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Optimist soccer program wants decision from city

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, could award a contract to build a new concessions/restrooms building for the soccer area at the Susie Gray McConnell Sports Complex.

The previous concessions/bathrooms building has been removed from the complex in anticipation of a new building, according Patty Peebles, with the Optimist Club of Washington, which operates a youth soccer program that uses the complex. Peebles plans to present two proposals regarding construction of the new building.

The proposal preferred by the Optimist Club calls for awarding a $126,077contact to Paul Woolard Construction to construct the new facility. The other proposal calls for awarding a $114,517 contract to Paul Woolard Construction.

Currently, available funds for the project include $90,000 (including $15,000 from the club) already in the city’s current budget, $15,295 from the McConnell family and $3,500 from the city’s recreation department. The city puts incurred costs — engineering, disposal of the previous building and relocating electrical utilities — at $5,624.66. To help pay for the option preferred by the club, the city would take $22,897 from its fund balance, or $11,337 to help pay for the other alternative, according to a memorandum from Kristi Roberson, the city’s parks and recreation director, to the mayor and council members.

The building preferred by the club would have 2,220 square feet. The alternative building would have 870 square feet. The smaller building would not have two windows and a service door that the larger building would have, according to the memorandum,

“As part of the proposal we request that the City of Washington not charge our players to use the complex for 5 years and then maintain the $15.00 per player (fee) for the next 5 years to help us recoup the donation that we are making (toward) the new facility,” according to the club’s request.

The club wants a decision from the city as soon as possible so the new building could be completed by August for its fall soccer program, which is expected to have at least 500 children participating in it. The club’s spring soccer program attracts from 150 to 200 children, according to the club’s request.

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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