PRESS RELEASE

Council of the District of Columbia
Office of Councilmember Jack Evans The John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004 ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release: July 10, 2012 CONTACT: Andrew Huff, Director of Communications [202-724-8058]

Evans Introduces Legislation to Enhance Services for District Residents
Bills Would Extend Library Hours & Mandate Undergrounding of Power Lines
Washington, DC – Councilmember Evans today introduced legislation that would extend District of Columbia Public Library hours to include seven days a week, as well as would mandate the undergrounding of Pepco power lines. The first bill would expand the hours of the DC Public Libraries, providing for 9:00am to 9:00pm hours Monday through Thursday, 9:30am to 5:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5:00pm on Sunday. “Basic city amenities should be available to District residents seven days a week, especially as more people move here and we work to become a world class city,” said Evans. “I hear from residents around the District on a regular basis about our inadequate library hours and this bill is the first step in fixing the problem. I am confident that out of our $10 billion budget, we can find $10 million to make this a reality.” The second bill would create a working group consisting of representatives of the Mayor, the Council, and PEPCO. In light of the reported $5 billion cost of the project, this group would be tasked with preparing a plan by December 31, 2012 assessing the feasibility of burying all power lines within the District and how to finance the project. “As we continue to see with each new and more powerful storm, the undergrounding of our power lines is an essential part of planning for the future of our city,” Evans said. “We cannot continue on our current course when residents sometimes go weeks without power after a storm.” ###

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