Substantial rainfall floods local roads, updated list of roads

Updated road impacts

 

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. As promised, Pender County Emergency Management issued an updated list of roads that are impacted by the recent heavy rains.

 

“We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.”

 

Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of 3 p.m., Feb. 19:

  • Riverview Drive along the river
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • 1500 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1600 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1900 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2400 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2800 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 250 Horseshoe Loop
  • Old Savanah Road 100 Yards west of Van Eden Rd (Wash Out)
  • Juniper Lane at the turn
  • Whitestocking Rd near Chorley Drive
  • Whitestocking Rd at Mack Williams

 

“Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water,” Smith said. “It’s safer to find an alternative route.”

 

Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.

 

Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.

 

Pender County Emergency Management will update any changes in road conditions this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream and coastal gauges.

 

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Substantial rainfall floods local roads, caution urged

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways.
“Due to the substantial rainfall we are experiencing in Pender County, our roads will be impacted,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “Pender County is currently under a Flash Flood Watch. We urge motorists to turn around, don’t drown. This is more than just a cliché. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States.”
Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of 3 p.m., Feb. 18.
  • Willard Railroad Street at the Bridge of the Pender/Duplin County line
  • NC Hwy 50 at the curve just before the Pender/Duplin County line
  • 2356-3276 block of the Old Maple Hill Rd
  • 2593-3573 block Croomsbridge Rd
  • 0-735 River Bend Drive
  • All of River Birch Rd
  • All of Bear Run Rd
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • 4000 block of Herrings Chapel Rd
  • Malpass Corner Road and Herrings Chapel Road
  • 2460-2345 block NC Hwy 53 West
  • 2500 block of Shiloh Rd
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • 1500 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1600 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1900 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2400 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2800 block of S. Shore Drive
  • NC Hwy 133 at Cedar Farms Lane
  • 44 Saddle Ridge Rd
“Please don’t drive through swift-moving water on the roadways,” said Smith. “Only a few inches of swift-moving water can lift an automobile from the roadway. Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water. It’s safer to find an alternative route.”
Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.
Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.
Pender County Emergency Management will update any changes in road conditions.
Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream, and coastal gauges.
For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Pender County seeks equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Pender County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Brown issued a letter today to Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore, the state pharmacist, to request an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

Brown cites that Pender County ranks 98 out of 100 counties in terms of the total number of vaccinations per capita received since mid-December. He also noted that Pender County ranks 46 in the cumulative population and 65th in population of citizens 65 years and older.

He based the findings on the state’s own data released late last week.

Letter to Dr. Fuller Moore
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Solicitation of Proposals for Leasing Farm Land Owned by Pender County

Pender County is seeking proposals related to the leasing of 100 acres of cleared farm land along Old Savannah Road northwest of the city limits of Burgaw. Lease shall commence on March 1, 2021 and shall terminate on December 31, 2021. Minimum bid proposal shall be for $10,000. Bids submitted above this amount must be placed in $500 increments. Selection will be based on the highest bid received.

Deadline for proposals is February 16, 2021 at 5 pm. Hard copy proposals may be delivered to the County Manager’s Office at 805 South Walker Street in Burgaw. Proposals may also be emailed to cmcewen@pendercountync.gov. Any question may be directed to Chad McEwen at (910) 259-0228.

Pender County is an equal opportunity employer/service provider and encourages participation by historically underutilized businesses, including small, minority, and female-owned businesses.

Prison Property Farm lease

Pender LEC Plat_Old Savannah Rd
Aerial_LEC_Farm Map

Solicitation of Proposals for Leasing Farm Land Owned by Pender County

Pender County is seeking proposals related to the leasing of 100 acres of cleared farm land along Old Savannah Road northwest of the city limits of Burgaw. Lease shall commence on March 1, 2021 and shall terminate on December 31, 2021. Minimum bid proposal shall be for $10,000. Bids submitted above this amount must be placed in $500 increments. Selection will be based on the highest bid received.

Deadline for proposals is February 16, 2021 at 5 pm. Hard copy proposals may be delivered to the County Manager’s Office at 805 South Walker Street in Burgaw. Proposals may also be emailed to cmcewen@pendercountync.gov. Any question may be directed to Chad McEwen at (910) 259-0228.

Pender County is an equal opportunity employer/service provider and encourages participation by historically underutilized businesses, including small, minority, and female-owned businesses.

Pender County votes to approve 2021-2022 Legislative Goals for NC counties

BURGAW – January 14-15, Commissioner Jackie Newton represented Pender County as a voting delegate for the 2021 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Legislative Goals Conference on Jan. 14-15.

During the virtual conference, county delegates across North Carolina came together to participate in a series of voting sessions to develop NCACC’s legislative agenda, which will guide county advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels of government. The full list of approved goals is available here.

“Representing Pender County Government and working toward common goals for the betterment of our residents is extremely important to me and my fellow commissioners,” said Jackie Newton, Pender County Commissioner.

On Sept. 21, 2020, the Pender County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution with their proposed legislative goals which were then submitted to the NCACC for consideration. A copy of Pender County’s Legislative Goals Resolution can be viewed here.

Delegates finalized a slate of dozens of goals including longstanding priorities on expanding broadband access, funding for public school facilities, and efforts to preserve and expand local revenue for counties. Counties also voted to support new goals to address challenges that emerged because of the pandemic, including food insecurity. Counties adopted a new goal to support food supply chain initiatives and funding for North Carolina food banks as well as other equipment, supplies, and other nonrecurring expenses. This goal will further NCACC President Ronnie Smith’s yearlong Resilience Initiative to strengthen North Carolina’s food ecosystem.

Legislative goals pertinent to Pender County include but are not limited to the following goals:

  • Agriculture Goal AG-2:  Support legislation to protect all farming operations from nuisance lawsuits.
  • Environmental Goal, EN-5: Seek legislation to provide additional resources for preventative storm damage maintenance to clear debris to help prevent flood damage in low-lying areas.
  • General Government Goal, GG-1: Seek legislation funding and all efforts to expand digital broadband capability to the unserved and underserved residents and GG5: Support legislation to remove inequities and inconsistencies in the current state economic tier program.
  • Health and Human Resources Goal, HHS-4 Seek additional funding and preserve block grant allocations to increase access to high quality childcare, early childhood education, child welfare services, adult protective services and guardianship.
  • Justice and Public Safety Goal, JPS-4: Support legislation and state funding to provide early intervention services through the Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils, and support increased state funding for the prevention, intervention and treatment of adolescent substance use disorders, gang involvement and domestic violence; and requires the Department of Public Safety to evaluate and update the amount of local matches for JCPC funding.
  • Public Education, Goal PE-5: Support legislation to provide exceptions to the K-3 class size mandate including but not limited to lack of school facility space and availability of qualified teachers.

The conference also featured remarks by Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, and North Carolina Speaker of the House, Tim Moore. Governor Cooper committed to supporting county needs related to vaccine distribution and announced that the state will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older. He called for robust investments in broadband and other vital infrastructure and emphasized the importance of addressing gaps in healthcare coverage, especially considering the pandemic. Cooper also discussed the state’s progress in implementing disaster recovery programs including the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery and Hazard Mitigation programs. Senator Berger expressed interest in hearing county priorities, including issues related to authority for local taxes. He also acknowledged the challenges counties are facing because of the pandemic and its economic impact. Speaker Moore pledged to continue to work for robust school capital funding and said the North Carolina House of Representatives is working to distribute more funding to local government and small businesses to address COVID-19 challenges.

The Legislative Goals Conference is the final step in comprehensive, grassroots process, which began in July. Every county is invited to submit proposals, which are approved by their Board of County Commissioners. This year, NCACC received hundreds of goal proposals, which were initially reviewed and vetted by NCACC’s seven Steering Committees. Then, the Legislative Goals Committee reviewed and refined the goals and recommended the package to the NCACC Board of Directors. In December, the Board approved the goals package for consideration by voting delegates at the Legislative Goals Conference.

About the NCACC: The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is a bipartisan organization, which represents the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.

 

Pender County government offices closed Jan. 18

Pender County offices closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Trash and Recycling Centers to remain open

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Trash and Recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer Station remain open on their regular schedule.

Solid Waste stickers are provided only with hard copy of a Pender County tax bill showing the proper code for proof of payment. Without tax bill Solid Waste personnel are not permitted to issue an updated sticker over the weekend and Holiday. For more details call 910-270-5011.

During normal office hours, residents can pick up stickers at the Utilities office in Burgaw (910-259-1570) or the Hampstead Annex building, Room 101.  The Hampstead number is 910-270-6704.

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