BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council addressed changes to the town’s new community building, which is currently under construction, during a special-called meeting on Monday. The board approved several changes to the plans, but the project remains within the budget, said Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth.
Duckworth said that contractors bid on a project based on the blueprints presented at the time they bid. Initially, the plans for the community building called for the construction of one handicapped ramp at the front entrance to the building. He said the ramp was originally supposed to come out and go down the side of the building, then turn and come out into the parking lot.
“Because of the square footage of the building, it came up that we had to have a second ramp,” said Duckworth.
He said the board decided to add an additional ramp at the back entrance and allow the two ramps to meet in the center before turning towards the parking lot.
Duckworth said another change called for was the addition of lighting. Originally, the plans called for one light for the lone ramp, but Duckworth said that, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ramps must be illuminated all the way to the parking lot, which required additional lighting. He said the board approved this change.
The board also approved a change to the overhang of the roof over the front porch based on recommendations form the Bladen County Building Inspections Department and engineers.
The board also OK’d the paving of the parking area in front of the building. Duckworth said the ADA required one designated handicapped parking spot. He said the board looked at the cost to pave just the one required spot and paving the entire front parking area. The board approved paving the entire front parking area to include installing the curbing and gutters.
The money for the project has come from a Community Development block grant the town received.
“It (the changes) still puts the project under budget. We gave our match with the land,” said Duckworth.