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