Authority Board

Our Mission

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s mission is to provide high quality water and sewer service in an environmentally responsible manner while maintaining the lowest practicable cost.


  • 9 a.m.
  • 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Room 601 Lucie Harrell Conference 230 Government Center Dr.Wilmington, North Carolina
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Monthly Board Meeting Summary

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  The Board received staff reports and conducted the following business:

  • Approved ordinance revisions clarifying private and public pump station permitting, cost recovery projects, and revisions to the loan policy and procedures.
  • Authorized the purchase of an excavator and various sole source items necessary for daily operations.
  • Approved contracts and change orders for several projects, including Force Mains 10 and 1,the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant Interim Rehabilitation Project, and Alandale Drive and Kerry Avenue manhole replacements, and design for the Highway 421 corridor project.

The Board recognized Michael E. Richardson, Water Treatment Manager, and named the nano-filtration plant in his honor.  Mr. Richardson will retire this month, having worked for the City of Wilmington and CFPUA since 1994.  His began his career in the industry in 1975 and has served as an officer with many state and regional organizations in the field.  A dedication ceremony for the water plant will be held in October.  Mr. Flechtner and Board members thanked Mr. Richardson for his knowledge, expertise, and leadership.

In separate meetings, the Boards of Cape Fear Utilities, Inc., and Quality Water Supplies, Inc. authorized the dissolution of the two non-profit corporations.  The Certificates of Participation that funded the purchase of the water systems have been paid, and all assets transferred to CFPUA.

Documents from the CFPUA meeting are available through the webpage meeting portal, and paper copies can be provided upon request.  The next regular Authority meeting will be Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  The Board will meet in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room, New Hanover County Building, 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Respectfully submitted,

Respectfully submitted,
Donna S. Pope, Clerk to the Board

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Board Members

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Agendas & Minutes

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Policy for Public Comment

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority establishes the following policy for public comment before the Authority Board. All comments and suggestions addressed to the Board during the Public Comment Period shall be subject to the following guidelines:
  1. The public comment period shall be held at the beginning of the meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. and shall last no longer than 15 minutes. Time can be extended at the discretion of the Board.
  2. Each speaker will have a maximum of 4 minutes to make remarks.
  3. No time will be yielded to a speaker by another speaker.
  4. Persons who wish to address the Board will register on a sign-up sheet that will be available in the meeting room. The sign-up sheet will be available 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.
  5. Persons who wish to address the Board regarding items on the day's agenda shall notify the Clerk prior to the meeting and register on the sign-up sheet identifying the item to be discussed. The Board shall entertain a motion and vote as to whether or not a person may speak regarding an Agenda item.
  6. Speakers will be acknowledged by the Board in the order in which their names appear on the sign-up sheet. Speakers will address the Board from the lectern and begin their remarks by stating their name and address.
  7. Public comment is not intended to require the Board to answer any impromptu questions. Any action on items brought up during the comment period will be at the discretion of the Board.
  8. Speakers will discuss issues germane to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
  9. Speakers shall not discuss matters deemed to be "closed session" type issues (personnel matters, litigation, property acquisition, attorney-client privilege, matters made confidential bylaw, and matters which are the subject of public hearings).
  10. Speakers will not discuss matters regarding the candidacy of any person seeking public office, including the candidacy of the person addressing the Board.
  11. Speakers will be courteous in their language and presentation. Profanity and personal attacks will not be tolerated.
  12. Written comments and/or supporting documents maybe left with the Clerk to the Board.
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