Site to replace Hickman Hills location west of Havelock

Craven County has hired an engineering firm to begin design work on a new recycling center between Havelock and Carolina Pines.

The new facility will replace the current convenience center at Hickman Hills, which will be closed because it is in the path of the new U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock.

Craven County manager Jack Veit said the county purchased a 2.8-acre tract at 7240 U.S. 70 East for $65,000 on Aug. 16.

The county Board of Commissioners approved a budget amendment of $23,685 Monday to contract with Avolis Engineering, P.A. to perform the engineering work on the site.

“Hopefully construction will begin sometime next spring and we hope to be done next fall,” said Veit.

Veit said that the Hickman Hills site would not close until the new site is ready to open.

“This is going to be a more modern site,” Veit said of the new location. “This will actually be one with compactors like our other sites at Monette’s or down in Harlowe. It will have everything on the ground, recycling, yard waste, bulk items, white goods, oil recycling, battery recycling. It will be the full gamut.

“We started a new program with electronics recycling where we have a mobile site that actually moves around throughout the county each month, and it will also be a host here for that as well for the folks of Havelock.”

The new site will be less than a mile from the existing site.

“The board contemplated where it needed to go. It was clear that it needed to be in this area to be able to service Havelock and the area from Carolina Pines down, so it was the best location,” said Veit.

“The thing about solid waste sites is you don’t want to put them in a place where they will be a nuisance to neighbors. There is enough space there that you are really not going to infringe on anybody. For us, it was the perfect location to put this thing.”

The old site was being leased from the U.S. Forest Service.

The new site is located off a service road adjacent to U.S. 70, which will afford better access than the Hickman Hill site, which had direct access from the busy highway, Veit said.