Council to consider deal to hire Malpass as manager of facility

Published 5:43 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017

During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council is expected to consider authorizing the city manager to enter into an operational and management agreement for contract management services at Washington-Warren Airport.

In a related matter, the council is scheduled to consider adopting a budget amendment and approving a $50,000 purchase order to pay for the operations and management agreement.

“In an effort to ensure growth and promote economic activities at Washington-Warren Airport, the City of Washington Public Works Department advertised for contract management services for the Airport on September 14, 2017. … Staff feels that managerial services are necessary for an individual that will work to develop and solicit business opportunities and services as well as increase revenues at the Airport,” according to a memorandum from Frankie Buck, director of public works, to the mayor and council members.

The memorandum identifies Earl Malpass as the person the city would hire to operate and manage the airport. The airport manager would collect rents and other revenues associated with the lease and use of T-hangars at the airport, maintain tie-down spaces and coordinate and supervise city employees and contractors at the airport. Malpass would be paid $4,166.67 a month and 6 percent of fuel sales and rental fees related to use of airport facilities.

The agreement would be for one year.

During its Jan. 9 meeting, the council authorized the city manager to negotiate (if necessary) and execute a lease for a section (about 2,800 square feet) of hangar space between the city and Malpass, who uses that space for aircraft-related operations limited to the storage of private aircraft owned, leased or maintained by him, according to another memorandum from Buck to the mayor and council members. The Airport Advisory Board discussed the matter and recommended the council approve that lease.

At that Jan. 9 meeting, Councilman Doug Mercer said the activities that Malpass would perform at the hangar should help bring more business to the city-owned airport.


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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