Havelock hopes to fund major additions to its Slocum Creek Historic Park by applying for a grant from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management through the 2014 Fast Track Cycle.


Havelock hopes to fund major additions to its Slocum Creek Historic Park by applying for a grant from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management through the 2014 Fast Track Cycle.



Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday night to apply for the grant that would pay for a parking lot, a sidewalk and other site preparation included in the third phase of the city’s master plan for the park.



The park is located on 2.5 acres on the banks of Slocum Creek off Church Road.



Total cost for the grant proposal is $120,125. The city would have to contribute 25 percent, or $30,032, which would be split between $15,016 in cash contributions and $15,016 of in-kind contributions.



“What puts us in a wonderful position is that we’ve already done a lot of preparation for this whole project and we know what the next step is,” Havelock City Planner Katrina Marshall told the board. “We have our numbers in place. We have our conceptual plan.”



Marshall said the third phase of the project includes a parking area that would run from Church Road to Woodland Drive. The driveway through the lot would be asphalt and the parking spaces would be permeable pavers.



“We feel that it’s a very nice application,” she said of the grant. “We feel that we are in a wonderful position to request it, which as many other communities may not be sitting in the same place we are.”



Mayor Will Lewis called the park a shovel-ready project.



“We’ve done a lot of planning to get here,” he said. “We’re actually in a position to get our paperwork together fast enough to apply.”



Marshall said a sidewalk from the park along Church Road to the new service road bridge over Slocum Creek is also included in the third phase, as is site preparation work and landscaping.



The first part of the project involved purchase of the property, while the second phase includes two kayak launches, picnic tables, grills and walkways. The bulk of the financing for all phases has come from the state with some private donations.



Future phases of the project call for a walking bridge across Slocum Creek to connect the park with existing trails and walkways that lead to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center and two nearby hotels. Long-range plans call for the relocation of the old Trader Store and the historic World War-II train depot to the site.



In other business Monday night, the board:



-- declared surplus a fire truck that is to be sold for $25,000 to the Kelford Fire Department. Money from the sale will be placed in a reserve fund for new fire and rescue vehicles.



-- agreed to use $12,000 from the reserve fund to pay for employee overtime stemming from three recent winter storms.



-- agreed to spend $4,000 to pay for an “on-demand” hot water system for the Havelock Senior Center to help with its sanitation rating.



-- authorized City Manager Frank Bottorff to spend up to $9,500 to pay Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines for violations found in the water plant facility during inspections on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. Bottorff said that the city was meeting with OSHA in an attempt to lower the fine.



-- heard from Bottorff that about 2,700 feet of sewer line along Webb Boulevard would have to be replaced soon. “This is going to be a fairly extensive project,” he said. The failing line is in two places, between the Boys and Girls Club and Twin Wood Drive, and from Methodist Drive to Shipman Road.