The following were among the actions of the Arlington County Board at its Sept. 24 meeting.
HOSPICE--Donated the former Woodlawn School building, 4715 N. 15th St., to Hospice of Northern Virginia Inc. for a term of 99 years. The hospice, the only one in Northern Virginia, is a facility for in-patient, clinical and home care services for the terminally ill, and had been leased by the organization since 1978. The transfer of the building's ownership will give Hospice Inc. a strong financial position to negotiate loans for improvements and expansion. At the end of the 99-year term, the land and building will return to the county.
MASSAGE THERAPY--Approved a new business classification for licensed and trained massage therapists, who up until now operated under a massage parlor ordinance. The new classification is designed to eliminate any negative connotations of massage, and will not require the $5,000 license tax that massage parlors must pay if their employes do not hold valid massage therapist or physiotherapy permits.
SPEEDING--Approved a proposal to provide periodic police enforcement to reduce speeding on residential streets in Lyon Village. Lyon Village is bordered by Lee Highway, North Veitch Street, Wilson Boulevard and Kirkwood Road, and is bisected by Key Boulevard. The board also asked the county staff to continue to study methods of curbing excess speeding on residential streets throughout the county.
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL--Authorized the county manager to negotiate with Alexandria about disposing of the county's solid waste at a waste-to-energy incinerator at Alexandria's Eisenhower Avenue Transfer Station. The incinerator would convert county solid waste into steam or electricity.
TAX-EXEMPT FINANCING--Denied a request by Fairmont Associates for the county to issue $3.8 million in tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds to renovate the buildings at 4420 N. Fairfax Dr., the site vacated by the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. The project is designed to bring a new minority-owned business to Arlington and upgrade the area near the Ballston Metro station. The board majority said the proposed development does not satisfy the community service and benefit guidelines generally required for this kind of bond, and that this site would be developed with independent rather than government financing.
CONCRETE MAKING--Approved a two- month use permit for the operation of Concrete Supply and Service Corp., 6950 Little Falls Rd. The plant must comply with county noise ordinances, complete paving and drainage requirements, and eliminate the spillover of sand onto adjoining state parkland.
APPROPRIATIONS--$16,666 to the Animal Shelter Welfare League; $1.5 million to school special projects.
CRIME--The Chamber of Commerce and the police department were assked to study the organization, cost and effectiveness of shopping center and business crime watches.
POTOMAC ALGAE--The county is joining several other Northern Virginia jurisdictions in asking the state to conduct a special study to find the cause of the recent algae bloom in the Potomac and to recommend a solution before stricter dumping limitations are enforced. Falls Church
The following were among the actions of the Falls Church City Council at its Sept. 26 meeting.
APPOINTMENTS--Appointed Stephen H. Sprague to the Industrial Development Authority; Robert Turner and Ellen Salsbury to the School Board; and Wallace Nickel to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Transportation.
HOUSING CORPORATION--Following a public hearing, authorized the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority to finance the Falls Cburch Housing Corporation's acquisition of Westbrook Garden Apartments, as part of the Housing Corporation's program to maintain moderate income housing in the city.
HISTORIC DISTRICTS--Held the first reading of a new ordinance on historic and cultural conservation districts, set the second reading and public hearing for Dec. 12 and referred the ordinance to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Architectural Advisory Board and the Historical Commission for review and comment prior to Dec. 12. The ordinance would establish guidelines for protecting buildings deemed to be of historic value.
METRO--Directed staff to prepare comments to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission on proposed amendments to the Metro Compact, particularly on the responsibilities of Metro police.
FUND TRANSFERS--Transferred $12,400 to the Falls Church Housing Corporation to hire an office associate for training and operations and transferred $13,050 to the information office in City Hall for an office assistant.
SENIOR CITIZENS--Established the week of May 13-19, 1984, as Senior Citizen Week in Falls Church. Fairfax County
The following were among the actions of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 26 meeting:
PARKING VIOLATIONS--Requested a reevaluation of county parking violation fees. Members of the Board felt that the current fines are not deterring illegal parking.
SHERIFF RAISE--Raised the salaries of county deputy sheriff positions to equal county police salaries.
C&P RATE INCREASE--Asked the consumer protection staff to represent the county before State Corporation Commission to try and limit the proposed rate hike in telephone service. The Board also requested a reevaluation of the county telephone tax and its effects on consumers in the face of C&P's increases.
ZONING ORDINANCE--Adopted a proposal to go before the General Assembly that would allow the county to prosecute zoning violations in civil, rather than criminal courts. The measure is designed to bring cases into county jurisdiction where county attorneys handle the cases instead of the Commonwealth's Attorneys.
TRUCKS--Restated intentions to ask the state and the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation to allow restrictions of truck traffic on residential roads. The Board added new roads to a growing list of locations where truck traffic is potentially hazardous to pedestrians. Presently, the county does not have the authority to restrict truck traffic.
CONDOMINUM RENTALS BY NIGHT--Discussed reports that condominium owners may be renting their units by the night without abiding by hotel regulations, or considering impact on other condominium owners and neighbors. Directed the staff to explore whether this is legal and whether additional laws are needed to regulate this activity.
R--RATED MOVIES--Discussed the possibility of enacting an ordinance that would prohibit showing R rated movies in video stores in the county. Asked the staff to write to such stores asking that they voluntarily stop showing such movies, and asked the county attorney to determine whether the board has authority to limit such showings.
NON--SMOKING IN RESTAURANTS--Discussed negotiations with local restaurants to voluntarily establish non-smoking areas in restaurants. The Board also asked the staff to continue to work on a possible nonsmoking ordinance for restaurants in case the talks fail.