Havelock leaders hear Cherry Point's future still threatened

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 05:09 PM.

Sonny Roberts, a member of the new N.C. Military Affairs Commission, said his fellow members needed to hear news from Cherry Point on a regular basis.

"Probably the lack of communication is one of the most important things here now," Roberts said. "I’m not pointing fingers at anybody. You need to keep the commission involved. We need a report at every meeting we have on what’s happening at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point."

Sanders said it was the aim of the city to see more coordinated participation in the overall lobbying effort.

"We’ve developed a very good line of communication over the last several months," Rose said of the relationship between himself, Norment, and Marc Finlayson, an ACT consultant.

"It takes everybody and we want you to be part of that group," Sanders told Rose. "It seems that there would be a great benefit in having you work together."

Sanders said Havelock was not going out on its own to lobby for Cherry Point but wanted to coordinate with Craven County’s lobbying group, Cassidy and Associates.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners approved last month payment of an extra $3,800 to the Franklin Group to help with base lobbying efforts.

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