Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

September 11, 2005

Owens looking for ways to cut employee gas usage

With the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina causing gas prices to spike, County Executive Janet S. Owens has ordered the formation of a task force in an effort to conserve fuel among county employees.

"We must take steps now to mitigate, wherever we can, the impact of these high prices on our employees and on county government as a whole," Owens said in a statement.

Worldwide demand for gas pushed gas prices this summer in Anne Arundel County past $2.70 a gallon. But since Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast more than a week ago, prices have shot up past the $3 mark.

Owens wants the task force to consider several options:

Increased use of alternative work schedules, such as employees working four 10-hour days a week.

Promote flexible work start times to allow employees to travel during reduced-traffic hours and provide opportunities to work from home.

Encourage use of car pools, public transportation, bicycling and walking to work.

Transportation expansion topic of meeting Wednesday

An Anne Arundel County planner and two representatives from environmental groups will discuss transportation expansion and its impacts at a meeting Wednesday evening in Annapolis.

The event, sponsored by the local delegation of the League of Women Voters, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the county's Board of Education building at 2644 Riva Road.

The speakers include George G. Cardwell, a county long-range planning administrator; Ann Fligsten, president of the Arnold Preservation Council; and George Mauer of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The league is a nonpartisan group that encourages participation in the political process.

Information: 410-268-3022, or 410-280-5312.

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