Town of Leesburg
The following were among actions taken at the May 22 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.
RECYCLING -- The Town Council voted unanimously to allow the town's trash hauler, Grayson's Refuse Service, to set up two recycling centers for collection of newspapers, glass and alumnimun cans. The centers will be at the southern entrance to Ida Lee Park and at the gravel parking area on South Harrison Street.
Grayson's will set up the centers and collect materials at no cost to the town, as it does in several other Loudoun communities. In Leesburg, the program will be on a 90-day trial basis, after which time the town manager will recommend changes or modifications.
The centers will offer residents another option for recycling. Currently, most Leesburg residents who recycle bring materials to either the Giant or Safeway supermarket.
The council also directed the town manager to work with Grayson's to develop a curbside recycling program. The only other Loudoun town with such a program is Middleburg.
IDA LEE PARK FEES -- The council adopted a schedule of fees for use of Ida Lee Park, the 38,000-square-foot recreation center set to open in late June or early July. The center, part of a 138-acre park under development at Route 15 and Old Waterford Road, will house the county's only public indoor swimming pool as well as a weight room, a community room and a conference room.
The fees for town and county residents, proposed by the town's parks and recreation department and adopted by the council, are as follows:
Adults (16 and older) -- $3.25 daily admission; $1.50 for weight room and gym use only.
Youths (under 16) -- $2.25 daily admission; $1 for weight room and gym use only.
Seniors (60 and older) -- $1.65 daily admission: $1 for weight room and gym use only.
Passes for 25 visits -- $65 for adults; $45 for youths; $32.50 for senior citizens.
Quarterly passes are $70 for one adult and $120 for two adults in the same household; yearly passes $210 for one adult and $360 for two in the same household.
Out-of-county residents will pay 30 percent more than county residents in their age group for daily use of facilities and $90 for a 25-visit pass.
The rates are lower than those in Fairfax County recreation centers with similar facilities, where adult daily admission costs $3.95 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
Town of Lovettsville
The following was among actions taken at the May 24 meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council. For more information, call 822-5788.
FENTON TRACT REZONING -- After more than a year of deliberations, a divided Town Council voted to rezone the Fenton tract, a 46.5 acre parcel on which a developer has proposed building 194 town houses and 58 single-family homes.
The council voted 3-2-1 to grant the rezoning from R-1, which allows one house per acre, to R-2 and R-3, which allow two and three houses per acre, respectively. Members Elaine Walker and Mary Jean Hartman voted no, saying there were too many town houses planned for the tract, which sits between a water tower and George's Lumber company, north of the intersection of Berlin Pike and Route 673. Member Mercel Skaggs, who is leaving the council when his term expires July 1, abstained from voting.
The new subdivision, to be built by a Leesburg partnership called Mountain Ventures, could increase the town's population by almost 80 percent, from about 750 to about 1,340. However, it is unclear when construction will begin or be completed because the town's current water and sewer system cannot serve that many homes.
The council and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors have approved a new water and sewer system for Lovettsville, including a network of pipes that would pump water from the Potomac River and treated sewage back to the Potomac. But the town has not decided how to finance the system, estimated to cost about $5 million, which will replace and significantly expand the town's present inadequate water and sewage systems.
The developer is expected to purchase water and sewer taps for the project, alleviating some of the cost, but the town would still have to find a way to pay more than $3 million. Town officials hope developers who are planning other major developments in and around the town will assume much of that $3 million cost.
In approving the rezoning for the new subdivision, the council rejected the wishes of the town Planning Commission, which voted a year ago to recommend denial, and of a citizens group which said the council should wait until the town's new zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan for future development are in place before approving a major rezoning.
In exchange for the rezoning and permitting higher density development, the developer offered to contribute $320 per house or $80,640 to the town and $75,000 to the volunteer fire and rescue departments. It will also donate 1.6 acres of its land within the subdivision as a public park.
The developer had scaled down the application in an effort to reduce opposition from council members and citizens. Originally, the plan called for 194 town houses and 144 apartments in place of the 58 single-family homes now proposed.