The Night Note: 10/20/10

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    CROSSING GUARD SALARIES TO BE EXAMINED BY COUNCIL
    WTOP: Is $40 per hour an outrageous sum of money to pay someone to work a few hours a day?

    Montgomery County crossing guards, who are paid that amount, may work as little as an hour and a half while receiving full benefits.

    Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin doesn't believe the amount of money the county's 177 crossing guards make is out of sorts.

    MAJOR DEVELOPMENT OVER I-395 MOVES CLOSER TO REALITY
    Washington Examiner: A $425 million plan to cover the intersection of Interstate 395 and Massachusetts Avenue's web of paved roads and freeway signs into a hub of offices, retail and residences is nearing reality.

    Called "Return to L'Enfant," the development would pave over the cavern created by I-395 between First and Second streets Northeast, reconnecting the eastbound and westbound F and G streets, as Pierre Charles L'Enfant had designed in Washington's original master plan.

    DOG TETHERING CHANGES FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY?
    Gazette: A County Council committee is considering restrictions on the tethering of dogs, as it looks to protect pets from injury and extreme weather without asking too much of their owners.

    Earlier this month, Public Safety Committee members said a regulation proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) went too far by requiring that a person be outdoors and within sight of a tied-up dog at all times.

    CAPITAL BIKESHARE FEDERAL FUNDING REQUEST DENIED
    The Hill is Home: Councilmember Wells’s office sent out the following press release today stating that the Federal Department of Transportation declined all of DC’s applications for funding under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II. These applications including funding for 100 more Capital Bikeshare locations, “streetcar expansion on Benning Road into Ward 7,  construction costs for transit improvements at Union Station, and planning support for an expansion of the CSX railway under Virginia Ave, SE.”

    Wells assures us though that the H Street and Benning Road streetcars will still move forward, despite this federal funding.