Prosecutors have determined there is not enough evidence to merit opening a full investigation into a complaint that Supervisor Scott K. York (R-Sterling) violated campaign finance laws but recommended that he pay a $50 civil penalty, Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Robert D. Anderson said yesterday.
The complaint, filed by Ashburn resident Janet Castrovinci, was reviewed by Henrico County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wade Kizer, who determined that there is not probable cause to launch a criminal investigation. Kizer said York should be fined because he waited several months to file an amended report listing a $250 contribution that he had neglected to include in an earlier report.
Castrovinci had said that York, who is running for Board of Supervisors chairman, may not have disclosed all campaign contributions. York, who denied any wrongdoing, said yesterday that the complaint was "political."
Kizer previously was appointed as a special prosecutor to handle a recent investigation into a campaign finance complaint against board Chairman Dale Polen Myers (R-At Large). Myers paid a $1,000 fine for failing to list an in-kind contribution, but no charges were filed.
Student Parking Still Irks Residents
The way residents who live near Loudoun County High School in southwest Leesburg tell it, things haven't changed.
The kids still park their cars along their streets, blocking driveways and mailboxes. They still curse at adults when asked to move their cars or pick up litter. And at the end of the school day, they still speed past mothers out for a stroll with their children.
The residents are fed up. More than a dozen of them attended a public hearing Tuesday night before the Town Council. The seven-member council is going through a cumbersome process to change its ordinances to allow residential permit parking zones on certain streets in neighborhoods near the school, which is at Catoctin Circle and Dry Mill Road.
School Board members have said they believed the problem was solved over the summer after 110 parking spaces were created on campus by assigning some spots formerly reserved for maintenance workers to students, turning an area between two ballfields into parking spaces and sandwiching more spaces next to the school bus pickup area.
But residents said the solution was short-lived.
"The School Board still isn't taking care of the problem," said Laura Young, who lives on Newhall Place, a street in the Ashton Downs neighborhood where residents complain of students parking. "It's falling back on the homeowners."
Patti Nelson, who lives on Rosemeade Place, said she wants the council to move quickly to establish parking permits because "it's getting harder and harder to get residents together to come out" to council meetings.
A 39-year resident of Prospect Hills told council members that he often asks students to pick up the food wrappers they drop but gets only curse words in response. "They've been told not to park in the neighborhood streets, but it just doesn't seem to sink in with them," he said.
Residents want the town to issue permits for those who live in the area but said they are concerned about having the proper sticker for guests and want the restrictions to be lifted on weekends.
The streets being considered for the permits are: Ashton Drive, River Frays Drive, Wingate Place, Rosemeade Place, Primrose Court, Tearose Court, Foxridge Drive, Deerpath Avenue, Dry Mill Road, Belmont Drive, Lafayette Place and Prospect Drive.
A final vote on the issue has not been scheduled.
Middleburg Eases Water Restrictions
Water managers for the Town of Middleburg have lifted mandatory limits on water use and placed utility customers on voluntary restrictions, Town Administrator Alice Love announced Monday.
But mandatory restrictions will be reinstated "if water use rises sharply," Love cautioned.
Middleburg, which was the first jurisdiction in Loudoun to impose water restrictions this year, has been operating with only two wells instead of three since 1994, "which made the droughts of 1998 and 1999 especially difficult," Love said.
Town officials urged residents to continue reducing water use by any means possible, including using commercial carwashes that recycle water and fixing leaky plumbing fixtures.
Longtime School Official to Retire
Terrence W. Hill, the director of secondary education for Loudoun County public schools, is retiring at the end of the year, school officials said Tuesday.
Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III announced at Tuesday's School Board meeting that Hill would be leaving. Although the news seemed to surprise board members, Hatrick said that Hill, who did not attend the meeting, had spoken to him several times about his plans before officially declaring them Monday.
"He is an acknowledged and outstanding leader in our schools," Hatrick said. "He has earned the retirement he's going to have."
Hill, a 34-year veteran of the school system, has been a principal and vice principal at several Loudoun campuses.