City Council to pick option for park’s restroom facility

Published 7:05 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, is scheduled to consider awarding a contract to construct public restrooms at the P.S. Jones Memorial Park on the former site of P.S. Jones High School.

The council is expected to review two options. Option A calls for building a 24-foot-by-20-foot-8-inch facility at a cost of $56,100. The contractor would be DB&H Commercial Contractors, according to a city document. Option B would have the city spend $49,838 to build a 24-foot-by-15-foot-8-inch facility. The contractor for that option is Paul Woolard Construction, according to the document.

DB&H Commercial Contractors, Paul Woolard Construction and Turning Point submitted bids on the options. DB&H Commercial Construction was the low bidder on Option A, with Paul Woolard Construction the low bidder on Option B. Turning Point was the high bidder on each option.

The restroom facility would be similar to those at the Todd Maxwell baseball complex on West Third Street.

The project is in the city’s capital-improvements plan at an estimated cost of $50,000.

The Kate B. Reynolds Foundation gave Beaufort County Schools $145,000 to build a playground and shelter at P.S. Jones Memorial Park. A previously awarded $55,000 grant from the trust has been earmarked to pay for a concrete walking trail around the park property. The city committed to building restroom facilities that would serve P.S. Jones Memorial Park and the adjacent Beebe Memorial Park.

P.S. Jones Memorial Park is named for Peter Simon Jones, a Washington educator and for whom the former P.S. Jones High School was named. Jones served at the school from 1927 to 1949. Washington Colored High School’s name was changed in 1950 to honor Jones, former principal of the school.

The P.S. Jones Memorial Park is viewed as a complement to Beebe Memorial Park, which was built in phases. That park includes walkways, an elevated viewing area, a memorial area honoring Bishop J.A. Beebe and local black history, benches and picnic tables, a gazebo-like shelter and a number of trees and shrubs. It also includes a circular memorial that contains headstones from graves from an abandoned cemetery in the northwest corner of the park. Beebe, who was from North Carolina, was elected as a bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church on March 23, 1873.

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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