A story in last week's Virginia Weekly incorrectly stated that the town of Leesburg would seek voter approval for bonds it needs to sell to fund its six-year capital improvements programs. According to state statue, towns in Virginia may sell bonds without going to voter referendum.
Smoke Detector Law Expanded
The Leesburg Town Council recently approved an amendment to the fire code requiring all dwelling units, whether rented or owned, to have smoke detectors. Current law requires rental housing with four or more units to have smoke detectors.
Minor said the council is expected to adopt a new land-use plan this week, after delaying the vote for two weeks at the request of the county Board of Supervisors, which wanted time to study it first. In addition, the town's $20 million Capital Improvement Project, which sets out the town's public building plans for the new six years, will have its second public hearing this month and is expected to be ready for action by the council in early April. According to Minor, the plan includes a downtown parking facility, an expanded municipal building, development of the town's newest and largest park, the Ida Lee, and new storm drains. The plan will be funded with the sale of surplus property and a bond issue expected to go to the voters in the fall. The town's tax rate, 18 cents per $100 of assessed value, will not be raised, Minor said. Round Hill May Have Town Hall
Round Hill may soon have its first "real" town hall when First American Bank of Virginia donates its unused building in the town to Round Hill officials. According to Town Clerk Betty Wolford, town officials asked the bank about using the building six months ago, and negotiations for the transfer are nearly complete. The Town Council now meets in the volunteer fire department building. The old bank building needs renovation and Wolford said that her husband, Mayor Jeff Wolford, will ask citizens to help with the work. "This will be the first time that Round Hill has had a town hall that it owns," she said. "We're excited about that."
Jeff Wolford will run for reelection, according to Betty Wolford. His decision, she said, was based on a desire to see to completion a two-year project that will replace 85 percent of the in-town water lines. The new water lines, which will be paid for with a $700,000 state community block grant and $105,500 in local funds, have been needed for some time. The health department issued a mandate that Round Hill improve its water supply more than 10 years ago. Purcellville Seeks Police Chief
The town of Purcellville last week began advertising for a police chief and a fifth full-time police officer, according to Mayor Ron Masters. Officer Tom Putnam, who has been acting police chief, will be allowed to compete for the top post if he wants it, Masters said. Putnam has served the town for five years.
The community of Paeonian Springs, a hamlet of about 400 residents located off Rte. 9 near Waterford, last week set up a "mini-government," according to county School Board member Bonnie Epling, who was elected vice president at the group's first formal meeting. William Buckhardt, who owns the American Work Horse Museum, the town's only business, was elected president.
The primary reason for the council's existence, Epling said, is to foster special events such as Paeonian Springs Day to be held on June 14. The secondary reason was to have an official voice when requesting road maintenance and street lighting from the county. Longtime resident Dabney Simpson was appointed to research the village's history, Buckhardt volunteered to write a constitution and bylaws, and Francis Peacock and Greg Leigh will attempt to determine town boundaries. Betty Shiflett was elected secretary and Barbara King is the treasurer. A collection was taken up to pay for stationery on which to write county officials regarding residents' needs, Epling said. New Rules at Loudoun Libraries
The Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees said last week that a new fine and fees policy will be implemented with the installation of a computerized system in the fall. Under the new policy, persons who keep a book for four weeks after it is due will have their borrowing privileges restricted; such privileges will be suspended if the book is not returned or paid for. Library spokeswoman Patty Kilpatric said the board believes the new policy will allow better control of materials and cut down on the delays that library users experience in waiting for books to be returned. The policy also applies to borrowed materials other than books, Kilpatric said.
In addition, the Sterling library now offers a Telecommunity Device for the Deaf (TDD) that will be accessible to the hearing-impaired during library hours except when the library phones are busiest -- between 3 and 7 p.m. Fridays and all day Saturday. The TDD number is 430-9500. Kilpatric added that 40 new books relating to deafness have been added to the library collection; subjects include law, computers, sign language, deaf history, biographies and religion. The TDD was purchased with funds from the federal Library Service and the Library Services Construction Act.
The Paxton Child Development Center, a private, nonprofit education and care facility for handicapped and non-handicapped children from infancy through school age, is taking reservations for its annual craft fair and free market March 22. Table space can be purchased for $5 or $10; dealers are welcome, according to spokeswoman Jo Waddell. All profits will benefit the Leesburg facility, she said. For information, call 777-3960. Pr. William 'Parkline' Opens
The Prince William County Park Authority has a new telephone information service called "Parkline," through which residents can get the latest news on classes, events and activities. By dialing 494-PARK, a caller has access to a recorded announcement of all park authority information, according to spokesman Carl Smith Jr. "Parkline" is an addition to the authority's monthly calendar of events and its quarterly Leisure magazine. Former Police Chief Remembered
A number of Haymarket residents and officials last week attended funeral services for William Jones, who served as the town's chief of police for 25 years before retiring and moving to Florida. His body was returned to Virginia for burial, according to Haymarket Mayor Gertrude Bean. "We remember Bill with fondness," she said. "He served this town long and well." Pr. William Child Census Set
Prince William County census takers will attempt to visit every house within the next two months to count children, according to school spokeswoman Kristy Larson. The state requires that a census be taken of all children ages 1 to 19 and handicapped persons ages 1 to 21, Larson said. The information to be gathered includes: name of parents or guardian, address, child's name, sex, age, birth date and, if applicable, handicapped condition. The census takers will wear identification tags, Larson added. Statistics from this census will be used by the state to determine the distribution of the 1 percent sales tax and other funds and will also be used to plan for future needs. -- Donna Acquaviva