Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: September 11, 2012


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on September 11, 2012.

The Board made presentations to community groups and individuals:

The Board recognized:

  • the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard for winning first place for the third consecutive year at the competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

  • those who have made properties available for training to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Police Department.

  • The Arc of Northern Virginia for its 50th anniversary.

  • Trudy Harsh for establishing the Brain Foundation to provide housing for people with brain disorders.

  • Jas Boothe for establishing Final Salute, Inc., which provides transitional housing for female veterans and their children.

 

The Board designated:

  • September as Emergency Preparedness Month in Fairfax County.

  • Sept. 9-15, as Suicide Prevention Week in Fairfax County.

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15, as Hispanic Heritage Month in Fairfax County.

  • The Board held a public hearing to amend the appropriation level in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget and approved the FY 2012 Budget Carryover package. Carryover is the process by which certain unspent or unencumbered funds for commitments to pay for goods and services at the end of one fiscal year are reappropriated in the next fiscal year.   Board Chairman Sharon Bulova noted the emphasis of the FY 2012 Carryover Review is on two major issues: the projected Community Services Board (CSB) funding shortfall for FY 2013 and the challenges for FY 2014.

  • The Board approved the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fairfax County Police Department and the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

  • The Board endorsed the U.S. Route 1 (Richmond Highway) widening preferred alternative (revised) between Belvoir Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.

  • The  Board approved the final sale of bonds from the Phase I Transportation Improvement District for Dulles Rail. This sale allows this tax district to fulfill its obligation to provide $400 million to help pay for the county’s costs for the Dulles Rail project’s first phase. The county will sell revenue bonds through the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and the bonds are secured by tax collections from the Phase 1 district.

  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the plan to provide express bus service to Tysons Corner.  This new service will ferry commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station, Lorton VRE station and Springfield area to Tysons. The first route—Burke Centre—is expected to start running in January 2013, and the other two are scheduled to begin in March.

  • The Board approved a draft meeting schedule for next year’s Board meetings, January through December, 2013.

  • The Board approved a holiday schedule for the Fairfax County Government for calendar year 2013.

  • After receiving the Fairfax County employee retirement benefits study, certain elements of the County’s retirement systems were reviewed to reduce some of the long term liability of the systems. The Board approved the following changes to the retirement systems.  Current employees and employees hired before Jan. 1, 2013 are not impacted by these changes; they will affect only employees hired after the effective date of Jan. 1, 2013.

  • Raised the minimum retirement age to 55 from 50 for all new hires after the date of ordinance revision – Employee Retirement System

  • Raised the rule of 80 to the Rule of 85 for all new hires after the date of ordinance revision – Employee Retirement System

  • Capped unused sick leave at 2,080 hours for determining retirement eligibility and annuity calculations (employee sick leave balances would not be impacted but retirement credit would be capped at 2,080 hours) – Employee, Police and Uniformed Retirement Systems

  • Eliminated the Pre-Social Security Supplement from DROP accounts for all new hires after the date of ordinance revision – Employees and Uniformed Retirement Systems


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

For more information about the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including full meeting minutes and documents, visit the county Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov

This podcast is produced by the Fairfax County, VA, government.


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