Leesburg Bonds Approved
The Leesburg Town Council unanimously voted last week to issue $10 million in general obligation bonds to fund its capital improvements program. Projects include a new municipal complex, a parking facility, a swimming pool and gym at Ida Lee Park, a public works facility and the next phase of the town's storm water management program.
The unanimous vote came as a surprise to many observers, who expected council member Brian Kelley to vote against the bonds. He had said he was opposed because he did not believe a new parking facility was needed in downtown Leesburg. Kelley said he changed his mind because the projects are necessary.
Halloween Parade Set The Leesburg Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Halloween parade at 6 p.m. Saturday with all four county high school bands expected to participate, a spokesman said.
Former Leesburg supervisor Frank Raflo, a parade participant for 15 years, will again push his wife Frances through downtown Leesburg in a shopping cart. Last year they switched roles because Raflo was recuperating from heart surgery. The parade will begin at the Loudoun School Board Annex on Liberty and North streets and will end at Market Station on Loudoun Street.
Loudoun Picks Fire Official The Loudoun Board of Supervisors recently approved the hiring of William Goldfeder as the county's director of Fire and Rescue Services. Goldfeder has been assistant fire chief of the Braden River Fire and Rescue District in Bradenton, Fla., and is expected to begin work Nov. 1.
Nearly 100 candidates applied for the position, a county spokesman said.
Loudoun School Survey In an effort to ensure that Loudoun receives Federal Impact Aid Funds for schools, school officials will survey parents and guardians of schoolchildren to determine how many are on active military duty, or work for the government or private businesses operating on federally owned property. This year, the school system is receiving $35,000 in Federal Impact Aid Funds, school spokeswoman Molly Converse said.
Converse also said that two 1987 graduates of the Blue Ridge Middle School have been named winners in the Promising Young Writers Program sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. They are Liana Fredly, now a Loudoun Valley High School freshman, and James Acken, who attends St. Andrews School in Baltimore.
Judge Penn Recuperates Longtime Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Carleton Penn, who underwent triple bypass surgery this month, is feeling well and may return to the bench by Jan. 1, a court spokesman said. Penn retired from the bench last Jan. 1 but has been sitting as needed since then.
Round Hill Water Hearing Round Hill officials will hold a public hearing Nov. 12 on a proposal by Leesburg developer Bruce Brownell that would provide water sevice to more than 200 customers in exchange for sewer taps for a development he plans on 700 acres he owns just outside the town. The town has been under state mandate for nearly 12 years to improve the quantity and quality of its water.
Town clerk Betty Wolford said the council may accept Brownell's proposal as a temporary solution to its water problems. Water from Sleeter's Lake, a 100-acre body of water outside town lines, is being considered as the long-term solution. If the council decides to use water from the lake, the town will have to build a treatment plant that could cost up to $3 million, Wolford said.
The Round Hill Town Council expects to name two new members to the planning commission on Nov. 5 to replace Pamela Reaves, who is moving out of town, and Allen Neustadter, who resigned after his arrest on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, Wolford said.
Middleburg Mayor Better Middleburg Town Manager William Leach said last week that Mayor Loyal McMillin, who recently underwent triple bypass surgery, is expected home this week and should be back on the job soon. McMillin, 76, has been Middleburg's mayor since 1978.
Leach also said that Middleburg will get its long-awaited traffic signal in the middle of town within three months. Officials have sought the signal "over the last 10 years," he said. The light, which will replace the blinking light on Rte. 50, the town's only traffic signal, is meant to allow motorists on side streets to enter Rte. 50 more easily.
Leach said heavy commuter traffic along the Rte. 50 corridor keeps resident drivers waiting on side streets for 15 minutes or more during morning and afternoon rush hours.
Manassas Park to Get 911 The Manassas Park City Council last week approved the installation of 911 and enhanced emergency service, City Clerk Lana Conner said. The city's 2,300 residents may find a $1.25 increase in their monthly telephone bills to pay for the service, Conner said.
The council also set Nov. 17 for a public hearing to discuss whether the city should approve the purchase of up to 250 acres by the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority in Centreville for expansion of the sewage treatment plant. The project would be completed in 1989. The plant serves Fairfax and Prince William counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and treats more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage daily.
Marines to Battle British The British Royal Navy/Marine running team is expected to arrive tomorrow to participate in the 12th annual Marine Corps Marathon scheduled for Nov. 8 in Washington. According to a Marine spokesman at the Quantico base, the British challenged the U.S. Marines nine years ago for the 44-ounce Victorian Silver Cup and the marathon has become a "nine-year grudge run."
Manassas Pool Petition The Manassas City Council Monday accepted a petition with 300 names requesting the construction of an indoor swimming pool, which the council's new Finance Committee is studying, according to council member and committee Chairman Maury Gerson. The committee is also considering a plan for capital improvements worth more than $90 million, which includes an $18 million middle school to accommodate the city's population growth.
Southern Railroad representatives asked the council to consider approving a special use permit that would allow the company to build a petrol storage facility as part of an expansion of their rail switching yard. Gerson said the council deferred the request to study its legal implications, but complained to the officials about the blocked intersections that often result when the railroad is switching trains.
The council also amended its budget to include a $1.5 million expansion at Osbourn High School to include more practice fields, a new parking lot and tennis courts.
Haymarket Approves Units The Haymarket Town Council approved last week a plan by Great Falls developer David Tinkham for 110 town house units after more than a year of sending Tinkham's architect back to the drawing board to meet the town's new town house ordinance requirements.
The council also approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that sets guidelines for apartment building development. Currently the town has no apartments.
According to Mayor Gertrude Bean, a restaurant opened this month in the minimall built by Nokesville developer Carmelo Intelesane in an old house he remodeled on Washington Street. The restaurant is the town's only one.
Manassas Art Workshops The Manassas Performing and Fine Arts center will present art workshops for students ages 10 to 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in November beginning next week. For information, call 368-FINE.
Pr. William Contest Winners of the Prince William Litter Control Council's recycling project contest for residents will be announced tomorrow, the council spokeswoman said. The contest was held during October as part of Virginia Recycling Month and was designed to encourage residents to reuse products instead of discarding them. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Halloween Party Planned The Prince William Park Authority will sponsor a Halloween party at the Ben Lomond Community Center in Manassas Saturday. For information, call 361-7126. -- Donna Acquaviva