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<sh>Bank Hearing Deferred

<bt>The public hearing regarding Chevy Chase Bank's request for a special exception to open a bank on the site of Appalachian Outfitters was deferred.

The deferral was made at the request of the applicant, said Planning Commissioner Ken Lawrence (Providence).

The bank is requesting permission to operate a drive-through and a waiver from the county's sign ordinance.

The property, at the intersection of Chain Bridge and Hunter Mill roads in Oakton, is home to the historic Oakton Schoolhouse.

The hearing has been rescheduled for Feb. 17 and will begin at 8:15 p.m. Those wishing to speak at the hearing should call 703-324-2865 to register. The deadline for preregistering is 3 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Members of the public may speak if they have not preregistered, but they are then permitted to speak for only three minutes, as opposed to the five minutes allotted to those who preregister.

<sh>Davis Office Hours

<bt>A member of the staff of U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th) will be available to assist residents with federal government issues at the Fairfax City Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. The session is scheduled for Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 703-916-9610.

<sh>Oakton Park Public Hearing Set

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will sponsor a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., in Oakton Elementary School, 3000 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton. This hearing is scheduled to present a proposal for the Master Plan for Oakton Community Park, formerly known as the Corbalis Property. The proposed plan is available for review at the Fairfax County Park Authority in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks. Those wishing to speak at the hearing should contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or request a place via e-mail at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<sh>Town Financial Report Available

<bt>The Town of Vienna's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY ‘03-04 is now available. Copies may be reviewed in the Finance Department at Town Hall and purchased for $5 each. For more information, call 703-255-6320.

<sh>Amendments To Help Vienna Projects

<bt>Del. Steve Shannon (D-35th) submitted two amendments to the state budget this week for projects in the Town of Vienna. One budget amendment requests funds to assist the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department modernize its facility. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department facility is 46 years old and currently undergoing renovations.

The second budget amendment requests funds to cover the cost of building a soundwall along I-66 westbound at Southside Park. This amendment came at the request of Vienna mayor Jane Seeman to alleviate the noise for residents near the park.