Funds sought to fix fixtures

Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, will consider amending the city’s budget to appropriate funds to repair and replace promenade light fixtures along the waterfront.
The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, an hour earlier than usual. In another unusual move, the council will meet in a closed session to discuss personnel issues once the meeting is opened. Usually, closed sessions are conducted at the latter part of a council meeting.
The promenade project’s cost is $9,956, according to a document in the council’s agenda packet.
During Hurricane Irene in August 2011, three fixtures fell from their stands. Another fixture fell during the July 1 storm that caused widespread damage in Beaufort County. A contractor was brought in to evaluate the remaining fixtures. The contractor later secured them from falling.
The amendment will allow the contractor to repair existing fixtures, rehang fallen fixtures recovered after the storms and install new fixtures to replace those lost during the storms.
The Washington City Council meets in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s website at, then click on the “Government” heading, then click on the “City Council” heading, then click on the “Meeting Agendas” heading on the menu to the right, then click 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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