City Council to consider stop signs and water plan

Published 10:22 pm Sunday, August 12, 2018

During its meeting today, Washington’s City Council will consider changing the city’s traffic regulations regarding stop signs at two intersections on Water Street.

The proposed ordinance amendment calls for a four-way stop condition at Water and Academy streets and a two-way stop at Water and McNair streets. If approved, the changes would take effect Tuesday.

The council’s agenda for its meeting does not provide any reasons for the changes.

In other business, the council will consider adopting a water-supply plan to comply with state water resources requirements. If adopted, the plan goes to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources for review.

Last month, the council implemented water-conservation measures to respond to drought or other water-shortage conditions.

The council, during its July 9 meeting, amended the city’s ordinances to reflect that change. Previously, only the city manager had that authority. Now that authority still remains with the city manager or with the city manager’s designee.

North Carolina law requires that each unit of local government that provides water service shall develop and implement water-conservation measures to address drought and other water-shortage occurrences as set out in a water-shortage response plan. To comply with state law, the city’s ordinances had to be amended, according to a memorandum from Adam Waters, public-works director, to the mayor and council members.

Also, the council has been asked to delay conducting a public hearing regarding a petition by American Legion Post 15 to have its property annexed into the city. The property owner may have a buyer for the property in question and does not want to act on annexation too soon, according to a city document.

At its June 11 meeting, the council directed City Clerk Cynthia Bennett to investigate the post’s petition for annexation. Bennett investigated the petition and certified the property meets annexation requirements.



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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