Board OK rail crossing painting plans

By: By Erin Smith -

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Board heard from Jason Field, a project engineer with Moffatt & Nichol, regarding pavement markings and warning signage at rail crossings in the town.

“The federal government has handed down some money to NCDOT to upgrade railroad crossings,” said Mayor Rufus Duckworth.

He said the Bladenboro has four rail crossings in the town that are slated to receive upgrades. They are the two at Pine Ridge, one on Fourth Street and one on Grief Street.

“They will install new signage, paint the asphalt and put the markers where to stop (when a train is crossing),” said Duckworth.

He added NCDOT has plans to do this in 200 towns in North Carolina.

“We just had to give them permission (to perform the work),” said Duckworth.

In other business:

— The board tabled a decision regarding allowing Dawson Singletary access to his landlocked property near the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Duckworth said that the matter was tabled because Singletary had indicated he was not going to cut timber on that tract of land at this time.

— The board approved a steel frame for the scoreboard at McLean Park. Duckworth said the board had initially considered a wooden frame made from treated posts, but decided to go with a steel frame instead.

— The board approved a budget amendment for the fire department.

— The board met in closed session for personnel matters and, in open session, voted to hire Steven Singletary as a maintenance worker for the town.

Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

By Erin Smith