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Arlington County Civic Federation

Minutes of the meeting of November 13, 2001

John T. Hazel Auditorium, Arlington Hospital

1. The President called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM.

2. Approval of Agenda: Approved unanimously.

3. Approval of Special Rule for Legislative Package. Passed 28-6 after two word changes.

4. Approval of Minutes from the October 2001 Meeting: Approved.

5. Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Frances Finta's written report, dated November 13, 2001, shows that 60 of the 76 member organizations have paid their 2001/2002 dues, including AHC, which has paid through 2002/2003. In addition, the report shows the combined Checking and Savings account balance of $4,303.02 with a $0.00 balance in the U.S. Postal Service bulk mail account.

6. President's Report. President Jim Pebley noted the recent county meeting on emergency preparedness. He also noted the changes in National Airport departure routes. He also noted that the baseball stadium for Northern Virginia issue has risen again; the infill resolution was delivered to the County Board; there is discussion of a new Metro route; and, there is interest by a group at Fort Myer in becoming Federation members. In addition, he talked about possible Banquet speakers, especially former Senator Glenn and current Senator McCain, both Arlingtonians.

7. Committee Reports. Membership Committee chair Frances Finta noted that Parkway Civic Association has changed their name to the Woodmont Civic Association. Environmental Committee chair Patrick Smaldore noted that his committee participated in the County's walk of the proposed North Tract site.

8. Civic Federation 911 Scholarship Fund. The Finance Committee proposed the establishment of a 911 Scholarship Fund for the children of Arlington's uniformed public safety personnel. After some minor modifications, e.g., changing the grade point average from 3.0 to "B" average through acclamation, the resolution passed on a voice vote. In the discussion, Bob Atkins raised the question about volunteer firemen; there was general agreement that if warranted, the Federation should amend the resolution in the future. The vote was taken after the question was called.

9. Program: The program consisted of a discussion of the 2002 Legislative Package. An amendment by Bob Atkins to limit the death penalty item to "impartial treatment" passed 20-15. A second amendment to include the "five bullets" in a footnote failed on a voice vote. The addendum items then passed by a 30-6 vote. The entire 2002 Legislative Package then passed on a voice vote. In addition, delegates registered their votes for the "Top 5" items in the package. These were: 1) item 8 relating to background checks for weapons (21 votes); item 7 to extend the 21-Day Rule (18 votes); item 19B opposing extension of I-66 inside the Beltway (17 votes); and, items 3 to repeal the Virginia Stadium Authority and item 15 to prohibit the Commonwealth from overriding local zoning (12 votes each).

10. New Business. None.

11. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned just about about 10:00 p.m.

Recorded by Timothy Wise, Secretary

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