The Vienna Town Council took steps Monday to crack down on commuters who come into town on I-66 and then park in the town's residential areas.

The council set a public hearing for April 21 on a request to restrict parking to permit-holders in a four-block area near Nutley Street, a popular location for commuters using the highway to meet and leave their cars on the way to work.

The hearing follows a petition to establish residential parking only in the 600 and 700 blocks of Tapawingo Road and the 700 and 800 blocks of Meadow Lane.

The council passed an ordinance last month allowing citizens to request permit parking in an effort to protect residential Vienna from commuter parking, already heavy and expected to worsen in June when the Vienna Metro station opens.

A Vienna police survey showed that one side of one of the blocks for which permit parking has been requested contained 100 percent commuter parking; cars parked across the street were 70 percent commuters.

In another matter, the council also defeated a motion to raze the Moorefield House, an 18th century residence that has badly deteriorated.

Mayor Charles A. Robinson Jr. said the motion to raze the house, considered an eyesore as well as a historic treasure, was "kind of like voting to burn down City Hall."