Havelock commissioners agreed to spend $7,500 to bring a patriotic rock band to the city’s National Night Out.


The Havelock Board of Commissioners agreed to spend $7,500 to bring the patriotic rock band Madison Rising to the city’s National Night Out in 2013.



Lt. Brian Woods, with the Havelock Police Department that puts on National Night Out, told commissioners that the group appeals to younger people that the city would like to see attend the annual event.



"This is an up-and-coming American rock band nationally recognized by young adults," Woods said. "They are wholesome and family oriented and they appeal to the young and the old. They promote patriotism, hard work, integrity, liberty, and personal responsibility, and we feel that those go hand in hand with what we want to do."



Woods said National Night Out has drawn up to 5,000 people in previous years.



"We promote crime prevention, drug awareness, domestic violence awareness, anti-bullying and we have other booths that support the community," Woods said. "It’s a family event so it’s a friendly environment for all people of all ages. We also want to continue to promote the law enforcement community and the military relationship with everybody."



Woods said a committee formed to organize the event also wants to change the event from a Tuesday to a Saturday.



"We feel like if we have it on a Saturday we will be able to accommodate the attendance of a younger population," said Woods, noting the Tuesday format has remained the same for 16 years. "More families will be able to attend. We’ll educate a greater number of people and we’ll motivate more people to get involved in their community and introduce people to more ways that they can contribute to the welfare of their community."



Woods said that in the past families with young children and older Havelock residents have attended the event, but he would like to see more teenagers, young adults and young Marines.



The youthful nature of Madison Rising would appeal to that younger generation, Woods said.



"We feel that the things that they promote go hand in hand with what we do for National Night Out," Woods said.



The band is known for its rendition of the national anthem, but also has songs called "Right to Bear," "Honk if You Want Peace," and "Hallowed Ground." According to the band’s website, the group "promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility." The band made news last month when it offered the Romney/Ryan ticket free use of its music.



Woods said the band has offered to absorb the $3,000 cost of travel and lodging for Havelock’s event. However, he did say it may be necessary for another $2,500 to be spent for sound and instrumentation at the time of the event. Woods said that the committee would be fundraising throughout the year to offset the costs being underwritten by the city.



In other business Monday night, the board:



- adopted a resolution approving the final plans for relocation of the city’s sewer pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River. The $11.4 million project, when complete, would expand the city’s sewer capacity. Mayor Jimmy Sanders said the project was first proposed in the early 1990s. "This project is very, very needed," he said. "We are glad to see it take a giant step forward."



- heard a proposal from Victory Chapel to rent the city-owned Fleet Reserve building for $600 per month. The church plans to use the building as an outreach center for troubled youth. The board said that another offer to rent the facility had to be considered and that the matter would be taken up at the Oct. 8 meeting.



- appointed George Lewis, Jennifer Taylor-Sabdo, Laura Sabin, Sharon L. Knapp and Pam Holder-Dorman to terms on the city’s recreation advisory board.



- heard a audit presentation on the city’s fiscal year 2011-2012 budget from J.P. Jones of Martin Starnes and Associates.