American Legion Post 15 wants its land to join city

Published 12:20 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2018

American Legion Post 15 wants its property annexed into the City of Washington.

At its June 11 meeting, the City Council directed City Clerk Cynthia Bennett to investigate the post’s petition for annexation.

“On May 21, 2018 Mr. Philip Mobley presented a petition for a contiguous annexation for a parcel of land owned by American Legion Post #15. The property contains 1.94 acres and is located at 150 American Legion Road,” reads a memorandum from Glen Moore, a city planner, to the mayor and council members. “After directing the clerk to investigate the petition the City will proceed with the annexation process.”

The city clerk investigates annexation petition to make sure the property in question meets the state’s requirements for annexation. If the property were annexed, the property owners would pay property taxes. The property would receive police and fire services that are provided by the city. The property would become subject to the city’s zoning regulations, building codes and other regulations.

In other business, the council awarded contracts to five vendors to supply bulk chemicals used in the city’s drinking-water treatment and wastewater treatment processes. The costs for the eight chemical products range from $224,400 (17,000 tons) a year to $8,550 (9,500 pounds) a year.

The council awarded a $1,007,242.70 contract to Pitt Country Mart for it to supply the city with various petroleum products for two years. The city estimates it will buy $495,240 worth of gasoline and $327,924.45 worth of non-highway diesel fuel during the two years.

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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