Tennis courts, anyone?

Published 6:43 pm Thursday, November 5, 2015

The ball is in the Washington City Council’s court.

During its meeting Monday, the council is expected to make a decision regarding the city-owned tennis courts at Bug House Park.

The council, according to its tentative agenda for the meeting, will consider four options. They are as follows:

• remove the existing tennis courts and build new ones at the existing location for a cost not to exceed $100,000;

• remove the existing tennis courts and build new ones at the Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex at a cost not to exceed $100,000;

• maintain Bug House Park at its current condition;

• instruct the Recreation Advisory Committee to develop a short-term and a long-term plan for Bug House Park, including a cost estimate to be considered by the council.

“Per City Council instructions, the Recreation Manager was asked to gather information on restoring the Bug House Park tennis courts,” reads a memorandum from Kristi Roberson, the city’s parks and recreation manager, to the mayor and council.

The city has been discussing the Bug House Park tennis courts and exploring related options for several months.

At a council meeting in June, city residents said they want tennis courts in the city, but they differ on how those courts should be provided. Gil Davis supports rehabilitating the tennis courts at Bug House Park. Eddie Gurganus supports building new tennis courts at the McConnell Sports Complex.

In other business, a presentation commemorating the sale of the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency generating assets, which led to the lowering of electric rates in many eastern North Carolina cities and towns, is scheduled.

At the end of July, Duke Energy Progress and NCEMPA completed the approximately $1.25 billion sale of NCEMPA’s generating assets to Duke Energy Progress. As a result, Washington’s residential and small general-service power customers, as of Aug. 1, received a 6-percent reduction in their rates

As for reductions in other rate categories, those won’t happen — if they happen — until the City Council completes its review of a cost-of-service study (looking at how much it costs the city to provide power to its various types of customers — residential, commercial and industrial) it received last month. The council, during its meeting Monday, is expected to discuss at least two options recommended in that study.

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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