RFP # 201009-108 Addendum 1 “Questions and Answers” and Appendix B “Historical Volume”

Pender County has issued Addendum 1 “Questions and Answers” to the current Cost Per Copy RFP, # 201009-108.  Additionally, at the request of potential vendors, Appendix B “Historical Volume” has been created which includes all copy and print volume since May 2016 in Excel.  If you are newly reviewing this RFP, you can obtain the complete package in one file, including the RFP, Addenda and Appendices.  Sealed Proposals are November 6, 2020 by 5pm EST to Trisha Newton, Purchasing Agent, at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425.

Gov. Cooper signs Executive Order to strength eviction prevention and help renters stay in their homes

Executive Order No. 171 clarifies the CDC’s eviction moratorium to prevent unwarranted evictions and help struggling communities

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 171 to strengthen eviction protections to help North Carolina renters stay in their homes. With COVID-19 case counts increasing and many people continuing to work and learn remotely, preventing evictions is critical to the state’s fight against this virus. This order supplements the existing NC HOPE initiative started two weeks ago that pays landlords and utilities directly to keep people in their homes with the lights on.

“Many families are trying to do the right thing, but this virus has made it difficult. Roughly three to 400,000 households across North Carolina are currently unable to pay rent. Therefore, today, I have signed a new Executive Order to prevent evictions in North Carolina for people who can’t afford the rent,” said Governor Cooper. “The result during this global pandemic will be more North Carolinians staying in their homes, more landlords getting paid rent, and fewer utility companies shutting off power.”

The economic toll of COVID-19 has left thousands of families struggling to make ends meet. According to a report from the National Council of State Housing Agencies, approximately 300,000 – 410,000 households across North Carolina are currently unable to pay rent, and an estimated 240,000 eviction filings will be submitted by January 2021.

Last month, the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) put a temporary residential eviction moratorium into effect nationwide from September 4 through December 31, 2020. The CDC order protects residential tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent. However, confusion over who this order protects has caused inconsistent enforcement and unwarranted evictions in some parts of the state.

Executive Order No. 171 requires landlords to make residential tenants aware of their rights under the CDC Order. For eviction actions commencing after Executive Order No. 171, landlords must give residents the option to fill out a declaration form before starting any eviction action.

The Order also sets forth procedures to ensure protection for residential tenants once they provide the required declaration form to the court or to the landlord.

Executive Order No. 171 also clarifies the CDC moratorium so that it clearly applies to all North Carolinians who meet the CDC’s eligibility criteria, regardless of whether they live in federally-subsidized properties. The Order ensures that recipients of the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) program are still able to qualify and that these renter protections will apply to North Carolinians regardless of the CDC Order’s status in other courts.

Today’s Order received concurrence from the Council of State.

Two weeks ago, Governor Cooper launched the $117 million NC HOPE program that provides assistance to eligible low-and-moderate income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic by making direct payments to landlords and utility companies. This program has received 22,800 eligible applications as of today. Given the demand for assistance shown over the last two weeks, the state will continue working to boost the HOPE program so it can help more North Carolinians make ends meet.

“The HOPE program is going a long way to help families stay safe in their homes by using coronavirus funds responsibly to pay landlord and utilities directly,” said Governor Cooper. “My administration is continuing to find ways to help struggling renters, but we still need Washington to put partisanship aside and send more relief to North Carolina.”

People can apply for help by calling 2-1-1 or going to nc211.org/hope.
In addition, to help ease housing concerns, North Carolina is funding the Back@Home program, which helps families experiencing homelessness and provides financial relief to some landlords whose tenants are at risk of homelessness.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a FAQ about today’s Order.

 

Penderlea Volunteer Fire Department Receives 4/9E ISO Rating

Penderlea VFD has received a NCDOI Insurance Rating of a 4/9E.  The fire department along with other fire departments and other agencies where graded on a point scale in September for this final grade. The point system grading system is 10% from Emergency Communications Center. Fire department makes up 50% of the points system. Water supply is 40% and Community Risk Reduction makes up the last 5.5% for a total of 105.5 points.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal comes in and reviews many different things in the different areas of the grading system. After a few months the final score from a Class 1 being the best to a Class 10 having no fire protection coverage is finalized. The Penderlea VFD has been a Class 9 and was the minimum rate fire protection class. In February of next year the new insurance rating will go into effect. The fire insurance premium drop will be for all fire insurance policies that are within the five-mile district of the Penderlea VFD. Anyone living in the five to six-mile area will continue to receive a class 9 E ratings.

“NCDOI will pass this on to the insurance companies,” said Pender County Fire Marshal Tommy Batson.

Anyone unsure about how much of a saving they may see, contact your local insurance agent.

“The hard work of many people and agencies from this will pay off for the homeowners each year in saving the affected response area of Penderlea,” said Batson.

The inspection conducted in September was a review of record keeping, contract agreements, fire response, training, staffing, water haul, water sources, equipment and many other items. The other agencies involved in the inspection besides the volunteers of Penderlea VFD included the Pender County Fire Marshal Office, Pender County GIS, Pender County Sheriff Office E911 Center, Pender County Utilities, Pender EMS & Fire, Burgaw VFD, Wallace VFD, Harrells VFD, Atkinson VFD, Shiloh VFD and Maple Hill VFD.

Rocky Point Volunteer Fire Department receives a 4/9E ISO Rating

Rocky Point VFD has received a NCDOI Insurance Rating of a 4/9E.  The fire department along with other fire departments and other agencies where graded on a point scale in September for this final grade. The point system grading system is 10% from Emergency Communications Center. Fire department makes up 50% of the points system. Water supply is 40% and Community Risk Reduction makes up the last 5.5% for a total of 105.5 points.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal comes in and reviews many different things in the different areas of the grading system. After a few months the final score from a Class 1 being the best to a Class 10 having no fire protection coverage is finalized. The Rocky Point VFD has been a Class 6 and was the minimum rate fire protection class. In February of next year the new insurance rating will go into effect. The fire insurance premium drop will be for all fire insurance policies that are within the five-mile district of the Rocky Point VFD. Anyone living in the five to six-mile area will continue to receive a class 9 E ratings.

“NCDOI will pass this on to the insurance companies,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Fire Marshal.

Anyone unsure about how much of a saving they may see, contact your local insurance agent.

“The hard work of many people and agencies from this will pay off for the homeowners each year in saving the affected response area of Rocky Point,” said Batson.

The inspection conducted in September was a review of record keeping, contract agreements, fire response, training, staffing, water haul, water sources, equipment and many other items. The other agencies involved in the inspection besides the volunteers of Penderlea VFD included the Pender County Fire Marshal Office, Pender County GIS, Pender County Sheriff Office E911 Center, Pender County Utilities, Pender EMS & Fire, Burgaw VFD and New Hanover County Fire.

Pender Commerce Partners to Continue Investment in Region

Winston-Salem-based Pender Commerce Partners 1 LLC is now in the process of acquiring additional land at Pender Commerce Park in order to develop its second speculative industrial building there in two years. Fresh off the completion of its 127,356 sq.-ft. spec facility at Lot 2 in the park, the company, which consists of Ramm Capital Partners LLC and Taylor Development Group LLC, is now in the due diligence period for 20 acres on Lot 6 to construct a 180,000 sq.-ft. building.

“We are very excited to continue investing in Southeastern North Carolina,” says Chris Ramm, Manager of Ramm Capital Partners, LLC and COO of Taylor Development Group. “There is significant interest in our initial project thanks to Cape Fear Commercial and Wilmington Business Development. We want to leverage this momentum into our next project on Lot 6 in Pender Commerce Park. We have assembled a fantastic development team that we are extremely proud of, led by Landmark Builders. All of us are looking forward to our next Wilmington project and sharing more details in the near future.”

Pender Commerce Park has become one of the state’s most active industrial parks. With Ramm’s planned investment on Lot 6, Pender Commerce Park will boast nearly $115 million of capital investment, 800,000 sq.-ft. under roof and more than 600 jobs. As important, the investment puts Pender County and its partners at Wilmington Business Development (WBD) in a better position to recruit additional industrial employers to the region.

“We enthusiastically welcome the continued investment by Chris Ramm and his partners in Pender Commerce Park,” says WBD CEO Scott Satterfield. “There was a time when industrial inventory was a weakness for our region, but thanks to the vision of developers like Chris that is changing. Demand for and now availability of ready-to-go industrial space has energized our recruitment of major employers to Greater Wilmington.”

In the mid-2000s, Pender County leaders partnered with WBD in charting a vision for the Commerce Park as regional infrastructure upgrades began to take shape. “With plans for I-140 and utility improvements along US 421 in the works, we saw the potential of that property as a destination for a variety companies,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “This latest investment by Chris Ramm and his partners keeps the momentum going and enhances the park as a regional economic engine.”

The new building can also be considered by existing industry in the region as companies look for readily available industrial space to expand. That’s why both this facility and the initial investment by Pender Commerce Partners 1 LLC are built to be flexible. The buildings are designed in a way that can accommodate single users or multiple tenants.

“The industrial market in Greater Wilmington is as strong as I’ve ever seen it,” says Paul Loukas, broker-in-charge at Cape Fear Commercial. He cites a 5% to 6% vacancy rate once the former Vertex Building is taken out of the mix. Loukas and colleague Will Leonard will continue their brokerage relationship with Chris Ramm at Lot 6. “We are seeing a large amount of interest from tenants in the 30,000 to 60,000 sq.-ft. range, as well as much larger users. WBD has done a fantastic job assisting us in generating several of our larger prospects,” Leonard says. “Being able to potentially house both puts us in a prime position to attract industry.”

Ramm with Taylor Development Group, LLC put a stake in the ground of the region’s real estate market nearly four years ago with acquisitions of Class A office buildings at Landfall Park and Third and Grace in downtown Wilmington. After noticing a scarcity of available industrial space equipped with today’s amenities, Ramm began working with Cape Fear Commercial on opportunities to build high-quality spec space. Pender Commerce Park was the ideal place.

Ramm’s continued investment also fits nicely into WBD’s product development strategy and helps further execute the vision Pender County leaders have set for Pender Commerce Park. In less than a decade, the property has attracted food processing, assembly, distribution and corporate headquarter operations. “Chris Ramm’s investment on both projects is timely – the region will have attractive, available industrial space just as U.S. industry looks to re-shape supply chains and tailor their expansion strategies for the post-pandemic economy,” Satterfield says.

Wilmington Business Development oversees business recruitment and industrial retention for the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and Pender County. A private, non-profit organization founded in 1956, WBD supports members, partners and allies through an array of technical expertise, leadership resources and value-added business services. Visit www.wilmingtonbusinessdevelopment.com to learn more.

Request for Proposal # 201015-109 for Legal Services

This request for proposal (RFP) is to contract for legal services to be provided to Pender County for the period from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 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.

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Request for Proposal # 201015-109 for Legal Services

This request for proposal (RFP) is to contract for legal services to be provided to Pender County for the period from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 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.

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Request for Proposal #201021-110 Emergency Watershed Protection-Management/Consulting Services

Pender County seeks to establish a contract with a qualified consultant to provide Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Management/Consulting Services. The selected Consultant will define and execute services necessary for managing the emergency watershed program for recovery of damages from Hurricane Florence and future declared disasters (both natural and human-caused). The primary responsibility of the Consultant will be to provide management support to the Planning and Community Development Department during implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) EWP Program. This includes implementing watershed management program goals, managing construction restoration and stabilization of identified funded projects to reduce imminent threat to life, and loss of property. These services may be expanded by the County, modified, or altered to encompass other County or Departmental needs for accomplishing emergency watershed protection or floodplain management goals.

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