Airport terminal on council’s agenda

Published 8:41 pm Saturday, May 11, 2013

Citing the beginning of design work for the new terminal building at Warren Field Airport, the engineering/architect team for the project wants to meet with city officials to review the work completed so far on the project.

That request could result in the appointment of a City Council subcommittee to oversee the project. It’s been suggested that subcommittee include a council member, a member of the Airport Advisory Board and a city staff member, according to a memorandum from Allen Lewis, the city’s public-works director, to the mayor and council.

The council could discuss the issue during its meeting Monday.

At its Oct. 8, 2012, meeting, the council decided to build a new terminal building at the city-owned airport.

Later, the council authorized the city’s airport engineers, Talbert & Bright, to provide design and bidding services for the construction of a new terminal building at the airport. That building was destroyed by a gustnado July 1, 2012, when a severe storm system rolled through the area.
The tentative agenda calls for the council to authorize the mayor to sign a document assigning the lease of the city-owned Impressions Marketing Group building and related property to idX Corp., which is acquiring Impressions.

The building, after more than a year of negotiations between the city and Impressions, has undergone some improvements during the past year or so.

In February 2011, the city and Impressions agreed to a new five-year lease. Impressions has been leasing the building and property from the city since 2006.

The 2011 lease agreement required the city to obtain financing in the amount of $769,566 for building-improvement projects. If the city was unable to secure that financing, its obligations for improvements to the property were as follows:

• Up to $457,430 for roof replacement/repair;

• Up to $26,061 for an interior fire-protection system;

• Up to $82,800 for an exterior fire-protection system;

• Up to $100,000 for other repairs.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s website at, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” 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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