Board tables discussion on animal shelter expansion

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

Havelock is moving forward with one building project, while another has been delayed.

City commissioners delayed any action on plans for expansion of the animal shelter during their meeting Monday night, but did receive what they said was good news in terms of construction of a new city hall building.

A representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development notified the city that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act waivers releasing the city from a strict timeline for construction of the new city hall had been approved.

Mayor Jimmy Sanders said U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., 1st Dist., and Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., 3rd Dist., contacted the Office of Management and Budget in support of the city’s waiver request.

"If they had not gotten involved, this project was dead on arrival," Sanders said.

Sanders wrote letters of thanks to both legislators.

"Havelock can now proceed with the project knowing that it can do so carefully and in a reasonable time frame to ensure the project is done right," he said in the letter.

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