Town of Haymarket

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Haymarket Town Council. For more information, call 754-4816.

POLICE PROTECTION -- The Town Council agreed to buy bullet-proof vests for its two-man police department. Although no Haymarket police officer has ever been fired at in the line of duty, the council agreed to purchase the vests, at a cost of $370 each, as added protection.

HAYMARKET DAY DANCE -- Council member James Shepard reported that the town-sponsored dance following the second annual Haymarket Day last Saturday raised only $93 for town projects. However, a spokesman for the Gainesville Ruritan Club, which sponsored Haymarket Day, said the club will donate proceeds from the day's events -- between $3,000 and $4,000 -- to the town.

Tickets for the dance, which was held for the first time this year, were $3 for singles and $5 for couples. After paying the two bands that performed at the dance, the town received only $93, according to Town Clerk Dorothy Keller.

Haymarket Day drew about 5,000 people to events that included arts and crafts, a parade and live entertainment. Barbara Bohnet, Ruritan's publicity chairman, said the club will donate to the town the money raised from fees for arts and crafts booths, advertisements in the official program booklet and food sales.

"We can't really do Haymarket Day to make a lot of money," Bohnet said. "It's really to generate some community spirt."

The Town Council approved the following requests:

JEFFERSON ST., 6707 -- By Autobahn Motors for a special-use permit to allow state inspections at a dealership for cars built of salvaged parts and a permit to install a 30-square-foot wall sign on the dealership's building. 5 to 0.

ROUTE 15 AND ROUTE 50 -- By Quarles Petroleum Inc. to move the sales counter in a convenience store, install 10 electrical circuits and demolish an outside barbecue stand. 5 to 0.

Town of Occoquan

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Occoquan Town Council. For more information, call 491-1918.

BUDGET POLICY -- The Town Council approved a policy that would limit the town's mayor from spending more than $1,000 of the general fund in any single expenditure without council approval.

According to councilman Robby A. Mooney, the policy is consistent with spending restrictions in the town's capital improvements budget. The mayor cannot spend more than $1,000 in any single expenditure for a capital improvement project without first getting council approval.

"We felt it appropriate that it {the policy} be carried over into the general operating fund," Mooney said. "It wasn't that she {Mayor Laverne O. Carson} wasn't doing that {coming to the council for approval} already; it was just a matter of consistency."

The policy is similar to the restrictions under the state procurement act, which applies only to jurisdictions with more than 3,500 residents. Occoquan has only 400 residents. Under the state act, goverment administrators do not have to get the local government's approval for expenditures of $500 or less.

CHESAPEAKE BAY -- The council agreed to ask the state to extend the deadline for the town to pass a state-mandated zoning ordinance protecting the enviromentally sensitive Occoquan River, which feeds into the Potomac River.

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, which the General Assembly approved in 1988, requires all tidewater jurisdictions in Virginia to establish new zoning requirements, such as buffer zones between water and development sites, to protect the environmentally sensitive bay and river.

Under the act, jurisdictions must pass local zoning ordinances by Sept. 20, and maps of environmentally sensitive areas in a jurisdiction must be submitted to the state by next April.

The council, which has already prepared the maps, will ask the state to extend by 120 days the deadline for enacting a new zoning ordinance.

According to councilman Robby A. Mooney, the delay in preparing the ordinance was prompted by citizen complaints during a public hearing last month that the map, as it was then drawn, would have placed too many restrictions on land use for property owners along the Occoquan River. The town maps would have been more restrictive than those for Prince William County land on the Occoquan River, according to Mooney.

The council sent the maps back to the Planning Commission to revise, pulling planning commissioners away from their work on the new zoning ordinance.

In a separate action, the board applied for a $2,750 state grant to reimburse the town for the cost of preparing the map and ordinance.

OCCOQUAN FLAG -- The council directed the town's Cultural Arts Committee to develop possible designs for an Occoquan flag. The town currently does not have a flag. According to the Town Clerk Marie Huyett, the council did not set a deadline for the committee.

Town of Quantico

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 13 meeting of the Quantico Town Council. For more information, call 640-7411.

CURFEW FOR MINORS -- The Quantico Town Council passed a curfew prohibiting minors from being outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless they are going to or from an activity or are on a legitimate errand such as going to the store for a parent.

The ordinance, effective immediately, was recommended by the Town Police Chief Leo Rodriguez in response to several indicents of vandalism in recent weeks by youths, and in an effort to keep the town's youths out of trouble. Residents also have expressed concern, he said, about small groups of 13-, 14- and 15-year-old girls who have been observed out after midnight with older teens and adults. In addition, town police arrested three juveniles on alcohol and drug-related charges between January and June, the police chief said.

The curfew prohibits youths 17 and younger from "loitering, idling, standing around, playing or wandering on foot whether or not on private property" in the town of 600 people. Violation of the ordinance carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail or a $300 fine.

Police will warn youths who are out after curfew that they must go home, and if they fail to comply, they may be arrested, the police chief said.

Approximately 40 jurisdictions in Virginia have curfew ordinances, but because of questions about the constitutionality of such laws, the curfews have been hard to implement. A federal judge declared unconstitutional a curfew law passed in the District last year.