Town of Vienna
The following were among actions taken by the Vienna Town Council at its Feb. 4 meeting. For more information, call 255-6330.
TREE BRUSH RECYCLING -- The Town Council revised town trash regulations to require homeowners to recycle tree brush, starting April 1. On that date the county landfill on I-95 will stop accepting tree debris.
The county now requires tree brush to be recycled, to reduce the amount of trash deposited at the rapidly shrinking landfill and to help meet the county's goal of recycling at least 25 percent of all county trash by 1992.
Vienna residents will be required to separate tree trimmings, bushes and brush from the rest of their garbage and collect the debris in bundles no larger than four feet long, which must be left at curbside to be picked up on the second trash collection day each week.
Residents with tree brush larger than 1 1/2 inches in diameter or longer than four feet must call the town's Department of Public Works to arrange a special pick-up. Other yard debris, such as leaves and grass, will continue to be picked up during regular trash collection.
The town will shred some of the brush into wood chips for its own use and haul the rest of the debris to a county recycling station. RESTON ASSOCIATION ACTIONS
The following was among actions taken at the Jan. 31 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Reston Association (RA). For more information, call 437-9580.
ANNUAL DUES -- The board heard testimony from about 20 residents protesting the board's December decision to increase homeowners' annual dues by 26 percent, to $300 per household, but Director Dave Ralston's motion to reconsider the increase died for lack of a second.
About $59 of the $62 increase in homeowners' dues will be used to help finance community-owned swimming pools and tennis courts. Until now, the bulk of the operating costs for these facilities was financed through user fees. The board decided to do away with the user fee system and rely entirely on annual dues because membership is declining at pools and tennis courts, generating too little revenue to cover the operating costs.
Last year, board members were forced to use about $89,000 in reserve funds to offset a recreation budget shortfall. The shortfall is expected to triple this year.
According to RA President Mac Murray, who said he opposes the dues increase, most of the residents who packed the boardroom to protest the dues increase live in Chestnut Grove condominiums and use private recreation facilities there.
Murray said he was not in a position, under parliamentary rules, to support Ralston's motion to reconsider the dues increase because he had opposed the dues increase in the vote last December.
The protesters accused the board of being undemocratic for raising the dues even though about 70 percent of respondents to a referendum last year opposed abolishing the recreation user fees. Most board members objected to the way the referendum was phrased and have dismissed the findings as inconclusive.