D.C. Water Up to Federal Standards
District tap water met or surpassed federal safety requirements for 34 months in a row as of July, a turnaround from years of contamination problems, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority said.
Authority officials released a "consumer confidence report" that will be sent to residents and businesses this month, listing tap water test results and crediting pipe-flushing, reservoir maintenance and other efforts for the improvement. Federal law requires water utilities to begin issuing the annual reports this fall.
"Our citizens need to know that this basic service, this fundamental service of government is working as it should," Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said during a news conference. "Our drinking water is safe and it's healthy."
The report will be distributed in this Sunday's editions of The Washington Post and mailed to non-subscribers. Copies will be available in D.C. public libraries, health clinics and other government offices. The report also is available in Spanish.
Adams-Morgan Day Fest Is Back On
Adams-Morgan Day, canceled last year after a dispute among organizers over the focus of what was once advertised as "The Biggest Block Party on the East Coast," will be back this fall.
Out this year will be alcohol sales and drinking in the festival area (18th Street NW between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue) and an emphasis on commercial vendors from outside the area. The event will be two days of activities designed to celebrate the diverse neighborhood's culture, residents and businesses.
It is scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19 and will include for the first time a soccer tournament between local Ethiopian and Latino teams. There will also be art and children's fairs, architecture walks, a fashion show, music and food and crafts vendors.
Wilbourn the GOP Victor in Pr. William
Prince William County Supervisor Edgar S. Wilbourn III (R) was officially declared the winner of the Gainesville District Republican primary yesterday after a three-judge panel accepted the results of a recount of the June 8 vote.
Wilbourn defeated Martha W. Hendley by 11 votes, a total that did not change as a result of yesterday's recount in Prince William County Circuit Court.
He will face Democratic challenger Gary C. Friedman on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Hendley, who had challenged the way in which absentee votes were tabulated and had voiced concerns that felons may have voted in the primary, said she is "confident that the results are what they are," congratulating Wilbourn on his victory. According to election officials, no felons voted in the primary.
Activist's Suit Against Myers Dismissed
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Loudoun County citizen activist against the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, county officials said yesterday.
The lawsuit by Nicholas C. Donnangelo alleged that board Chairman Dale Polen Myers (R-At Large) violated Donnangelo's free speech rights when she told him that he no longer could personally attack board members during public hearings.
Donnangelo's case stemmed from statements Myers made during the public comment period of a March 4 board meeting, at which Donnangelo said supervisors should resign from office for raising taxes and increasing county debt.
Track Developer Touts Revenue
A proposed steeplechase racetrack in Prince William County would put $5.8 million to $9.7 million a year into the local economy and generate $900,000 to $1.5 million in annual tax revenue, according to a study conducted by the track's developer.
Colonial Downs Holdings Inc., which operates Virginia's only parimutuel horse track in New Kent County, hopes to build a $20 million steeplechase track alongside Interstate 95 in Dumfries.
The company is preparing zoning applications to be considered by town officials. It also must gain approval from the Virginia Racing Commission before Nov. 30, the expiration date of a 1994 referendum approving racing in Prince William.
New Town Manager for Leesburg
The Leesburg Town Council has voted to hire a former Prince William County executive as its new town manager.
Robert S. Noe Jr., who has been the city manager of Tamarac, Fla., since 1994, will replace former town manager Steven C. Brown. Noe was appointed by a unanimous vote of the council on Tuesday night.
Brown resigned March 1 as part of a deal with prosecutors to end an investigation into his use of the town's credit card.
Noe, 59, served as town manager of Herndon from 1972 to 1978 before becoming Prince William's county executive, a job he held for 11 years. He will make $110,000 a year to oversee Leesburg's $21 million annual budget and 230 employees. He starts Sept. 20.
Lower Neighborhood Long-Distance Rates
State regulators have ordered lower rates for Maryland telephone customers who are charged long-distance fees to call their neighbors.
The Public Service Commission's order will take effect Aug. 31 unless it is appealed by any of the parties involved.
It would require telephone carriers to charge local rates for calls between contiguous exchanges that cross regional boundaries set by the Federal Communications Commission.
The order by Chief Hearing Examiner O. Ray Bourland III also would cut from $14.50 to $2 the monthly fee some suburban dwellers pay for a "metro" line, a premium service that allows calling to Annapolis or Washington without long-distance charges.
The changes would affect customers in a number of communities, including the Frederick County towns of Buckeystown, New Market and Mount Airy as well as Poolesville in northern Montgomery County and Dunkirk in northern Calvert County.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's very difficult to understand why anyone who is elected to serve the interests of a group of people would go out of their way to make them miserable." Water restrictions in the Washington area "are not necessary and they don't help anybody."
-- Burton Rubin, a Fairfax County water commissioner, on restrictions imposed by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D).