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Elizabethtown Commissioners take care of business
Joy Warren


Elizabethtown Town Commissioners meet Monday evening, the first meeting of the new 2014/2015 fiscal year.  Several citizens made requests to Council.  Willie Moore requested assistance for a past due water account.  The Town has worked out a payment plan for Mr. Moore.  Linda Rogers spoke as an adjacent property owner regarding the code enforcement matter on Cedar Street.  The Town will work to clean up the yard and will start the process to see if there is anything else can be done to the property.
In administrative matters the Board approved Phases II & III of the Downtown Revitalization Project; approved revisions to the Customer Service Policy for the Utilities Department; denied tax release request and approved the monthly financial report.  The dental plan with Assurant Employee Benefits was approved as presented.
Joel Strickland presented a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Bladen County.  Dominique Boyd with NCDOT also assisted with the presentation.  The purpose is to identify current and future transportation deficiencies to include all types of transportation from bicycles to public transportation.  This is a 5 year plan that includes existing, needs improvement, and recommended transportation needs.  They are holding initial meetings, establishing a Public Involvement Plan and hearing the Community Vision.  After the presentation, a resolution was presented and approved supporting changes to the Strategic Mobility Formula.  The changes will allow Rural Planning Organizations to have a fair opportunity to compete with the Metropolitan and Urban areas of NC for transportation projects.

During the Noon work session, Mayor Campbell introduced a new Police Officer, Conner Capshaw.   Eddie Madden announced that Jay Leatherman has agreed to serve as the Finance Director on a full time basis.

In other action, Commissioners were asked to approve a written Decision/Order for Denial of Special Use Permit requested by Hilton DeVane Enterprises, Inc. to build apartments on the corner of Broad and Rollins Streets.  This matter was tabled at the June meeting.  Council approved the written decision denying the Special Use Permit.   As noted on the agenda, Council met in closed session to discuss Real Estate on Rollins Street.  No action was taken.

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