The agenda for the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting was light on Monday evening, but memorable for some.
First the commissioners handled agenda items such as budget amendments, county attorney invoices, tax releases and refunds, the EZ Edge Grant Application, the PARTF Grant Application, and the new Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Program Agreements.
Next the those in attendance were all in smiles with the recognition of some great accomplishments. Patricia T. Smith was recognized for her 28 years of service to the county and her upcoming retirement on April 30th, 2016.
The top three Keep Bladen Beautiful Essay Contest winners were recognized as well. Syndney Gardner, placed first in the contest. Sam Inscoe was the second place winner and Henry Pate placed third in the contest.
Eight county employees were recognized for their years of service. Andrew Powell, Kendall Kelly, Dalphaine Jenkins, Sheila Rains, Joan Taylor, Adam Nobles, Tangela Graham, and David Howell, were all recognized for their many years of service ranging from five years to twenty (20) years.
Beverly Parks, Bladen County Register of Deeds gave a briefing on the workings of her office. According to Parks the Register of Deeds office handles all vital records for Bladen County including births, deaths, marriages, and real estate documents.
“I’m very proud of my staff because of how serious they all are about their duties because we have a very serious job,” Parks said.
All information the office has in vital records is public information except for information regarding veterans according to Parks. One free copy of records is provided to any veteran or anyone needing an identification for voting purposes the elected official reported.
Parks said they have had a lot of changes in the office. In 2014 the office started receiving electronic copies of real estate documents and
currently all their real estate documents are done electronically. The office has births in the county from 1970 to present, deaths in the county from 1980 to present and marriages in the county from 1969 to present all in digital format per Park’s report.
Bladen County does not have their vital records online yet due to glitches with the system and the potential for extra costs to incur for citizens according to Parks.
After Parks gave her report, Lisa Coleman gave the Financial Dashboard for the period ending on March 31st, 2016.
Advisory Board Members were appointed to the Bladenboro Rural Fire District Committee, Cape Fear Assembly, Carvers Creek Fire District Committee, and the Elizabethtown Rural Fire District Committee.
Greg Martin, County Manager, gave an update on the calendar.
The last item on the agenda was the Department of Social Services Lobby Construction Project contract. Commissioner Cogdell made a motion to accept the lowest bid on the project, which was from Bill Worley and Sons from Columbus County for $137,834. Commissioner Peterson asked if the county had to go with the lowest bidder because of the local companies had also made bids on the project.
The motion was passed for Bill Worley and Sons to be awarded the project because they were the lowest bid.