Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Feb. 9, 2009


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on February 9, 2009.

 

  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova chaired her first meeting today since her election as chairman on Feb. 3. She was sworn in on Feb. 6. At the meeting, Supervisor Penelope A. Gross, representing Mason District, was chosen by the board as vice chairman, which is a one-year term. The Braddock District supervisor position is currently vacant; a special election will be held March 10 to fill the seat.


  • The Board heard a report on General Assembly activities and adopted the report from the Legislative Committee.


  • The Board recognized Springfield Mall for its response in allowing more than 2,000 cars to park there in order to use transit to attend the presidential inauguration.


  • The Board received a presentation on the 2015 World Police and Fire Games; Fairfax County and Toronto are the two finalists to host the games. Previous hosts of World Police and Fire Games include Belfast, New York, Vancouver, Québec City, Barcelona, Indianapolis and Stockholm.  The World Police and Fire Games could have an economic impact of over $30 million, bringing 10,000+ participants to this area. More than 60 events would be hosted at the World Police and Fire Games -- including both traditional athletic events and first-responder events.


  • The Board authorized an application for federal domestic violence grant funding; if successful, it could bring $400K over 36 months.


  • Chairman Bulova announced the membership of a government + schools task force that will look at the budget for financial savings.


  • The Board noted that better coordination and communication of information about HOT Lanes and Dulles Rail projects in Tysons was needed. 


  • The Board approved the 2009 forest pest program to combat gypsy moths, emerald ash borers and other pests.  Reminder, due to the emerald ash borer quarantine, don’t take firewood outside of Fairfax County.


  • It was announced that the Tysons land use Comprehensive Plan draft text is now online on the county’s Web site; this will be the official language that will guide development.


  • The Board learned that the Alliance for Community Media has honored Fairfax County Channel 16 as the best government access cable television station in the country, the fifth time it has received this award since 1996.


  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Dean H. Klein as director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. Klein holds a master’s degree in social work from Howard University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from the Ohio State University.  The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness was established within Fairfax County Government to manage, coordinate and monitor day-to-day implementation of the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.

 

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

 

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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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