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Board of Commissioners March 1 Committee Actions

Mar 01, 2018

The three standing committees of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners met today, March 1. Agendas and minutes are available online at co.cumberland.nc.us.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee approved a recommendation for a funding formula for Cumberland County Schools over the next three years that is based on enrollment. 

Assistant County Manager Melissa Cardinali presented an update to the Finance Committee on school funding options. The County’s agreement with the Cumberland County Schools System expires June 30, 2018. Options were presented to the committee during a special meeting on Feb. 15.

At today’s meeting, Cardinali introduced a formula using the Fiscal Year 2017 funding as a base and the N.C.  Department of Public Instruction’s annual Allotted Average Daily Membership for the school system.  When the FY17 funding of $79,463,109 is divided by the allotted ADM of 50,459, the result is an annual allocation for $1,575 per allotted ADM.

Under the plan, the annual allocation for the next three fiscal years would be the allotted ADM, as determined by DPI, multiplied by $1,575 (the allotted funding by student).

Commissioners Jimmy Keefe and Glenn Adams voted in favor of the formula. Commissioner Marshall Faircloth voted against the motion. This item will go before the full Board of Commissioners for final approval at their March 19 meeting at 6:45 p.m.

Internal Audit Report – The Finance Committee, which serves as the County’s Audit Committee, heard a presentation from the Internal Audit director about results from an audit of the Public Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, Family Planning Clinic and Maternity Clinic. The procedures for notifying patients of abnormal breast and cervical exam results were reviewed for each clinic from July 1-Dec. 31, 2017. The results found that all the women who had abnormal results were notified.

However, based on the Health Department’s guidelines for timely notifications, three patients in the Family Planning Clinic and two patients in the Maternity Clinic received late notifications, ranging from 14 to 90 days late.

Recommendations from the audit have been discussed with the Health Department staff. The report was presented to the committee for information purposes and will be forwarded to the Board of Health.

In other action, the committee:

  • Received an update on the County’s health benefits plan from representatives from consulting agency Chernoff Diamond. The Board approved recommendations, including moving open enrollment for the plan to May. Additional recommendations will be brought back to the April 5 Finance Committee meeting.
  • Tabled a recommendation to select legal counsel to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers until the April 5 meeting.
  • Moved to not pursue state legislative action to establish a County Small Local Business Enterprise program, but rather to implement measures that would encourage local companies and vendors to compete for and obtain county contracts. The Finance Department will develop these measures and bring them back to the committee.
  • Received an update about the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery application center. There have been 212 applications submitted, 136 are in progress, and 76 are complete.

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee approved a contract to replace the Crown Coliseum roof and exterior wall sealant for $1.7 million and the purchase of two acres of land for $30,000 where the Solid Waste Melvin Container Site is located. The County had been leasing the site. The items will go before the full board on March 19.

The committee also approved using $57,260 from the County Parks and Recreation District to pay for the County’s portion of the 2018 master plan study. Parks and Recreation Director Michael Gibson presented the committee information about updating the plan, which was created in 2006.

The committee also heard an update on plans to replace the heating and air conditioning system at Cumberland County Animal Control later this summer. The failing HVAC units are currently in the ceiling, where there is not adequate work space for maintenance. New units would be installed on the ground level and the bids for the project will come back to the committee later.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee agenda included an item to consider nuisance action against two hotels on Gillespie Street, near the Crown Complex. Residents from the area, including members of a neighborhood watch, attended the meeting and expressed their concerns regarding several motels.

County Attorney Rick Moorefield told the committee he and the Sheriff’s Office Attorney Ronnie Mitchell will be gathering admissible evidence needed to proceed with nuisance abatement according to statutes.