Village News, 9/21/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

 

Rolling Road Project Update – Hardly a week goes by without me asking VDOT for updates to the project. Last we had heard was that they had hired an outside consultant to look at burying the utility cable from Barnack to Viola. I pointed out that the cable should be buried the entire length of the project, but then silence until this week when Andres Beacher, the Preliminary Engineering Manager sent the following:

 

Thanks for your email. We are finalizing our review of the undergrounding option and are preparing to brief elected officials next week. We expect to be able to provide more information once that meeting occurs. I know this has taken a bit longer than anticipated, and we appreciate your patience.

 

Not much of an update, but there it is. Phase I that was to start Spring 2017 is now expected to start Spring 2018. Phase II that will widen the roadbed to 4 lanes (2 NB, 2 SB, with left turn lanes and a raised median) is expected to start in 2021, but the property acquisition portion of PH II can commence any time after they settle on a final plan and brief it to the public.

 

Telling the Legislature What We Want – from Ed Wyse, our West Springfield Village’s delegate to the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations. Each autumn, the FCFCA sends a list of “wants” to the legislators representing Fairfax County. These issues have been proposed and will be voted in the September 28 membership meeting for inclusion or not in the position paper.

 

I ask your opinion whether we should support or reject positions. Please let me know what you think. I have summarized each proposed position below. There is a one-page description of each issue; I will send you any of these papers that you request.

Ed Wyse, secretary@westspringfieldvillage.com.

 

  1. 1. Energy in Virginia [reduce impediments to private investments in renewable energy]

 

  1. Recognizing Tree Conservation [strengthen state-enabling authority for tree conservation, optimize tree conservation in land development and utility & public facilities projects]

 

  1. Biophilic Planning and Land Conservation [support designing the places where we live, work, and learn to increase the human-nature interaction, e.g., increase tree canopy, pervious surfaces, & native plantings]

 

  1. County-City Revenue Equalization [long-standing Virginia law constrains counties more than cities in taxing authority, probably on the concept that small rural governments are less competent than large city governments – this requests that counties operate under the same rules as cities]

 

  1. ESOL and FRM [English for Speakers of other Languages and Free & Reduced-price Meals – ask the state to provide additional funding on a per student basis for students in these categories]

 

  1. School Opening Date [permit school districts to determine the opening date of the school year – currently the VA Dept of Education makes this decision for each school district]

 

  1. Fair Redistricting in Virginia [request a different method of redistricting to prevent a majority party from “stacking the deck”]

 

  1. Taxation Equity for Fairfax County [much duplication with #4 above but also asks for a return of a “fairer share of the tax revenue” Fairfax County provides to the state]

 

  1. Aircraft Noise from Reagan National Airport [while not area of state responsibility, lets the legislature know our concern with the increased aircraft noise resulting from the NextGen automated air traffic control system]

 

10. Require Hands-free Devices While Driving [prohibit the use of hands-held communications devices while driving; permits use of hands-free communications]

 

11. Dedicated Metro Funding [seek enabling legislation to support dedicated funding for Metro]

 

12. Library Funding from the Commonwealth [part of state funding for libraries is population-based: $0.30 per person served, but funding drops to $0.10 per person for populations above 600,000 – the cap applies only to Fairfax County and should be eliminated]

 

Managing Email from NextDoor Posts – also from CAWSV Secretary Ed Wyse - NextDoor offers to send the posts to its website to its users via their email. Depending upon the user's settings, the amount of email can be staggering. Here is how to manage what types and how much email you get.

 

From NextDoor home page, open Profiles & Settings (upper right corner of screen), and select Settings. On the Settings page, across the top are five areas; select EMAIL and you will see the options shown below the ### line.

 

Suggestions:

Under EMAILS WHEN NEIGHBORS POST, I recommend either SOME or CUSTOM. Custom gives a great ability to control what types of email and how much comes to you.

  • Under OTHER EMAILS, I find the DAILY SUMMARY - ON to be a useful way to consolidate most NextDoor posts to one email daily.

 

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EMAILS WHEN NEIGHBORS POST

Your neighbors have messages for you and sometimes they need your help. When they post, what emails should we send you?

( )All

 

All posts from your neighborhood and top posts from nearby neighborhoods

 

( )Some

 

Top posts from your neighbors. Most neighbors use this setting

 

 

 

(X)Custom

 

For each of the following categories of email you may select to receive POSTS from:

 

  • Your neighborhood & nearby
  • Your neighborhood only
  • None

 

The categories are:

 

  • General
  • Crime & safety
  • Classifieds
  • Free items
  • Lost & found
  • New neighbors
  • Recommendations
  • Urgent alerts
  • Replies to posts
  • Invitations to events

( )

 

None

 

Real Estate Market Report – Thanks to Natalie Perdue (SVD) and her Long & Foster Agency for the update to their market analysis. There was a decrease in total units sold in August, with 47 sold this month in West Springfield versus 48 last month, a decrease of 2%. This month's total units sold was lower than at this time last year, a decrease of 19% versus August 2016.

 

Versus last year, the total number of homes available this month is lower by 37 units or 54%. The total number of active inventory this August was 32 compared to 69 in August 2016. This month's total of 32 is lower than the previous month's total supply of available inventory of 45, a decrease of 29%.

 

There was a decrease in total units sold in August, with 47 sold this month in West Springfield versus 48 last month, a decrease of 2%. This month's total units sold was lower than at this time last year, a decrease of 19% versus August 2016.

 

Last August, the median sale price for West Springfield Homes was $435,000. This August, the median sale price was $460,000, an increase of 6% or $25,000 compared to last year. The current median sold price is 1% lower than in July. Note: Median sale price is the middle sale price in a given month. The same number of properties are above & below the median.

 

In August, there was 0.7 months of supply available in West Springfield, compared to 1.2 in August 2016. That is a decrease of 43% versus a year ago.

 

This month there were 41 homes newly listed for sale in West Springfield compared to 55 in August 2016, a decrease of 25%. There were 41 current contracts pending sale this August compared to 35 a year ago. The number of current contracts is 17% higher than last August.

 

Note: Months of supply is calculated by dividing current inventory by current sales. It indicates how many months would be needed to sell all of the inventory available at the current rate of demand.

 

This month there were 41 homes newly listed for sale in West Springfield compared to 55 in August 2016, a decrease of 25%. There were 41 current contracts pending sale this August compared to 35 a year ago. The number of current contracts is 17% higher than last August.

 

In August, the average sale price in West Springfield was 98.3% of the average list price, which is 1.2% lower than at this time last year.

 

This month, the average number of days on market was 24, higher than the average last year, which was 23, an increase of 4%.

 

It Ain’t Personal – The weekly enews is addressed to me (john.t.cooley@verizon.net) in the “to” line and then you and 99 of your closest neighbors/friends are put into the bcc line to protect your email address. When you receive the enews, it may appear that I am talking directly to you instead of all of us, but not necessarily the case.

 

Leaf Raking, Lawn Mowing, Snow Shoveling, Light Landscaping - most frequently asked question is do I know of a young person to do X – Y or Z for payment. We have tried before to get a registry of those willing to work for payment or community service, but need to update that list. If your child is willing, please send his or her name and contact information.

 

Baby Sitter Available – Jakob Ames (SVD) responded and wants babysitting jobs. He’d rather stick with younger children (no infants), but willing to sit in your home. e has He hasHe has a lot of experience watching younger children (babysitting my cousins). Call or text 703/559-5114.

 

Halloween Party – Please note that we will change the date to Sunday, 29 October, but will couple this event with the VW Pool’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off. More to follow.

 

Wanting to Borrow – John & Lois Hoffmann would like to borrow CD’s of 60’s music for their 50th Anniversary. John Hoffmann (Landor Lane) 703/866-3577.

 

Support Rolling Valley Elementary School PTA – from Carla Spitler - Eat at Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday, 26 September at 6681 Backlick Road A, Springfield, VA 22150 between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM and mention "Rolling Valley Spirit Night" when you order. RVES PTA will receive 15% of proceeds from your orders. Don't forget to mention "Rolling Valley Spirit Night"! I’ll try to post this flyer on our website.

In a hurry today; sorry for any spaling or grammer or sentence struckture above.

 

John Cooley

CAWSV

 

 

 

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