BCCC wants city to extend pipeline to training center

Published 8:03 pm Friday, March 11, 2016

Beaufort County Community College wants the City of Washington to extend a water line to its “live burn” training center on the BCCC campus.

The Washington City Council, during its meeting Monday, is expected to consider three options suggested by city staff. One option has the city allocating $55,730 for a 10-inch water line extension to the center. A second option has the city allocating half that amount if Beaufort County funds the other half. The third option would have the city not providing funding for the project.

The new center includes a burn room, confined space and rappelling station, which imitate experiences of real fires.

Barbara Tansey, BCCC president, is scheduled to discuss the college’s request with the council, according to the council’s tentative agenda for the Monday meeting. City Manager Bobby Roberson is expected to deliver the city staff’s presentation about the issue to the council.

Also on Monday, the council will consider approving fees for the use of the new pier on the Stewart Parkway promenade and “Crab Park,” the area at the west end of Stewart Parkway where the former dockmaster’s station was located and where several of the large, painted crabs are located. The city’s Recreation Advisory Committee recommends the city adopt the proposed fees.

City residents would pay less to use the pier’s shelter and for electricity than non-city residents would pay. A resident renting the pier for four hours would pay $80, or $120 a day. A non-resident would pay double those amounts. All users would pay $25 a day for electricity.

City residents would pay $50 to use the park for four hours, or $75 a day. Non-residents would pay double those fees to use the park. All users would pay $25 a day for electricity.

In other business, Mickey Cochran, a resident of East 10th Street, is scheduled to make a request to ban parking on the south side of East 10th Street between Nicholson and Telfair streets. Several years ago, Cochran asked the city to consider installing speed bumps on a section of East 10th Street and better enforce speed limits on the street.

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 www.washingtonnc.gov, 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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