BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council had only a light agenda to get through when it met this week.
After the board had dealt with the agenda items on Monday, Town Administrator Melanie Hester updated the board on the progress of the Community Building and the fire station, according to Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth.
“The contracts are all signed,” said Duckworth of the project. He added that Hester is expected to carry the contracts to Raleigh to the USDA for their approval.
The town has received a loan in the amount of $907,500 from the USDA Rural Development for the construction, according to reports. The town was requested to receive interim financing during the construction phase of the project by the USDA, which the town now has in place.
“We hope to start construction in September,” said Duckworth.
Hester also updated the board on the Strata Solar project. She told the board she will be meeting with members of the Clean Water Division Trust Fund to discuss the project; which will be constructed on town-owned land adjacent to the town’s water treatment plant, according to reports.
Duckworth said that Hester updated the town on the progress with McLean Park. He said the town is having difficulty finding a company to do the required grading work at the park and Hester is scheduled to meet with yet another group to try to obtain an estimate.
The council also unanimously approved a subdivision plat for the Yarborough family. The subdivision is located in the town’s ETJ on Sunset Park Road, said Duckworth. He said the town approved some adjustments to the plat for the family.
The board then met in a closed session with the town attorney for a personnel matter.