Sewer expansion paved the way for future
Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 14:49 PM.
Havelock sought to secure its future in 2013 with the start of a project aimed at city growth.
Work began on the relocation of the city’s sewer discharge pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River. The $11.5 million project is designed to allow for added sewer capacity, which could potentially allow new business and residential development in the city.
Low sewer capacity could potentially cause the city to turn away a major residential or business developer. The project increases sewer capacity from 1.9 million gallons per day to 3.5 million gallons per day with subsequent plant improvements.
“Getting that sewer capacity is as important as when the first sewer pipe was put in many years ago,” former mayor Jimmy Sanders said. “You can’t grow without sewer and water capacity and we’ve suffered significantly probably for the last 10 years, certainly in 2005 when we were in the BRAC. We were so close to going into a sewer moratorium that it’s not funny.
“This will give us an opportunity to grow. Now the mission is the get the right companies in here and the right missions in here so that Cherry Point can grow and Havelock can grow.”
City and military leaders worked on a plan to allow the pipe to go through Cherry Point, saving millions on the cost of the project.
Another project important to the city was the completion of the new living quarters for firefighters on the east end of the city. The old annex had mold and other issues and had to be torn down.
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