Developer Reports Success In Round Hill Well Project

Leesburg developer Bruce Brownell told the Round Hill Town Council last week that his project drilling wells yielded 250 gallons of water a minute, 40 more than the council said was needed to consider allowing Brownell to hook up the 170 houses he plans to build to the Round Hill sewer system.

If the council approves Brownell's formal proposal, expected at the June 18 council meeting, Brownell will build a well system and supply water to his development outside town as well as to the 260 households in Round Hill.

According to Mayor Jeff Wolford, the project will cost Brownell an estimated $600,000; he will charge the town about $270,000 for hookup and will pay for all sewer taps he uses.

Brownell said he will make a proposal after the wells have been tested by the board of health.

In other business, the council approved the $180,000 budget for fiscal 1988 and lowered the real estate tax rate from 16 cents to 15 cents per $100 of assessed value.

In addition, the council increased water and sewer tap fees from $1,000 to $1,200 for in-town water and sewer hookups, and from $1,500 to $1,800 for out-of-town water and sewer hookups. The rates were changed because of the development expected in the Round Hill area in the next few years, Town Clerk Betty Wolford said, and because when town officials surveyed other towns of comparable size, they discovered that Round Hill's rates were the lowest in the area. "Our rates have been the same since 1978," she said. "It was time for a change."

Hillsboro Residents Meet With Postmaster

Purcellville Postmaster Joyce Lyles was told at a meeting with more than 40 residents of Hillsboro and surrounding communities why they would rather have a post office in town than have their mail delivered to cluster boxes by a rural carrier out of Purcellville. "Cluster boxes just wouldn't fit with Hillsboro's historic character," said Martha Torlone, the Charles Town, W.Va., resident who hopes to be hired as a contract postmistress for the town. Torlone has offered her store, the Hill-Tom Market, for use as a post office. A group of residents is also investigating the possibility of having the town buy the red frame building that was used as the post office before contract postmistress Charlotte James died suddenly two months ago. The building, which was James' home, also was used for town meetings. According to Lyles, the town has several options if the postal service does not agree to Torlone's offer, including the use of an unmanned rural station. Lyles said Carl Johnson, the sectional center manager of the Merrifield, Va., post office, is expected to meet this week with Torlone and town officials to negotiate a solution to the problem. Hillsboro's 115 residents now drive 12 miles to Purcellville to pick up their mail.

Middleburg Replaces Town Manager

Middleburg Mayor Loyal McMillin last week hired lifelong Middleburg resident William Leach as town manager, replacing Betty Patterson, who resigned to return to her old position as town clerk. According to Patterson, who took over the job when Gerard Rogers retired last year, the position was "just too much work." Patterson said the position was challenging and she was glad she had taken it but vowed never to do it again. "I need more time with my family," she said. "Being town manager is too time-consuming." Leach, a retired hardware store owner, said the town is "blessed" to have Patterson as town clerk and that he is honored to serve as manager. The Town Council is expected to approve the action at tonight's meeting. The change would take effect July 1.

Principal Planner Named in Leesburg

Leesburg Town Manager Jeff Minor last week hired Jay Hicks, a Lansing, Mich., planner, as principal planner, replacing Tom Poupard, who was promoted recently to assistant director of planning, zoning and development. Recruitment continues for replacements for Mark Nelis, who resigned recently to take a job with Leesburg developer Bruce Brownell, and for Assistant Town Manager Steve Owen, who has accepted a similar position with Frederick County.

Library Group to Host Book Sale

The Friends of Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg will hold a fund-raising book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sixth Fun Fair sponsored by the Paxton Child Development Center on King Street. A clown, a craft and flea market, a blues singer, a country band, games, rides, a petting zoo and refreshments will be offered. For information, call 777-3960.