City of Falls Church

The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 26 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5004.

CITY CHARTER CHANGES -- The council approved two changes to the city's charter and added two resolutions to its 1991 legislative package which will be forwarded to the Virginia General Assembly.

The council voted to raise the city's maximum fines for misdeameanors to $2,500, the level imposed by the state. Previously, the city's charter permitted misdeameanor fines of up to $1,000.

The council also changed the charter so that city petitions to nominate candidates for the City Council will now be filed with the Arlington County clerk rather than the Fairfax County clerk.

The county added two resolutions to the list of bills it would like local legislators to support, including tax exempt status for the Northern Virginia Association for Retarded Citizens and the Northern Virginia Family Service, Inc., a service group providing family counciling for city residents.

The council also endorsed the Virginia Municipal League's (VML) 1991 legislative program. VML, an organization representing local governments at the state level, is urging legislators to work for state funding for state-mandated programs, such as human services and educational programs, and also to oppose any proposed reductions in state transportation funding. Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 26 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

LANDFILL EXPANSION -- The board gave preliminary approval to a proposed 147-acre expansion of the Lorton landfill, with final approval hinging on the findings of an environmental impact study of the site. The expansion would add about five years to the use of the landfill, which is projected to run out of space by 1994.

The board, in a 5 to 4 vote, agreed that staff members should begin seeking state permission to expand the landfill while the 18-month environmental study gets underway. The vote reversed the board's decision in September not to apply for the permit until the impact study was completed.

The board's decision Monday angered Gerald Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who represents Lorton residents concerned that run-off from the proposed expansion might pollute the Occoquan River and cause other problems. Hyland argued before the vote that the county should keep its options open, in case the study shows that the landfill expansion would harm the surrounding environment.

"At this juncture I still think we need a contingency plan," said Hyland, who voted against the landfill expansion. "I still think we should be looking at other sites . . . {and} other alternatives to landfills," Hyland said.

According to county staff, the most reasonable alternative to expanding the landfill would be hauling the county's estimated 200 tons of trash per day that is unsuitable for incinerating to another landfill outside of the county, which would cost more than twice as much as dumping it at the Lorton landfill. "I don't know any other places in the county that would be environmentally safer," County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert said.

Board Chairman Audrey Moore (D) and supervisors Thomas M. Davis III (R-Mason) and Elaine N. McConnell (R-Springfield) also voted against the measure.

Democratic supervisors Lilla Richards (Dranesville), Sharon Bulova (Annandale), Martha V. Pennino (Centreville), Joseph Alexander (Lee), and Kate Hanley (Providence) voted in favor of the measure, arguing that expanding the landfill is the county's best option for getting rid of future solid waste and that the county needs to act quickly to expand the landfill by the time it reaches capacity.