Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: June 17, 2014

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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

The Board of Supervisors:

  • Deferred a decision until July 29 on permitting Furnace Associates to extend landfill operations in Lorton.

  • Received a 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 Transportation.

  • 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 Belvoir.

  • Donald N. Carr, director of the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs at Fort Belvoir.

  • Melissa Porfirio, a teacher at Crestwood Elementary School.

  • Ed Clark, former superintendent of the Manassas National Battlefield.

  • 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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