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Pender County Commissioners Oppose North Carolina Homeowners’ Insurance Rate Increase

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request with the North Carolina Department of Insurance that proposes to increase homeowners’ insurance rates statewide by an average of 42.2 percent effective August 1, 2024. To view the letter to the Commissioner of Insurance, click here.

If approved by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, homeowners’ insurance rates in Pender County would increase by 99 % for properties located in beach communities and increase by 71.4 % for properties located in eastern coastal areas of Pender County.

The Pender County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution at the January 16th meeting opposing the proposed increase in homeowner’s insurance rates by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. A certified copy of the resolution was sent to the office of North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance, Mike Causey.

In this resolution, the Board states that “it is of the opinion that the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s requested increase is inequitable, disproportionate, and unjustified, and will likely harm Pender County, its residents, its tourism industry, the welfare and property of the County’s residents and property owners, and economic development in Pender County.”

The North Carolina Rate Bureau represents companies that write insurance policies in the state and is a separate entity from the NC Department of Insurance. The North Carolina Department of Insurance is a state agency, and they negotiate with the

To view a PDF of the resolution, please click here.

 

A public comment period is required by law to give the public time to address the proposed rate increase. Public comment period ends February 2nd, 2024.

Emailed public comments should be sent to: 2024Homeowners@ncdoi.gov.

Written public comments must be addressed to 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201 and must be received by Kimberly W. Pearce, Paralegal III by Feb 2.

Pender County Manager David Andrews announces retirement

Pender County, NC – Pender County Manager David Andrews is retiring after 33 years in local government. Andrews announced his plan to retire in a letter to the Board of Commissioners. His retirement will be effective March 1, 2024.

Andrews is from Texas. He began his career as a finance director in the City of South Tucson in 1990.

He joined the Pender County government in September of 2022.

During his tenure at Pender County, he has been instrumental in Pender County’s approach to employee hiring, recruitment, and retention. He has reduced turnover, increased retention, and added new positions. He has also been very active in capital investment projects, including the acquisition of land for implementation of the Pender County Schools $178 million school bond project, which will provide much-needed schools for the growing community. He has been instrumental in the design and permitting phases for a new criminal justice center and the new Health and Human Services Building, which will house the Health Department and the Department of Social Services. With more people moving to the area, he helped move water projects forward, including the land purchase for a new Membrane Water Treatment Plant. Construction of the Scotts Hill water tower will be completed within the next few months. In addition, he also began work on projects that improved the area, including a new Hampstead Library, Central Pender Park, Abbey Nature Preserve Park, and much more.

Andrews says he loves Pender County and plans to stay in the area after he retires.

In a letter to the Board of Commissioners, Andrews says he wants to thank the County Commissioners and the County staff for their confidence in him and their support and collaboration.

In the letter, Andrews also stated that he is committed to ensuring a smooth transition by assisting in the handover process, completing ongoing projects, and providing any necessary assistance during his notice period.

In a statement, Chairman Brad George said, “On behalf of the citizens of Pender County and the Pender Board of Commissioners, I would like to congratulate Andrews on announcing his retirement. During his tenure with Pender, his leadership has been instrumental in advancing the county to the next level. We wish him well on his next adventure. The search for a new county manager will start immediately.”

 

Update: Andrews plans to retire June 30, 2024.

Ghost Walk Awards Non-Profit Partners

Burgaw, NC – The Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past gifts its non-profit partners with proceeds from this year’s event.

Stephanie Key, the Ghost Walk’s artistic director, and the Pender County Tourism Office were pleased to award three non-profit partners with the earnings from the event’s October 2023 proceeds.

All proceeds from the Ghost Walk are divided equally between the Pender County Historical Society, Pender Arts Council, and the Historical Society of Topsail Island. Each entity was awarded $1705.00 to apply toward the mission of its organization.

The Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past October event, a haunting historical tour around Burgaw’s historic cemetery, was another huge success, a sellout event for the sixth year in a row.

“Its success can only be attributed to the numerous volunteers who make this event happen,” said Stephanie Key, artistic director. “We have wonderful volunteers who make this annual event even possible.”

The Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past is a collaborative effort of volunteers from the Pender County Historical Society, Historical Society of Topsail Island, Pender Arts Council, Moores Creek National Battlefield, the Town of Burgaw, Burgaw Tourism Authority, Pender County Parks and Recreation, the Pender County Library, Pender County Schools, and Pender County Tourism.

Master Plan for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Extension in Holly Shelter Game Land

The Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMST), with local land managers and partners, are developing a master plan for extending the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) over four miles in Holly Shelter Game Land. This MST extension will seek to connect existing sections of the MST in Holly Shelter Game Land (that utilize Holly Shelter Game Land unpaved roads) to the US 17/NC 210 intersection. Unlike the current MST in Holly Shelter, the new section of trail will be separated from the Game Land’s road network and have a designated trailhead parking facility. This will greatly increase safety, access to, and awareness of Holly Shelter’s incredible natural resource.

Learn about the project • To learn more and to take survey, visit: https://mountainstoseatrail.org/masterplanhollyshelter.

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Pender County Library, Architectural and Engineering Services

Pender County is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from NC licensed Architectural/Engineering firms to design a new Library that will meet the needs of Pender County and its residents for the future.  The Library is estimated to be approx. 20,000 square feet and located on Hwy 17 in Hampstead.  Click here to view the full RFQClick here to view Addendum 1.  The opportunity for questions has been extended until the due date of SOQs and must be submitted via email to purchasing@pendercountync.gov.  Statements of Qualifications shall be limited to 50 pages, and must be submitted no later than the extended deadline to 5pm on January 5, 2024.  Questions and SOQ’s must be submitted by one of the following:  By Mail: Attn: Trisha Newton, PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-258. By Courier: Attn: Trisha Newton, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-258. By Email: purchasing@pendercountync.gov .  Interested firms are required to monitor the website for possible addenda.  Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.  Addendum 1 has been issued to

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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 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.

Desmond Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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