Editorial: Delay, in this case, the right move

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM.

In some cases, government action on a matter is urgent and requires immediate attention.

But in the case of the proposed recreation park off Lewis Farm Road, we applaud the Havelock Board of Commissioners for taking their time.

They got quite an earful from about 10 residents who spoke during Monday night’s public hearing of the park. While the finances of the recreation complex are enough to give one pause — the city’s use of about $75,000 in taxpayer money would be required to help build the park — concerns raised by residents in the area should make everyone stop and think.

The narrow, two-lane Lewis Farm Road is used mostly by the few residents who live on it, some military convoys, farmers and owners of horses at nearby stables. Simply put, especially on weekends, there may be more horses using the road to move back and forth among trails in the area than cars.

These stable owners and horse owners raised valid concerns about their safety. Also among the safety issues is increased traffic at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Carolina Pines Boulevard as well as the safety of those using the park, with hunters taking to the nearby woods and fields during their seasons.

Whatever their final decision, commissioners did the right thing by taking more time to disect this issue and not rushing into a decision, that in the end, could negatively impact the city and residents. 

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