DC Council Votes 8-5 to Keep
Klingle in the Budget
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Today, the District Council voted 8-5 against an amendment that would
have taken away funds to repair Klingle Road. Voting to keep the
funding intact, Councilmember Chavous was eloquent when he said, "It is
the right thing to do for DC." We agree. Repairing Klingle Road is the
right thing for DC.
Keeping Klingle Road is in DC's best interest. It benefits the most
people, and improves public safety, the environment and transportation.
An open Klingle Road is what most of DC wants, as evidenced by the
Klingle Road never was closed by the DC Council. It is the city's job
to repair our roads, and Klingle should have been repaired long
ago. It is right that the city stop denying the public full use of our
road, which has gone on for far too long.
Never before has a public road been held hostage like this. Special
interests should not be allowed to seize our public road and throw due
process out the window. Closing Klingle Road this way would set a
divisive, dangerous, and costly precedent for DC.
Klingle Road is part of our city's transportation
infrastructure, historic landscape, and cultural heritage, and should be
protected and preserved.
We are thankful to those council members and their staff
who have worked hard in the best interest of our city. We will be
supporting their efforts to make sure that Klingle Road is repaired as
soon as possible.
Voted to Keep in Budget:
Councilmember Linda Cropp
Councilmember Carol Schwartz
Councilmember Jim Graham
Councilmember Adrian Fenty
Councilmember Vincent Orange
Councilmember David Catania
Councilmember Harold Brazil
Councilmember Kevin P. Chavous
Voted to Strike from Budget:
Councilmember Phil Mendelson (introduced amendment)
Councilmember Sharon Ambrose
Councilmember Jack Evans
Councilmember Kathy Patterson
Councilmember Sandy Allen