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Commissioners Meet Monday
 
Bladen County Commissioners have 2 meetings scheduled  for Monday.
 
The first meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will consist of a presentation by Capt. Jeff Singletary of the Bladen County Sheriff's Department. 
 
The board is discussing the possibility of building a new jail.  A Bladen County Grand Jury found numerous problems that needed to be solved and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser has ask commissioners to provide a monthly update on plans for correcting the problems. 
 
Commissioners recently received an update from a jail consultant suggesting the best solution is to construct a new jail.  A delegation of county officials recently met with the Local Government Commission regarding financing options for a new jail.
 
Capt. Singletary has been designated to assist in providing information.
 
The regular semi-monthly meeting of commissioners begins at 6:30 p.m.
 
The board will recognize 13 employees for reaching 5-10-15-20 and 25 years of service.
 
The finance office will provide an update of the first 3 months of the fiscal year.  Nearly half of the Ad Valorem Property Taxes for FY 2014-15 have been collected and expenditures appear to be in order with 25% expended. 
 
Commissioners will likely be ask to approve a financing agreement with First Bank for three 2014 Patrol cars, three 2014 Police Utility trucks and one 1500 Crew 4X4 truck with proper equipment, graphics and strippings  The total amount is $196,000 to be financed for three years at a fixed rate of 1.25% and a $500 loan fee.  Three banks bid on the project.  First Bank was determined to be the low bid.  The expenditures were approved in the current budget.
 
Cris Harrelson, Director of Human Services, and Sheila Rains will present a statistical report regarding sexually transmitted and communicable diseases and changes in trends.
 
Commissioners are expected to be ask to consider a proposed smoking ordinance and courthouse security options.
 
The board is expected to make appointments to the Keep Bladen Beautiful committee, Tobermory Fire Department Advisory Board, East Arcadia Fire Service District and the EMS Advisory Council.
 
The meetings will be held in the Commissioners meeting room of the Bladen County Courthouse and are open to the public.

 

   

   
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