that areas of eastern Pender County sustained the most concentrated damage related to vegetative debris. Despite this damage, the decision to incur the cost related to conducting a countywide debris collection must be based on impact experienced throughout the 900 square miles that exists in Pender County.

“Generally, in the past, this has been a North Carolina Department of Transportation function,” said George Brown, Pender County Board of County Commissioners Chairman. “Pender County has, in the past, participated in county-wide debris collection programs with NCDOT after significant storms such as Hurricane Mathew or Florence which caused devastation throughout the county.”

Ultimately the decision to pick up debris countywide must be evaluated from a financial capacity standpoint. The debris operation conducted by Pender County following Hurricane Florence cost $16,674,666. The majority of this expense has not been reimbursed by FEMA nearly two years after the storm. Put in simplistic terms, the unbudgeted expenses incurred related to debris collection following Florence was roughly equivalent to 25 percent of the total general fund budget for fiscal year 2020 and more than the entire Public Safety and Department of Social Services budget combined.

Brown said Pender County’s decision to not collect curbside debris is similar to decisions by most other counties in the Southeastern North Carolina region.

“We urge residents to dispose of leaves, branches, pine straw responsibly,” said Brown.

A state and locally permitted company, Branch and Brush Debris Depot, located at 21435 US Hwy 17, in Hampstead will accept vegetative debris. For more information regarding cost and operating hours, call Branch and Brush Debris Depot at 910-581-1719.

There is no burning ban in Pender County. The Forestry Service authorizes burning permits and guidelines. The information is available online at https://www.ncforestservice.gov/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm. Property owners are encouraged to check with their homeowners and property associations for restrictions of burning debris.

Pender County offices closed; planning board meeting postponed

BURGAW – Due to extensive, countywide power outages, Pender County offices will remain closed all day on Tuesday.

“We hope to restore normal operations on Wednesday,” said Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager.

Due to the impacts of Hurricane Isaias, the regularly scheduled meeting of the Pender County Planning Board, scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Hampstead Annex, has been postponed.

Information regarding the rescheduled meeting date will be available in the coming days.

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

Pender County offices remain open Monday, Aug. 3, Commissioners meeting at 4 p.m.

BURGAW- Pender County offices will remain open Monday, Aug. 3.

“We are monitoring Hurricane Isaias,” said McEwen. “We anticipate conducting an abbreviated Board of County Commissioners meeting at 4 p.m. For the safety of the public, staff, and commissioners only essential business will be conducted. All other agenda matters will be postponed until further notice.”

The Pender County Emergency Management operations center continues to monitor Hurricane Isaias, which may make landfall as a small Category 1 storm or a strong tropical storm on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

“We urge all residents to prepare for possible strong winds, fallen trees, and power outages,” said McEwen. “Residents can stay updated on www.pendercountync.gov, Facebook, and local news outlets.”

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY MEETING

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12(B) (3): The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of an Emergency Meeting of the Board as follows:

Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Place: By phone. The Press and Public may call in by dialing 910-390-2867 to listen to the meeting. No PIN will be needed.

Purpose: The Board will meet to consider a contract and name an Interim Emergency Management Director. The Board may also enter into Closed Session pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11:3. To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged. General policy matters may not be discussed in a closed session and nothing herein shall be construed to permit a public body to close a meeting that otherwise would be open merely because an attorney employed or retained by the public body is a participant. The public body may consider and give instructions to an attorney concerning the handling or settlement of a claim, judicial action, mediation, arbitration, or administrative procedure. If the public body has approved or considered a settlement, other than a malpractice settlement by or on behalf of a hospital, in closed session, the terms of that settlement shall be reported to the public body and entered into its minutes as soon as possible within a reasonable time after the settlement is concluded.
No other discussion or action will take place.

Questions may be directed to the County Manager’s office by calling 910-259-1200.

Posted and distributed this the 25th day of March 2020.

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NOTICE OF EMERGENCY MEETING

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12(B)(3): The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of an Emergency Meeting of the Board as follows:

Time: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Place: Pender County Public Assembly Room
805 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

Purpose: The Board will meet to discuss it’s response to COVID-19 with regard to county operations. The Board may also enter into Closed Session pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11:3. To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged. General policy matters may not be discussed in a closed session and nothing herein shall be construed to permit a public body to close a meeting that otherwise would be open merely because an attorney employed or retained by the public body is a participant. The public body may consider and give instructions to an attorney concerning the handling or settlement of a claim, judicial action, mediation, arbitration, or administrative procedure. If the public body has approved or considered a settlement, other than a malpractice settlement by or on behalf of a hospital, in closed session, the terms of that settlement shall be reported to the public body and entered into its minutes as soon as possible within a reasonable time after the settlement is concluded; and 6) To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee. General personnel policy matters may not be considered in a closed session. A public body may not consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, appointment, or removal of a member of the public body or another body and may not consider or fill a vacancy among its own membership except in an open meeting. Final action making an appointment or discharge or removal by a public body having final authority for the appointment or discharge or removal shall be taken in an open meeting.
Questions may be directed to the County Manager’s office by calling 910-259-1200.

Posted and distributed this the 23rd day of March 2020.

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Notice of Emergency Meeting

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12(B) (3): The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of an Emergency Meeting of the Board as follows:

Time: Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Place: By phone.
The Press and Public may call in by dialing 910-390-2867 to listen to the meeting. No PIN will be needed.
Purpose: The Board will meet to discuss the following items:
• Pender County’s response to COVID-19 with regard to county operations.
No other discussion or action will take place.

Questions may be directed to the County Manager’s office by calling 910-259-1200.

Posted and distributed this the 20th day of March 2020.

Notice of Special Meeting

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12(B) (3): The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of an Emergency Meeting of the Board as follows:

Time: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Place: By phone.
The Press and Public may call in by dialing 910-390-2867 to listen to the meeting. No PIN will be needed.
Purpose: The Board will meet to discuss the following items:
• Pender County’s response to the Holly Shelter Fire.
• Pender County’s response to COVID-19.
No other discussion or action will take place.

Questions may be directed to the County Manager’s office by calling 910-259-1200.

Posted and distributed this the 13th day of March 2020.

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