Town of Haymarket

The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 4 meeting of the Haymarket Town Council. For more information, call 754-4816.

VACANT COUNCIL SEAT -- The Town Council postponed naming someone to fill a vacant council seat because Council member Steve Bean was absent. The seat has been unfilled since last month when the council appointed John Kapp as mayor. The council did not want to fill the seat until all council members were present.

There will be no other regular meeting this month because of the federal holiday Feb. 18, so the council hopes to appoint someone to the seat at its next meeting, March 4.

HAYMARKET DAY -- Council member Dottie Leonard will serve as liaison between the council and the Gainesville Ruritans in organizing the third annual Haymarket Day. Planning for the Sept. 21 parade and fair begins this month.

CENSUS REPORT -- The council presented a report from the U.S. Bureau of the Census officially recording the population of the town at 483.

TREE PLANTING -- Ranger Keith Hawkins of the Virginia Department of Forestry met with the council to discuss the town's plans to participate in a national tree planting program. The town is considering joining one of two community tree planting programs -- "America the Beautiful," sponsored by the U.S. Department of Forestry, or a project funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The programs provide matching funds to groups or jurisdictions that want to purchase trees for planting.

The council has not determined which program it will participate in, but Hawkins recommended the SBA program, which is designed to support local businesses by requiring jurisdictions to buy the trees from a local nursery. The agency would fund the cost of an equal number of additional trees purchased by the town.

Once the council agrees on a program, Hawkins will help develop a landscaping plan for the town.