Board endorses change to eminent domain resolution

Prince William County on Tuesday became the largest locality in Virginia to endorse a change to the Virginia Constitution that voters will consider on Election Day.

The Board of County Supervisors endorsed by 7 to 1 a change to include language in the state’s constitution ensuring that landowners are compensated fairly during eminent domain proceedings, while restricting local governments’ ability to seize property. Specifically, localities could not do so for economic development purposes.

Supervisor Frank Principi (D-Woodbridge) voted against the resolution. The change potentially allows landowners too much leverage in challenging eminent domain and could drive up prices for local governments, he said in an interview. He also questioned why the change was necessary.

“It’s not broken, why fix it?” he asked.

Some critics, both Democrats and Republicans, said the General Assembly’s language for the amendment is too broad and could force localities to pay more for private property and slow road construction and other local government projects.

Route 28 at Wellington Road closed overnight on Sunday

Route 28 at Wellington Road in Manassas will be closed intermittently from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday for the installation of a signal pole at the new overpass.

The $44 million overpass project is expected to be completed next month.

Drive-through clinic offers free flu vaccines Saturday

The Virginia Department of Health will be offering free flu shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the McCoart Building, One County Complex Ct., Woodbridge.

The drive-through clinic will be held rain or shine.

For information, call the Prince William Health District at 703-792-6345.

Occoquan a finalist for ‘Prettiest Painted Places’

Historic Occoquan is one of 10 finalists from the country’s Southeast region in the Paint Quality Institute’s “Prettiest Painted Places in America” competition.

In September, judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting and home improvement reviewed entries and selected 60 finalists, 10 from each of six geographic regions. Two winners from each region will be announced this month.

The other Southeast region finalists are downtown Bowling Green, Ky.; Gulf Shores, Ala.; Historic Oakwood in Raleigh, N.C.; Key West, Fla.; Old Louisville, Ky.; Old Town Alexandria; Paducah, Ky.; Selma (Ward 3), Ala.; and Historic Downtown Smithfield, Va.

Potomac Health Foundation gives $2.4 million in grants

The Potomac Health Foundation’s board of directors recently approved 20 grants to 18 nonprofit agencies totaling $2,377,925.

Award recipients include the Lloyd E. Moss Free Clinic, Nova Scripts Central, Youth for Tomorrow and George Mason University’s Achieves Project.

The funded projects will address three community goals of the Potomac Health Foundation: to increase access to primary health care for underserved and hard-to-reach populations; to reduce the incidence of preventable disease and illness; and to address emerging health needs and foster innovative projects.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane