Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken at the Monday meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 691-3187.

PIPELINE RUPTURE CLEANUP -- The board directed County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert to investigate the June 11 pipeline rupture in Centreville that sent thousands of gallons of gasoline spewing into the air and forced the evacation of hundreds of homes and an elementary school. About 400 firefighters, a third of the county force, were sent to the scene. They sprayed 10,000 gallons of foam over the gas to prevent it from catching fire. No injuries were reported.

Last week federal officials said the rupture was apparently the mistake of the operator of a bulldozer that struck a large pipeline owned by Colonal Pipe Line Co. of Atlanta.

Lambert told the board that a county surveyor had determined that the pipeline, which runs from 300 miles from Greensboro, N.C., to Dorsey Junction outside of Baltimore, was located 35 inches below the ground, apparently within federal standards that require large pipes to be buried 30 inches below grade. Lambert also said the county was maintaining a toxicologist on site to monitor fumes and any possible environmental hazards.

Lambert also said the county would be reviewing its legal options and would seek reimbursement from Colonial Pipe Line Co. for the the county's cleanup costs, which are expected to exceed $100,000.

Two subdivisions, Sunset Ridge and Singleton's Grove, along with Union Mill Elementary School, were evacuated following the pipeline rupture. The Sunset Ridge families were able to return a short time later. All but two of the 47 families at Singleton's Grove returned to their homes Sunday night.

In addition to investigating the rupture, the board also directed county staff to look into establishing a policy of minimizing the number of pipelines crossed by roads, and to increase the buffer zone between large pipes and construction projects.

BASKETBALL HOOPS -- The board gave final approval to an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that would allow free-standing basketball hoops. The move makes hoops legal in Fairfax County, but requires them to be 12 feet from the side property line and 15 feet from the front property line. The hoops cannot be used from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTMENTS -- The board approved the reappointment of the following Fairfax County School Board members to two-year terms: Chairwoman Mary E. Collier (Dranesville); Joy Korologos (At-Large); Anthony T. Lane (Lee); Frank Francois (At-Large); Kohann H. Whitney (Centreville), and Carla Yock (Mason).

BUS FARES -- The board received a report from the county Office of Transportation announcing preliminary results of a one-year pilot program aimed at increasing riders on feeder buses to Metrorail stations by reducing bus fares. The program, which began March 23, is an attempt by the county to alleviate parking congestion at the Metrorail stations.

The report said bus ridership on the selected routes has increased 30 percent since the program began, but parking congestion remains a problem.