Loudoun County news in brief

Don’t pay firm $83 for copy of your deed, officials say

Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens and Commissioner of the Revenue Robert S. Wertz Jr. are advising residents to be wary of a mail solicitation from a Washington firm offering to sell residents a copy of their deed.

The letter, which has been received recently by some Loudoun residents, says that for $83, homeowners can get a copy of the their deed and a complete property profile, including the address, the owner’s name, comparable values, a legal description and a parcel identification number.

Clemens and Wertz said that homeowners can get copies of the same information mentioned in the solicitation at little or no cost.

A homeowner can obtain a copy of a deed for 50 cents per page from the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Most of the other information is free online through the commissioner’s office, at www.loudoun.gov/parceldatabase.

“You don’t need to spend $83 to acquire public information about your home or property,” Clemens said in a statement. “The typical residential deed that is executed at a homeowner’s real estate settlement is two pages. So, most homeowners would pay only $1 to obtain a copy of their deed.”

Clemens said he does not think the company is doing anything illegal but that it might be taking advantage of residents who are not aware that they can easily obtain public information about their property at little cost.

For information about obtaining a copy of your deed, go to www.loudoun.gov/clerk or call 703-777-0270.

For property information from the commissioner of the revenue, go to www.loudoun.gov/cor or call 703-777-0260.

‘Keeping Kids Safe From Lyme’ on May 9 in Leesburg

The Loudoun County Lyme Commission will sponsor “Keeping Kids Safe From Lyme” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, 510 Principal Drummond Way SE, Leesburg.

This event is part of the Loudoun Targets Lyme Initiative.

The program will include remarks by Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) and a panel discussion covering questions about children and Lyme disease.

The panel will be moderated by Samuel Shor, chairman of the Loudoun County Lyme Commission. Panel members will include physicians, parent advocates, students and a representative from the Virginia Department of Health. There will be children’s activities coinciding with the panel discussion.

Residents may submit questions for the panel in advance by e-mailing lyme@loudoun.gov or by going to www.facebook.com/loudountargetslyme.

Information about Lyme disease and prevention efforts in Loudoun is at www.loudoun.gov/loudountargetslyme.

Three forums scheduled on phase two of watershed plan

Three meetings next month will allow Loudoun County residents to provide input on the county’s response to the second phase of Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan.

The plan proposes ways to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that enters the Chesapeake Bay from its watershed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required each state that has waters draining into the Chesapeake Bay to submit a Watershed Implementation Plan.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation also requested that localities, including Loudoun, submit a plan outlining how local pollution reduction goals for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment can be met.

The meeting schedule:

→6 to 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd., Ashburn.

→6 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls.

→6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Purcellville Town Hall, 221 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville.

Residents who plan to attend a meeting and who require accommodations for a physical, sensory or mental disability should contact Robin Geiger at 703-771- 5511. Three days’ notice is requested for such accommodations.

Information on the second phase of the watershed plan is at www.loudoun.gov/wip.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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