The Leesburg Downtown Business Association has placed petitions in at least a dozen businesses in downtown Leesburg asking visitors and tourists to support the construction of a parking facility in the area.
Association board member Norman Myers said the group hopes to use the petitions to put political pressure on the town council to support a proposed 500-vehicle facility.
"We also want to raise public awareness of the need for a parking garage and we want to keep an interest in building one alive in front of the council," said Myers, who owns White's department store.
There now are about 150 parking spaces available for shoppers and tourists. About 400 names have been collected in the week-old campaign, Myers said.
Meanwhile, the council is expected this week to choose a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on the parking needs of the town, assistant town manager Steve Owen said. The study is slated for completion Sept. 1. A $3 million parking facility is part of a capital improvements project proposal town manager Jeff Minor presented to the town council recently; the package also includes a more than $3 million administration building. Both would be paid for by the sale of municipal bonds, Owen said.
Hamilton to Weigh Annexation
At its Aug. 12 meeting, the Hamilton Town Council expects to hear several speakers discuss the feasibility of the town annexing 157 lots adjacent to Hamilton that are now being served by town water and sewers. Speakers will include Loudoun County Board Chairman James Brownell, whose district includes Hamilton, a representative from the county attorney's office and a member of the Commission on Local Governments, a state agency that oversees annexation proceedings.
Town attorney Julia Cannon said the town will be better able to pay for the replacement of its old water and sewer treatment facilities if it can collect taxes from the housing units it already serves.
In other business, Kenneth Andrzejewski, who was elected to the town council May 6, has resigned without having attended a meeting. Andrzejewski, who owned the Hamilton Inn, sold the business and returned to Michigan, his home state, Town Clerk Kay Tewell said.
The town council unanimously elected former planning commissioner Michael Donohue to replace Andrzejewski. Donohue is a captain in the Hamilton volunteer fire department.
Other recent resignations include David Mullins, assistant supervisor of the waste-water treatment plant. Mullins has been replaced by Samuel Jenkins. No one has been named to fill the post of Marcia Nutzman, Tewell's assistant. Tewell said Nutzman, who is a teacher, left to pursue her teaching career full-time.
Playground Panel Seeks Donors
The Hamilton Creative Playground committee is asking for donations of furniture, appliances, services, clothing and homemade food for its Aug. 2 auction designed to raise funds for the planned children's facility. Publicity chairman Joy Marsh requested that persons who need their tax-deductible items picked up contact Craig Damewood at 338-5815.
The group's "Buy-A-Board" campaign has raised $3,800 so far, leaving more than $21,000 still to be raised, Marsh said. The group hopes to have T-shirts and decals with the word JUMP (Join Us in Making a Playground) imprinted on them ready by the auction date. The point: "Bring us a jump closer to our goal," Marsh said.
Middleburg Vice Mayor Chosen
The Middleburg Town Council recently chose Betty Kirk as vice mayor with a toss of a coin, Kirk said. When she was nominated, Kirk said, she in turn nominated Harold Morency, who had been vice mayor. "Both of us wanted to withdraw," she said, "so we tossed a coin."
In other business, the council is expected to approve installation of 10 more parking meters in the historic town to prevent commuters from parking all day in front of residences and church buildings. The meters will have a two-hour limit, Kirk said. The move is designed to encourage commuters to use the town parking lot, which costs $2 per day.
Town manager Gerard Rogers said he is busy training his replacement, town clerk Betty Patterson, and will retire as soon as the transition is complete. Patterson, who has served as clerk since 1979, has also been on the planning commission and is a Middleburg native.
Band to Perform in Leesburg
Trapezoid, a four-person string band, will perform on the steps of the old county courthouse at 7 p.m. Sunday in the sixth of a series of 10 special events sponsored by the Bluemont concert series. The group, which has appeared on author Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio show, will sing music from the British Isles and America, including jazz, ragtime, swing, ballads and folk songs. Families may bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic, series director Peter Dunning said. Chairs are provided for senior citizens.
Lorton Landfill Worries Occoquan
The Prince William Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution that expressed its "extreme concern" with the operation of the Lorton landfill across the river from the town of Occoquan and that complained of "noxious odors" in the vicinity. A copy of the resolution will be sent to Fairfax County Board Chairman John F. Herrity and to officials of the District of Columbia, the city of Alexandria and Arlington County. The board directed its staff to work with Fairfax County officials to resolve the problem. Occoquan Mayor Chuck Pugh said the odor from the landfill has subsided in recent weeks and the buzzards that normally feed off the landfill and then roost in the town's trees have not been as plentiful as in recent years.
Pugh said he believes that an upcoming hearing on a proposed incinerator at the landfill may have caused officials to use odor-concealing chemicals. "Ordinarily the odor is horrendous and normally the number of buzzards in the town would have been unbearable, especially in this heat and humidity," he said.
Fairfax officials say that the incinerator will eliminate the odor problem and that a study by a consultant indicated the rate of dioxin emissions from the incinerator would be "an acceptable risk." But town officials object to the proposal, saying there is no "acceptable risk" in dioxin emissions.
The supervisors also approved a resolution asking Fairfax officials to "exercise maximum caution in the design and operation of the incinerator to ensure the health and safety" of Prince William County and Fairfax County residents. Occoquan representative Kathleen Seefeldt asked that a committee with representatives of both counties that will monitor the design, operation and performance of the incinerator also include a representative from the town of Occoquan. "Monitoring," said Pugh, "won't eliminate the ill effects of the emissions."
In other business, the board accepted a grant of more than $63,000 from the state highway department and authorized its staff to continue its award-winning ride-sharing program. The county will provide more than $30,000 in matching funds for the program, used by several thousand county residents to commute to work in Washington, Maryland and other parts of northern Virginia.
Former Purcellville Mayor Dies
Wilbur Frye, who served as Purcellville's mayor from 1974 to 1978, died last week in New York City while on a trip sponsored by the United Methodist Church, of which he was a member. Frey, 72, was a rural mail carrier in Loudoun County for 29 years. He served as town recorder and was a member of the Purcellville Lions Club. He will be buried in Purcellville.
Manassas Extends Water Pact
The Manassas City Council last week extended the contract for the sale of untreated water to the Fairfax County Water Authority until December 1990. The water was released from Lake Manassas to the Occoquan Dam, which has an 8 billion gallon capacity. Council member Maury Gerson said the city has a similar contract with Prince William County and will release water to Fairfax only if the lake continues to provide water "in excess of the city and county's needs."
In other business, the council postponed its decision to name public works director Clyde Wimmer as assistant to new city manager John Cartwright because Wimmer is in Italy studying public works facilities there. "We want to give Clyde an opportunity to sit down with Mr. Cartwright and decide how to organize the job," Gerson said.
Dumfries to Discuss Ball Park
Dumfries' new mayor, Marjorie Davis, said the town council has been meeting to discuss the fate of the five-acre ball park the town acquired from the county park authority last year. "We need to decide if we are going to let a contract to develop the park or if we are going to attempt to have it all done on a volunteer basis," she said.
The council was also expected to discuss whether it would be feasible for the town to take over maintenance of its streets immediately instead of waiting until 1990, when the national census is expected to put the town's population at more than 5,000. According to Virginia code, an incorporated jurisdiction with a population of 5,000 or more is responsible for its own roads. Davis said she will take the council's decision to Richmond soon.
Dumfries, which has a sister city in Scotland, celebrates the new year annually with officials in that town with a midnight phone call and has entertained Scottish visitors from its counterpart in recent years. Davis said she plans to return the visit during her two-year term as mayor. "I'm really looking forward to it," she said.
Quantico to Dedicate Water Lines
Town officials will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. today for the water and sewer lines installed with $1 million in federal and state grants and loans. Until the new lines were constructed, the town was paying maintenance crews up to $10,000 annually to repair leaks and breaks in the 70-year-old system. Mayor Lively Abel said the ceremony, which will be held in the Lillian Carter Recreation Center, will include representatives from the Farmers Home Administration, the federal agency that supplied some of the funding, as well as officials from Flippo Construction Co., which installed the lines, and Rep. Stan Parris (R-Va.). The public is invited and refreshments will be served, the mayor said.
In other business, officials will hold a construction conference on a more than $1 million project to pave many of the town's streets, repair its storm sewers and replace some sidewalks. Construction is slated to begin in August and should take about three months, Abel said. Faught Inc., a Woodbridge contractor, will do the work, he said.
Prince William Events Scheduled A "Battle of the Bands" will be held at Veterans Park today. The "Teen Fun Day" will include the acqualuge water slide, a spokesman said. For information call 494-2183.
The Bull Run Street Rods annual car show will be held at the county fairgrounds on Rte. 234 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature 250 street rods and custom cars. For information call 361-3332.