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DEQ Directs Chemours to Expand Well Testing in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender Counties

Raleigh, NC – At DEQ’s direction, Chemours is expanding sampling for PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties.  More than 14,100 additional residences may now qualify for sampling.

This expansion comes after DEQ staff completed extensive review of results to date, floodplain mapping and Chemours’ 2022 updated interim sampling and drinking water plan.  The expanded sampling footprint in the four-county region now includes:

  • A floodplain buffer that includes the Intracoastal Waterway and significant portions of tributaries of the Cape Fear River. Wells within a ¼-mile of this new buffer will qualify for testing.
  • Updated buffers around all detects to include ¼-mile around the parcel, not the well. This ensures neighbors within a ¼ mile of a property with well contamination will be tested.
  • An updated public water supply layer with accurate information for all counties. Wells within ¼ miles of public water lines are eligible for sampling.
  • Additional requirements for biosolid land application sites.

Residents interested in having their wells samples should call Chemours at (910) 678-1100 or complete Chemours’ online form.  If prompted to leave a message, residents should leave their full contact information and address to ensure their call is recorded.  The return call may come from Parsons Environmental, the authorized third-party contractor conducting the well sampling for Chemours. The private well must be the primary source of drinking water for the residence to qualify for testing.

Residents who have previously requested sampling and are newly eligible will be contacted soon to arrange sampling.

Additional information about well sampling for residents in the four county area is available online.

DEQ Press Release.

Pender County Opens Filing Period for Candidates Wanting to Run in 2024 Elections

Candidate Filing for 2024 Elections Began Monday, December 4 at Noon, ends December 15 at Noon

Beginning at noon, Monday, December 4, 2023, Pender County Elections opened the filing period for candidates wishing to run for several elected offices in 2024. The filing window will be open from noon, Monday, December 4 until noon, Friday, December 15. The 2024 primary election is on March 5, 2024.

Filing for candidacy will take place at the Pender County Board of Elections offices 807 S. Walker Street, Burgaw NC.

 

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Candidates wishing to seek office in the following eligible Pender County seats have until noon Friday, December 15, to file notices of candidacy at the Pender County Board of Elections office:

(3) Pender County Commissioner,

(2) Board of Education,

(1) Register of Deeds,

(1) State/House Senate,

(1) Soil and Water.

U.S. House of Representatives and Judicial offices must file in Raleigh, NC with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Notices of candidacy and filing fees must be filed in the county Board of Elections Office (not postmarked) in the office by noon on Friday, December 15, 2023.

NC Cooperative Extension Pender County – Land Use Summit

Join us for the Pender County – Land Use Summit on February 20, 2024, to discuss and shape the future of our county’s land utilization!

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Date and time

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 · 8:30am – 12:30pm EST


Location

N.C. Cooperative Extension – Pender County Center, 801 South Walker Street Burgaw, NC 28425


Agenda

  • Pender County Land Use Trends-Daniel Adams- Planning
  • Present Use Value- Kayla Futrell- Tax office
  • Estate Transfers other Land Use Challenges- Andrew Branon- NCSU Professor
  • NC & Pender County Farmland Loss & Preservation- Noah Ranells, NCSU
  • Digital Skills & Equity for Rural Counties- Howard Wallace, CED Columbus County
  • Stormwater Management Challenges and Opportunities
Register today at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nc-cooperative-extension-pender-county-land-use-summit-tickets-759665468867?aff=oddtdtcreator

Pender County Board of Commissioners honor weightlifting champion Desmond Jordan

BURGAW- On November 20th, the Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation honoring Pender County resident Desmond Jordan.

Jordan was born and raised in Rocky Point. He went to Pender High School and was a member of the second graduating class of Heide Trask Senior High School. At Trask, Jordan was the first football carrier, 300-yard runner, and the first 1,500-plus-yard runner.

After high school, Jordan went to Winston-Salem State University and succeeded on the football and baseball teams. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, he got a yearlong contract to play for the Bielawa Owls, a professional football team based in Poland.

After his contract, Jordan came home, joined Cape Fear Rugby Club, and was a coach at Pender High School. He opened the House of Gains in 2015, a workout facility in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Desmond Jordan and his family

A truck accident seven years ago left his right arm “completely smashed.” Doctors told him he would never be able to lift weights, let alone powerlift. He wanted to prove them wrong, and he did.

Jordan recently won first place at the United States Powerlifting Association World Championships in Coventry, England, having deadlifted over 800 pounds.

Jordan is an inspiration. Despite the obstacles he overcame them and worked tirelessly to achieve many goals in weightlifting. He holds 17 state records, four national records, and the recent world record.

To read the proclamation, visit.

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“CAPE FEAR NAVIGATING CHANGE 2050” Transportation Plan Survey

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is seeking public input for their long-range metropolitan transportation plan, Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050, which will identify transportation needs for the region over the next 25 years. The plan will include an evaluation of potential roadway, rail, freight, bus, ferry, aviation, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for the Wilmington metropolitan area, which includes all of New Hanover County and parts of Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Citizens can provide their transportation needs and ideas by visiting WMPO.ORG to fill out a survey in English or Spanish and pinpoint trouble spots on an interactive map. The survey and map will be available until November 30, 2023.

Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 will be the plan used by federal, state, and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years. A long-range metropolitan transportation plan for the region is federally required and must updated every five years. Please visit WMPO.ORG for more information about the Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 plan.

The WMPO is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at 910-341-3258 or wmpo@wilmingtonnc.gov.

Pender County hires Olivia Dawson as Tourism Director

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County has hired Olivia Dawson as their new Tourism Director.

Olivia Dawson

Dawson is a Pender County native. She has been a Tourism Assistant for Pender County for six years in a period of unprecedented growth for the county’s tourism sector.

In her role as Tourism Director, she will guide a team in the development and execution of all tourism-related activities to promote visitation to Pender County. Dawson will oversee the Pender County Tourism Visitor Center’s marketing, sales, and operation.

Dawson has served as the Festival Coordinator and Executive Director of the North Carolina Blueberry Festival, which draws over 40,000 people annually. She is currently the director of The North Carolina Blueberry Scholarship Pageant. This program provides scholarships to young women in Eastern North Carolina. She is co-chair of Pender County Long Term Recovery Group, a long-term recovery group formed due to Hurricane Florence.

As a result of her involvement in the community, she was nominated a Woman to Watch in 2018. Dawson was recognized by the North Carolina Festival & Events Association in 2019 as Festival Director of the year. In 2020, she was a 40 under 40 honoree. Dawson made history a few years ago when she was elected Burgaw’s first female mayor. She is also one of the youngest to hold the office.

“I have no doubt she will do a wonderful job, and I look forward to working with her in her new position as tourism director,” said Pender County Manager David Andrews. “After working with Mrs. Dawson as Tourism Assistant and Mayor of Burgaw, I know she is the most talented and dedicated person for the position,” said Andrews. “As a Pender County native, she will be a great resource for the position as she knows all the great things we have to offer.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead Pender County’s Tourism, building on the record of innovation and success that has made us a leader in the North Carolina travel and tourism industry,” says Dawson. “I look forward to continuing to build with the Pender County Tourism team, the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), the Board, local businesses, and the many community stakeholders who make Pender County special.”

Dawson will fill the role vacated by Tammy Proctor, who is retiring after nine years of leadership as Pender County’s Tourism Director. Dawson begins her new role in Pender County on December 3, 2023.

Want to make an impact in your community? Join the Novant Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees

Overview

The board is responsible for administrative quality improvement activities, reviewing capital and operating budgets and long-range plans and making recommendations with respect thereto; for reviewing and commenting on proposals to add or delete programs and services offered by Novant; and monitoring the performance of Novant in the operation of Pender Memorial Hospital.

Mission

Pender Memorial Hospital Inc.’s mission is to provide Pender County residents and surrounding communities with a quality hospital and healthcare services and local access to physicians, specialists, and other providers.

Requirements

Candidates should have general or significant knowledge of business or not-for-profit administration and management, organizational structure and leadership, or healthcare. Candidates should have experience in reviewing complex financial statements and budgets. Candidates should have experience reviewing long-range plans, legal documents, or credentialing requirements. General understanding of programs and services offered in healthcare. An ability to analyze financial statements, plans, credentials, or legal documents.

Candidates must be of good moral character and at least 21 years of age.

Application Deadline:

Applications are open until filled with first review date on
December 1, 2023.

Once candidates have applied, they will receive the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Full Scope of Work.

Application Information:

To apply online visit, https://pendercountync.gov/cmo/boards-commissions-committees/.
For questions related to this post, please email lstanfield@pendercountync.gov or call 910.259.1200.

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Pender County Commissioners Approve Hospital Ownership transfer to Novant Health; Closing anticipated by mid-October

Pender County Commissioners Approve Hospital Ownership transfer to Novant Health; Closing anticipated by mid-October

Last night the Pender County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the transfer of Pender Medical Center in Burgaw to Novant Health. This transfer is part of a larger plan to increase access to health care services across Pender County. As part of the agreement, which was announced in June, Novant Health will invest $50 million to improve the hospital over the next 10 years.

When the transaction is finalized by mid-October, Pender County will retain a majority of representatives on the hospital’s board of trustees.

Novant Health Pender Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital with 43 skilled nursing home beds in Burgaw. The hospital offers a range of services including emergency care, surgery, imaging, infusion therapy and skilled nursing, in addition to Novant Health Home Care.

See below for media statements from Novant Health and Pender County:

  • “We are thrilled to celebrate this landmark agreement with Pender County Commissioners that secures a healthier future for the entire community. A strong team is already in place at Novant Health Pender Medical Center, and we look forward to building on their legacy of care in the years to come.” -Jeff Lindsay, executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • “This is an exciting and historic day for Pender County, as we take another step toward improving Pender Medical Center in Burgaw to be a community general hospital within five years. Since the beginning of these negotiations, the Board of Commissioners has been united in securing the best possible future for our hospital and all our citizens, and we have accomplished that by securing a $50 million investment in our hospital that will bring new medical facilities and service providers to Pender Medical Center. The Board’s approval of this agreement today delivers on our promise to ensure the best access and care for all who need it, today and in the future.”- Jackie Newton, Chair of the Board of Commissioners
  • “Our goal is to provide the highest quality healthcare to Pender County’s residents by advancing our community’s health and well-being. With this investment commitment, we will maintain an accessible healthcare destination for our growing community and provide new healthcare career opportunities for our residents.” Wendy Fletcher-Hardee, Vice-Chair of the Board of Commissioners and a county representative appointed to the Pender Medical Center Board of Trustees

General Contractor for Construction of a Storage Building, RFP # 23-250

General Contractor for Construction of a Storage Building, RFP # 23-250

Pender County is soliciting proposals from Licensed General Contractors to construct a new 1,900 square foot storage building behind the District Attorney’s office (Biberstein Annex Building) at 102 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425.  There are existing structures that will have to be demolished and removed as part of this project to make space for this storage facility.  The primary use for this storage facility will be storage of confidential court records.  This is an important and time-sensitive project for Pender County and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.  Visit https://pendercountync.gov/public-notices/open-rfps-and-bids/ to view the full Request for Proposals #23-250.  Questions must be emailed to purchasing@pendercountync.gov no later than May 10, 2023 at 2pm.  Proposals shall be submitted in person or by FedEx/UPS/courier to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425.  Proposals sent by US Mail should be submitted to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC  28425.  Responses are due no later than May 18, 2023 at 2pm and must be labeled “RFP # 23-250”.   There will not be a formal opening.   MWBE or HUB certified firms are encouraged to participate.  Pender County reserves the right to waive formalities and interview responding firms, and to reject any or all responses.

View the full RFP at:  https://pendercountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Storage-Facility-at-Biberstein-Annex-RFP.pdf

General Contractor for Construction of a Storage Building, RFP # 23-250

General Contractor for Construction of a Storage Building, RFP # 23-250

Pender County is soliciting proposals from Licensed General Contractors to construct a new 1,900 square foot storage building behind the District Attorney’s office (Biberstein Annex Building) at 102 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425.  There are existing structures that will have to be demolished and removed as part of this project to make space for this storage facility.  The primary use for this storage facility will be storage of confidential court records.  This is an important and time-sensitive project for Pender County and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.  Visit https://pendercountync.gov/public-notices/open-rfps-and-bids/ to view the full Request for Proposals #23-250.  Questions must be emailed to purchasing@pendercountync.gov no later than May 10, 2023 at 2pm.  Proposals shall be submitted in person or by FedEx/UPS/courier to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC  28425.  Proposals sent by US Mail should be submitted to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC  28425.  Responses are due no later than May 18, 2023 at 2pm and must be labeled “RFP # 23-250”.   There will not be a formal opening.   MWBE or HUB certified firms are encouraged to participate.  Pender County reserves the right to waive formalities and interview responding firms, and to reject any or all responses.

View the full RFP at:  https://pendercountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Storage-Facility-at-Biberstein-Annex-RFP.pdf

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