At their May 4 meeting, the City Councimembers received updates on many city initiatives, including:

Bus intercept—Sound Transit's proposal to build a bus intercept on 80th Avenue S.E., near the planned light rail station, isn't sitting well with many Islanders.

The Council subcommittee has "serious doubts as to the viability of Bus Intercept on Mercer Island as presented," according to the agenda.

"There does not seem to be any combination of minor revisions and mitigating efforts that could lead us to recommend its consideration or anticipate its approval by the City Council," it states. "The magnitude of the proposed facility and the operating flexibility that Sound Transit and Metro seem to require make it more important than ever that these and all relevant agencies revisit other options to locating Bus Intercept on Mercer Island." Full Article


Scores from Henry County restaurant inspections conducted by the Henry County Health Department for the week of Aug. 20-26 (maximum score: 100): Full Article


John Peeples used to spend $150 to $225 per month on watering his grass between June and August every year. Twenty years ago he dug a well on his property, connected his sprinkler system to it and his monthly water bill dropped to $20.

"All it does is water my grass," the resident of Pensacola's Cordova Park neighborhood said of his irrigation system. "It's not connected to the public water supply in any way. And yet they are telling me I have to get this device." Full Article

Changes to DEP rules have positive effect on city of Venice water customer

VENICE, Fla. -- Changes of the rules for cross-connection control by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will equal cost savings to residents of the City of Venice.

The changes reflect a desire by the state agency to reduce the burden of installation and testing of backflow prevention assemblies for residential water customers. Changes to the city's cross- connection control program include: Full Article

How Clean Is Your Drinking Water?

How do you know your drinking water is safe? Andrea Mock reports. Video



SKOKIE — Skokie will charge a permit fee of $50 to inspect new installations of back-flow prevention plumbing devices in homes or businesses.

The fee is part of the village's stepped up program to make sure that the plumbing devices are installed where they should be and installed properly, which is a state law.

Without such a device properly installed, contaminants can make their way into the village's water system should a plumbing back-flow occur, village officials say.(Skokie steps up back-flow plumbing device program)