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Commissioners Consider Human Services Model May 7

May 04, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will consider options for governance of its health and human services agencies during a meeting Monday, May 7, at 9 a.m.

Changing the governance of the Departments of Public Health and Social Services was first discussed in the spring of 2017 during the fiscal year 2018 budget planning process. In January, the board’s annual goals included reviewing human services governance. The University of North Carolina School of Government presented information to the commissioners and members of the health and social services boards on Feb. 27; and a public hearing was held April 16.

There are four options available to commissioners. One option is to keep the status quo and maintain separate DSS and Public Health Departments with separate governing boards. A second option would be to keep the two departments separate with the Board of Commissioners assuming the powers and responsibilities of the Board of Health and/or the Social Services Board. 

The other two options would be to consolidate the two departments with either the commissioners appointing a separate consolidated human services board or the County commissioners choosing to serve as the board of the consolidated agency.

The board will also consider a resolution in support of the county’s state legislative priorities and a $200,000 contract with Endeavors Inc. for the provision services in support of the joint City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County Homeless Initiative Program. The contract term would be June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.

The commissioners meet in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse at 117 Dick Street. The agenda is available at co.cumberland.nc.us.

May 3 Committee Update

The three standing committees of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners met May 3. The agendas and minutes for committee meetings can be found online at co.cumberland.nc.us.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee discussed the annual school funding agreement for the Cumberland County School System. The committee approved initial funding in the amount of $79,463,109. This amount allows for negotiations to continue with the school system on a funding agreement while also providing a baseline amount for the County’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget process. County Manager Amy Cannon will present her recommended budget to the commissioners on May 22 at 7 p.m.

In other action, the committee:

  • Approved selecting the McHugh Fuller Group as counsel to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors. This item will go to the full Board of Commissioners on May 21.
  • Approved changes to the rate structures for both the Norcress and Overhills Water and Sewer Districts. The new rates will go before the full Board of Commissioners on May 21.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee approved a policy governing special assessment projects that will go to the full board on May 21. The committee also received an area plan for Cumberland Road. 

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee approved a request from Piedmont Natural Gas to purchase permanent easements on property at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library and property on Blue Street for upgrade/upfit of natural gas lines. The county would receive $12,874 for the library easement and $6,342 for the Blue Street easement. In approving the request, the committee will require Piedmont Natural Gas to restore any landscaping impacted by the construction to its former state, instead of accepting $870 in compensation. The request will go to the full board on May 21.

In other business, the committee:

  • Approved a lease renewal for the Dorothy Spainhour Child Development Center to Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina for $1 per year for three years.
  • Approved renewal of a lease agreement with Cumberland County Communicare Inc. for 13,994 square-feet of office space at 109 Bradford Avenue at an annual rate of $41,308 per year for three years.
  • Denied a request from the Fayetteville Public Works Commission to use a county-owned parking lot on Person Street as a construction storage site for an upcoming project. Committee members expressed concerns about possible noise or disturbance for neighboring businesses and damage to the curbs caused by movement of construction equipment.
  • Tabled a request from Comsite, LLC to lease a portion of county-owned property between the Department of Social Services parking lot and Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway for a 170-foot cell tower until more information is gathered on the request.