A recent hail storm did more than $94,000 in damage to 28 city vehicles.
Havelock finance director Lee Tillman told the Havelock board of commissioners that the July 28 storm did major damage in the city’s public services maintenance complex located on off N.C. 101 on Outer Banks Drive.
That same storm smashed windows, dented cars and pierced holes in the Hills Mobile Home Village less than a mile east of the city limits.
In the city maintenance yard, the damages were similar.
“I understand that there was actually baseball sized hail that night,” Tillman said. “
The balls of ice smashed windshields, dented car bodies and damaged vinyl siding in the complex.
Damages to seven vehicles exceeded 75 percent of their value, essentially totaling them. Tillman said three of those vehicles were intended to be sold soon anyway.
“We had approximately 28 car/truck damage claims, three properties. Our (insurance) deductibles are ranging between $500 and $1000 per property, per vehicle,” Tillman said. “Our deductible is about $19,000 right now. It will climb once we know where we know where we stand with the property.”
Tillman said that a budget amendment would be necessary to cover the costs associated with the storm
“It could have been worse,” Commissioner Jim Stuart said.
“It could have gone all through town,” Commissioner Walsh said.
In other business, the board:
n agreed to purchase a four acre piece of property from the Havelock Development Corporation for $12,000. The purchase price is divided, with the city paying $5,000 and the North Carolina Land Trust paying $7,000. The property is at the end of Branchside Drive and is adjacent to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. It also abuts other properties currently owned by the city and is bordered on the west side by the Wolf Pit Branch of Slocum Creek.
n agreed to amend a section of the prohibited animals ordinance that would allow cash bonds of $1,000 to be returned to the owner of an animal in less than 365 days if the pet and owner have moved outside the city limits.
Commissioner Walsh conducted the meeting as mayor pro tem in the absence of Mayor Will Lewis. Commissioner Karen Lewis was also absent.