Board of Supervisors - Mason District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross,
Board of Supervisor

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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December 14, 2017
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is ready for snow season with plow-tracking technology, expanded monitor program, and a one-stop shop for online resources that is available for residents to use.  VDOT has budgeted $84.9 million for snow removal in Northern Virginia this winter, and the agency's state and contracted fleet is ready with 120,000 tons of salt; 250,000 gallons of brine; 25,000 tons of sand; and 4,500 vehicles (97 percent of fleet is contracted). Highlights for Snow Season 2017-2018 One stop-shop for resources: Visit www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency to access all of VDOT's online information resources, including important messages and updates, news releases, and links to the customer service center, 511, and vdotplows.org. Monitor program: This year, 180 VDOT employees will ride the roads to monitor road conditions and snowplow progress, and more than 30 employees will monitor remotely via the automatic vehicle locator (AVL) equipment. How You Can Help and Resources: Monitor forecasts frequently; Adjust commutes, telework, and avoid driving if possible; Park in driveways or park on the odd-numbered side of the street. Do not shovel driveway until plows have come through; Have enough gas, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, and an emergency car kit; Be patient: crews need time and room to work. Stay Informed: @vadotnova on Twitter; virginiadot.org/novaemergency for status updates, FAQs, and other resources; 511virginia.org for road conditions and traffic cameras; vdotplows.org for neighborhood status and locations of plows; and my.vdot.virginia.gov or 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report issues.

December 1, 2017
As preparations for festivities are underway, the holiday season also is a time when trusting individuals fall prey to scam artists.  Scam artists target their victims in all age groups, year-round and in many ways, and they often focus on individuals whom they perceive as vulnerable – our senior citizens.  During a one-year study, the Federal Trade Commission estimated that, nationwide, 11 percent of adults, or 25 million people, lost money as a result of criminal activity.  Protection from scam artists begins with education, which is why the Silver Shield Anti-Scam Campaign was launched – to educate older adults, families of senior citizens, caregivers, and the public about how to protect themselves from financial fraud and various scams, and to enhance personal safety and security.  The December edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Detective Ryan Young with the Fairfax County Police Department's Elder Exploitation Prevention Unit, and Grace Lynch, communications manager with the Department of Family Services, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.  Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily on-line at http://www.ebmcdn.net/fairfax/fairfax-cable-viewer.php?w=768&h=432&viewnode=supervisor_gross_nov_17

November 16, 2017
Beware of people going door to door to solicit tree work.  There is an epidemic of unscrupulous persons or companies telling residents that trees on their properties need pruning or removal.  Never let these individuals into your home.  If a solicitor comes to your door, look for identification on his or her vehicle.  Before you agree to any work, ask them for a current certificate of liability insurance and client references.  Most companies will be happy to provide these documents for you.  Residents also may contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer/complaints.htm) to verify whether a business has had past complaints before you hire them.  Warning signs are: only accepting cash; not providing a written contract or work plan; and companies that use unmarked vehicles.  Finally, take care to look after elderly family, friends, and neighbors who may be vulnerable to exploitation by these non-reputable companies.  For more information, please listen to a podcast interview with the Director of Urban Forest Management Division, Keith Cline, about these companies at  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/podcasts/asx/county_conversation_8_19_15.asx.  Information about trees is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/ufmdmain.htm, or call the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division (UFMD) at 703-324-1770; TTY 711.