Confehr: Christmas issues more fun than water

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods pointed out the other night that she's driving a rental.

Apparently, she hit and killed what she called a reindeer, although it was probably just a scared deer.

It's hunting season. A lot of deer are in town. Councilman Robin Minor says he's seen deer running across the road in town.

The deer I saw were walking that funny deer stride. They crossed Ellington Parkway near the Rock Crusher Road red light.

If they were running through, maybe a police officer would write a ticket for running a red light -- Rudolph not excepted.

Then there's the drinker named Slate. He celebrates the holidays at a tavern near Annapolis about as much as he celebrates other times with little, if any, reason.

The old fellow had been written tickets for driving home drunk. He started riding his horse to the tavern. When a policeman found out, Slate was ticketed for riding while intoxicated.

In court the judge asked him why he did that. Slate, who'd started early on that court date, broke out in song with new seasonal lyrics: "The horse knows the way to carry ol' Slate... Home for the holidays..."

Case dismissed. The charge should have been public intoxication not RWI. There is no charge of RWI.

Now, back to water issues brought to Lewisburg's City Council by the intrepid Bob Lowe.

"I have investigated your statement about a cow having been lodged in the intake pipe at Duck River," utility Superintendent Kenneth Carr wrote Nov. 23 to Lowe.

"Yes," Carr continued, "there was a cow that had lodged on the opposite side of the river upstream of the intake," apparently in 1993.

City personnel removed the cow and buried it on Edwin Allen's property, Carr wrote, enclosing a map showing where the cow was lodged, buried and where the city draws its water from the river.

"Since this happened 17 years ago ... I don't know why you (ask,)" Carr said.

Lowe told me he remembers residents received a document from the water department back then. It said reported some form of natural contamination. When Lowe asked, he was told there was additional bacteria in the water.

He didn't know about the cow until this year. People need to know if they'd rather drink bottled water, he said.

"I hear a lot of things since I've been on this," Lowe said of his quest for information about sewer bills.

His biggest beef is paying for sewer service because a pipe is close to his home, and paying a bill based on water consumption -- charged on the theory you'll flush or drain what you use.

We've reported Carr agrees: If you're not connected to the sewer, you shouldn't be paying more than a minimum fee. Basing it on usage, isn't right. You're paying for availability of service if a septic tank fails.

How city leaders feel about it, we don't know, yet. We've not asked. Barbara's been busy at the repair shop.

These views are the author's and not necessarily reflective of the Tribune's views.