Cherry Point, Havelock leaders vow continued cooperation

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 07:32 PM.

“It is impressive watching that happen, not only the fact that you all trust us enough to respond but also the coordination from the police getting that (landing zone) set up in a hurry,” Pappas said. “You couldn’t have filmed that thing any better if you had set it up for a movie, but it just happened, so that’s evident to me about how well you all are working together, so I appreciate it. I think that the relationship has been solid.”

Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus made an offer for base personnel to join city officers in training, and Pappas was supportive.

“I know that we typically have a pretty hefty training calendar, but if there is a time that you are doing training that you’d like to work with us, I’d be more than happy to support it,” Pappas said.

Public Services Director Bill Ebron told Pappas about the base’s cooperation in allowing Havelock’s sewage treatment pipe to be placed on base property to access the Neuse River. The $11.5 million project will benefit both the city and the base by allowing for increased sewer capacity to support growth, Ebron said.

City officials displayed a chart showing where they thought Havelock would be in the year 2059. Pappas said Cherry Point also has a long-term plan but national budget issues have the base planning year by year.

“Our Marine Family Program money looks like it’s solid this year, but as we already talked about, the long-term effect of sequestration is going to make it more and more challenging to do business,” Pappas said.

The initial meeting was conducted at the West End Fire Station, but the group then traveled by van to the sewage treatment plant and to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center where Pappas took a walking tour of the proposed waterfront park at Slocum Creek.

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