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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners took on the matter of the Partnership to Improve Community Health during a meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was moved from the regular date of Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said, “Robeson County will be the lead agency on that initiative.”

The purpose of the PICH is to address disparities in health in rural areas.

“North Carolina has applied for funding from the CDC for the Partnership to Improve Community Health,” said Martin.

According to the agenda communique: “There will be approximately 40 states awarded with amounts ranging from a minimum of $1,000,000 to a maximum of $4,000,000. NC counties were given the opportunity to submit grant proposals for the use of the funds in the event the grant was awarded to NC. Bladen County Health & Human Services, along with other Region 8 health departments, is partnering with Robeson County Health Department on the PICH grant proposal.”

Martin said Cris Harrelson, director of the Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency, has sent a letter of support to Robeson County.

In other business:

— The board declared three defibrillator monitors as surplus property. Martin said the commissioners approved donating one of those surplus defibrillators to the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad and the other two will be offered for sale on GovDeals.com.

— The board adopted a resolution for a local water supply plan.

— The board tabled an appointment to the Animal Control Board.

— The board approved a proposal submitted by Smith Brothers Paving Company to pave the road and parking area at the Bladen County Park located on U.S. 701 South. Only two proposals were submitted for the project. Smith Brothers bid was $155,325 and Trigon of Whiteville bid $243,542.

— The board approved the Schedule of Values for the county’s revaluation process. The board set Monday, Sept. 15, as the date for a meeting of the Board of Equalization and Review.

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