Free rent for Sound Rivers considered in-kind contribution

Published 4:53 pm Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, gave its approval for the city to lease city properties not being used by the city.

One of those leases is a one-year lease with Sound Rivers, formerly know as the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, which works to protect and improve the water quality in area rivers and their tributaries.

Sound Rivers has been leasing office space on the second floor of the building that houses the Washington Tourism Development Authority (the former railroad depot at 108 N. Gladden St.) for several years. Because of the benefits Sound Rivers provides to the city, Beaufort County, their residents and the public at large related to protecting the Pamlico-Tar River and its basin, the city forgoes charging fees for the use of the property.

Councilman Doug Mercer suggested listing the free rent for Sound Rivers as an in-kind contribution by the city to Sound Rivers in the city’s budget. City Manager Bobby Roberson said that would happen. The new city budget takes effect Saturday.

B.E. Singleton & Sons will lease city property near the city’s wastewater treatment plant near National Spinning to store equipment and materials. In exchange for use of the property, the company will maintain the property and keep the drainage way on the property clean.

Mark Gray, who owns the property where Ribeyes steak house is located, will lease city property for outdoor dining and access to Ribeyes restaurant by handicapped people. The restaurant opened about a month ago. “We’re about 30 days late on this, aren’t we,” Councilman Doug Mercer said.

In other business, the council awarded a $56,450 contract to Dudley Landscaping to replace storm-drainage pipes in Oakdale Cemetery.

There have been several pipeline cave-ins at the cemetery during recent years, according to another memorandum from Buck to the mayor and council members. The 30-inch concrete pipeline is about 45 years old. The cave-ins are a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the cemetery, according to the memorandum.


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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