Manassas City Rezoning Vote Set
The Manassas City Council is expected to vote this week on a rezoning that would put a shopping center two blocks from an existing shopping center. Last week residents of the Richmond Street/Grant Avenue area presented 250 names on a petition protesting the rezoning. According to Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter, residents say they don't need another shopping center and are concerned about the additional 4,000-vehicle-a-day traffic the facility would generate on Manassas' main thoroughfare. The city's planning staff did not recommend the rezoning, Vetter said, because of the traffic problem as well as the new traffic-regulating devices that would be necessary. "The expenses for those devices would be passed on to the taxpayer," Vetter said. Pr. William Gets Litter Control Award Virginia's first lady, Jeannie Baliles, recently presented an award of merit to the Prince William Litter Control Council at a Keep Virginia Beautiful/Clean Awards ceremony in Richmond. According to Rosemary Parker, who accepted the award, the annual competition is based on the best comprehensive approach to litter prevention. "This affirms that we're on the right track," she said. The award of merit is the second highest recognition given by the state council. Persons interested in joining the Prince William council may call the litter control office at 335-6272 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during regular business hours. Quantico to Seek Housing Funds
Quantico officials are working to meet the March 2 deadline for applications to the state for a $700,000 community block grant that would allow the town to rehabilitate rental and low-income houses, according to Mayor Lively Abel. In 1983 the town received a $180,000 grant to rehabilitate low-income, owner-occupied housing but was turned down for a $700,000 grant in 1984 to improve rental homes. Haymarket Development Plan Eyed
The Haymarket Town Council is expected to consider two development proposals next week that could add eight single-family housing units to the town. A Gainesville developer has proposed a subdivision on Jefferson Street on the town's south end and a local developer has submitted a preliminary site plan for two houses on the north end of Jefferson Street. According to Mayor Gertrude Bean, both proposals are being studied by the Haymarket Planning Commission.
Plans to turn a nearly 100-year-old house across from the post office into Haymarket's first family restaurant, approved by the town council last year, came to naught when the potential buyer decided he could not afford the necessary renovations. The house has instead been sold to a family, Bean said. The only public eatery in town is part of a combination gas station/grocery store/diner run by council member Richard Bird. Dumfries Reduces Hike in Sticker Fee
The Dumfries Town Council raised the fee last week for town property tax stickers from $8 to $10 after some residents and council members objected to the $12 fee being considered at a public hearing. "I guess we felt we should raise it -- but not so fast," said Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis.
In other business, the council deferred action on a proposal to license businesses that operate out of private homes. According to Davis, council members received so many phone calls both for and against the proposal that they felt the issue should be "studied in depth." Said Davis, "On the one hand you have businesses in town who pay quite a bit to operate here and they feel home businesses shouldn't get away with paying nothing. On the other hand you have some older residents who need to supplement their incomes with small operations in their homes." Davis said she believes that each request for a license should be decided on its own merits. Dale City Library to Open The new Dale City mini-library is slated to open this week, according to county information officer Joyce Eaby. The 2,500-square-foot facility will house a 15,000-book selection that will include adult fiction and nonfiction, children's selections and encyclopedias. The land on which the library sits was donated to Dale City by the Hylton Corp., Eaby said. Leesburg Master Plan Adoption Set Leesburg's new town plan, made necessary by the town's 5 percent annual growth and the annexation of seven square miles of county land in 1984 has had a public hearing to a standing-room-only crowd and is expected to be adopted at the Feb. 26 council meeting. According to chief planner Martha Semmes, the town has been operating on a land use plan approved 12 years ago. Goals of the new plan are:To enhance and maintain the high quality of life.To enhance and protect the town's historic character.To guide development based on sound planning principles.To guide future capital project decisions.
In addition, the environmental goal is to preserve and enhance natural resources, including minimizing tree loss during construction, maintaining water quality and preserving certain slopes in their natural state. Summaries of the document are available to the public at the town offices on Market Street. Lovettsville Sewer Renovation to Begin
The long-awaited renovation of Lovettville's sewer system is expected to start soon. The $700,000 contract with the state Department of Housing and Community Development was signed last month and the project will soon be up for engineering bids. According to council member Grace Hummer, the project will open the north end of town for residential development. To that end the council may soon begin consideration of a fifth well. The town has four wells but two are inoperative, she said. Hamilton Playground Meeting Set
Nancy Helmke, chairman of Hamilton's creative playground committee, urges parents of preschool, elementary and middle school children to attend a 7:30 p.m. meeting Feb. 17 in the town office to discuss plans for the proposed tot lot.
New York designer Robert Leathers, who has designed similar facilities in Fairfax County and Sterling, will be in Hamilton March 21 to discuss ideas and, said Helmke, "We should have something for him to look at."
The eight-member group has raised $1,000 for the playground but at least another $19,000 is needed. "We can do it if we all work together," said Helmke, noting that a group of parents in Sterling raised the funds and provided the labor to build such a playground in Sugar Land Run. "Our kids need it. The closest playground is at the Purcellville community center." Helmke said she extended the invitation to parents of middle school children because "The kids always say they won't use it -- and then they do. They're still kids." For information or to volunteer call Helmke at 338-2303. Purcellville Advisory Panelists Named
The town has named representatives to the citizens' advisory council that will work with county planners on an interim land-use plan for out-of-town property to be used while a longer range plan is being written. Members are Sarah Potts, Betty Wiley, John Marsh, Sue Kane, Keith Backman, planning commission chairman Charles Clark and council member Basham Simms. The names have been sent to the county planning office which will make its recommendations to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors. The ad-hoc committee will work on a document to guide development of land outside town limits. While not under town jurisdiction, such development is of paramount importance to Purcellville's future, town manager William Dennis said. Round Hill Valentine Ball Set
Round Hill Hall, the town's first bed and breakfast approved last year by the town council, will hold a 19th century Valentine Ball Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. According to co-owner Gloriana May, guests will be greeted at the door by a page with a Victorian scroll and then will dance to Vienna waltzes in the old-fashioned ballroom. Prizes will be awarded for most original, most Victorian and most Southern costume, with county tourism director and history buff Hugh Harmon as one of the judges. Tickets are $10 per couple. For information call 338-9221.