City of Manassas

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 29 meeting of the Manassas City Council. For more information, call 335-8211.

POWER LINE -- The council received a report from its committee on utilities endorsing an alternative proposal by Virginia Power to install a 230-kilovolt power line on 67-foot-high poles along Prince William Street, one block south of the city's historic district, rather than on 103-foot-high poles on the southeastern border of the historic district. The council took no action on the report, however, since the state has jurisdiction on placement of power lines carrying 200 or more kilovolts.

Virginia Power plans to present the alternative proposal to state officials, who are currently studying the utility company's original proposal, which called for the taller poles to be placed along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the edge of the historic district.

The alternative proposal was made following complaints by opponents of the original proposal, who said they were unaware of public hearings held last winter on the proposed line, which they say would ruin the character of the Old Town area. The opponents have persuaded state officials to reopen public hearings on the proposed line to hear arguments for burying it. The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Prince William County Circuit Court building, 9311 Lee Ave., Manassas.

Councilman John P. Grzejka, who serves on the utility committee, said on Tuesday that some opponents of the current proposal "felt they still wanted to go forward with the hearing and others felt it {the alternative proposal} was a fairly good compromise."

In a separate action, an electrical consultant to the city said Manassas, which has its own electrical distribution system, will need additional electric power by the winter of 1992 to support the city's electrical demands. Because of the time it takes to construct a power line, the city may need to proceed with plans for constructing its own line by February if Virginia Power's plans are still stalled or rejected by state officials, according to the consultant.

RECYCLING -- The council, citing cost as a factor, agreed to delay until next spring a decision on whether or not to expand the city's voluntary curbside recycling program to include plastics and yard waste.

The council agreed to reconsider the introduction of plastics and yard waste into the program after they review the city's funding priorities this spring for the fiscal 1992 budget, which begins July 1.

Currently, Waste Management of Northern Virginia collects aluminum, newspaper and glass at no extra charge to the city.

According to a staff report, there would be additional costs for adding the two materials to the program, including a $15 per ton charge to haul the plastics to a recycling center and adding another truck to Waste Management's collection route in the city.