The modernistic, new $4 million Prince William County governmental center, slated for occupancy in September, has a name and will soon have a sign.
It doesn't have an address yet, though.
Located on a 150-acre site along the north side of Davis Ford Road that also includes a stadium -- home to the Prince William Pirates -- the center would routinely have a Woodbridge mailing address.
But county officials in the county's current offices, scattered in the city of Manassas, are working to persuade the U.S. Postal Service to create a new postal designation for the center and the area immediately around it.
They want the address to be "Prince William, Va.," an address that does not now exist.
"We're still negotiating with the postal service," said deputy county executive Richard Noble. "But it certainly would be good publicity for the county."
In a brief and light-hearted discussion at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting, the board officially approved a sign for the governmental center and the stadium-recreation area behind it.
The only real question: Should the sign, which will cost $6,000, be brick or precast concrete?
There was some initial sentiment for precast concrete.
"I don't understand why we would spend $5 million on a new, brick building, and then put a precast concrete sign in front of it," said Supervisor Donald E. Kidwell.
"That's crazy," rejoined board chairman G. Richard Pfitzner. "The precast concrete is much nicer."
"Are you serious?" Kidwell said, beginning to giggle.
"Oh, absolutely, I think the precast looks a lot better," chimed in Supervisor Joseph D. Reading.
Kidwell covered his face with his hand and burst out laughing.
Precast concrete carried the day, as did a handsome, horizontal arrangement of text that will read: PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY: Administrative Facility and Recreational Center.
That choice was labeled 2B in the list of choices, and the chairman extended the humorous character of the session when he called the question: "Two-be or not two-be?"
The discussion turned briefly somber when Supervisor Kathleen K. Seefeldt proposed and the supervisors agreed that the governmental headquarters be named in honor of former supervisor James J. McCoart, 53, who died of a heart attack in April.