Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: June 17, 2014
Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
The Board of Supervisors:
decision until July 29 on permitting Furnace Associates to extend
landfill operations in Lorton.
report from the Task Force to Consider a Meals Tax Referendum. The
mission of the task force was to recommend to the Board of Supervisors
whether or not to proceed with a referendum for a meals tax; if it was
the recommendation of the group to do so, the task force should
recommend the timing for the question to be put to the voters; and the
task force should return to the Board of Supervisors with a
recommendation for how revenue from a meals tax should be used.
Authorized a fall 2014
transportation bond referendum. This action allows the county to
petition the Circuit Court to order the referendum. It will be on the
Nov. 4 general election ballot if so ordered. Under state law, the
county must petition the court to put the referendum on the ballot.
Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on the
proposed bond that will improve roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, and
trails. If approved, the money is intended to provide:
$16 million for spot roadway improvements to increase roadway capacity, reduce congestion, improve safety and improve transit access.
$77.5 million for pedestrian improvements to improve capacity, enhance safety and complete missing pedestrian links that connect neighborhoods, and improve access to schools, Metrorail stations and activity centers.
- $6.5 million for bicycle improvements that include developing new bicycle facilities, constructing trails, adding bicycle parking and enhancing accessibility.
The projects proposed for bond funding were identified through a public
outreach and engagement, called the Countywide Dialogue on
Authorized the advertisement of public hearings on a proposed
zoning ordinance amendment related to food trucks. The proposal
allows these trucks to operate at construction sites and commercial and
industrial properties, such as office buildings and shopping centers.
The suggested rules were developed in consultation with industry. While
the new regulations were being formulated, the county gave zoning
approvals to 14 trucks last year to vend at primarily commercial
locations. The Planning Commission is anticipated to hold a public
hearing on July 30, and the board is expected to conduct its public
hearing on September 9.
- Presented the A. Heath Onthank Award to Cynthia Tianti, Dean Klein and Tom Biesadny. Tianti, deputy county attorney, Office of the County Attorney, was recognized for successfully coordinating a complicated litigation effort and negotiating and implementing the settlement for a 50-year dispute regarding water service in Fairfax County. Klein, director, Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, was recognized for his effort leading the transformation of service provision to individuals and families who are homeless. As a result, the county has seen huge decreases in the number of people who are homeless, both individuals and families, at a time in which homeless counts are on the rise nationally. Biesiadny, director, Department of Transportation, excelled in supporting the Board of Supervisors and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority in the implementation of landmark historic transportation legislation that passed the General Assembly in March 2013. The Onthank Award was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1966 to honor the memory of Col. A. Heath Onthank, the first chairman of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission and guiding force of the county’s career merit system. The award recognizes accomplishments of outstanding worth by an individual county employee, in advancing and improving public service in Fairfax County Government and the school system.
Made presentations to community groups and individuals.
The Board also recognized:
Col. Gregory D. Gadson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison at Fort
Donald N. Carr, director of the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs at
Melissa Porfirio, a teacher at Crestwood Elementary School.
Ed Clark, former superintendent of the Manassas National
Lee District RECenter employees and their mascot, Sirius Black.
Volunteers of America Chesapeake.
- The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.
The Board designated:
June 13-21 as Army Week.
That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.
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