Town of Vienna
The following were among actions taken by the Vienna Town Council at its Nov. 5 meeting. For more information, call 255-6330.
SPECIAL TRASH PICKUP -- The council cut back the number of truckloads of tree clippings and bulky trash such as furniture and appliances that the town will collect free of charge from each household each year, and reduced the fee for picking up extra loads of tree clippings.
The changes will take effect Jan. 1.
Currently, the town allows two free pickups per household per year, with up to three truckloads of trash for each collection. Residents must pay $50 for each additional load of tree clippings or bulky trash that is collected.
However, the Town Council decided to cut back the free service because of rising operating costs. The cost of dumping trash at the I-95 landfill nearly doubled last summer.
Each household will continue to get two free pickups per year, but the number of truckloads per pickup has been reduced to one. Each additional load of bulky trash will cost $50. The council reduced the fees for picking up extra loads of tree clippings to $25 for the first trip, $35 for the second and $50 for each subsequent trip.
RENT SUBSIDIES -- The council unanimously agreed to participate in a new Fairfax County program that will provide rental assistance to up to 10 Vienna residents who are at least 55 years old, mentally or physically impaired or whose family income meets federal poverty guidelines.
The program, to be funded entirely by the county, will begin in 1991. Application deadlines have not yet been established.
The amount of rental assistance will depend on the number of people in the household and the family income level, with larger families paying smaller percentages of their monthly rent. For example, the county would pay 65 percent of the monthly rent for a single person whose annual income does not exceed the federal poverty level, which is currently $12,560 for a single person, and 72.5 percent of the rent for a four-person family whose income does not exceed the federal poverty level for four people, which is currently $25,400.
To qualify for assistance, applicants who are not at least 55 years old or disabled must also be employed at least part-time or enrolled in employment training.
Because funding for the program is limited to $1 million for the entire county, participants in the program will be selected by lottery. County officials estimate that five to 10 Vienna residents will be chosen to participate during the first year.