Leaders blame funding dispute on miscommunication

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

Simpson said the estimated cost of the system for the Havelock library is $7,000 to $8,000. An initial down payment on the system is about $3,700, said Lewis, who is proposing the city’s $4,000 be put toward that amount.

Lewis said he has talked with Craven County Board of Commissioners Chairman Scott Dacey about the county paying the remainder of the balance through its budget next fiscal year. An informal meeting among county and city officials is scheduled for Aug. 19 when the issue is expected to be discussed.

The solution sits well with Havelock head librarian Margie Garrison.

"I’m very pleased. I think it’s a great solution," she said. "The price is going to be wonderful. Because of the way it works, we’ll be able to get more computers for the public rather than if we did single PCs. It’s a win-win."

Meanwhile, upon hearing of the computer situation at the Havelock library, Craven Community College decided to donate four more computers.

"It’s wonderful news," Garrison said.

Lewis said that the purchase of the new system could happen as early as September, when it is hoped that a permanent regional library director will have been hired.  

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