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White Lake Town Board Recognizes Police Officer

By Joy Warren
During the regular meeting of the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening, Officer Joshua “Blake” Bryan was recognized for completing the Advanced Law Enforcement training certification.  Mayor Womble presented  a plaque to Officer Bryan and thank him for his dedication to the profession and to the Town.
Eddie Madden, Project Manager for the Multi-Use Path Project gave an update on bids received.  The lowest bid came in at $92,000 over budget.  He and the engineer are negotiating with the company.  The Board will meet in two weeks once the negotiations are finalized and presented.
Mayor Womble announced the Town received a check from the County of Bladen for $20,000 to assist with ongoing efforts to restore the lake water.  Town staff are working with Seth Robertson, NC Division of Water Infrastructure, to complete the application to request the $125,000 appropriation approved in the State’s budget.
Diane Lauritsen, LIMNOSCIENCES, provided an outline of issues that are potentially impacting the lake water quality relating to groundwater supply and nutrient loading.  She also gave an overview of the 205(j) Planning Grant application process.  The Board approved $20,000 in kind match and authorized the submission of the grant by LRCOG on the Town’s behalf.
In administrative matters, the Board approved Utility ($7,822.17) and tax ($356.45) releases; appointed the Mayor and Town Clerk as voting delegates at the NCLM Annual Conference; approved the NC 811 Notification Center membership agreement; approved Multi-Use Trail Capital Project Ordinance amendment ($4,000); and approved White Lake “Lake” Water Capital Project Ordinance amendment (on-going sampling fees and addition of $20,000 from County).
The Board adopted a resolution authorizing Engineering Services to submit an application the NC Division of Water Infrastructure to determine if the Town qualifies for another low interest loan for Phase II Sanitary Sewer System improvements for FY 2020/21.
The LRCOG proposed that the Town apply for a $150,000 Asset Inventory Assessment grant for sewer line video investigation in support of the Wastewater Asset Management Plan.  The Board adopted a resolution approving the application.
Mayor Womble indicated that the preliminary 2017 Municipal Population Estimate has been received from the Office of State Budget and Management.  The permanent resident population for White Lake is 862 fir 2017 as compared to 857 from the previous year.
Fire Chief Brennan informed the Board that the County shelters will open tomorrow at 12:00 noon throughout the county.
The Board adjourned the meeting to September 25th at 5:30 p.m.
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