The Havelock Board of Commissioners is expected to vote whether to seek a $500,000 grant to create a new recreation park on Lewis Farm Road near Carolina Pines during its meeting Monday at Havelock City Hall.
The city is looking at about 47 acres on which to build additional recreation fields. The city parks and recreation staff as well as officials from various youth athletic leagues say the recreation facility off Fontana Boulevard has simply run out of space, and more fields are needed to support the growing youth leagues.
Homeowners as well as owners of horse stables in the area oppose the plan, saying the increased traffic the park will bring poses a danger and would hurt the solitude that horse riders enjoy about the area.
The city would still need to come up with about $75,000 to help create the park, and just because the city applies for the grant does not necessarily mean it will be awarded.
Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners are expected to vote on contracts for the sewer pipe relocation project. Plans called for the sewer discharge pipe to be pulled out of Slocum Creek and instead to be run about six miles across Cherry Point to the Neuse River. The project is designed to increase sewer capacity in Havelock.
The board is expected to hear a presentation from James Cherry of the Croatan National Forest on the forest service's plans for controlled burns in the forest.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall. For more information, call 444-6400.