Village News, 3/11/21

Dear Neighbor / Friend,

Lengthy report today, but I hope you also are interested in these matters.

    Rolling Road Project - some are still not fully aware of the $79 million Rolling Road project to widen it to 4 lanes, 2 NB & 2 SB with a 16’ raised median, left turn lanes (except at Glover and Ashford Courts, Rivington Road and Taft Drive), a 5 or 6’ cement sidewalk on the east side and a 8 or 10’ multi-modal asphalt path on the west side (both the path and sidewalk are to extend all the way to Old Keene Mill Road). It is scheduled to begin work in early 2024 and finish in 2026. Go to our website (West Springfield Village) where you’ll find the background and current status to include schematics and then come sit on my porch to catch up.

    You surely have seen that Phase 1 of the overall project is underway at the intersection of Rolling & Old Keene Mill Roads.

    zMOD Public Hearing - County Board of Supervisors (BOS) held a public hearing Tuesday, 9 March concerning the revisions of county codes to include Accessory Living Units (ALUs), Home-Based Businesses (HBB) and Flags.

    I did not see the issue with flags and can only imagine why they wanted to fix something that wasn’t broke. The Planning Commission reversed their recommendation about the proposed changes for flags and flagpoles. They now want to retain the current limit of three flags per lot. Chairman McKay says that no one on the BOS is interested in restricting American flags.

    But, the ALUs and HBBs will seriously impact residential communities such as our village and the adjacent Rolling Valley subdivision. We and most of Fairfax County are on record opposing proposed changes.

    In the face of those letters, videos and 4+ hours of speakers, the BOS agreed to defer their decision for zMod until 23 March so they can “get it right”.

    Real Estate Tax Levy (Rate) – County BOS has advertised $1.15 per $100 of assessed real estate assessments. That means the eventual rate will not exceed $1.15 and ideally will be lower. My RE tax bill will increase by $400 per year if the levy is $1.15, but will increase only $341 if they drop a penny as previously suggested. That’s good news, ain’t it? Also expect an increase in the sewer charge on your water bill.

    COVID-19 – Since last Wednesday, Fairfax County has had 1,137 more who tested positive (now at 57,458), 43 more hospitalized (now at 3,628) and 46 more deaths (now at 1052) attributable to the virus or co-morbidity.  

    Village West Pool – from the VW Board President, Jen Guernsey – Yes, we will be open this season! Yay! See our updates below:

    • COVID-19 - Village West will comply with all state and local restrictions related to COVID-19. As the situation is in flux - and, we hope, will be greatly improved by Memorial Day - we will establish our policies and procedures in May and notify our members. Even as the pandemic situation improves, there are likely to be some restrictions still in place when the swim season starts. These may necessitate capacity limitations, social distancing requirements, restrictions on food consumption, and mask-wearing requirements. As restrictions ease, we will modify policies accordingly and inform our members. For the most updated information, see the COVID-19 tab on our website, www.villagewestpool.com
    • Lifeguards - Village West will be using Crystal Aquatics for our pool management services this year. Lifeguards needed! The minimum age is 15. To apply, go to www.crystalaquatics.com and note that you are interested in serving Village West.
    • Calling all Volunteers and Aspiring Eagle Scouts! Need to get in some volunteer hours for school? Looking for an Eagle Scout project? Want to take care of working off your pool member volunteer hours? Or just want to lend a hand in your community? Village West can provide plenty of safe, outdoor, socially-distanced volunteer opportunities. Contact vwpoolfacilities@gmail.com for more info.
    • Share the news! We appreciate all the Village support! Help recruit members by simply telling your friends, neighbors, and your kids’ friends about us.

    Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) – thanks to Michelle Hamilton – FCPL will re-open for interior Express Services on Monday, 22 March. Customers will be able to visit FCPL branches for up to 30 minutes, on Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Capacity limits will be in place: up to 30 members of the public at a time may be in community branches and up to 60 may be in regional branches. Learn more about Express Services. Curbside pickup of materials on hold will remain available to customers Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

    Featured Advertiser, D2D Computer Services, LLC – This week, I’d like to feature our webmaster’s business. Bob Havey (Rolling Road) is also known (at least by me) as the Computer Whisperer. He has pulled my computer from the grips of death more than a few times. We are lucky to have a professional running our website. Thanks for all you do Bob!

    Daylight Savings Time – Even though Congress is considering legislation that would do away with switching the clocks twice a year, “spring forward” at 2:00 AM, Sunday, 14 March.

    Fill Dirt / Top Soil – Bob Lomax (Edmonton Court, 703/505-3191) will have a lot of dirt removed from his yard and willing to ask the contractor to dump a truck load or two at your home if you need fill dirt / top soil.

    Drive Through Food Collection - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (5800 Backlick Road) will have a drive through  food collection to benefit ECHO’s Food Pantry on Saturday, 27 March from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Donors are asked to bring health and hygiene items such as toothpaste or soap, and non-perishable foods in “regular” sizes. Since most households that ECHO serves have 4 to 5 people - regular sized products work best. King sized products are difficult for ECHO to store and distribute.

    Restaurant 54 – Kathy D’Amato reported that an Asian-fusion restaurant will open at the Springfield shopping center this summer in the space that had been Zinburger.

    Amazon Fresh Grocery Store – also submitted by Kathy D’Amato - is closer to opening at 7005 Manchester Blvd in Franconia. The company is hiring for associates and team leads. There are job listings for an Amazon store in Franconia, posted as recently as Wednesday and as far back as December.

    De-Thatching Lawns – Last week we mentioned a village teenager who wants work. I hired him to dethatch my lawns and can now recommend him to you for that service. Abdullah Hagi wants to work mostly in the landscaping. You can reach him at 571/621-2996.

    Girl Scout Cookies / Last Call! – from Jessica Gregris (254/383-4015, jgregris@yahoo.com). The last day you can order online for mail delivered Girl Scout cookies is 14 March! The local girl delivered option has already ended. Support one of your local Girl Scout Troops by ordering boxes of cookies today, and/or you can choose to donate boxes. Please note, shipping is not charged for donated boxes of cookies.

    Calendar (Refer to the calendar in your community directory or see details in archived editions of the enews at our website www.westspringfieldvillage.org):

    • 13 March from 2 – 5:00 PM Virtual Teen Job Fair
    • 14 March - Daylight Savings Time Begins
    • 20 March from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Virtual Teen Job Fair
    • 8 May from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Document Shredding at the Rolling Valley Park & Ride, 9220 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke.
    • 13 May – Village meeting (Agenda – set dues for FY22 and more)

    I hope you also enjoyed Natalie Tantivejakul’s Asian Nine Bar & Lounge food delivered to those who ordered in last night’s food drop. Natalie knocked it out of the park last evening. Wow! Thanks also to Jenna Barron for coordinating these events. She advertises these food drops on our Facebook group, which all of us should on.

    Enjoy the weather; stay healthy!

    John Cooley, CAWSV

     

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