Prince William County
The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.
SCHOOL CHILD CARE PROGRAM -- The Board of County Supervisors, in a 5 to 2 vote, agreed to scale back a planned pilot in-school child-care program for elementary school students due to a lack of parental interest in the program.
The original plan was to open the program in September with 420 slots for before- and after-school day care for students in seven elementary schools. However, less than half of those slots -- about 108 children -- were filled by the Aug. 3rd application deadline.
County staff, which recommended that the board kill the program, said parents may have been uninterested in it because of its expense. The fee is $48 per week per child for the morning and afternoon sessions.
Also, parents may have wanted a year-round program, staff said. The program will operate on school days from 6:30 a.m. until classes begin and until 6:30 p.m. after school. But the program would not operate on days when there is no school.
The scaled-back plan will offer only 300 slots to students at five elementary schools -- a maximum of 30 children in each morning and afternoon session. The two schools dropped from the program were Nokesville and John F. Pattie elementary schools. The program will operate at: Marumsco Hills, Neabsco, Occoquan, Springswood and West Gate elementary schools.
The fees and operating hours will remain the same. And as planned, the actual operation of the program will be contracted out to a private child-care business, Minnieland Inc.
Under the seven-school program, fees would have supported the program's operating costs. So the county initially budgeted only $270,000 for start-up costs.
To make up for lower revenues from fees, the county approved an additional $100,000 to subsidize the program's operating costs for the coming school year.
Voting against the child-care plan were Edwin C. King (Dumfries) and William J. Becker (Brentsville). They argued that the program did not meet the needs of lower income "latchkey" children.
For more information on the program, call Karen Severn at 335-6091.
BOND REFERENDUM -- The board unanimously agreed to ask voters to approve a $43 million bond referendum Nov. 6 to construct a planned four-lane divided highway in the middle of the county, roughly south of Davis Ford from Hoadly Road to Liberia Avenue in Manassas.
In 1988, Prince William voters approved a $66 million bond referendum to fund a variety capital improvement projects, including $20.2 million for the preliminary design and acquisition of property for the planned mid-county road.
The total cost of the road, scheduled for completion by 1995, is about $57 million. The remainder of the funds would be used to make safety improvements to the existing Davis Ford Road, a winding two-lane road.
Opponents of the planned road have charged that the county is misusing the money from the first referendum because the ballot question was for improvements to the "Davis Ford corridor." Opponents have questioned whether that can legally be interpreted as a new road.
Two people spoke in opposition to the planned road and four spoke in favor of it before the board voted on the proposed bond referendum.
In a separate but related the action, the board established a 15-member citizens committee to coordinate publicity for the referendum, to inform voters of the need to approve the highway bond. The committee will be composed of a chairman and two members from each magesterial district. The board is expected to make appointments to the committee in September.
COUNTY ATTORNEY -- The board approved a $10,550 raise for County Attorney Sharon Pandack, bringing her annual salary to $90,550.
The board is directly responsible for hiring and adjusting the salary of the county attorney as well as the county executive.
The board promoted Pandack from deputy county attorney to county attorney last July to fill the position vacated by John H. Foote, who served as county attorney for seven years. Foote joined a private law firm.
Pandack's 13 percent increase is a combination of an annual salary adjustment for fiscal 1991, which began July 1, and a raise Pandack was supposed to have received last fall.
The board had planned to review Pandack's salary after three months in her new position, but failed to do so, leaving her salary at $80,000 until last week.
ZONING ACTIONS -- The board approved the following actions:
ADEN ROAD AND FLEETWOOD DRIVE -- By William C. and Gloria J. Puckett to renew a five-year special use permit to operate a private airstrip in an agriculturally-zoned area. 6 to 0. Brentsville District.
ASHTON AVENUE AND SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE -- By Paradise/Sudley North Limited Partnership for a special use permit to operate a health spa in an office building. 5 to 0. Brentsville District.
BALLS FORD AND GROVETON ROADS -- By Pavet Corp. for a special use permit to operate an asphalt plant with a 75-foot-high silo in a heavy industrial zone. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.
BETHLEHEM AND INDUSTRIAL ROADS -- By Julia K. and James L. Pickard and Bethlehem Road Limited Partnership to rezone 55 acres from agricultural to heavy industrial to create an industrial park. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.
MARY'S WAY AND ROUTE 1 -- By International Investment & Development Corp. to rezone two acres from suburban residential to general business for future development. 7 to 0. Occoquan District. The board deferred action on the following:
SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE AND WILLIAMSON BOULEVARD -- By Ridge Development Corp. to rezone four acres from residential planned community/high density to residential planned community/commercial for future development and to rezone three acres from residential planned community/high density to residential planned community/public use to extend Williamson Boulevard from Sudley Manor Drive to Lomond Drive. Gainesville District.
WILLIAMSON BOULEVARD AND SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE -- By the Board of County Supervisors to rezone two acres from residential planned community for commuter parking to residential planned community/commercial. Gainesville District.