Mayor gets nod to sign document about Huntfield

May 06, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

Charles Town Mayor Randy Hilton Monday night urged reporters to "stay tuned" after City Council members authorized him to sign a document relating to a proffer agreement for the Huntfield development.

There were not enough council members at Monday night's council meeting to have a quorum, but later in the meeting, two more members were reached on a speaker phone to form one.

The quorum was formed so council members could go into a closed-door session.

After the executive session, council members authorized Hilton to sign the document relating to the Huntfield proffer agreement.

Although Hilton has been trying to work out a deal involving a donation of Huntfield land for a new school, he declined to say Monday night whether the council's action involved the school land issue.


Hilton said he cannot go into detail about what the document involves until it has been signed by other involved parties.

Contacted by telephone Monday night, Jefferson County Board of Education President Lori Stilley said she knew what the document was about but could not comment.

Stilley said she hopes there will be a further development when the school board meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the central office.

Jim Duszynski, the Huntfield official who has been involved in the negotiations for a school site at the 3,800-home development south of Charles Town, could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Huntfield developers were to offer a 75-acre school site as a result of a proffer agreement between the City of Charles Town and Greenvest L.C., the Vienna-Va., firm developing Huntfield, Stilley has said.

In April, Jefferson County Schools officials said negotiations with Huntfield developers over the school site had steadily deteriorated and there was a fear that the plan was dead.

Following that development, Hilton offered to act as a mediator between Huntfield developers and school officials in an attempt to work out a deal, Stilley said.

It was later determined that Hilton could not act as a mediator because he is an interested party, Stilley said.

Although Hilton could not act as a mediator, he said he would continue to try to work out an agreement between Greenvest and the Jefferson County Board of Education, Stilley said.

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