Village News, 10/11/17

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Sorry to be a day late this week, but you’ll see why below.


Thanks for joining or renewing your membership in our Civic Association. We're about $500.00 short of our funding objective or 50 members. Talk to your neighbors, especially new neighbors about the benefit of our CA.


Congratulations! – Kathy Tran succeeded in the general election and will be our Delegate in Richmond. No matter your politics, we all need to wish her success. Oh, and she’s also the WSES PTA President and our Springfield Village Drive neighbor. Congratulations Delegate Tran!


Public Information Meeting, Rolling Road Widening Project – this is why we’re one day late this week. Leaders of HOAs and Civic Associations along the project met with VDOT yesterday to set up the Public Information Meeting, Thursday, 30 November, 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. VDOT has spent considerable time, effort and money studying our requests to 1) bury the overhead utility lines as part of the project. 2) to not add additional storm water to our overtaxed SWD system and 3) to consider noise barriers. Yesterday we learned that Phase I will again be delayed until spring of 2019 and the actual widening project PH II will depend on whether the utilities lines are placed underground. If they are – the project will start in 2023 and end in 2025. If the lines are kept overhead, the project will commence in 2022 and end in 2024.


Here’s the Reader’s digest answers: 1) The utility cables will not go underground and those homes along Rolling Road certainly don’t want access boxes with man hole covers within 10’ of your home. And, county does not have nor expect to have the estimated $9.5 million it would take to put them underground. The project as it now stands is $12 million short due to rising costs and expected higher costs for property acquisition. 2) The plan to use the golf course pond as a storm water holding pond is no longer. Now the only option is to use more water catchment containers under the roadbed and sidewalks to allow a more regulated flow of water from the road bed into our SWD system. You probably know that our current system is overtaxed during heavy rains. 3) There will be no noise barriers in our sector of the project. The barriers would provide very little mitigation of road noise due to driveway openings. Barriers may be employed north of us, but not here. Additionally, they are planning on street lights. Expect right of way acquisition to start in 2020. They did say yesterday that they do not plan on biking lanes on the roadbed, but the meeting was specifically called to update their efforts on our (not just us, but other HOA/CA too) requests. We should hear the final plan in an expected Public Hearing in January 2018.


Rather than adding more to this article, please call me (703/451-7055) or stop by to discuss the project in greater detail. If you rent - you should also be at the 30 November meeting along with your homeowner or management team. This project will have a significant impact on property values even those off Rolling Road and will disrupt our village life substantially.


Prescription Drug Take Back Program Pilot - at West Springfield District Station for six months. The police and Supervisor Pat Herrity have announced that the West Springfield Police Station is launching a six-month pilot program allowing citizens to safely and anonymously dispose of their prescriptions at any time and at no cost.

The drug take back bin does not accept syringes, needles, liquids, or pressurized canisters. This program will also be offering a free drug-deactivating pouch which allows for the safe discarding of prescription drugs at home, while supplies last.


If the pilot is successful, the program probably will be expanded to the seven other district stations across the county.


The one day countywide police-sponsored prescription take back in October netted over 2600 lbs of drugs. Five hundred lbs. were received at the West Springfield station.


If you may have any questions please contact the Springfield District Office, Erika Dyer 703/451-8873.


Taste of Greater Springfield (TOGS) – Sunday, 12 November from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce Street. This is a unique food festival organized by the Rotary Club of West Springfield, the folks who clean up Rolling Road from Old Keene Mill to the Parkway at least four times a year. Now in its fifth year, TOGS features local restaurants providing samples of their favorite dishes. Bring your appetite as the offerings are extensive. Dress is casual and feel free to show up anytime during the event. For adult attendees, there will be several Virginia breweries and wineries showcasing their finest offerings.

The funds raised from this event pay for local projects like dictionaries for 3rd graders, human trafficking awareness programs for area schools, scholarships for local high school students to attend NVCC, recognition to our community's teachers, police, firefighters and first responders, and support for military families. A portion also supports Rotary service projects around the United States and internationally. Tickets can be purchased online for $30 (adult) at or at the door for $35.


For Sale - Weight lifting bench; E-Z Curl Bar w/collar; Arm Curl Attachment; Leg Curl Attachment and "Fitness Gear" weight plates (two 25 lb, six 10 lb, four 5 lb and two 2 1/2 lb). Everything in great condition - retail value of $500. Asking $125. Two sets of metal dumbbells (30lb & 25 lb) for $20. Contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703-866-7078 or See last week’s enews on our website ( for a photo of these items.


West Springfield Elementary School PTA News:


Thanksgiving Donations - The WSES PTA will be creating holiday food baskets for deserving families in our community, to be delivered before the Thanksgiving break. Baskets will be filled with items to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal--a gift-card to a grocery store will be provided to cover the cost of a turkey and other perishable items. Please see the SignUpGenius for additional information and to contribute to this holiday food drive. The WSES PTA thanks you in advance for your generous contributions.


Meet FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, November 14, 6:30 PM. Come meet Superintendent Brabrand at his Community Conversation on November 14 at Washington Irving MS to hear his vision and share with him your priorities and concerns for FCPS. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30pm, discussion and Q/A starts at 7pm. More information is available on the FCPS website.


Day Care - Ghatool Alnoor (6820 Rolling Road) provides day care, 7 AM – 6 PM. Contact her at 703/866-4473.


Stay warm and safe!


John Cooley


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