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Smith elected chairman of county commissioners

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved several lease agreements Monday, as well as elected a new chairman and vice-chairman.


Fellow commissioners elected Jimmie Smith as chairman of the group, and Mark Gillespie was elected vice-chairman.


The board approved a lease agreement with with the state of North Carolina regrading the Division of Workforce Solutions office. According to reports, the Department of Commerce decided to renegotiate its lease agreement in an effort to save money. The new lease amount will be $65,000 annually, down from the original $116,219 and the effective date will be Jan. 1, 2014, according to reports.


The board also approved a lease agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial also related to the Division of Workforce Solutions.


In other business:


— The board authorized Eric Locklear, with Locklear, Locklear, and Jacobs Consulting Engineers to submit an grant application in the amount of $400,000 to the EPA Brownfields Assessment Program, according to reports.


— The board recognized Annie L. Jackson for her 20 years of service to the county.


— The board approved a purchase of a winch cable for the North Carolina Forest Service Fire Tractor/Plow Unit. According to reports, the current cable was damaged beyond repair, according to reports.


— Two positions were also reclassified. The board approved reclassifying the EMT Intermediate position to EMT Intermediate/Deputy fire Marshall and the EMT-Fire fighter position to Fire fighter-Paramedic, according to reports.

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