PENDER COUNTY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING

PENDER COUNTY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RELATED TO THE BROWNSFIELD STATUS OF THE FORMER BASF/TEKADA PROPERTY OWNED BY PENDER COUNTY

Pender County is requesting environmental support services on the Pender Commerce Park property. The former owner of the Park property is the responsible party engaged in a NCDEQ-mandated post-remediation groundwater monitoring program on part of the Park property. Pender County has a Brownfield Agreement with the NCDEQ. The groundwater monitoring program involves sampling groundwater from monitoring wells located on properties within the Pender Commerce Park. Pender County owns these parcels and would like to make them available for sale as new development sites without the presence of the monitoring wells. These monitoring wells are part of the NCDEQ monitoring program, however some are located in the potential footprint of future structures within undeveloped parcels of the Commerce Park. Therefore, Pender County is seeking to retain the services of an environmental consulting firm to work with the former property owner/responsible party and the NCDEQ to develop a strategy and solution to get the monitoring wells removed from the areas desired for the development of the subject parcels in the Commerce Park.

Click here for the full Request for Qualifications. Online submittals may be emailed to cmcewen@pendercountync.gov. Hard copy submittals may be mailed or delivered to Chad McEwen, 805 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425.  Deadline for submittals is 5 pm on February 9, 2021. All statement of qualifications must include a fee as well as a schedule of rates and fees.

Important COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out Information

COVID-19 VACCINATION ROLL-OUT INFORMATION

The Pender County Health Department is receiving limited quantities of COVID-19 vaccine.

We are no longer taking names for future appointments.  If you have been placed on our call list, we will be contacting you to schedule an appointment.

We ask that you monitor the county’s website or Facebook page and the local news for updates on vaccine availability and that you call for an appointment at that time.  (910) 259-1230

In addition, our plans are to offer online appointment scheduling in the near future.

Vaccinations will be offered at two locations:  the health department in Burgaw and the Hampstead Annex.

 

IMPORTANT:

You cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID within the last 30 days
  • You have received a vaccine of any kind (other than for COVID) in the last 14 days
  • You have pending test results due to an exposure.

 Please complete this form and print it before coming to be vaccinated

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.

Check out this interactive map today

The Pender County GIS office created an interactive Web-based map which shows parks, trails, natural areas, community centers, and places of public interest managed by different agencies.

Whether you want to swim, go boating, see a museum, or experience some history, this portal can help you and find out a little more information about where you want to go. If you live here or if you are visiting, see what beautiful Pender County has to offer today!

 

Link: https://pendercountync.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=67d9430cee834f3d80bd2e1319026bd0

County Boards of Elections begin regular voter-list maintenance processes

RALEIGH, N.C. – In 2021, county boards of elections across North Carolina will conduct several important and required processes designed to keep the state’s voter rolls accurate and up to date.

These routine processes are required by state and federal laws. Accurate voter rolls are maintained by removing voters who have moved or died or are otherwise ineligible to vote in that jurisdiction.

Voter roll list maintenance is important because it ensures ineligible voters are not included on poll books, reduces the possibility for poll worker error and decreases opportunities for fraud.

As a result of these processes, the number of North Carolina voter registrations will decrease in the coming months. As of January 9, nearly 7.2 million voters were registered in the state.

[See Voter Registration Statistics]

[See “Maintaining the Voter Registration Database in North Carolina.” Updated July 27, 2017]

“The removal of voters who have moved and are no longer eligible to vote in that jurisdiction is a routine and important aspect of elections administration,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “Before any voter’s registration is canceled, the county boards of elections attempt to contact the voter to allow them to confirm or update their registration.”

The following are details about three of the many list maintenance processes the county boards of elections will complete in 2021:

Biennial List Maintenance (No-contact process)

In the early part of every odd-numbered year, if a county board of elections has had no contact with a voter for two federal election cycles – a total of four years – and the voter has not voted during that time, it will send the voter a forwardable address confirmation mailing. The voter will be required to return the confirmation mailing within 30 days.

If the voter does not return the mailing, or the U.S. Postal Service returns it to the county board as undeliverable, then the voter’s record will be marked “inactive” in the state’s voter registration database. Inactive voters are still registered voters. If an inactive voter shows up to vote, the person will be asked to verify their address and update it, if necessary.

County boards will send mailings this year to voters with whom there has been no contact since October 12, 2018. Counties have started printing and mailing these notices, which must go out by April 15. More than 450,000 of these mailings are expected to be sent out statewide in 2021.

The registrations of these voters will be canceled if they do not confirm their registration by 2023.

Removal of Inactive Voters

County boards of elections also have begun to remove certain “inactive” voters from the rolls. Voters will be removed from registration lists this year after being sent a no-contact mailing in 2016. Any voter removed in this way would not have had any contact with their county board of elections for four federal election cycles, not voted in any election during that time and not responded to a confirmation mailing.

The State Board estimates about 380,000 inactive voters will be removed from the voter rolls in 2021.

Any removed registrant must be reinstated if the voter appears to vote and gives oral or written affirmation that the voter has not moved out of the county and has maintained residence continuously within the county. These voters’ votes will be counted absent evidence that they moved out of the county.

Voters may check their registration status at any time using the State Board’s Voter Search Tool: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

National Change of Address (NCOA) Mailings

In January and July of each year, the State Board provides the 100 county boards of elections with change of address data from the U.S. Postal Service. County boards must send voters in this dataset postcard mailings to the new address to confirm whether they have an unreported change of address for voting purposes.

These mailings allow voters to update their names or addresses within a county or notify the board of elections of a move outside of that county. The voter is asked to respond to the mailing within 30 days. If the voter does not respond, the voter will be mailed a traditional address confirmation notice to their existing mailing address.

If the voter does not respond to that notice within 30 days, the voter’s registration status will be changed to “inactive.”

If a voter is deceased, a near relative may use the mailing to report the death so the county board can cancel the registration.

Additional List Maintenance Efforts

N.C. elections officials also routinely remove voters who have died from the voter rolls. Death notifications are made available by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. County boards of elections also regularly remove voters who are convicted of felonies, using records from the N.C. Department of Public Safety and U.S. attorneys’ offices.

To learn more about registering to vote in North Carolina, visit: https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering.

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles customers may register or update their registration online here: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/online/Pages/voter-registration-application.aspx

NCDOT releases the State of Aviation report

Henderson Field contributes to local economy

PENDER COUNTY – The North Carolina Department of Transportation released its annual report, The State of Aviation, this week. The report highlights the contribution of airports across the state.

“Publicly owned airports contribute $61 billion to the state’s economy annually and supports 373,000 jobs,” said Gage King, Henderson Field Airport manager in Pender County.

“The release of North Carolina’s 2021 State of Aviation report illustrates the great impact airports, big and small, have on our economy, said King. “Airports pay their way in North Carolina.”

It is important to note that our local General Aviation airports contribute more than $5.2 billion annually to the economy and create over 27,000 jobs.

“It is often viewed that General Aviation airports such as Henderson Field in northern Pender County are burdens on the taxpayers, but this report relays the exact opposite,” said King. “Businesses, big and small, utilize North Carolina’s robust system of airports to efficiently access communities from all over the country. These businesses bring jobs, money, and tax revenue to our state.”

Henderson Field contributes more than $5.2 million to the State’s economy while creating 30 jobs.

“Over the past 12 months, we have proudly served local manufacturers, suppliers of local manufacturers, agriculture, developers, healthcare, and tourism to our area’s great golf courses and beaches,” said King. “As our communities grow, it is important that our airport grows as well.”

Currently, Henderson Field is increasing its infrastructure to facilitate more businesses and tourism which ultimately increases its impact on the economy.

“This year we are expected to install an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) which will allow pilots and citizens to see accurate, real time weather,” said King.

In a recent survey to business and casual users, an AWOS was the second most requested piece of infrastructure.

“Our highest requested piece of infrastructure was a longer runway,” noted King. “Through much anticipation and years of work, we are expected to start the process of extending our runway to 5,500ft in the following weeks with the first phases of work approved in January by NCDOT. This is an elaborate project expected to last approximately 3 years, but it is much needed and can’t come soon enough for a rapidly growing community. We look forward to continuing to positively impact the economy for years to come.”

King encourages everyone to visit https://public.tableau.com/profile/weston.head#!/vizhome/FiledFlightPlansforNorthCarolinaAirportsFFY2019/Dashboard?publish=yes, a map that tracks flights to Henderson Field Airport.

“This is a great image of how this airport helps people access our community,” said King. “Just select “ACZ” for Henderson Field in the drop box on the right. This accounts for a very small portion of flights in and out of the airport but is a great illustration.”

For more information about Henderson Field, visit  https://www.airnav.com/airport/KACZ or call 910-285-6642.

To read the entire North Carolina: The State of Aviation, go to https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/aviation/Pages/state-of-aviation.aspx.

Pender County Health Department continues vaccinations for residents 75 years and older

BURGAW- Upon the arrival of the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Pender County Health Department has administered nearly 1000 vaccinations to health care workers caring for COVID patients, staff responsible for cleaning COVID-19 areas, and residents 75 years or older. Those receiving the first round of the vaccine have been scheduled for their second round 28 days later.

“We schedule appointments in conjunction with the supply of vaccine that we receive from the state,” said Carolyn Moser. “We are following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines, which prioritizes groups by age, vocation, and high risk of exposure.”

Moser stressed the health department will not move to the next phase and group without meeting the needs of the current phase in which they are vaccinating, Phase 1 b, Group 1.

All appointments for the week of January 11 are filled.

“We are asking residents in Phase 1 b, Group 1, to call the health department and leave their name and number. We will return their call to schedule an appointment.  However, the number of patients we can see will be dependent upon how many doses of the vaccine we receive in the next shipments,” explained Moser.

According to health department staff, interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination has been overwhelming. The department has added multiple phone lines to accept calls. If residents receive a busy signal, please call back.

The health department number is 910-259-1230.

Governor Cooper extends modified Stay At Home Order amid rising case counts

Modified Stay At Home Order extended as numbers continue to increase at alarming pace; 96 counties now designated as “red” or “orange”

North Carolina National Guard mobilized, other efforts underway to support vaccine distribution

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen shared an update today on North Carolina’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support the vaccination effort currently underway.

Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 pm – 5 am to last through at least Friday, January 29. Secretary Cohen also issued a Secretarial Directive with stark warnings for North Carolinians to avoid indoor spaces without masks and gatherings between households. Read here for more details on the Secretarial Directive.

“We have turned the page on a new year – one that we’re hoping will bring better times. But as we know, the virus didn’t disappear at midnight on December 31,” Governor Cooper said. “In fact, in North Carolina, we have seen some of our highest case counts, percent positives, hospitalizations and ICU bed usage numbers in the past few days. No matter where you live, work, worship or play, COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we must treat it that way.”

“We are in a very dangerous position. North Carolinians need to take immediate actions to save lives, slow the spread of the virus, and protect hospital capacity so that medical care is available to anyone who may need it, whether for COVID-19 or for any other reason,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is increasing.

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is increasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is increasing.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is increasing.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.

Testing
• Testing is widely available across the state.

Tracing Capability
• There have been more than 600,000 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

Personal Protective Equipment
• North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.

Dr. Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s COVID-19 County Alert System map. There are now 84 counties designated as red (critical community spread) and 12 counties that are yellow (substantial community spread). Read the update to see where each county stands and how the system was designed.

Vaccine Efforts Underway
Governor Cooper and Dr. Cohen also highlighted North Carolina’s efforts to support the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Governor Cooper has mobilized approximately 50 North Carolina National Guard personnel to support NCDHHS and North Carolina Emergency Management. The Guard will assist with administering the vaccine and logistics support for local entities.

“As we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are also helping local hospitals and health departments to support their vaccine efforts. Getting the vaccine out quickly is the most urgent priority right now, and we will use everything and everyone needed to get the job done,” Governor Cooper said.

NCDHHS is onboarding more health care providers to administer the vaccine and sharing detailed guidance with providers to help them get the vaccine out more quickly. NCDHHS has also notified vaccine providers that future allocations will be based on how quickly they are able to get their supply out to eligible recipients. If an entity is not using their vaccine supply quickly enough or keeping the state database updated on their progress that will impact how much they are allocated going forward.

As the state moves into Phase 1b, local hospitals and other vaccine providers can now begin administering vaccines to those over age 75. Individuals should call their local health department or hospital to see if they have started to schedule vaccine appointments. A comprehensive list of local health department contact numbers can be found here.

Finally, NCDHHS and the state of North Carolina continue to work with communities around the state who may be hesitant to accept the vaccine when it is their turn. Governor Cooper and Dr. Cohen underscored that this vaccine was authorized after independent health experts reviewed the data from tens of thousands of trial participants.

Read Executive Order No. 188.

View the slides from today’s briefing.

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