Havelock has scheduled a kickoff meeting for the public on its community-wide Brownfields Assessment Project from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.
Last year, Havelock received a $400,000 Brownfields grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The money will go toward helping the city complete environmental assessments on properties that are or are suspected to be contaminated by potentially hazardous substances. Soil and groundwater samples will be used to determine the scope of any contamination that is suspected.
This first grant is for the purpose of identifying and assessing properties in Havelock that may be eligible for a cleanup, with redevelopment of the property as an end goal.
Havelock’s effort to assess and cleanup the old Phoenix Recycling site near Tucker Creek prompted city leaders to apply for the EPA grant. The grant offers the opportunity for many other potentially hazardous properties to be included in the project.
Diane Miller, city information officer, said attendance by residents at the meeting was important and would help the city identify possible assessment sites. The involvement of the public is also vital in offering input on potential redevelopment opportunities in the city, she said.
For more information, call Miller at 444-7260.