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Loudoun hires company
to collect real estate data

Loudoun County announced last week that it has retained Tyler Technologies’ CLT Appraisal Services to collect real estate data.

The move is expected to enhance the accuracy of the county assessor’s real estate database, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

Data collection teams from Tyler Technologies recently began conducting field inventory work in the Greenway Farms area. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and is scheduled to be completed by next fall.

The data collectors will:

→Ring a doorbell or knock on a door, introduce themselves and show identification badges.

→Verify building characteristics, such as the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, heating and cooling systems and the type of basement, with an owner or occupant.

→Conduct an exterior inspection to verify information, measure the house and document improvements such as porches, decks, patios, sheds and garages.

If no one is home, a door hanger will be left for the homeowner with instructions on how the interior data can be verified.

The data collectors are prohibited from:

→Peeking into doors or windows.

→Asking to inspect personal property.

→Asking personal questions.

→Answering value-related questions.

→Entering homes without permission.

Residents who have questions or would like to confirm the identity of data collection personnel may call the Tyler project office at 703-777-0545 or the Loudoun County Assessor’s Office at 703-777-0267.

Information, including a map depicting the project areas and a timeline, is at www.loudoun.
gov/assessor-datacollection
.

Loudoun officials announce guidelines for open burning

Loudoun County allows open burning from Oct. 1 to Feb. 14, officials said in a statement.

Open burning is prohibited year-round within the town limits of Middleburg, Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Hillsboro and Lovettsville. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor or when the atmosphere or local circumstances make such fires hazardous may be prohibited or required to be extinguished.

Open burning is permitted:

→For disposal of lawn clippings, tree trimmings and brush piles in areas where streetside pickup of such materials is not available. The burning must be at least 50 feet from a structure.

→For agricultural purposes, such as clearing a field. The burning may be no closer than 1,000 feet from an occupied structure and 50 feet from an unoccupied structure and must not pose a hazard to highways or airfields.

→For bonfires, provided that they consist of seasoned wood, piled neatly, no more than five feet in diameter by five feet in height. The bonfire must be at least 50 feet from a structure and burn no longer than three hours.

→For campfires that are no more than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking. Campfires must not be within 50 feet of a structure.

All open burning must be reported to the Fire-Rescue Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-0637 before ignition and when the fire is extinguished.

Residents with questions should call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-777-8600 during business hours.

Information is also at www.
loudoun.gov/firemarshal
.

Loudoun’s Fall Color Tour scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21

The Loudoun County Fall Color Tour, a free, self-guided driving tour of participating farms, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

Participants can enjoy a picnic while taking in scenic views. The tour offers horses, alpacas, cattle, donkeys and sheep in their natural environments; hayrides; winery and nursery tours; and apple and pumpkin picking. Farm owners will be on hand to talk about their specialty products.

Brochures for the tour, including a map and directions to participating farms, are available at county libraries and community centers and from the Visit Loudoun office in Leesburg.

For information, contact Coco Lyons of the county’s economic development office at 703-737-8322 or coco.lyons@loudoun.gov.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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