Airport lands on agenda

Published 6:01 pm Friday, May 11, 2012

Washington’s City Council is scheduled to discuss proposals to manage the city’s Warren Field Airport during its meeting Monday.

Earlier this year, the city sent out requests for proposals seeking an entity to manage the airport. Currently, Tradewind Aviation manages the airport. The city would like for the airport, which has been losing money for several years, to move closer to breaking even, if not make a profit.

Under its original contract with Tradewind Aviation, the city provided an annual subsidy of $50,000. That subsidy was increased by $28,820 in January 2008. The subsidy is for airport operations, not any of Tradewind Aviation’s enterprise activities such as flight instruction and skydiving training.

The requests sought an entity to provide fixed-base operations, flight training, aircraft charter and taxi service, a jump school, aircraft maintenance and repair services and other aeronautical services and activities. The deadline to submit proposals was 2 p.m. April 24.

The council also will consider accepting a $4,000 grant from the NFL — on behalf of Terrance Copper, a former Washington High School, East Carolina University and NFL receiver — for a summer youth football camp. Copper would direct the camp. Several of Copper’s football colleagues and several members of the Washington Police Department will assist him.

The grant funds would become part of the Washington Police Department’s budget.

“The is another initiative of the Washington Police Department to foster better relations with the community’s youth. There is no local match of money required with this grant,” wrote Stacey Drakeford, the city’s interim director of police/fire services, in a memorandum to the mayor and council.

Al Powell, a former FBI agent, returns to the council to discuss formation of a Police Athletic League. Powell appeared before the council in March, asking the city to consider support its formation.

A PAL is an extension of a local law-enforcement agency (police department, sheriff’s office) that is set up as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide young people ages 14 through 18 who live within its jurisdiction a way to interact with the law-enforcement community through after-school sports, mentoring, tutoring, cultural development and life-skills programs, Powell told the council in March.

Earlier this week, Beaufort County commissioners personally contributed money to help form the league. Powell asked Beaufort County for $400. Instead, the commissioners provide $210. Powell said he hopes to get the remaining $190 needed to submit an application to the national PAL board by May 15.

The Washington City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. The council’s entire agenda may be obtained by visiting the city’s website at, the clicking on the “Government” heading, then clicking on the “City Council” heading on the menu to the right, then clicking on “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right, then clicking on the date for the appropriate agenda.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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