Hails F.C. Department Of Public Utilities
I would like to bring to the attention of all Falls Church residents the extraordinarily helpful and cheerful service provided by the Falls Church Department of Public Utilities. For example, last Thursday evening a youngster walking along Park Ave. tripped, dropped his smartphone, and watched it slide into a deep storm drain. A call to Public Utilities next morning brought Superintendent Robert Goff himself within 10 minutes to open the manhole and retrieve all three pieces of the phone, which worked fine after reassembly, making an anxious family very happy and grateful. Thank goodness it hadn’t rained!
Area residents can experience the hospitality of the Public Utilities crews for themselves at their Open House on Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Property Yard, 7100 Gordon Road. The free event includes child-friendly activities for the entire family. Parking is available on Gordon Road and in the employee parking lot on Shreve Road.
Kudos for FCNP Editorial ‘New Bricks & Mortar’
The August 23-29 News-Press editorial “The New ‘Bricks & Mortar’” was excellent. It presented a clear and well-stated point of view and is balanced, informed, intelligent and extremely well-written. Both the newspaper and editor deserve praise for it.
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I agree with Councilman Lawrence Webb’s comments in the News-Press on April 5 regarding negotiating a revenue sharing agreement between the city and the schools. They do need to “actively engage in this topic rather talking about it every year.”
It seems that every year the schools submit a budget and the Council is expected to fund it, leaving the rest of City services to work with the left-overs. While it can be argued that our schools are our most important asset, they cannot be regarded in a vacuum.
Revenue sharing would allow schools to have a clearer idea of the amount revenue to expect, while making sure the city side of the budget is treated fairly as well. I am a strong supporter of our schools and want to see them continue to thrive. But we also need to recognize that both the city and the schools need to live within their means. Revenue sharing is the best way to make that happen.
I look forward to seeing Councilman Webb push the city and school staff to move forward on this important issue.
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