Loudoun County

The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 777-0202.

PARK-AND-RIDE LOT -- County transportation staff members told the board they were ready to apply to build the county's first commuter park-and-ride lot, in Sterling. Although the lot would be a county project, the supervisors have to grant a special exception for its construction.

The lot, with about 150 parking spaces, would be built on about two acres of county property at the intersection of Route 7 and Cardinal Glen Circle. The cost of construction, which includes pavement, lighting, a small shelter and landscaping, is estimated at $375,000, which would be funded by countygas tax revenues. Once built, the lot would be turned over to the state for maintenance.

The county and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission hope the Sterling parking lot will be the first of a network of park-and-ride lots in the county. Sterling already has a county-supported commuter bus system that goes into downtown Washington.

Before the supervisors vote on building the park-and-ride lot, staff will hold a series of citizen meetings.

RECYCLING -- The board unanimously approved spending up to $1,000 a month for the next six months to help the Sterling communities of Sugarland Run and Countryside continue their recycling efforts.

The weekly recycling program, which is based alternate weeks at Algonkian Elementary School in Countryside and Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sugarland Run, is the most productive in the county, according to county staff. Each month the program collects about 60 tons of recyclable materials that otherwise would be dumped in the county's landfill, which saves the county about $900 a month in disposal costs.

By contrast, the Middleburg recycling program, which receives $600 a month from the county, collects about two tons of materials a month; the Purcellville recycling center, which operates without county money, collects about 30 tons a month.

The Board of Supervisors has been willing to donate money for recycling programs in a tight budget year because of recent controversy over where to locate a new county landfill and a state law mandating that all Virginia localities recycle 25 percent of their waste by 1995.

The Countryside and Sugarland program collects so much in part because it collects plastics, steel cans and cardboard in addition to the newspapers, glass and aluminum accepted by most recycling centers. But the program's hauler, Metro Recycling, has not been able to sell all the materials and has lost about $4,000 since the program began last spring, according to a county staff report. The hauler has agreed to continue the program if the county provides $1,000 a month to cover continuing losses. The money will not cover losses already incurred by the hauler, the staff report said.

In exchange for the money, the Countryside and Sugarland Run communities agreed to do the following:

Give the county monthly reports summarizing the amount of recyclables collected, the revenue generated through sale of the waste and the costs to the hauler of processing the materials.

Continue a public education campaign about the recycling center.

Maintain records on the amount of trash collected in the communities so the county can measure the impact recycling is having on the amount of trash being brought to the landfill.

Agree that the county will reevaluate the program after six months to decide whether to continue funding it.

Town of Round Hill

The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 2 meeting of the Round Hill Town Council. For more information, call 338-7878.

WORK SESSION -- The council set an Aug. 21 work session with the Planning Commission to make final changes in the town's subdivision ordinance, last revised in 1974.

A public hearing on the revised ordinance has been tentatively scheduled for Sept. 6. The council would then vote at its Sept. 6 or Sept. 20 meeting on whether to adopt the ordinance.

The subdivision ordinance, which dictates standards such as the minimum amount of open space a developer must allocate in dividing a parcel of land, is one of three documents the town uses for planning; the others are the zoning ordinance and the comprehensive plan.

Because there are few undeveloped parcels left in Round Hill, the subdivision ordinance may not need to be revised again unless the town expands its borders.

PLANNING VACANCY -- The council accepted the resignation of Planning Commission member Barry Elser, who said he was leaving the post to devote more time to other commitments. The council will name his replacement at its Sept. 6 meeting.