*The Middleburg Town Council will consider at its June 12 meeting increasing the salaries of the mayor and the council members and paying the planning commission for the first time, Mayor Loyal McMillan said.
Council members postponed a decision on the issue until they could discuss it with the seven-member planning commission, which turned down the idea the last time it was proposed. "I guess they didn't want to lose their amateur status," the mayor said, adding that the town should "recognize the hard work the council does with some remuneration." The mayor now receives $600 a year and council members receive $10 per meeting.
The proposal, which would be effective July 1, 1988, if adopted, would raise the mayor's salary to $1,000 and double the council members' salaries. Joked McMillan, "I didn't go into politics to get paid -- and I almost haven't been."
*The 17th annual Middleburg Hunt Country Stable Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Twelve stables, breeding farms and training facilities will be open to the public, including Rokeby, owned by the Paul Mellon family; Kent Farm, owned by Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke; and Paper Chase Farms, owned by the Neuharth family.
Tickets are $19 per person for a tour with lunch and $12 without lunch. To tour one property the fee is $3. Children between 3 and 12 will be admitted at half price, and those under 3 will be admitted free. Tour proceeds will benefit the Middleburg Trinity Episcopal Church. For information call 592-3711 or 777-0519.