Town of Quantico

The following were among actions taken at Nov. 6 meeting of the Quantico Town Council. For more information, call 640-7411.

SKATEBOARD ORDINANCE -- The council approved an ordinance that prohibits skateboarding on Potomac Avenue sidewalks from the railroad tracks to Virginia Avenue. The ordinance will become effective in about three to four weeks, after signs advising skateboarders of the new law are posted along the street.

The ordinance was adopted in response to complaints from business owners on Potomac Avenue concerned that skateboarding along the sidewalks poses a safety hazard to pesdestrians and the skateboarders.

A violation of the ordinance is subject to fines of $10 to $25.

CURFEW FINES -- The council agreed to reduce the maximum fine for violators of the town's new curfew for minors, lowering it from $300 to $100.

"The council felt that the $300 was maybe a little exorbitant for the offense," said Councilman Herbert J. Saunders. "Basically the families that live in town, so many of them, are low-income that we felt it would be more appropriate to have a maximum {fine} of $100."

Under the ordinance, which went into effect in early September, youths under 17 are prohibited from being outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a legal guardian or going to or coming from a legitimate activity, such as work or a school function.

So far no minors have been cited for violation of the ordinance, but two adults were arrested with a minor during the curfew hours, including a Quantico woman and a Washington Post reporter doing a story on the new curfew. They were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The minor was not charged.

City of Manassas

The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Manassas Park City Council. For more information, call 335-8800.

BUDGET -- The City Council, preparing for reductions in state funding to local governments, decided to end the roughly 10 percent salary supplement the city has been paying seven state employees who work out of City Hall. The salary supplement will end June 30, at the end of the current fiscal year.

The city has traditionally and voluntarily given the state employees -- in the offices of Commissioner of Revenue, City Treasurer and Registrar of Voters that serve the city -- the salary supplements equal to 10 percent of their regular state salaries.

Cutting those supplements would save the city about $18,000 a year to help fund other parts of the city budget which may be reduced by the state cutbacks, such as social services, city officials said. State funds comprise about 14 percent of the city's current $8.5 million budget.

Funding to localities may be slashed as much as 5 percent to offset a projected $1.4 billion state budget shortfall by fiscal 1993, state officials have said.

Said city finance official Brett Shorter: "We 're just sort of trimming now in anticipation of what they might be . . . if you make small cuts now, you don't have to make big cuts later."