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Board of Commissioners Committee Actions

Feb 16, 2018

The three standing committees of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners met today. Agendas and minutes for committee meetings are available online at

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee approved hiring a local firm to conduct a Preliminary Engineering Report for extending water lines in the Gray’s Creek area where wells are contaminated with GenX. They also approved an Interlocal Agreement with the Public Works Commission to cover half the cost of the report. These items will go before the full Board of Commissioners for final approval at their Feb. 19 meeting at 6:45 p.m.

In another item, Tax Administrator Joe Utley explained how property owners could appeal their assessed property values if the land is associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline or affected by GenX water contamination.

Utley said the Tax Office is in the process of reviewing value adjustments for pipeline easements. Property owners, including those with concerns about land values affected by GenX, may submit appeals through June 29 to the Board of Equalization and Review. For more information, call the customer service line at 910-678-7507 or email

In other business, the committee:

  • Approved a contract amendment and associated budget revision with Southern Health Partners for jail health services. It will go before the full Board of Commissioners on Feb. 19.
  • Requested that a school funding agreement item be brought back to the March 1 Finance Committee meeting.
  • Heard several presentations including an update from District Attorney Billy West on the county-funded assistant district attorney position that allows the DA’s offices to deal with the jail population and other jail issues daily.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee approved draft versions of the 2018 Cumberland County Goals and Action Plan developed after the Board of Commissioners’ annual planning session in January and the 2018 Cumberland County State Legislative Agenda, which will be discussed with the N.C. Legislative Delegation on March 9.

The plan and the agenda will go before the full Board of Commissioners for approval on Feb. 19.

Facilities Committee
The Facilities Committee approved contracts to replace the center-hung scoreboard and LED ribbons at the Crown Coliseum for $1.06 million.

The committee also approved a change order with SCS Engineering for additional work at the Ann Street Landfill that includes a new scale house design; decommissioning horizontal landfill gas wells and the partial closure of landfill cells 1 – 8, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase the ability to maintain landfill compliance. The additional cost for these items is $127,000. The Board of Commissioners originally approved a $188,100 contract with SCS Engineering for services last June.

The committee also heard plans from the County’s Engineering & Infrastructure and Information Services Directors to expand space and upgrade technology in Conference Room 564 in the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse, which is used extensively by the commissioners and various departments.