Village News, 9/27/18

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


We now have 200 members, but 150 short of objective. That equates to the expected cost of Rolling Road median maintenance ($1500.00). Thank you for joining or renewing your membership.

Rolling Road Project Update – I wrote the VDOT team to see if there were any updates to share about Rolling Road. Preliminary Engineering Manager for Fairfax & Arlington Counties, Andrew Beacher responded with the following:


            ”Thanks for your email.  I have confirmed with the PM that the schedule is still on track as shown below.  With regard to the plans, they are continuing to be refined as we move forward through the design process; however, there are no significant changes to report - in other words, nothing that impacts the footprint as shown at the Public Hearing.  With regard to the survey crew, I understand that our Materials staff had been recently collecting boring samples.”

  • Phase I Begin Right of Way Acquisition - Fall 2018
  • Phase I Begin Utility Relocation - Spring 2019
  • Phase I Advertise for Construction - Fall 2019
  • Phase I Begin Construction - Fall 2019/Winter 2020
  • Phase I Construction Completion - Fall 2020
  • Phase II Begin Right of Way Acquisition - Winter 2019
  • Phase II Begin Utility Relocation - Winter 2020
  • Phase II Advertise for Construction - Summer 2022
  • Phase II Begin Construction - Fall 2022
  • Phase II Construction Completion - Fall 2024 

If you are new to the village and want to learn more about the project, let me know. Phase I above is the improvement of the intersection at Rolling and Old Keene Mill Roads. A second left turn lane will be added to northbound (NB) Rolling Road onto Old Keene Mill Road and a dedicated right hand turn with queueing lane onto eastbound Old Keene Mill Road. Phase II is the actual widening of the road from Old Keene Mill Road to the Parkway to 4 lanes (2 NB & 2 SB) with left turn lanes, sound walls, a multi-modal asphalt path on the west side of RR and a standard sidewalk on the east side, storm water catchment and curbside parking where it now exists along our section of Rolling Road. Cost? Mid $50 million range, but utility cables will be moved, but not buried.


Another Trash Charge – Republic Trash Corporate Headquarters levied a one-time $1.50 charge for yard waste. Reason? Increased charges for commercial haulers using state and local landfills. I protested given the recent increase, but have heard nothing back.


Recommended Contractors – We get a lot of requests for referral of contractors who have satisfied other villagers in terms of price, quality of work and cleanliness. Our Webmaster, Bob Havey captures your recommendations to add to a list you’ll find on our website ( Easy enough for all of us to go there find a recommended contractor and the name of who recommended them. We may not know how well XYZ Contractors will perform for you, but it helps to know that they did good work for others in the village. Only thing we need is more recommendations. We don’t need negative alerts, just those who did well by you. Please send Bob your recommendations at or

And, while on our website – find the list of village owned/operated businesses. Is your business included? Let Bob know if you’d like to be. And, let’s not forget those who advertise in our directory, some village business – others not. But they do help defray the cost of publishing our directory.

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 increasing membership and 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 have one, still need at least one more for the task.


Fleet Vehicles Parking - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering changes that would prohibit the parking of “fleet vehicles” on public Virginia Department of Transportation maintained roadways while the vehicles are not in use. All village streets are VDOT maintained. Decision about the change is now scheduled for 16 October. More details are available at:

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 provide water and collection bags and then hit the woods down to the stream. Gloves, long pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended. Collected trash will be left at our assembly point for county to pick up. This has been a good family outing doing something meaningfuel for our environment. Last time we cleaned – my 3 grandchildren (ages 5, 8 and 10) were on my team. Interested?

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.   
  • October 28     WS Village Halloween Party & Chili Cook-off, 4 – 7:00 PM - open to all
  • November 4    Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • November 6    Election Day
  • December 22  Village Christmas Party – open to all in the Village.

Stay safe and dry. Hope to see you at upcoming community events.
John Cooley

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