Council has busy agenda

Published 5:29 pm Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brian Alligood’s first day as Washington’s new city manager includes taking part in the City Council meeting Monday.

There’s plenty on the council’s agenda for Alligood and the council to address.

One of those items is to set term limits for members of the Airport Advisory Board, which advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the city-owned Warren Field Airport. The board has five members.

Under a proposed ordinance, three board members shall be city residents. Two of those five board members will serve terms that expire June 30, 2015. Three members will serve terms that expire June 30, 2016. Thereafter, board members will be appointed to serve three-year terms, which allows them to serve staggered terms.

When the board members were initially appointed, term limits were not set. At a meeting earlier this month, the council decided it need to set term limits for board members.

During scheduled appearances by members of the public, Carter Leary is slated to discuss electrical services. The Rev. David Moore, CEO of Metropolitan Housing & CDC Inc., and Rick Stevens, with Rick Stevens Builder Ltd., are penciled in to discuss the Keys Landing development.

The council also will consider turning the city’s docks along Stewart Parkway as an enterprise fund like the city’s water, sewer, stormwater, electric, airport and similar funds. An enterprise fund is operated like a business.

Currently, the docks are operated as part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

In other business, the council is expected to consider moving the city’s emergency-operations center from fire station No. 2 to City Hall, as recommended by Robbie Rose, chief of the Washington Fire-Rescue-EMS Department.

Rose believes the move makes sense for logistical and cost-savings reasons.

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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