Private Aid Sought for County Facilities
Peggy Delinocci, executive director of the Prince William Park Authority, said this week she is seeking private funds and citizen help in funding and building an equestrian facility at Long Park in Haymarket and a softball field in the Brentsville district.
There are not enough capital funds to go around, Delinocci said. "Last year a softball association helped build and pay for a softball field in Fairmont Park in Manassas. That's the kind of cooperation we need."
Delinocci, the authority's first female director, was appointed to replace James Spengler, who left last April to take a similar position in California. Delinocci is responsible for a $4.5 million budget and 300 full-time, part-time and seasonal employes.
The Prince William school districts program for handicapped children will offer free screening this month for children 2 to 4 years old. According to school spokeswoman Kristy Larson, children will be tested for developmental delays in hearing, vision, speech, language, motor skills and behavior.
Children from the Featherstone, Rippon and Potomac View elementary school districts will be tested at Featherstone Elementary on Wednesdays and Fridays. Children from the Tyler, Gainesville and Nokesville districts will be screened at Tyler Elementary on Wednesday. For information call the Woodbine preschool at 791-3151 or 791-3152.
The county's Litter Control Council, which will hold its fifth annual spring cleanup campaign April 12 through 25, has received donations of money and services from area businesses, according to coordinator Janet Ellis.
She said Giant Food printed the council's fliers and Southland Corp. will allow the fliers to be distributed from its 7-Eleven stores and will donate dumpsters for use during the campaign. Other businesses and government agencies that have helped include Burger King, Pizza Hut, Dale City Florist, the police departments of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William, IBM and the Board of Supervisors. "The next move is up to the people of the county," Ellis said. For information call 335-6272. 61 Apply for Manassas Manager Post
The Manassas City Council has received 61 applications for the post of city manager, vacated Nov. 1 when Macon Sammons resigned on the first anniversary of his appointment.
Applicants were recruited by consultants for the city, Municipal Advisers Inc. of Virginia Beach, according to Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter. The names will be considered by the council this week. Manassas Park Schools Ask $5.3 Million
The Manassas Park School Board last week submitted its $5.3 million budget to the city council for consideration, according to school Superintendent Jimmy Stuart. The budget, a nearly 10 percent increase over last year's, calls for a minimum of 10 percent in wage increases for all teachers and a rise in beginning teachers' salaries from $15,546 to $17,000.
In other news, the Manassas Park High School's wrestling team recently won a group A state championship title for the third time in three years. The team, coached by John Cowne, will compete in the state playoffs at George Mason University later this month.
Stuart said that Cowne is a first-year teacher who once wrestled for Brentsville High School, often competing against the team he now leads. Cowne's younger brother still wrestles for Brentsville against which Cowne's team won this year.
The competition also produced three individual state champions: Senior Jay Burke, Junior David Phipps and Sophomore David Regan. Manassas Park wrestling teams have been in first or second place every year since the school came into existence 10 years ago, Stuart said. Quantico Mayor, Council Ask Reelection
Quantico Mayor Lively Abel said he and the entire City Council have entered the race for the May 6 election; so far no opposition has surfaced, he said. "We want to finish what we started."
He was referring to work on the town's water, sewer and storm drain system, which will replace four-fifths of Quantico's more-than-70-year-old system. The project is paid for with federal and state loans and grants of more than $1 million. Quantico officials have also applied for $700,000 in state community block funds to rehabilitate low income and rental housing. Busing Concerns Voiced in Dumfries
Two county officials met with Dumfries residents last week to respond to concerns that area students will be bused into another district if the old Dumfries elementary school is closed.
According to Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis, the meeting room was "packed" with parents who listened to Dumfries Supervisor Ed King and Dumfries School Board member Maureen Caddigan discuss proposals by school Superintendent Richard Johnson to close the school by 1988 and bus students to a new school site, not yet determined.
To circumvent this proposal, Caddigan told residents she has requested an addition to the school to accommodate 150 more students. For nearly 20 years, trailers have been used to accommodate the overflow of students at Dumfries; currently there are five of the mobile classrooms in use. The addition would cost $850,000 and is part of the capital improvements project being considered by the School Board this week.
Said Davis, "It seems we're going backwards. I lived in Dumfries as a child but went to school in Occoquan because there was no school here. Now we have one and they want to take it away." Occoquan Council Weighs Land Use Plan
A new comprehensive land-use plan, written by Occoquan building inspector Syd Bradury, will be considered for adoption by the Town Council at its meeting Tuesday.
According to council member Bob Lehto, the planning commission has approved the plan and "there is no reason to believe it won't pass; it's head and shoulders above the old one." The land use plan's main virtue, as Lehto sees it, is that it will make rezonings harder to get.