The Leesburg Town Council has unanimously adopted an amendment to the town code requiring periodic inspection of all commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings to ensure compliance with Leesburg's fire prevention code, according to Town Council member James Clem.
Clem said the county fire marshal's office, which is charged with such inspections, is unable to do them all because the department is understaffed. "Some retail buildings in Leesburg have not been inspected for fire hazards in more than 10 years," Clem said. "The county welcomed our offer to help." The Leesburg fire chief and his assistants will carry out the inspections, Clem said.
A second amendment to the town code will prohibit the use of barbecues and outside cooking devices on elevated balconies and within 15 feet of ground-floor multifamily dwellings. Electric grills will be allowed.
In other business, the council approved temporary signs, street closing and use of Ida Lee Park for today through Wednesday, a week that was proclaimed by Mayor Robert Sevila as "Thank You Veterans Week."
Dr. Claude Moore, a 95-year-old physician who donated a 357-acre tract in eastern Loudoun County to a private group asking that it be kept as open space, will be honored Wednesday as the county's oldest veteran at a ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Courthouse.
Also, the council set a Nov. 25 public hearing on the business license tax fee for massage parlors. The council is considering whether the fee should be changed from $5,000 annually to $20 plus 20 percent of the gross receipts. Leesburg has no massage parlors because the high fee discourages them, a town spokesman said. The lower fee will be considered because some Loudoun health professionals have requested it to encourage a massage parlor to locate in the town, a spokesman said.
NVCC Farmer's Market Is Extended
Northern Virginia Community College officials have agreed to extend until Nov. 21 the closing date of the farmer's market on the school's Loudoun campus on Rte. 7, according to county agriculture development officer Helene Lepkowski. Items to be offered for sale include fall fruits and vegetables, cider, apple butter and baked goods. Loudoun Hospital Seeks Volunteers Loudoun Memorial Hospital is seeking volunteers for its sensory stimulation program, which assists head-injured patients to achieve higher levels of awareness. After undergoing an orientation program, volunteers spend a half-hour a week with a patient. For information, call 777-3300, ext. 2747.
The hospital recently donated $20,000 in matching funds to enable the rescue squads in Round Hill, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Hamilton and Sterling to purchase medical equipment that will monitor and reestablish normal heart rhythm after cardiac distress. The other $20,000 was donated by the Virginia Department of Health Rescue Assistance Program, a hospital spokesman said. Trials Slated by Loudoun Hunt The Loudoun Hunt will hold hunter trials from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Oatlands, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Rte. 15 six miles north of Leesburg. Admission is free. For information, call 777-3174.
2 Woodbridge High Seniors Honored Woodbridge High School seniors Jennifer Moos and Jennifer Botta received awards at the recent annual Herff-Jones Gettysburg Workshop for their work on the 1988 Viking yearbook. According to Woodbridge yearbook adviser Mary Jo Peterson, Moos received her award for outstanding creative design and Botta was given the award for best photographic composition. -- Donna Acquaviva