City of Falls Church

The following were among actions taken at the Dec. 29 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5088.

ZONING DECISION ENDORSED -- The council voted, 7 to 0, not to oppose the Board of Zoning Appeals' denial of the city's plan to house troubled teen-age girls in a group home at 407 Little Falls St.

But the council reaffirmed its desire to find a suitable location for such a home in the city.

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the zoning board voted 3 to 2 to deny a special use permit that would have allowed the renovation of a vacant house for as many as 12 runaways, truants, abused or neglected teen-agers and delinquents referred by the juvenile court.

In the past, such girls have been sent to a Fairfax County facility. But girls from Falls Church can no longer be sent there, since the city withdrew Jan. 1 from the 19th Judicial Circuit, which includes Fairfax County and Fairfax City, and merged with Arlington in the 17th Judicial Circuit.

Delinquent boys from Falls Church are eligible to enter Arlington's Argus House.

Neighbors of the long-vacant Falls Church house had opposed the proposed use, and had presented the board with a petition bearing 300 signatures. The house is owned by Shefer Schools Inc., but had never been renovated for school use. The city would have purchased the building had the zoning board approved the group home.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS NAMED -- The council named James Clark of the Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks to the ad hoc committee to review child care, and named Catherine Butler of the same board as an alternate.

The council created the committee in November to assess the city's overall need for day care, and explore the possibility of opening a day care center for children of the city's 450 employes, a step recently taken by Fairfax and Arlington counties.

The commission, chaired by Elizabeth Moore of the city's Private School and Day Care Facility Board, is scheduled to issue a report to the council by June 1.