Voted expected at Jan. 28 meeting

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

Still, residents and owners of horse stables on Lewis Farm Road oppose the park plan, saying increased traffic would impact their rural road and would cost them customers who seek the solitude of the area to ride on nearby horse trails.

Smith said there would be places on the property for horse trails.

"I feel like we can come up with something that will be mutually beneficial as far as horses are concerned," said Sanders.

Sanders said the land, located 2.8 miles from Havelock’s city limits, would have two fully-lighted fields but would not be able to match in size the current recreation facility off Fontana Boulevard.

"It’s what we can afford and it takes care of a lot of his (Smith’s) problems," Sanders said.

Sanders called the grant arrangement "an awesome deal" for the city.

"The city residents have said they need it," Commissioner George Liner said, but pointed out that the state had a new governor and the state budget was tight. "We could try this and it could be a dead deal from the start."

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