- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2008


Mall neglected, Norton tells House

The Mall is unkempt and in need of a major face-lift that could cost $500 million, some federal lawmakers and activists said.

“There’s no great national park that suffers from this kind of neglect,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, said Tuesday at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.

Mrs. Norton and others criticized the lawn’s condition, saying there are dying trees, trampled grass and a lack of restrooms and other amenities for visitors. They also said pools are dirty and walkways damaged in some spots.



BWI bookkeeping missed $52 million

The Maryland Aviation Administration will recover less than half of $52 million in uncollected contract fees from major airlines at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport under a settlement approved by state officials yesterday.

The fees were undercollected from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2008 because of calculation errors. One of the biggest errors involved overstating the square feet in a terminal built for Southwest Airlines, a mistake that caused less money to be charged per square foot.

In addition, roughly $57.3 million in contract fees and charges were undercollected.

The Board of Public Works agreed yesterday to a supplemental agreement that recovers about $25 million over five years. The agreement requires the Maryland Aviation Administration to let go the other $32.3 million.

State Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari said lawyers who reviewed the matter for the state found that a successful legal challenge to recoup all of the money would be “limited, given how much time has elapsed.”


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