Council to consider decreasing amount from $7,000 to $3,500

Published 6:59 pm Friday, August 7, 2015

During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council will consider a recommendation to reduce the liquidated damages for the airport terminal project.

At its July 14 meeting, the Airport Advisory Board voted 4-1 to recommend that the council lower the liquidated damages from $7,000 to $3,500. The request for decreasing the liquidated damages came from A.R. Chesson Construction Co., which was awarded the contract to build the terminal to replace the one destroyed by a gustnado July 1, 2012.

The damages were imposed as a result of the project not being substantially completed by the end of the specified contract time. The adjusted completion date was April 14. The actual substantial completion date was April 28.

“Per contract documents, the engineer, architect and staff recommended applying $500/day in liquidated damages for a total of $7,000,” reads a memorandum from Allen Lewis, the city’s public works director, to the mayor and council.

The memorandum notes that board members discussed the Chesson request at length before voting to recommend the council reduce the liquidated damages to $3,500.

In December 2013, the council awarded an $899,905.50 contract to Chesson to build a new terminal building at Washington-Warren Airport.

Most of the funding for this project came from three sources; $500,000 in N.C. Division of Aviation grant funds, $199,277 in Vision 100 airport funds and $200,628.50 in insurance proceeds, according to city documents. The new terminal building includes amenities that former terminal building did not offer.

The new terminal building has a porch area on the ground floor, complete with rocking chairs. The ground floor also includes office space, a kitchen, restrooms, a lobby, a conference room and an area where pilots may rest and make flight plans.

In other business, the council is scheduled to consider approving the removal of the traffic signals at the intersection of West Main and Respess streets and replacing them with a three-way stop configuration.

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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