Proposed Timeline of Hampstead Bypass Moves Up

NCDOT, WMPO agree on adjustment

WILMINGTON – The proposed timeline of a major project is moving up, which means improvements to a corridor in New Hanover and Pender counties are expected to come sooner than originally planned.

Recently, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) agreed to adjust multiple projects in the draft 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). With the adjustments, construction of the second portion of the Hampstead Bypass, N.C. 140 to N.C. 210, would move from fall 2026 to summer 2025 in the draft plan.

“I am glad we agreed to move this project forward,” said Division 3 Engineer Chad Kimes. “Together, NCDOT and WMPO understand how important it is to the people who live, work and visit the area.”

Construction of the first portion of the Hampstead Bypass, N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead, began in early 2022.

When both sections are complete, the project is expected to improve safety and relieve congestion around the town of Hampstead.

NCDOT and WMPO agreed to adjust the proposed timelines of other future projects as well:

  • Upgrading the intersections of U.S. 76 (Oleander Drive) at Greenville Loop Road and Greenville Avenue has been accelerated with construction planned to begin in 2029.
  • Widening U.S. 421 (Carolina Beach Road) from N.C. 132 (South College Road) to Sanders Road and constructing flyovers at U.S. 421 and N.C. 132 has been accelerated with construction set to begin in 2027.

The draft 2024-2033 STIP can be viewed here and will be updated to reflect the changes above. More information on the STIP process can be found on this NCDOT webpage. The Board of Transportation is expected to adopt the 2024-33 STIP in spring 2023.

N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency seeks public feedback on proposed changes to disaster recovery and mitigation plans

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to three action plans for the use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds in areas of the state impacted by hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The proposed action plan amendments include changes to previously approved federally funded programs that support the state’s long-term recovery from storm damage while also building future resiliency.

The proposed amendments are intended to expand programs to help more North Carolinians benefit from ongoing disaster recovery work and provide a more comprehensive approach to mitigating the impacts of future storms. Proposed changes include allocations to the Homeowner Recovery Program, Affordable Housing Development Fund, Public Housing Restoration Fund, Infrastructure Recovery Program, and Strategic Buyout Program, among other updates.

The public comment periods for all three action plans begin Dec. 9 and close at 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • CDBG-DR Matthew: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023
  • CDBG-DR Florence: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023
  • CDBG-Mitigation: Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Drafts of the Substantial Action Plan Amendment 10 for Hurricane Matthew funding, Substantial Action Plan Amendment 4 for Hurricane Florence funding, and Substantial Action Plan Amendment 4 for Mitigation funding are available for review online. The public is strongly encouraged to submit comments by email to Comments may also be submitted by U.S. Postal Service to NCORR Public Comments, P.O. Box 110465, Durham, NC 27709.

Governor Cooper established NCORR in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to streamline disaster recovery programs statewide and help communities rebuild smarter and stronger. In addition to disaster recovery and mitigation, the office administers programs that support resiliency, community development, affordable housing, strategic buyout, infrastructure and local government grants and loans. Learn more about NCORR programs at

New homeowner down payment program available in Pender County

North Carolina has a new homeowner downpayment assistance program in 16 Eastern counties that were severely hit by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Pender County residents are eligible, as well as Bladen, Craven, Jones, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover Robeson, Cartaret, Duplin, Onslow, Scotland, Columbus, Edgecombe, Pamlico, and Wayne counties.
For more info, click here for more information.

Notice of Emergency Meeting



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


Time:              Friday, December 2, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Place:             BOCC Meeting Room

805 S. Walker Street

Burgaw, NC 28425

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

  • Agenda amendments
  • Sheriff Bond

No other discussion or action will take place.


Posted and distributed this the 2nd of December 2022

Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal Services RFP # 221129-237

**Addendum 1 has been issued to RFP # 221129-237.**  Pender County is requesting proposals from experienced and qualified contractors to enter into contracts at no immediate or annual cost to Pender County. Contractors will be required to provide emergency disaster recovery services including, but not limited to, clean-up, demolition, removal, reduction and disposal of debris resulting from a natural or manmade disaster as directed by Pender County in order to eliminate immediate threats to public health and safety.

The County intends to enter into two (2) contracts: one with a “Primary” contractor and one with  a “Secondary” contractor.  The “Primary” contractor will be on a first contact basis for all disasters and emergencies that may require debris removal, reduction, disposal or other cleanup activities.  The “Secondary” contractor will be activated to serve as an additional contractor at the sole discretion of the County.   Pender County will reserve the right to decide, at the guidance and recommendation of the County Manager and/or the Emergency Management Director when and if the “Secondary” contract will be activated.

Responding contractors must, at a minimum, have performed at least three (3) debris removal, reduction, and disposal operations in excess of 150,000 cubic yards and provide references for the communities where these operations took place.  Contractors will need to be licensed to do business in North Carolina and certify that they are not included on the debarred FEMA list or the NC Debarred Vendors list.

The County is seeking to enter into a three (3) year agreement with the option to extend for three additional one-year periods with three contractors to provide the services contained within this RFP.


RFP Issued – November 29, 2022
Written Questions due – December 28, 2022 by 12:00 PM
Responses to questions – December 29, 2022

Submittals due – January 4, 2023 by 3:00 PM  *UPDATED DUE DATE* – January 9, 2023 by 12pm EST

Present to Commissioners – February 6, 2023
Award Notification – February 7, 2023

All questions pertaining to this RFP must be submitted in writing, preferably by email to, no later than 12:00 PM on December 28, 2022.  All questions and answers will be provided in the form of an Addendum on December 29. 2022.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 3:00 PM EST, on January 4, 2023  12 PM EST, on January 9, 2023.

Proposals shall be marked “RFP # 221129-237, Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal Services.” 

  • Submit via USPS to Pender County Finance, PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425
  • In Person/Courier to Pender County Finance, 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425

Click Here to view the full RFP # 221129-237Click here to view Addendum 1.

Veterinary Services for the Pender County Animal Shelter, RFP # 221129-238

Pender County is seeking letters of proposal from North Carolina licensed veterinarians experienced with shelter veterinary medicine and high-volume spay/neuter to provide shelter veterinary medical and surgical services for the Pender County Animal Shelter. The successful candidate will have proven surgical and medical skills preferably in a shelter or similar setting, a collaborative spirit, a positive and flexible approach to problem-solving, clear and compassionate communication skills, and an energetic pace. A high level of professionalism and strong interpersonal skills are required.  Any questions should be submitted in writing, preferably by email to, no later than December 8, 2022 at 12 noon.  Proposals are due by noon on December 14, 2022 by 12 noon. Proposals shall be addressed to the attention of Trisha Newton, Purchasing Manager at the one of the following addresses:

By Mail:  PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC  28425

In person/By courier:  805 S. Walker St, Burgaw, NC 28425

By email:

Click here to view the full RFP # 221129-238.

REBID OF Pender County Additional Courthouse HVAC, Invitation to Bid # 221024-234

 RE-Advertisement:    Pender County is replacing the cooling tower as well as HVAC unit and exhaust for the public restrooms on the North end of the building.  THE GRANT FUNDED PROJECT FUNDS WILL HAVE TO BE UTILIZED BY JUNE 30, 2023.  PROVISIONS DUE TO SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES MUST BE COORIDINATED CLOSELY WITH THE OWNER REPRESENTATIVE.

Pender County invites North Carolina Licensed Contractors to review the full ITB, as well as Technical Specifications and Plans exhibits provided by Cheatham and Associates Engineers available here.

Contractors must have proper license under the State laws governing their respective trades and that North Carolina General Statute 87 will be observed.

Pender County point of contact for this bid is Trisha Newton, Purchasing Manager, and can be reached by phone:  (910) 259-1281 or email:  Questions must be submitted via email no later than Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00am EST.  An addendum will be issued providing all questions submitted and the County’s answers same day.  This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina G.S. 143-129.  Performance and Payment Bonds ARE REQUIRED.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS TO CHECK PENDER COUNTY’S WEBSITE ( FOR ADDENDA INFORMATION PRIOR TO SUBMITTING BIDS.

Contractors shall submit a Single-Prime Lump-Sum bid for the PENDER COUNTY COURTHOUSE ADDITIONAL HVAC PROJECT: located at 100 South Wright Street, Burgaw, North Carolina 28425.  Sealed bids will be received at the Pender County Administration Building, Finance Office, 805 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425 until 11:00 am EST on Monday, December 5, 2022.  Bids sent through the US Postal service shall be mailed to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC  28425.  Bid Packages shall be sealed and labeled on the outside “Pender County Courthouse – Additional HVAC, ITB # 221024-234, December 5, 2022, Attention:  Trisha Newton, Purchasing, (Name of Contractor Submitting Bid), (Contractor’s License Number)”.   Pender County reserves the right to waive minor defects and to reject any or all bids.  Once submitted, no bid may be withdrawn after the opening of bids for a period of 30 days.


The original Invitation to Bid is posted here.

Pender County Offices closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

BURGAW- Pender County government offices will close Nov. 23-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 28.

Pender County Convenience Centers and the Hampstead Transfer Station will close on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and will reopen Friday for their normal working hours.

Photo contest open to local youth

Each year, the Dairy Photo Contest allows youth to put their creative talents to use to develop a message about the dairy industry for the consumer public. In designing and developing the project, youth learn a great deal about the dairy industry.

For 2022, photo project submissions will be used to celebrate Dairy throughout the Holiday season. They will be shared through social media in celebration of Dairy during the Holidays by NC State Dairy Extension and The Dairy Alliance. Youth ages 9-19 may compete in one of 3 age divisions for cash prizes awarded by The Dairy Alliance.

  1. Competition in this contest will be conducted on an individual basis in Division I (9-12 years
    of age), Division II (13-15 years of age), and Division III (16-19 years of age) at the county
    and state level. Youth in Division IV (5-8 years of age) may participate on a non-competitive
    basis at the county level only.
    2. Entries can be a singular photo or incorporate up to 3 photos (collage). Entries with multiple
    photos can be mounted on poster board. All projects whether an individual photo or collage
    should be submitted electronically as an 8×10 image as .jpeg files.
    3. Photos MUST NOT contain copyright material such as cartoon characters, etc. Photos also
    should not contain any personal identifiers or information (including farm names), without
    written permission of the owner.
    4. All photos submitted must be the original work by youth entrant and will be accompanied by
    a photo copyright release form (attached below). Winning photos will be shared online by
    The Dairy Alliance and NC State Dairy Extension.
    5. Photos must have been displayed at least once in a public place or shared through social
    media in the county.

Entries are due Monday, December 12, 2022.  Please contact Traci Spencer, Pender Co. 4-H Agent for details.

Photo above, taken by Tristan Grover for the 2021 Dairy Photo Contest. He was awarded 2nd place in his age division.



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