Investigation sought of unmetered water billing...



Investigation sought of unmetered water billing practices

The Howard County Council is calling for an investigation of unmetered water billing practices in county apartments and condominiums to be completed by early fall.

A resolution introduced Monday asks the Advisory Board on Consumer Affairs, a seven-member group of citizens and business people, to investigate RUBS - Ratio Utility Billing System - a form of unmetered billing used by thousands of Howard residents.

Apartment owners who use RUBS contract with a company that bills tenants based on an estimate of how much water they use rather than charging for their exact usage.

Pedestrian struck by car listed in critical condition

A 37-year-old Jessup woman hit by a vehicle Tuesday night as she walked along Washington Boulevard in Jessup remained in critical condition yesterday, Howard County police said.

Although police know the woman's identity, they would not release it because her out-of-state family had not been notified, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

Little is known about the vehicle that hit the woman and left her unconscious at the side of the road near Route 175, police said.

She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was not communicating, Llewellyn said.

U.S. 29 closures for weekend construction

Several lanes will be closed the next two weekends on U.S. 29 between Routes 100 and 99 as workers begin a project intended to ease congestion in the area, the State Highway Administration said yesterday.

Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane are expected to be closed at 9 p.m. Friday and reopened at 5 a.m. Monday. The next weekend, two northbound lanes and one southbound lane will be closed, SHA said.

The SHA's $11.9 million project will add a lane in each direction on U.S. 29 between Route 100 and U.S. 40, turning the six-lane road into an eight-lane highway, the agency said. Contractors will also rework the northbound U.S. 29 juncture with westbound Interstate 70 so more lanes lead onto the ramp, resurface the section of highway between Route 100 and U.S. 40, re-stripe, add signs and plant trees, grass and shrubbery.

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