ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins reminded the Board of Commissioners on Monday the area continues to clean up from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, even more than four months after it swept through the region.
Elkins spoke to the commissioners about an available Hazard Mitigation Program, which focuses on the removal of storm debris but also tackles road washouts and agricultural ponds that were damaged.
“We’ve ridden the county looking for storm-related damage — including trips to the East Arcadia area, along the South River and on N.C. 210,” Elkins said. “But we need to be careful to determine which downed trees are Matthew trees and which are not.”
Elkins said the deadline to apply for the program is March 6, so time is of the essence for residents to notify his office about storm-related damages.
In other action, the commissioners:
— Held a public hearing regarding proposals to purchase Bladen County Home Health. Nobody spoke for or against, and the public hearing was closed.
— Accepted a bid of $4,610 with a private sale within 90 days for two foreclosed parcels of land in Colly Township.
— Approved a network agreement for Home Health with Blue Cross/Blue Shield; an application for a Diaper Bank to serve the Young Families Connect Program; and a pay hike of $1,320 per year for the county’s Physician Extender II position, which is the family nurse practitioner.
— Gave approval for an amendment to the contract for the Lock & Dam No.s 2 and 3 Fish Passages Project, which calls for an additional $333,000 for additional analysis, monitoring and educational outreach.
— Spent 30 minutes in a closed session to discuss economic development and personnel, but no action was taken in open session.
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be Monday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.