Monday, December 31, 2012
Business meeting and public hearing schedule changed; and other organizational matters to be taken up Wednesday.
Starting with this week’s Jan. 2 meeting, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors will begin operating under a new schedule, with business meetings and public hearings on Wednesdays. For the 2013 calendar year, the board’s regular business meetings will begin at 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. During each of those meetings, a public input session will be held at 6 p.m. Public hearings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Supervisors canceled the Dec. 18 business meeting and will next meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. Supervisors will set meetings times for other committees when it considers organizational matters Wednesday, including the election of a new vice chairman. Current vice chairman Supervisor Janet …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Blue Ridge supervisor said she’d prefer to see the position rotate among her colleagues.
Supervisor Janet Clarke, the current vice chairman of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, announced during Wednesday’s board meeting that she would not seek a second term as vice chair. Recent boards have elected the same vice chairman for all four years. But Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), who has served on the Purcellville Town Council, said Tuesday that she prefers the practice adopted by many town councils where such positions are rotated. “I’d recommend that you, my colleagues, decide on the person you’d like to fill this position for next year,” she said. “I choose not to serve as the vice chair of this board of supervisors after Dec. 31, 2012.” The vice chairman is elected by the supervisors, and he or she leads the board and performs other …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Leesburg supervisor later apologizes for remarks in response to courthouse holiday display debate.
Loudoun has again managed to make its decisions regarding courthouse lawn holiday displays a hot topic this year. The county has for several years debated what types of displays would be permitted and how individuals or groups could apply to create the displays. The long tradition had been for a local group to place a nativity scene at the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg, but in recent years, that arrangement has been questioned as the state potentially sanctioning religion. At one point, unattended holiday displays were permitted on a limited number of spaces at the courthouse by application. The resulting Santa Claus in a skeleton suit and signs with flying spaghetti monsters were widely criticized, so Loudoun’s Board of …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Speakers at town hall meeting critical of Loudoun board chairman’s actions.
After canceling a meeting set to focus on the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) for work he asked his aides to do, County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) took an earful from residents concerned with his handling of the complaint against Delgaudio. The primary concern centers on when York received documents related to the complaint and why he did not turn them over to a special prosecutor in the spring. That special prosecutor is examining the complaint once again, this time with the full package of documents Delgaudio’s former aide provided to the county. York told a gathering at the County Administration Building in Leesburg Tuesday night he had no idea when the investigation would wrap up, but that a similar …
As a special prosecutor undertakes the investigation of one supervisor, the board considers changes.
Changes have been proposed to tighten restrictions for Loudoun County supervisors’ aides as a criminal investigation continues into work Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) asked his aide to perform. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors Finance/Government Service & Operations Committee voted unanimously to send a new policy for aides to the full board for a vote. The changes ban aides from working for their supervisor’s private business or organization or campaign. The restrictions do not restrict aides from volunteering for campaigns. “We’ve drawn clear lines of separation between county business, private business and personal business,” said finance committee Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn). “We’re making what were blurred lines in the…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The left critical of all-GOP board, continues pursuit of action following allegations against Sterling supervisor.
The cancellation of a Nov. 20 Loudoun Board of Supervisors meeting regarding allegations against Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) has county Democrats and a local political action committee crying foul. A town hall meeting has been planned instead from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the County Government Center in Leesburg. Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) had intended to call on the board to strip Delgaudio of his board committee duties during a special prosecutor’s investigation of the supervisor, but he will not be able to make such a motion during the town hall meeting. Real Advocate — a political action committee made up of former members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee and clearly a nod to Delgaudio's private …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Former LWV voter services chair calls on supervisors to adopt past guidelines for behavior.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Dear Editor, In 2007, Loudoun County’s reputation was in tatters. The Washington Post published a series of articles that called into question the ethics of the Republican Board of Supervisors. There were allegations of corruption and first-hand reports of an FBI investigation. This was not a pleasant time to call Loudoun County home. At the time, as Voters Services Chair of the Loudoun League of Women Voters, I began to work on a committee that included Supervisor Jim Burton and his wife Lina Burton and Senator Mark Herring. We drafted a Code of Ethics that the Board of Supervisors could adopt to increase the public trust. I don’t need to agree with every decision my elected officials make, but as a taxpayer and voter I expect the highest…
Monday, June 25, 2012
As critical deadline nears, opposition pushes against the project; some proposed tax districts are set aside.
With about a week to decide whether to participate in the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors has set one final work session for 5 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the County Government Center in Leesburg to discuss potential ways to pay for it. And late last week, the opposition to the project continued to distribute fliers that say homeowners and businesses “will get buried in debt and taxes.” The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has offered support for the project as well as new taxes on businesses to pay for it, with a sunset provision. The fliers left on cars last week join an array of flies left in eastern Loudoun communities in recent weeks. An unidentified group left fliers on cars at a church in Sterling …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Loudoun resident continues to press the case to opt out of Silver Line.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Spring is here, romance is in the air, and it would be such a wonderful time to announce that the arranged marriage between Loudoun County and DC Metro will finally happen, and it probably will happen if Loudoun decision makers don’t peek behind the veil before saying, “Yes, I will.” Although the courtship has spanned decades, the moment draws near when Loudoun must choose whether to whisper that final word of acceptance, or denial. Most people probably know at least a little about Metro, but do we know enough about this persistent suitor? On Wednesday of this week, Metro sat down in Loudoun’s living room to answer some hard questions. Metro ought to be a little uncomfortable because its name has been in the papers quite a bit lately for …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
If constructed the road would connect Broadlands and Brambleton.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012