On-street parking violations are subject to a $250 fine

PENDER COUNTY – To give fire and emergency apparatus unobstructed access, the North Carolina general statute orders all roadways must be passable.

“In housing developments where parking on the street occurs, especially near a fire hydrant, this can be a serious concern and a violation of state statute,” said Pender County Deputy Fire Marshal Amy Burton.

State law mandates fire apparatus must have an unobstructed width of not less than 20-ft., not including road shoulders, and a vertical clearance of not less than 13-feet 6 inches.

“State statute specifically notates the parking of vehicles along a street,” said Burton. “Every street, especially in heavily populated areas, must be clear for emergency vehicles at all times.”

North Carolina General Statute 20-162 details the law concerning parking near fire hydrants, in front of private driveways, near intersections, and parking in fire lanes. The statute also gives law enforcement the authority to remove vehicles.

“Pender County fire code officials have the authority to issue civil citations, and/or remove vehicles,” said Burton. “Fines can be as high as $250, per citation, according to state law.”

“To ensure the safety of our residents and their properties, we urge all neighborhoods to evaluate all street parking. Residents with concerns regarding obstructed access should call the fire marshal’s office,” said Burton.

Tax Foreclosure Sale of Wooden Lot on Hwy 117in Rocky Point, Parcel ID # 3237-23-0468-0000

Located on Highway 117 in Rocky Point is a 0.19 acre wooded lot zoned for residential use. It is the buyer’s responsibility to investigate the property prior to bidding. Winning bid is subject to seller approval. Pender County reserves the right to accept or decline any and all bids. In addition to the winning bid, the winning bidder will pay all closing costs including the seller’s representation fee of $400.   View the auction on GovDeals:  https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemID=2&acctID=22325&Preview=1

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Pender County’s Auctions will be administered by GovDeals, an online auction service specializing in surplus government property liquidation. GovDeals will collect fees as outlined on each auction that will be passed on to the buyer.  All auctions are open to the public and there is no cost to register.   The general rules can be found here.

DEQ announces Action Strategy for PFAS

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced the agency’s Action Strategy for PFAS today during an event in Wilmington. The DEQ Action Strategy for PFAS contains three priorities: protecting communities, protecting drinking water and cleaning up existing contamination.

“Families deserve to have confidence that they’re getting clean water when they turn on the tap,” Governor Cooper said. “North Carolina has taken the lead across the country in demanding accountability for PFAS and other emerging chemical compounds and this plan will help us continue to proactively protect our communities.”

“In the last five years, communities along the Cape Fear River have learned far more than most about GenX and PFAS, or forever chemicals, and their impacts and we want to ensure that in the future no other community experiences what they have already been though,” said Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser. “DEQ’s Action Strategy lays out our priorities to address PFAS comprehensively across our state and our commitment to propose enforceable standards for PFAS chemicals.”

DEQ’s priority areas include actions to identify health and exposure risks, develop the science needed to set enforceable limits, and steps to minimize future PFAS pollution.

DEQ, in consultation with DHHS and the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, is working to create a list of Priority PFAS compounds most prevalent in North Carolina.  DEQ plans to propose groundwater, surface water and drinking water standards for priority PFAS and will initiate rulemaking for those that have available scientific data. For compounds without the required data, DEQ will work with academic partners to develop the data needed to set standards.

While standards are being developed, DEQ will provide technical assistance to permittees who take early action and chose to reduce their releases into the environment through materials substitution, pollution control and treatment systems, and other innovative techniques.

The DEQ Strategy for PFAS Action is available online at: https://deq.nc.gov/media/30108/open

DEQ accepting public comment on updated Public Participation Plan

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comments on a 2022 update to the DEQ Public Participation Plan. The Public Participation Plan includes best practices for community engagement, enhanced outreach methods and additional community resources. The Plan has been updated for 2022 as directed under Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 246.

The public is invited to submit comments on the updated DEQ plan through Friday, July 1. Comments can be emailed to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov or mailed to:

Attn: Public Affairs
1601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

The DEQ Public Participation Plan is available online here.

As part of EO 246, all cabinet agencies are required to post a public participation plan by June 1.  Below are links to some of the available Public Participation Plans. Please check agency websites for public participation plans if not listed below. Comments can be provided to each department. 

Department of Public Safety

Department of Information Technology

Department of Transportation

Department of Commerce


Notice of special closed session meeting

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12: The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of a Special Meeting of the Board as follows:


Time:                Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 1pm

                                    Thursday, June 2,2022 at 1pm

Place:               BOCC Meeting Room

805 S. Walker Street

Burgaw, NC 28425

Purpose:           The Board will meet to consider the following items:

  • Conduct interview for open County Manager position.

No other discussion or action will take place.


Please note these are closed session meetings: ITEM 6 Personnel.


Posted and distributed this the 27th day of May 2022.

Should your well be considered for Chemours drinking water well testing?

Chemours has begun a drinking water well testing program in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties. The testing is being performed per the revised Interim Four Counties Sampling and Drinking Water Plan (Plan). The revised Plan was submitted to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ; https://deq.nc.gov/) on April 1, 2022.

Chemours is in the process of identifying private drinking water wells that may qualify for testing. The water will be tested for the 12 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds listed in the Consent Order (CO) and may be also other PFAS compounds as well as non-PFAS water quality parameters. Call (910) 678-1100 and leave a message if you feel your well should be tested.  A team member will call you back within three business days.

For more information, please check the Fayetteville Works website at: https://www.chemours.com/en/about-chemours/global-reach/fayetteville-works.


Demolition Services, RFP # 220512-228

Pender County is seeking Proposals for a variety of demolition services in RFP # 220512-228 on multiple County owned sites, as well as remaining infrastructure at the former Long Creek School site are included. Sites may be awarded individually or all to one vendor.  All work will be expected to be completed in June 2022.

A site visit has been scheduled for May 19th at 1pm at the former Long Creek School site, Project #1.  Attendance at the site visit is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged.  Any questions on this project are due to Trisha Newton at purchasing@pendercountync.gov and have been extended to May 20, 2022, at 9am.  Answers will be provided the same day.  Sealed bids are due no later than May 23, 2022 at 2pm in the Pender County Finance Office, located at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425. Vendors are reminded to check back periodically for possible Addenda.

The County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals for which, in the County’s opinion, is in the best overall interest of the County and to waive minor irregularities in the evaluation process.  County also reserves the right to further negotiate minor modifications with the successful proposer upon completion of the evaluation process prior to the execution of a final contract.


Scope of Work:

The Proposer (also referred to as the “Contractor”) shall provide all materials, tools, machinery, labor, and supervision necessary for the demolition work of buildings and accessory structures. Demolition work shall include excavation of any footing foundations and removal of all debris from the demolition site.  Additionally, the Contractor must properly fill and seal all damaged/exposed wells.*


Identified Projects:

Project 1:  Remaining Structures at the Former Long Creek School Site (Appendix A), Address: 23280 NC HWY 210, Rocky Point, NC 28457, Parcel PIN:  2295-13-4411-0000

Project # 2:  Blue House and Well (Appendix B), Address: 208 Burgaw Creek Loop Road, Burgaw, NC 28425, Parcel PIN 3320-82-9153-0000

Project # 3:  Condemned Structure (Appendix C), Location: 3340 Halfway Branch School Road, Ivanhoe, NC 28447, Parcel PIN 2350-15-2730-0000

Project # 4:  Remaining Structure and Well (Appendix D), Location: 2907 Englishtown Road, Willard, NC 28478, Parcel PIN 2373-58-7162-0000

Project # 5:  Mobile Home (Appendix E), Location:  403 Saddle Ridge Road, Currie, NC 28435, Parcel PIN 2274-57-5844-0000

Project # 6:  Rocky Point with Debris (Appendix F), Location:  600 Cheshire Road, Rocky Point, NC 28457, Parcel PIN 3224-46-2015-0000

Project # 7:  Maple Hill with Debris (Appendix G), Location:  960 Lee Road, Maple Hill, NC  28454, Parcel PIN 3392-53-8565-0000

Project # 8:  Multiple Structures (Appendix H), Location:  1310 Slocum Trail, Atkinson, NC  28421,
Parcel PIN 2266-21-6379-0000

Click here to view the full RFP # 220512-228.

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