County officials and Reston leaders, who have long disagreed on the kind of street lighting to be used in Reston, have agreed to expand a five-year streetlighting trial project to include a three-tenths of a mile segment of Wiehle Avenue.
Provided that the county Board of Supervisors does not eliminate funding for the project as it reviews overall county spending this month, seven metal halide streetlights will be installed on Wiehle Avenue at the intersection of North Shore Drive and at the entrance of Chestnut Grove Condominiums by June 30.
The decision represents a compromise between several Reston citizen groups, Reston Land Corp., county officials and Virginia Power.
Reston community leaders have long sought to have metal halide street lights installed in the planned community. They argue that white lights, frequently used in private developments, are less obtrusive and glaring than the standard sodium vapor lights used by the county.They also want only minimal lighting to provide basic security.
But the county and Virginia Power have favored yellow sodium vapor lights as less expensive and more efficient.
After years of disagreement, the county agreed in 1988 to a five-year trial test of metal halide streetlights on Reston Parkway.
Then Wiehle Avenue residents who had grown tired of waiting for street lights in their neighborhood, led by activist Jack Pogany, signed a petition that essentially required the county to install sodium vapor lights at frequent intervals on Wiehle Avenue.
Reston leaders fought the Wiehle Avenue lighting plan. Negotiations stalled until February, when Supervisor Robert B. Dix Jr. (R-Centreville) brought together all the involved parties. The result was a decision, endorsed by the Board of Supervisors, to expand the Reston Parkway demonstration project to include seven metal halide lights on Wiehle Avenue.
About 100 Lincolnia Park residents will be honored in a public ceremony tonight for outstanding participation in the community's 10-year-old Neighborhood Watch.
Fairfax County Police from the Mason district and the Lincolnia Park Civic Association will co-sponsor the event at 7:30 p.m. at Holmes Middle School, 6525 Montrose St. The event is free of charge.
The program started with 60 members in 1982, when the county burglary rate was high and police were turning to communities for help. The program has grown to 160 active members who patrol streets in search of suspicious activities and collaborate with police in other initiatives to prevent crime.
At the ceremony, honorees will include 59 charter members and 42 members who have participated for at least five years.