Havelock, county officials to discuss issues

Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

It won’t be like the shootout at the O.K. Corral and it won’t be like singing "Kumbaya" around the bonfire, but what Craven County and Havelock officials hope to do next week is at least talk to each other.

"I hope that we can have some open dialogue," said Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, who will attend the meeting. "A lot of times without the glare of the light you can sit and talk and be a little more candid with one another about what our expectations are and hopefully we can come together a little more than what we currently are."

Havelock City Manager Jim Freeman said the press and the public aren’t invited to the meeting Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. He said the city and county boards of commissioners would not have quorums, meaning the meeting is not subject to open meetings laws.

However, the meeting does have an agenda, which is wide-ranging and in many cases addresses who is going to pay for what.

Among the issues to be discussed is the congregate meals program that the county cut at the Havelock and Godette senior centers and new computers for the Havelock library, a plan for which calls for the purchase of a Linux computer system for all county libraries.

"I’m for doing the best I can for the senior meals and I’m also for providing money for new computers for the library," said Craven County Commissioner Theron McCabe, who is scheduled to attend the meeting. "It’s a good thing that the city and the county commissioners can get along to discuss some of these issues."

McCabe, who represents eastern Craven County and parts of Havelock on the Craven County Board of Commissioners, said he wasn’t optimistic about the meeting but thought a dialogue between Havelock and the county was a good thing.

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