November 14, 2001 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee


Members Attending: Deborah Leser (Sully District), Bill Niedringhaus (Dranesville District), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill District), Donald Emerson (Providence District), Bunyan Bryant (Mason District), Michael Shannon (Springfield District), Mary Flowers (Clifton Horse Society), Walter Brodtman (WABA), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), Ann Bennett (At-Large), and Jenny Pate (FCPA).

Staff Attending: David Marshall and Sheng-Jieh Leu (DPZ), and Leonard Wolfenstein FCDOT)

Ann Bennett called the meeting to order at 9:20 p.m. The meeting followed the Trails Plan workshop with the Planning Commission.

Minutes of the October meeting were revised. The following line in the next to last item of the minutes currently reads: "The committee discussed the naming of the trail system currently identified as the Southern Railroad Trail System. No changes were agreed upon." Walter Brodtman moved and Kevin Brugman seconded the following change: "No changes were agreed upon" will be removed and replaced by the following sentence. "David Marshall suggested that the trail system be described as in the vicinity of the Southern Railroad." The motion passed unanimously with Dan Iglhaut abstaining.

Fort Belvoir: Kevin Brugman described the changes in the area of Fort Belvoir that have resulted from the closing of the fort to the public. He showed a map of the changes and distributed a map from the Belvoir Eagle of August 30, 2001. The only remaining option is a route from Memorial Highway to South King's Highway to Telegraph Road. Mr. Brugman noted that the changes have affected vehicular traffic as well as non-motorized traffic in the area.

Enhancement Funds: Don Emerson attended the recent workshop given by VDOT on the process of applying for federal transportation enhancement funds. He has the current applications and materials outlining the process as well as the application on disc. Members of the committee wishing to use these materials can contact him. He noted that of the 18 million dollars coming to Virginia, two million is slated for the district that includes most of northern Virginia.

Leonard Wolfenstein of Fairfax County Department of Transportation explained that the deadline for this year's funding applications is effectively November 20 since the BOS must approve applications on that date for them to be considered by VDOT. On December 3 the BOS will hold a public hearing on the applications and on January 7 the BOS will approved the submissions to the state.

FCPA Application for Enhancement Funds for the Accotink Stream Valley: Jenny Pate distributed a request for a letter of recommendation from the committee for the FCPA's application for enhancement funds for a portion of the Cross-County Trail in the Accotink Stream Valley. The application covers two miles of trail. The total estimated cost is one million dollars. The FCPA has 300 thousand in bond money that will serve as the matching funds. Ms. Pate moved that the committee send a letter of recommendation for the application. Mr. Brugman seconded the motion. The committee voted unanimously to send the letter of recommendation.

Discussion of the Trail Plan Workshop: The committee members thanked Ann Bennett and Walter Brodtman for their clear presentation of the issues involved. The committee members also thanked Mr. Leu and Mr. Marshall for the excellent maps and visual aids that assisted in the presentation. Further discussion centered on the desire of the committee members to further discuss the amendment with the Planning Commission in a less structured and stressful setting and concerns about the process of making changes to the amendment. Ann Bennett stated that Ms. Wilson has assured her that changes will be referred to the committee for discussion and comment.

Potomac Heritage Trail: Bill Niedringhaus reported on the progress of the Potomac Heritage Trail. He has a copy of the State of the Trail report from August, 2001. He also reported that 17 volunteers worked in Riverbend Park to build a trail that is in the easement for the trail. There is a certification process for a segment of trail to be included in the Potomac Heritage Trail system. Jenny Pate and Mr. Leu have information about this process.

DPW and ES: Ann Bennett reminded the committee members that Walt Wozniak will be at the December meeting to discuss the state of the current trail projects. Committee members are encouraged to discuss with Mr. Wozniak the trails in their districts.

There being no further new or old business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 PM.

Deborah Rimmer Leser, Secretary

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