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Commissioners to Meet in Regular Session May 21

May 18, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting Monday, May 21, at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118, at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse, 117 Dick St.

During the meeting the board will consider changing the governance structure of the Departments of Public Health and Social Services. There are four options available to commissioners:

  • Maintain separate Social Services and Public Health Departments with separate governing boards
  • Maintain separate departments and assume control of the DSS Board and/or Board of Health
  • Consolidate both departments and appoint a Consolidated Human Services Agency Board
  • Consolidate both departments and serve as the Consolidated Human Services Agency Board

The board will also consider approving a funding award in the amount of $1,782,500 from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for disaster recovery. The funds will be used for acquisition, elevation, or mitigation reconstruction of 10 homes that were severely affected by Hurricane Matthew. Cumberland County prioritized 40 properties that had applied for Hazard Mitigation Grants, but had been denied for various reasons. Prioritization focused on severity of damages and resident displacement. The award from the state will cover 10 of the properties.   

The consent agenda includes:

  • An annual school funding budget placeholder in the amount of $79,463,109 for the Cumberland County School System. This amount allows for negotiations to continue with the school system 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.
  • Selecting the McHugh Fuller Group as counsel to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
  • A policy governing special assessment projects. The policy is intended to provide a consistent response to citizens who request the county to consider an assessment project benefiting a small group of land owners or a community.

For agendas and minutes, go to co.cumberland.nc.us/commissioners/agendas-minutes.  The meetings are broadcast live on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETV), Spectrum Channel 5 and youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC. The meetings are rebroadcast on FCETV the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m.