The Havelock Board of Commissioners is expected to hear from residents concerning a possible recreation park off Lewis Farm Road west of Havelock during its meeting on Monday.
The city is seeking to purchase about 46 acres off the road located near the Carolina Pines subdivision in cooperation with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and Cherry Point. Havelock is considering applying for a $500,000 grant to get the property and develop the area that would include a couple of all-purpose recreation fields. The city would contribute $75,874 for its part for a total grant of $575,874.
With the purchase, the property, which borders Cherry Point, would not be subject to possible commercial or residential development and is believed to help with any possible encroachment issues with the base.
Some Carolina Pines homeowners have expressed concerns over the development, saying a park would only add traffic to what they say is already a dangerous intersection at the junction of Carolina Pines Boulevard and U.S. 70.
Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners are expected to get an update about Progress Energy's proposed rate increase from Millie Chalk, Progress Energy's district manager. Havelock has sent a letter to the Utilities Commission protesting the proposed rate increase and is considering stronger action, as a possible N.C. League of Municipalities coalition to protest is being considered.
The board is expected to discuss a proposal from Davenport Lawrence to provide economic services to the city that would focus on economic development leadership engagement and awareness, capital planning, marketing and branding, product development, incentives, and major services providers and networking. The cost would be $4,600 per month for six months.
Commissioners are also expected to address recent bids for the relocation of the city's sewer pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River as well as expansion at the city's sewer plant. The lowest bids came in at $9.8 million, below expected costs.
Commissioners are also expected to discuss bids received for federal consultant services.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall. For more information, call 444-6400.