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The Cumberland County Commission voted unanimously to approve all 10 resolutions presented at its monthly meeting last night. Among them were a handful of items previously recommended by the Building & Grounds and Budget committees, grant applications, the sale of several properties on which delinquent taxes were owed, and the appointment of Adam Nail as building maintenance supervisor.

Commissioner Tom Isham told 105.7 News he believes Nail is a wise choice to fill the position. “He’s a good guy. Super nice guy, and he’s a hard worker,” he said. “It’s a good combination – honest, nice guy. What more can you ask for?”

Commissioner Rebecca Stone, who has been working closely with Nail on the archives-building renovation project, said the yes vote on his appointment was an easy one for her. “He’s made good decisions on hiring and has saved the county money on several expensive repairs. He has a lot to offer, and I’m delighted with him!”

When asked to elaborate, Stone told 105.7 News, “Mr. Nail has identified weaknesses in our in-house capabilities, made strategic hiring decisions and demonstrated a wide variety of skills and resourcefulness when discussing maintenance issues.”

Nail had served as maintenance supervisor in an interim capacity since the death of Steve Lewis earlier this year.

The Commission also unanimously approved a resolution to assume responsibility for maintenance and safety of the military cannon display in front of the Military War Museum. The cannon, on loan to Cumberland County by the U.S. Army, is expected to help draw attention to the museum. The resolution states the County will be responsible for the minimal maintenance and upkeep costs, and will secure the cannon with a chain or other device that will not detract from the display. If the cannon is damaged or stolen, Cumberland County will not be held financially responsible.

In his report, Finance Director Nathan Brock said county property-tax collections came in at 98.3% for the fiscal year. Hotel/motel taxes stand at $603,406 – or 74.5% of $810,000 budgeted. Prison income exceeds budget estimates at $490,737 for nine months (93.5% of the $525,000 budget); and sales-tax collections for May are $781,890 – or $8,187 above estimates. In all, he said, the income gap now stands at $17,000.

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