What's ahead in Havelock for 2014

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

The sewer pipe relocation project is about halfway through and could be completed by the summer.

The $11.5 million project moved the sewer discharge pipe from Slocum Creek about six miles across Cherry Point to the Neuse River. The project, which includes modifications to the sewer treatment plant, will raise the city’s sewer capacity from 1.9 million gallons per day to 2.25 million gallons per day.

“This will be a tremendous improvement for the city and gives us the ability for more development,” said Bottorff.

Currently, Havelock’s sewer system is near capacity, meaning the city would not be able to accept major commercial or residential developments. Completion of the project changes all that.

“Sewer is king,” Commissioner Danny Walsh said. “We are now prepared for the growth that everyone else has been enjoying. It’s our turn to accept some of this growth and to bring some of these commercial businesses in here and maybe to bring some of these restaurants if we’re lucky, but just be able to build anything that we want to build here in Havelock that we so desire. We now have the sewer capacity.”

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis called completion of the project a “huge step” toward city growth.

“In the past we’ve been hindered by the fact that we didn’t have sewer available when projects came to us,” Lewis said. “I think the economy is moving in a good direction and we’re going to be poised with our sewer and our infrastructure ready to help whenever businesses or residential development come on line. We’ll be able to support them where we haven’t been able to in the last several years.”

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