Bladenboro raises new flag; Depot Building focus of preservation

Staff report

BLADENBORO —Town commissioners in Bladenboro held a ceremony on Monday that officially completed the project to install a new flag pole in front of the town hall.

Mayor Rufus Duckworth was assisted in raising a flag donated by Woodmen of the World by several first-responders as a number of residents watched.

Also in attendance was Charles and Emily Benton, whose father donated a flag pole and monument at the old town hall. The monument, after getting cleaned up, has been placed at the base of the new flag pole.

During the meeting portion on Monday, commissioners discussed and weighed potions available for work needed to preserve the historic Depot Building in the downtown area.

Town Administrator John O’Daniel pointed out that the building’s roof is a major problem and that its shingles are past their life span. He added that the building is also experiencing leaks and there are places in the building where wood is beginning to rot.

To make matters worse, the Depot Building’s siding contains asbestos — leaving the town with only two options: painting over the current siding or having the asbestos abated and go to a vinyl siding.

The board voted to allow Treadlight of Fayetteville to repair the building’s roof, and voted to give the bid for asbestos removal to CCI. The board then approved the bid from Paits for the vinyl siding work.

In other business, the board:

— Heard from a town resident about the posted speed limit along N.C. 410. Commissioners instructed O’Daniel to write a letter requesting the N.C. Department of Transportation to review the speed limits.

— The same resident brought concerns about a rumor that only one police officer was on duty at night in Bladenboro, and asked commissioners to consider allowing Chief Chris Hunt to schedule additional staffing at night.

— Voted to approve a change to the town ordinance with regard to the Bladenboro Fire Department adding a subsection about hazardous substance abatement and reimbursement for personnel’s services.

Staff report

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