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News and Events for the Lovettsville Area

Mayor's Message 

Happy Friday the 13th Lovettsville! Stay safe out there and avoid ladders, cats, and anyone wearing an old school hockey mask! 

It was a busy week as we welcomed new Council Members Jennifer Reed, Bobby Merhaut and Brandon Davis to the dais during our annual Retreat on Saturday, January 7th and first Regular Town Council meeting last night. 

At the retreat, members went through an unofficial orientation which included a COIA/FOIA overview, staff and Council decorum/expectations overview, adoption of the 2023 Meeting and Events Calendar and appointment to (most of) the Advisory committees and Events subcommittees. To set the stage and focus of the Town Council for 2023, we also reviewed the Town Council priorities which serve as the basis of our budget, projects and operational goals this year. Finally, the Town Council unanimously elected your new Vice Mayor...please join me in congratulating Vice Mayor Pritz on her 2-year appointment! 

While last night’s Council meeting was one of the shortest on record, we accomplished a lot! First, we welcomed Daniel Morris to serve as an at-large member of the Commerce and Business Development committee with a term expiring December 31, 2023, reappointed Kristina Swanson to the Board of Zoning Appeals to a 5-year term expiring June 30, 2027, and appointed Planning Commissioners David Smith and Chair Bob Custard to the Oktoberfest subcommittee and Infrastructure committee, respectively. We congratulate Daniel, Kristina, David and Bob on their respective appointments and appreciate their new and continued service to our Town! 

Next, through unanimous consent, we: 

  • Extended the ARPA Non-profit and Business grants application deadline to February 10, 2023. More information and application forms can be found here

  • Scheduled a public hearing on January 26, 2023 to consider adoption of LVZA 2022-0004, which was unanimously recommended by the Planning Commission to amend Section 42-290 of the Town of Lovettsville Zoning Ordinance to remove the five (5) foot side and rear yard setback requirement for accessory structures and allows decks to extend to the interior property line of a townhouse lot. 

  • Adopted Resolution 2023-01-0003 to contract with Volkert, Inc. to complete the engineering required for the planned replacement of the watermain on Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the S. Church Street/E. Pennsylvania Avenue Improvements project  

Welcome Lovettsville’s New Community Resource Officer 

Last night was also the first official meeting for our new Community Resource Officer, Deputy Jesse Southward. Deputy Southward has been with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office since 2018 and started out in Western Loudoun before heading east. During his address to Council, Deputy Southward spoke of his excitement to return to our area to serve as the Community Resource officer for all Western Loudoun towns, which is quite a tall task! He indicated that there will be an increased focus on speed enforcement on the Western end of the county. He also offered any citizens and civic organizations the opportunity to schedule tours of the new Western Loudoun Station.  

Feel free to reach out to Deputy Southward at to join me in welcoming him to Lovettsville, to report a non-emergency issue you may be experiencing within the community or to schedule a tour! 

Updated Efforts to Calm Traffic 

In his final Mayor’s message email two weeks ago, Mayor Fontaine passed along the news of mobile speed signs being deployed within town to help begin to address increased speeds. He also indicated that this we would continue efforts to address speed and implement additional traffic measures around Town. We are happy to report that we are seeing progress on two additional efforts to help calm traffic.  

First, based on speed studies along Berlin Pike conducted in June 2022 by Loudoun County and VDOT, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be considering approval of the placement of post mounted speed display signs along Berlin Pike in the vicinity of Quarter Branch Road (to the north) and the Lovettsville Game Protective Association (to the south). This is scheduled at the Board of Supervisor’s First Tuesday Business Meeting on February 7, 2023 and information packets will be published here when it becomes available. We encourage members of the community to speak in support of this effort and those interested in speaking can find directions for signing up here

Second, with the beginning of the new General Assembly session and as requested by the Town Council at their December 15, 2022 meeting, I have sent a letter to Lovettsville’s General Assembly representatives, Senator John Bell and Delegate David Larock, the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Senator David Marsden and Chair of the House of Delegates Transportation Committee formally requesting support and assistance to reduce speeds on Berlin Pike within the corporate limits of town through “either administrative means with VDOT or through legislation that enables the Town to dictate speed limits within its corporate limits.” Since Berlin Pike is a primary state highway and we are a locality of less than 3,500 residents, this action must come from the state.  

I can assure you that this Council and I will continue to pursue these types of efforts to address traffic and pedestrian safety within town. Furthermore, I thank our Commonwealth and Loudoun County representatives along with VDOT for their support on these efforts. 

Town Council Meeting 

The next Regular Town Council meeting is Thursday, January 26th at 6:30PM. The draft agenda includes: 

  • Joint Public Planning Commission/Town Council Hearing for LVCU  2022-0003 (AT&T Generator at Water Tower Facility) 

  • Town Council Public Hearing for LVCU 2022-0002 (One Family Brewing) 

  • Town Council Public Hearing for LVZA 2022-0004 (Townhouse Zoning Amendment) 

  • Presentation of Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Town Manager’s Proposed Budget 

  • Project Manager’s Report 

  • Zoning Administrator’s Report 

  • Consideration for Approval of FOIA and Remote Participation Policy Recommendations 

  • Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Second Quarter Financial Reports 

  • Consideration for Approval of the Lovettsville Game Protective Association Open Space Easement 

If you have any questions or concerns, or simply want to verify information, please feel free to reach out to me, any member of Town Council, the Planning Commission, and/or the Town Manager. The Town will be more than happy to answer your questions. Additionally, our agendas, meeting materials, and previous meeting video recordings will be posted on our AV Capture solution

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you, 
Christopher Hornbaker 

Town Hall Meetings

All Council, Commission, Board and Committee meetings will be held at the Town Hall, 6 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lovettsville VA 20180 and Remotely. 

January 16 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday - Town Offices Closed) 

January 24 
Oktoberfest Subcommittee Meeting 

January 25 
Mayfest Subcommittee Meeting 

January 26 
Town Council Meeting 

February 8 (UPDATED DATE) 
Planning Commission 
Town Calendar (July 2022-June 2023) 
The calendar includes Town Council and Planning Commission meetings, special events, and holiday office closures.

​  ***After Hour Emergencies***
If you have a water/sewer emergency after normal business hours (M-F from 8:30-4:30), please call 540-822-0155. For all other emergencies, call 911.

Sign Up for Alert Loudoun
Emergency Notification System

The Town of Lovettsville uses Alert Loudoun to provide emergency alerts, notifications, and updates.  Messages can be sent via E-mail (work, home, other), cell phone, pager, and Smartphone/PDA. Go to Alert Loudoun to create a new account or manage an existing account.  Select the "Town" group, then select the Town of Lovettsville. 

Town Hall Food Pantry

The Town has resumed being a food pantry donation drop off point for nonperishable items. There is a bin/container located inside the door of the Administrative Building. Please place the items in the container and someone from the food pantry will pick it up when it is full. We appreciate your gratitude. 

Lovettsville Community Library 

  • Storytime Programs
    • Messy Mondays – Mondays at 10:00am
    • Baby Sensory Playdate – Tuesdays at 10:00am
    • Family Storytimes – Wednesdays at 10:00am
  • Family Events
    • Wednesday Wind Down – Wednesdays at 7:00pm
    • Art Buffet – Saturday, January 28th  at 10:00am
    • Movies Time: DC League of Super-Pets  –  Monday, January 23rd at 1:00pm 
    • Movie Night: March of the Penguins  –  Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00pm
  • Youth programs
    • Lunar New Year Celebration (K-8) – Saturday, January 21st at 2:00pm
    • Nintendo at the Library(K-12) – Tuesday, January 24th at 1:00pm
  • Teen Programs
    • It’s All Write – Loudoun County Public Library’s annual teen writing competition is coming back! Teens can submit a short story of 2,500 words or less for a chance to win $200. Entries are accepted from January 1st-March 1st.
    • D&D Club – Wednesdays at 5:30pm
    • Teen Time – Thursdays at 6:00pm
    • DIY Teens: Cookie Decorating – Saturday, January 14th at 2:00pm
  • Homeschool Enrichment
    • LEGO club (Birth-Elementary) – Fridays at 9:30am
    • Science (Elementary-Middle)– Thursday, January 19th at 2:00pm
  • Programs for Adults
    • Winter Read-a-thon – January 1st-March 20th Each hour spent reading or listening to a book counts as one mile in the great Winter Read-a-thon. Earn prizes along the way for hitting milestones. Track your progress online or on a printed reading log available at the branch. For more information, visit
    • Adult Book Club
    • Monday, January 30th at 1pm: The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
  • Display Case Exhibit:
    • Staff Exhibit: Quilts

 Things to Note

  •  All libraries will be closed on the following days:
    • Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Pay Your Water and Sewer Bill Online w/Credit Card or E-Check 

The Town of Lovettsville encourages residents to register with Invoice Cloud in order to make Water and Sewer Bill payments online. You can register for an account by clicking here:Lovettsville Water and Sewer online. When registering your account, please be sure to provide the full account number, including the dash (ex: 00000-00). Click here for more information or copy and paste the direct link to your browser and save it as a favorite:  
Utilizing Invoice Cloud for yo
ur monthly Water and Sewer bill payments has many benefits and convenience for bill payers.  Currently, the Town absorbs all fees associated with e-check transactions, so the cost to you is no more than paying by cash or check.  Invoice Cloud offers other features such as autopay, paperless billing, and pay by text.  You also receive three emailed reminder notices before your bill's due date.  All payments post automatically to the Town’s billing software, eliminating the need for Town staff to manually post and deposit paper checks. 
You can also check your water meter data status at:  

Community Center Updates

(Ages 2-10) You are cordially invited to a royal princess party! Come dressed in your fanciest princess dress. The Lovettsville Community Center will be filled with activities including princess crafts like a wand making station and a tiara making station. Light refreshments will be served. Register early as spaces are limited and this event will fill! No on-site registration. Please call 540-822-5284 or email for more information.
Location: Lovettsville Community Center
202703-01 // $15 // Sat - 1/28 @ 1:00pm-2:30pm
(Ages 3 & Up) Bring your Legos and Duplos to test your skill and creativity. We'll provide a theme for each age category and you do the building within a time limit. Prizes awarded. Register early as spaces are limited and this event will fill! No on-site registration. Please call 540-822-5284 or email for more information.
Location: Lovettsville Community Center
202704-01 // $7 // Fri - 2/10 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm
(Ages 3-10) Calling all superheroes! We need your help fighting Dr. Boredom. Are you willing to join our team? Lovettsville is hosting a one-day Superhero Academy to train all the superheroes. Come dressed in your best superhero costume! This event is filled with activities and superhero crafts. Light refreshments will be served. No on-site registration. Please call 540-822-5284 or email for more information.
Location: Lovettsville Community Center
202705-01 // $15 // Sat - 2/25 @ 1:00pm-2:30pm

For the activities website which lists additional the activities available at the Lovettsville Community Center, please visit:

Think Before You Flush!

Friendly Reminder: Many people are using disinfecting wipes, paper towels, masks and gloves to maintain health protocols, the Town asks that residents please do not dispose of these products in the toilet. They do not break down like toilet paper and can clog your pipes and the Town’s sanitary sewer system.

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