Braddock District Community Corner

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On October 8th, Supervisor Cook participated in a round table discussion with the members of the Leadership Fairfax Inc. class at Fire Station #40.

Also on October 8th, Supervisor Cook was a guest for dinner at Little River Glen Retirement Community where he dined and chatted with many of the residents.

On October 9th, Supervisor Cook was honored to participate in the Lake Braddock Secondary School Homecom­ing Parade which worked its way though the community before ending up back at the school.

On October 14th, Supervisor Cook attended the Chapel Square West Com­munity Association Meeting at The Sprague Center. He answered member’s questions and addressed many of their concerns.

On the 21st, Supervisor Cook held the kickoff for the Braddock District Com­munity Engagement Initiative. More in­formation on how you can get involved is highlighted elsewhere in this issue.

On October 23rd, Supervisor Cook was a guest at the Women Entrepeneurs’ Expo and luncheon. At this event, the Supervisor facilitated a discussion at his table regarding County and Dis­trict procedures, and how those could be related to the issues these outstanding businesswomen might be facing.

Also on the 23rd, Supervisor Cook was a proud participant in the 2009 Annandale Homecoming Parade. This parade began and ended at the High School, and wound its way around the local neighborhoods.

On October 24th, Supervisor Cook participated in several Volunteerfest activities and also attended the Annan­dale Festival. The rain and wind didn’t prevent him from getting out and showing his support for Volunteer Fairfax and the wonderful and caring constituents of our community.

On October 25th, Supervisor Cook was able to attend two wonderful seasonal events in the District. He first stopped by Oktoberfest, which was co-hosted by the Stone Haven, Canter­bury Woods and Red Fox Forest Civic Associations. After that, he attended the annual Kings Park West Halloween Festival.

On October 29th, he attended one of the Community Dialogues concern­ing the upcoming FY 2011 budget. This event was held at Woodson HS. A similar Dialogue will be held on November 14th at Kings Park Library at 10:00 A.M.

On October 31st, Supervisor Cook participated in a ceremony unveiling an historical marker at the David R. Pinn Center, declaring the site a historical landmark.

    Supervisor Cook to meet with Wakefield Chapel Road Area Residents

On Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 P.M. at the Sprague Center, Supervisor Cook will be meet­ing with citizens who live on and around Wakefield Chapel Road. Parking overflow from the Annandale NVCC campus and the increase in traffic along the corridor because of HOT Lanes construction has many residents concerned. And just as the Braddock Mason Forum exists to address issues in the communities around the George Mason University campus, the Wakefield Chapel Road NVCC Forum will work toward fostering better relations between parties in this neighborhood.


Police Urge Citizens to keep their Vehicles Locked

On November 4, the West Springfield Police Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) met and found out how safe Braddock is, but that it’s still important to keep their car doors locked. The roughly 30 folks in attendance heard Police Captain Bruce Ferguson strongly encourage individuals to keep their vehicles locked and bring valuables, such as GPS devices, inside with them, as GPS theft is increasing.


Board of Supervisors to Consider Commercial Parking Ban in Residential Areas

On November 16, the Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit certain vehicles from parking on residential streets in the county. Currently, exceptionally large vehicles like tractor-trailers and dump trucks are not allowed, but recently passed state legislation allows counties to broaden the restrictions.

The proposed ordinance would ban vehicles with any of the following characteristics from residential streets:

  • More than 21’ long
  • More than 8’ high, including ac cessories (such as ladders)
  • More than 102’’ wide
  • Gross Vehicle Weight of 12,000 or more pounds
  • Any trailer or semitrailer except camping trailer, boat trailer or single axle
  • 3 or more axles
  • Carrying commercial freight in plain view

At the November 16 Board Meeting the Board will decide whether to schedule a public hearing for December 7, to take public comment on the proposed ordinance. If the board were to adopt the proposal after the hearing, the ordinance would go into effect February 1.

Additionally, the proposed ordinance would also prohibit vehicles towing a trailer or semi-trailer, except camping and boat trailers; though there are exemptions for specific instances: moving vehicles, for example.

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