Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the June 18 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

GYPSY MOTH SPRAYING -- The county sprayed about 4,000 fewer acres this spring than last in its Gypsy Moth Control Program -- about 10,000 acres fewer than identified as in need of spraying -- because of cuts in state funding, according to a report to the council by Kim Largen, who heads the program. The reduction could result in the defoliation of about 5,000 trees in the county this summer by the leaf-eating insects, she said.

Historically, the state has paid 25 percent, the county 25 percent and the federal government 50 percent of the cost of spraying. But this year, the state said it could not fully fund its share of the cost to spray 53,000 acres, which county officials identified last fall as in need of spraying. As a result, the county dropped plans to spray about 10,000 acres.

The reduction saved about $9,100, bringing the total cost down to $339,940.

The county sprayed about 42,785 acres this spring with Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a naturally occuring strain of bacteria toxic to the gypsy moth if properly applied, and Dimilin, a chemical that is not supposed to be sprayed near water because it is toxic to aquatic life. Last spring, the county sprayed about 46,000 acres, primarily in the northern two-thirds of the county.

The defoliation problem may be worse next year, Largen estimated, because about 65,000 acres will need to be sprayed, and with reduced state funding and the increasing cost of spraying, the county may be able to spray only 35,000 acres.

This year, in addition to the acreage dropped from the plan due to a lack of funds, another 627 acres were excluded from the spraying at the request of 53 property-owners.

Largen recommended that the board re-examine the optional nature of the program, in which property-owners can request that their property not be sprayed. Mandatory spraying could provide "more effective control" of the gypsy moth, she said.

CHILD CARE -- The board approved plans to start a pilot program of before- and after-school child care in seven county schools this September. The program will be contracted out to a private day-care provider. {For more information, see related story in today's Weekly.}

DELINQUENT TAXES -- In an effort to collect overdue county real estate, personal property and business, professional and occupational license taxes, the board agreed to publish for the first time in local newspapers the names and addresses of county residents who owe $1,000 or more in outstanding local taxes. The information on the delinquent taxpayers -- currently 1,190 through tax year 1989 -- will appear in two local papers one day this August. {For more details, see related story in Today's Weekly.}

ZONING ACTIONS -- The board approved the following requests:

ADEN ROAD AND FLEETWOOD DRIVE -- By Allan D. Cors for a special use permit to operate a private airstrip in an agricultural zone. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

BRISTOW AND WINDY HILL ROADS -- Bristow Wood Estates Limited Partnership to rezone 82 acres from agricultural to rural residential to construct 16 single-family houses. 7 to 0. Coles District.

WELLINGTON ROAD AND RIXLEW LANE -- By Wellington Station Limited Partnership to rezone 49 acres from agricultural to light industrial for future development. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

City of Manassas

The following were among actions taken at the June 11 meeting of the Manassas City Council. For more information, call 335-8211.

POWER LINES -- The council directed city officials to meet with Virginia Power officials to discuss burying power lines for a proposed 230-kilovolt transmission where they would border the southern edge of the city's historic district. Virginia Power has proposed installing the lines on 103-foot-high poles spaced 400 to 700 feet apart. {For more details, see related story in today's Weekly.}

COMMUTER PARKING -- The council ordered planning staff to complete the design of three parking lots near the Manassas railroad station off Prince William Street, which will provide 299 spaces for commuters using the planned commuter rail service into the District.

The Virginia Railway Express, which is expected to carry about 222 Manassas residents daily, is scheduled to begin service in October 1991.

The parking lots will be built at the following locations: a 66-space lot south of the railroad tracks at Prince William and West streets; a 48-space lot on property adjacent to the station at Prince William, West and Battle streets; and a 185-space lot on a 69,438-square-foot lot south of the tracks at Prince William Street between Fairview Avenue and Main Street.

The three lots, expected to cost about $448,500, should be completed by the fall of 1991.

YOUTH TASK FORCE -- The council referred to the city's parks and recreation committee a proposal to establish a citizen task force to develop more activities and facilities for youths.

The council asked the parks and recreation committee to recommend how to set up the task force, which was recommended by Kermit Dance, assistant principal at Osbourn High School. The committee, which is scheduled to meet in early July, may respond by August, according to a city official.

Although the city plans to construct a youth recreation complex, including an indoor pool, at Jennie Dean Park at Prince William Street and Wellington Road, the facility will not be completed until 1992 and there are currently no community programs specifically for youths. The current lack of facilities leads "to {youths} cruising city streets and hanging out in shopping center parking lots," Dance told the council.

Dance, who helped coordinate evening programs for teenagers at Osbourn in the past school year, recommended that the task force include parents, teenagers, parks and recreation officials and local professionals. He said the task force should study youth needs and how school facilities could be used more efficiently to include youth programs. The task force also should be involved in planning of the Jennie Dean recreational facility, he said.

SITE PLANS -- The following plan was approved:

DRIVE AND NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD TRACKS -- The council approved a site plan by William H. and Roberta R. Walter to construct a parking lot and a gravel storage facility in an industrial zone. 7 to 0.

City of Manassas Park

The following were among actions taken at the June 19 meeting of the Manassas Park City Council. For more information, call 335-8800.

CONSULTANT -- The City Council agreed to contract with former City Manager Jerry Davis to serve voluntarily as an unpaid consultant to Manassas Park on three projects that were still in the planning stages when Davis left his position June 15.

Davis, who announced his resignation last fall, has joined Signal Hill Development Corp., which is developing 404 of the 462 acres recently annexed from Prince William County, on the eastern side of the city. Davis is now vice president in charge of the Manassas Park project.

None of the projects on which he would consult directly involve Signal Hill's planned development. However, the council referred the contract to the City Attorney to determine if there would by any conflict of interest for Davis, as an employee of Signal Hill, to be a city consultant on those projects.

The projects are overseeing an archaeological excavation on part of the annexed land; overseeing the development of a park on a 100-acre tract located in the county near Manassas Park, and negotiating with the Professional Golfers' Association to construct and operate an 18-hole municipal golf course in the city-owned Union Mill Park. The course would cover about 185 acres of the 270-acre park, which borders the Signal Hill Development's property.

City Manager James Norlund has said that the proposed golf course would be a "financial boon" to the city.

REQUESTS -- The council approved the following requests:

EUCLID AVE., 8499 -- By Storage America to construct a building in the Conner Industrial Center that will not comply with a special city convenant requiring structures to be a minimum of 10 feet from side yard lines. The building will be in compliance with the city's zoning regulations, which do not specify distance from side yard lines for buildings in industrial areas. 5 to 0.

OWENS DR., 9102 -- By C.W. Strittmatter for the city to take over maintenance responsibility for a storm water sewer. 5 to 0.