County hears GenX concerns from resident

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Melissa Hill came back before the Bladen County Board of Commissioners for the second straight month with questions about the GenX contamination in her well.

“What is the county doing now?” she asked on Monday. “No one is giving any information to us about when we can get water.

“We still have nothing but bottled water,” she added.”And we’ve been hearing it could be six to 18 months before we can get a water line.”

County Manager Greg Martin told Hill that engineers are working on the project to get residents water.

“There is a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) between Bladen. Cumberland and Chemours engineers (to look at solutions),” Martin said. “There may also be some short-term solutions discussed.”

County Chairman Charles Ray Peterson apologized to Hill for the delay and asked Martin to call her after the meeting with details of what is discussed.

In other action, the board:

— Approved a contract with Industrial Contract Services Corp. of Wilmington for the roof replacement/restoration project at the Department of Social Services. The contract totals $292, 475.

— Approved waiving a competitive bidding process for the purchase of a front-loader garbage truck at a cost of $234,570 from Cavalier Equipment Corp. out of Virginia

— Heard from Martin that all 90 Bladen County Jail inmates had been transferred to the new detention center without incident, and the other 25 inmates being house in other counties would be transferred this week.

— Recognized Carol Strickland for her 32 years of service in public health. She retired effective Nov. 1.

— Presented a National Hospice Palliative Care Month proclamation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

— Scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. regarding the 2019 Community Transportation Program Grant.

— Approved a special-called meeting for Monday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss tax matters.

The next meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

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

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal