Sewer expansion paved the way for future

Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 02:49 PM.
Meanwhile, officials broke ground in December on Havelock’s new city hall building. The 9,295 square-foot project is being finance by a $1.7 million loan and $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. It will take nine months to complete.
Parts of the current city hall building are more than 70 years old.
At long last, the new service road bridge over Slocum Creek opened in late December. Originally scheduled to open in May, weather and contractor issues delayed construction.  The bridge replaced the demolished Church Road bridge that had been built in 1924. 
In May, Craven County cut funding for the congregate meals program at the Havelock Senior Center and the Godette Center in Harlowe.  The meals would have ended in late June, but the Atlantic Baptist Association stepped in to finance the meals, but as 2014 approaches, the program’s future remains uncertain because of funding.
Riders of the Cherry Branch-Minnesott ferry across the Neuse River mounted a major campaign in opposition to a plan by the state legislature to impose fees on the free ferry. Meetings were held and some residents traveled to Raleigh to voice opposition to the fees, which were scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Instead, a last-minute change in the state budget excluded the fees.
Residents of the Woodhaven subdivision complained of issues with their property located on an old dump site. State testing revealed high levels of some contaminants, including arsenic, as residents complained about sink holes and uneven ground in their yards.
Craven County Schools announced in the fall plans to end the year-round calendar at Havelock Elementary, Arthur Edwards Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle schools. The school system is seeking a modified calendar, but such a calendar requires legislative approval. Without such approval, the school system said it would put all its schools on the traditional calendar, saying some parents want all their school-aged children on one calendar. The move also allows for increased opportunities for more joint continuing education and training of teachers.

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