A task force formed to help solve problems in Manassas' Georgetown South community has issued the first of its quarterly reports outlining steps the community should take to help prevent illegal drug use, domestic violence, youth gangs, poor property maintenance, lack of parking and unsupervised children.
A 1987 survey by the Prince William Cooperative Extension Service revealed that more than half of the development's 2,300 residents were concerned about such problems.
The task force's youth committee is considering a number of measures to improve recreation and programs for unsupervised children, including a survey to establish the types of day and child care needed, developing ideas for latch key children and evaluating the availability of funds for recreation programs and equipment.
In the area of neighborhood appearance and city services, a standing committee has developed an action plan calling for:
The start of a neighborhood inspection program.
Review of the city's snow removal program.
Discussions with city officials about the possibility of improvements to streets, lighting, storm drains, fire hydrants and housing inspections
The task force's traffic committee has met with city officials to discuss parking regulations and the possibility of realignment of parking spaces in Georgetown South.
In addition, the task force report announced that Georgetown South resident Mary Neis will serve as a 4H community resource development coordinator through a grant program from Virginia Tech and State University.