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<br /> 186 MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF LEESBURG TOWN COUNCIL, SEPTEMBER 27, 1978.
<br /> A regular meeting of the Leesburg Town Council was held in the
<br /> Council Chambers , 10 West Loudoun Street, Leesburg, Virginia, on
<br /> September 27, 1978 at 7 : 30 P.M. The meeting was called to order
<br /> by Mayor Pro-Tem G. Dewey Hill, Jr. The invocation was given by
<br /> Mr. Tolbert, and followed with the Salute to the Flag. Present were:
<br /> Mayor Pro-Tem G. Dewey Hill , Jr. , Councilmembers Marylou Hill,
<br /> Walter F. Murray and John W. Tolbert, Jr. ; also Town Manager John
<br /> Niccolls, Assistant Manager Jeffrey H. Minor, Director of Finance
<br /> Donald 0. Taylor and Town Attorney George M. Martin. Absent from
<br /> the meeting were: Mayor Kenneth B. Rollins, Councilmembers Glen P.
<br /> Cole and Stanley D. Herrell , Jr.
<br /> The minutes of the regular meeting of September 13, 1978 were
<br /> approved as written.
<br /> Petitioners :
<br /> Mr. J. B. Anderson Chief of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Com-
<br /> pany, asked that Council consider repainting the fire hydrants in
<br /> the Old and Historic District so that they may be more easily lo-
<br /> cated. He said the brown color does not show up at night and asked
<br /> that the hydrants be painted red and white, with the cap being a
<br /> reflective scotchlite paint. The present reflective tape does not
<br /> show up at night. He emphasized the strong points for this reflec-
<br /> tive top. He understood that the Public Works Committee has already
<br /> discussed this matter and recommends against the repainting of the
<br /> hydrants. Mr. Hill said the Committee felt the burden of locating
<br /> these hydrants should be on the Fire Department members . Mr. Murray
<br /> said the Committee might discuss this matter again - perhaps a lumi-
<br /> nous paint can be found.
<br /> Mr. Anderson also said there will be letters forthcoming from
<br /> the Fi-re Department and the Rescue Squad, in conjunction with the
<br /> Fire Marshal, asking the Town to investigate and try to implement
<br /> a 100-block numbering system, along with a Code amendment specify-
<br /> ing a size number to be used on all buildings. Both of these items
<br /> would greatly increase protection for everybody in the town. Mr.
<br /> Hill felt that a change in house numbers would be upsetting to
<br /> everyone concerned for many reasons. Mr. Anderson said such a
<br /> program would take two to three years and, as the Town grows,
<br /> there must be preparation for it. Mr. Murray saw no real problem
<br /> with doing this over a period of time, but he was not sure the
<br /> Town is large enough for this yet. It was decided that the Public
<br /> Works Committee will consider these items at its meeting on Octo-
<br /> ber 16th.
<br /> Mr. Charles Williams, Chairman of the Loudoun County Taxpayers
<br /> Association, said he supports the proposed revised tax rate as de-
<br /> veloped by the Finance Committee. Concerning the Foodmaker parking
<br /> lot, to hope that the investment will prove self-liquidating is at
<br /> best a calculated guess. Since this lot is in an awkward location
<br /> from the downtown shopping area, this lot will certainly produce,
<br /> less money from metered spaces that the present lot, which averages
<br /> just a little over $150 a year per space. It would be simpler, and
<br /> less expensive, to finance this project through short-term tax an-
<br /> ticipation loans through the local banks. With regard to the
<br /> $5, 000, 000 water bond issue, he said that by 1985 metered water
<br /> sales will amount to about 300, 000,000 gallons per year. The
<br /> operation of an expensive pumping station on the Potomac will not
<br /> increase water sales, but it may increase the cost of such sales
<br /> by $600, 000 to $900,000 annually, including the operating costs
<br /> and debt service. This would result in an increase of $2. 00 to
<br /> $3.00 per thousand gallons in the water rate, possibly doubling
<br /> the already high consumers ' utility bills. He felt the proposed
<br /> project should be postponed until an in-depth cost benefit analysis
<br /> is conducted by a professional analyst.
<br /> Mr. Murray said he has some apprehension as to whether the park-
<br /> ing lot will meet the debt service, but he feels that the property
<br /> will certainly appreciate in value and, if it does not prove feasible
<br /> and financially possible to operate it as a parking facility, it can
<br /> be disposed of at a profit.