Pender County welcomes Fire Marshal Mark Haraway

 

BURGAW – Pender County Emergency Management recently announced the hiring of Mark Haraway as Fire Marshal.

A native of Danville, Virginia, Haraway is no stranger to Southeastern North Carolina where he has served as a firefighter, training officer, deputy fire marshal, special operations coordinator, fire chief, deputy fire chief, and now fire marshal.

He started his public service career in May 1979 as a teenager.

“My entire family was involved in public safety.  My grandfather was a police officer for 32 years, my dad was in the volunteer rescue squad and a career firefighter for 37 years, my uncle was a career firefighter, so it was kind of like the family business,” said Haraway. “I started in the volunteer rescue squad at age 16, was a Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor at 16, joined the volunteer fire department at 18, and have been in the fire service ever since.”

Haraway’s experience has impacted several state-appointed boards, including Hazardous Materials Regulatory Control, North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) Rescue Development program, NCDOI Universal Commercial Code (UCC) Training Group, North Carolina Emergency Management Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS) Development Committee, and the North Carolina Emergency Management All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) Development Committee.

“I retired in 2014 and moved to Tennessee, where I continued to work as Deputy Fire Marshal for Sevier and Knox Counties, then as the Deputy Fire Chief for the 134th Aire Refueling Wing for the Air National Guard,” said Haraway.

The strong draw of family pulled him away from retirement and Tennessee, he said.

“My wife and I decided we wanted to move back ‘home’ to North Carolina to be closer to our son and grandkids. Pender County is a place we are familiar with and wanted to come back to,” Haraway stated.

“Mark has influenced many young firefighters and EMTs through his training,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Director. “Mark is a published author of a teaching text, Large Scale Incident Management. We are very pleased to have him on staff in Pender County.”

Haraway said in his “free time” he enjoys teaching fire science and Incident Command System (ICS) classes.

“I especially enjoy spending time with my grandkids and working in my woodshop,” Haraway added.

Pender County Board of Elections to begin office hours in Hampstead Annex

HAMPSTEAD – Beginning Dec. 7, Pender County residents can register to vote and the many other services provided by the Pender County Board of Elections.

“Board of Elections staff will be available at the Hampstead Annex every Tuesday and Thursday starting Dec. 7 in Suite 116,” Susan Williams, Pender County Board of Elections director, said.

“Our Hours will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.,” added Williams.

From the Hampstead Annex, the Pender County Board of Elections will offer voter registration forms, candidate filing, campaign finance assistance, absentee requests, and information requests.

The Hampstead Annex is located at 15060 US Hwy 17.

For voter and candidate information, call the Pender County Board of Elections at 910-259-1220.

Pender County issues Burning Ban

BURGAW- Pender County Fire Marshal’s Office issued a Burning Ban effective Tuesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 8 a.m. This is a result of extreme dry conditions across the area.

“The area has received little, to no rainfall in the past few weeks. Additionally, the forecast has with no foreseeable significant rain in sight.” Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Director.

During the past few months with little rain and large amounts of dry leaf litter, the fire threat is growing. Weather patterns are forecasted to be dry with low humidity across southeastern North Carolina. This weather pattern will continue for some time.

The citizens of Pender County are urged to do everything possible to minimize the risk of fire during this period.

This restriction shall extend outward from all residential structures 100 feet. This proclamation does not prohibit outdoor charcoal or gas grills provided precautions are taken to prevent fire from escaping those appliances.

Addendum 1 for EOC Audio Visual Update, RFP # 211109-211

Addendum 1 is being issued for clarification, to answer questions on the RFP and to provide additional photos of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Pender County is soliciting proposals on the replacement of all audiovisuals needed for use in the EOC.  Proposals should include equipment, installation and the first year of support services.  Vendors are required to quote equipment that is a current model and still supported by the manufacturer, not approaching end of life.  Initial training on usage of your solution should also be included.  It is important to note that the County is not interested in significantly modifying the layout of the EOC or conference room.  Click here to view the original RFP # 211109-211.  A tour of the EOC will be offered on November 17, 2021.  Sealed Proposals are due to via mail, courier or in person to Pender County EOC, Attn: Sarah Taylor, 805 Ridgewood Ave. #28, Burgaw, NC, 28425 by December 14, 2021 at 2pm EST.   The county reserves the right to reject any/all proposals.

Thanksgiving holiday hours for Pender County Convenience Centers and Transfer Station

PENDER COUNTY – All the Pender County Trash and Recycling Convenience Sites and the Transfer Station will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

All convenience site locations will resume normal operating hours Friday, Nov. 26, starting at 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The transfer station will reopen Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of convenience centers go to https://www.pendercountync.gov/sw/convenience-centers where addresses and maps are available.

Pender County government offices will close for the holidays beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 26. Government offices will resume normal working hours on Monday, Nov. 29.

 

Public hearing scheduled for Pender County shellfish lease proposals

MOREHEAD CITY – NC Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing by web conference on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.

Topsail Sound Shellfish, LLC (Ronald Sheffield, agent) has applied for a 1.29-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Topsail Sound.​
Soundside Oyster Farms, LLC (Thomas Cannon, agent) has applied for a 0.75-acre shellfish bottom lease in Banks Channel.

Coastal Roots Oyster Company, LLC (David Roughton, agent) has applied for a 1.09-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Green Channel.​

The public may participate in the hearing online or by telephone. To facilitate comments, the division is asking those who wish to speak during the meeting to pre-register here by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Also, the public may comment on the proposed shellfish leases in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 and may be submitted two ways:

  1. Online Comments – Written comments will be accepted through an online form available here.
  2. Mailed Comments – Written comments may be mailed to NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

Public hearing information, including the web conference link and call-in telephone number, presentation slides, and biological investigation reports can be found here.

For more information, contact Marla Chuffo, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8048 or Marla.Chuffo@ncdenr.gov.

 

WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
WHAT: Public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting by Web Conference

Click Here for Meeting Link and Phone Number

Voluntary Water Restriction lifted

Pender County Utilities rescinded its Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective Nov. 20. This notice affects all Pender County Utilities water customers.
The voluntary water conservation alert was originally issued Nov. 5, as a precaution following the identification of a leak in a Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWSA) raw water transmission main. No public action such as boiling water is required.

Pender County adopts Digital Inclusion Plan

In the Nov. 15 meeting of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, the board unanimously adopted the Pender County Digital Inclusion Plan.

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.

To learn more about the place, click here.

Pender County adopts Digital Inclusion Plan

In the Nov. 15 meeting of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, the board unanimously adopted the Pender County Digital Inclusion Plan.

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.

To learn more about the place, click here.

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