Voting Members Present: Patsy Carson, Erwin; Edwin Deaver, Hope Mills; Kris Kosem, Vass; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Mike Lynch, At Large; Charles Nichols, Laurinburg.

 

Voting Members Absent: Tony Buzzard, Spring Lake; Bob Davis, Scotland County; Charles Evans, Cumberland County; Roland Hall, Sampson County;Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); John K. McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman); Ted Mohn, Fayetteville; Bart Nuckols, Southern Pines; Tracy Parris, Richmond; Kevin Reed, Pinehurst; Bill Summers, Lillington, Vacant, Hoke County; Vacant, Moore County; Bill Zell, Aberdeen;

 

Non-Voting Members Present: Will Best, NC Commerce;Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC; Richard Douglas, Erwin; Craig Harmon, Fayetteville; David Nash, Fayetteville; Susan Miller, USFWS; Glen Prillaman, Fort Bragg; Theresa Thompson, Moore County;

 

Guests Present: Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Jim Caldwell, Mid Carolina COG; Kasey Cook, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Gabriela Garrison, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg Contractor; Ms Kosem, Wife of Kris Kosem; Julia Love, Fort Bragg Contractor; Jim Perry, Lumber River COG; Linda Pfau, Fort Bragg Contractor; Deanna Rosario, Sustainable Sandhills; Joel Strickland, Mid Carolina COG & Tami Wolrab, Mid Carolina COG

 

I.       CALL TO ORDER – Mark Locklear (Acting Chairman), called the meeting to order at 12:01 PM.  He then asked the voting members, non-voting members, and guests to introduce themselves. 

 

II.     INVOCATION – Fort Bragg’sGlen Prillaman, offered the invocation for the meeting.

 

III.  PRESENTATION“Regional Perspective on Water Resource Issues”, Jim Perry, Special Projects Planner, Lumber River Council of Governments –

 

         Jim explained that he planned to focus his remarks on three areas of concern – surface water, ground water,  and water supply. 

 

         The surface water issues that he discussed included the potential threat to the Fort Bragg Region concerning the City of Cary’s proposal for an interbasin water transfer from the Cape Fear River Basin to the Neuse River Basin.  He explained that a recently prepared “hydraulic model” for the Cape Fear River showed that the permitted water out-take already exceeds the river’s capacity.  He said that the day is coming soon when limits will have to be placed on municipal, county and industrial outtake.  Concerning inter-basin water transfer, Jim said that there is a NC law that requires local governments to return the treated waste water back into the original river basin from which it was taken.  Efforts to change or amend this law should be opposed. 

 

         The ground water issues emanate from the fact that most water users within the Cape Fear River Basin rely upon ground water – tapping into the aquifers.  He explained that aquifers are not underground rivers, but are layers of water contained between geological layers of different materials.  Within our region there are between four and five layers that are contained between clay.  Our major aquifer waters slowly flow from the northwest to the southeast.  Water contained within the aquifers are thousands of years old and very pure.  When the extraction of water from the aquifers is done to excess “cones of depression” occur (as in the case of Smithfield Farms hog processing plant in Bladen County) leading to the potential for salt water intrusion from the ocean and subsidence of the land.  These issues, compounded by the fact that it takes a very long time for the aquifers to recharge, leads to the real threat that the aquifers in our region can be permanently destroyed.  Proposed fracking in the Lee, Johnson, and Moore County areas up-flow from our region, poses another real potential danger for the aquifers.  Unfortunately, there is no way to decontaminate ground water once it becomes polluted.

 

         Concerning water supply, Jim reported that many of the small town water treatment plants within the region are becoming very dated and are on the verge of collapse. He said that for too long water customers have been paying too little for the water they consume – resulting in little or no revenue reserves to upgrade the existing plants or build new ones.  And, grant money that used to be available from the federal government has largely dried up.  To remedy this situation taxpayers are going to have to foot a major cost – and the bill in coming due very soon.  If not addressed,  we will have a major water crisis.  He completed his remarks by observing that North Carolina is a water rich state.  However, he warned that our water resource can be rapidly depleted if we do not quickly change our wasteful and destructive ways.

 

         ACTION:  Information

 

IV.  HARNETT COUNTY UPDATE – Mark Locklear, Harnett County Planning Director and RLUAC Secretary – Mark reported that Harnett County is in the early stages of developing a new “Comprehensive Growth Plan”.  They have contracted with Land Design Company from Charlotte to conduct the process and develop the plan.  He reported that Campbell University is continuing to experience rapid growth.  They have a new PA School and will begin construction on their new Nursing School facility in April.  Along Highway 87 north of Spring Lake, there is a strong demand for major new commercial developments -- being led by the construction of a new Walmart Super Center and the new Army Medical Center. Along I-95 in the eastern portion of the County the new “Rooms To Go” Distribution Center and Showroom is continuing to take shape.  When completed it will be approximately 1 million square feet in size.  Finally, Mark reported that the County Commissioners recently adopted a new “Discharge Ordinance” to regulate the firing of guns within residential areas in the County.  Work has also begun on the preparation of an “Explosives Ordinance”.

 

         ACTION:  Information

 

V.     BUSINESS ITEMS    

 

  • MINUTES – Mike Lynch made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on November 20, 2014 and Charles Nichols seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

ACTION:  Approved

 

  • FINANCIAL REPORT - Dougherty reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of

 

$39,730.37 on December 31, 2014.There were no receipts for January. Expenditures for the month of January totaled   $7,031.53.This left a cash balance of $32,698.84 on January 31st.  Patsy Carson made a motion to approve the financial report and Mike Lynch seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

ACTION:Approved

 

VI. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT - Jim Dougherty

 

  • Land Use Reviews - Dougherty reported that he and the Board reviewed 29 land use cases during the October through December quarter. The breakout includes:

 

  • 5 cases for Cumberland County

  • 2 cases for Eastover

  • 13 cases for Fayetteville

  • 1 case for Godwin

  • 1 case for Spring Lake

  • 1 case for Harnett County

  • 1 case for Hoke County

  • 2 cases for Raeford

  • 1 case for Moore County

  • 2 cases for Southern Pines

 

  • Outreach Activities for the Quarter – Dougherty reported that he had represented RLUAC in the following outreach and administrative activities:

 

  • Participated in a meeting of the NC Sandhills Conservation Partnership in Southern Pines in December

  • Organized and participated in RLUAC Board of Directors’ meeting in January

  • Participated in the Mid Carolina COG Annual Banquet as a speaker in January

  • Prepared and submitted quarterly invoice to Atkins Company in January

  • Participated in weekly webinars for Climate Change University project with Sustainable Sandhills in January and February

  • Participated in the Army Listening Meeting in January

  • Met with new Laurinburg Manager Charles Nichols in February

 

                     ACTON: Information

 

VII.     ADJOURN - There being no further business, Jim Dougherty adjourned the meeting at  1:05 PM.  Dougherty reminded everyone that the next RLUAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015. Location to be determined.

 

Events

Next Quarterly Meeting       November 16, 2017
Location:
Spring Lake Family Resource Center
(Next to Spring Lake Library)
103 Lake Tree Blvd
 
 

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