The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 771-5072.
COMMUTER BUS -- County staff urged the board to donate $8,000 to $12,000 in county gasoline tax revenues over a four-to-six month period to help resuscitate the Sterling Commuter Bus service, a private, nonprofit operation that runs between Sterling and the District of Columbia.
Ridership on the 16-year-old bus service has dropped from a high of about 200 riders a day to about 60. The board has asked for a report on the decline before it approves the grant of county funds.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, which must approve the use of gas tax revenues, has told the county that the bus service would be an acceptable program for use of gas tax money. The tax, approved by voters in 1988, brings the county 2 cents for every $1 of gasoline sold.
At an earlier meeting, Warren Geurin, president of the Sterling bus service, asked the supervisors for money to help revive the operation, which he said was falling behind on its payments to Virginia Coach of Purcellville, from which it rents two buses a day.
The buses leave Loudoun from Countryside, Sugarland Run and Sterling Park between 6 and 7 a.m. weekdays and arrive at the Pentagon and various stops downtown between 7 and 8 a.m. They depart from Washington for the return trip between 4 and 5:30 p.m., arriving back in Sterling by 6:45 p.m. The one-way fare is $5, or 10 rides for $35.
The county staff proposed that the board donate funds to promote the bus service and provide even further discounts in fares to boost ridership. They said many Sterling residents who are new to the area are not aware of the bus service.
The staff added that monitoring the bus service's operations could help the county assess the need for public mass transit in the future.
LAND CONTRACTS -- After an executive session, the board approved the following contracts between the county and three landowners with property near the current Loudoun County landfill on Route 621, about five miles south of Leesburg. The county needs the property to expand the landfill. The contracts total about $1.1 million.
The county will buy 3.06 acres from Gretchen and Rodney Kirkland for $378,000; 3.06 acres from Carolyn and Robert Bousman for $366,600, and 3.18 acres from Brenda and William Sharp for $366,700.
Town of Leesburg
The following was among actions taken at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.
REZONING FOR DEVELOPMENT -- The council approved zoning changes to allow a massive residential, retail and office development on 448 acres just north of Leesburg Municipal Airport.
The development, called Stratford in Leesburg, is to have up to 1,329 single-family homes, town houses and apartments and up to 1.62 million square feet of office and retail space.
Stratford was one of three sites under consideration by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for a proposed consolidated government center. The board could not agree on where to locate the center and that decision has been put off indefinitely.
Stratford is to have 250,000 square feet of retail and 100,000 square feet of office space. In addition, 1.27 million square feet could be a mix of hotel, office and hospital or health care facility space. The zoning changes also allow convenience stores, restaurants, repair shops, drive-through banks, pharmacies and service and supply stores.
In exchange for the right to build, developer Evergreen Mills Investments has agreed to contribute $1,000 in road improvements for every residence built, and $1.30 in road improvements for every square foot of retail or office space built. In addition, Evergreen Mills will give the town government $250 for every residence and will give local and fire and rescue companies $50 for every residence and 8 cents per square foot of retail and office space. The town has earmarked its share of the funds for the further development of Ida Lee Park.
Town of Lovettsville
The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council. For more information, call 822-5788.
DECHLORINATION -- The council awarded a $13,645 contract to Merrit Construction Co. of Purcellville for dechlorination of effluent from the town's wastewater treatment plant.
A recent ruling by the Virginia Water Control Board restricting the amount of chlorine in creeks and rivers makes the dechlorination necessary, according to Thomas Kane, who was the town's clerk and zoning administrator until Sept. 30.
Currently, the town's sewage is treated with chlorine and other chemicals before it is released into Dutchman Creek, from where it eventually flows into the Potomac River. That process will continue, but the chlorine will be removed from the treated effluent before the water reaches the creek.
The town plant is on Route 673, northwest of the Lovettsville corporate limits. The town will pay for the dechlorination from sewer tap fees.
AUTO TAGS -- Like other towns in the county, the council agreed to exempt volunteer fire and rescue personnel from the $20 fee for town auto tags. The action is intended to provide an extra incentive for citizens to volunteer for service.