Charles A. Harris is still the winner of the Broad Run seat on the Board of Supervisors--but barely.
Initially, Loudoun election officials said the Democrat had won by 17 votes. But after checking the numbers, they now say he squeaked by with nine more than Republican Bruce E. Tulloch. Their final vote count for Harris: 1,987.
With that news, Tulloch issued a news release congratulating Harris--something he had refused to do until the official count was tallied.
"On the assumption that the Electoral Board's count is correct, I offered my assistance to Mr. Harris, for we are both highly interested in improving the quality of life in Broad Run and throughout Loudoun County," Tulloch said in a statement.
But Tulloch held open the possibility that his campaign would ask for an official recount.
For Burk, Race Is Over but Not Fight
Kelly Burk may have been beaten in last week's elections. But she put out word this week that she will keep up her fight to unseat Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun).
"Black may have won this battle, but he is not going to win the war," Burk said in a statement. "I will fight him till hell freezes over, and then I will fight him on the ice."
Burk, a teacher who is head of the Loudoun Education Association, said her campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates seat in 2001 begins immediately.
"I want to make one thing perfectly clear: This fight is far from over," Burk said.
Black, who won 56 percent of the vote in a district that includes part of Loudoun and a small section of Fairfax County, said he would focus his attention on his constituents' concerns.
"She can focus on running sort of a spiteful campaign if she wants," Black said. "You have to take these things with a grain of salt. Some people become overwrought with the electoral process. It takes a certain type of person to handle defeat with dignity and grace."
Leesburg to Spend $61,000 on Y2K
With two months remaining before 2000, the Leesburg Town Council approved spending $61,000 from its general fund for a dozen generators, several tankers of gas, a laptop computer to store backup files, pumps for its water treatment facility and 42 extra stop signs.
About $15,000 will be spent to upgrade the police department's access and security system at the Plaza Street station, which is not Y2K ready, said the town's information technology director, Michel Agujia.
"We knew this was coming, and we've been working for six months feverishly to get ready," Agujia said at Tuesday night's council meeting. "Chances are things will be fine, but we don't want to be caught with our pants down."
Agujia said he will be testing the town's computer systems Monday to make sure they are ready.
Mayor James E. Clem said the town needs the items it is buying anyway and will use them even if Y2K is not a problem.
Proposed Project Won't Get Town Water, Sewer
The Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night against providing water and sewer to a proposed residential development south of town--a move that some planners and developers say could kill the project.
Bryan Brooks, of Dunlyn LLC in Aldie, has applied to Loudoun County for a rezoning to build 529 single-family houses and 320 town houses on 314 acres between Gleedsville and Evergreen Mills roads off Route 15.
The property, which is known as the Crane Farm and zoned for agricultural use, is in the town's Urban Growth Area, which extends in a one-mile radius around the town and tries to concentrate new projects near existing developments. The town can decide whether to provide water and sewer to proposed developments within the area.
Also Tuesday, the council:
* Authorized completion of an $18,000 survey of historic buildings in the town. The town is paying $4,000 for the project, and the state has awarded an additional $14,000. The results will be used to put together a more thorough written history and walking tour of the town, said Kristie Lalire, Leesburg's preservation planner.
* Approved the Parks and Recreation Department's request to apply for an $80,000 federal grant, which would be used--along with $20,000 from the town--to build a trail along South Harrison Street between the Washington and Old Dominion Regional Trail and Catoctin Circle.
Loudoun House Gets New Look, Name, Rents
Loudoun House, once the largest low-income housing complex in Loudoun County, reopens this week after undergoing $6.2 million worth of renovations by a Vienna developer.
KSI Services Inc., which bought the complex last year, gutted and refurbished the 248 apartments on Plaza Street over the last six months, said Kim Andreadis, the company's marketing director. The walkways around the complex's playground have been replaced, and the swimming pool will open this summer for the first time in years.
The two- and three-bedroom apartments in the complex, which has been renamed Mayfair Commons, will rent at market rates. The average rent for a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment will be $875 a month, Andreadis said. Former residents will be allowed to return if they can pay full rent or have rent-subsidy vouchers to cover what they cannot pay. One family that used to live in the building already has moved back in.
Loudoun House, which was built during the 1970s, had become run-down and plagued by crime in recent years. Many Leesburg officials and neighbors welcome its transformation.
A grand opening ceremony will be held Dec. 9.