County puts important issues on May ballot

By Erin Smith

August 6, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — Folks in Bladen County will have the chance to decide if they want to allow the sale of fortified and unfortified beverages during the spring primary in Bladen County, thanks to a vote Monday night by the Bladen County Board of Commissioners.
“Ron Taylor came and addressed the board and requested the board vote to schedule a referendum for fortified and nonfortified beverages,” said Bladen County Manager Greg Martin.
According to reports, Taylor told the board that, by allowing the sale of such beverages, it gives tourists the chance to enjoy such drinks, and will increase the sales tax and tax base for the county.
The board voted to approve the measure and add it to the May primary ballot.
Also, the board voted to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax increase, which will be used to fund “capital projects for Bladen County Schools,” said Martin. It too, will be included on the May primary ballot.
In other business:
— The board scheduled a public hearing related to an incentive grant for Superior Media of Clarkton for Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
— The board heard an update from Jalaina Shipman who served as an intern with the Rural Center.
— The board also received a community health update from Carol Strickland and Marinane Valentiner.
— In the consent agenda, the board approved allocations to county rescue squads for two quarters. Bladenboro Rescue will receive $4,500; Clarkton Rescue will receive $3,500; Elizabethtown Rescue Squad will receive $3,500; and Tar Heel Rescue will receive $3,500.
— The board approved a purchase agreement for a two acre well site on White's Crossroads in the amount of $22,000. Bill's Well Drilling of Fayetteville was approved to construct the well for a cost of $38,600.
— The board approved allowing Holland Planners Inc. to complete an update the county's Hazard Mitigation plan.