Prince William County
The following was among actions taken at the July 10 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.
RECORDATION TAX -- The board postponed a decision on how to use its expected share of state recordation tax revenues until the state indicates when it will actually begin returning those revenues to localities.
Prince William is expected to receive about $1 million in recordation taxes to be returned this fiscal year and about $20 million over the next five years, which supervisors have proposed splitting between the county government and the schools.
The General Assembly this past winter voted to begin returning state recordation taxes -- 15 cents on every $100 of real estate sold in each jurisdiction -- to each jurisdiction starting next Jan. 1.
However, state officials have now proposed delaying or completely eliminating the transfer of those revenues back to the localities for both this fiscal year and fiscal 1992 in an effort to cut the state's budget, according to the county's legislative liaison, Pierce Homer.
During a board work session before the meeting, Homer said the county may learn in September what the state plans to do.
The county board has tentatively earmarked the county government's share of the revenues -- roughly $9.5 million for the five-year period -- for transportation uses, such as road design and financing construction of stations for the planned commuter rail service into Washington, scheduled to begin in the fall of 1991.
Town of Dumfries
The following were among actions taken at the July 10 meeting of the Dumfries Town Council. For more information, call 221-4133.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT OFFICER -- The council recommended that Town Manager Thomas Harris appoint former Dumfries councilman Claude Thomas, who lost a reelection bid in May, to serve in an unsalaried position as the town's first equal opportunity employment officer.
The board's decision to establish an EOE officer position followed allegations of racist behavior by officials at Town Hall, including former Town Manger James Crouch.
Last September, Crouch promoted Cpl. Conrad G. LaBossiere, who is white, to police chief, bypassing then-acting chief Calvin Johnson, who is black. Crouch said LaBossiere was the more qualified job candidate.
The new EOE officer will monitor town compliance with federal hiring and employment regulations. In addition, creation of the position also will demonstrate to town employees and residents that the council is attempting to resolve questions of discrimination in its employment procedures, said Councilman Edward Graham.
"Even if it is just an appearance of impropriety, we want to rectify it and show we're putting our best foot forward," Graham said.
Under a town ordinance, the council cannot appoint current or former council members who have been out of elected office less than a year to committees or commissions which serve the council. But that ordinance, town attorney Robert Bendall said, does not prohibit a town official such as manager Harris from appointing an EOE officer.
The council proposed paying Thomas, a federal government employee, $20 per council meeting. But Bendall recommended that the position be unsalaried.
BROADCASTING TOWN MEETINGS -- The council, following a recommendation by Councilman Edward Graham, directed Town Manager Thomas Harris to organize live local TV and radio broadcasts of town meetings and to prepare plans for a monthly town newsletter and calendar of community events for Dumfries residents. Both efforts are expected to be launched by September.
Town Council meetings were broadcast on television briefly in 1988 at no cost to the town by a local cable company, Columbia Cable of Virginia. But following a meeting in which a Dumfries resident cursed council members over a planning issue and was physically removed from Town Hall, the council ended the broadcasts, Graham said.
The city council meetings of both Manassas and Manassas Park are broadcast on local cable TV. But Prince William County and the towns of Dumfries, Quantico, Haymarket and Occoquan do not currently broadcast government meetings.
The TV and radio stations that might carry the meetings have not been determined, Graham said, but he said he expects the broadcasts would again be a free service to the town, which already has its own visual and audio equipmemt.
The newsletter and monthly calendar of events would include agendas of town meetings as well as news of actions taken at previous meetings. The council directed Harris to determine the cost of delivering the calendar and newsletter to Dumfries' 5,500 residents.
APPOINTMENTS -- The council approved Mayor Samuel W. Bauckman's appointment of Clyde N. Washington Jr. as vice-mayor.
Washington, now serving his fifth term on the council, served as vice-mayor in 1980-81.
The former vice-mayor, Claude Thomas, was defeated in the May council elections.
The council also reappointed all members of the town's Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.
Reappointed to two-year terms on the Planning Commission are: Marvin Wilkins, Ewell Harris, Katharine Warren, Peggy Hamm, Larry Williams, Raymond Meisels and Warren Buffington.
Reappointed to two-year terms on the review board are: Henry Peterson Jr., Edward Stallknecht and Henry Baxley. The council is expected to make two more appointments to the review board to fill the positions of former chairman Pete Costello, who recently resigned, and Edward Graham, who had to step down from the board when he took a seat on the Town Council July 1.
Town of Haymarket
The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Haymarket Town Council. For more information, call 754-4816.
BUSINESS TAX -- Vice Mayor John Capp proposed that the town delay levying a new business tax from Oct. 1 until Jan. 1 to coordinate the tax schedule with the calendar year.
The town's personal and real estate taxes are figured on an annual basis from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and Councilman Ronald Hancock said it would be easier for the town to figure all its taxes in line with the calendar year.
The council approved the new business tax as part of the town's $170,530 budget for fiscal 1991, which went into effect July 2. It is the first new town tax or tax increase in more than a decade. Retail businesses will be taxed 10 cents per $100 of gross receipts, and wholesale businesses, such as most of the used-car dealers in town, will be taxed on 5 percent of their gross receipts at a rate of 5 cents per $100.
Taxes levied against town residents will remain at the same rate as in fiscal 1990: the personal property tax at 60 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the real estate tax at 14 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The town attorney is reviewing Capp's proposal to delay implementing the new business tax and is expected to present his recommendation to the council at its Aug. 6 meeting.
In a related action, the council unanimously agreed to hire Robert Mayer of Johnson & Scarborough, a certified public accounting firm, as an unpaid consultant to help the town implement the new business tax.
Hancock said that once a town manager is hired, he or she eventually will be responsible for administering the new tax. The council budgeted $11,000 in fiscal 1991 to hire its first town manager.
BUSINESS LICENSES -- The council approved the following business licenses:
JEFFERSON ST., 6611 -- By Thomas Noll Jr. to operate a novelty shop called Conversation Pieces. 5 to 0.
JOHN MARSHALL HIGHWAY, 15025 -- By Quarles Petroleum Inc. to operate a convenience store called Q Stop No. 16. 5 to 0.
WASHINGTON ST., 15000 -- Tonia L. Stalker to operate a cosmetology shop called Madison Parlour of Hair Design. 5 to 0.
WASHINGTON ST., 15026 -- By Thomas Rector to operate a real estate agency called C-21 Eagle Properties Inc. 5 to 0.
Town of Occoquan
The following were among actions taken at a July 10 meeting of the Occoquan Town Council. For more information, please call 491-1918.
PLANNING COMMISSION -- The Town Council reappointed Robert Lehtos to a second four-year term on the Planning Commission and appointed three new commission members: Jay Breeden, Kathleen Loomis and Robert Rose. The commission reviews development and rezoning plans in the town and makes recommendations to the council.
The council also appointed councilman R.A. "Rob" Mooney to a two-year term as the council's voting representative to the Planning Commission.
The terms of the former commissioners expired June 30. June Randolph asked not to be reappoined, and the council did not reappoint Arlene Dowell and Alberta Atha. Commission member Jessie Payne died this past winter.
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD -- The council appointed a new member and a council representative to the town's seven-member Architectural Review Board, which regulates the exterior design plans for structures in Occoquan's historic district. The terms are now in effect.
Dorothy Rose was appointed to serve the two years remaining in the three-year term of former review board chairman Clifton L. Spence III. Spence recently resigned for personal reasons, according to Mayor LaVerne O. Caon.
The review board, which meets the first Tuesday of the month, elected Robert Porter as chairman at a special July 12 meeting.
Councilman R.A. "Bob" Henry, who began his first two-year term on the council July 1, is the council's voting representative to the review board for two years.
SIDEWALK REPAIR -- The council approved the use of no more than $2,000 to make emergency repairs to the public sidewalk in front of 302 Mill St. Repairs on the sidewalk, which is sinking, will begin immediately, according to town officials.
Town of Quantico
The following were among actions taken at the July 9 and July 12 meetings of the Quantico Town Council. For more information, call 640-7411.
PAY RAISES -- The council approved an additional wage increase for police officers and maintenance workers that boosts their pay by 75 cents an hour more than they earned in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Last month, the council approved a 3 percent pay increase for the employees under a $339,550 spending plan for fiscal 1991. The raise put 26 to 31 cents more an hour into the pockets of the town's three police officers and gave 25 cents more an hour to two maintenance workers.
The supplementary pay hike, which raised the wages by a total of 75 cents an hour, was approved after the police officers complained that their initial raise was not sufficient.
Following the additional pay raise, the chief of police now makes $11.18 an hour and the lowest-paid officer receives $9.45 an hour. If the officers work all the hours estimated in the town's spending plan, the latest increase will cost the town an additional $6,264 this year, bringing the police department's budget to $75,060.
According to town Treasurer Georgia Raftelis, the council decided that the maintenance workers also should receive an additional raise. As a result, a full-time maintenance worker now receives $6.55 an hour and a part-time employee $5.65 an hour. The higher wage rates will raise the maintenance budget about $1,600, to $33,800, in the current fiscal year.
BAY AND RIVER PROTECTION -- Councilman Mitchel Raftelis told the concil that Quantico has received a $2,000 state grant to help the town prepare for new state laws designed to help protect the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The laws will go into effect in the fall and next spring.
Under the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act, which the General Assembly approved in 1988, all tidewater jurisdictions in Virginia are required to establish new zoning requirements, such as buffer zones between water and development sites, to protect the environmentally sensitive bay and river. Jurisdictions must pass local ordinances establishing the new zoning law by fall, and local maps of environmentally sensitive areas must be submitted to the state by April.
The town already has earmarked $1,000 of the state grant to pay an engineering and architectural consulting firm in Fairfax to draw the maps. The remainder of the state funds will be used to pay part of the fees of an attorney and a planning consultant who are working on the new ordinance. The town has applied for a second grant to fund the balance of their fees, which are not expected to exceed $5,900, according to a town official.
INCREASED FINES -- Town Police Chief Leo Rodriguez recommended revising the town code to raise the maximum fine for misdemeanors from $500 to $2,500, to make Quantico's fines comparable to those in the state code and to generate more revenue for the town.
Last winter, the General Assembly raised the maximum fine for misdemeanors from $1,000 to $2,500, effective July 1.
Currently under the town code, anyone convicted of a misdemeanor, such as assault and battery or disorderly conduct, can be imprisoned up to 12 months and fined up to $500. The terms of the fine and imprisonment have not been raised since 1927, when the town was incorporated, according to Rodriguez.
To raise the fine, the town would have to amend its 1927 charter, which requires the approval of the General Assembly. If the state approved such an amendment in its next term, a new maximum fine could go into effect by next July.
Rodriguez said the town issues an average of eight misdemeanor charges each month.
TOWN OFFICERS -- The council, which began a new term July 1, reappointed the town's treasurer, clerk and attorney to two-year terms.
Benjamin Purvis was reappointed town clerk, a parttime position that pays $4,000; Turner Smith will continue as town attorney, at a salary of $18,000, and Georgia Raftelis, town treasurer since 1980, will serve another term, at a salary of $22,285.
Purvis and Smith were reappointed unanimously. Raftelis was reappointed in a 3 to 1 vote, with Councilman Percey A. Brown Jr. casting the dissenting vote.