Disaster Recovery Centers in Six Counties to Close Permanently, Help Remains Available

RALEIGH, N.C. – As the Dec. 13 deadline to register for assistance approaches, disaster recovery centers in six counties will close their doors soon. The centers are currently open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All are closed Sunday.

The New Hanover County recovery center located at the Old Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive in Wilmington will remain open until further notice.

The following recovery centers will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12:

Board of Elections
1702 Live Oak St.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Cumberland County Social Services Dept.
1225 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Pender County Agricultural Building Auditorium
801 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

The following recovery centers will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13:

Former Eckerd Drugstore
710 Degraffenreid Ave.
New Bern, NC 28560

Piney Green Shopping Center
175 Freedom Way, Suite 18A
Midway Park, NC 28544

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Soaring Eagle Community Building
442 Norment Road
Lumberton, NC 28360

Survivors may still register for assistance before the Dec. 13 deadline by:
• Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
• Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es in Spanish.
• Downloading the FEMA mobile app or the FEMA mobile app in Spanish.
• Downloading the ReadyNC app.

You may also call the disaster assistance helpline to update your contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

If you have questions about a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 (TTY). You may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster.

If you have unmet disaster-related needs, you may call the statewide referral service at 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 (TTY), or text Florence to 898211.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter:
@NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4.

New High-rise Bridge in Surf City Opens Ahead of Schedule

New High-rise Bridge in Surf City Opens Ahead of Schedule 
Bridge means quicker trips to Topsail Island SURF CITY – People heading to Surf City will be able to arrive more quickly, thanks to a new high-rise bridge that opened Tuesday nine months ahead of schedule.

The new 65-foot-high Surf City Bridge represents an improvement over the old swing bridge it replaces, as the swing bridge forced motorists to wait numerous times each day so the bridge could be opened to allow boats to pass. Traffic now can move continuously over the bridge as boats pass underneath.

“After nearly 60 years of service, the bridge reached a point where it needed to be replaced,” Bobby Lewis, chief operating officer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, told a crowd gathered for the reopening ceremony Tuesday. “With local input, NCDOT decided to build a fixed-span, high-rise bridge to better meet the needs of the community now and into the future.”

The bridge was originally scheduled to open in September 2019. But crews with NCDOT and Balfour Beatty Construction worked with the local community to accelerate the construction of the much-anticipated bridge so it could serve the community sooner.

After Tuesday’s ceremony, officials led a vehicle procession across the new bridge to officially open the 3,773-foot span between Topsail Island and the mainland. The new bridge also boasts 7.5-foot bike lanes and a 10-foot wide multi-use path.

Tuesday’s other speakers included Mike Alford, the local representative with the state Board of Transportation, Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin and Surf City Councilwoman Teresa Batson Batts.

The swing bridge, which was opened in 1955 after Hurricane Hazel, will be dismantled next year.

Hampstead Annex RFQ

29 November 2018 

Request for Qualifications

For Consulting Services For

Pender County Hampstead Annex Restoration

Project Description

Pender County is soliciting responses from qualified firms licensed in North Carolina to provide architectural, engineering and construction management and observation services for the following work:

Task 1:  Assessment and planning for construction and repair of building systems impacted within the Pender County Hampstead Annex due to Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The main area of the building affected is the auditorium (approximately 3,450 sq.ft.) with minor sheetrock and painting work to be performed in random areas throughout the remainder of the building.  Within 2 weeks of award of contract, successful firm will provide County with a comprehensive plan outlining the major tasks required to remediate and repair the affected areas of the Annex.  The project work plan will include, at a minimum, a project narrative, an organization chart, an estimated schedule of itemized project cost(s), and a project schedule.  The project schedule should include the start and completion date(s) of all applicable work activities, identification of any major milestones, and anticipated date facility will be available for use by Pender County personnel and the public.

Task 2:  Provide architectural and engineering services as needed during the construction and repair of facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Task 3:  Coordinate all necessary contractor and applicable service providers required to remediate and repair the facility, including but not limited to, subcontractors, professional services, industrial hygienist, etc.

Task 4: Coordinate and obtain prior approval for all work with Pender County and its insurance provider.

Task 5: Coordinate and obtain prior approval for all applicable work for the NC State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Task 6: Upon completion of all work successful firm will be responsible for providing county with a report outlining the environmental conditions of the Courthouse as well as certification that the facility is safe for use by Pender County personnel and the public.

Task 7:  Successful firm will be responsible for attending at least two Pender County Commissioners meetings to present the report required in Task 1 and Task 6.

The County will contract directly with the architectural firm leading the work.  The architectural firm will provide consultants as needed to complete the work.  Consultants include, structural, cost consultants; and environmental engineers.

Qualification Package Evaluation Criteria

Qualifications packages will be evaluated on the firm’s ability to meet the requirements of this RFQ.  Pender County reserves the right to select the team it deems best qualified for the work.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Experience with similar renovation work to include historic buildings
  • Experience working with state, regional and local permitting authorities
  • Experience coordinating similar types of work through insurance providers
  • Proposed schedule and planning process
  • Qualifications of individual team members and subconsultants anticipated to be used on project
  • Geographic proximity and availability of project team
  • References and previous project relevance
  • Qualifications package responsiveness, appearance, and presentation

SOQ Requirements

Interested firms are invited to submit their team’s Statement of Qualifications to:

Allen Vann
Director of Facilities & Fleet Services
210 South Bennett Street
Burgaw, NC  28425

Email is the preferred method.  Each firm is solely responsible for the timely delivery of its SOQ.  All SOQs must be delivered by 10:00 a.m. local time December 17, 2018.  No qualification packages will be accepted after this deadline.  Email:  avann@pendercountync.gov

Respondents should limit their SOQ package to 25 pages in length.

Provide contact information for the person responding to questions about the team’s RFQ, including:

Phone number
Mailing address

Any responding firms that may have questions in regard to this RFQ should email Allen Vann, Director of Facilities at avann@pendercountync.gov .

Federal Funds: If the source of funds for this contract is federal funds, the following federal provisions apply pursuant to 2 C.F.R. § 200.326 and 2 C.F.R. Part 200, Appendix II (as applicable):

Equal Employment Opportunity (41 C.F.R. Part 60); Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 3141-3148);

Copeland “Anti-Kickback” Act (40 U.S.C. 3145); Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. 3701-3708); Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q.) and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251-1387); Debarment and Suspension (Executive Orders 12549 and 12689); Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352); Procurement of Recovered Materials (2 C.F.R. § 200.322); and Record Retention Requirements (2 CFR § 200.324).

E-VERIFY. CONTRACTOR shall comply with the requirements of Article 2 of Chapter 64 of the General Statutes. Further, if CONTRACTOR utilizes a subcontractor, CONTRACTOR shall require the subcontractor to comply with the requirements of Article 2 of Chapter 64 of the General Statutes.


Pender County encourages all businesses, including minority, women owned businesses to respond to all Request for Proposals.  In addition, if subcontracts are let, the awarded contractor must ensure that the necessary affirmative steps are taken:

  1. Place qualified small, minority, and woman-owned businesses on solicitations lists;
  2. Assure that such businesses are solicited when they are potential sources;
  3. Divide total requirement, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by such businesses;
  4. Establish delivery schedules, where requirements permits, which encourage such businesses to respond;
  5. Use service and assistance from such organization as SBA, minority business development agency of the Dept. of Commerce;



Convenience Sites Closure Notice – Thanksgiving 2018

All convenience sites will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

In addition, the following convenience sites will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving but will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 23rd.  The facilities below will resume normal operating hours thereafter.

  • Atkinson
  • Hampstead
  • Rocky Point
  • Shiloh
  • Whitestocking
  • Transfer Station

Miller’s Pond Park is open

Miller’s Pond Park, located at 12762 US-117, Rocky Point, is now open for hiking and picnicking. The shelter area and the restrooms are now open as well.

The playground, which needs repairs, currently remains closed.

Parks and Rec Director Doug Shipley said work is continuing at the park. The park suffered significant damage from Hurricane Florence.

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Get outdoors and enjoy!

GenX Biomonitoring Report – November 13, 2018

Here is the final report related to the biomonitoring investigation to determine if GenX and other PFAS could be detected in the blood and urine of residents living near the Fayetteville Works facility. The completed report does not share any new findings related to the information released in October. It expands on the results of the investigation conducted to improve understanding of exposure to GenX and other PFAS among people living near a manufacturing facility in Bladen County, NC. The previous press release highlighted a summary of results available here and it included a generic version of the letter sent to participants.

Link to Biomonitoring Report

Link to GenX and Other PFAS Overview

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