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Coronavirus Update

September 4th, 2020


September 4, 2020:

In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s phase 2.5 plan, the following changes to Havelock city services and recreation areas will take place starting Friday, September 4 at 5:00pm.

  • City Hall will be open to walk-in traffic.  Approved face coverings (masks) and social distancing will be required. Services still available by phone.
  • Park playgrounds and bathrooms will be open for public use.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the  Tourist & Event Center will be able to schedule events with up to 20 patrons.  They will accept visitor traffic by appointment only. Call 252-444-4348 to schedule an appointment.
  • The Recreation Center and Senior Center will remain closed until further notice.


July 14, 2020:

In order to further protect members of our community from the COVID-19 virus, and slow its spread, City of Havelock is temporarily closing City Hall to the public. This is a precautionary measure and effective July 14, 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to continue to conduct business online or by phone.


Jun 15, 2020:

Effective Monday, June 15th at 8:00 AM, City Hall will be open to the public during normal scheduled business hours. The City asks all citizens who enter a City facility to wear a face covering for their own protection and for the protection of the City’s employees. Employees who work directly with the public will be placed behind a counter top shield and will also wear face coverings. Members of the public are encouraged to continue to conduct business online or by phone.

June 6, 2020:

In keeping with the Governor’s Safer At Home Phase 2 guidelines, the City of Havelock is re-opening City Hall to the public with limited access and COVID-19 precautions. Havelock City Hall will open to the public starting on June 8, by appointment only. Our normal hours are tentatively scheduled to resume at City Hall on June 15. The Senior Center and Recreation Center will remain closed to the public, but will be reevaluated as conditions change. The City is following the Secretary of NC DHHS recommendation to practice the 3 Ws; wear a cloth face covering, wait 6 ft apart and avoid close contact, and wash your hands often. The City asks all citizens who enter a city facility to wear a face covering for their own protection and for the protection of the City’s employees. Employees who work directly with the public will be placed behind a countertop shield and will also wear face coverings. Members of the public are encouraged to continue to conduct business on-line; and as a reminder, City staff is still available to provide assistance by phone.

May 11, 2020:

Mayor Will Lewis has rescinded the prohibition against short-term rental operations within the City of Havelock, effective at 8:00 a.m. on May 11, 2020.

Short Term Rentals - Rescinding Prohibition 2020

April 6, 2020: 

Please, be advised that Mayor Will Lewis has amended the City of Havelock’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Proclamation to prohibit short-term rentals within the City, effective this the 6th day of April, 2020. This order is to further protect our community from an accelerated spread of COVID-19. The City’s State of Emergency, to include this additional restriction, will continue until cancelled or rescinded. Click on the following link to view the proclamation:

COVID-19 Amending Sate of Emeregncy Proclamation

March 13, 2020:

The City of Havelock is instituting a series of precautionary measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The intent of these measures is to minimize exposure to citizens and city employees, while continuing to provide uninterrupted critical services. Daily updates regarding city facilities, services, and functions can be found on the City of Havelock Facebook page and this page.

The Egg Hunt and Spring Movie in the Park are, also, cancelled.

COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation

Water Line Maintenance

August 20th, 2020


To City Of Havelock Water Customers:

Beginning Friday afternoon, August 21st, 2020, the City of Havelock will temporarily stop adding ammonia in the drinking water disinfection process. Read the rest of this entry »

Annual Waste Water Treatment Quality Report

July 16th, 2020


Per NCDEQ requirements, the City of Havelock has published and made available the 2019-20 City of Havelock Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection Annual Report. You may click on the following link to access the report:

Annual Water Quality Report 2019

Hard copies of this report are also available at City Hall, located at 1 Governmental Avenue, Havelock, NC.

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Public Notice: Cancellation of Various City of Havelock Advisory Board/Committee Meetings

April 7th, 2020


In order to further protect members of our community from the COVID-19 virus, and slow its spread, Mayor Will Lewis has directed staff to cancel the below mentioned advisory board/committee meetings through April 30, 2020:

• Appearance Commission
• Recreation Advisory Board
• Planning Board
• Board of Adjustment
• Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation
• Library Board
• Traffic Committee
• Technical Review Committee
• Volunteer Fire/Rescue Committee

The City of Havelock will continue to monitor the situation and will issue any new guidance when it is warranted. Please monitor the City’s website and Facebook page for additional notifications and alerts.

Paving Maintenance Project

April 3rd, 2020


View the paving maintenance project map PDF

2019-2020 Paving Maintenance Project

Small Business Tips & Resources

March 31st, 2020


Small Business Tips and Resources to Support the Local Economy

Tips For Small Businesses

New Interactive Voice Response

March 4th, 2020


Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

To improve customer service, the City of Havelock has implemented an automated Utilities and Permits billing information system. You can use this system 24/7 to fulfill your billing information needs:

  • Check account information
  • Make payments for utilities and permits
  • Hear general utility information
  • Check billing history
  • Check payment history
  • Access to Customer Service Representatives during normal business hours (Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.— 5 p.m.)


What is IVR?

  • Interactive voice response is a technology that allows a computer to interact with humans through the use of voice and DTMF tones input via a phone keypad.


How will IVR help me?

  • IVR will give citizens a new way to check and pay utility bills other than the website providing more convenience and better customer service.


How does IVR work?

CALL 252-444-6404
Once you’re connected to the system, select one of the following options:
Press [1]
To make a utility payment
Press [2]
To make a permit payment
Press [3]
For account status
Press [4]
For payment history
Press [5]
For billing history
Press [0]
To speak with a customer service representative

Customer Service Representatives can be reached Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.— 5 p.m.


FEMA Public Notice

December 20th, 2019



POST DATE 12-20-2019

City of Havelock has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: City of Havelock

Project Title: 68854 – City of Havelock – Cat F – Waterlines; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02309

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
Waterline buried under Wood Haven Drive 34.87909 -76.90794 1980
“Ford” Highway 70 Waterline 34.88185 -76.90831 1957
Highway 70 Waterline 34.88161 -76.90849 1957


Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the removal and replacement of waterlines. All work is located in an AE zone or (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard) and a Floodway (the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height). Confirmation of location in a floodplain was determined by the Craven County Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720642000K, dated 06/30/2016. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the AE zone and Floodway. The proposed work will take place in Freshwater Forested/Shrub Wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Havelock will remove and replace water supply pipe, tee fitting, shut off valve within previously disturbed grounds with updated iron pipes to meet current codes and standards. The purpose of the repairs to restore distribution of clean water throughout the city.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the residents of Havelock. If the damage is not repaired, then adverse health and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): Relocating this structure outside of the floodplain is not a practicable alternative as a majority of the facility is within the floodplain. The components within the system are part of a network needed to serve the surrounding community.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02309 11988 COMMENT].


All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.


POSTED ON: (December 20,2019)

End of Notice

Holiday Safety Tips

November 19th, 2019


Fire Safety

During Christmas, a lot of lights are used to decorate our trees, houses, etc. and most of the time there are not enough electrical outlets to plug the lights into or the outlets are too far away. This is when we use extension cords. These cords are only to be used as temporary wiring while the electrical appliance is being used and should be unplugged when finished.

In the case of Christmas lights, we should only use cords that are in good condition and not run them under rugs or cover the cords. Never plug two cords together! Instead, get a single cord that is the correct length. Also, do not plug too many lights in together (see picture on right), look on the box the lights came in to see how many strands can be safely plugged in together, and always unplug lights before leaving home.

Live Christmas Tree?

  • Keep plenty of water in the stand, never let the stand get empty.
  • Check the lights before you put them on the tree. Make sure that they are in good shape with no frayed wire or missing insulation and the plug has fuse protection.
  • If you have to use an extension cord make sure it is the correct size.
  • Do not use the small 6ft “Household” cords. Use a heavier extension cord or a power strip with a circuit breaker.
  • Keep all open flames away from trees. Live trees are extremely flammable.
  • If you burn candles, put them in a holder that will support the candle at the base to keep it from falling over. Always extinguish candles when they can’t be attended.


Fried Turkey?

If your holiday plans call for frying a turkey, here are some tips to make the occasion a safe and enjoyable one:

  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately!

For more information on Holiday fire safety, contact Havelock Fire & Rescue at 252-444-6443.


Police Safety

The holiday season is here and all across the country law enforcement agencies always see an increase in the number of reported break-ins and theft cases. The Havelock Police Department would like to remind everyone of some basic safety tips for the holiday season. These basic safety tips can also be applied year round.

Havelock Police Holiday Safety Letter

Car Theft Using 3 Soda Cans

Crime can occur because of opportunity. Please help us reduce the amount of opportunity criminals have to commit crimes:

• Lock and secure all windows and doors in your home/business and vehicle (s). Do not leave valuables in your car, take them inside or lock them out of view (firearms, electronics, gifts, purse/wallet, phones, laptops etc ).

• Ladies, when shopping in a store and pushing a shopping cart, do not walk away from the cart and leave your purse/wallet unattended. Be mindful of your personal belongings and zip the purse closed at all times

• Upon purchasing electronics or firearms, please record make/model/serial number, or, take pictures of the serial number and secure those numbers or photographs in a safe place. Should you become the victim of a crime these numbers or photographs can assist law enforcement in identifying your property.

• If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is is…Be cautious of any correspondence ( text, email, letter, even a phone call ) that states you have won a lottery or any monetary/item prize that requires you to send money prior to receiving your prize. 100% of these are fraud. If you have any concerns about this type of correspondence, contact a family member for advice, research it on the internet, or contact your local law enforcement agency

• If you live within the city limits of Havelock and you plan on leaving town for vacation, please contact us about completing a residential check form. This form once filled out, informs us you are leaving and a police officer will stop by your residence at various times to check that all doors and windows are secure while you are gone.

• The Havelock Police Department has a Safe Exchange Zone in the parking lot. This area is under video surveillance 24 hours a day and can be used by the public as a safe place to meet up and exchange goods sold or purchased on the internet.

Please, contact Havelock PD at 447-3212 for more details.

If you have any information about any type of crime that has already occurred please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Craven County Crime Stoppers tip line at 252-633-5141.

Make Havelock Shine Contest

November 19th, 2019

It’s time to “Make Havelock Shine”

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