Town of Clifton

The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Clifton Town Council. For more information, call 631-1081.

STREET PROPOSAL -- The Town Council discussed its objections to a Virginia Department of Transportation proposal that would give the state the authority to widen roads near the fire station, in an area at the heart of the town's historic district.

Responding to increased traffic through the town by out-of-town commuters, the state has asked Fairfax County to relinquish the land on Chapel Road and School Street by the fire station to eventually widen the roads from two lanes. The state also wants the county to install curbs and gutters on the roads.

The Town Council strongly objects to the proposal because the fire station property is in the heart of the town's nationally designated historic district and because there are no curbs and gutters in Clifton. The town and the county plan to replace the aging fire station with an updated facility that is compatible with the surrounding architecture.

Mayor Wayne Nickum said he had expressed the town's opposition to the proposal at a recent meeting with state transportation officials and was awaiting an official response.