Welcome to Ask Fairfax!, a forum for you and county staff to engage in online discussions about key topics in our community. To participate:
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Proposed FY 2018
Budget Chat with the County Executive
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Friday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
County Executive Ed Long will discuss his proposed FY 2018 budget with residents on Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. Long presented his proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 14. Submit a question in advance or join us live to learn more.
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Voting in the
Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Sasnett will answer your questions about voting in the Nov. 8 election, including photo ID requirements, deadlines, absentee voting and other topics. Submit your question in advance and join us online Thursday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Referendums: Parks, Human Services & Transportation
On Nov. 8, voters may vote "yes" or "no" on parks and human services bonds. Learn more about how the county plans to use the money for parks, human services and transportation, if approved by voters. Submit questions in advance and join us online Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. to discuss.
Metrorail SafeTrack - Commuting Alternatives for Safety Surge #9 Read Transcript
As Metro’s year-long SafeTrack maintenance program continues, the Orange Line riders will be impacted by trains continuously single tracking between Vienna and West Falls Church Metrorail Stations during weekdays from Sep. 15, 2016, through Oct. 26, 2016. There will also be complete station closures during the weekends. Learn more about your travel options during this 42-day maintenance effort and find out how to avoid gridlock!
Get Prepared for Any Emergency During National Preparedness Month Read Transcript
Fairfax County has experienced a variety of emergencies during the past few years – earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, tornado, snow storms and even a derecho. September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to prepare yourself, your family and your workplace for whatever weather related emergency or other disaster that may affect our community. Emergency management specialists from the county’s Office of Emergency Management will be available to share tips and best practices on how you can prepare yourself and answer questions about recent emergencies on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. Submit a question in advance or visit online Sept. 7 to participate.
Zika Virus Update Read Transcript
Zika virus continues to be a public health concern, especially in light of the Olympic Games in Brazil and the first cases of local transmission in Florida. What does that mean for residents here in Fairfax County? Join a an epidemiologist and a mosquito biologist with the Fairfax County Health Department for an online chat Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. to get your questions answered about Zika virus - where it is spreading, what is known about the virus, and what residents can do to prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Submit a question in advance or visit online Aug. 8 to participate.
Learn about the Embark Richmond Highway Initiative Read Transcript
Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning in the Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County. The effort will include design and construction activities that will result in a bus rapid transit (BRT) system operating primarily on dedicated lanes along Richmond Highway initially from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Fort Belvoir. A future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley is also being considered. Want to learn more? Join staff from across county agencies on Thursday, July 28 at 11 a.m. to get your questions about this major effort answered.
Metrorail SafeTrack - Commuting
Alternatives for Safety Surges #3 & #4
The Metrorail SafeTrack Safety Surge #3 begins July 5, 2016. To avoid gridlock, commuters are urged to consider carpooling, vanpooling, taking the bus, biking and teleworking as often as possible during Metro’s ongoing work. Know your commuting options and prepare now! Staff from Fairfax County Department of Transportation will be online Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. to answer your questions about commuter options in the county. Log on live or submit your questions now to learn more.
Metrorail SafeTrack - Commuting Alternatives for Safety Surge #2 Read Transcript
The Metrorail SafeTrack Safety Surge #2 is about to begin. To avoid gridlock, commuters are urged to consider carpooling, vanpooling, taking the bus, biking and teleworking as often as possible during Metro’s ongoing work. Know your commuting options and prepare now! Nick Perfili and Ryan Jones from Fairfax County Department of Transportation will be online Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. to answer your questions about commuter options in the county. Log on live or submit your questions now to learn more.
Metrorail SafeTrack - Know Your Commuting Alternatives Read Transcript
The Metrorail SafeTrack plan is here and major track work begins Saturday, June 4. To avoid gridlock, commuters are urged to consider carpooling, vanpooling, taking the bus, biking and teleworking as often as possible during Metro’s ongoing work. Know your commuting options and prepare now! Nick Perfili and Ciara Williams from Fairfax County Department of Transportation will be online Thursday, June 2 at noon to answer your questions about commuter options in the county. Log on live or submit your questions now to learn more.
Tips and Tricks from County Master Gardeners Read Transcript
Did you know that Fairfax County has a robust volunteer Master Gardeners program? Now is prime time for planning and planting, and Master Gardeners John Meenan and Sunny Greene are here to help. Join them online Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. to learn more about the program, how to become a volunteer and how to find gardening success with your own plot of land in the county.
Recognizing and Treating for Emerald Ash
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive pest that is causing a rapidly advancing tree mortality and safety issue for property owners in the county. Although EAB may not be visible yet, the pest is here and there is a very small window of opportunity for residents to treat and save their ash trees. On Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. log online and speak to county urban foresters about the EAB pest and what to do to protect your trees.
All About Pollinators
Dying honeybee populations are said to be a worldwide problem. Without them, people would not have many foods that are important to human health and enjoyment. These hard working insects help pollinate more than 75 percent of flowering plants and crops, such as potatoes, broccoli, blueberries, squash, almonds, cocoa and many flowering plants. The county is now planting a meadow to help these and other pollinators. On Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m., chat live online with experts about pollinators; the plants that help them; and what the county - and you - can do to help.
Heroin: Recognizing the Signs, Seeking
The number of deaths from heroin overdose doubled between 2013-2014, and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to almost 300 suspected heroin overdoses between 2011-2014 in Fairfax County. Join us on Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. as Lyn Tomlinson, M.ED., CCS, CADC, assistant deputy director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Captain Jack T. Hardin, commander, Fairfax County Police Department Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, answer your questions regarding the increasing prevalence and risk of heroin and opiate addictions facing our community. Please join us to learn how to recognize drug use, overdoses, and how you can help a loved one, colleague, or neighbor facing addiction. There is help. There is hope. You’re not alone.