Fairfax City

The following was among actions taken at the May 22 meeting of the Fairfax City Council. For more information, call 385-7855.

DAY-CARE CENTER -- Despite opposition from some neighbors, the council voted 4 to 2 to approve a special-use permit for a day-care center for 80 children at 10629 West Dr., off Chain Bridge Road near Providence Park.

Beatrice M. Tierney of Children's International School Inc. of Arlington plans to lease and operate a day-care center on just over 31,000 square feet of residentially zoned land. Pending city approval of plans, an abandoned, vacant frame house on the site would be torn down and replaced with an 8,000-square-foot, 2 1/2-story building. The day-care center would house 2 1/2- to 5-year-olds from 7:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Earl A. Berner, chief of the city's community development division.

The application was approved subject to numerous conditions, including reducing the center's size by 2,000 feet to 8,000 feet, installing a six-foot-high fence around the property and providing van or bus service to pick up half of the children. Mayor-elect John Mason and council member Robert Lederer voted against the proposal.

"The applicant was successful in documenting a need for day care, not only in the city but in that location, and through the busing of the children and reducing the square footage, she was able to address some of the main issues" of concern to residents and city staff members, Berner said.

Town of Vienna

The following were among actions taken by the Vienna Town Council at its May 21 meeting. For more information, call 255-6330.

COURT COSTS -- The council introduced a proposal to levy a $2 charge on defendants in criminal or traffic cases processed through the Fairfax County District Court in Vienna and to use the money to build, renovate or maintain the town's court facilities or jail and to defray utility bills for the buildings. The council will consider the proposal June 4.

In its recently convened session, the General Assembly enacted legislation that would allow counties, cities or towns to assess the additional charge for up to one year. Fairfax County officials recently agreed to hold a public hearing on a similar proposal June 25.

The levy is expected to generate about $14,000 a year for the town; about 7,000 cases are processed each year through the District Court, which is in session once a week in the town hall to handle the town's traffic cases and misdemeanors, according to Town Manager John Schoeberlein.

The charge would be effective July 1 and would expire June 30, unless the General Assembly votes to continue it in its next session, Schoeberlein said.

FIREWORKS -- The council awarded a $9,895 fireworks contract for the town's upcoming Fourth of July celebration to Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Co. Inc. of New Castle, Pa.

To celebrate the town's centennial, this year's display will include a wider variety and more aerial shells, a ground piece fashioned after the town's centennial logo, and a grand finale with 250 shells, up from the 150- to 200-shell finales of previous years.

PARK STREET IMPROVEMENTS -- The Virginia Department of Transportation has rescheduled a public hearing on improvements to Park Street from July 9 to Aug. 27.

VDOT plans to make an estimated $2.1 million in improvements to Park Street from Maple Avenue to Fardale Street. The project will include straightening the roadway, installing curbs and gutters on both sides, and installing a sidewalk along the west side of the street. The section of Park Street to be improved travels from Maple Avenue in the center of town to Fardale Street on the southeast town line.

The project is on the state's six-year plan for road improvements and will be funded by the state, with the exception of five percent, which will be paid by the town. Work on Park Street will begin in the fall of 1991 and will be completed in about two years, Town Spokesman Marie Kisner said.

The public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE.