County seeks public input
on Rural Preservation Study

A public meeting on Prince William County’s Rural Preservation Study will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Nokesville Elementary School gym, 12625 Fitzwater Dr., Nokesville.

The meeting, hosted by the county’s Planning Office, is one of several opportunities for residents to voice their opinion on rural land-use policies. County staff members will provide an overview of conditions in rural areas and review the status of the Rural Preservation Study.

For information, call 703-792-6830 or visit

Mosquitoes in Woodbridge carrying West Nile virus

Mosquitoes collected July 9 in Woodbridge have tested positive for West Nile virus, county health officials said.

The Prince William mosquito control program treated the mosquito pools and will continue to monitor the area.

To reduce exposure to mosquitoes, the Prince William Health District recommends the following:

→Wear long, loose and light-color clothing.

→Use insect repellent with no more than 50 percent DEET for adults and less than 10 percent for children.

→Turn over or remove containers where water might collect, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.

→Eliminate standing water in yards, on tarps and on flat roofs

→Chlorinate or clean birdbaths and wading pools every three to five days.

→Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.

For information on West Nile virus, visit For questions about mosquito-control spraying, contact Prince William Gypsy Moth & Mosquito Control at 703-792-6279.

Minnieville dog park named in honor of fallen police K-9

The Minnieville Road dog park was recently named in honor of a 7-year-old German shepherd that served in the Prince William County Police Department’s K-9 unit.

The Board of County Supervisors approved naming it K-9 Gunner Memorial Park. Gunner was a police dog from 1999 to 2005, when he was killed in the line of duty.

The dog park, which opened in May, is the second in the county. The first opened in October at the Prince William County Animal Shelter.

County buildings win EPA award for conservation

For the third year, the Prince William County Department of Public Works has received the Energy Star award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The award signifies that county buildings are using about 40 percent less energy than average buildings. The structures recognized include the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, the Judicial Center and the fire and rescue and voter registration building in Manassas.

— Sarah Lane