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Commissioners Name Faircloth Chairman, Adams Vice Chair

Dec 02, 2019

Marshall Faircloth is the new chairman and Glenn Adams the vice chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners for 2020. Faircloth, who served as the vice chairman this year, replaces Jeannette Council, the outgoing chair. The action was taken during the board’s meeting this morning.

During her remarks, Council reviewed accomplishments and progress during 2019 and thanked her fellow commissioners and County employees for their hard work. She received a framed gavel in recognition of her service.

“It has been a pleasure to serve with six more people who have as their goal improving the quality of life for the citizens in Cumberland County,” Council said. “They have been faithful; they have worked hard and together we want to make a difference for all the citizens in Cumberland County.”

Some of the highlights Council mentioned included adopting strategies to address employee recruitment and retention; approving a sales tax distribution interlocal agreement with the nine municipalities; changing the funding model for fire service; purchasing a building to serve as the Emergency Services Center and receiving 911 grant funding to assist in renovation costs; breaking ground on a new fire and rescue training center in partnership with Fayetteville Technical Community College; and opening splash pads at five county parks.   

Looking ahead to 2020, Faircloth spoke about several “tasks” facing the board.

 “First and foremost, one of our major tasks for next year is going to be a funding agreement with the Cumberland County Schools,” said Faircloth. “We are being asked to buy into the strategic plan for Cumberland County Schools and I am hoping we can find a way to do that and begin to fund the efforts that they need.”

Other topics mentioned included:

  • Partnerships with municipalities. “Our policy should be that where the city interests intersect, overlap or otherwise further the interests of Cumberland County, all citizens, then we need to be a participant there as well. Bearing in mind that the County’s interest must be in the forefront of any partnerships with municipalities,” Faircloth said.
  • Public safety projects include the renovation of the building for the Cumberland County Emergency Services Center at 500 Executive Place, which has a $16 million funding cap, and the construction of the Cumberland County Fayetteville Technical Community College Fire and Rescue Training Center.
  • Feasibility study for a Performing Arts Center. “We have to make sure we have a funding source for that facility. Our funding source will continue to be the Food and Beverage Tax if we can get an extension from the state legislature,” Faircloth said. The tax is set to expire in 2024.
  • N.C. Civil War and Reconstruction History Center. “The County remains committed to that project provided that the City of Fayetteville and the state meet their commitments,” he said. “We’re in as long as they are in.”
  • Contaminated water in the Gray’s Creek area. The County’s Capital Investment Plan includes funding for basic infrastructure for water lines in the contaminated area. “The issue with that is we have to have a water source. Right now, there is not an identified water source that would be strong enough to serve that area and until that happens, everything is going to be on hold,” Faircloth said.

“We have a lot to look forward to this year,” Faircloth said. “I want to thank the Board of Commissioners for their support.” 

The meeting is available for viewing on the County’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC and will be re-broadcast on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (Spectrum Cable Channel 5) Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m.