County hears concerns about homelessness
Erin Smith Staff writer
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Commissioners were addressed by William Hemphill on Monday regarding homelessness in the county.
“The chairman (Jimmie Smith) asked Chris Harrelson to follow up with Mr. Hemphill,” said Bladen County Manager Greg Martin.
He added that Janet Melvin with the local Department of Social Services has been trying to canvass the community to assess the homeless situation.
Martin added that, on Monday, several youth-related groups also approached the board regarding the possibility of funding. He said one of the groups was trying to create a 4-H club.
The board also heard an update from Chris Harrelson regarding the new N.C. Fast system.
“Bladen County is in good shape,” said Martin.
He added that the federal government has been expressing concerns about the system and some problems encountered and has been strongly encouraging states to resolve any issues with the new system quickly.
In other business:
— The board recognized Sarah Meshaw for 23 years of service and presented her with a plaque marking the occasion, according to Martin.
— The board scheduled a special meeting on Feb. 24 to discuss tax collections.
— The board set March 15 as the deadline to pay taxes of face having you name advertised as delinquent, according to Martin.
— The board extended the deadline for business and personal property taxes to Wednesday, Feb. 5, due to the fact the county offices were closed last week due to the snow, said Martin.
— The board set March 10 at 5 p.m. to meet and discuss water district-related matters.
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