past several years, beginning in the late 80s. has been
rather like a tale of two cities - Belhaven has
had some of the "worst of times" with
seven hurricanes causing millions of dollars in property
damage, closed businesses and lost jobs - and the "best
of times" with the amazing restoration of structures
and infrastructure by the aggressive pursuit of grants
from every imaginable source - government or private -
by the Town Council and City Manager.
this is written, February 4, 2004, 330 houses have either
been raised above the flood plain or replaced using a
$10,500,000 Storm Mitigation Grant from FEMA, the largest
in the history of the program - and an additional $2,800,000
from other sources.
projects listed below, which were paid for by funds received
from grants and supplemental town funds, will better serve
citizens and put the town in a much improved position
to provide required services to other entities that might
be considering investments in Belhaven:
Treatment Plant: $2,700,000 project which doubled the
treatment capacity and allowed North East Elementary
School, Northside High School and the Delta City Community
to receive sewer service. This project went online in
Upgrades: Electrical Lines, Transformers and Electrical
Power Services have been improved throughout Belhaven.
The system was upgraded from a 2400 volt system to a
7200 volt system at a value estimated at $500,000. This
project was completed in 2001.
Water Treatment System: $3,400,000 project with above
ground storage tank of 200,000 gallons, distribution
lines - including much improved fire hydrant locations
and capacity, and a reverse osmosis treatment plant.
This project went online in July 2003.
- Wildlife Boat Ramp:
This project was orchestrated by Town officials and
today is valued at $100,000. The $70,000 cost to build
the ramp was paid for with a $50,000 grant from North
Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and $20,000 from
significant benefit to our citizens as a result of these
projects has been an 18% decrease in flood insurance and
a 35% decrease in all residential fire insurance.
Town Supported Initiatives
Public Library received strong municipal support with
property expansion, procurement of state monies and
administration of this $500,000 project. The town received
a $354,270 grant to aid this project.
John A. Wilkinson Historic Building was saved by community
effort. The town was supportive of this effort.
and the Downtown Clean-Up Development is being promoted
by Town officials. Purchases of the Belhaven Fish and
Oyster site and Tarkington Properties are a couple of
Waterfront Improvement Study is completed and
is the process of being implemented. It is estimated
that successful completion of this plan would bring
$200,000,000 in investments and many job opportunities
for the Belhaven Area.