Havelock board releases money for Cherry Point lobbyists

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 03:47 PM.

Havelock commissioners unanimously approved the release of a $10,000 contribution to Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow on Monday night.

The board had earlier placed the money in a reserve account on June 17 as part of the 2013-14 budget with the intent of sending the money to the Cherry Point lobby group.

The delay was to determine the level of support that other area cities and counties would give toward ACT, whose exclusive purpose is protection and support of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Havelock City Manager Jim Freeman explained that ACT had raised contributions totaling $123,950, which includes $65,000 from the state, $25,000 from Craven County, $3,300 from Pamlico County, $14,200 from New Bern, $2,100 from Trent Woods, $750 from Newport, $250 from Emerald Isle, $1,700 from River Bend, $250 from Atlantic Beach and $400 from Cedar Point. Written confirmations of support were also received from Carteret and Jones counties.

Along with that, the Cherry Point Employees Association contributed $10,000, and the Marine Federal Credit Union contributed $1,000.

"I also want to relay … that there is $1 million in the state budget approved which will be going out to military communities for the support of lobbying," Freeman said. "The actual distribution of the funds has not been determined yet, but hopefully ACT will get at least a portion of it. It’s looking good."

The release of the money was one of two board actions Monday night designed to support Cherry Point.

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