Havelock, county officials to discuss issues

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

Havelock officials are expected to address recreation costs, saying an estimated 40 percent of people using city-paid programs are actually Craven County residents, not Havelock residents.

Havelock officials are also concerned about funding for Havelock rescue and ambulances, which serve eastern Craven County to include the Adams Creek and Harlowe areas to Carolina Pines, Stately Pines and Catfish Lake Road outside the city limits.

Funding for school resource officers that are provided by the Havelock Police Department is also expected to be addressed.

Havelock officials plan to seek county funds for a one-time courtroom security measure that will be required in the construction of the new Havelock City Hall, where the meeting hall is used as a county courtroom twice per month.

Havelock officials also believe that they are not getting a fair share of Tourist Development Authority funding for the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Ownership of the defunct 34-acre Phoenix Recycling site will be discussed. The site is in the county, yet Havelock officials have spearheaded an effort to clean up the area, which is located near Tucker Creek Middle School. More than a decade’s worth of back taxes are owed on the property, yet the county has declined to foreclose for fear of being liable for cleanup costs, estimated to be as high as $7 million.

The two sets of officials will also be considering the transfer of between 50 and 200 county water customers over to the Havelock water system.

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