Wateree Park Concession Stand contract awarded

Erin Smith Staff writer

March 10, 2014

BLADENBORO — The Wateree Park Concession Stand contract was front and center Monday when the Bladenboro Town Council came together.

Commissioner Jeff Atkinson said he had a question about the length of the contract, which specifies that Bladenboro Dixie Youth Baseball would be responsible for the concession stand until Dec. 31, 2014.

Commissioner Terry Nance told the board that it is his understanding that, if the concession stand is not rented from year-to-year, then the town is responsible for its operations during the time it is not rented.

Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester told the board that, if the contract is awarded to Bladenboro DYB, allowing them to operate the concession stand for other events is a way the organization can raise funds.

Commissioner Everett Butler questioned an item in the contract which shows Bladenboro DYB as paying nothing to the town for the lease on the concession stand. Nance said that, to his knowledge, it has always been that way.

Mayor Rufus Duckworth told the board that he had received a phone call about a church wishing to use the ball field on the first and third Sundays to play softball. Hester reminded the board that, if they award the contract to Dixie Youth, then Richie Love would need to be contacted about scheduling the field.

“If the lights are turned on, they would have to pay,” said Hester.

“About paying for the lights,” said Commissioner Tim Benton Jr. “Does it say we are going to take the money or Dixie Youth? I think it should be Dixie Youth.”

Hester told the board that Bladenboro Dixie Youth would be responsible for keeping up with the lights, how long they are used and collecting for the use of the lights.

In a meeting last month, concerns were expressed by the board that Dixie Youth was not keeping track of the use of the lights at the ball field and that fees for the use of the lights had not been received.

After further discussion it was decided to accept the Wateree Park Concession Stand contract with the Bladenboro Dixie Youth.

In other business, the board voted to send a resolution to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office requesting the Order of the Long Leaf Pine be posthumously awarded to Hiram Hester.

The board also held a 20-minute closed session to discuss personnel matters and after reconvening in open session the board named Melanie Hester as acting interim town manager until June 30, after which she will be offered the full position. Pamela Bowen was named acting town clerk and tax collector until June 30, after which she will be offered the position.