• 7:22 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 23
  • 12:35 am State’s unemployement rate remains at 4.1%
  • 12:22 am Bladen County to receive hurricane recovery funds
  • 12:15 am This Day in History for July 23
  • 3:30 pm Bladen County Sheriff’s office receives recognition for participation in Operation Medicine Drop Take Back Event

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners are expected to consider a resolution to eliminate one-stop voting and absentee by mail voting for municipal elections during its meeting Monday at Town Hall. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

If the resolution passes, Bladenboro would be the third Bladen County municipality to eliminate one-stop voting for municipal elections. East Arcadia and Tar Heel already have opted out, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections.

The decision applies only to municipal elections, and means that people can only vote on election day. One-stop voting and absentee by mail voting will still be available for non-municipal elections such as the presidential election in 2016.

The final item on Monday’s agenda is a budget work session. Bladenboro Town Administrator Melanie Hester presented her $1.664 million budget proposal for 2015-16 to the board May 5. The proposal keeps the tax rate at 59 cents per $100 of property value.

Other items on the agenda include:

** Consent agenda: Approval of agenda items, minutes, departmental reports and budget amendments.

** Consideration of a request from Bladen Conty Library Director Kelsey Edwards.

** Consideration of scheduling a public hearing on June 8 for consideration of amending the minimum housing standards ordinance to include enforcement and due process procedures.

** Approval of the audit contract for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

** Consideration of changes in utility billing practices.

** Consideration of bids to grind debris at the town’s landfill.

** Consideration of a picnic area change order for McLean Park.

** Open sealed bids for surplus property.

** Consideration of a resolution in support of the Connect NC Bond referendum. The proposal, announced last month by Gov. Pat McCrory, would be used to build roads, upgrade technology and construct education facilities. It’s expected to go before voters either in October or November.