Pender County is seeking Statements of Qualifications from interested firms to develop a new comprehensive land use plan. The link to the current Pender County 2.0 Comprehensive Land Use Plan from 2018 is here: https://pendercountync.gov/pcd/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/07/2018-Pender-2.0-Comprehensive-Plan.pdf. Any questions on this RFQ shall be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Statements of Qualifications must be submitted no later than October 31, 2023 at 2 PM. Questions and SOQ’s must be submitted by one of the following: By Mail: Attn: Adam Moran, PO Box 1519, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-256. By Courier: Attn: Adam Moran, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-256. By Email: Adam Moran – email@example.com. Click here to view the full RFQ. Interested firms are required to monitor the website for possible addenda. Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.RFQ-24-257-Comprehensive-Plan
BURGAW – Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Ghost Walk, Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past, a haunting tour around Burgaw’s historic cemetery. Tickets may be purchased online at https://ghostwalkofpenderspast.ticketleap.com/2023ghostwalkofpenderspast/. Tickets may also be ordered via phone with a credit card by calling 910-259-1278. Tickets are $15 per adult; admission for students ages 5-17 is $10 each. Children aged four and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
The Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past returns Oct. 28, for one night only. Tours start at 5:30 p.m.
Each year, the Ghost Walk is a sell-out event. Tickets are limited.
“We encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance,” said Pender County tourism director Tammy Proctor. “We hate to turn people away.”
The Ghost Walk encourages all parents with children aged five and under to sign up for the earlier tickets.
“We have found that young children get tired, cry, and disturb attendees in the group,” said Proctor. “We ask that all families respect others and sign up for the earlier Ghost Walk time slots.”
“We love sharing Pender County’s supernatural history,” said Stephanie Key, art director of the ghost walk. “You never know what haunts you’ll discover.”
This year, after dark, there will be a few more spooky ghostly sightings along the path.
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.
“Ghost Walk is the recipient of two national awards from the National Association of Counties and Southeastern Travel Society,” said Key. “We have wonderful volunteers who make this annual event possible.”
For more information, contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1278.
Pender County, NC is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking qualified professional engineering firms to provide third party stormwater review services to assist the County with technical review of stormwater plans related to proposed development projects, including both residential and commercial development.
The County’s UDO describes the scenarios in which a proposed development triggers the need for stormwater plans to be submitted as part of the application for a development proposal. Specifically, article 7.9 of the UDO discusses stormwater management and the applicability of the regulations therein. Most frequently, stormwater plans are submitted within the applications of a proposed commercial development or proposed major subdivision.
Pender County, located in southeastern North Carolina, is the state’s fifth largest County based on land area (approximately 870 square miles), with only 4.5% of that land encompassed by incorporated municipalities and their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). The County is faced with development pressure as the region continues to see rapid population growth, predominantly expanding from the Wilmington Metropolitan Area.
The majority of the development pressure is felt in the southern and eastern portions of the County, specifically the Rocky Point and Hampstead areas. As these areas transition from a rural past to a more developed future, the community continues to seek to find the balance of protecting and preserving the natural environment, while ensuring development does not have a detrimental impact on the existing fabric of the community.
As noted in the Pender 2.0 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (the Plan), top public input priorities included avoiding development in environmentally sensitive areas and limiting development to areas not prone to drainage issues. The Plan goes on to state that the community has identified the most important role for the County to play in influencing development is the protection of natural resources and environmental quality. Finally, 58% of respondents to a survey shown in the Plan stated that stormwater runoff was the most important issue regarding growth and development in the County.
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
Pender County officials are holding public meetings to address water quality issues and high-speed internet.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 7:00 pm at Penderlea Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5th, 7:00 pm at Columbia-Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department
The US 421 Pump Station, Force Main & Water Main Project consists of a 0.75 MGD Pump Station and approximately 8.5 miles of 12-inch and 16-inch water and sewer pressure main, valves, and associated appurtenances as briefly described in the Request for Bidder Prequalification solicitation. The successful bidder(s) will be required to furnish all labor, materials, equipment, tools, services, and incidentals to complete the Work in accordance with the Specifications and Drawings. A virtual bidder prequalification meeting will be held on September 12, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. local time. Applicants will receive a link and call-in number to attend. Attendance is not mandatory. Click here to view pre-qualification documents.
Prequalification applications will be received at the Finance Office of Pender County no later than 4:00 p.m. local prevailing time on the 21st of September 2023. If using the US Postal Service, mail to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425. In person, courier or FedEx/UPS deliveries should be sent to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Click here to view project details.
Any contractor wishing to be prequalified for the work must complete an application and be approved by Pender County Utilities prior to bidding. Evaluation of the applications for prequalification shall be made by Pender County Utilities after the stated closing date and time for receipt of applications. This prequalification of contractors to bid on this project is applicable to this project only. Applications for Prequalification of Bidders are available at https://pendercountync.gov/utl/documents/.
Neither Pender County Utilities nor the Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Applications for Prequalification of Bidders, including any Addendum obtained from any other source.
Pender County Government is seeking proposals from experienced licensed firms to address deficiencies identified by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on Acme Way and Corporate Drive in Pender County in order for the roads to be accepted for addition to the State Highway System. Click here to view the full RFP. Questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5, 2023 (extended from September 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm). The deadline for Proposals has been extended to October 12, 2023 at 2:00pm (previously September 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm). There will not be a formal bid opening. Proposals should be mailed to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425. In person, courier or FedEx/UPS deliveries should be sent to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Electronic proposals will be accepted at email@example.com. Mark the outside of the envelope or the email subject line with RFP # 24-255 Road Improvements for the Addition to the State Highway System and the name of the firm submitting a proposal. Vendors are reminded to check back periodically for possible Addenda. Pender County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. *Addendum 1 was issued to extend the deadline for questions and proposals.*
PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Idalia, which is expected to impact the Gulf Coast of Florida and move up the East Coast. Meanwhile, off the East Coast is Hurricane Franklin, a Category 4 storm that is impacting the coast with dangerous rip currents.
“Pender County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Hurricane Idalia,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Management director. “This storm is expected to strengthen and will impact the coast of Carolina.”
According to the latest reports, Pender County will be impacted by heavy rainfall and tropical-force winds Wednesday through Thursday. This could result in fallen trees and downing of power lines. Some coastal flooding may occur, especially with the King Tide on Wednesday and Thursday.
The greatest danger is the spawning of tornadoes and waterspouts.
“This is the time to prepare,” said Batson. “Tropical storms and Category 1 hurricanes cause more deaths than even the most powerful of storms. It’s important to treat these storms with caution and preparation.”
If you don’t have a hurricane emergency kit, there is time to assemble a kit. Have batteries, plenty of drinking water, non-perishable foods, medications, cash, a full tank of fuel in your vehicles, and propane in stock. A complete checklist is available online at www.readync.org. The cell phone app is free to download.
Batson said the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff will continue to monitor the storm.
“When preparing, keep in mind the items you need to maintain the health and safety of your family and pets,” said Batson. “This is the time to secure lawn furniture and items that can be lifted away by strong winds.”
Free text, telephone, or email alerts are free by opting into the county’s Nixle emergency alerts system. Go to www.pendercountync.gov or www.nixle.com to sign up. To get information text your zip code to 888777 and get the Nixle Emergency Notifications on your smartphone.
Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website, www.pendercountync.gov. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.
The Pender County Utilities is seeking prequalification applications from properly licensed, bonded, and qualified general contractors for construction of the proposed US 421 Pump Station, Force Main & Water Main. The project will be bid as a single prime contract. Prequalification applications will be received at the office of Pender County at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425 until no later than 4:00 p.m. local prevailing time on the 21st of September 2023. This is not a solicitation for bid; however, Pender County Utilities will only accept bids for this construction contract from Contractors who are approved by Pender County Utilities as prequalified for this project. The anticipated schedule for the pre-qualification and construction bid process is as follows:
The project’s estimated range for construction cost is approximately $13.5 million and includes, but is not limited to, a 0.75 MGD Pump Station and approximately 8.5 miles of 12-inch and 16- inch water and sewer pressure main, valves, and associated appurtenances. The estimated project duration is 18 months. Funding for the project will be provided by Pender County Utilities.
Any contractor wishing to be prequalified for the work must complete an application and be approved by Pender County Utilities prior to bidding. Evaluation of the applications for prequalification shall be made by Pender County Utilities after the stated closing date and time for receipt of applications. This prequalification of contractors to bid on this project is applicable to this project only. The Bidder Prequalification RFQ can be viewed by clicking here. Project Applications for Prequalification of Bidders are available at https://pendercountync.gov/utl/documents/.
Neither Pender County Utilities or the Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Applications for Prequalification of Bidders, including any Addendum obtained from any other source.
A virtual bidder prequalification meeting will be held on September 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Applicants will receive a link and call-in number to attend. Attendance is not mandatory.
This is not a solicitation for bid. All materials and information submitted during the prequalification process will become the property of Pender County Utilities and will not be returned to the applicant. The decision to prequalify an applicant shall not constitute a determination that the applicant is responsible, and such applicant may be subsequently rejected as non-responsible on the basis of subsequently discovered information. Funding for the project is being provided by Pender County Utilities. The project will be administered by Pender County Utilities.