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RFP – Legal Services




Purpose of RFP

The Eastern Carolina Council of Governments (ECC) invites the submittal to this Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firm(s) interested in providing legal services as Council Attorney.

Scope of Work

The ECC is seeking the firm/individual to provide legal counsel with issues facing the ECC and its various departments. In addition to providing legal representation for the Council’s boards, staff, and committees, the Council Attorney shall perform the following functions:

  1. Provide legal advice to ECC Boards, staff, and committees.
  2. Prepares for and attends the ECC Executive Committee and General Membership Board meetings.
  3. Performs legal research, fieldwork, and other work and communicates the results to the appropriate person.
  4. Upon direction of the Executive Director negotiates, reviews, and prepares contracts, agreements, and conveyances, such as service agreements, lease agreements, franchise agreements, easements, purchase contracts, and other legal documents on behalf of ECC.
  5. Reviews, analyzes, drafts, and revises policies, manuals, and other memoranda for ECC and it’s various departments to ensure they are coherent, enforceable, and consistent with State and Federal law; advises the Board, the Executive Director, and departments when revisions and changes need to be made.
  6. Researches, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions and briefs; prepares formal legal opinions upon request of the Council and/or the Executive Director.
  7. Analyzes legislation including proposed State and Federal legislation affecting the ECC.
  8. Performs other such duties as may be required by virtue of this position as Council Attorney and as directed by the Board and/or the Executive Director.

Submittal Requirements

Interested parties should submit the following items in packet form to ECC for consideration:

  1. Statement of qualifications and resources of the firm/individual, including governmental experience to include description of areas of expertise or relevant experience that may benefit ECC.
  2. Indication of ability to provide timely and efficient service to ECC, including a specification of how many hours per week could be devoted solely to ECC business.
  3. Suggested contractual terms to include hourly rates.
  4. Conflict of Interest – Any clients represented by the proposed firm that might create a potential conflict of interest should be disclosed.
  5. Other factors or information thought to be important to the ECC in considering the proposal.

Electronic submissions will be accepted; however, please provide this information in a single PDF file. The ECC will reply to confirm receipt of your e-mail proposal.

Additional Instructions, Notifications, and Information

Inquiries – Do not contact the Council to make inquiries about the progress of the selection process. Respondents will be contacted when it is appropriate to do so. Process inquiries may be directed to Katie Bordeaux, Executive Director at email below.

Cost of Responses – The ECC will not be responsible for the costs incurred by anyone in the submittal of responses.

Contract Negotiations – This RFP is not to be construed as a contract or as a commitment of any kind. If this RFP results in a contract offer by ECC, the specific scope of work, associated fees, and other contractual matters will be determined during contract negotiations with the Executive Director.

Submittal Instructions – The ECC will receive responses to this RFP at the address set forth below until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. RFP submissions should be directed to:

Katie Bordeaux

Executive Director

Eastern Carolina Council

PO Box 1717

New Bern, NC 28560

Phone: 252-638-3185




Tax Assistance For Seniors

Tax Assistance For Seniors




Carteret County Public Library
1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516-1631

(252) 732-4786

Day(s): Saturdays 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Starting: 2/1/2020 Ending: 4/11/2020

No appointment required


Western Carteret Public Library
230 Taylor Notion Rd., Cape Carteret, NC 28584-8942

(252) 725-2714

Day(s): Mondays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Starting: 2/3/2020 Ending: 4/15/2020

No appointment required


Leon Mann Senior Enrichment Center
3820 Galantis Dr., Morehead City, NC 28557-4310

(252) 622-4038

Day(s): Thursdays 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM and Fridays 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Starting: 2/6/2020 Ending: 4/10/2020

No appointment required




Trinity Presbyterian Church
206 Miller Blvd., Havelock, NC 28532-2648
(510) 673-9602
Day(s): Fridays: 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Starting: 2/7/2020 Ending: 4/10/2020
No appointment required


Harrison Center
311 Middle St., New Bern
(252) 772-5245

Day(s): Mondays 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM and Tuesdays 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Starting: 2/3/20 Ending: 4/14/20 (addition day 4/15/20)

No appointment required






Duplin Ag Extension Building
165 Agriculture Dr., Kenansville, NC 28349-9058
910-296-2140 (Duplin County Senior Center)
Day(s): Tuesdays 08:30 AM – 12:00 PM and Wednesdays 08:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Starting: 2/4/2020 Ending:4/15/2020
Appointment is REQUIRED




Greene County Senior Center

104 Greenridge Rd., Snow Hill NC 28580

(252) 747-5436

Day(s): 2/22/20 and 3/20/20

Appointment is REQUIRED




The Filling Station
221 Main St., Pollocksville, NC
(252) 772-5254 (
Day(s): 2/25/20, 3/19/20, and 4/2/20 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM



No sites




St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church
503 W Broad St., Swansboro, NC 28584-9651
(252) 342-2107
Day(s) Tuesdays 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Starting: 2/4/2020 Ending: 4/14/2020
No appointment required


Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center
100 Recreation Cir., Jacksonville, NC 28546-6983
(910) 238-4192

Day(s): Tuesdays 08:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Starting: 2/1/2020 Ending: 4/15/2020

No appointment required



Onslow County Senior Services

4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, NC 28540-8872

(910) 238-4192

Day(s): Mondays 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM and Thursdays 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Starting: 2/1/2020 Ending: 4/15/2020

No appointment required




Pamlico County Senior Citizens Center
800 Main St., Alliance, NC
(252) 772-5245
Day(s): Wednesdays 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Starting: February 5 Ending: April 15




Veterans Services Literacy Connection

2001 E. Ash St., Suite D., Goldsboro, NC 27530-4119
919-731-1586 (Council on Aging)

Day(s): Tuesdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Thursdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Starting: 2/1/2020 Ending: 4/15/2020

Appointment is REQUIRED



It is important to be organized and prepared when you come to a. Bring the following documents with you:

  • Last year’s tax return
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and every individual on your return
  • Photo ID for all taxpayers
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit (blank check)
  • W-2 Forms from all 2017 employers
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • SSA-1099 Form showing the total Social Security benefits paid to you for the year, or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
  • 1099 Forms reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets
  • 1099-R Form if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution
  • 1099-MISC Forms
  • Information about other forms of income
  • State or local income tax refunds
  • All forms and canceled checks showing federal and state income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments)

Most taxpayers have a choice of taking either a standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. If you have a large amount of deductions, you may want to itemize. Bring the following information:

  • 1098 Form showing any home mortgage interest
  • A list of medical/dental expenses (including doctor and hospital bills and medical insurance premiums), a list of prescription medicines, costs of assisted living services, and bills for home improvements, such as ramps and railings for people with disabilities
  • Summary of contributions to charity
  • Receipts or canceled checks for all quarterly or other paid taxes
  • Property Tax bills and proof of payment
  • 1095A, 1095B, 1095C Forms (if applicable)
  • Any exemption correspondence from the Marketplace (if applicable)
  • Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, or Social Security number)
  • 1098-T and 1098-E Forms (Tuition and Student Loan Interest)


Urgent Repair Program Notice of Funds Available

Urgent Repair Program
Notice of Funds Available

Issued December 2, 2019

I am pleased to announce that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (the Agency) proposes to make a total of $4.5 million available for the 2020 Urgent Repair Program (URP20).  Program funding enables recipient organizations to provide deferred, forgiven loans of up to $10,000 for emergency home repairs and modifications to very low-income owner-occupied homes.  Eligible households are those with one or more full time household members with special needs (e.g., elderly, disabled, and/or Veteran full time household members or a child 6 years of age or under living in the home with lead hazards).  Household incomes cannot exceed 50% of area median income.

Nonprofit organizations, local governments and regional councils of government with the technical capacity to manage residential construction projects are eligible to apply.  Eligible applicants must cover service areas with a population of 5,000 or greater.

The maximum funding amount is $200,000 for projects serving two or more counties in their entirety, and $100,000 for projects serving a single county.  The maximum funding for large CDBG Entitlement Cities is $50,000.

Potential applicants are encouraged to register for the URP20 Application Guideline Webinar, which will be presented on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  You can register for the URP20 Application Guideline Webinar by clicking the following link: URP20 Application Webinar.  Please register for the Webinar no later than 3:00 PM, December 9, 2019.

Application forms and guidelines will be available on the Agency’s website at after December 2, 2019.  Completed applications must be received at the Agency by 5:00 PM January 27, 2020.  For more information, please call Mike Handley, 919-877-5627, Chuck Dopler, 919-981-5008, Donna Coleman, 919-981-5006, Kim Hargrove, 919-877-5682, or Dan McFarland, 919-875-3753.

Sonia B. Joyner
Director of Home Ownership Programs
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

2019 Medicare Open Enrollment

The Wave – September 2019 issue

The Wave – September 2019 issue

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