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PFAS, opioid epidemic, homeless center on county board’s Monday agenda


After a busy agenda session on Thursday, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will meet for its regular meeting Monday evening.

Here’s what commissioners will discuss:

Public hearings

The board will host three public hearings. The first pertains to the fiscal year 2025 grant for transportation in rural areas of the county. Funding will be used to provide work and school transportation and travel for medical and general purposes for rural residents. After the hearing, the board will consider approval of the plan. 

The second hearing will address the 2022 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, detailing what the Cumberland County Community Development office has accomplished since July 2022.

The board will also hold a hearing on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice, would allocate $239,824 to be used by both the Fayetteville Police Department and Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Opioid fund contracts

The commissioners will decide on contracts with local organizations to combat the opioid epidemic. The selected organizations include ATS of North Carolina, Myrover-Reese Fellowship Homes and North Carolina Harm Reduction. The contracts will be funded through the national opioid settlement. The board will also be asked to approve funding for the Cumberland Fayetteville Family Drug Treatment Court as well. 

The county is receiving more than $30 million from the 2021 federal opioid settlement. 

Homeless support center

Commissioners will hear a proposal and decide on the selection of an architect for Cumberland’s homeless support center. The county staff recommended LS3P as the architect for the project at the board's recent agenda session. 

The Cumberland County Board of Education recently approved the transfer of two parcels of excess land at 225 B St. to the county to use for a homeless support center. County officials have not confirmed whether the land will be used for the shelter. 

Gray’s Creek PFAS contract with HDR engineering 

After failing to get on the consent agenda at the board's meeting Thursday, commissioners will hear a county staff plan to have HDR engineering identify sites for potential wells and build them to provide water in the Gray’s Creek area at a cost of $225,000. 

Consent agenda, nominations and other business

A presentation on National Library Card Sign-Up Month will be given. September marks the 36th year of encouraging the public to visit a local library.

Commissioners are also set to approve a consent agenda that includes a partnership with Cumberland Animal Services and Fort Liberty; American Rescue Plan funds for small businesses; and modernization of the elevator at the Crown Coliseum. 

The board will also consider nominations for  the Cumberland Board of Health. There is currently one vacancy on the board. 

Commissioners will declare Oct. 6 as Manufacturing Day in Cumberland County.

Commissioners will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

To read the full agenda, visit the county's website. 

Contact Char Morrison at cmorrison@cityviewnc.com.

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