Various county departments submitted their project progress and activities.11-11-2022 County Update
The Pender County Board of Elections will have a Meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the Board of Elections Office at 6 p.m. for the purpose of a supplemental absentee and provisional ballot review.
The Pender County Board of Elections will meet on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. to Canvass (certify) election results at the office, 807 W. Walker St. in Burgaw.
RALEIGH- An agreement signed today ends litigation without changing the discharge permit issued to Chemours for the treatment of contaminated groundwater to significantly reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) reached an agreement with Chemours to end the litigation over the permit issued by DEQ on September 15, 2022. Last month, Chemours filed a petition to challenge the permit. CFPUA intervened to support the permit.
Today’s agreement does not change the final permit conditions and includes measures by which Chemours will proceed toward compliance with the final PFAS permit limits. Those limits take effect six months after discharge from the treatment system begins. In the agreement, Chemours agrees to take specific steps and provide monthly reports on its progress during the six-month optimization period. Chemours also agrees to dismiss its petition for a contested case hearing on the permit.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the treatment system is part of the larger barrier wall remediation project to substantially reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River and impacting downstream communities. Currently, contaminated groundwater from the facility site flows untreated directly into the Cape Fear River. This project is designed to reduce the largest ongoing source of PFAS at the Chemours facility that contaminates the river and reaches downstream water intakes. The project must be operational by March 15, 2023, under the terms of the Consent Order. DEQ expects Chemours to take necessary actions to comply with the permit conditions and the Consent Order and meet its obligations to clean up the PFAS contamination impacting thousands of residents in at least eight counties and provide them with alternate water. DEQ will continue to hold Chemours accountable for the cleanup and for preventing future impacts to North Carolinians.
The agreement is available online here.
The Board of Commissioners approved multiple properties, all wooded lots, for auction on GovDeals in the November 7, 2022 meeting. 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. The County encourages all citizens to view surplus and bid on items of interest. Auctions end in 30 days on December 9th, 2022. View each auction for specific closing times.
Andy Devane | Asset Manager
Pender County Finance Office email@example.com
Pender Soil and Water is soliciting contractors and professional firms to perform the removal of stream debris in several locations in Pender County. The planned work areas are referenced in maps that are part of the full bid package. There will not be a group site showing for these projects, however, all bidding contractors are required to make a mandatory site visit to the areas and will have to sign a statement to verify.
Work must be completed according to the woody debris removal guidelines titled “Incremental effects of large woody debris removal of physical aquatic habitat”, the streamflow rehabilitation assistance program–debris removal and processing recommendations (GS 139-65), and the STRAP recommendations on permits for STRAP. Pender Soil and Water will require that the debris be places outside of the stream along stream bank and on the same side that it originated.
Bids must clearly state the total price for completing the contract, not a price per foot. Lengths referenced in this notice and on the project map are approximate and will not be used to determine payment or project completion. Sealed bid sheets must be received no later than THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022 by 3 pm. Mark outside of envelope with “Pender Soil and Water Conservation District Storm Debris project” and deliver to Pender Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 801 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Please include reference letters or other documentation of prior work experience. Questions regarding woody debris removal bid package should be directed to Pender Soil and Water Conservation District Office Staff at 910-259-9123, ext. 3. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 9am.
Pender County Government is seeking qualifications from a firm to conduct a USDA Environmental Site Assessment and Geotechnical engineering for services related to the site for the new Pender County Health and Human Services Building. Pender County waives the Mini-Brooks Act and therefore also requests a proposal for pricing of the services as outlined in the RFQ. The full report resulting from award of the contract shall be completed by February 20, 2023.
Click here to view the full RFQ. Questions about this RFQ shall be directed to Trisha Newton, Purchasing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org and are due by November 15, 2022 at 12noon. Answers to questions will be provided via an Addendum.
Pender County Government will be accepting sealed responses from experienced firms interested in providing Environmental Site Assessment and Geotechnical services no later than December 5, 2022, at 12:00 pm. There will not be a public bid opening. Responses should be submitted to in person or by FedEx/UPS/courier to 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425. Responses sent by US Mail should be submitted to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425. Pender County reserves the right to waive formalities in any response and to reject any or all responses.
BURGAW- For decades, tourism has trailed agriculture as the second leading industry in Pender County.
The friendly rivalry between the Pender County Extension Office and the Pender County Tourism Office has been good-natured. The county extension director, Mark Seitz, serves as an ex-officio on the Pender County Tourism Development Authority Board.
“When I reviewed the figures of our agriculture and timber revenue, for the first-time tourism became the leading industry in Pender County,” said Seitz.
Visitor spending in Pender County reached an all-time record of $165.29 million in 2021.
“Tourism is an economic driver in Pender County,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director. “If the county had to replace the revenue from tourism, each household in Pender County would have to pay approximately $200 more in taxes.”
Both Seitz and Proctor cite the importance of agritourism.
“Agritourism is growing in Pender County,” said Seitz. “Generations have moved away from family farms. When our local farms offer tours, special events, and U-pick events at farms, they reconnect families to farms.”
“Natural resources attract visitors,” said Proctor. “Our blueberry farms, our wineries, our oyster farms and aquaculture, and event farms are tremendous attractions.”
For more information about attractions and agritourism, see the county’s tourism website at visitpender.com.
Pender County is pleased to announce that our central permitting software, known as the PORT, is now reopened.
We appreciate everyone’s patience while we worked to improve this vital service.
While we are confident that the system should function as intended for each user, we fully expect for some users to find problems or glitches with the PORT as we move through the next few weeks. We also will be continuing to make improvements as we begin to fully realize the new tools we have at our disposal, so things may continue to look slightly different over time.
Should you encounter an issue, please do not hesitate to contact us at 910-259-1201 or by email at email@example.com so that we can start the process to correct those issues in short order.
While we believe the PORT to be a convenient tool for the submission of all building and construction permits, Pender County Planning & Community Development continues to accept all applications and will always assist anyone with the permit process in person at either our Burgaw or Hampstead offices.