The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 771-5072.
RECYCLING CONTRACT -- The board received a report from the Ad Hoc Citizens Committee for Solid Waste Management reaffirming the committee's earlier recommendation to award the county's recycling contract to a single company.
Last summer, the committee issued a report recommending that Waste Management of Northern Virginia, in Newington, handle a mandatory recycling program for the county. The company, chosen from among 13 firms that submitted waste management proposals, offered to conduct weekly curbside pickups in urban areas and install drop-off containers for materials in rural areas. At that time, county staff began negotiations with the company for a recycling program that would cost homeowners less than $4 a month.
But last month, the board received a complaint from David Grayson, owner of Grayson's Refuse Service of Leesburg and Middleburg. Grayson urged the board to abandon the idea of a single contract and leave recycling up to local trash haulers, such as himself. Following his complaint, the board reconsidered Waste Management's proposal and ordered county staff to break off negotiations, although staff members disagreed with that decision.
The board also asked the citizens committee to reexamine how recycling should be handled in the county, which like other Virginia jurisdictions is under state mandate to recycle 25 percent of its waste by 1995. Some committee members were disgruntled, since it had taken them more than seven months of work to come up with their original proposal.
The citizens committee met again Nov. 5. with Supervisors Charles A. Bos (D-Leesburg) and Ann Kavanagh (D-Dulles) in attendance. The committee urged the board to move forward with the negotiations with Waste Management of Northern Virginia and made the following further comments: Grayson and other local haulers had the opportunity to submit a waste management proposal at the same time Waste Management of Northern Virginia did, but they chose not to do so. The committee believes the selection process was detailed and fair. Committee members do not want to drive local trash haulers out of business. A contract with Waste Management of Northern Virginia should be just one part of the county's waste management program. The county should also dispose of yard waste by composting and negotiate with Prince William County for use of an incinerator Prince William plans to build near the Loudoun line. Waste Management of Northern Virginia has experience in recycling and could have a countywide program underway in six months. It also has the money to do so at this time.
FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG -- The board voted to give $1,500 from the county's contingency fund to First Night Leesburg, the town's annual non-alcoholic New Year's Eve celebration. First Night Leesburg is scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to midnight on and around the courthouse lawn.
The event, which typically draws about 4,000 people, includes about two dozen performers such as storytellers, musicians, singers, dancers and jugglers. It is funded with private contributions and money from the county and the town of Leesburg. Town of Hillsboro
The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Hillsboro Town Council. For more information, call 668-6066.
WATER TANK DISPUTE -- Council member Randall Allen said this week that negotiations between the council and resident Tim Sullivan will continue after a meeting last weekend failed to resolve whether the town has right of way across land that Sullivan owns.
The 20-foot strip of land surrounds the town's water tank. Officials say access across the land is needed so the town, which has a history of water-shortage problems, can upgrade its water system by adding a new 5,000 gallon tank to the present 1,100 tank.
At issue is whether the town has the right of way to the tank or whether it needs Sullivan's permission. Mayor Thomas Horvath said the council's position is that land records show the town has the right of way.
The town's water source is a spring on Short Hill Mountain, north of town. The tank is located between the spring and Route 9.
Town of Middleburg
The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 8 meeting of the Middleburg Town Council. For more information, call 687-5152.
CONTRACT -- The council awarded a $1,750 contract to architects William J. Carpenter and James G. Burton to prepare guidelines for determining what changes may be made to buildings in the town's historic district.
The guidelines, which the architects will present to the council in three months, would for the first time give the town's historic district review committee and the council a set of standards for choosing acceptable materials, colors and heights for buildings in the historic district. The district stretches from the eastern corporate limits to the Middleburg Community Center and from 300 feet north of Marshall Street to 300 feet south of Federal Street.
The town has long had an ordinance protecting the historic district. The ordinance mandates a special review by the committee -- five citizens who make recommendations to the council -- and another review by the council before any changes can be made to buildings. But the current ordinance allows the committee and council members to rely on their own opinions on what is acceptable. It does not set limits or standards for them to follow. The guidelines would do so.
Town Manager Bill Leach said the council decided a set of guidelines would make the job easier and less subjective.
"You're not shooting from the hip if you have guidelines," he said.