Town of Hamilton

The following was among actions taken at the Dec. 10 meeting of the Hamilton Town Council. For more information, call 338-2811.

LOAN FOR PLANT CONSTRUCTION -- Mayor Ruth Tillett told the council that the town will receive a $300,000 loan from Loudoun County to help finance expansion of Hamilton's wastewater treatment plant. Doubling the size of the plant, to treat up to 160,000 gallons of sewage daily, will enable it to handle future growth in and around the town. The current plant is operating at more than 80 percent of capacity. The town began construction of the plant expansion early this fall.

The town, which has 10 years to repay the loan at a 6.5 percent interest rate, expects to pay the county back with sewer tap fees from new development.

Besides the $300,000 loan from the county, the town has received $164,300 from Copper Land Co., the developer of Carriage Ridge, a new subdivision that will be served by the expanded plant. The town also is awaiting approval of a $200,000 loan from the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund, a state program that provides loans to municipalities.

Town of Hillsboro

The following was among actions taken at the Dec. 4 meeting of the Hillsboro Town Council. For more information, call 668-6066.

WATER METERS -- The council voted to install water meters at about 35 residences served by the town's spring-fed water system. The meter system, under which households will be charged for the actual amount of water used, will replace the town's current water-billing practice of charging $12 per month for each person in a household, regardless of age or how much water they use.

Under the new system, which is expected to go into effect some time next year, water use charges will be added to an undetermined monthly base fee, according to Mayor Thomas Horvath.

"We have had numerous complaints about the equity of the water usage and the rates," Horvath said.

Horvath said the town will pay for the water meters and their installation. He said the meters cost $150 each and that the town has not yet learned the installation fee. Installation will begin as soon as possible.

Bills will still be payable to the town and collected by Town Treasurer Glenn Roberts.

Town of Round Hill

The following were among actions taken at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Round Hill Town Council. For more information, call 338-7878.

BED & BREAKFAST INNS -- The council agreed to hold a joint public hearing with its Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear public comment on a request to operate a second bed and breakfast inn in Round Hill. The hearing will take place in the town office.

Town residents Stephen and Delinda Hanley have applied to open an inn in their home on Route 719 North. An existing bed and breakfast, called Round Hill Hall, is located on Route 7.

Bed and breakfast inns are permitted in residential areas of town with approval of the Town Council. However, the town code allows no more than three rental bedrooms in an inn, and limits the number of guests in each bedroom to two.

PLANNING APPOINTMENT -- The Town Council appointed resident Kathy O'Brien to its Planning Commission. O'Brien fills a vacant commission seat whose term expires in one month, but then will be reappointed to a full term, said Town Recorder Betty Wolford.