Havelock commissioners agreed to participate in a collaborative effort with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and Cherry Point to buy about five acres of property along Slocum Creek.


Havelock commissioners agreed to participate in a collaborative effort with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and Cherry Point to buy about five acres of property along Slocum Creek.



The property, along the northwest portion of the creek behind and next to the Nationwide Insurance office, is undeveloped and has no buildings.



“These were in our priority stack for our Slocum Creek Waterfront Park where we have been acquiring property,” Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said. “These pieces are not only good for prohibiting encroachment for the base but also for environmental reasons, and they will allow us to expand our park a little bit more.



“Our participation and our small financial part will help their application process.”



The board voted to allow City Manager Frank Bottorff to spend up to $15,000 from the city’s reserve account toward purchase of the land.



“It does fit into the overall Slocum Creek Waterfront Park and future concept,” said Bottorff.



Alfred D. Ward Jr. and Audrey Ward, of New Bern, own the four parcels that measure 1.69, .73, .80 and 1.76 acres individually.



“I don’t think that it’s a bad thing to participate in this if they can get it done,” Lewis said. “It would be a very small investment and another very large piece of our park area right there. It will be a big step along this same project that we’ve been working on for years.”



The board voted unanimously to approve the plan, though Commissioner Jim Stuart was still absent due to health reasons.



In other business Monday night, the board:



-- approved preliminary plans for Murphy Oil to create a gas station on 1.19 acres in front of Walmart.



-- approved an increase of $48,000 in the $1.7 million Havelock Water Treatment Plant improvement project.



-- reappointed Commissioner Karen Lewis to the Local Firemen’s Relief Fund Board of Trustees.



-- appointed Jeremy Shaver to the Havelock Appearance Commission.