Purcellville to Annex Case Farm

The Purcellville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to annex the 94-acre Case Farm adjacent to the town limits. Council member Paul T. Eldridge was absent.

The Case Farm is the first of two proposed property annexations to be considered by the council after the town and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the first phase of a growth management plan for Purcellville in July. The council had put the two annexations on hold while awaiting a decision on the growth plan.

The proposed annexations have sparked controversy in the town of 2,800, with some residents urging a slow-growth approach that would predicate development on building the necessary schools, roads and other facilities first. Other residents support the economic growth that the annexations could bring.

The Case Farm is being developed by Bruce Brownell through a company called Catoctin Meadows. Plans call for about 125 houses; sidewalks will lead into town.

The other pending annexation is the 147-acre Hirst Farm, which is being developed by Jim Jost, who participated in the development of Kingsbridge, Purcellville's largest subdivision.

Leesburg Allows Cable TV Transfer

The Leesburg Town Council voted Tuesday to approve the transfer of the town's cable TV franchise from Benchmark Acquisition to Pennsylvania-based Adelphia Communications Corp.

In a 5 to 1 vote, with one member absent, the council voted to authorize the sale. Council member Kristen C. Umstattd was not present, and Vice Mayor B.J. Webb voted against the measure.

"I hate to see Benchmark getting a whole lot of money for doing a bad job," Webb said after the vote, expressing concern about what she called slanted news programming in favor of county Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Polen Myers (R-At Large).

As part of the approval, Adelphia Communications officials agreed to build 13 miles of fiber optic network that will link computers in the town government building in historic Leesburg to eight other town buildings, including the police station on Plaza Street, Ida Lee Recreation Center on North King Street and the Leesburg Municipal Airport on Sycolin Road. The company promised to do the link within the next three years at no cost to cable customers or the town.

Benchmark also is selling its Loudoun County franchise, and that sale must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.