Monticello Park Master Plan Meeting to be Rescheduled


For the second time, the public information meeting discussing the development of a park master plan for Monticello Park was cancelled due to weather. When a new date is set, we will make the community aware.

The meeting will feature a presentation describing the site’s existing conditions, potential future uses and the park master planning process. One potential future use already proposed, is a dog park.
A public discussion will follow the staff presentation in an effort to identify community concerns, answer questions and receive suggestions for future park uses. If you are interested in learning more, please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/monticello.htm.

If you are unable to attend, comments can be sent to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Spring Seedling Sale Scheduled

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District has begun its annual sale to provide an inexpensive source of seedlings to Fairfax County residents. All seedlings are native to Northern Virginia.

Two packages are available: one features deer resistant shrubs and small trees, offered at $15.95 and includes red osier dogwood, silky dogwood, serviceberry, spicebush and pawpaw. Another offers a black oak, sycamore and American hornbeam, and is available for $10.95.

The order form is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd or in the Braddock office. Specific questions can be addressed to Nicholas.Kokales@fairfaxcounty.gov. Proceeds from this sale help to support educational programs sponsored by the District, including stream monitoring, Envirothon, and storm drain marking. All payments must be received by Monday, April 11 and may be picked up on April 15. Pictures of the mature species offered in the packages are on the website.

County’s “Green” Trash Truck Hits Streets, Commonwealth’s First Hydraulic Hybrid Trash & Recycling Vehicle

The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program has turned the ignition on its first hydraulic hybrid trash and recycling collection vehicle serving Fairfax County residents in established sanitary districts. The trash truck is the commonwealth’s first to utilize a hydraulic hybrid assist system. The County utilized $35,000 in federal grant funding to purchase this system that is estimated to save up to 6 percent in fuel and maintenance costs.

Trash trucks stop and start up to 800 times per day collecting waste or recyclables from residential homes. The new hydraulic hybrid system utilizes a hydraulic pump installed along the truck’s drive shaft that will aid in slowing the vehicle’s forward movement while gaining a charge to be used to assist with the vehicle’s acceleration. In addition to cost savings, this new system will also provide environmental benefits through reduced fuel consumption, emissions and generation of heat from the braking process.

“It has long been our priority to promote environmental stewardship throughout Fairfax County, not just ‘make the trash go away,’” said Jeff Smithberger, director of the Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling. “Part of our strategic process incorporates looking at the feasibility of new technologies and innovations that can help us perform our work at a high level and in a cost-efficient manner while minimizing the impact on our local environment.”

For the past two years, Fairfax County’s trash and recycling collection vehicles have been equipped with a regeneration system aimed at reducing the vehicle’s carbon footprint. This system captures carbon and soot particles, causing the truck to run cleaner than it’s traditional counterpart. The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program provides collection service to county facilities, 45,000 county residents in established sanitary districts and to provide debris removal in times of emergency


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