Minutes of the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee

March 10, 2010

Call to Order: Wade Smith called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm on March 10, 2010.

Members Present - Wade Smith, Chairman (Dransville), Peter Christiansen (Mt Vernon), Jean Voss (Clifton Horse Society), Dennis Frew (Washington Area Bicyclists Association), Paul Johnson (Northern Virginia Builder's Industry Association), Thomas Kennedy (Braddock), Paul Kent (Sully), Robert Michie (Lee), R. Douglas Pew (Hunter Mill), Jan Reitman (Mason), Mark Tipton (Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations), and Lisa Willey (Springfield).

Staff Present - Eric Teitelman (Chief, Capital Projects and Operations Division, FCDOT), Charlie Strunk (Bicycle Program Manager, FCDOT), Chris Wells (Pedestrian Program Manager, FCDOT), Liz Cronauer (Trail Program Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority), and Dan Iglhaut (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority).

Guests and Visitors - Brian Murphy, Maintenance Director, Reston Civic Association, Stephen W. Aitcheson, Director, Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), and William J. Schell, P.E., Chief, Infrastructure Branch (DPWES).


  • Jan Reitman was designated acting secretary.
  • Paul Kent was welcomed as the newly appointed representative from Sully District.
  • The minutes of the prior meeting were discussed, corrected and approved.
  • It was agreed to allow the visitors to speak first.
  • Otherwise, the agenda was approved.

Presentations to the Board:

  • Mr. Bill Schell, provided a briefing titled Fairfax County Walkways A Maintenance Perspective. The briefing addressed the scope of the Fairfax county trails inventory and maintenance limitations resulting from the constrained budget. The presentation was informational and did not advocate any budget position.
  • Steve Aitcheson provided a briefing titled Stone Dust Trails Policy Changes and Volunteer Maintenance. The briefing addressed five case studies regarding opportunities and constraints which limit the use of volunteer for trail maintenance. Tom Kennedy and Doug Pew said they had additional locations that were candidates for volunteer maintenance.
  • The impact of the county Tree Preservation Order was discussed and the need for tree surveys prior to new construction. Liz Cronauer indicated that the requirement for the survey was waived for work within the Parks.
  • Wade Smith will forward a letter to the Board of Supervisors indicating concerns with budget reductions of maintenance funds.

Staff Reports:

  • Charlie Strunk discussed bicycle issues and the impact of budget reductions. He indicated that the reductions were not as bad as they sound - the county bicycle manager, C&I funds, and bike locker program funds remain. Operating funding will be eliminated, such as funding for Bike to Work events, participation in promotional events, and preparation of county -wide master plans and updated trail maps. Committee members discussed a possible letter or testimony be provided to the Board of Supervisors addressing proportionate reductions in bike programs and the need for a minimum funding level for essential maintenance programs.

Old and New Business:

  • Old and new business matters were deferred to the next meeting.

Motion to Adjourn - The meeting was adjourned at 9:16 pm.

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