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MoCo Council Sends Moore to WSSC

As expected, the Montgomery County Council unanimously signed off this morning on Ike Leggett's pick to serve on the commission that oversees water and sewer service in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

But the discussion over Rockville epidemiologist Roscoe Moore's appointment exposed deep frustration among council members about the state of affairs at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, perhaps exacerbated by the widespread disruption in water service last week following a water main break.

The six-member, bi-county commission is evenly split along county lines over who should lead the agency that is struggling to replace miles of aging infrastructure. A long list of council members chimed in about what they say is a troubled structure of governance that has no mechanism for breaking a tie. They called on state legislators to introduce bills in the next General Assembly session to try to fix the system.

"Water and sewer service is too important to be put at risk by a system that often results in political deadlock," said Council member Phil Andrews.

By Ann Marimow  |  June 24, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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