Loudoun County

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 771-5072.

EXPANSION OF RECYCLING -- Five new recycling centers opened in Loudoun County last summer, bringing the total to 13, the Board of Supervisors was told in a report from the county's recycling coordinator.

In his quarterly report for the period from June 1 to Aug. 31, Stephen Carfora said a recycling center has opened in the towns of Hamilton and Hillsboro and three in Leesburg. All five centers are operated as central drop-off points, where residents can deposit recyclable materials such as newspapers, glass and aluminum. Grayson's Refuse Service Inc. collects and sells the refuse.

Carfora also reported that Leesburg is conducting its recycling program as a 90-day trial. After that, the town may decide instead to switch to a weekly curbside pick-up of recyclable trash as more convenient for homeowners.

Carfora reported that he has worked with several businesses to help them develop in-house recycling programs and has sent information packets to others. In county offices, newspapers, white ledger paper and computer paper are being recycled, he said. Cartridges from laser printers also can be recycled.

The report noted that haulers of recyclable materials in the county have found outlets for old newspapers, but alternative markets may have to be found. Carfora said dealers are now paying a small price for newspapers or accepting them without paying for them; the market is becoming flooded, however, and dealers may start charging a fee to accept newspapers, which may not make the recycling cost effective.

Carfora reported that he has arranged with the Marion duPont Equine Medical Center to test the use of shredded newspaper for animal bedding. If the test is successful, the county may try to market old newspapers to Loudoun dairy, horse and livestock producers for such use.

Town of Hamilton

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Hamilton Town Council. For more information, call 338-2811.

TRAINING PROGRAM -- Mayor Ruth Tillett told the council that the Virginia State Water Control Board will send state engineers to Hamilton to teach town staff to improve operation of the town's wastewater treatment plant, now being doubled in size.

The on-site training program is scheduled for three days this month, and three days each in November, December, January and April, Tillett said. Joseph Freeze, who started work Oct. 1 as the town's wastewater treatment plant operator and Steve Hammes, the town's water storage tank operator, will receive the training.

The state mandated the training program after conducting an evaluation of the wastewater treatment plant, which is being expanded from 80,000 to 160,000 gallons per day. Among the problems the state found were: too much rainwater filtering into the plant; insufficient staffing for the plant; and the lack of an operational manual for the plant. State officials concluded that staff needed better training in the workings of the plant, Tillett said.

Town officials have already responded to one of the criticisms by hiring Freeze as a fulltime employee. Until Oct. 1, Hammes was in charge of the wastewater treatment plant and the water storage tank.

Town of Leesburg

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.

HOSPITAL -- The Town Council approved a resolution commending the Sept. 27 decision by the board of directors of Loudoun Healthcare Inc., parent company of Loudoun Hospital Center, to keep its planned new hospital in Leesburg.

Last December, Loudoun Healthcare announced that it planned to build a new 80-bed acute-care hospital somewhere between Goose Creek and Route 28. The announcement created an uproar in Leesburg and western Loudoun as citizens wrote letters and held public forums angrily denouncing the hospital's plan to move east. The present hospital is located in downtown Leesburg and is only one in the county.

A few months ago, the health care board announced it would reconsider its decision because of public sentiment. At that time, the town said it would help the board find a suitable location in Leesburg, which is 11.4 square miles in size, and has plenty of undeveloped land. The town reaffirmed the offer at the last council meeting.

MOBIL STATION -- The council unanimously approved a request from the Mobil Oil Corp. to extend town water and sewer to a car wash and a mini food market it will build at its station at East Market Street and Fort Evans Road. The project has already been approved by the town's Department of Engineering and Public Works and its Planning Commission.

The water and sewer extension will cost $34,658, which the oil company will finance with a corporate bond.

Town of Middleburg

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Middleburg Town Council. For more information, call 687-5152.

RECYCLING PROPOSAL -- The council heard a presentation by David Grayson of Grayson's Refuse about possibly switching from a curbside to a drop-off recycling program.

There is no timetable for the switch, and the council has not voted.

Middleburg has had a curbside recycling program for more than two years. Every week, residents set out newspapers, glass and aluminum and Grayson's picks them up. The program, which is subsidized by Loudoun County, was the first recycling effort in the county. It is voluntary, and free to residents.

Grayson asked the council to consider switching to a program in which residents would have to bring their materials to centrally located recycling bins. He acknowledged that this would be less convenient for some residents but said it would make recycling available to those who live outside the town limits. Those residents are not served by the curbside program.

The company has similar programs in other Loudoun communities, including Hamilton and Purcellville, where it picks up materials daily to prevent overflow.

Town Manager William Leach said that while Middleburg's interest in recycling is high, finding a location for a drop-off point might be difficult. He said that for aesthetic reasons, nearby residents and merchants would likely want the recycling center to be at least partially concealed, and that could defeat the purpose of a public recycling center.

"It must have high public visibility if it's going to be a success," he said.

Town of Purcellville

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Purcellville Town Council. For more information, call 338-7421.

NEW LUMBER STORE -- The council approved an application by Hayes Lumber to operate a lumber sales and storage center at 701 W. Main St. The property is in a commercial district.

The council attached a number of conditions to the approval, including a directive that town staff increase the business hours of an existing lumber store, located across the street from the Hayes Lumber property. Currently the existing store, National Lumber, is permitted fewer business hours than the council granted to the Hayes store. The council said this would give Hayes an unfair advantage.

The National Lumber store's current hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The Hayes hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m Sundays.

Business hours are set by the town and the owner at the time a business applies for an operating permit.

The council also said that Hayes Lumber, which now has a gravel driveway on the property, may be required to pave it after a year of operation. At that time, the Hayes Lumber owners, the town staff and adjacent land owners will meet to decide whether to pave the driveway.

The council also stipulated that no manufacturing or milling can be done on the Hayes property -- none is done at National -- and that the owners must landscape the property.