Firm Likely to Analyze Sewer System
The Round Hill Town Council is expected to hire the engineering firm of Dewberry and Davis to analyze the town's sewer system.
The firm will be asked to determine if the system will accommodate 100 new sewer taps, town clerk Betty Wolford said.
Last week Leesburg developer Bruce Brownell formally proposed that the town sell him the 100 taps in exchange for water that he would provide from six wells recently drilled on the 700 acres he owns outside town lines.
He plans to build 170 housing units on the land.
The wells pump 230 gallons a minute. The council told Brownell last winter that it would require 210 gallons a minute before it would consider the proposal.
Wolford said the oral report from the state health department indicates that the water meets all Virginia health standards.
In other business, council member Kim Peele, calling for volunteers to scrape, prime and paint the exterior of the old Ford's store, a building the First American Bank of Virginia donated to Round Hill last year for use as a town hall, said he would not schedule any work sessions until next month when he hopes the weather will be cooler.
Volunteers should call Peele at 338-3453.
Wolford said the work on the roof, downspouts, gutters and the stone foundation is finished.
The building is expected to be ready for use by the end of next year, she said. Hillsboro Water Restrictions Seen
Hillsboro water commissioner Sandy Muir warned the Town Council last week that unless there is significant rainfall this month, the town may have to restrict outside water use, as it did during most of last summer's drought.
Residents used a record 11,310 gallons on Aug. 11, Muir said. The average daily use for the month was 8,000 gallons.
Hillsboro gets its water from a spring on Short Hill Mountain.
If restrictions are imposed, residents will be mailed a written notice, Muir said.
The council seat vacated when Glenn Roberts accepted the post of mayor to replace Alexandra Spaith, who moved out of town, is still vacant because no one has indicated an interest in the post, Muir said.
"We will probably have someone ready to name by the September meeting," he added. "A lot of people are out of town on vacation this month." Middleburg Focuses on House Numbers
Although most of Middleburg's nearly 300 households are complying with officials' request that they install easily readable house numbers, some have not. According to Town Manager William Leach, noncompliance may be punishable by a fine. The town's Planning Commission developed the numbering system in the early 1970s at the request of the fire department.
Residents who are unsure of their house number should call the town office at 687-5152. The size of the numbers should be a minimum of two inches. The numbers should contrast with their background and be placed so they are visible from the street, officials said.
Most Middleburg residents are complying with restrictions on the use of water outside that were imposed last month because of the heat wave, according to Mayor Loyal McMillin. Last month's use of 108,000 gallons of water a day and a leak in the water line strained the town's two wells, Leach said. But the leak has been repaired, he said. Wine Festival Scheduled for Saturday
The Middleburg Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Piedmont Vineyards. The $8 admission entitles visitors to taste a variety of wines and fresh grapes and tour the vineyard in a tractor-drawn hay wagon. Visitors wishing to participate in a grape stomping competition should wear old shorts, a spokesman said. Ex-Candidate Seeks Leesburg Seat
Alicia Wilson, whose campaign for the Leesburg Town Council last year was unsuccessful, said she intends to apply for the vacant seat that will be created when council member Jerry Pelkey leaves this month. Pelkey resigned because he is moving out of state for business reasons. Wilson said, "I received more than 700 votes out of 1,500 cast last year for that seat, so there is a constituency out there. If I'm not appointed to Jerry's seat, I will run again next year." Wilson will talk with several council members before she makes a formal application, but "I'm afraid I don't have enough votes on the council yet," she said.
Leesburg Town Manager Jeff Minor hired Andrew Conlon Jr. as zoning administrator last week, replacing Mark Nelis, who left recently to work with local developer Bruce Brownell. Conlon, who begins work Monday, held a similar position in Culpeper County, Minor said. August Court Days Festival Nears
The 11th annual August Court Days, a recreation of the celebrations that opened judicial court during the 1700s, will be held in the streets of downtown historic Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 regional crafts people will demonstrate their wares. Events will include continuous entertainment provided by the Bluemont Concert Series, demonstrations of Revolutionary War cookware and musketry by the Maryland Militia, a Children's Faire sponsored by the Loudoun County Parks and Recreation Department and a reenactment written by Waterford historian Ray Baine of the ratification of the Constitution. There will also be several food booths sponsored by local civic groups. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by the Loudoun Recreation and Preservation Society, will be used to restore the Leesburg United Methodist Church. More than $50,000 has been raised since the event began and money has been used to restore projects throughout the county. For information, call 478-1856.