Manassas Budget of $50 Million Offered
Manassas Acting City Manager Clyde Wimmer this week presented a nearly $50 million budget to the City Council. The proposed fiscal plan represents a 15.5 percent increase over last year's and includes an automobile tag fee increase from $15 to $20, which will bring in an additional $72,000. The property tax rate of $1.16 rate per $100 of assessed value will remain the same, Wimmer said. In addition, Wimmer recommended a 9 percent salary increase for employes. The proposal includes more than $12 million in local funds for the city's $18.2 million school budget, which will give teachers a 10 percent salary increase, if approved, Wimmer said. In other business, Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter said Wimmer is among the six persons who will be interviewed this week for the city manager position, vacated when Macon Sammons resigned in November. Six more applicants will be interviewed next week, Vetter said. Historic Manassas Luncheon Set
Historic Manassas Inc. is expected to hold a kickoff luncheon this week for its Main Street Program. Manassas was the only city selected by the National Main Street Program in its project to work directly with cities that want to improve and upgrade their downtown business districts. The city had applied to participate in the Virginia Main Street Program but was turned down last year. According to Manassas Museum director Doug Harvey, who serves on the Historic Manassas board of directors, the board decided to use the $60,000 in pledges it had raised for the three-year project to hire an executive director and do the work itself. Under a pilot program, the National Main Street center agreed to lend technical expertise to the project. Officials from the national agency are expected to explain the program's philosophy and goals at the luncheon meeting, according to historic Manassas President Carol Burwell. Manassas Park to Vote on Budget
The Manassas Park City Council is expected to vote this week on a budget of more than $11.6 million, a 9.5 percent increase over 1985, according to City Manager Jerry Davis. The plan includes $4.9 million for the schools and an 8 percent salary increase for employes.
Davis said he would advertise the city's property tax rate at $1.78 per $100 of assessed value, which would lower it 2 cents. The lower tax rate was made possible by a 14 percent increase in the commercial and industrial tax base, especially in the fast-growing Conner Center industrial park. The average homeowner will see an 8 percent increase in assessments this year, Davis said.
Although the City Council slashed $500,000 from the $5.3 million school budget originally proposed by Superintendent Jimmy Stuart, the council wants the teachers to have the 10 percent salary increase he asked for, Stuart said. To that end, the school administration will "try to find $44,000" in the budget between now and the end of the 1986 school year, Stuart said. "If we can't find it, the council will find it for us," he added.
One of the reasons he asked for $5.3 million this year, Stuart said, is that the state's share of the city education budget will be smaller because of a steady loss of students in Manassas Park. A recent count showed 1,409 students, a loss of 22 since mid-1985. Work Proceeds on Marine Building
Quantico Mayor Lively Abel said he is pleased with the progress and appearance of construction on the new Marine Corps Association building being built on the base in an area adjacent to the town.
The multi-use facility, designed by the Washington firm of Mariani & Associates, is mostly made of red brick with matching mortar, with a contrasting section of gray brick and gray mortar. Construction, which began in October 1985, is slated for completion in November, Abel said. The building will house administrative offices, a public bookstore, catalogue mailing services, and production facilities for two Marine publications. "The building is right across from my restaurant," Abel said, "and it's going to look real nice." Occoquan Land Use Plan Revision
An Occoquan land use plan was again sent back to the Planning Commission for changes in the number of housing units that could be allowed on certain parcels of undeveloped land in the town.
According to council member Bob Lehto, several inquiries about rezonings for town house developments has residents "nervous about density . . . . The floods this town has experienced over the years have really made people concerned about what storm runoff from developed properties could do to the water supply and soil erosion."
This concern has been evident in every public hearing on the comprehensive plan as well as at regular council meetings, where the opposition has been "very vocal," he said. This is despite the Rules of Order, which do not allow public participation except at public hearings, Lehto said.
"I last saw the Rules of Order when I was elected but I don't think anybody worries about them. This is a New England town meeting form of government. There is a lot of participation." The concern about erosion and water quality also comes despite what Lehto calls good runoff and erosion ordinances. "I guess they've seen things go sour before," he said. Meeting on Incinerator Proposal
A meeting will be held at 7:30 tonight at the VFW Hall in Occoquan to present arguments for and against the incinerator proposed for the Lorton landfill located across the river from the town. According to Town Council member Chuck Pugh, who called the meeting, members of the Fairfax County Public Works Department staff will offer a 30-minute presentation of the county's case and members of the Federation of Lorton Communities will discuss citizen opposition to the facility.
There will be a question-and-answer period. Pugh, who was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to its Citizens Advisory Committee, will ask, however, that most questions be given to him in written form to be answered later. "Some questions can be answered off the top of the head," Pugh said. "Some will take research -- and I want the people to have the truth."
Although the incinerator is not slated to begin operation until 1990, Pugh said, he is taking action now because "the further it goes the harder it will be to combat it." Financial advisers to the county discussed funding for the facility at last week's citizens advisory comittee meeting, Pugh said, adding,"It's moving faster than anyone realizes." The Federation of Lorton Communities said it opposes the incinerator for esthetic and health reasons. Prince William Sets Building Seminar
A free seminar on how to build a sun deck safely will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Board of Supervisors' chambers at the county administration building on Davis Ford Road. Sponsored by the county's inspection division and the fire marshal's office, the seminar is part of the county's observance of National Building Safety Week. Student Magazines are Honored
Four Prince William school literary magazines were honored recently by the National Council for Teachers of English, according to school spokeswoman Kristy Larson. Graham Park Middle School's "Lion's Share" received a "superior rating," while Marsteller Middle School's "Literary Express" and the Woodbridge Middle School's "Reflections" were rated "excellent." An "above average" rating was given to Brentsville High School's magazine, also called "Reflections." Athletic Events Are Scheduled
The County Park Authority will sponsor a baseball clinic at Locust Shade Park at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 221-8579 for information. Also on Saturday the Prince William Special Olympics for retarded citizens will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stonewall Jackson High School stadium. Call 670-4800. At 8:30 a.m. the Jaycees will sponsor a 5-kilometer "love run" for Muscular Dystrophy at Dale City Civic Center. Call 680-4837. Northern Virginia Scholarship Fund
The Northern Virginia Baptist Wives and Widows scholarship committee has raised $13,000 to aid college students, according to spokeswoman Mary Jackson of Aldie. A benefit dinner climaxing the 1986-87 fund-raising drives was held recently in Gainesville. The committee is now accepting applications for scholarships from Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The group will offer financial aid to 15 college entrants this year. "We are very grateful to all those who made these scholarships possible," Jackson said. -- Donna Acquaviva