County to try again on DSS appointment

By Bob Shiles - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will try for the third time Monday to make an appointment to the Department of Social Services board.

At two previous meetings the commissioners have failed on 4 to 4 votes to reappoint Commissioner Raymond Cummings to another three-year board term or name someone to replace him. Cummings’ term expired June 30.

County Attorney Patrick Pait has said that Cummings will continue to serve on the board until the commissioners reappoint him or a replacement is named.

Last month Cummings was re-elected by the five-member DSS board by a vote of 3 to 2 to serve another one-year term as chairman. Cummings has been a member of the DDS board for 18 years and served as its chairman for more than a decade.

In other business, the commissioners on Monday will:

— Consider acceptance of the SFY 2016 Home and Community Care Block Grant. The total grant is for about $1.16 million and calls for a $116,592 match from the county.

The grant pays for services provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc.; Lumber River Council of Governments; Interim Healthcare of Eastern Carolinas Inc.; and the Southeast Area Transit System.

— Consider an appointment to the Lumber River Council of Government’s Regional Aging Advisory Council.

— Consider a contract with Southeastern Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services, and a contract with Theresa Bullard Jacobs for health services provided at the county jail.

— Consider distribution of community development funds, better known as discretionary money.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street in Lumberton.

By Bob Shiles

[email protected]

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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