Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Jan. 24, 2012

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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on January 10, 2012.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of the year today, and Mason District Supervisor Penelope A. Gross was chosen by the board as vice chairman for the fourth consecutive year. Sharon Bulova enters her fourth year as chairman. Board meetings will be held on Tuesdays in 2012; the complete schedule can be found online.

  • The Board  recognized:
    • January as Mentoring Month in Fairfax County.
    • Jan. 27 as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day in Fairfax County.
    • February as African-American History Month in Fairfax County.
    • Feb. 19-25 as Engineers Week in Fairfax County. 

  •  The Employees Advisory Council presented the annual Don Smith Award:
    • Don Smith Award Mark Dale, Police Department, K-9 unit.
    • Honorable Mention — Judith Uhrmacher, Circuit Court.
    • Certificates of Recognition for contributions recognized by fellow employees.
      • Sahana Karpoor, Woodburn Mental Health Center
      • Meredith King, Fire and Rescue.
      • Kathy Herr, McLean Community Center.
      • Patricia Hine, Community Services Board.
      • Howard A. Mergler, Police Department.

  •  The Board endorsed the Fairfax County Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) which will allow the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, with stakeholder support, to coordinate training and exercises in regard to disaster recovery in order to test and make improvements to the plan. These actions will enhance Fairfax County’s ability to prepare, respond, recover and mitigate against a major disaster affecting our community.

  • The Board authorized the Chairman to execute the Blue Plains Inter-municipal Agreement of 2012 among Fairfax County, Virginia; District of Columbia; District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority; Montgomery County, Maryland; Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for conveyance of wastewater to the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in the District.  The agreement is online on p. 177.

  • The Board authorized funding in an amount not to exceed $4.8 million to be loaned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment Authority (FCRHA) to Wesley Mt. Vernon Owner LLC as part of the overall financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 184-unit Mt.Vernon Apartments.

  •   The Board endorsed the Tysons Corner Urban Design Guidelines.  While the land use plan for the area sets out the vision for Tysons as a walkable, green, urban center, these guidelines give specific recommendations on how to achieve this goal through urban design. The new guidelines offer principles for the design of streets, sidewalks, street lighting, signage, parks and buildings.  These guidelines do not dictate urban design and architectural standards. Instead, they provide principles to guide how Tysons should look and feel in the future. These principles encourage creative, sustainable, pedestrian friendly design and they call for a distinct character in each of the eight districts in Tysons.  

  • The Board approved changes to The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia concerning the County’s trespass towing requirements, to better protect consumers. An example of one of the changes is tow operators must now take pictures clearly showing the reason for the tow and condition of the vehicle before connecting to the vehicle.

That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.

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