Leaders blame funding dispute on miscommunication

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

City and county officials are saying a dispute over funding for computers at the Havelock library is in the past, with a solution to the situation on the horizon.

"I don’t want this to end up being a problem between us when we’re about to have a solution to it in September," said Will Lewis, a Havelock commissioner who serves as a liaison for the Havelock library.

That solution involves purchase of a new Linux-based system for all libraries in the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret library system.

The Havelock library had put in a special request for $10,000 on top of its budget for the purchase of new computers. While Havelock commissioners agreed to fund $4,000, the county did not supply any money in its budget, believing the city would fund the entire cost based on a comment Lewis made during a meeting.

The lack of funding from the county angered some in Havelock who felt the county needed to do more to support a library used by both county and city residents.

Lewis said his comment was misinterpreted and blamed the dispute on miscommunication. He said all involved were working together toward the new system, which could mean new computers for the Havelock library by October.

Susan W. Simpson, interim director of the CPC Regional Library, said Havelock is not alone in its need for new computers.

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