Village News, 3/8/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

 

Good info here, thanks to all who contributed.

 

High Wind Damage – The numbers to call for downed trees were sent in the last enews. They are also in your community directory and on our website (http://westspringfieldvillage.org/). Each of us are obliged to call to remove downed trees from sidewalks and roadbeds. I can tell by the requests about who to call that many of you aren’t receiving the enews or may not be aware that contact information is in the directory and on our website. Not sure there is much more we can do other than encourage you to sign up for the enews and read it.

 

Many of you granted permission to post your email address in the directory; may I also then address email to you along with 99 of your closest friends/neighbors in the “TO” line rather than the BCC line? Respond only if you do not want your email address in the “TO” line. No change for those not wanting your email address listed in the directory. You should know that we have not had a compromise of email addresses since we began collecting them about 20 years ago and we continue to keep them close hold for official use only.

 

Property Values During and After the Rolling Road Project –The model homes for our village were actually in Kings Park north of Old Keene Mill and south of Braddock Roads. Their segment of Rolling Road has already been widened to 4 lanes plus a service road on the east side. So - what better place to get an idea the impact on property values following completion of the imminent Rolling Road widening project. OK – as a disclaimer – I am not a RE Agent and yes – I know that the Kings Park homes sit further off Rolling Road than do our 57 homes. But, if you also run a search for recently-sold, Kings Park homes – you should discover that they average about $25K more than our homes. Same models, same builder, slightly older than our homes, but still they’re selling higher than our homes on average. Why?

 

I have my opinions, but shouldn’t we all want our neighbor’s home to sell for top dollar? If so, what can we do to help make that happen? Will it be worth my time to spruce up my home’s curbside appeal to help my neighbor sell his/her home? I think yes, even though my home isn’t for sale, but it might be in the future. It’s about time for some serious spring cleaning at my home and in my community.

 

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Initiative - 18 April - Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Initiative at the West Springfield Government Center. More information will follow, but Neighbor to Neighbor is all about building better community. It is a fact that neighbors who care about each other will help keep their neighborhood safer, more connected and able to tackle everyday issues from changing a light bulb for an older neighbor, sharing tools, giving great leads to service providers and events. Fairfax County passed a 50+ initiative to encourage ways to keep neighborhoods better connected. N2N promotes different "models" like digital, concierge, and other ways to suggest how to help bring your neighbors together. More to follow as received.

 

Budget Town Hall - 22 March, 7:00 PM with Supervisor Pat Herrity and County Executive, Bryan Hill, at the West Springfield Government Center in the Community Room.  The fiscal outlook for Fairfax County will be discussed with plenty of time for questions. I suspect we’ll hear just how much the Exec will want our RE taxes to go up.

 

RVES Silver Diner Fund Raiser - Every year, the Rolling Valley Elementary School 6th grade graduating class earns their keep at Silver Diner to try to raise funds for their end-of-year party. Please join our hosts, servers, and bus-boys and bus-girls Tuesday, 13 March from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Other RVES Restaurant Fund Raiser Nights:  

  • 13 March, 5 – 8:00 PM, Silver Diner, 6592 Springfield Mall                    
  • 22 March, 6 – 9:00 PM - Austin Grill - 8430 Old Keene Mill Road
  • 24 & 25 April - 5 – 9:00 PM - Ledo's Pizza - 8324 Old Keene Mill Road

Rolling Road Widening Project - I again asked for a copy of VDOT’s plans and presentation and will let all know if/when I get them, which should be soon. Some who attended the meeting had follow on questions that I also relayed to VDOT – their answers are below. You can still provide written comments to Hamid Misaghian via email at meetingcomments@VDOT.virginia.gov. Reference “Rolling Road Widening” in the subject line.

 

Will the utility poles also be on the street side of the east side sidewalk? We (VDOT) can confirm that the poles are intended to be in the buffer on the street side.

 

Will the 5’ sidewalk be cement? And the 8’ path on the west side also be cement or asphalt? The sidewalk will be concrete, and the shared use path will be asphalt.

 

The projected 38,000+ vehicles per day count in the out-years seems excessive. Suspect there is some embellishment from using a regional model instead of specific-to-the-area and potential growth model. Again the same old question – can we stop long enough after completing PH I to see if PH II is really needed (other than re-surfacing the existing road)?  The traffic projections were developed in-house by our Planning staff, specific to this project and area.  They take into account a number of factors, including land use projections, regional forecasts, as well as historical growth.  Based on our assessment, completion of Phase I would not obviate the need for Phase II.

 

You heard in the meeting the absolute need for enforcement post project completion. I know that’s not your responsibility, but protected crosswalks may be doable with a gallon or two of paint and a couple signs. We are currently analyzing potential crosswalk locations.  We anticipate completing that study within the next few weeks after which it will be vetted through VDOT and FCDOT staff in order to determine the appropriate recommended treatments.

 

Will damage due to construction be compensated or is that part of the right of way procurement? During construction, the utmost care will be taken to avoid damage and ensure a safe environment.  Should a resident have a concern during the construction phase, they may reach out to the VDOT construction representative at any time.

 

2018 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops – Students should register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuSSaLImT3ESMjN_-z-BP4hkgp1tAy5VCJvHaL779YjR0dkw/viewform.

 

Businesses and organizations seeking to secure space at the job fair should fill out the application form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzHK-d-RF8bU3eFckMu3CbgSFV6TV98L2e4btPUxk7sHJNmw/viewform.

 

Schedule (all on Saturday): 

  • 10 March from 1 – 3:00 PM at Woodson High School.
  • 17 March from 1 – 3:00 PM at South County HS
  • 7 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Chantilly HS
  • 14 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Mount Vernon HS
  • 21 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at South Lakes HS
  • 28 April from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at West Springfield HS

Separate Yard Debris Collections – Just like it was planned, Republic Trash Services started again with separate yard debris collection yesterday and will continue to pick up yard debris on Wednesdays until 24 December. 

 

Missing Bicycle Found – Thanks to Andrew Klapmust (Ontario) and family – the lost bike reported last week was found and returned to its rightful owner.

 

Stay safe! 

 

John Cooley

CAWSV

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