Town of Hamilton

The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Hamilton Town Council. For more information, call 338-2811.

PLANT EXPANSION -- The Town Council awarded a contract for expansion of its wastewater treatment plant to Key Tech of Lynchburg for $637,885. Key Tech's bid was the lowest of five received by the council.

Town recorder Jenny Austin said work could begin within 30 days to double the plant size, to 160,000 gallons. The work is being done to accommodate recent and future growth.

The town will pay for the expansion with loans and money from a developer. It has already obtained a $300,000, 10-year loan from Loudoun County, and has applied for a $200,000 loan from the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund, a state program that provides loans to municipalities. An Aug. 29 hearing on the town's application has been scheduled in Richmond. In addition, the town has received $164,300 from Copper Land Co., developer of Carriage Ridge, a new subdivision that will be served by the plant.

WATER METER -- The council gave permission for Wallace Payne, who owns the Wayside Restaurant and a small house next to it, to have town officials install an additional water meter on the property at Payne's expense.

Payne explained to the council that each month he has been involved in a dispute between the operator of the restaurant and the inhabitant of the house over the water bill. Payne, who neither manages the restaurant nor lives in the house, told the council that the occupants of each building, who now receive a single water bill, often disagree about who owes what. An additional water meter would mean a separate bill for each building and should end the disagreements, Payne said.