W. Curt Vincentcvincent@civitasmedia.com


BLADENBORO — Commissioners with the Bladenboro Town Board continued to discuss ways to stop speeders on the town’s back street from racing through the quiet neighborhoods.

“I live in one of those areas and know how it can get,” said Commissioner Cris Harrelson, who resides on Ash Street. “We do need to do something.”

According to Mayor Rufus Duckworth, the town’s attorney, Alan Maynard, said placing speed bumps on the streets in question would not be a good idea, so the board began looking at other options.

Duckworth suggested three-way and four-way stop signs be placed at the intersections, which seems to interest the rest of the board.

“I think the three-way and four-way stops are a reasonable solution,” Harrelson said. “But I don’t want to decide that without giving the residents in that area the chance to give their opinions.”

The board voted to hold a public hearing at its April 10 meeting on the issue.

In other business, the board:

— Heard from Shane Todd with Boost the Boro group, who asked the board for the OK to install a set of flag poles on the corner of Main and Seaboard street. He said the poles were already there, and he apologized for the late request. The board approved the addition.

— Approved the 2016-17 town audit contract with Thompson, Price, Scott & Adams.

— Responded to the lone bid for the concession stand at Wateree Park by approving the bid of $505 from Rayne’s Italian Ice. No bids were received for the concession stand at McLean Park.

— Approved an agreement with Dixie Youth Baseball for the use of the ball field, but with the understanding that church-league softball would need to also use the field.

— gave approval to a grass-littering ordinance suggested by Town Administrator John O’Daniel, who said downtown street gutters were getting clogged by residents blowing grass clipping and other debris into the street. The ordinance would not affect those placing leaves and other lawn debris at the curb for pickup.

— Approved a new employee and department-head evaluation form.

— Heard a number of budget requests from commissioners — including a number of concerns at McLean Park, such as the addition of lights and a picnic area that would include a shelter and grills; and the paving of Elm Street. Duckworth asked O’Daniel to research the possibility of USDA and PARTF grants for possible improvements at the park.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

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