«CLERK'S BOARD SUMMARY REPORT OF ACTIONS OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONDAY September 14, 2009 This does not represent a verbatim ...»
Chairman Bulova moved the appointment of Ms. Margaret Schottler as the At-Large #3 Representative. Supervisor McKay seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY CENTER ADVISORY COUNCILThe Board deferred the appointment of the Fairfax County #4 Representative.
Chairman Bulova moved the reappointment of Mr. Ronald Miner as the Citizen Representative. Supervisor McKay seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
Supervisor Smyth moved the appointment of Mr. Richard Dotson as the Providence District Representative. Supervisor Foust seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
The Board deferred the appointment of the At-Large #1 Representative.
DET:det 43 A-1 – ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NUMBER OF TAXICAB CERTIFICATES FOR THE BIENNIAL PERIOD 2009 – 2010 (6:20 p.m.) Chairman Bulova relinquished the Chair to Acting-Chairman Hyland and moved that the Board concur in the recommendation of staff and approve maintaining the current number of taxicab certificates at 576 for the biennial period 2009 – 2010.
Supervisor Foust seconded the motion and it carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
Acting-Chairman Hyland returned the gavel to Chairman Bulova.
44. A-2 – ENDORSEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURAL
REQUIREMENTS OF MINOR ARTERIAL STREETS FOR INCLUSION
INTO THE FAIRFAX COUNTY RESIDENTIAL TRAFFICADMINISTRATION PROGRAM (RTAP) (6:21 p.m.)
Discussion ensued regarding Board Members’ concerns with input from William P. Harrell, Senior Transportation Planner, and Steven Knudsen, Transportation Planner II, Traffic Operations Division, Department of Transportation, regarding eligibility.
The question was called on the motion and it CARRIED by a recorded vote of eight, Supervisor Frey voting “NAY,” Supervisor Gross being absent.
On motion of Supervisor Frey, seconded by Supervisor Herrity, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff and approved a project agreement in substantial form,
including the provision of using:
46. A-4 – PRESENTATION OF LISTS OF DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE,
PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND BUSINESS, PROFESSIONAL, ANDOCCUPATIONAL LICENSE (BPOL) TAXES FOR TAX YEAR 2008 (FISCAL YEAR 2009) (6:29 p.m.) On motion of Supervisor Frey, seconded by Supervisor Hyland, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff to continue the collection of taxes, as provided by law, except the “small tax amounts” for which credit is given.
47. A-5 – ADOPTION OF A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE RULES OF
PROCEDURE REGARDING TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR SPEAKERS ATBOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS (6:29 p.m.)
48. A-6 – APPROVAL OF AMENDED PARKING REDUCTION FOR FAIRFAX CORNER CENTER (SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT) (6:30 p.m.) On motion of Supervisor Herrity, seconded by Supervisor McKay, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff and approved a parking reduction of 26.3 percent for Fairfax Corner Center, pursuant to paragraph 4(B), Section 11-102 of the Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 112 (Zoning Ordinance), based on an analysis of the parking requirements for each use on the site and a parking reduction study, on the conditions as outlined in the Board Agenda Item dated September 14, 2009.
49. A-7 – APPROVAL OF PARKING REDUCTION FOR BROOKFIELD CORPORATE CENTER PARK PHASE 2 (SULLY DISTRICT) (6:30 p.m.) On motion of Supervisor Frey, seconded by Supervisor Foust, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff and approved a parking reduction of 21 percent (48 parking spaces) for Brookfield Corporate Center Park Phase 2, pursuant to paragraph 4(B), Section 11-102 of the Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 112 (Zoning Ordinance), based on an analysis of the parking requirements for each use on the site and a parking reduction study, on the conditions as outlined in the Board Agenda Item dated September 14, 2009.
50. A-8 – RENEWAL OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
BETWEEN THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT (FCPD)
AND THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DRUG ENFORCEMENT
ADMINISTRATION (DEA) HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFIC AREAS(HIDTA) TASK FORCE (6:30 p.m.) On motion of Supervisor McKay, seconded by Supervisor Foust, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff and authorized the Chief of Police to renew the MOU between the FCPD and the DEA HIDTA Task Force.
51. A-9 – APPROVAL OF A DRAFT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2010 (6:31 p.m.) Chairman Bulova announced that the schedule changes the Board’s meeting days from Mondays to Tuesdays and noted that on August 3, 2010, National Night Out, the Board would have no afternoon public hearings so that the Board could participate in National Night Out.
Supervisor Smyth noted that October 12, 2010, is the day after Columbus Day which precluded having a business day the day before the Board meeting.
Chairman Bulova relinquished the Chair to Acting-Chairman Hyland and asked to amend the schedule by combining the October 12, 2010, and October 26, 2010, meetings and instead meet on October 19, 2010. This was accepted.
The question was called on the motion, as amended, and it carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
52. A-10 – RENEWAL OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE
US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DRUG ENFORCEMENT (DEA) TASKFORCE (6:34 p.m.) On motion of Supervisor Smyth, seconded by Supervisor Herrity, and carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent, the Board concurred in the recommendation of staff and authorized the Chief of Police to renew the MOU between the FCPD and the DEA Task Force (Washington Division Group 21).
53. C-1 – APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS FOR THE ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMISSION (ASAC) (6:35 p.m.) (BACs) The Board next considered an item contained in the Board Agenda dated September 14, 2009, regarding the proposed amendments to the bylaws for the ASAC.
Supervisor Frey moved approval of the proposed amendments to the bylaws for the ASAC. Chairman Bulova seconded the motion and it carried by a vote of nine, Supervisor Gross being absent.
54. C-2 – APPEAL OF A PROFFER INTERPRETATION FOR REZONING APPLICATION RZ 86-C-121, RESTON TOWN CENTER (HUNTER MILL DISTRICT) (No Time)
55. I-1 – PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTION ON PUBLIC FACILITIES APPLICATION 2232-D09-2, NEWPATH NETWORKS, LLC AND NEW
CINGULAR WIRELESS PCS, LLC (DRANESVILLE DISTRICT)(6:35 p.m.)
antenna system along portions of Arnon Chapel Road, Beach Mill Road, Georgetown Pike, River Bend Road, Seneca Road, Springvale Road, Utterback Store Road, and Walker Road in the Great Falls area. The additional nodes will be located on portions of public rights-of-way on Tax Maps 2-4, 3-3, 3-4, 6-2, 6-4, 7Tax Maps 8-2((1))14A; 12-1 ((1))1; 13- 1 ((1)) 2, 2A.
The staff was directed administratively to proceed as proposed.
The Board next considered an item contained in the Board Agenda dated September 14, 2009, requesting authorization for staff to adopt the County holiday schedule for calendar year 2010.
The staff was directed administratively to proceed as proposed.
ADDITIONAL BOARD MATTERS
(BACs) Chairman Bulova said that at the Board’s Retreat in June, the last item on the agenda was a discussion of transportation and, in particular, the lack of State funding for both capital improvements of secondary roads, as well as for maintenance of roads and highways within the County.
In recent years, to keep most major transportation projects moving, the County has had to obtain or provide funding from non-State sources including County bonds. In 2004 the County received $28 million for capital improvements of secondary roads from the State. For the current fiscal year, the County is receiving only $240,000 – not even enough for one new traffic signal. Next year the allocation is expected to be $0.
Chairman Bulova noted that most people do not realize that roads in almost all of Virginia’s counties are owned and maintained by the State. Often, blame is unfairly placed with the County for the inadequate three-times-per-year Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) mowing schedule, unfilled potholes, and the sluggish pace for resurfacing neighborhood streets and sidewalks. She is sympathetic to VDOT because of the downturn in the economy, but many of the issues are not new. Constituents call their County Supervisor instead of VDOT when streets go unplowed during the winter or when traffic signals malfunction.
Board Summary -54- September 14, 2009 Chairman Bulova said that the bottom line is that County residents are living under a system based in Virginia's history when, as an agrarian economy, cities were the urban areas. Under this system, cities and towns own and maintain their own roads, but receive a larger share of state dollars for their roads (twice VDOT’s budget for roads in the County). In transportation funding formulas, Fairfax is still treated like a rural, farming community.
Chairman Bulova asserted that no Member of the Board would begrudge the cities and towns their state maintenance funding, but County residents should not have to settle for shaggy grass and unpaved streets. It is unsafe, unsightly, and gives the impression that government is not taking care of business.
The action taken on this subject at the retreat was to refer additional discussion to the Board’s Transportation and Legislative Committees. Staff was directed to compile information for the Board to consider regarding possible action it may wish to pursue to address this inequity. Wherever this discussion leads – a County charter giving the Board more home rule and an improved share of State tax dollars; a more equitable change in transportation funding formulas, a serious look at the County becoming a city (a remote possibility), or other options identified by the study, the case needs to be made for the County to be provided adequate funding and authority to keep its communities safe, attractive and vital.
Chairman Bulova said that since the retreat, a number of individuals and organizations have indicated to her their willingness to serve on a blue ribbon task force or commission to explore and advise the Board on this matter. To move this strategy forward, Chairman Bulova relinquished the Chair to Acting-Chairman Hyland and moved that the Board direct the County Executive to prepare an initial scope, timeline, and potential work plan, along with funding implications, for the Board’s consideration and discussion at its October Board Transportation Committee meeting. Additionally, information about this proposed course of action should be shared with the Transportation Advisory Commission.
Supervisor Herrity and Supervisor McKay seconded the motion.
Following discussion, Supervisor McKay asked to amend the motion to change “October” to “the Transportation Committee meeting subsequent to the one that is currently being rescheduled,” and this was accepted.
Following discussion regarding the motion and the urban-rural composition of the General Assembly, Supervisor Cook asked to amend the motion to add the word “bipartisan” to modify “blue ribbon task force.” During the ensuing discussion, Board Members noted the fact that all Board committees are bipartisan and that this was inherent in the motion. All Members of the Board will appoint members to the task force.
advance of a Board meeting or Transportation Committee meeting, generally within a month, Chairman Bulova incorporated this into the motion.
The question was called on the motion, as amended, and it carried by a vote of eight, Supervisor Frey being out of the room, Supervisor Gross being absent.
58. RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE EXTENSION OF HIGH SPEED RAILSERVICE INTO THE RICHMOND REGION (6:47 p.m.) (R) Chairman Bulova said the Commonwealth of Virginia has applied for funding for rail infrastructure improvements between Arkendale and Powell’s Creek under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (aka “stimulus”) high speed rail program. Nationwide the ARRA program will provide $8 billion in federal funding to support high speed rail and intercity passenger rail projects.
The Commonwealth’s application for a $72 million project will include construction of 11 miles of a third track from Arkendale to Powell’s Creek (in the Cherry Hill area of Prince William County), which is currently under design by the Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Work on the design and environmental analysis is approximately 30 percent complete. Because of the project’s status, it is being proposed by the Commonwealth for Round 1 funding under Track 1 as a ready to go project. Round 1 grant awards are expected to be announced this fall.
This project will significantly improve performance for riders of the VRE, reduce congestion along the I-95 corridor, and improve air quality. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and VRE have already endorsed this application, as has the Prince William County Board. Therefore, Chairman Bulova moved that the Board go on record as well by adopting the Resolution.
Supervisor Foust seconded the motion.