Burgaw, NC (WWAY) — Controversy continues to surround the Pender County Health Department.
Today the Board of Health called a meeting with many upset contractors, developers and home builders to try and quiet some of their recent permitting concerns.
“With the new regime that’s come in, the process has slowed down to the point that it’s just taking us too long to do repairs or do installations, ” complained Septic installer, Al Sidbury.
Sidbury has been installing septic systems for more than 30 years. He says the current health department is the worst he has ever had to deal with and they are costing him business by slowing the permit process. Sidbury claims things aren’t as efficient because of what he calls “paperwork bureaucracy” crated by the new coordinator.
Sidbury has one septic case that has been pending since March 26th. He says a few days after someone has a septic issue, sewage can be found in people’s yards, which he says is a huge environmental concern.
When the health department heard from an angry Sidbury they decided to call a meeting.
“There’s been some issues and concerns in the past and there was just a lack of communication so we wanted to kind of get everybody on board so that we could work as two teams to bring everything together,” said Board of Health chair, Jimmy Holland.
During the meeting, the health board stressed the need for a few new positions so they can speed up the permitting process. They say there is more to the environmental health in Pender County than just on site waste water.
The Pender County board of health will have another meeting with this same group within 60 days to make sure the communication issues have improved.