BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council met on Monday and heard from Bill Lester of LKC Engineering regarding the plans for McLean Park.
Lester submitted the preliminary drawings to the board and noted that the plans call for three ball fields and a soccer field, a walking trail, concession stands, fishing and parking area.
“The walking trail will meander through the trees and over to the pond,” said Lester.
The pond is also included in the master plan for the park and includes a pier for fishing. Lester added that there is a slight change to the parking area but those changes will make accessing the park and its activities easier.
Lester said there is a meeting scheduled for Feb. 20 with the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Representative to review any revisions that the board may have.
“This will be a good start,” said Lester of the plans.
He also updated the board on the community building contract.
“There are some contingencies,” said Lester.
He told the board that some revision has been made to the handicapped access of the building moving it from one of the building to the other. Lester also told the board they might want to consider making some upgrades to the windows and doors if the funds are available to do so.
Lester also brought the board up to date on the fire department plans. he said that plans have been resubmitted to the USDA Rural Development and are under review. He added he does not anticipate any further comments form the USDA.
In other business the board heard form Tammy Little regarding an issue whereby her home, which was undergoing repairs from fire damage, received water damage. She alleges that following a fire in the home located at 808 Pine Ridge Circle, on Nov. 25, the home was rendered uninhabitable and she was having repairs made. Little told the board that the water to the home had been shut off due to the fire damage. She said that on Jan. 6 she received a call that her utility room area was flooded when no water should have been turned on. She alleged that on Dec. 30, a subcontractor who was working on the home saw someone “doing something” at her water meter and on Jan. 6, she found alleges her utility room area flooded.
After hearing from Little, the board voted to enter a closed session to consult with its attorney. The board took no action on the matter.
The board also voted to adjourn the meeting until Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. when they will take up the matter of discussing the organizational structure.
In other business:
—Things got heated when the board voted to appoint Mayor Rufus Duckworth as the delegate and Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Jane Benson as the alternate to the Lumber River Council of Government. Councilman Everett Butler who was originally appointed by former Mayor Livingston Lewis to the post in November 2013 asked what was to be done with the person currently holding the position.
Councilman Billy Ray Benson said, “This is the first I heard of Livingston appointing you to Council of Government.”
Councilman Terry Nance said, “I can see why the mayor would want to be on it.”
“If you want to dismiss me I’ll step down and let Commissioner Benson have his way,” said Butler in frustration.
The board voted in favor of appointing the mayor and mayor pro tem to serve on the LCOG.
— The board also approved a blanket easement for Four County EMC.