Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

SEVERANCE PACKAGE -- The board agreed to give $42,000 in severance pay and six months of health insurance to Deputy County Executive Connie Bawcum, who submitted her resignation following County Executive James H. Mullen's recent announcement of plans to reorganize the county staff.

Mullen's restructuring plan, which he said is intended more to increase efficiency among than 2,000-person county staff than to save money, will replace the two deputy county executive positions with a single position of assistant county executive. Mullen said the county administration is currently top heavy with managers.

Under Mullen's reorganization plan, the assistant county executive will have less administrative independence than did the deputy county executives, who had direct control over various projects in the county.

County officials said Mullen's plan made it difficult for Bawcum, who began working for the county in 1980 and served as acting county executive for eight months until Mullen's arrival in August, to remain on the county staff.

Bawcum, whose resignation is effective Oct. 31, had an annual base salary of $85,978.

County officials said the other deputy county executive, Lawrence D. Hughes, may apply for the position of assistant county executive.

Other changes under Mullen's plan, which are expected to be made by the end of November, include reshuffling positions in public safety, development and budget-related departments. Additional reorganization of county staff will probably be done next spring.

ZONING -- The board approved the following requests:

CLOVERDALE RD., 14673 -- By Diane L. Ward for a special-use permit to operate a home-based dog-grooming business. 7 to 0. Neabsco District.

DUMFRIES AND HOADLY ROADS -- By Vintage Associates Inc. to rezone one acre from agricultural to suburban residential to add two additional lots to a 323-acre residential development of 422 lots. 7 to 0. Coles District.

The board deferred a decision on the following request:

FOUR YEAR TRAIL AND ROUTE 1 -- By VMS/Anden Southbridge Venture to rezone 53 acres from agricultural to residential multi-family to construct 818 apartments and condiminiums. Dumfries District.

City of Manassas Park

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Manassas Park City Council. For more information, call 335-8800.

GOLF COURSE -- The City Council approved a contract with the Mid-Atlantic Professional Golf Association that could clear the way for construction of an 18-hole municipal golf course at Union Mill Park in the next few years.

The Mid-Atlantic PGA has been negotiating the terms of the contract with the city attorney but has not yet formally approved it.

Under the contract, the Mid-Atlantic PGA would lease a portion of the city-owned 270-acre park, which lies in the city and the county. The lease would be for 29 years, with an option to renew for three 25-year consecutive periods.

Under the contract, the Mid-Atlantic PGA would assume the cost of constructing and operating the course.

To finance the course, the city would issue an $8 million general obligation bond, but the PGA would make the debt payments on the 25- to 30-year term bond. Unlike counties, city governments in Virginia do not need voter approval to issue a general obligation bond.

The city would not issue the bond until the Mid-Atlantic PGA received a special-use permit from the county to operate the golf course on the property, which is currently zoned rural residential.

SMOKING BAN -- The council approved an ordinance banning smoking for the first time in most areas of city buildings and limiting it in private work places. The ordinance is effective immediately.

While both the county and the City of Manassas have restricted smoking in government buildings for several years, Manassas Park imposed a smoking ban only in city schools.

Under the new ordinance, smoking is now prohibited in all government buildings -- including City Hall, schools and other facilites leased or owned by the city -- except in areas designated as smoking areas or in enclosed private offices.

The ordinance also permits private employers to restrict smoking in the work place, but only if the conditions are agreed to in a written agreement between employers and employees. Unless an employment contract stipulates otherwise, a total ban on smoking in a private work place is legal only with an affirmative vote by a majority of the employees affected by the ban.

The ordinance also incorporates the requirements of state laws that restrict smoking in other public places, such as elevators and common areas in educational facilities, and that require separate no-smoking sections in restaurants with seating for at least 50 people.

A violation of the smoking ordinance can result in a fine of up to $25.