Havelock officials discuss progress during trip to Washington

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 05:12 PM.

For the last four years, a contingent of Havelock officials has ventured to Washington, D.C., in large part to ask for financial support from legislators for various city projects.

This year the group took a different approach. They went up to update the legislators on the progress of projects and to thank them for supporting city efforts.

"I think it sort of took them by surprise," Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said of the reaction of area legislators. "They said that that’s something that they don’t hear very often."

Sanders said the group, which included commissioners Will Lewis and Danny Walsh and City Manager Jim Freeman, showed legislators progress made on the Church Road Bridge replacement project, planned development of a park along the banks of Slocum Creek, and plans for the Slocum Road-U.S. 70 interchange.

"We thanked them, because there’s no question that their involvement was critical," Sanders said.

The group spent two days in Washington, meeting with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, (D-N.C.), U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, (R-N.C.), U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-N.C.), staff members of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and others in a trip organized by the city’s lobbyist, the Franklin Partnership.

The city has paid the lobbying firm $45,000 for 12 months to help push for assistance with city projects. Prior to that, the lobbying firm Marlowe and Company had been hired for $42,000 a year for the four previous years for the same purpose.

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