Mason’s Landing to be improved

Published 6:49 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Mason’s Landing boat ramp is in line for improvement.

At its meeting Monday, the Washington City Council approved an agreement between the city and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for to “repair, improve and operate” a public boating-access facility.

Under terms of the agreement, the commission would provide the city with design development for repairs, improvements and renovation of the facility, including the parking area. The commission is responsible for obtaining all required permits for the project. The commission is responsible for paying for the project and future repairs and improvements to the facility.

Under the agreement’s terms, the city will make the Mason’s Landing property available to the commission and provide free public access to the boat ramp and parking for vehicles and boat trailers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The facility allows boaters, fishermen and hunters access to Tranter’s Creek, the Pamlico-Tar River and its other tributaries. Mason’s Landing is off Clark’s Neck Road.

This project is similar to the one the city and commission completed about two years ago at Havens Gardens.

In a matter related to Havens Gardens, the council approved acceptance of a $10,000 grant to pay for a kayak/canoe launch at the Havens Gardens boat ramp.

The $10,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be used to acquire and install the equipment. The launch area would be an access point to the Tar-Pamlico Blue Trail and connect two existing trails.
The project’s cost is not expected to exceed $10,000, but any additional costs associated with the project would be included in the 2013-2014 budget, according to a city document.
No “matching” funds from the city are required as part of the grant terms, according to the memorandum.

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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