City Council to hear about potential projects

Published 8:30 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

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Allison Platt, an urban designer whose company helped develop the plan for Washington’s streetscape project, on Monday will update the Washington City Council on some potential next steps for public areas in and near downtown Washington.

Platt’s company, then known as Allison Platt & Associates, worked with Rivers & Associates to design the streetscape project. The company’s name has since changed to Regeneration By Design.

Potential areas of improvement Platt will discuss Monday include Bridge Street, the section of Main Street spanning from Bridge Street to Stewart Parkway, and Market Street.

In other business, City Council will consider a one-time bonus of  $2,000 for full-time city employees and $1,000 for part-time employees. The bonus is recommended, “in consideration of similar payments made to NC state employees, and in consideration of added workplace stress due to COVID-19 and its impact on the work environment,” according to a supporting document. The $527,000 needed for the bonuses would come from the city’s American Rescue Plan funds.

Monday’s City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Municipal Building.

The agenda also includes several public hearings regarding zoning requests, a vote to execute the installment financing contract for the construction of the city’s new police station, Washington Police and Fire Chief Stacy Drakeford’s presentation for the board’s approval of the city’s revised noise ordinance, personnel policy revisions, a vote on the approval of a new grant manager position,