Town of Leesburg
The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.
ACTING TOWN MANAGER -- The council appointed Assistant Town Manager Steve Brown to the position of acting town manager. Brown temporarily fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Jeffrey H. Minor as town manager. Minor, who resigned at the request of a majority of council members, left the job Oct. 23. The town is presently advertising for a new town manager.
Brown currently earns $60,792 a year and will receive an extra $1,500 for each month he serves as acting town manager. If he is still in the job Jan. 1, he will receive a lump sum increase of $2,000. His benefit package remains the same.
Brown joined the town staff in 1987. He has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and is a resident of the Potomac Crossing subdivision of Leesburg.
MONEY FOR CONCERT SERIES -- The council approved a $5,000 donation to the Bluemont Concert Series to help make up a shortfall caused by its loss of state grants. The town has already given $10,000 to support the public concert program. The money was approved after a request from Peter Dunning, executive director of the concert series.
The concert series needs the money to pay outstanding bills for its well-known summer courthouse concerts, which attract thousands of people each Sunday to various locations in northwestern Virginia. Throughout the year, the concert series also brings artists to work with students in county schools, sponsors country dances and co-sponsors community events such as the new Hillsboro Concert Series.
The Leesburg-based concert series lost a $34,000 state grant it had been promised last June. It was informed in September that the money was unavailable because the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which promised the grant, had to cut its budget by more than 20 percent. Since then, the concert series has appealed to local governments to help it cover expenses.
Besides Leesburg, the concert series has asked for money from the counties of Loudoun, Fauquier, Frederick and Culpeper, the towns of Culpeper and Warrenton and the city of Winchester. Loudoun County has pledged $5,000 and Warrenton has pledged $3,500.
Town of Lovettsville
The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 25 meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council. For more information, call 822-5788.
SOME TOWN POSITIONS FILLED -- The council made three appointments to town government positions that have been vacant since the resignation in September of five local officials, including the mayor and two Town Council members. Those who resigned gave only "personal reasons" for their actions.
The town is advertising for applicants for the mayoral and council positions, which the Town Council hopes to fill at its Nov. 15th meeting.
The council appointed resident Susan-Jane Stack to fill a vacant position on the Board of Zoning Appeals and long-time resident Nancy Orndorff as temporary town clerk. Orndorff will serve for up to 30 days, during which time the council hopes to appoint a permanent clerk.
Acting Mayor Elaine Walker reported that Thomas Kane, who resigned the position of town clerk and zoning administrator, has agreed to resume his zoning administrator's duties until a replacement can be found.