B'boro board meets names new attorney, councilman

Erin Smith Staff writer

January 13, 2014

BLADENBORO The Bladenboro Town Board welcomed another new member on Monday night as Terry Nance was named to fill the town commissioner's seat vacated by former Councilman Larry Simmons.
Nance was nominated by Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson and the vote was unanimous. He was administered his oath of office by Town Clerk Melanie Hester.
Later in the meeting, the board also announced Alan Maynard as the new town attorney. The town attorney's position was formerly held by Wes Johnson of Johnson Law Firm in Elizabethtown. Johnson resigned from the post in December.
In other business, the board heard from trapper Kevin Hammonds regarding a request for permission to trap on town land.
“I had earlier acquired permission to trap land. One piece of land I was trapping on I thought belonged to Dawson Singletary,” said Hammonds.
In reality, it turned out the piece of land actually belonged to the town of Bladenboro. Hammonds said that on Nov. 6, a pet became caught in one of the traps and the owner of the pet contacted a wildlife officer. Hammonds told the board the officer obtained Hammonds' information from the trap and arrived at his home to inquire if he had permission to trap the land in question. According to Hammonds, after some further discussion between himself, Bladenboro Police Officer Randy Sykes and the wildlife officer, Hammonds was issued a ticket.
Hammonds requested that the board send a letter to the district attorney regarding the matter.
Councilman Billy Ray Benson said he had no qualms with the letter, but he questioned what would happen if a situation of this nature occurred again.
“It is his responsibility to make sure he is on whose land he says he is supposed to be on,” said Benson.
The board approved sending the letter.
Also, Councilman Everett Butler asked the board to consider allowing the police department to use the former armory building for storage purposes.
“The police department has no storage space,” said Butler.
He added that the police department could perform work on the building as funds become available. Butler added that currently the police department has out grown its current location and there is no space to store evidence.
Hester reminded the board that facility's heat is on a boiler system and needs to be inspected and possibly some maintenance done before it can utilized. She suggested the board have the police department obtain figures for the necessary work needing to be performed to the heating and air conditioning unit.
Commissioner Billy Ray Benson said that while he doesn't disagree with allowing the Police department to use the building, he felt that should wait.
After further discussion, the board voted 5-1 to approve the use. Councilman Billy Ray Benson cast the lone no vote.
After a 30 minute closed session, the board reconvened in open session and voted unanimously to offer Andrew Coleman the supervisor's poistion in maintenance.