Middleburg Adopts Cable TV Ordinance The Middleburg Town Council last week adopted a cable television ordinance and directed Town Manager William Leach to begin negotiating with Clover Cable Co. of Winchester for service. Leach said residents within corporate limits of the town and just outside town lines could be hooked up to the service within a year.
Hillsboro Water Problems Described
sw-4Hillsboro's longtime water commissioner, Sandy Muir, whose retirement from the post is effective this month, told the Town Council last week that a recent break in water pipes indicated that a long-range solution will have to be found soon for the town's water problems.
In his last presentation before he moves to Fort Wayne, Ind., this month, Muir told the council at a special meeting that the main pipes must be replaced and that the size of the reservoir may have to be increased by adding a tank. The council agreed to discuss the options and come back with recommendations.
Muir said that the post of water commissioner for the 115-resident town may have to be divided among two or three people because "everybody in town is employed full time and water commissioner is a full-time job."
Purcellville to Select Town Manager
Purcellville Town Council member Basham Simms said the town has received more than 100 applications for the post of town manager, vacated by William Dennis last month. The council has narrowed the field to four candidates. Interviewing will begin by the end of the month, Simms said. Dennis, who acted as zoning administrator and finance officer as well as town manager, was being paid $37,000 a year when he left. Simms said that the council may decide to share its zoning administrator with Berryville in nearby Clarke County and ask the new manager to handle the two other jobs. The starting salary will depend on the candidates' capabilities, Simms said.
SAT Workshop Scheduled in Leesburg
The Adult-Children Rehabilitation and Education Center in Leesburg will offer a Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday with a follow-up session from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Loudoun public schools have slated the SAT for Dec. 5. For information, call 777-8181.
Loudoun Seeks School Superintendent
The Loudoun County School Board has announced a national search for a replacement for longtime Superintendent Robert Butt, who will retire in June after serving in the school system for 19 years. The board will hold public hearings at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to hear comments from residents on the qualifications they want in a new superintendent. The board hopes to fill the $85,000-a-year post by July 1.
Manassas Museum Plans Advance
The Manassas City Council last week took two steps toward the construction of a new building to house its fast-expanding museum by authorizing City Manager John Cartwright to seek bids from architects and by approving the creation of a foundation to raise funds for the construction. The new building is expected to cost an estimated $1 million.
Manassas has been accepted for participation in the Virginia Main Street program, which offers technical expertise for municipalities with populations of less than 50,000 to rehabilitate their downtown areas. Cartwright said participation in the Virginia Main Street Program gives Historic Manassas Inc., which oversees the downtown rehabilitation work, access to grants that would fund archeological digs at the city's many historic sites.
Quantico to Clarify Trash Law
The Quantico Town Council last week agreed to clarify its trash ordinance to determine whether the tenant or the landlord is responsible for trash removal at rental properties. At least 80 percent of the housing in Quantico is rented, Mayor Lively Abel said.
A $572,000 state grant to rehabilitate 25 rental units and 10 owner-occupied houses has been approved and notices are expected to go this week to the tenants and homeowners designated for the work, designed to bring the town's housing units up to county safety codes.
Occoquan Resident Nominated to Panel
The Occoquan Town Council last week recommended resident Phyllis Ritenour to the Board of Zoning Appeals to replace Gary Leonard, who resigned recently because he was moving to Stafford County. The Prince William Circuit Court is expected to approve the recommendation soon, Mayor Chuck Pugh said.
Dumfries to Weigh Land Purchase
The Dumfries Town Council is expected to consider this week a proposal to purchase eight acres for a $750,000 recreation center. Plans for the center include ball fields and a recreation building. Town Council member Sam Bauckman said the town may purchase a building adjacent to the town hall to house its planning and zoning department and to give the police department larger headquarters.
Pr. William Supervisor on Statewide Panel
Prince William Supervisor Ed King (D-Dumfries) was elected last week to serve a two-year term on the executive board of the Virginia Association of Counties, an organization that represents Virginia's 92 counties on public issues and aids communication to the state and federal governments.
Program on Constitution Set
Stonewall Middle School in Manassas will offer a commemoration of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution at 8 p.m. Saturday with a music program that will include a chorus, a women's barbershop quartet and country music. General admission is $6. Admission for students and senior citizens is $4. For information, call 368-2096.
Crafts Club to Hold Christmas Show
The Montclair Arts and Crafts Club will hold a Christmas show and sale at Henderson Elementary School in Montclair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 680-2187. Other holiday craft fairs will be held at the Ridge-Wood, Tall Oaks and Canterbury Woods community centers in Lake Ridge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 494-5146.
Ridge-Wood Center Plans Fun Run
The Ridge-Wood Community Center in Lake Ridge will sponsor a 10K/two-mile Turkey Trot Fun Run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday. The run begins at the center. Preregistration is $6; registration the day of the race is $7. For information, call 494-5146.
Hunt Club Sets Blessing of Hounds
The Bull Run Hunt Club will hold its traditional blessing of the hounds at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Derby Meadows on Log Mill Road off Rte. 15. For information, call 385-3888.