Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE
Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect. Based on the ongoing hot weather that tends to elevate water demand, this Water Conservation Alert will remain in effect through the month of July and into August when it will be re-evaluated. Please continue to use water wisely; your water conservation is having a positive impact.

Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910-253-2657. Additional information can be found at <http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>.

All customers of a public water system anywhere in Brunswick County are affected by Water Conservation Alerts.  Brunswick County Public Utilities provides water service in unincorporated portions of Brunswick County as well as the following communities:  Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Caswell Beach, Sandy Creek, St. James, Sunset Beach, and Varnamtown.  Customers of other utilities such as Bald Head Island, Brunswick Regional – H2GO (Belville), Holden Beach, Leland, Navassa, Northwest, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport are under the same restrictions since these utilities receive their water from Brunswick County Public Utilities.

Under a Stage 1 Water Alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage habits to appreciably reduce peak demands.  (A peak demand of 80% of system production and distribution capacity being targeted).  Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, so a primary way that customers may reduce water usage is to limit irrigation. A unified application of voluntary water reductions by all water system users in Brunswick County may help to avoid mandatory water restrictions in the event drought conditions do not lessen.

Specific ways to reduce water usage are as follows:

  1. Use the following recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:
    1. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
    2. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
    3. No irrigation on Mondays
  2. Defer all non-essential water use to outside the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  3. Don’t overwater your yard. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy.  To determine how long you need to run your sprinkler to provide 1” of water, place straight edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1” of water in each can.  Water occasionally, but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.
  4. Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
  5. Don’t water pavement and impervious surfaces.
  6. Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. Water lawns outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  7. Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  8. Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
  9. Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees, and plants.
  10. Adjust mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.
  11. Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded. Operate dishwashers outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  12. Limit vehicle washing to a minimum. Use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  13. Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five (5) minutes.
  14. Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.
  15. Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
  16. Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  17. Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.
  18. Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
  19. Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.
  20. Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.
  21. Do not fill new (or empty) swimming or wading pools. Top off existing swimming pools from dusk until dawn.
  22. Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  23. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.

Please note that this Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert does not affect the use of private groundwater wells or those using highly treated reclaimed wastewater.  (St. James, Winding River, Sea Trail, and Sandpiper Bay golf courses use reclaimed water.  Other golf courses use wells and ponds for irrigation.)  Also, this is not a water quality advisory; this is a water conservation advisory.  There is no need to boil water for potable use unless you receive a Low Pressure Advisory notice for your specific area due to other conditions in the water distribution system.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required. Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at  910-253-2657.  Additional information can be found at <http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>.

 

 

THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT

The City has an immediate opening in the Buildings & Grounds Dept. Qualifications for this position include: Experience in mowing, maintaining parks and other city owned area’s, raking, hedging, loading and removing debris.

Education: High School Graduate or GED required, valid NC Driver’s license.

Salary: $ 27,643.00 year plus health insurance and retirement.

Applications available at 1029 N Howe St. or click here. Closing date 5:00 pm August 2, 2019

City of Southport Achieves Pet-Friendly Certification
BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Program Recognizes First Set of Certified Cities

Southport, NC July 09. 2019 – Today, the City of Southport received the official BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, as part of the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, showcasing its commitment to creating a pet-friendly community. More people than ever view pets as members of the family, and with 85 million pet-households in the United States, City of Southport is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome but thrive.

The City of Southport is proud of our community’s achievements, rich and diverse heritage, and potential for the future. Our Animal Protective Services strives to provide quality service and education to all residents and visitors while ensuring the humane treatment of animals in a culture of compassion and integrity.

“On behalf of the city of the City of Southport, we are honored to receive the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to showcase the great work we’ve done to allow more people to enjoy the benefits of life with their pets. With the help and support of our passionate local residents, we’ve seen how small steps such as the support of a Community Cat Program, along with a pet-friendly downtown area, have made an impact in our own backyard.”

In January, Mars Petcare launched the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, an extension of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program which works with local government, businesses and non-profits to help communities make four-legged friends welcome. The certification, created in partnership with urban-planning organization, Civic Design Center, evaluates cities based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across four categories: businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Applicants that received a certification demonstrated their commitment to creating a pet-friendly community and fostering the well-being of all citizens and pet companions.

“We established the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to celebrate cities that are creating positive and welcoming environments for people and their pets and encourage more cities to recognize the benefits of our four-legged friends,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare. “We’re excited to announce the inaugural group of certified cities and look forward to continuing this progress with The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program.”

To learn more about how to get involved in this initiative, and for the full list of BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification recipients please visit www.bettercitiesforpets.com.

City of Southport Tourism Department Information Specialist
(Part-time)
Salary Range: $15-17/hour

Distinguishing Features of the Class
Tourism is of crucial importance to this City. It generates significant revenues, provides jobs, supports the community and helps maintain and improve important local assets. An employee in this class is responsible for varied administrative, technology, marketing, and coordinative functions in support of tourism development, public information and crisis management.

Duties and Tasks Essential Duties and Tasks
-Provides administrative support to the Tourism Director.
-Assists administrative officers in planning and formulating policies, strategies, and responses relative to institutional issues and crisis management.
-Work requires strong effective interpersonal communication skills, sound judgment and initiative, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
-Coordinates update and maintenance of City website and social media sites; assists departments with identifying and uploading updates; coordinates with website vendor.
-Distributes general communication regarding events, operations, and programs of the City.
-Responds to requests for information from media personnel and the public; distributes promotional materials, including flyers, brochures, and press kits; disseminates information via the appropriate media.
-Assists the Public Information Officer (PIO) administrator with crisis/emergency communications during critical incidents assisting to disseminate vital information to the media and the public both quickly and effectively.
-Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Tourism Director, and is evaluated through observation, conferences, feedback, and the quality and effectiveness of work.
-Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities
-Able to disseminate important information to Southport citizens through a variety of measures.
-Create tourism ads for local and regional publications.
-Create media press releases for events and other tourism activities.
-Assist with developing marketing and informational materials for visitors.
-Skill and experience in communications and graphic design including developing public relations materials, press releases, informational brochures, posters and web related media.
-Knowledge of the Tourism department’s activities and functions, area attractions, restaurants, accommodations, events, functions, etc. is required. Advanced office technology knowledge and skill is also required.
-Skills in handling problem situations in firm, tactful and courteous manner with visiting and telephone callers.
-Ability to balance priorities.

Physical Requirements
-Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
-Must be able to perform sedentary work, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently, or constantly lift, carry, push, pill or otherwise move objects.
-Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, do extensive reading, and prepare necessary reports and do research.

Desirable Training and Expertise
-Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field, and five years of relevant experience in the public sector; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
-The ideal candidate will have outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal. Knowledge of public relations principles; communications principles; city department and division structures; and applicable software applications. Skilled in researching effective communication methods and techniques; maintaining effective working relationships; and providing customer service.

Special Requirement
-Requires a valid NC driver’s license.

Applications available at 1029 N. Howe Street or by clicking here.  Application review will begin July 24, 2019.

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 3:30 at City Hall, located at 1029 N. Howe Street for the purpose of holding a special informational meeting on the City’s Wastewater Asset Inventory & Assessment Project.

In June of 2017 & 2018, the City received a Wastewater Asset Inventory & Assessment grant totaling $65,000 to map and inventory the City’s Wastewater infrastructure, to evaluate the condition of the infrastructure, and to develop an asset management plan with a capital improvements plan identifying which assets are the highest priority for replacement. The City’s consultant will be presenting the City with the results of the Wastewater AIA Project at this meeting.

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact the City Planner Thomas Lloyd at 910-457-7961 or tlloyd@cityofsouthport.com

The City of Southport does not discriminate on the basis of disability If you need an auxiliary aid or service or other accommodation in order to attend or fully participate at this meeting, please contact the Clerk’s office as far in advance of the meeting as is possible so that your request can be considered.

Thomas Lloyd, City Planner

The Southport DMV Office will be closed during July and August and will reopen in September with their regular schedule.

NC DMV office is located at the Fire Department Substation, 111 E. Nash Street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week of each month from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Driver’s License
New drivers must take written, vision, sign and road tests. Bring a certified copy of birth certificate and one other official document showing your age. Out-of-state drivers must take written, vision and sign tests, and possibly a road test, and surrender their old licenses. Proof of liability insurance DL 123 is required for any first time licenses in North Carolina or anyone renewing his license who has had a traffic conviction within the past four years.

Shallotte DMV Office
5300 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-4591 (Registration)
(910) 754-5114 (Drivers License)

For customers  applying for a NC driver’s license or transferring Out-of-State Driver’s License (OSDL), needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of insurance

For customer applying for NC identification card (ID) needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency

For customers requesting a duplicate of DL or ID card need NOT to have those documents, because they are already in the NC DMV data base.

On November 15, 2018, Waste Industries completed a merger with GFL Environmental. Due to this merger, you may
be wondering what you can expect going forward and we have good news! Our fleet will be getting a fresh coat of paint
and a new logo, but our commitment to you remains our highest priority.

You will still be serviced by the same team of professionals you’ve come to know with your time working with Waste
Industries, maintaining our commitment to a safe, sustainable, and honest service unlike any other in the industry.

• Your local team is the same team you’ve always known, still servicing your account the way we always have.
This means you’ll submit payments the same way, call the same local branch, and have your waste and recycling
collected by the same driver.

• In the future, you’ll see us move to www.gflenv.com, but for the time being we will continue to use
www.wasteindustries.com and we will update you when we are prepared to transition to a new and
improved website.

• All your account details are the same, so you can still log into your online account at www.wasteindustries.com,
use your same account number when you call on your statement, and update your account by calling or going
online as usual.

Over the coming months you’ll see trucks, containers, and uniforms begin to switch to our new colors. We thank you
for bearing with us we move through this transitional period and appreciate your patience.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same number
you’ve always used. You can also visit us online at www.gflenv.com to learn more about the history of our new brand.

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

  • Test scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
  • No public action required

SOUTHPORT, N.C. – The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested between 10 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will sound from five to 30 seconds. This test is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.
For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at www.duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.

Duke Energy Progress
Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,700 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.6 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

BALD HEAD ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Please take notice that the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Bald Head Island Transportation Authority (the “Authority”) will conduct a special meeting of the Board as follows:

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Location: Southport City Hall, 1029 North Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

The special meeting is being called by the Chair of the Board pursuant to Article III, Section 2 of the Bylaws of the Authority.

The matters to be heard at the special meeting are as follows:
1. A public hearing on the proposed FY2020 budget of the Authority.
2. Discussion and consideration of the proposed FY2020 budget ordinance of the Authority.
3. A closed session, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-318.11(a)(1) and (5), to (i) prevent the disclosure of information that is privileged or confidential pursuant to the law of the State of North Carolina or the United States, including without limitation Section 132-1.2 of the North Carolina General Statutes, or not considered a public record within the meaning of Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes, and (ii) discuss the Authority’s position in negotiating the price and other material terms of a contract or proposed contract for the acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease.