Town of Hamilton

The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Hamilton Town Council. For more information, call 338-2811.

SEWER TAP AGREEMENT -- The Town Council directed its attorney, Julie Cannon, to write a letter to a developer requesting payment for 90 sewer taps.

Town recorder Jenny Austin said the development firm, the Montouri Group, agreed to pay the town $297,000 for the taps within 30 days of groundbreaking on expansion of the town's wastewater treatment plant. Construction began in September on the plant, which is being doubled in size from 80,000 to 160,000 gallons, to accommodate two subdivisions and future town growth. But the town has not received payment.

Austin said the developer is waiting for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to rule on its application for a permit to extend town sewer lines to the development, which is just outside the town. But she said the town's position is that the developer's business with the county should not affect its agreement with Hamilton.

Town of Leesburg

The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.

BUDGET REDUCTIONS -- The Town Council approved $374,400 in reductions from its operating budget for the current year after learning that the town might otherwise end fiscal 1991 with a deficit.

With the reductions, the town is expected to finish the year with a surplus of $201,605.

"The economic downturn affecting our region will leave its mark on the town," Finance Director Paul E. York said in his quarterly report to the council. York reported that town revenues increased 14.26 percent for the quarter ending Sept. 30, as compared to the same period for last year. But because expenses increased by 34.67 percent, the town posted a quarterly general fund deficit of nearly $1.4 million.

The deficit should be erased by the end of the year, however, because real estate and personal property tax bills are due Dec. 5. The town expects to collect $3.3 million in revenues.

York and his staff recommended eliminating or delaying 21 projects for a total savings of $426,400. The council approved all but one recommendation, which called delaying construction of a sidewalk along Dry Mill Road. It decided to build the sidewalk, at a cost of $52,000, after hearing from a number of residents, mostly school children, who walk along the road each day.

Council members said they would still like to meet York's goal and directed staff to come up with another item that could be cut from the budget. The additional reduction could give the town a surplus of $253,605 at the end of the fiscal year.

Among the items eliminated or delayed were adding a fulltime town planner and a fulltime secretary,, purchase of a truck, police radios and public works equipment, and development of a proposed turning lane.

Town of Lovettsville

The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council. For more information, call 822-5788.

TOWN ELECTION AND APPOINTMENTS -- The Town Council, which has lacked a mayor and two members since late September, elected Vice-Mayor Elaine Walker as mayor and appointed residents Cynthia Connell and Bryan Elliott to the council.

Walker was elected by council members and Connell and Elliott were chosen by a lottery, a rarely used but legal method of choosing municipal government officials in Virginia. Walker decided to use the lottery method after receiving five applications for two council positions.

"I had voiced my opinion to everyone that I would not sit out there and debate qualifications of these people," Walker said.

William George, one of the applicants who was not chosen, said he would like to be considered for the next council vacancy, which will be Walker's. The council may chose a member to replace her at its Dec. 13 meeting. Another applicant, Lester W. "Mac" Jacobs, said he disapproved of the lottery method and withdrew his name from further consideration.

The council also received an application from resident Elizabeth Quader, but since Quader's application came in nine days past the Oct. 30 deadline, her name was not placed in the lottery. Walker said Quader will be considered for future positions.

Besides its vacant mayor and council positions, Lovettsville in September also found itself without a a planning commission member, a town clerk and zoning administrator and a town secretary after the people who held those positions had resigned one after the other. The town is still trying to fill some of the other positions.

Town of Purcellville

The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Purcellville Town Council. For more information, call 338-7421.

REJECTION OF BIDS -- The Town Council unanimously rejected as too expensive eight contractor bids to renovate the new town office. Instead, it decided to do a less extensive renovation and appointed town staff as general contractor.

The move was economic, Town Manager Jerry Schiro said. The bids came in from a low of $350,000 to a high of $410,000, far above the town's $170,000 budget for the project. Schiro said he believes the eight contractors offered a reasonable price for the design presented to them, but it turned out to be more than the town could afford.

Schiro said the town intends to come in under budget by appointing town staff as general contractor and hiring individual subcontractors to do the work. It also plans to save money by renovating only about 5,000 of the available 7,300 square feet of office space. The remainder will be left for storage, leased to a small company or loaned to the Purcellville Library for storage while the county library building undergoes renovation.

The building, a former grocery store located across the street from the present town office, already has utilities. The renovation will be paid for with a bond sold in February 1989.

Town of Round Hill

The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Round Hill Town Council. For more information, call 338-7878.

STREET NAMES -- The Town Council assigned names to three previously unnamed and unnumbered private roads to make it easier for fire and rescue service members to find the streets in an emergency.

The streets will be called Ballinger Way, Chamblin Way and Mill Way. Ballinger and Chamblin are located off Route 7, the town's main street, and Mill Way is located off Route 719, Route 7's main cross street.

Ballinger Way and Chamblin Way were named for former Round Hill residents, who lived along the streets, town recorder Betty Wolford said. She said William B. Chamblin was Round Hill's postmaster in the post Civil War years.

Mill Way was so named because a grain mill and two saw mills once stood on the land.

PLANNING APPOINTMENT -- The Town Council appointed resident Donna Hughes to fill a vacancy on the town Planning Commission. Hughes's term will expire Jan. 1, 1992. There is still one open seat on the Planning Commission. Interested residents should contact the town office at 338-7878.