Council to consider airport-related contract

Published 8:27 pm Friday, November 15, 2013

Washington’s City Council will consider awarding a contract for site-preparation work for a new terminal building at Warren Field Airport.

The building was destroyed by a gustnado July 1, 2012.

B.E. Singleton & Sons Inc. submitted the low bid of $37,016 to do the earth-moving work.

“This work is necessary in order to help compact the soil under the future terminal building. This method was determined to be the most economical of those considered in order to reduce the possibility of settlement in the future,” said Allen Lewis, the city’s public-works director.

The work includes excavating about 30 inches of material, backfilling with structural fill and surcharging the site with an additional 8 feet of material.

Meanwhile, work on developing a final design for the new terminal building continues after a preliminary design for a new terminal came with a $1.33 million price to turn the design into a building. That design was received this past summer. According to the initial design, the terminal would have two stories. The ground floor would have a porch area. The second floor would have an observation deck and multi-purpose room.

The budget for the terminal project was $1.125 million. The council began looking for ways to bring the project in at or under budget, including modifying the design.

Of that $1.125 million, $325,000 comes from an insurance payment, $500,000 from the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation and $300,000 in Vision 100 funds from the Division of Aviation. The city receives $150,000 in Vision 100 funds annually.

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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