February 9, 2000 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

ATTENDING: Deborah Leser (Sully), Chet McLaren (Braddock), Bill Niedringhaus (Dranesville), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill), Tony Matos (Lee), Kevin Brugman (Mount Vernon), Donald Emerson (Providence), Bunyan Bryant (Mason), Michael Shannon (Springfield), Joan Edwards (Clifton Horse Society), Marianne Werz O'Brien substituting for Walter Brodtman (WABA), Kate Rudacille (NVRPA), Ann Bennett (At-Large), Jenny Pate (FCPA), and Clay Peters (FCFCA)

STAFF ATTENDING: David Marshal and Sheng-Jieh Leu, DPZ

Acting Chairman, Deb Leser, called the meeting to order at 7:35. The new members were introduced.

ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS: The Nominating Committee recommended Michael Shannon as Chairman, Kevin Brugman as Vice Chairman, and Deborah Leser as Secretary. Chet McLaren made a motion that the committee elect the slate of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee. Jenny Pate seconded the motion. It was approved unanimously. At this point Michael Shannon began to chair the meeting.

MINUTES: The minutes were approved as submitted by Mr. Hart, last month's acting secretary and amended by Mr. Wozniak of DPW.

TRAIL MAP FORMAT: Mr. Marshall described the request of the BOS that a map of existing trails be prepared this year. He brought several samples of map size, formats, and type of paper. During the committee's extensive discussion, the scale of the map and the convenience of its finished size were primary considerations. Other questions concerned the need for individual maps of magisterial districts, the proposed timetable, and the cost. The committee recommended a series of maps, each with approximately one quarter of the county included with an overview of that quadrants relationship to the county as a whole and, if possible, surrounding jurisdictions. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Leu were requested to bring a prototype to the March meeting for further evaluation, along with estimates of costs.

PARKING: Mr. Marshall distributed passes for each of the committee members for parking in the garage. Committee members were asked to sign for the passes. They are only good for after 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The committee members thanked Mr. Marshall for his help on this matter.

TRAIL PLAN REVISION - IDENTIFIED POLICY ISSUES: The committee discussed the policy issues listed in the December 8, 1999 memo from Mr. Marshall as follows.

ON-ROAD BICYCLE TRAILS: Kevin Brugman gave The-On-Road Bicycle Trail Subcommittee report. He distributed the committee list of criteria, goals, and examples. The committee concurred with these recommendations for guidelines. The committee members agreed that the subcommittee and the representatives from the individual magisterial districts would recommend appropriate routes for designation as on-road bicycle lanes.

TRAILS IN RURAL AREAS: The members of the committee discussed whether there was a need for an additional category of trails for rural areas that specified the material used to construct the trail. The materials commonly used are stone dust or natural surface materials such as mulch. The committee agreed that trails should be categorized by usage, not by the materials used to construct the trail. Four categories were suggested - Pedestrian, Equestrian, Bicycle, and On-Road. The design and materials used may differ depending on the circumstances. Several committee members expressed a concern that this not rule out general guidelines for trail construction - i.e. a bicycle and pedestrian trail would still need to be eight or ten foot asphalt.

Ms. Bennett (At-Large) provided a list of new policy considerations that will be presented to the committee in March.

ADDITION TO THE ON-ROAD BICYCLE COMMITTEE: Mr. Wright (Hunter Mill) was added to the On-Road Bicycle Committee by consensus of the committee members present.

EXISTING TRAIL INVENTORY UPDATE: Mr. Leu discussed the existing trail inventory and answered questions from the new members. He explained that there are trails on the maps that are not on the Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Leu asked each of the district representatives to assist him by reviewing the maps of their districts for errors.

CROSS COUNTY TRAIL: Ms. Pate (FCPA) reported on the progress of the Cross County Trail. She met with representatives of Fairfax Trails and Streams to discuss projects involving the trail throughout the county. FCPA wants to coordinate with district representatives the location and any issues concerning trail segments within their districts. Ms. Pate assured the committee members that other FCPA projects are moving forward also.

Fairfax Trails and Streams and the FCPA would like to have a grand opening of the Cross County Trail on June 3, 2000, which is National Trail Day. They would like to hold district by district ribbon cutting ceremonies. Ms. Pate distributed suggested sites for such ceremonies and recommended that some districts combine to assure access and the availability of parking for non-hikers.

Ms. Pate asked the committee members for suggestions on the name of the trail, particularly how to keep it brief to minimize signage costs and yet incorporate "Fairfax" into the name.

SNOW REMOVAL: Mr. Brugman asked the committee to request action from the BOS encouraging citizens to clear their sidewalks after snowfall. The committee discussed the recent article in the Washington Post and the difficulties of enforcement in Virginia since all roads are the property of the state. Mr. Matos pointed out to the committee members that there is an ordinance requiring citizens to clear the snow from walkways within 48 hours after the snowfall. The committee agreed by consensus to write the BOS and ask for their help in this issue.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.

Minutes by Deborah Rimmer Leser, Secretary

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