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  • Commissioners Approve $10.5 Million for Gray’s Creek Water Expansion

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    January 06, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                            Jan. 6, 2019
    Public Information Office
    Contact: Kristin Bunton, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
    E-mail: kbunton@co.cumberland.nc.us
    Commissioners Approve $10.5 Million for Gray’s Creek Water Expansion
    FAYETTEVILLE - During their regular meeting Jan. 6, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved appropriating $10,500,000 of General Fund Balance to the Capital Investment Fund for the exploration of public water expansion in the Gray’s Creek area to address contamination issues.
    In 2018, the County hired an engineering firm to complete a Preliminary Engineering Report for extending water lines in the Gray’s Creek Water and Sewer District after private wells in the district tested above the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion for GenX. The commissioners have set water expansion in the area as a priority and previously included funding in the Capital Planning Model for the project.
    County Manager Amy Cannon updated commissioners on potential next steps as Chemours continues to test wells to determine the area of influence. 
    The County is working with Fayetteville Public Works Commission and other entities to determine the best, most feasible plan to get water to the two elementary schools in the Gray’s Creek Water and Sewer District and the contaminated wells.
    County management will come back to the board of commissioners in the next 45 to 60 days with more information about options. A proposed first phase would include using approximately $3 million to run water lines to Alderman Road along N.C. 87 from the N.C. 87 intersection at Sand Hill Road to the Gray’s Creek and Alderman Road elementary schools. The potential second phase would pick up at Alderman Road and run lines down Highway 87 and loop at Countyline Road.
    In other action, the commissioners also:

    •             recognized Cumberland County Veterans' Services on Achieving "Number One Position in the State" for Distribution of Veterans' Benefits;
    •             recognized County Manager Amy Cannon for Receiving the Local Government Service Award from the International City & County Management Association;
    •             recognized Emergency Services for Receiving Emergency Fire Dispatch Accreditation from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch;
    •             received a presentation by NCDOT District Engineer Richie Hines on Department of Transportation Projects in Cumberland County.
    The meeting’s agenda is available online at co.cumberland.nc.us. The meeting will be rebroadcast on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETV), Spectrum Channel 5, Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The meeting can also be viewed online at youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC.
    The Board of Commissioners meets twice a month. The meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse at 117 Dick St.
    The meetings are broadcast live on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETC), Spectrum Channel 5 and youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC.