The following were among actions taken by the Herndon Town Council at its Feb. 9 meeting. For more information, call 435-6800.
SWIMMING POOL -- The council chose a larger design for the planned community swimming pool after residents complained the design town staff had recommended included too few swimming lanes.
Town voters last fall authorized the council to sell $5 million in bonds to pay for new parkland and adding an indoor community swimming pool to the town's Community Center. Town officials plan to start work on the addition next fall and finish it a year later. The council is still studying the parkland purchase.
The chosen pool design calls for eight lanes in a 25-yard-long indoor pool, costing $3,586,000. The pool building will also include three racquetball courts and storage and locker space.
Town officials had suggested a 25-yard-long pool with six lanes costing about $200,000 less, but residents said such a design would not allow enough practice space for high school and other competitive swimming programs, and said demand for the pool will be high enough so that fees for using it will pay for the extra two lanes.
The town's bond rating, a measure of creditworthiness, was upgraded last month, according to Finance Director Craig Anderson, which he estimated will save the town $37,000 in interest costs on the $5 million bond issue. Only two of Virginia's 190 towns have Herndon's new A1 rating, Anderson said.
An independent rating agency increased the rating because of the city's economic growth and high family income, which averaged $46,850 in 1985, compared with $49,700 in Fairfax County and $39,885 in northern Virginia as a whole, according to Anderson.
RAVENWOOD -- The council deferred action on the controversial request by Ravenwood Management Co. to rezone a tract in the eastern part of town near the Herndon parkway for office and warehouse development.
Some town council members said they feared the company wanted too much development on the 37-acre parcel. The council postponed a decision on the application until March 8, and scheduled a Feb. 25 work session to discuss it.
DOLL REPAIR -- The council unanimously turned down a request by Kay Hutchison to rezone a Locust Street house from residential to commercial so she could operate a doll repair business there, after other town residents objected it could set a precedent for allowing businesses in residential areas.
Under town zoning ordinances, homeowners may operate certain small businesses, including doll repair, in houses in residential areas if they also live in the house and get a special permit. But Hutchison, although a Herndon resident, does not live in the house and therefore needed to get the house rezoned in order to operate the doll repair business, a town spokesman said.