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Pender County Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

UPDATE – 6/11/2024 – Following last week’s equipment malfunction at our Sloop Point Booster Station, sample results throughout the distribution system indicated no presence of Bacteria in the water system. In light of these findings, the boil water advisory issued as a precautionary measure is now lifted. Residents can resume regular water usage without the need for boiling or additional precautions. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this period.

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UPDATE – 6/10/2024 – Customers from Sloop Point Loop Rd. (South End) to Surf City are still required to boil water. Samples have been collected this morning. This process usually takes 24 – 48 hours to receive results from the lab. As soon as the advisory is lifted, Pender County Utilities will share update.

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Pender County, NC – Pender County Utilities is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory for customers from Sloop Point Loop Rd. (South End) to Surf City following a water outage and subsequent equipment failure at the Sloop Point Booster Station on Tuesday night. The affected area extends along Hwy 17 from Vista Ln. to Transfer Station Rd.

Our dedicated crews responded promptly to the equipment failure and have been working diligently to rectify the issue. Despite our efforts, customers in the affected area may experience low water pressure or discolored water for the next 3-5 days.

As a precaution, all customers in the impacted area are advised to boil all water used for human consumption. This includes water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Boiling water for bathing is not necessary. This advisory is in place until further notice. We will notify customers promptly once the advisory is lifted.

It is important to note that this measure is precautionary. There is currently no indication of bacteria in the water. The advisory is intended to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers.

For any inquiries or further information, please contact Pender County Utilities at (910) 259-1570. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to resolve this issue.

Prepare Now: Pender County Urges Readiness for Hurricane Season

PENDER COUNTY – With the start of Hurricane season, Pender County is here to promote hurricane preparedness for citizens in our County. To help spread the word and make citizens better prepared, we are committed to ensuring all know their risks, get prepared, and stay informed.

Over the years, we have witnessed the devasting impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and floods can cause loss of life and damage to property. As we have seen with the impacts of many hurricanes in Pender County, all hurricanes can cause significant damage, whether they are considered a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) or not.

Always keep these important facts in mind while preparing:

Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in your area, visit https://gis.pendercountync.gov/maps/ and type in your address. Click on layers and select flood zones to see what flood zone you are in or nearby. You can also visit NOAA’s historical hurricane track tool at https://coast.noaa.gov/hurricanes/ to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.

Flood Alerts: To sign up for flood alerts that are tied to the nearest river gages, go to Pender County’s website and search for the webpage “Being Prepared for a Hurricane” http://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/being-prepared-for-a-hurricane/. The Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN) section provides instructions on how to sign up for alerts.

Get prepared: Act now to prepare for hurricane season. Make sure you have family evacuation and communication plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.

Survival Kit Supplies: A survival kit should include water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio (which can be purchased at the Red Cross store online), extra batteries, a deluxe family first aid kit, medications, and medical items, multi-purpose tools, sanitation, and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, a cell phone with a charger, family, and emergency contact information, extra cash, an emergency blanket, maps of the area and, if needed, baby supplies, games and activities for children, pet supplies, and a manual can-opener.

Flood Insurance: Did you know that homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from flooding? The good news is that the Pender County community is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Flood insurance is available to homeowners, condo owners, apartment owners, renters, and business owners. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. Areas in the floodplain are at high risk for flooding. In high-risk areas, there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.

“No matter the prediction numbers for the season, it only takes one to be a bad year,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Management Director

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or download our Pender EM app. If you have not signed up to receive local emergency alerts, register for free at www.nixle.com to sign up. To get information text your zip code to 888777 and get the Nixle Emergency Notifications on your smartphone. Or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Senator Budd’s Farewell Letter to David Andrews: A Tribute to Years of Service

Pender County, NC —Senator Ted Budd has extended his congratulations to David Andrews on his retirement as Pender County Manager, a role he has held since September 2022. In a letter read by Sam Shumate, Outreach Director, Senator Budd praised Andrews for his long and distinguished career in public service. Shumate

“Dear David, I want to congratulate you on your retirement as Pender County Manager—a position you’ve held since September 2022. Your career in public service began in 1990 as finance director in the city of South Tucson. From there, you spent 20 years between Oro Valley and Paradise Valley, Arizona, before finding your way to North Carolina. You’ve made a lasting impression on the town of Carrboro as well as Pender County. Your contributions will be recognized for years to come. You’ve been a wealth of knowledge to my staff, and I sincerely appreciate your lengthy public service career. Representing individuals like you is one of the greatest honors I have in the United States Senate.

Sincerely,
Ted Budd
United States Senate”

Shumate and AndrewsCounty Manager Andrews expressed his gratitude. He said, “It was a privilege and an honor.” He extended his thanks to Sam Shumate, representing Senator Budd’s office, for their exceptional outreach and engagement efforts in Pender County.

Andrews also conveyed his appreciation to the citizens of Pender County, stating, “It was an honor and a privilege to serve the residents.” He acknowledged the county commissioners individually for their support and extended his thoughts and prayers to Wendy Fletcher Hardee. Furthermore, Andrews welcomed the incoming commissioners, Randy Burton and Brent Springer, who will soon be taking positions on the board.

 

Pender County Health Department Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Child Safety

Pender County, NC – Carousel Child Advocacy Center honors the Pender County Health Department for their exceptional dedication to the safety and well-being of the children of Pender County. Rebecca Martin, representing Carousel Child Advocacy Center, presented the esteemed partnership plaque to Pender County Health Department Director, Carolyn Moser, celebrating their remarkable efforts in child protection.

The Pender County Health Department has earned the prestigious designation of a Partner in Prevention, conferred by Darkness to Light, an organization dedicated to preventing child sexualRebecca Martin, Carolyn Moser abuse. This distinction highlights the department’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding children, reflecting their proactive approach to child safety.

Under the leadership of the Pender County Health Department, a comprehensive prevention strategy has been implemented, encompassing vital measures such as child sexual abuse prevention training for all staff members, stringent background checks, and enforcement of child protection policies. Notably, this training initiative extends across all departments, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to ensuring the safety of children within the community.

The Partner in Prevention designation signifies more than just adherence to standards; it represents an active engagement in safeguarding children from the pervasive threat of child sexual abuse. By achieving this national standard, the Pender County Health Department is playing a pivotal role in promoting community awareness and advancing prevention efforts.

According to national statistics, one in ten children will experience in-person child sexual abuse, while the prevalence of online child sexual abuse is rapidly increasing, affecting one in seven children. In the face of these alarming statistics, the dedication of organizations like the Pender County Health Department is paramount in protecting our children and fostering a safer community for all.

“We commend the Pender County Health Department for their exemplary commitment to the welfare of our community’s children,” said Rebecca Martin of Carousel Child Advocacy Center.

The recognition bestowed upon the Pender County Health Department underscores their pivotal role in championing child safety initiatives and serves as a testament to their enduring commitment to the well-being of Pender County’s children.

 

Pender County Library Invites Public Input for Design of New Hampstead Branch Library

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County is designing a new, larger library in Hampstead and seeks input from the public to inform the design. This new library will replace the existing Pender County Library Hampstead Branch and will be located on Highway 17 next to the Pender County Government Annex.

To gather information on community needs, a survey is available online at penderpubliclibrary.org and in paper form at the Hampstead Branch Library (75 Library Drive) and the Main Library in Burgaw (103 S. Cowan Street). The survey is open from May 15 to June 23.

In addition, there will be several public input sessions at the Hampstead Branch Library: Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, June 13 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. There will also be a special session for parents on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 am, during which library staff will provide activities for children in a neighboring room.

The survey and in-person sessions aim to gather valuable insights into the community’s needs and interests. These insights will play a crucial role in shaping the design of the new library. By participating, community members can directly influence the initial stages of the design process, ensuring the architecture team understands the community’s needs from the start. We encourage all community members to participate in the survey and attend the public input sessions to share your ideas and help shape the future of our library!

For more information, please contact Allen Phillips-Bell at 910-259-0306 or email abell@pendercountync.gov.

 

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PCU Addresses Sulfide Odor Issue in Hampstead/Scott’s Hill Water Supply Following New Well Activation

Hampstead, NC – Pender County Utilities (PCU) announces the recent approval and activation of three new well sites in the Hampstead/Scott’s Hill Area to address the growing water demand. This approval, obtained last week, ensures that PCU has the capacity to meet current water demands without implementing any water reductions.

While the new wells have been successful in maintaining an adequate water supply, we have received reports from some customers in the Scott’s Hill area of an unpleasant sulfide odor in the water following the activation of the EMS well. We want to assure our customers that the water from this new well meets all state and federal regulations and poses no health risks.

In response to these reports and in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), PCU has taken immediate action:

  • The EMS well has been shut off and isolated from the distribution system.
  • Flushing operations have been initiated in the affected area.

We expect customers to notice an improvement in water quality within the next 48 hours. The EMS well will remain offline until a thorough re-evaluation is completed to ensure the highest water quality standards are met.

PCU remains committed to maintaining the highest water quality standards and addressing any concerns raised by the community. The organization appreciates the understanding and patience of its customers as they work to resolve this issue.

Pender County Utilities Appoints Erin Jones as First Female Surface Water Treatment Plant Superintendent

Pender County, NC –Pender County Utilities proudly announces Erin Jones as the new Surface Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, marking a historic appointment as the first female to hold this esteemed position within the organization.

Throughout her professional career, she has shown dedication to career development in the field of water treatment. In 2019, she graduated with a degree in marine technology from Cape Fear Community College. After graduating, Erin joined Pender County Utilities as a water plant operator in 2020, consistently earning new surface water treatment licenses each year.

Erin’s rise within the organization showcases her capability and dedication. In 2023, she was promoted to Chief Operator, where she gained valuable knowledge from the Plant Superintendent, further deepening her expertise in water treatment operations. Now, as she steps into the superintendent role, Erin is strategically focused on optimizing treatment methods for removing organic compounds and “forever contaminants,” addressing the evolving challenges in water management.

Anthony Colon, Executive Director of Pender County Utilities, expressed his confidence in Erin’s ability to lead the organization into the future, stating, “Erin’s dedication and expertise have been evident since she joined our team. Her unwavering commitment to improving water treatment processes and ensuring safe water for our community is truly commendable. We are thrilled to have her at the helm and look forward to the positive impact she will make.”

Erin’s appointment underscores Pender County Utilities’ commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its leadership ranks. As she assumes her new role, Erin remains dedicated to ensuring the community’s access to safe, efficient, and sustainable water resources.

CANCELLED-Svcs for Water Meter System Replacement, RFQ # 24-271

Request for Qualifications # 24-271, Services for Water Meter System Replacement has been CANCELLED as of June 10, 2024.

Interested parties may submit Qualifications for an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Full-Service Implementation and Maintenance Program to improve the process of collecting monthly water utility meter data to enhance the level of service offered to customers.

The AMI Full-Service Program will be implemented system-wide in a short time frame, to maximize the benefits of the system. Interested parties are to submit qualifications for a turnkey deployment of approximately 1430 water-metered accounts specifically in the Maple Hill and Scotts Hill areas, followed by an ongoing maintenance program with field labor that includes meters, network, AMI endpoints, and software maintenance as well as full-service data hosting and delivery to the County.

The full RFQ is available at here and includes the scope of the project, as well as full submission instructions for Statements of Qualifications.  Any questions on this RFQ should be submitted to purchasing@pendercountync.gov no later than June 6th, 2024 at noon.  Questions and corresponding answers will be published below.  Firms interested in being considered for selection should respond by submitting one original and three copies of the SOQ in a sealed envelope marked “RFQ # 24-271 Services for Water Meter System Replacement” to Attention Trisha Newton, Pender County, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425 no later than June 13, 2024 at 2pm. All qualification packages must be submitted in a sealed box, envelope, or container and may not exceed 50 pages.  Firms shall submit qualifications of both the firm and person(s) directly responsible for the work including a list of similar projects completed in North Carolina by this firm and by said responsible person(s).  Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.

 

Pender County Parks and Recreation, in Collaboration with Untitled Theatre Productions, Presents Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr.

Hampstead, Pender County, NC– Get ready for a musical extravaganza as Pender County Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with Untitled Theatre Productions, proudly presents Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr. at the Hampstead Annex in Hampstead. This timeless classic promises an unforgettable experience filled with iconic songs, witty storytelling, and heartwarming romance.

Featuring some of musical theatre’s most beloved tunes, The Music Man Jr. is a celebration of community spirit and the power of love. With its bold and brassy charm, this family-friendly show will captivate audiences of all ages.

Show Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, June 6th: 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 7th: 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8th: 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 9th: 3:00 pm

Due to overwhelming demand, tickets for this production are expected to sell out fast. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of The Music Man Jr. live on stage. Book your tickets now and join us for an evening of family-friendly entertainment that will leave everyone buzzing with excitement!

“We are thrilled to bring this timeless classic to the Hampstead Annex stage. This collaboration with Untitled Theatre Productions promises unforgettable entertainment for the entire family. Join us for a celebration of music, storytelling, and the magic of live theatre!” – Zach White, Director of Pender County Parks and Recreation.

Ticket Information:

You can purchase tickets online at https://penderpr.recdesk.com/Community/Page?pageId=40077. For more information, contact 910-259-1330 or email parksandrec@pendercountync.gov

 

Pender County Commissioner Wendy Fletcher-Hardee Announces Resignation

Pender County, NC – Pender County Commissioner Wendy Fletcher-Hardee has tendered her resignation from the position of Pender County Board Commissioner effective Friday, May 17, 2024. In a heartfelt letter addressed to Chairman George, fellow commissioners, and the Republican Party, Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee cited her decision to prioritize her health and well-being.

Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee expressed gratitude for her time in office, stating, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Pender County as a County Commissioner.” She highlighted the collaborative efforts undertaken during her tenure, acknowledging the dedication of colleagues and community members in addressing the county’s challenges and improving its quality of life.

Acknowledging the support she received, Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee emphasized, “I am grateful for the support and guidance provided by my fellow commissioners, county staff, and community stakeholders throughout my time in the office.” She affirmed her confidence in the continued success of the County Commissioner’s Office under the leadership of her esteemed colleagues.

Furthermore, Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee expressed her appreciation to the residents of Pender County, stating, “Serving the community has been a rewarding experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have made a positive impact on the lives of the members of our community.”

“Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee’s unwavering dedication and tireless advocacy for the betterment of Pender County and its residents have left an indelible mark on our community. Her leadership, compassion, and commitment have been exemplary. While saddened by her departure, we fully support her decision to prioritize her health. Pender County will forever be indebted to her leadership. We honor her service and send wishes for strength and healing.” – Pender County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Brad George.

Commissioner Fletcher-Hardee’s resignation will be effective as of Friday, May 17, 2024. Her term was set to continue until 2026. The process to fill the vacant seat will be selected by the Pender County Republican Party and announced in due course, ensuring the continuity of effective governance and representation for the residents of Pender County.

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