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Oct 3, 2016 - GCA Meeting - Groveton Elementary School

  1. Approved By-Laws submitted for record.

  2. UPDATE on LENCLAIR Traffic Calming – Lori Cruz, Lenclair Task force lead

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

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Launches Yellow Dot Program - its newest public safety initiative is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during the “golden hour” after a vehicle crash or emergency. Participants place a Yellow Dot decal in their vehicle’s rear window to alert first responders to check the vehicle’s glove compartment for vital medical information.  
 To participate, residents can visit their nearest Fairfax County fire station and ask for a Yellow Dot Program kit. The Yellow Dot Program kit contains a personal information booklet and a Yellow Dot decal. Complete both sides of the booklet as fully as possible. Filling the booklet out in pencil will allow you to update the booklet as information changes. Attach a current photo of yourself and place the booklet in the glove compartment. Place the Yellow Dot Program decal in the lower left corner of your rear windshield, no higher than three inches from the bottom.   For questions regarding the Yellow Dot Program, please contact the Office of Public Affairs and Life Safety Education at 703-246-3801. 

Fairfax County meals tax - REMINDER Nov 8 elections will include the Meals Tax in Fairfax County

Before you vote, find out what was discussed at the Sep 28 meeting!
Concept for the Proposal:
To create more revenue options to support the FC Public Schools (FCPS), the options for FC was limited since VA State would not allow an increase in cigarette or gasoline taxes.  
WHY should the $ go to the schools?: The FC Public School have lost teachers to other states but mostly to other counties/cities in VA.  For example, the mid-level teachers' salaries ranges between $18,000-$20,000 lower than Arlington.  Additional reality check:  According to Lee District School Rep, the only jurisdiction that is paying the teachers less $ than Fairfax County is Prince George's Co.  The FCPS budget problems began during the recession which caused the FC teacher's salaries to be flat-lined and has NOT rebounded.  The FC Fire Fighters have recently endorsed the meals tax as well.  
Proposal is to help relieve the impact on homeowners paying the real estate tax and property taxes.  The Department of Management and Budget estimates $99 million in revenue will be generated from a 4 percent meals tax during the first year of implementation.  When the real estate tax is increased to help fund FCPS, it impacts all property-owning residents, regardless of their ability to pay. If a meals tax is approved by voters, it would apply to tourists, commuters and travelers, as well as residents who choose to dine out. For example, it’s estimated that tourists would generate $28 million in one year for FC. Examples of other jurisdictions that already have a meals tax in place include (these ARE NOT impacted by the Fairfax County meals tax): 

  • Alexandria: 4 percent

  • Arlington:  4 percent

  • Falls Church: 4 percent

  • Fairfax City:  4 percent

  • Herndon:  2.5 percent

  • Vienna: 3 percent

  • District of Columbia: 10 percent

70% of the revenue from meals tax would be allocated to the FC Public Schools who will apply majority of the allocation to teachers' salaries; 30% of the allocation would go to the FC Government for Services, capital improvements (fire/police stations, libraries, schools) and property tax relief.  

At the Meals Tax Discussion on Sep 28, this chart was supplied to demonstrate the revenue source received 2013-2017 (the yellow is what FC has to provide!!):

So what is the down-side?  Yes, you will pay 20 cents more for a $5 fast food meal, or 40 cents more for a $10 fast casual meal.  BUT between the residents and the tourists and residents from other states, FC will gain approximately $99 million in revenue and the FC residents will NOT continue to be hit with increases in real estate and property tax and the FCPS will be able to pay their teachers and FC will be able to support other county and safety services.
Why are the restaurants voting NO? there is a concern that the tax is targeted to the restaurants and it will increase their costs in order to collect and remit the tax to FC.  The tax will apply to all prepared foods and yes that means all "prepared" and "ready to eat" foods but there are exceptions (note the Meals Tax referendum that was mailed out to all FC residents - 1st 2 pages are included here:  Page 1 and Page 2)
NOTE: if the meals tax is passed, the FC Board of Supv. will have a hearing on Feb 2017 to adopt an ordinance establishing the rate and terms, including allowing the businesses that must collect and remit the tax to FC to retain a small percentage as compensation for their effort and cost.  If the meals tax is passed it will be effective July 2017.

EMBARK Richmond Highway Website:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/embarkrichmondhwy/
NEIGHBORS please visit the website and find out about the impact and change this will have on your community, etc.
Embark Richmond Highway  is an initiative focused on creating a multimodal future for the Richmond Highway Corridor with Bus Rail Transit (BRT)  Visit this website for the overall project concept:

UPDATE of the Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group from Monday, September 26, 2016 :
The Advisory Group Meeting #10 provided an update and recap of the July 25 community meeting.  A couple of handouts provided at the meeting is provided to demonstrate the impact that the EMBARK will have on the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan:
1) Land Use Alternative DRAFT 9/26/2016 and 2) Corridor-Wide Land Use DRAFT
The 9/26/2016 presentation and previous presentations are located on the website:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/embarkrichmondhwy/presentations.htm
The overall concept is to create BRT stations at Huntington, Penn Daw and Beacon/Groveton.  Around the BRT stations will be residential, retail, hotels and offices.  The offices would not be included until the residential, hotels and retail are established.
Additionally, the cost is to be impacted by the creation of affordable housing which gives federal funding support to the project.
The proposals are NOT comparable to TYSONS but more comparable to Shirlington, Clarendon or Courthouse.
Some of the recommendations to the plan was to address underground utilities, clarify affordable housing, address a better environmental focus (green space, audubon, "sense of place", storm water capture, outdoor space/walkable space). 
Next meeting of the Advisory Group Meeting is Oct 24 (6:30 - 9:00 pm), Nov 14 (8:30 - 10:30 am) at South County Center with the next Community Meeting scheduled for Nov 29 (7-10 pm).
 Email your questions about Embark Richmond Highway to DPZRichmondHighway@fairfaxcounty.gov
 For information about the Comprehensive Plan and the planning process, contact the Planner of the Day for the DPZ Planning Division weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 703-324-1380 or visit the 7th floor, Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.  Updates on planning activities can be received by liking the  Fairfax County Land Use Planning Facebook page.  Sign up to receive information about this project by going to: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/email/lists/   and select 
News and information for the Embark Richmond Highway Study.

The Heritage Resources on Richmond Hwy that are recognized by the EMBARK PROJECT can be found on;


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!


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


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


For meeting schedule - go to GCA CALENDAR.

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