County seeks Legal Services for Land Use Regulation, RFP ## 211108-210

Pender County requests for proposal (RFP) for legal services to be provided to Pender County for the Fiscal Year 2022. Legal services requested are primarily in the field of land use regulation and enforcement of related ordinances as well as grant administration.  Only attorneys who are currently licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and maintain an office in North Carolina or law firms including such attorneys, may respond to this RFP.  Reponses are due December 6, 2021 by 4pm to Travis Henley, Planning & Community Development Director, at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC, 28425.  Click here to view the full RFP # 211108-210.  The county reserves the right to reject any/all proposals.

EOC Audio Visual Update, RFP # 211109-211

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 full 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.

Addendum 1 is being issued for clarification, to answer questions on the RFP and to provide additional EOC photos.  Click here to view Addendum 1.

A new tradition begins with a Christmas Tree Lighting in Hampstead Kiwanis Park

HAMPSTEAD – For the first time, Hampstead Kiwanis Park and the Hampstead community will celebrate a Christmas Tree Lighting event on Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Holiday music will begin with a local choir and a soloist at 6:30 p.m.

“Pender County Parks and Recreation is pleased to start a new holiday tradition at the Hampstead Kiwanis Park with an annual Christmas tree lighting event for the Hampstead community,” Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor, said.

The new Christmas tree will be decked out in bright LED lights.

“Of course, we can’t light up a Christmas tree without Santa’s help,” said White. “Santa Claus will visit with children. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras or smartphones for photos with Santa.”

The Pender County Parks and Recreation Department will host children’s activities that include cookies and crafts along with a community Christmas carol sing-along.

Admission is free.

For more information visit the Pender Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority pipeline leak will impact Pender County water service

BURGAW – A pipeline in the Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority sprung a major leak today impacting water service in Pender County.

“Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWASA) is a purveyor of raw water,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “While repairs are being made by LCFWASA to the pipeline this will impact our water usage in Pender County.”

Pender County Utilities (PCU) purchases some water from LCFWASA, as does Brunswick County and CFPUA in New Hanover. The PCU treatment plant will continue to operate as usual for now.

“We will have some reduction in flow and some period of shutdown over the next few days,” said Keel.

PCU is utilizing additional water from the Town of Wallace and Pender County’s Hampstead wells.

“We’re keeping our tanks as full as possible,” said Keel. “However, we are implementing voluntary water restrictions immediately.  Brunswick County and CFPUA are also implementing similar water restrictions.”

As LCFWASA continues to address the major water leak in their pipeline, Keel said the water purveyor is coordinating water restrictions to all LCFWASA customers, including Pender County.

Water conservation recommendations can be found on the PCU website at http://www.pendercountync.gov/utl in the Documents section.

“PCU and LCFWASA are working to ensure we all can keep water flowing to our customers,” said Keel. “However, I strongly urge Pender County Utilities customers to conserve water until repairs are completed.”

Pender County Health Department now offering Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to children, ages 5-11

BURGAW – Pender County Health Department is now providing COVID-19 vaccine to children, ages 5-11.

“Children are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services Director.

Pfizer pediatric vaccine for ages 5-11 years is available Monday through Friday, 8 -11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at the health department in Burgaw, 803 S. Walker St., and the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17, Hampstead.

The CDC recommends all children between these ages get the vaccine to protect against serious illness. The FDA has authorized emergency use of a lower dose of the vaccine to be administered to children in this age group. The Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine is the only authorized vaccine to be administered to children ages 5-11 at this time.

More than 3,000 children ages 5 to 11 participated in the trials. This is comparable to the number included in many similar clinical trials with children. Children were given two doses, and each dose was one-third the amount of the dose given to people 12 and older. Doses were given 21 days apart. No cases of myocarditis (a heart muscle inflammation, very rarely seen in some adults taking the vaccine), were seen in children 5 to 11 in the clinical trials.

For more details, call the health department at 910-259-1230.

Pender Health Department Update regarding COVID-19 vaccination

BURGAW – The Pender County Health Department is offering Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 booster vaccines. Booster shots are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The department also continues to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots to anyone who has not been vaccinated.

“Flu and COVID vaccinations are available Mondays through Fridays in our Burgaw and Hampstead offices,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services Director. “No appointment is necessary.”

Vaccinations and boosters are offered at the Pender County Health Department located at 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw and the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17. For more information call 910-259-1230.

DEQ expands actions required by Chemours to address GenX/PFAS contamination

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is taking two actions requiring Chemours to address GenX and PFAS contamination originating from the Fayetteville Works Facility and affecting private water well owners.

First, Chemours must assess the extent of contamination in downstream communities to include well sampling and provision of replacement drinking water supplies.

“The contamination from Chemours extends down the Cape Fear River into multiple communities and Chemours’ actions to address that contamination must reach those communities as well,” said DEQ Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser.  “DEQ will continue to take the necessary steps to provide relief to affected North Carolinians as the science and regulations require.”

DEQ has determined that Chemours is responsible for contamination of groundwater monitoring wells and water supply wells in New Hanover County and potentially Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick counties. Chemours is required to expand the off-site assessment required under the 2019 Consent Order to determine the extent of the contamination.   Chemours must also conduct sampling of private drinking water wells to identify residents who may be eligible for replacement drinking water supplies. Chemours must submit plans to DEQ for approval.

Second, Chemours is required to review existing well sampling in communities surrounding the Fayetteville Works facility to determine additional eligibility for whole house filtration and public water, in light of the revised Toxicity Assessment for GenX from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemours has been advised that EPA will be releasing a federal drinking water health advisory level for GenX in the coming months.  In Paragraph 19, the 2019 Consent Order requires Chemours to provide replacement permanent drinking water to private wells with “detections of GenX compounds in exceedance of 140 ng/L, or any applicable health advisory, whichever is lower.”

In advance of a likely EPA health advisory level below 140 ng/l, DEQ is requiring Chemours to review existing well sampling data to identify residents who would be entitled to public water or whole house filtration under a revised health advisory level.  Chemours must revise the assessment of public water feasibility for all affected residents under a lower health advisory level.  DEQ is also requiring Chemours to develop a plan to transition residents who have previously received reverse osmosis systems based on GenX results to either public water or whole house filtrations systems as appropriate under a lower GenX health advisory level.

Copies of the notifications to Chemours are available online here.

Employ a Veteran Week

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina will celebrate “Employ A Veteran Week,” Nov. 8-12, with a variety of events to help connect veterans to jobs and other services, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
“In North Carolina, we appreciate our military, our veterans, and their families, who have all served and sacrificed for our country,” Governor Cooper said. “One great way that our employers can honor veterans is by hiring them, and as an added benefit they will also be getting some of the best employees they have ever had.”

In September, Governor Cooper joined North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME), the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NCDMVA), and the North Carolina Department of Commerce in challenging businesses to hire at least one veteran, transitioning service-member, National Guard/Reserve member or military spouse between September and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

“Recruiting and hiring veterans is a sound strategy in today’s labor market, and we are committed to helping North Carolina businesses connect to veterans, who bring incredible talents, skills and experience to the workplace,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Our new ‘First in Talent’ strategic economic development plan calls for improving and expanding upon existing programs that assist veterans in transitioning to the civilian workforce, while informing employers of the benefits of hiring these heroes.”

“As we approach the day our nation sets aside to honor our veterans, we encourage employers to honor vets by hiring vets,” said Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Walter Gaskin. “Veterans bring distinctive capabilities and skills developed through real-world, high-pressure experience, and now employers can tap into this high-caliber talent to achieve challenging goals in their organizations.”

The Department of Commerce has 70 NCWorks Veterans Services professionals (all of whom are veterans themselves), whose mission is to help veterans find good jobs and training opportunities. These professionals are located across the state at local NCWorks Career Centers, which serve veterans and other jobseekers, while also helping employers meet their talent needs. Contact information for each career center can be found at www.NCWorks.gov. In addition, veterans and employers can access services through the NCWorks Veterans Portal at veterans.ncworks.gov.

Pender County Veteran Services is available to assist our resident veterans with two offices – one in Burgaw at the Pender County Administration Office and another in the Hampstead Annex. NC Works operates an office in Burgaw too.

 

Translate »