Town of Vienna

The following were among actions taken by the Vienna Town Council at its Dec. 3 meeting. For more information, call 255-6330.

POLICE HEADQUARTERS -- The Town Council approved site plan changes for the new town police headquarters, over objections of nearby residents who do not want the police headquarters built at the site approved by the council last month, at 110 Locust St.

The council last month approved construction of a 9,800-square-foot police facility on Locust Street to replace police offices in the basement of City Hall, which the police department has outgrown. Construction is expected to begin late next year.

To accommodate the size and kind of facility needed, the council voted last week to allow the building to cover 46 percent of the 1.05-acre lot instead of the maximum of 25 percent permitted under town zoning laws, and to reduce the amount of parking at the site from the required 59 parking spaces to 47.

During the meeting, several residents presented a petition opposing the Locust Street site; it was signed by about 25 residents, most of whom live on Locust Street or on nearby Cherry Circle. The residents complained that the new police station would generate additional noise and traffic in the residential neighborhood and could increase problems of flooding in the neighborhood by overtaxing the storm drainage system.

Council members assured residents that the facility will not cause additional flooding problems, pointing out a recent council action requiring all new town development to provide adequate storm drainage.