BCPAL seeks minor lease modifications

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2016

During its meeting Monday, the Washington City Council will consider modifying a lease between the city and the Beaufort County Police Activities League.

The lease pertains to the use of city land next to Washington-Warren Field by BCPAL for its Aviation, Technology and Fitness Center. The lease modifications are minor according to a memorandum from Frankie Buck, the city’s public-works director, to the mayor and council.

The original lease agreement, approved by the council in September, called for the front façade of the center to match, as close as possible, the exterior of the adjacent airport terminal building. BCPAL is seeking to modify that element of the lease, according to the memorandum.

“I felt it necessary for the Council to review and approve the revised lease agreement. The Airport Advisory Board has approved this project,” Buck wrote in the memorandum.

The center’s facilities will include, but are not limited to, a simulator room where patrons will learn flight and boating fundamentals, a multipurpose classroom, a fitness center (addressing physical fitness, nutrition and other health-related concerns) and a laboratory where patrons may construct airplane models and other items related to their studies and research. The city’s Airport Advisory Board recommended approval of the center. The proposal has been reviewed and cleared by the N.C. Division of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the center in September, Alvin Powell, BCPAL president, explained the Beaufort County’s PAL program is unique because it focuses on an academic program that stresses science, technology, engineering and mathematics and includes fitness and nutrition components. PAL usually stands for Police Athletic League, in which sports is used as the tool for improving relationships between youth and the law enforcement community, he noted.

Grants to build and equip the center come from several sources. The Winston-Salem Foundation is providing $75,000. The Cannon Foundation is contributing $35,000.

Grady-White Boats is kicking in $15,000. A $160,000 grant from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund is providing $160,000, but that money is earmarked for program expenses. Beaufort County United Way is helping fund the project, Powell noted.

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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