Washington Park ‘in pretty good shape’

Published 5:23 pm Monday, December 30, 2013

Perhaps the major event for the Town of Washington Park in 2014 will be breaking in two new members of the Board of Commissioners.

And that breaking in will include assigning specific tasks to the new commissioners — and perhaps giving veteran commissioners a mix of new tasks and already-assigned tasks to be responsible for in 2014.

Wade Dale and Brian Wood are the new faces on the Washington Park Board of Commissioners. They join incumbent Mayor Tom Richter and incumbent commissioners Jeff Peacock, Lee Bowen and Patrick Nash in governing the town for the next two years.

Dale and Wood should be familiar with the town’s operations. Dale’s wife, Denise, is the town’s clerk. Wood is the town’s public-works supervisor. Washington Park commissioners take on tasks such as overseeing streets, public-works efforts and the like.

“Like all other municipalities, we’ve got financial issues to deal with — cutbacks and what (funds) we’re going to be getting from the state. Other than that, we’re really in pretty good shape,” said Commissioner Jeff Peacock.

In 2014, the town faces addressing some drainage issues on Isabella Avenue. C.T. Clayton Sr., a professional engineering firm from New Bern, is assisting the town in this matter. The town also faces an issue regarding the ditch along Spruce Street. Attorney Sid Hassell is expected to address the board in January or February and discuss a quit claim concerning the ditch.

Peacock said the town also faces addressing the issue of whether to allow its residents to have chickens.

“That meeting has yet to come,” Peacock said. “We’re going to have quite a bit more to do about that.”

The town turned 90 years old this year. It has two workers, James Woolard and Alvin Langley.



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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