Meeting scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM.

"Everybody should come. Property owners should come. Anybody concerned about the well being of their neighborhood should come," Chase said. "We’ve had a lot of folks in the city of Havelock that have expressed interest in an ordinance like this to help preserve their neighborhoods."

Chase said some homes have been foreclosed on, while others have been abandoned by older residents who moved into retirement homes.

"They pass them onto their children and their children live in another town and are not able to take care of the dwelling or the land, and it’s just sitting there vacant," he said.

Competition from new residential rentals in Newport and New Bern has also meant that fewer people are renting or buying aging homes in Havelock. The economy has been a big culprit.

"We’re just dealing with an economic environment that we’re not accustomed to and that has put a strain on Havelock and the nation for that matter," Chase said. "We’re really no different than anyone else with foreclosure housing."

"If you drive through a neighborhood and see dilapidated houses, that’s a sign of a decline in a neighborhood. We want to have a conversation with these property owners about bringing their property up to a higher standard."

For more information, call the city at 447-6400. 

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