Public works makes Down East Seniors appearance

Published 8:29 pm Monday, December 3, 2018

The Down East Seniors Club held its Nov. 28 meeting at the Blind Center of North Carolina in Washington. President Gary Brinn led the meeting. Jim Hackney played for the singing of “God Bless America,” which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Charles Smith gave the invocation, and Ed Hamrick read factoids for the date in history.

Bill Cates reminded the club that their turn to ring the Salvation Army bell at Walmart will be Monday.

Smith said the members need to turn in their reservations and payments for the Christmas party by Dec. 12.

Roy Whichard introduced Adam Waters as the speaker. Waters is the director of Public Works for the City of Washington. He has held this position since May. Public Works includes water treatment and distribution, waste water treatment, solid waste collection, storm water drainage, street maintenance and repair, municipal building maintenance, service of city equipment (including vehicles), maintenance of two cemeteries and maintenance and improvement of Washington Warren Airport. The waste water treatment plant is operating at 70-percent capacity. When it reaches 80 percent, plans will have to begin for expansion. Storm water drainage from the downtown area runs through the artificial wetland behind the Estuarium before it empties into the river. The wetland removes 80 percent of the nutrients from this water before it reaches the river. Public Works is working with the state to extend the primary runway at the airport to accommodate larger aircraft.

Joe Rose won the 50/50 drawing.

At the Dec. 5 meeting, Jim Hackney will present Al Powell with the Eastern STEM Center.

The Down East Seniors Club is a group of older men who meet every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Blind Center of North Carolina in Washington. They enjoy fellowship and an interesting program. Guests are welcome.