Voted expected at Jan. 28 meeting

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

Havelock commissioners discussed two properties being considered as possible recreation areas during their meeting on Monday night.

Though they seemed to favor the idea of acquiring 47 acres at the end of Lewis Farm Road near Carolina Pines for a new park, they made no firm decision and plan a vote on the issue during their Jan. 28 meeting.

The city is looking at a new park because youth sports league and recreation officials say there is a need for more recreation fields in Havelock.

"We have a need," Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said. "I fully understand that we have a need for additional recreation space. It’s just a matter of how much it’s going to cost us to get it open."

The board and city staff discussed the Lewis Farm property as well as 15 acres on Greenfield Heights Boulevard.

The city is considering applying for a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant that would provide $500,000 for development of the Lewis Farm Road property into a recreation area that would include two fields, a concession area, bathrooms and a parking lot. The city would have to come up with about $75,000 to complete the project.

Discussion Monday night focused on concern of a land appraisal that came in $540,000 below earlier estimates. The appraisal is key in getting the grant, but Dave Smith, recreation director, said state officials indicated to him that the appraisal was inaccurate and that arrangements could be worked out so the city could put up the value of the land as the city’s portion to match the grant.

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