The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a community meeting to discuss new freshwater fish advisories for the Middle and Lower Cape Fear River on Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m.Comm Mtg River and Fish results
The Pender County Board of Elections will hold a Special Meeting on August 1, 2023 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Please use the link below to join the meeting.
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BURGAW – Pender County Tax Administrator Melissa Radke announced Pender County officials and representatives from Vincent Valuations, a contractor hired by Pender County, are updating property tax records with visits to various homes within the county.
“Our staff and our contractors have proper identification when approaching a property,” said Radke. “Lanyards are worn, and our representatives will knock on the door in hopes of speaking with homeowners before taking exterior photographs and measurements.”
Pender County representatives will visit properties over the next six weeks to complete these field visits.
“The properties we are measuring and photographing are properties that have requested permits over the last three years,” explained Radke.
Radke stressed that Pender County tax department representatives do not ask to enter a structure or take photographs of the interior of a home.
“We are working to ensure that property records are up to date and accurate by visiting these properties and taking exterior measurements and photographs,” said Radke. “If any resident has concerns or questions, please call the tax assessor’s office at 910-259-1221.”
BURGAW – As Pender County continues to grow, Pender County Utilities continues to expand its infrastructure.
“We seek funding opportunities from state and federal agencies,” said Pender County Manager David Andrews. “Over the last three years, Pender County Utilities has secured more than $73.75 million in funding from the North Carolina Division of Water Infrastructure (NCDWI).”
According to Pender County Utilities, the breakdown of funding includes:
- $20 million was secured on August 3, 2020, of which $5 million is “principal forgiveness”, via a grant. An Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (ASADRA) funding was secured at 0.18% interest for a 20-year term.
- $3.75 million, was secured on March 1, 2021, from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) with a 0.18% interest for a 20-year term; and
- $25 million, was secured on March 23, of this year, at a 0.10% interest for a 20-year term from DWSRF.
“On July 18, we were notified the county will receive another $25 million with a low-interest rate for a 20-year term,” said Andrews.
According to Pender County Utilities Director Kenny Keel, the $73.75 million in awards is solely for the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Plant project.
“This funding and RO plant project are essential for Pender County to meet our future water usage needs,” said Keel. “Our long-term water supply planning will ensure our customers receive the best quality water and have the capacity for the growth of the region.”
“We are addressing the supply and pressure concerns,” said Keel. “It’s our mission to provide safe, clean, and reliable drinking water to Pender County.”
“Meeting the needs of our growing community is a priority for Pender County,” added Andrews. “This is why we are committing more than $80 million to the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant in addition to several additional utility projects.”
Currently, Pender County Utilities is working on several capital improvement projects, including the Scotts Hill Elevated Tank and Wells for $13.3 million; water and sewer extensions at Pender Commerce Park for $385,600; a connection with Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority at US 421 for $670,000; and a sewer pump station force main and water main at US 421 for $11.2 million.
HAMPSTEAD – Pender County is contemplating the construction of a new, larger library in Hampstead and seeks public feedback on the location. This would replace the existing Pender County Library Hampstead Branch. The new facility will replace the current Hampstead Branch, with two potential sites under consideration, both on Highway 17.
The first option is to renovate and expand the existing Hampstead Branch on Library Drive (across the street from Taco Bell and Wendy’s), while the second proposes constructing an entirely new library next to the Pender County Government Annex in Hampstead (across the street from Bojangles).
No matter which option is chosen, the size of the new, larger library would be the same at either location. Additionally, the associated project costs are expected to be roughly equal. This is because if the county renovates and expands the existing Library Drive site, the county will need to purchase additional surrounding property. On the other hand, if the new library is built at the Annex site, the county could offset costs by selling the existing Library Drive property.
To gather public opinion, a survey is available both in paper form at the Hampstead Branch Library (75 Library Drive) and the Main Library in Burgaw (103 S. Cowan Street) and online at penderpubliclibrary.org. The survey will be open from July 20 to August 20.
In addition, there will be two public information sessions at the Hampstead Branch Library on Tuesday, August 8 at 6 pm and on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 am. These sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions and to learn additional details about the two locations under consideration.
For more information, please contact Allen Phillips-Bell at 910-259-0306 or email@example.com.
Pender County is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from NC Licensed engineering firms to provide the design, engineering and permitting for a design-bid-build construction project of a park expansion in Burgaw, NC. Funding for this project is through PARTF Grant and County Funds and the project budget is $2,825,000 to be completed by September 2025. Click here to view the full Request for Qualifications # 23-252. Questions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 13, 2023 at 2pm. Statements of Qualifications shall be submitted in person or by FedEx/UPS/courier to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425. SOQs sent by US Mail should be submitted to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425. Responses are due no later than August 1, 2023 at 2pm and must be labeled “RFQ # 23-252”. There will not be a formal opening. Interviews with short list firms may be conducted on August 2-11, 2023. 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.
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Pender County is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants to provide a comprehensive Information Technology Assessment in order to develop a long-term technological road map and ensure appropriate staffing and resource allocation for the current and future needs of the county. The assessment shall consist of reviewing current IT infrastructure and staffing and evaluating the current use of technology (including applications, hardware, software, networks, and security) to identify any gaps in services and provide recommendations and action steps to move toward improvements and efficiencies. Click here to view the full Request for Proposals # 23-251. Questions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 5, 2023, at 2pm. Proposals shall be submitted by email to email@example.com with a subject line of “RFP # 23-251”. Proposals submitted in person or by FedEx/UPS/courier shall be addressed to 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Proposals sent by US Mail should be submitted to PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425. Proposals are due no later than July 20, 2023, at 2pm July 25, 2023, at 2pm and must be labeled “RFP # 23-251”. 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 to reject any or all responses.
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As our website has undergone maintenance, RFP/RFQ/ITB data from May 3, 2023 to July 19, 2023 may not be readily available online. Please contact email@example.com for any requestion for purchasing information from that time period.
All current projects will be reposted accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.
Trisha Newton, Purchasing Manager
The Board of Commissioners approved multiple properties for auction on GovDeals in the May 1, 2023 meeting. Pender County’s Auctions will be administered by GovDeals, an online auction service specializing in surplus government property liquidation. GovDeals will collect fees as outlined on each auction that will be passed on to the buyer. All auctions are open to the public and there is no cost to register. The general rules can be found here. The County encourages all citizens to view surplus and bid on items of interest. Auctions end on June 2, 2023. View each auction for specific closing times.
Andy Devane | Asset Manager
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