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Week in Loudoun

Schedule Changes

<bt>The June public hearing of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be held Wednesday, June 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg. The board's public hearings normally are held on the second Tuesday of the month, but the June public hearing has been rescheduled due to the primary election Tuesday, June 13.

Other upcoming schedule changes include the board's first business meeting in July, which will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, because of the July Fourth holiday.

Also, the board has tentatively scheduled a second public hearing for July, to be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, if needed, to provide for the summer recess during the month of August.

Documents for board meetings, including packets for public hearings, are available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/bos/documents.htm.

<sh>Rezoning Calendar

<bt>The Board of Supervisors have scheduled a series of work sessions and public hearings on the Rural Policy Area Rezoning. All meetings are at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg.

The staff report on proposed changes in the Rural Policy Area is online as are the proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance and the Comprehensive Plan. The documents are available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/rural.

* June 7: Board of Supervisors public hearing, 6:30 p.m., board meeting room.

* June 10: Board of Supervisors public hearing, 9 a.m., board meeting room.

* June 14: Board of Supervisors public hearing, 6:30 p.m., board meeting room.

* June 20: Board of Supervisors work session, 6:30 p.m., board meeting room.

* June 26: Board of Supervisors work session, 6:30 p.m., board meeting room.

* June 28: Board of Supervisors work session, 6:30 p.m., board meeting room.

<sh>Hearing Postponed

<bt>The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Arcola Area/Route 50 Corridor (CPAM 2005-0007) will not be considered at the Board of Supervisors' June 14, public hearing as originally scheduled. A new date for consideration has not been set.

<sh>Trucks Inspected

<bt>Half of the trucks inspected at a roving commercial motor vehicle checkpoint held Monday, June 5, in the South Riding area, were taken out of service.

In total 30 commercial vehicles were inspected with 15 of the trucks taken out of service. A majority of the truck citations issued at the morning inspection were for defective equipment and driver violations. A total of 22 summons were issued.

The inspection detail began at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the area of Stone Springs Boulevard south of Route 50 and also in the area of Belmont Ridge Road Tall Cedars Parkway. At 9 a.m. the units moved to the area of Loudoun County Parkway and Riding Center Drive where they inspected commercial vehicles until noon.

<sh>Leave Pets Home

<bt>The Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners to never leave a pet in a car when the outside temperature is more than 70 degrees. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside the car can reach 130 degrees in a matter of a few minutes. Pets do not perspire the way that people do, they must pant to keep cool. If there is only hot air to breathe, a pet cannot cool itself. Brain damage can occur within minutes. If the pet is left in the car even longer it can die an agonizing death.

In Loudoun County it is illegal to leave an animal in a vehicle when the outside temperature is more than 70 degrees and the vehicle's interior temperature is more than 80 degrees. This law also allows Animal Control Officers and Sheriff's deputies to break into a car to save an animal in distress.

To report an animal in a car on a hot day, first record the make, model, color, license plate number and location of the vehicle. Report this information to the store/mall manager and ask that he page the owner of the vehicle. Next, call Loudoun County Animal Care and Control at 703-777-0406 or the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department at 703-777- 1021. If possible, stay until law enforcement arrives so that you can help them locate the car quickly.

<sh>Open Burning Banned

<bt>Open burning is prohibited in Loudoun County between June 1 and Aug. 31.

The regulations for this ban are promulgated by the Virginia the Department of Environmental Quality, State Air Pollution Control Board and are enforced locally under the Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code in the interest of reducing the volume of pollutants that affect overall air quality. Loudoun County, to include the seven incorporated towns, is one of several Northern Virginia jurisdictions where these regulations apply.

The only exceptions provided are for campfires or grills used for cooking and fires that are approved by the State Air Pollution Control Board.

Effective Sept. 1, normal open burning regulations will apply once again. Any questions should be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-777-0333. More information is also available on the Loudoun County Web site at www.loudoun.gov/fire/marshal.htm.