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County Update, Sept. 3, 2021

Every two weeks Pender County departments submit progress reports on projects and achievements.

Here is the latest update.

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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.

Pender County establishes face-covering requirements in county buildings

BURGAW- All unvaccinated Pender County government employees and all unvaccinated public entering county buildings will be required to wear face coverings.

“Because COVID continues to spread, the Pender County Board of County Commissioners approved a recommendation to establish a mask or face covering requirement. We are taking this cautionary measure for the safety of our employees and citizens,” said Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager.

All unvaccinated members of the public entering county buildings must wear a properly worn face covering or mask or have verification confirming their vaccination status.

This goes into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m.

“We ask that all public and county employees observe appropriate social distancing of 6-feet,” said McEwen.

Please be advised that the mask requirement applies to all employees or members of the public who aren’t fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer shot or two weeks since receiving the Johnson and Johnson shot.

Virtual meetings for county employees are strongly encouraged until the COVID virus is contained.

Pender County Health Department continues to provide COVID vaccinations to all residents ages 12 and older free of charge. No appointments are necessary. Vaccinations are available daily, 8-5 p.m. at the health department, 803 S. Walker St., in Burgaw, or at the Hampstead County Annex, 15060 US Hwy. 17.

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