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Cumberland commissioners to get update on plans for Ann Street Landfill

Former manager in line to be paid consultant during transition period


The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Monday will get another update on a public-engagement plan on the future of the Ann Street Landfill.

Solid Waste Director Amanda Bader will present the plan.

The landfill is projected to run out of space in 2030. Bader says the county has a plan to expand it with the construction of a transfer station and the mining of balefill, which would allow room for new cells.

The presentation is scheduled for the board’s 9 a.m. Monday meeting in Room 118 at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

In a memo to commissioners, Bader says bids are being solicited for the transfer, hauling and disposal of solid waste.

The plan is to complete construction of the transfer station by mid-2024; complete a balefill pilot study in the next six to 12 months; construct a cell within five years; and continue to transfer solid waste to another facility for about 10 years. The goal is to use the transfer station less over time to save money as more space becomes available in the landfill.

A key component of the plan involves public outreach. The Solid Waste Department will host an open house on March 2 and seek additional feedback online.

In other matters, the board will consider contracting with former County Manager Amy Cannon for consulting services.

According to a proposed agreement with Cannon, the board determined that the county is working on a significant number of projects, along with managerial demands created by the complicated federal American Rescue Plan programs. The agreement says it would benefit the interim manager, new manager, and board chairwoman to consult with Cannon because she has knowledge of these programs.

A new county manager starts work in March.

Commissioners Chairwoman Toni Stewart and interim County Manager Renee Paschal have consulted with Cannon since Jan. 1. The agreement states that Stewart and the county can use Cannon’s services until July 1, and the incoming county manager, Clarence Grier, can consult with her through June 30.

Cannon would be paid $200 an hour, and the total would not exceed $30,000.

Under the consent agenda, the board will consider:

  • Approval of the purchase of 911 live training stations at the new Emergency Services Center.
  • Approval of a report on delinquent real property taxes for 2022.
  • Approval of the sale of surplus real property at 100 Triangle Place; 616 Deep Creek Road; 828 Little Ave.; 808 Cedar Creek Road; 1009 College St.; 1509 Bankston Court; 3427 Seawell St.; 814 Anita Road; 822 Anita Road; and 751 Johnson St. All are in Fayetteville.
  • The release of the minutes of a Nov. 21 closed session on personnel matters.
  • Approval of budget amendments.

Consent agenda items are discussed in detail at the board’s monthly agenda session. If the board unanimously approves an item, it is placed on the consent agenda, meaning the board votes to approve it without discussion. If the item passes on a majority vote, the item will appear on the agenda but will be open for discussion at the regular meeting.

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