Village News, 9/20/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Civic Association Membership – it’s time to join or renew your membership in our civic association. Membership form is attached in .pdf format. It can also be found on our website ( and on our FaceBook group. The form lists payment instructions to include our mailing address. Or you can click Here” to pay $11.00 online using PayPal - the extra $1.00 covers the cost of PayPal processing which isn’t much more than the cost of postage. If you are reading this paragraph, we are still hoping you will join or renew and pay the annual dues.


Village Meeting – 7:30 PM, Thursday, 11 October in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. At this meeting, we ratify the FY18 audit report, pass a FY19 budget proposal with markups as determined in the meeting and elect a new Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). The 5th member of the Board is the Past President, a position that Kirby Myers is filling for us. The Executive Committee (Membership Chair, Directory Editor, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and WebMaster) are appointed by the Board of Directors (BOD) and do not require a membership vote.


If you can manage your family finances and are passionate about village issues such as the Rolling Road widening project, you have what is needed to serve on the BOD. Or maybe you will want to volunteer to come to my home to audit Treasurer Liz Greene’s financial records and drink a beer or glass of wine at my table. It usually takes less time for the audit than for your drink, but I’ll spring for a second round if that will entice you to volunteer as auditor. We need two for the task.


Can You Put a Quick Note Out to the Village? I get that a lot. Some want me to send out a quick email (no such thing, by the way) or post on our FaceBook Group. If I am home and answer the phone – I’m happy to do so for the good of the lost child, loose dog or to report accidents, etc. But, shouldn’t we all be able to take action with our redundant communications media? I know a lot of you want nothing to do with social media – got that and admit that had been me as well. But I do now because we often have a need for a quick message to the village. This isn’t a lecture, but please do consider getting onboard with our West Springfield Village FaceBook Group. And, if you want to reach a wider audience – NextDoor.


Several of you posted about the loose dog this last week. Word spread throughout our community via FaceBook and also throughout neighboring communities via NextDoor. Thanks to Tina Diamond (Barnack) who caught the dog and took care of it until animal control took charge of it. Good to have such neighbors like Tina and also Bruce Slawter (Vancouver) for the initial telephone. Happy to share that the dog was reunited with its family.


Real Estate Market Report – Reader’s Digest version - There were fewer units sold in August than in July this year. RE markets generally do cool down given school start dates. And, there are more homes available (1.5 months of supply) with a marked increase in new listings. The median price is starting to nudge downward. But, the average sales price still averages about 99.7% of average list price with homes setting on the market for an average of 14 days. Once again, thanks to Natalie Perdue (SVD) for arranging this report.


Public Hearing on Fleet Vehicles - At a public hearing set for Tuesday, 25 September at 4:00 PM, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider changes that would affect the ability of organizations to park company-owned vehicles on public roadways in Fairfax County. These proposed changes to the Fairfax County Code would prohibit the parking of “fleet vehicles” on public Virginia Department of Transportation maintained roadways while the vehicles are not in use.

4 Things to Know:

  1. Fleet vehicles, for this purpose, are defined as “…any vehicles and/or trailers, greater than one, that are controlled, owned or leased by a single company and are used in the normal business operations of that company.” This definition includes fleets of revolving inventory, and vehicles that are available for rent or lease to individuals or businesses.
  2. The restriction would NOT apply to vehicles registered to individual employees that are used in the normal course of business. The restrictions would also not apply to any commercial vehicles when picking up or discharging passengers; when making a pickup or delivery of merchandise; or when temporarily parked while employees perform work or deliver service at a location, if parking of the fleet vehicle does not obstruct traffic.
  3. It’s not always easy to determine if a street is a public street that is maintained by VDOT, or a private street owned by a business or another private entity. All of the streets in our village are public streets.
  4. Anyone who wishes to speak at the 25 September public hearing, or wishes to submit written comments on the proposal to the Board of Supervisors should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703/324-3151, or online at For questions about the proposed changes, please contact Fairfax County Department of Transportation Parking Group by calling 703/877-5600. More details:

Pohick Stream Park Cleanup – 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Saturday, 13 October. This is a great service project for scout troops, school or church groups and for each of us. We’ll meet at the end of Smyth Street to disperse water and collection bags and then hit the woods down to the stream. Gloves are recommended. Collected trash will be left at our assembly point for county to pick up. Interested?

Did We Lose Electricity? Berne Koehle (Edmonton Court) says that if you want to know if the power was out during your vacation travels and if refrigerated/frozen food may have spoiled – put a quarter on top of ice packed into a cup and left in your freezer. If when you get back from your travels the quarter is at the bottom – power was out and you want to consider tossing the food.

Upcoming Village Events (updates included the weekly enews and on our website):


  • October 11     WS Village Meeting, 7:30 PM in Rolling Valley Elementary School Cafeteria  
  • October 13      Pohick Stream Cleanup, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Meet at end of Smyth Street for bags, etc. 
  • October 28     WS Village Halloween Party & Chili Cook-off – 4 – 7:00 PM - open to all (note date change).
  • November 4    Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • November 6    Election Day
  • December 22  Village Christmas Party – open to all in the Village.
    Maid Service – Amada Recinos has cleaned my home and that of many other villagers for many years now. She and her team are thorough, honest and hard working. She will clean your home before and / or after parties, once a month, twice a month or weekly. Prices vary based on frequency of cleaning and other factors, but she is very affordable. You can reach her at 703/987-5243. She is on vacation starting tomorrow, but back on the job by end of this month.
    Hurricane Season - We may have dodged Hurricane Florence, but saddened by the loss of life and property in the Carolinas. It is still hurricane season; stay prepared; stay safe.
    John Cooley
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