CIP projects presented

Published 11:16 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

Members of the Cumberland County Planning Commission reviewed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) requests from county agencies during its workshop Monday.

J.P. Duncan

Planning and Zoning Director J.P. Duncan said Tuesday that members of the commission did not take action following the presentation.

The CIP determines the funding that the county provides projects.

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The requests came from representatives of Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS), the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the county government among others to request improvements to its facilities, categorizing the projects in order of priority.

The CIP considered would extend between Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 through FY 2023-2024. Some projects could have incremental payments, or payments where a portion of the total cost would be paid year by year.

According to the project timeline presented on the commission board packet, the planning commission is set to hold a public hearing on the CIP projects Feb. 25.

The Cumberland Board of Supervisors would then hold a hearing scheduled for April 2. On April 9, the board is scheduled to adopt the CIP.

Requests from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office included updating the office’s LiveScan hardware and software, which the application cited is outdated and has been in place for 10 years. The total cost for the project is listed as $19,000.

When asked about LiveScan, Sheriff Darrell Hodges said LiveScan is an electronic system that replaces the office’s old-fashioned method of using ink to collect and store fingerprints as identification.

Hodges said if someone provides false identification, officers can use LiveScan to determine the false ID and see if the suspect is wanted in other jurisdictions.

The application also requested updates to mobile unit hardware, which includes laptops, mounts and wireless connectivity for the sheriff office vehicles. The total cost for the project is listed as $54,500.

An application from the Cumberland County Solid Waste program requested installing fencing at the Madison and Randolph transfer stations. The application cites that the lack of fencing during hours that county staff are not present poses a liability. The total cost for the project is listed as $28,000.

An application from the county’s maintenance and general properties agency requested paving the northern edge of the parking area behind the county administration building. The total cost for the project is listed as $30,000.

The same agency also requested a newer version of a climate control program for the courthouse at $21,490, fencing between the maintenance shop and (Economic Development Authority) EDA properties at $23,000, and installing a new HVAC unit and replacing and insulating older portions of the ceilings in the administration building at $70,000.

An application from CUCPS requested that carpet from the elementary school be removed and replaced. Out of the applications sent, this request was one of the few listed with a 1 priority, indicating according to the board packet it is “absolutely required.” The total cost for the project is listed as $219,670.

The carpet, the application cited, was installed in 1996 and is more than 20 years old.

CUCPS also requested demolition of pods between the middle and high school complex at $45,000 and replacing the football grandstands at $151,000.

The Cumberland County Volunteer Fire Department requested replacing its Rescue 21 truck. The total cost for the project is listed as $500,000.

“This unit is a 1997 International that carries all of our equipment for vehicle extrication which responds to all of the vehicle accidents that we respond to,” department representative Bradley Ingle said.

The Cartersville Volunteer Fire Department requested proposed funding of $150,000 to pay a loan for its new fire station.

The Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad requested renovations to its ambulance 522, including upgrading its cot retention system and replacing the base frame of the vehicle, called a chassis. The total cost for the project is listed as $170,018.

An addendum with the request cited that the squad spent more than $20,000 in unexpected repairs for its two oldest ambulances in the past six years. The ambulance in question, according to the addendum, has had damaged batteries and repeated failure of the air bag system that lowers and raises the ambulance body. Due to these issues, the addendum cites that crew avoid using the ambulance, which puts additional mileage strain on the other emergency vehicles.

The Cumberland County Public Utilities Department requested two stand-by generators for Pump Station 4 and the public workshop at $70,000.

The county’s Department of Public Works requested installing a 800-foot waterline on Route 13, extending from the entrance of the ballpark to the fire department entrance at $30,000.

The department also requested a 4×4 tractor and bush hog to maintain the water, sewer and landfill areas in the county totaling $49,000, and sewer pumps to be used as back up in the event one pump goes out at $20,000.