Leesburg marks 50 years of Old and Historic District

Monday was the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Leesburg’s Old and Historic District by the Leesburg Town Council, town officials said in a statement.

In a 1963 ordinance, the council expressed the need to “preserve the unique cultural heritage represented by the original section of the town.” At the time, Virginia had only four other local historic districts, in the cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Richmond and Williamsburg.

The Leesburg council commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic district with a proclamation last week.

The original boundaries of the district followed the town limits as depicted on the 1878 Gray’s New Map of Leesburg. Since then, the district has been expanded several times. It was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1969 and to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Both of those designations are honorary and do not protect properties within the district from inappropriate alteration or demolition, town officials said.

“Leesburg’s Old and Historic District predates the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, placing our district among the oldest in the country,” Kim Del Rance, Leesburg’s preservation planner, said in the statement. “That distinction is an amazing legacy, of which Leesburg should be very proud.”

Water treatment plant cited for excellence by state

The Leesburg Utilities Department has received the Virginia Department of Health’s Excellence in Waterworks Performance Award for the ninth consecutive year at the Kenneth B. Rollins Water Filtration Plant, Leesburg officials said in a statement.

The state Health Department’s Office of Drinking Water Recognition Program rewards water systems that have demonstrated excellence in performance and operations and for the treatment and distribution of drinking water to the public.

The awards are given according to three levels of effectiveness and performance, with gold, silver and bronze acknowledgments. Leesburg received the 2012 Silver Award for excellence in filtration and clarification, the statement said.

“Leesburg residents should be very proud that our water treatment plant has received this award for so many years running,” Amy Wyks, Leesburg’s utilities director, said in the statement. “Our staff members really go the extra mile to ensure clean, safe and quality drinking water for Leesburg customers.”

Loudoun changes schedule for tick-spraying in parks

Because of recent rainy weather, Loudoun County has changed its tick-spraying schedule for county-owned parks. The spraying, part of a county initiative to prevent Lyme disease, is dependent on clear skies: The insecticide used, Talstar, cannot be sprayed during rain or if there is a chance of significant rain within 24 hours of the spraying, officials said.

Spraying has been completed at Conklin Park, Claude Moore and Franklin parks.

The parks affected by weather-related delays, West Brambleton and Phil Bolen, have not had spraying rescheduled, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

The county’s contractor for the project, Trugreen, will post signs at the parks before spraying. Signs will also be posted afterward saying that the area has been sprayed. Staff members from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will be at the parks to prevent residents from entering sprayed areas before the product has dried.

Information on Lyme disease awareness and prevention is at www.loudoun.gov/lyme.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson