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Bladen County Commissioners will meet Monday, 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. Among the first items of business is a Public Hearing on the proposed budget for Bladen County for fiscal year 2015-2016. In the published agenda, there is no reference to the proposed new tax rate. The county is building a new jail, following a report from a Superior Court Judge that the old jail does not meet current standards and must be replaced.

The state mandated revaluation of property in the county resulted in a slightly lower overall value than the previous 8 years.

Public comments are welcome during the Public Hearing.

In other action, the Board of Commissioners will consider approval of a contract with Moseley Architects, P.C of Charlotte, NC to “consist of Design, Bidding and Construction Administration Phase services for a new detention center for Bladen County, to be constructed on county property and shall include 180 beds with the core spaces sized for 250 beds and approximately 7,600 square feet for use as the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Facility Space….Bids are to be received by July 30, 2015.” The contract indicates the owner (Bladen County) has a budget of $15,650,000 for the purpose of this contract. Mosley’s services will be $1,362,500 with another $78,700 listed as additional services defined as Transition/Closeout Phase (3 months duration).

The Board will also consider approval of a contract with W.M. Jordan/Bordeaux, who will be the construction manager.

Other items of interest include;

A 2015 Tier II Grant Award of $1,104.04 has been granted to the Bladen County Emergency Planning committee to support hazardous material preparedness of Local Emergency Planning Committee. The grant is from hazardous materials facility filing fees collected over the 1st quarter of 2015.

Another Public Hearing is planned for an Ordinance related to Animal Control, Animal Welfare and the control of Rabies in Bladen County.

Commissioners are expected to act on a second request from the Bladen County Board of Education on the transfer of funds from Capital Outlay to the Current Expense line item. Commissioners denied the request at their last regular meeting. Since that meeting, the two boards held a workshop on the budget for coming year and the request for the transfer of funds.

There are numerous other issues on the agenda.

The regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Commissioners also have a Special Meeting related to the budget that begins at 4 p.m. Monday. It is open to the public as well.

Both meetings will be held in the Commissioners Room in the Courthouse.

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