The D.C. City Council yesterday voted to officially end the city's nearly nine-year-old franchise with Pride Environmental Services (PES) to provide 10,000 litter containers on District of Columbia streets. (
The city has maintained that Pride did not fulfill its terms of the agreement, signed in 1972, since only 3,000 of the colorful blue trash cans ever were placed on the streets, and since PES was unable to maintain or repair the cans.
In addition, PES defaulted on a Small Business Administration loan, forcing the SBA to take possession of the trash cans as collateral. The cans later were transferred to the District of Columbia Development Corp., which now is transferring the cans to the possession of the city government.
In other action, the Council confirmed the nomination of Otis H. Troupe, a lawyer and economist who formerly served as the Council's budget director, to be the new city auditor. He replaces Matthew S. Watson, who retired.
The Council also voted to delcare the week of June 17 as "gay and lesbian pride week" in the city. This is the first time since the Council has been declaring gay pride week that Council member Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large) voted for the resolution. He later said he only inadvertently did so because the bill was placed on the Council's consent calendar -- meaning there was no debate on it. Moore, a Baptist minister, said he did not know the measure was included among a group of otherwise noncontroversial issues.