County OKs roof replacement at DSS

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — The roof at the Bladen County Department of Social Services has finally outlived its usefulness, county commissioners were told Monday, and the price tag to replace it is close to $300,000.

According to Kip McClary, the county’s director of the General Services Department, the need for a new roof at the facility has been obvious for some time.

He added that the original, flat gravel roof was covered with a retro-fit roof and the gravel roof remains underneath.

““I think many of you are aware of the history of leaks and problems we have had with that building,” McClary said. “(Water) leaked through the membrane and penetrated into the insulation and got into the old gravel bed and leaks sprang up sporadically throughout the building. You can’t find where the leaks are coming in at.”

He recommended that a bid from Industrial Contract Service of Wilmington in the amount of $292,475 be accepted by the county so that work can get started — and the board unanimously agreed.

McClary said the roof would be stripped down to the metal framework, removing all of the retro-fitted material and start over with a new insulated roof. he told the commissioners that there would be a 20-year warranty on the materials used and the contractor would give a f9ive-year warranty on the work done.

There was no time frame given for work starting or when it would be completed.

In other action, the board:

— Approved a fireworks display at Camp Clearwater in White Lake on Saturday, Oct. 28.

— Held a public hearing on a proposed false-alarm ordinance. When nobody spoke, the public hearing was closed and commissioners approved the ordinance.

— Heard from Don Melvin of Tar Heel about a dump being created next to his property. Commissioners said they would look into the problem and get back with him.

— Presented Cheryl Harris of Eastpointe with a Bullying Prevention Awareness Month proclamation.

— Approved a contract between the Bladen County Health Department and Bladen Community College for a phlebotomy course.

— Approved a Minority Diabetes Prevention Program agreement with Robeson County Health Department.

— Approved an agreement with Bladen County Public Schools for health/nursing services.

— Adopted a resolution to support the creation of a four-way stop at the intersection of N.C. 20 and Chickenfoot Road.

— Recognized 12 county employees for years of service: Cynthia Shaw, 30 years with Elections; Kent Porter, 20 years with BARTS; Ricky hall, 20 years with Solid Waste; Karen Davis, 20 years with Soil & Water Conservation; Rodney Hester, 15 years with the Sheriff’s Office; Tabitha Butler, 10 years with the Health Department; Bonnie Guyton, 10 years with EMS; Amy Hinson, 10 years with DSS; Sherena Bethea, five years with DSS; Tywana Locklear, five years with DSS; Kennth Clark, five years with Emergency Management; and Stacie Kinlaw, five years with Cooperative Extension.

The next meeting of the county commissioners will be Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal