Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Sept. 14, 2009


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 14, 2009.

  • The Board designated Sept. 12-18 Child Passenger Safety Week. Many safety experts say that 80 to 90 percent of child safety seats are installed and/or used incorrectly. In 2007, Sheriff's deputies — working with the Safe Kids Coalition, the Fairfax County Police Department, and the City of Fairfax Police Department — checked approximately 2,800 safety seats throughout the county. 

  • The Board recognized residents and businesses that have made 42 properties available for public safety training.   

  • The Board designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • The Board designated Oct. 4-10 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.

  • The Board presented its 2009 Environmental Excellence Awards today to: Earth Sangha (organization); Allen Wayne, Ltd. (business); and Carl Sivertsen (county employee).  This award recognizes advancement or support of the Board and county’s environmental goals and policies; dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities; and leadership as role models for others.

  • The Board adjourned at noon for the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Grove behind the Government Center.

  • The Board took action to formally approve the carryover package.  Despite major fiscal challenges that have impacted everyone across the country, and with prudent guidance from the Board, the county was able to produce a small year-end balance, which is proposed to be held in reserve to help mitigate potential budget shortfalls in FY 2010 and FY 2011. It is important to note that the county already has a significant shortfall looming in the FY 2011 Budget so it will be necessary to maintain vigilance, look for efficiencies wherever possible and hold any resulting funding balances in reserve to help address the situation.

  • The Board approved 576 taxicab operating certificates for 2009-2010; no change from the previous period.   

  • $43 million was approved for the final phase Stringfellow Road widening and $5.5 million to add 300 parking spaces to Stringfellow Park/Ride lot.

  •  The Department of Tax Administration reported strong FY09 tax collection rates; it is still pursuing $18 million in back taxes using seizures, DMV holds, credit reports & agents.

  • The Board accepted funding from various sources:
    • $1.3 million federal stimulus grant from EPA for clean diesel program to retrofit exhaust systems on 32 school buses       
    • $114K grant from DHS and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for Medical Reserve Corps and revision of the Health Dept’s emergency operations
    • $123K from MWAA for the Fire Dept. to buy equipment/train for future Dulles Metrorail tunnel rescues at Routes 123/7  
    • $870K state grant for childcare subsidies, housing homeless high school students, financial literacy/tax prep program  

  • The Board appointed Patricia Harrison, also known as Pat Franckewitz, as deputy county executive. She will begin her new position Sept. 28 alongside current deputy county executive Verdia Haywood, who is retiring in January.  She is currently the director of the Department of Community and Recreation Services. 

  • The Board confirmed the appointment of Robert A. Bermingham Jr. as director of court services, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC). He will begin his new position on Monday, Oct. 12. Bermingham currently serves as the countywide gang prevention coordinator.

  • The Board approved a letter outlining the Board's strong concerns regarding the implementation of the I-395/I-95 project and encouraging the Governor to keep this project of regional and local importance moving forward on an expedited basis.

  • The Board addressed maintenance and control of state roads within the county by directing staff to prepare an initial scope, timeline and potential work plan along with funding implications for consideration and discussion regarding possible action to address funding inequities between counties and cities/towns.

  • The Board approved the Board of Supervisors' meeting schedule for calendar year 2010 - Board meeting dates have been moved to Tuesdays, instead of Mondays, in 2010.

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

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