Utilities work will close section of Market Street

Published 9:46 pm Sunday, July 2, 2017

The section of Market Street between Main and Second streets will be closed for up to three weeks so city crews can make water, sewer and stormwater line repairs and improvements.

The closure is set to begin July 24.

Frankie Buck, the city’s director of public works, told the Washington City Council during its June 26 meeting the city would do its best to limit inconveniences the project will cause. Two restaurants — the No Wake Zone Grill and Rachel K’s Bakery — and at least one apartment above Stewart’s Jewelry will be directly affected by the loss of water service for several hours, Buck said.

The city wants to shut down water service to the project area on a Monday, when the No Wake Zone Grill is closed.

It’s likely the project will require about 10 days to complete, not three weeks, Buck said, adding that the three-week closure window is a conservative estimate for completing the project.

“I’m sure you’re going to get calls about it. … It’s going to be a mess,” Buck told the mayor and council members.

During the project, sidewalks on that section of Market Street will be accessible, Buck said.

Councilman Doug Mercer suggested the do any work on its electrical system in the project area at the same time as the pipeline work is being performed so the city won’t have to return later and tear up the street again to do the electrical work.

The pipelines under Market Street are among some of the oldest pipelines in Washington, according to city officials.

In other business, the council amended the regulations for aircraft refueling at Washington-Warren Airport, which is owned by the city. The Airport Advisory Board recommended the change.

The amendment allows aircraft refueling while an aircraft’s auxiliary power unit is in use. Previously, the airport rules did not address APU operations during the fueling of aircraft. The fueling or defueling of an aircraft while an APU is in operation may occur, provided the operation follows the procedures published by the manufacturer of the aircraft and its operator to assure the safety of the operations according to a city document. Aircraft refueling is not allowed in hangars or other closed spaces.

In a related matter, fuel sales at the airport have exceeded expectations this fiscal year, resulting in the council amending the just-ended 2016-2017 budget so it reflects the $17,000 increase in fuel-sales revenues in that budget. The 2016 estimated fuel-sales revenues at $168,000, the same amount included in the 2017-2018 budget, which began Saturday.








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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