The following was among actions taken by the Alexandria City Council at its Dec. 8 meeting. For further information, call 838-4300.
TEEN CLINIC APPROVED -- The council voted 6 to 1 to establish a public health clinic for teens within walking distance of the city's only high school that will distribute contraceptives to students.
The only vote cast against the clinic, to be located near T.C. Williams High School, was by Republican Carlyle C. Ring Jr., who said he favored establishing a student health facility, but opposed dispensing birth control devices there.
City Manager Vola Lawson will select a site within walking distance of T.C. Williams, which the council also must approve. The clinic is expected to open sometime next year.
The vote ended months of emotional debate in the city, pitting groups who believe that providing contraceptives to students will encourage promiscuity against others who say the clinic may lower Alexandria's skyrocketing teen-age pregnancy rate.
The council defeated a motion by Democrat Lionel Hope to put the issue on a city ballot
"This item has had its day in court and it's never going to get off the drawing board unless we vote up or down," said council member Redella S. Pepper, a Democrat who opposed Hope's motion.
The controversy over the clinic began 18 months ago when Mayor James P. Moran Jr. appointed a task force to study whether a clinic was needed. It picked up steam this fall when Virginia Health Department statistics showed that Alexandria's teen pregnancy rate last year was the highest in the state.
More than 17 percent of the city's teen-age girls got pregnant in 1986, the statistics showed, and more than half of those had abortions.