Village News, 6/7/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

In a rush today so I’m asking for your tolerance of my writing-without-edit style.

Rolling Road ProjectVDOT reports that the consultant has submitted his or her report and that is now being digested by design engineers. Once again, we can expect an update “soon”. The Six Year Transportation Plan continues to show that most of the funding is available, minus any for burying the cables. Here’s that link:  http://syip.virginiadot.org/Pages/allProjects.aspx.   

            Phase 1 - Their website does reflect a year delay in phase 1 (Improvements to intersection at Rolling Road & Old Keene Mill Road). They had said before that the right turn lane would be added to Phase 1, but it isn’t included in their summary:  Includes interim improvements by adding dual-left turn lanes from Rolling Road to westbound Old Keene Mill Road, upgrading the signal and improving the intersection alignment.  This work is expected to begin in early 2018. 

            Phase 2 (Widening and other improvements) - Includes widening Rolling Road from two to four lanes between Viola Street and Old Keene Mill Road, signal upgrades, pedestrian and bike facilities and improvements to access management.  This phase is expected to begin construction in spring 2021. 

Vote! – We have had too much turmoil over elections of late. I suspect many of those now protesting or resisting failed to exercise their right to cast a ballot. We have an unusual primary situation this year due to Delegate Dave Albo’s decision to not seek re-election.

            The Republican Firehouse Primary to pick the Republican Nomination for soon-to-be vacated seat is on 10 June from 10 AM to 3:00 PM at the South County Middle School (8700 Laurel Crest Drive) in Lorton. Understand the reason for a separate polling station and date was late declaration of Republican candidates who could not be included on ballots for primaries that will be held at normal polling stations on 13 June. Other than two democrats also vying for Delegate Albo’s seat, we get to vote for our choice for candidate from our party’s lists for governor and lieutenant governor. 

            So, many of us get to vote twice, once at two different locations. The normal polling stations for 13 June for those on the west side of Rolling Road is Rolling Valley ES; those on the east side vote at West Springfield ES. No matter your political affiliation and no matter your choice, please do vote and let’s live with the outcome, win, lose or draw.

Village Cleanup and Last Chance Corral24 June, 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon at the parking lot of Rolling Valley ES. Yes, we wanted a different date and even published that date in the directory, but we are lucky to get the 24th. This one event more than pays your cost of membership, but civic association membership is required. Rolling Valley subdivision residents are also invited to join our CA and to partake in the cleanup. Get rid of old grills, appliances, mowers, bikes, furniture, old tires (off rim) and other items too large for curbside pickup by your trash company. And, it is free for our civic association members. Membership forms will be at the site for those who still need to join, but we will ask you to join for current membership/fiscal year 2017 and also for FY18. $10.00 annual Civic Association dues is a fraction of what it will cost for your trash service to do a special, curbside pickup at your home.

            No regular household trash, brick, mortar, ceramics, concrete, stone, dirt, engine oil, car batteries, paint, roofing shingles, drywall, asbestos, glass, waste animal, yard debris, brush or hazardous materials.

            If we have a pickup and crew, we can ideally help those who may need help moving items to the site. But we need a volunteer with pickup and several to crew it. Please remember that they will be your neighbors and not paid staff.

            Let me (john.t.cooley@verizon.net / 703/451-7055) know if you will help at the site or as a crew member on a pickup or help at the Last Chance Corral (see below). Also let me know if you need assistance moving items from your curb to the parking lot at Rolling Valley ES. No guarantees, but we do try.

            Last Chance Corral – Just short of the Jaws of Junk, we put useful items in the Last Chance Corral that can be taken by anyone stopping by. This has been a very meaningful way to reduce and reuse items that still have useful life. So even if you have no junk, stop by to see if there may be a treasure for you in the LCC. Kids love watching the county crew operate the site. Again look for any updates in the weekly enews.

Seafood Boil – Jeremy Barber (Elkton Drive) is having a Low Country Seafood Boil at his Live Oak Restaurant (1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301) on Sunday, 25 June from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM. Cost is $25 per person, but that includes all you care to eat oysters. I’ll post his flyer to the enews on our website.

For Sale – Barbara Naylor (6733 Bellamy Avenue) has a GE convection oven for sale. It’s about 4 years old and in good condition. Asking $200. Call 703/569-3309 if interested and for a picture of the oven.

Thanks! – I’d like to publically thank Natalie Perdue (SVD) for helping my son, USAF LTC Glenn Cooley find a home to rent for his next assignment to the NRO in Chantilly. Natalie is a licensed realtor with Long & Foster, Licensed Realtor and a Certified Military Relocation Specialist. She can be reached at Natalie.perdue@longandfoster.com.

Great Event! – No doubt those of you who attended the VW Pool 50th Celebration also want to complement the pool staff for a great outing, good music, great food and a chance to socialize with neighbors and friends while watching the children’s’ lips turn blue from cool pool water.

Lost, But Then Found – A pet cockatiel flew away its Rolling Road home. The bird’s owner appealed to the CAWSV board for help and help she got. Liz Greene posted her message to our FaceBook group and Ed Wyse posted it to Nextdoor. And, it worked! The bird has been reunited with its owner and we can chalk up another successful story for neighborhood communications.

John Cooley, CAWSV 

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Low Country Seafood Boil