Fairfax City

The following were among actions taken at the July 24 meeting of the Fairfax City Council. For more information, call 385-7855.

DOWNTOWN PARKING -- The council voted unanimously to establish 11 free on-street parking and loading spaces in the downtown area, beginning today. Seven parking spaces are on Main Street west of Chain Bridge Road, near the Sovran Bank, and two parking and two loading spaces are on Sager Avenue west of University Drive.

Motorists will be allowed to park in the non-metered spaces for up to two hours, except in loading zones, where the limit will be 30 minutes. Parking is allowed only during non-rush hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. weekdays, and all day and night on weekends and holidays.

The parking was recommended as part of efforts to revitalize the city's Downtown Historic District, which has had no on-street parking. Town officials said they expect to study other potential sites for additional on-street parking.

COURT COSTS -- The council voted unanimously to levy a $2 charge on defendants in criminal and traffic cases processed through Fairfax County General District Court in the City of Fairfax, effective immediately. The money will be used to help build, renovate and maintain the city's court facilities and jail and to defray utility bills.

The Virginia General Assembly in its last session enacted legislation permitting counties, cities and towns to assess the charge for up to one year. Herndon and Vienna are among other local jurisdictions that have voted to impose the fee.

The fee is expected to generate $25,000 to $28,000 a year for the city and will expire June 30, 1991, unless the General Assembly votes to allow an extension.