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Notice of Special Meeting

In accordance with G.S. 143-318.12, notice is hereby given that a quorum of the Board of County Commissioners of Pender County will meet at the following place and time: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024, at 4:00PM in the Board of Commissioners Chambers 805 S. Walker Street Burgaw, NC, 28425.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the Planning Board.

All are welcome to attend.

As soon as the agenda is posted, this post will be updated. Stay updated with the latest meetings and agendas by visiting. https://pendercountync.civicweb.net/portal/

 

 

Notice of Special Meeting

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

 

Date: Friday, April 5th, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Board of Commissioners Chambers

Address: 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC, 28425

 

The Board intends to enter into a closed session immediately following the commencement of the meeting to discuss personnel matters outlined under item six (6).

Posted and distributed this the 27th day of March 2024.

 

Pender County departments receive safety awards from NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson

Pender County Human Resources was pleased to welcome Josh Dobson, Department of Labor, Labor Commissioner at the December 4 Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting. Dobson presented Pender County departments safety awards as follows:

Gold Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average

First Year

men shaking hands and one holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Animal Control

men shaking hands and one holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender Country Facilities and Fleet Services

Male and female Female holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Information Technology Services

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Parks and Recreation

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Utilites

 

Second Year

Male and female

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Health Department

 

Male and female Female holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Tax Administrator

 

3rd Year

Male and female

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Animal Shelter

 

men shaking hands and one holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Emergency Management

 

Male and female shaking hands. Female holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Finance

Male and female shaking hands. Female holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Human Resources

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Planning and Community Development

 

5th Year

two males. One male is holding a plaque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Social Services

 

Male and female. Female holding a plaque.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Tourism

 

9th Year

Male and female shaking hands. Female holding a certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Register of Deeds

 

11th Year

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Library

 

12th Year 

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Elections

 

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Pender County Housing Authority

 

13th Year

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Pender County Managers Office

 

Male and female

 

 

 

 

 

Pender Couty Mosquito Control

 

Two males shaking hands and one male is holding a certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Pender County Vehicle Maintenace

 

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Pender County Veterans Affairs

 

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Board of County Commissioners

NC Department of Labor presents Pender County Departments with safety awards

Pender County Human Resources was pleased to welcome Jennifer Haigwood, Department of Labor OSH Deputy Commissioner, at the Oct. 17 Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting. Haigwood presented Pender County departments safety awards as follows:

 

Silver Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

 

Pender County Government, Facilities and Fleet Services

 

Pender County Government, Information Technology Services

 

Pender County Government, Parks and Recreation

Gold Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average

 

First Year

Pender County Government, Health Department

Pender County Government, Jail

Pender County Government, Tax Administrator

 

Second Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Animal Shelter

Pender County Government, Emergency Management

Pender County Government, Finance

Pender County Government, Human Resources

Pender County Government, Planning and Community Development

 

Fourth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Tourism

Pender County Government, Social Services

 

Eighth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Register of Deeds

 

Tenth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Library

 

Eleventh Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Elections

Pender County Government, Housing

 

Twelfth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, County managers office

Pender County Government, Mosquito Control

Pender County Government, Vehicle Maintenance

Pender County Government, Veterans Service

Pender County Departments presented safety awards from the NC Department of Labor

Pender County Human Resources was pleased to welcome Jennifer Haigwood, Department of Labor OSH Deputy Commissioner at the Oct. 17 Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting. Haigwood presented Pender County departments safety awards as follows:

Silver Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

Pender County Government, Facilities and Fleet Services

Pender County Government, Information Technology Services

Pender County Government, Parks and Recreation

 

Gold Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average

 

First Year

Pender County Government, Health Department

Pender County Government, Jail

Pender County Government, Tax Administrator

 

Second Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Animal Shelter

Pender County Government, Emergency Management

Pender County Government, Finance

Pender County Government, Human Resources

Pender County Government, Planning and Community Development

 

Fourth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Tourism

Pender County Government, Social Services

 

Eighth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Register of Deeds

 

Tenth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Library

 

Eleventh Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, Elections

Pender County Government, Housing

 

Twelfth Consecutive Year

Pender County Government, County managers office

Pender County Government, Mosquito Control

Pender County Government, Vehicle Maintenance

Pender County Government, Veterans Service

Pender County departments receive safety awards from NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson

On Oct. 4, NC Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson presented Pender County departments with awards for safety.

Receiving first-year awards were Animal Control, Animal Shelter, Emergency Management, Facilities and Fleet Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and Planning and Community Development.

Receiving Third Consecutive Year honors were Social Services and Tourism.

Seventh Consecutive Year awards were presented to the Register of Deeds and the Tax Assessors Office.

Ninth Consecutive Year honors were presented to the Library.

Tenth Consecutive Year honors went to Elections and Housing.

Eleven Consecutive Years without a major safety violation or injury were presented to the County Manager’s Office, Mosquito Control, Parks and Recreation, Vehicle Maintenance, and Veterans Services.

 

Pender County awarded an economic development grant

BURGAW – The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced yesterday that Pender County was awarded a $1,575,000 grant for a Natural Gas Fuel Generator Project.

The public utilities project, based in the Pender Commerce Park, will create 50 jobs and save 30 jobs. The total cost of the project is $2,100,000, including $8 million in private investment leveraged.

The EDA investment supports Pender County with constructing a permanent natural gas-fueled generator at its water treatment plant and establishing a berm around the adjoining county’s wastewater treatment plant to mitigate the impact of significant flooding on the operation of both facilities.

“The natural gas generator and earthen berm will greatly improve the resiliency of our water and sewer plants during natural disasters like Hurricane Florence,” Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager said. “In addition, these improvements will help ensure continuity of operations for the industries located at Pender Commerce Park during similar events.”

“Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency near Opportunity Zones and throughout the region,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners.

EDA, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, awards competitive grants based on the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.

Henderson Field Airport to receive state funds

Seven N.C. Airports to Receive State Funds

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation approved state funds totaling $4,285,500 for projects that help improve safety and customer service at seven North Carolina airports. The board approved the funds during its May 6 meeting.

The funds the N.C. Board of Transportation approved are:
• $240,300 in state funds for the design and bid of runway and apron rehabilitation at Curtis L. Brown Field in Elizabethtown,
• $775,800 in state funds for phase one of wildlife fence installation at Davidson County Airport in Lexington,
• $90,000 in state funds for the design and bid of an airfield drainage system assessment at Duplin County Airport in Kenansville,
• $189,000 in state funds for the design and bid of runway pavement rehabilitation at Henderson Field Airport in Wallace,
• $482,400 in state funds for AWOS and glideslope critical area clearing at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield,
• $2,340,000 in state funds for land acquisition in the runway protection zone at Moore County Airport in Carthage,
• $168,000 in state funds for taxiway land acquisition at Tarboro-Edgecombe Airport.

North Carolina’s 72 public airports serve as vital economic engines connecting people and business enterprises with the world. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $61 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to the 2021 State of Aviation report. They support 373,000 jobs, generate more than $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenue, and provide more than $15 billion in personal income.

The funds awarded will be distributed by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, and do not necessarily represent the total cost of a project.

Pender County monitors area fuel emergency, issues a state of emergency

BURGAW- Pender County officials are closely monitoring the fuel emergency, the result of a cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline late last week.

“Pender County will ensure the continuity of local government operations,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners. “The fuel disruption may extend through this week, according to our communications with state officials. We have issued a state of emergency and we are proactively addressing county staffing to ensure the safety of Pender County residents.”

“Analysts say it will take days for normal conditions to return,” said Brown. “Experts advise motorists not to panic purchase or hoard fuel as that will prolong shortages and spikes, making the situation worse. Motorists are asked to purchase only what fuel is immediately needed and to avoid fill the tank until the pipeline resumes operations.”

“As of 5 pm today, county leadership has implemented a plan to ensure that all emergency and essential employees are able to commute to and from work to serve the County residents, “said Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager.  “We are confident this plan will provide for continuity of all emergency departments, including DSS, Health, Utilities, Emergency Management, and the Sheriff’s Office.”

On May 11, Governor Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency Executive Order 213. Included in this order is a statute regarding gas price gouging. Residents who witness price gouging should contact the North Carolina Department of Justice.

 

NC Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners unveil historic agreement in the fight against the opioid epidemic

RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners today unveiled a historic agreement to fight the opioid epidemic. The agreement governs how North Carolina would use the proceeds of any future national settlement or bankruptcy resolution with drug distributors Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen and opioid manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma. These potential settlements and resolutions could bring as much as $850 million to North Carolina over an 18-year period to support state and local efforts to address the epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic, in recent years, has taken the lives of more than 16,000 North Carolinians, torn families apart, and ravaged communities from the mountains to the coast,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “These companies helped to create and fuel this epidemic with irresponsible marketing and a lack of oversight – and they must be held accountable to help clean up this mess. I am working hard, along with fellow attorneys general across the country, to do just that. Should we prevail, today’s agreement between the counties and the state is an important step toward getting much-needed resources to communities across North Carolina as they work to address the epidemic and its aftermath.”

“The opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact on all 100 counties. We all know someone personally affected by this heartbreaking crisis, and local governments remain on the front lines of this epidemic, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. This historic agreement will ensure potential opioid settlement funds coming into North Carolina get to people in need quickly and effectively. I, along with our NCACC Board of Directors, urge all counties and our municipal partners to sign this groundbreaking agreement as soon as possible,” said NCACC President Ronnie Smith, Chair, Martin County Board of Commissioners. The agreement is endorsed by the NCACC Board of Directors, which adopted a resolution in support of the agreement urging all 100 counties and municipal partners to sign on to it without delay.

“The increase in opioid overdoses we saw during the COVID pandemic is a stark reminder that we need strategic, long-term investments to fight the disease of addiction,” said Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “This agreement provides needed funding for local partners to implement strategies in North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan that prevent overdoses and save lives.”

To maximize funds flowing to North Carolina communities on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, the agreement would direct settlement funds as follows:

  • 15 percent to the state, which the General Assembly would appropriate to address the epidemic.
  • 80 percent to local governments, including all 100 counties and 17 municipalities.
  • An additional five percent to an incentive fund to encourage counties and large- and medium-size municipalities to sign on to the agreement.

In addition, the agreement offers a high level of transparency into how local governments will use the funds, including special revenue funds subject to audit, annual financial and impact reports, and a public dashboard showing how they are using settlement funds to address the epidemic.

The state of North Carolina, 76 counties, and eight municipalities are engaged in litigation with or investigations of opioid manufacturers and distributors. All 100 counties – along with large- and medium-size municipalities – will now have the opportunity to review and sign on to the agreement.

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