Grant, city funds would pay for Havens Gardens pier

Published 4:46 pm Friday, January 6, 2017

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, will consider accepting a grant to help pay for a new fishing pier at Havens Gardens.

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management approved the city for an overall $100,125 grant award to help finance the project. The city is providing $14,300 in cash and $2,125 in in-kind services for the project. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality earmarked $83,700 from its North Carolina Public Beach and Coastal Water Access Program for the new pier.

The council will consider adopting a grant project ordinance in the amount of $98,000 for the project, $5,000 for professional services and $93,000 for construction.

The new pier, if built, would include cutouts from which handicapped people could fish, according to a city document. Though the Havens Gardens pier is included in the city’s capital-improvements plan, its tentative budget does not reflect the cost of the cutouts, according to a memorandum from Roberson to the mayor and council members.

Early next month, the grant program will decide which projects seeking grant money will be funded, with contracts for the selected projects to be signed in November, according to the memorandum.

The new pier was part of a list of recommended improvements for the waterfront park recommended to the city several years ago. Other proposed improvements at Havens Gardens include a loop walking trail west of the parking lot, a shelter on the west end of Havens Gardens so it overlooks the Pamlico River, a fenced-in play area for small children and adding facilities for a splash park, bocce and beach volleyball.

A kayak launch at the adjacent boat ramps is in the works.

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 “City Agendas.” Locate the appropriate agenda (by date) under the “Washington City Council” heading, then click on that specific agenda listing.



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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