Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Jan. 14, 2014

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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on January 14, 2014.


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 sixth consecutive year. Sharon Bulova enters her sixth year as chairman. Board meetings will be held on Tuesdays in 2014; the complete schedule can be found online. Board members were appointed to various regional and internal boards and committees.

The Board made presentations to community groups and individuals.

The Board recognized:

  • The Westfield High School Girls Field Hockey team for winning the state championship.

  • Fairfax County high school football coaches for their efforts to bring the Heads Up Football program to Fairfax County.

  • Lt. Timothy Nicholson for his action during an in-flight emergency in Rota, Spain, and receiving the Earl T. Hick Award from the Air National Guard.

  • The NoVA United Senior Women's Basketball Association for offering women 50 years and above opportunities to improve their basketball skills and compete.

  • John W. Peterson for his accomplishments on behalf of the environment, resulting in a National Association of Conservation Districts Distinguished Service Award.


The Board designated:

  • Jan. 14 as Jessica and Raymond Burmester Day in Fairfax County to recognize them for their years of service on the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

  • The Board approved the meeting schedule for calendar year 2014 and authorized the Chairman to postpone a scheduled meeting in the event of weather or other hazardous conditions.

  • The Board voted to express no opposition to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conceptual plans to construct a new roundabout to enhance safety at the Pleasant Valley Road (Route 609) and Braddock Road (Route 620) intersection to replace the existing four-way stop intersection which is inadequate for the current traffic volumes.  The Board noted some items for VDOT to consider, including continuing coordination with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Park Authority.

  •  The Board took action to restructure the financing and governmental structure of the Workhouse Arts Center to ensure its long-term sustainability.  In order to renovate the Fairfax County-owned Workhouse Arts Center and to provide a cultural arts venue for the community, the Lorton Arts Foundation (LAF) entered into approximately $60 million dollars of debt.  At present, LAF has debt obligations of nearly $60 million to Wells Fargo Bank, an unsustainable debt burden for this arts organization. LAF was unable to live up to its financial obligations to support this debt. The current LAF Board will be abolished, the organization will be restructured and a new Board will be appointed with ongoing, close Fairfax County oversight. In light of this, the Board authorized settlement of all issues between Wells Fargo Bank and the Lorton Arts Foundation and any related issues impacting county leases and obligations. This action protects the historically important Workhouse Arts Center campus, situated on the site of the former Lorton prison. Continued adaptive reuse of this historic property is now possible, ensuring site stabilization and preservation and improved quality of life in the surrounding Laurel Hill community. The Board authorized the purchase of the leasehold interests in the renovated Workhouse Arts Center campus owned by Fairfax County and currently occupied by the Lorton Arts Foundation. This will settle all issues between LAF and Wells Fargo Bank. 

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

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