Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Jan. 26, 2009


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on January 26, 2009.


  • The Office of Public Affairs is now using Twitter, a social media platform that allows short messages/updates. Highlights of the Jan. 26, 2009 Board of Supervisors meeting were covered live on the county's Twitter page at http://twitter.com/fairfaxcounty.

  • The Board heard a report on General Assembly activities and adopted the report from the Legislative Committee: you can read the county's legislative proposals at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/legislation/

  • The Board received the annual report on the Fairfax County four-year transportation program: 12 projects were completed in 2008; eight are under construction; pedestrian and bike programs continue.

  • The Board adopted a resolution confirming the declaration of a state of local emergency for the presidential inauguration, which allows for potential reimbursements of county expenditures related to the planning and implementation of the event.

  • The Board noted that on Jan. 13, Fairfax County sold $199.51 million in triple A -rated general obligation bonds. The 3.567 percent interest rate obtained is the lowest rate achieved on a strictly new money bond sale by Fairfax County since its first AAA was awarded by Moody’s Investors Service in 1975. There was a record high of nine bidders for the sale. On Jan. 14, a refunding bond sale was held, and $58.37 million in triple A - rated bonds was sold at an interest rate of 1.46 percent to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. That interest rate is the lowest refunding rate ever achieved, and the field of 11 bidders is the largest number ever obtained for Fairfax County bonds.  The Board commended everyone associated with completing the highly successful sale in a turbulent market

  • The Board asked the county executive to examine the impact and feasibility of keeping the capital transfer to the school system at the current level through at least 2018.

  • The Board accepted the report of the Dranesville Budget Task Force, a citizen advisory committee that evaluated and provided input on the county's budget.

  • The Fairfax County Employees Advisory Council (EAC) presented 2008 Don Smith EAC Awards to three county employees: Vicki Dawson, Fire and Rescue Department; Kathleen Sebek, Department of Family Services, Adult and Aging Services; and Violet Wheeler, Department of Family Services, Office for Children School Age Child Care Program.  The award recognizes employees who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the well-being of fellow employees.

  • The Board, acting as the board of the Fairfax County Solid Waste Authority, convened the Authority’s annual meeting and adjourned it until Feb. 23, 2009.


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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