For the Havelock city taxpayers to really understand what I am writing about here, they would have to look at the Jan. 24 Havelock News opinon page "Our View" and the "Letters" section. The Havelock Board of Commissioners/citizens meeting was held on Jan. 28, and I was right! Our city taxpayers are chicken when it comes to fighting city hall and the five commissioners who are spending our city taxes that cost us more and more.
When it came time for Havelock residents to speak, I was the only one to speak against the city purchasing property near Carolina Pines for a new city recreation area. I was speaking for Havelock citizens of all ages being entitled to have a rec center that is inside the city limits, that already has some existing sports facilities that all, including the seniors, could use, and that could be operational this year,
I told the commissioners that Havelock had no right to spend our tax money for property four miles out of town. I said by doing so Havelock would have to use its police and public works department out there. I also mentioned the people currently living in that area are concerned about losing money from the way they have chosen to live and earn a living.
I hate to say it, but I was totally disappointed to see that as usual the only one from the Havelock public to speak was me!
There were two people from Carolina Pines who spoke professionally and explained that the increase in traffic on Lewis Farm Road would hurt the business of horse stables there, and what it would cost Havelock just to get the ball fields built, maintained and protected because of the condition of the ground out there.
A couple of the commissioners told me firmly during the halftime break, "Once we own it, that is Havelock!"
When it came time for a vote to select the area near Carolina Pines for the new Havelock recreation area, I felt sick! Commissioner A made a motion and B seconded the motion. The mayor asked for discussion. Commissioners C and D got their say. Commissioner E put up his hand six times. But because the mayor knew E would speak in favor of a negative vote, Commissioner E got in two sentences before the mayor, who only can vote to break a tie, interrupted and gave his opinions and feelings ad-nauseum, going on and on until Commissioner E simply gave up. The mayor called for a vote, which was four in favor and one against selecting the area near Carolina Pines.
So folks, due to your disregard for our children’s safety and the rights of our seniors, as they also pay city taxes, instead of having an inside the city rec center this year, we can now look forward to years from now when there will be a ball park in unfriendly surroundings near Carolina Pines, and probably the now-sitting commissioners will have been replaced (I hope).
And just maybe one day we voters can stick together and get what we really need.
Inga DeRoche, Havelock