Meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today

The Havelock Board of Commissioners is scheduled to take comments from the public on a proposed no wake zone for a portion of Slocum Creek at a meeting at 7 p.m. today at Havelock City Hall.

Commissioners see the action as a means to protect small craft like kayaks that officials expect will be using the creek in higher numbers when the Slocum Creek Recreation Area is completed.

The no wake zone is proposed from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp north by about 1,000 feet.

In the coming months, the city plans to construct kayak launches, walkways, picnic tables, interpretive signage, a small parking lot and other features on a 2.59-acre site between Church Road, Woodland Drive and Slocum Creek. It is the first phase of a much larger long-term project to develop that area for recreational purposes. The project is being paid for by public and private funds.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission must also approve the measure. If approved, buoys and markers will be installed along the creek in the vicinity of the no wake zone to warn mariners. The city would have to pay for the buoys and markers, estimated at $1,639.

For more information, call Havelock City Hall at 444-6400.