The Town issued a “Call for Art” in 2019 for the design and fabrication of a LOVE Sign. The designs were reviewed by the LOVE Sign Committee based on the requirements in the Call for Art and the public was then invited to vote for their favorite design. The final design was approved by the Town Council and work began in March 2020. The sign will be located prominently in the Squirkle (Town Square) and is on schedule to be completed by May 2020. This project is entirely funded with grants from Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
August 14, Update: Our Town’s LOVE sign is installed on the north eastern side of the Squirkle. This entrance feature is centered with the southbound lane of 287 as you approach the Town from the north. There is love in Lovettsville.
Water Tower Project
The Town has contracted with Suez Environment North America to maintain and perform structural modifications to the elevated storage tank located at the intersection of Lange and Potterfield Drive. The Town began maintenance work on the elevated water tank in coordination with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T starting in mid-March.
Prior to the structural work beginning, AT&T and Sprint erected a temporary tower between the current site and Potterfield Drive to hold their antennas throughout the duration of the work. This phase will include:
- Trimming and removal of some trees on the site
- Building a stone foundation for the temporary Tower
- Installing a temporary tower
- Transferring wireless communication equipment from the tank and placing it on the temporary tower
This initial work will not require that the elevated tank be taken out of service.
May 13, 2021 Update: The contractor has moved both Verizon and ATT from the temporary Tower to the Water Tower. The Town’s antennae has been relocated. Starting Monday, Sprint will begin the relocation of their equipment. When complete, the temporary Tower will be removed from the site. The last component of this project to be completed is the relocation of an access road from the original location off of Potterfield to its new location on Lange. The Town has applied for this permit from VDOT. Upon approval, the road will be constructed with gravel by Verizon. No trees should be affected by this most recent change. The purpose of the change is to minimize truck traffic through the residential neighborhood. The removal of the temporary Tower will be completed by the end of May weather permitting.
August 6, 2020 Update: Due to the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, the Town Water Tower project completion will be delayed from the previously scheduled Labor Day Holiday. The project’s success is dependent on the three carriers Sprint, AT&T and Verizon contributing to a cost share to upgrade the tower. These agreements were reached in the spring of this year just prior to the installation of the existing temporary tower and Sprints merger with T-Mobile. The Town is working diligently with T-Mobile-Sprint to address the concerns of this project and how it relates to prior financial commitments made by its subsidiary company prior to its merge. Verizon is expected to begin work on the tower foundation under a separate agreement with the Town soon. We will continue to post updates as they are made available.
April 17, 2020 Update: With wind gusts over 50 mph this week, Sprint had delays in finalizing the transfer of their equipment from the water tower to the temporary tower. Sprint is expected to complete their transfer by Saturday. Suez Construction and all service providers are still committed to having all work relating to the water tower done by Labor Day.
September 14, Update: The construction on the Water Tower Access Road has now been completed. The road and apron were put in by Verizon subcontractors Mastec towards the end of the month of August. The temporary tower has been taken down and all phone carrier equipment is back on the Water Tower. There should be no more construction to be done to the site other than some maintenance improvements. The Water Tower site will be regularly maintained by Epling and Town Staff.
East Broad Way and South Church Street Improvements
May 28, 2021 Update: Volkert has continued to communicate with the Town and VDOT to prepare a project plan that can be approved. On April 15, Volkert presented the project to the Town Council and the town residents in a public information meeting. Following the meeting Volkert met with property owners along the roadway to make sure there weren’t any concerns with the project plan. Volkert will also be coordinating with the Town’s lighting consultant to incorporate an updated lighting design into the project and is working to incorporate the water line design to advance the project to the Right of Way phase in August.
August 14, 2020 Update: We are continuing to update the roadway plans and revising our schedule to accommodate a public meeting as soon as VDOT’s concerns are adequately addressed. We plan to post a project schedule next week.
April 17, 2020 Update: Our Consultant, Volkert, has submitted plans to the Town and to VDOT for review. Upon approval, we will be scheduling a public hearing to solicit public comment. We expect to hold a Public Hearing in late May.
September 14 Update: Progress on the design plans for the East Broadway Streetscape Improvements is still underway. The project is still inline with the project schedule that was agreed upon by the Town and partnered engineering firm Volkert. The Town will be meeting with VDOT this week to go over the designs of the project. The current schedule shows the right of way acquisition phase of this project beginning in January 2022.
Town Administration Building
May 28, 2021: The Town Council met in person for the first time since March of 2020 in your NEW Town Hall on May 27, 2021! The meeting was also hosted on Zoom for those that were unable to attend. It was a huge success and you can all be very proud of your new Town Hall and Administrative Building. The Town Council has voted to reduce the COVID restrictions by opening the Town Administrative Building to full service (without appointment) 5 days a week and have scheduled the Dedication and Grand Opening Ceremony for Thursday June 24th at 6PM.
May 13, 2021 Update: The Town Administrative Building is complete. Staff is working in the office daily. The Town Council will be discussing an appropriate opening date for the public to access the building. In addition, the Council Chambers which has been completed for some time will be opened once COVID restrictions are lifted and it is safe to hold Town Council meetings in person. The Town Administrative building site also provides parking available to the public, and especially for those who frequent the Downtown businesses. However, there is are a limited number of spaces available.
In a few weeks, the Town will be embarking on painting and maintenance of several buildings including the Council Chambers, the Walker Pavilion and the Museum
August 14, 2020 Update: The Town is on track to have our new Administrative Building in place by September 9th. The building foundation construction is starting this week and it will continue as weather permits. After the building is in place our contractor will be installing the Hardi-Board exterior, ADA ramps, the front porch and multiple interior items. The finishing work is anticipated to be about 4 weeks after building placement. We will be modifying our parking and site amenities as part of another project, as our budget allows.
August 5, 2020 Update: The Groundbreaking for the Town Administration Building is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2020 at 3pm located next to the existing Town Hall. The temporary trailer has been removed. The building’s construction is scheduled for completion later this fall.
April 17, 2020 Update: The Town is on track with our schedule to construct our new Town Administration Building. The construction drawings have been finalized and are under review. Our temporary trailer is being scheduled for removal in the coming weeks and our new building is expected to be completed by the end of July.
Over the next several months, we will be making modifications to our current Town Hall building. We are planning on increasing seating capacity within the chamber area, painting the exterior of the building, refreshing our Town of Lovettsville sign, and enhancing the landscape areas.
September 15, 2021 Update: Town Staff and Town Council have continued to use the new Town buildings that were completed in early 2021. Meetings and operations have all been going well and the Town Office has been open daily to the public since May. The official grand opening of the Town Admin Building and Chambers was held on August 3rd and it was a great community event. The site was renamed and dedicated to Samuel A Finz, a long time public servant to the Town of Lovettsville. The site is now known as the Samuel A Finz Municipal Complex and consists of the Admin Building, Town Council Chambers, and the Lovettsville Historical Society Museum.
Town Facilities Beautification/Landscaping
May 28, 2021: The Town has completed its renovation of the Town Admin building and the Town Council chambers. To make the area around the two buildings look more appealing, a landscaping/beautification project has been started. The Town Council chambers is getting a fresh coat of paint and the surrounding landscape area is being replanted with grass. The Walker Pavilion will be painted and the Town Museum exterior will be getting minor repairs to the wood siding and painted.
Thanks to the contributions of local civic groups, there will be a flag pole placed in between the two buildings with a concrete paver walkway leading up to it. Plants such as butterfly bushes, holly’s and crape myrtles will be planted around the buildings to increase the beauty and curb appeal of the site. Further updates will be given as this project moves along.
September 15 Update: This project was started to beautify and improve the landscaping done to the Samuel A Finz Municipal Complex. With the help of some residents and partnership with the landscaping firm Epling the Town was able to greatly improve the site. A flag pole and walk path was installed in between the Admin Building and Council Chambers to improve the overall look of the site and add a dedication to the various service groups that are a part of the Town of Lovettsville. Plants and various types of flowers were planted next to the two buildings to give it some color and increase the appeal of the site. The Town will continue to maintain the site and make sure it is always looking its best.