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OUR GCA NEWSLETTER Page contains previous GCA monthly minutes and the Groveton Weekly E-News which is sent each Thursday Morning by email address.  If you are interested in what is going on in the Groveton area, please join our mailing list!   click here to sign up now.

Many thanks to Lee District Supv Jeff McKay and staff for their preparation and time on the GCA Walking Town Meeting.  Additionally, thanks to those residents that came out to support and meet/greet on July 13, 2016.

REMINDER NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (NNO) TUESDAY AUGUST 2, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!  September 18, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM Clayborne Avenue Home Dedication Ceremony.  Habitat for Humanity of Northern VA invites the Groveton residents to attend the dedication ceremony and Open House at 3407 & 3409 Clayborne Ave.  There will be a brief program, tour of the homes and refreshments. BROCHURE

Report your street's traffic issues, problems, etc. to the Fairfax County traffic enforcement officers.  Email your concerns to:   fcpdmtvtraffic@fairfaxcounty.gov

Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Are you prepared for the next local or regional crisis? Be it from natural or man-made causes the D.C Metro area is always at risk from events that will shut down our communities. Are you ready to take care of yourself and your family? Do you have a stock of food and water, what about fuel and power? How long will your supplies last; 3 days, 7 days, 30? Are you interested in getting free training that will prepare you to help your family and your community survive the next disaster? If you are I invite you to explore the Fairfax County CERT program at www.fairfaxcountycert.org

As described in the CERT website: CERT is a nationally recognized, county sponsored and funded program open to people 18 years or older who live, work, worship, or spend significant time in Fairfax County. CERT is taught by experienced instructors from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department augmented by CERT volunteer instructors. CERT students learn disaster preparedness, light search and rescue techniques, disaster medicine, fire suppression, lifting and cribbing, and other preparedness and recovery skills. 
The 8 week CERT course teaches emergency preparedness and disaster response skills to regular people, so that they can safely help themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods during major emergencies where first responders may be delayed. The course includes a 50/50 split of classroom and hands-on training with instruction provided one night each week for approximately 3 hours. At the end of training, students put all their new skills to use responding to a simulated disaster in a realistic, half-day field training exercise. 
Completion of the CERT course also connects you to a county managed network where you can receive additional free training and information. CERT class cycles begin approximately 6 times per year so there will always be one available to suit your schedule. 
There are three different local classes now on the schedule: 
CERT Class 115: McLean Community Center: Meets September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1. Tuesday evenings from 7-10:30 pm. Click here to register for McLean class.
CERT Class 116: Fort Belvoir: Meets August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22 and the final exercise on September 29th. Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Click here to register for the Ft Belvoir Class. 
CERT 117: St. Louis Catholic School (near Beacon Mall): Meets September 26, October 3, 10, 17, (no class on October 31); November 7, 14 and the final the Nov 21st. Monday evenings from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. 
Click here to register for the St Louis Catholic School class. 
To receive the CERT certificate, the participants must attend all the sessions in a given class schedule. If a session must be missed the CERT leadership will arrange for you to make it up by attending the missed session with another CERT class.

PHONE SCAMS

Have you received a phone call from the “Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office” saying that you have a warrant out for your arrest? Recently, scammers are calling citizens and claiming that they have failed to appear for a court case and a warrant is outstanding. These scammers, falsely claiming to be deputies, are requesting credit card information for court costs and providing a “new” court date to the victim.  If you receive a call like this, please call the Fairfax County Police Department Warrant Desk at 703-246-4231 to verify if you or someone else may have a warrant.  If you are, or think you might be, the victim of a phone scam, or other scams, please file a report online with the Financial Crimes Section at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/ or call 703-691-2131. You can file other reports online as well via http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/reportcrime/.

IRS/Legal Action Scams: Callers claim they are from the IRS, a government agency or a law firm and you owe money. If you do not pay immediately, they threaten the police will show up at your door and arrest you.
Family Member Critical Emergency Scams: Callers generally claim they are your teenaged/young adult-aged family member (grandson/daughter, nephew/niece). They tell you they’ve been arrested, are in jail and need money, either for bond or court fees. They will ask you to wire money to a non-existent attorney or bondsman, or possibly to a friend who will pay the alleged fines so they can be released.**The scammer could know your name, your family member’s name, nicknames commonly used between you and other accurate details about you and your family (i.e. actual college they attend, state in which the real family is located, etc.)**
Detectives want to remind you to NEVER wire money or preload debit or other cards to include iTunes. To read more about PHONE SCAMS and how to PROTECT yourself click here!

TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURE PROFFER - Most Groveton residents are aware, when the Beacon at Groveton developers began their project several years ago, the project included several proffers for the community.  These proffers included Lenclair Dog Park, money for the Groveton Elementary School improvements and a traffic calming measure.  Based on a bill passed by the VA legislature, effective July 2016, proffers are now considered illegal by the State of VA and the districts can not request the developer to do anything for the improvement of the community or traffic.  Currently, the Groveton community has a traffic calming proffer left to be implemented from the Beacon at Groveton project, which can be used.  

Several ideas have been discussed, reviewed and proposed.  Over the years, residents have recommended speed humps or tables on their streets and pedestrian crossing signs (unfortunately, these features have not helped calm traffic on the streets that already have them).  The GCA has had VDOT assess the requirements of several Groveton community streets and has determined the volume on the streets did not warrant the speed humps/tables.  The GCA has been working with Lee District and VDOT for a couple of years addressing ideas to institute the proffer for traffic calming.  Over the past year, GCA residents have recommended some type of crosswalk that would allow the community to become more pedestrian friendly, which would benefit all of the Groveton community.  All of the ideas and proposal must adhere to VDOT's standards and specifications which include the property of the residents within the community, the widths of the streets, amount of traffic, speed of traffic, maintenance, among other considerations.
A proposal was presented at our May meeting for Memorial Street at the intersection of Donora.   The current proposal will allow residents to cross from the south side of Memorial to the north side of Memorial on the sidewalk at the Beacon Center at the intersection of Donora and Memorial streets.  Memorial Street currently has speed bumps and a raised crosswalk from Lenclair Alley and the dog park (which is unfortunately at a hill which impairs visibility).  These measures have not slowed down the traffic, nor have made the crossing a safer option.  The pedestrian crossing proposal (attached - be sure to change your printer to legal) will include a change at the corner of Donora for better driver and pedestrian visibility, improvement of the water drainage at that intersection, adhere to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), signs to drivers "flying down" Memorial in both directions that there is a pedestrian crossing ahead, along with raised crosswalk.  The proposal has been approved by VDOT.  The GCA has submitted a letter of interest to Lee District regarding this project. At the GCA Sept meeting, there will be a vote on the proposal.  Thank you all for your time and effort over the years on this project.  Hopefully, the project can become a reality. Our GCA email is GCA22306@verizon.net 

MOSQUITO CONTROL MESSAGE
Recent media attention on the Zika virus is increasing concerns about mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.  Mosquito season is now approaching.  For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/westnile/  or call 703-246-8931 or email to fightthebite@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Mosquito Dunks free to Lee District residents at Lee District Govt Center on Franconia Road.

Fairfax Water Authority Project:

1. There will be a project this spring to replace the water line between Donora to Groveton thru to Lee District Park.  Fairfax Water Authority will attend the April GCA meeting to speak on the subject.  SFDC will also be speaking at that meeting.
2. There is a website at www.fairfaxwater.org to find real-time updates on active water main breaks.
3. The Annual Water Flushing began March 7 and will continue thru June.

Code Compliance Presentation from LDACO January Presentation - PDF

GCA CLEANUP DAYS:  1st Saturday in May and 1st Saturday in October

LEE DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RECOGNIZES the COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF ROBERT "BOB" OVERTON With a Resolution in his Memory

CONTACTS for PROBLEMS WITH LOW-HANGING CABLES, etc and CONTACT for POTHOLES:  check out the Groveton Information Page.

INFORMATION ABOUT DOG WASTE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Click here for PDF

For meeting schedule - go to GCA CALENDAR.


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