Havelock's new mayor, commissioners get down to business


Will Lewis takes the oath of office as Havelock’s new mayor from Havelock City Clerk Cindy Morgan on Monday night. Assisting were Lewis’s wife Reine and their daughters Marina and Penelope.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 06:53 PM.

Havelock’s new mayor and a new commissioner got down to business quickly during Havelock’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night.

Will Lewis took the oath of office as mayor, while Brenda Wilson also took her oath as a new commissioner. Jim Stuart, who was re-elected to a third term on the board, also took his oath, joining Danny Walsh, Karen Lewis and George Liner on the board. Walsh was selected as mayor pro tem.

With the new board assembled, it didn’t take long for the group to start spending the city’s money, albeit money that the city had expected to have to spend.

First, the board unanimously approved a $97,580 contract with Bio-Nomic Services to remove an estimated 1.4 million gallons of biosolids from the sewer treatment plant. Biosolids are a byproduct of the treatment process. The company will charge $0.0647 per gallon for the removal.

Secondly, the board unanimously approved a new contract with the Franklin Partnership lobbying firm in Washington. The new contract will cost the city $5,264 per month, or $63,168 per year. That price is $6,768 more than the current contract.

In other business, the board:

-- reappointed Elizabeth Smith to a seat on the Havelock-Craven County Public Library Board.

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