BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council met on Monday night and failed to approve a consent agenda and the meeting was suspended until Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The vote was 2-1 against approving the consent agenda with Everett Butler casting the lone vote in favor of approval of the consent agenda.
The night was intended to be a festive occasion celebrating the town's employees and volunteers.
Town Commissioners Steven Bryan and Mitchell Hughes were not present at the meeting.
There was no discussion of the consent items which included minutes of the special called meeting on Nov. 25 when the board voted to make changes to the town charter and extend a new contract to Delane Jackson.
Outgoing Mayor Livingston Lewis then introduced the special guests which included the members of the Garden Club, the Bladenboro Planning Board, members of Boost the 'Boro, and the Bladenboro Rotary Club.
Nikki Dennis administered the oaths of office to new board members Rufus Duckworth who was sworn in as mayor, and new councilmen Curtis Timothy Benton Jr. and Jeff Atkinson and incumbent Billy Ray Benson.
Duckworth presented Lewis with a plaque recognizing him for his 20 years of service as mayor.
Duckworth also recognized the family members of committee and board members.
“My goal going forward is to bring this town and move it forward. .. tonight is a celebration…,” said Duckworth.
He announced the meeting was suspended until Thursday.