The Havelock Board of Commissioners voted to pay a firm up to $17,250 to provide advisory and facilitation services through the end of the fiscal year during its meeting Monday night.


The Havelock Board of Commissioners voted to pay a firm up to $17,250 to provide advisory and facilitation services through the end of the fiscal year during its meeting Monday night.



The measure pays Davenport Lawrence for services on program requirements for the Duke Energy Site Readiness Program and for work on a proposed business park west of the city. The firm will also look after Havelock’s interests with Craven County’s new economic development initiative.



City Manager Frank Bottorff said the firm’s assistance could be needed for an estimated 10 hours per week or 40 hours a month at an hourly wage of $150 per hour.



Commissioners Jim Stuart and George Liner questioned the expenditure, but in the end, Liner was the lone commissioner to dissent in the 4-1 vote.



The board asked that Bottorff use his judgment as to how often the city uses the firm’s Roger Sauls.



“The $17,250 is a not-to-exceed number,” Bottorff said. “(Sauls) will be doing those things that we task him to do, and you are right. The general meetings will be handled by staff, but as we go into the developmental stage, he will be helping us with background or whatever else we need. He’s not going to be representing the city nor is he going to speak for us at any of these meetings. If it turns out that we need less work than is anticipated, then there will be less work assigned to him and those hours will go down.”



In other business, the board:



-- approved spending up to $5,000 for new computers at the Havelock library. The amount is a portion of the total $13,000 needed.



-- approved $2,000 for advertising of the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation’s Fly-In event to be held on June 13 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.