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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have two public hearings on its agenda Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting inside the courthouse in Elizabethtown.

The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Commissioners’ Room located on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The meeting is open to the public.

To listen to the meeting by telephone, dial 571-317-3122 and use access code 377-006-581.

A public hearing is scheduled regarding a proposed revolving investment fund agreement which will allow for an additional $100,000 grant to Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Inc. to expand its revolving investment funds. The funds will be used to assist in the start-up and expansion of small businesses in Bladen County, while prioritizing female-owned, minority-owned, high-demand service, and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses locating in downtown revitalization areas. The board is expected to consider approving the agreement following the hearing.

The second public hearing is to receive comments regarding naming the bridge in Elizabethtown that spans the Cape Fear River in memory of three Sheriff’s Office employees who died while serving in the line of duty. The three are Deputy James B. Collins, who died Sept. 26, 2001, Deputy Dewayne C. Hester, who died June 8, 2012, and Officer James A. Smith, who died Jan. 6, 2019. The proposal was made earlier this month by Sheriff Jim McVicker. The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a new bridge that spans the river.

In other business, the board is expected to:

• Consider approving various ARPA-enabled project requests;

• Consider scheduling a special meeting for March 27 at 5:30 p.m. to begin work on the fiscal year 2023-24 budget.

Click here for a detailed version of Monday’s agenda.

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