Five candidates bid for two seats on Havelock board

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 22:06 PM.

“In order to develop, you’ve got to have a clean area and I would like to see some of these places on Main Street and some of these older houses hit the road,” he said. “Some of these old gas stations have got to be cleaned up so that they can build something new. We need to get rid of some of that trash on Main Street and what we don’t get rid of, get cleaned up in accordance with the UDO. We need to get rid of some of these dilapidated houses we have here.”

Jones said his biggest concern for Havelock is growth.

“I want Havelock to not be a sleepy town,” he said. “I want it to have more restaurants and more places to take people, more places to go and stuff like that. I’ll introduce stuff to the board about how to advertise and about how to get new businesses in here to fill the industrial park out, to get more people in here to spread the taxes out and get the taxes down. There’s nothing for people to do around here hardly. I want to increase big business and for us to be more business friendly to outsiders instead of keeping it like a sleepy town. We need to advertise for people and businesses to come here so we’ll have a broader tax base.”

Lack of sewer capacity that has stymied growth has been Stuart’s concern.

“An analogy could be that Havelock was like a living organism that simply could not breathe and was always on a respirator. As it could not breathe, it could not grow,” Stuart said. “The new outfall sewer line running across MCAS Cherry Point to the Neuse will put that issue behind us. The latter was a result of sound business decisions, establishing working relationships with the necessary entities and relentless pursuit by elected officials with vision. Now that the capacity will be sufficient in the very near future, plans are already under way to review previous economic studies and initiate action to bring additional growth to the city.”

Van Vliet said Havelock needed to develop its own identity away from Cherry Point.

“Our motto is ‘Gateway to Cherry Point.’ We need to have an identity for our city outside of Cherry Point,” he said. “If the worse should happen and Cherry Point closes and FRC East goes away, Havelock is going to have a very difficult time. There is no economic engine for Havelock. As soon as we can develop a strategic economic plan that will allow us to put our new identity out there and our new image, it will allow businesses to see who we really are. I’d like to see us nurture and build the small business community and create opportunities for the local citizens to grow their businesses.”



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