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Bladen commissioners approve resolution supporting White Lake efforts

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution of support for the efforts by the Town of White Lake to improve the quality of the lake’s water.

Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said, “As you all know this has been an ongoing issue for some time.”

Martin told the board the State has had several meetings with White Lake officials over the course of the last several months regarding the best method to treat the issue. He said there are short term needs that need to be addressed as far as treating the water and there are long term needs that need to be addressed as well.

“The initial treatment cost is just over $520,000,” said Martin.

He told the board that White Lake is requesting $600,000 in funding from the State of North Carolina. He said the town has requested that it be allowed to share in a match. Martin said the Town of White Lake is asking for financial assistance in the match in the amount of $20,000 from Bladen County, $10,000 from Elizabethtown and White Lake will put in $30,000 of their own funds.

Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Ray Britt spoke briefly and said White Lake is important to the County’s tax base.

“I hope we can support them in this endeavor,” said Britt.

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