Editorial: Can't we all just get along?

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

In a couple of weeks, leaders from Havelock are expected to sit down and talk with leaders from Craven County.

It’s our belief that the commissioners who sit on both of these government boards believe they are doing work in the best interests of the people. We don’t believe any of these elected officials sit around all day and think of how they can get others angry and upset by the decisions they make. They truly believe the decisions they make and the votes they cast will benefit the good people of these areas.

Yet, it seems of late that the decisions have left angry or upset feelings, if not among residents then maybe among the commissioners themselves.

There have been long running disputes about funding in Havelock, and it could very well be a situation in which no one really knows from where it started. Still, some in Havelock believe they have been short-changed by the county, literally.

As an example, some in Havelock feel the county is not supporting the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department enough financially. Havelock ambulances respond to emergency calls from Adams Creek and Harlowe to Carolina Pines, Stately Pines and even Catfish Lake Road. It’s a wide area to cover, especially when most of it is outside of Havelock’s city limits.

Some in Havelock also feel the county does not do enough to support the Havelock Recreation Department, which serves residents inside the city as well as many just outside the city limits who pay no city property taxes.

Those battles between city and county have been fought for years. After all, many in Havelock feel the county doesn’t realize anything exists east of the Trent River.

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