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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

October, 2000 - Volume 85, No. 2 ------

Civic Federation to Host Commission Chairs, Debate Bonds

    October General Meeting

    7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 3rd
    Arlington Hospital - Auditorium
    1701 N. George Mason Drive

While the first ACCF meeting of the year, September�s Candidates Night, may be hard to top � the second meeting should be as thoroughly interesting and just as important to all of our members. At this meeting, the Federation will review the local bond initiatives and constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot in November�s election. We will consider resolutions either supporting or opposing these ballot questions. Our program for the October Meeting will be:

~ October�s Meeting Program ~

Review Bonds and Constitutional Amendments on November Ballot

Panel of Commission Chairs Will Discuss Bonds, Answer Questions

ACCF Will Vote Recommendations

Chesapeake Bay Task Force Presentation

A summary of the Bond Initiatives and the Constitutional Amendments appears on Page 2 in this newsletter

Update by Chesapeake Bay Task Force At This Meeting

Is Arlington County doing a good job cleaning up wastewater that it returns to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay? Are we meeting State Environmental Standards? Will fixing these problems bust the County�s budget next year and raise taxes? A presentation on these issues has been added to our October 5th meeting � see the article on Page 2 for details

Check Out the Federation Webpage�s Civic Calendar

To help our members we�ve added a calendar to our web page. Now member organizations can consult the Civic Federation�s web page before scheduling events to avoid conflicts and competing for the same programs. ACCF member organizations can "spread the word" about important meetings and events they are planning. Please check out the new Civic Calendar at: www.civfed.org or www.civfed.com

Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution and
County Bond Referenda Appearing on the November 7th
General Election Ballot

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Question 1: Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to provide for a Lottery Proceeds Fund and the distribution of net lottery revenues to the localities to spend for public education purposes?

Question 2: Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended by adding a provision concerning the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest game?

Proposed County Bond Referenda:

Public School Projects: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $42,612,500 to finance, together with other available funds, the costs of various capital projects and land for Arlington County public school and community purposes?

Local and Regional Parks and Recreation: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $25,875,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for local and regional parks and recreation purposes?

Streets, Highways, Metro, Storm Drainage, and Community Conservation: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $34,291,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for streets, highways, Metro, storm drainage, and community conservation purposes?

Government Facilities and Higher Education: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $7,210,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the costs of constructing and equipping Fire Station #5 and the constructing and equipping of Phase II of George Mason University�s building?

Utilities: Shall Arlington County issue $12,070,000 in general obligation bonds, along with other available funds, to finance the cost of expanding, improving, and renovating Arlington County�s Water Distribution and Sanitary Sewer Systems?

Format for the ACCF�s Deliberations

We will begin with a short review of the bond referenda and constitutional amendments and proposed ACCF resolutions presented by the ACCF�s Revenues & Expenditures and Legislation Committees.

Next we�ll hear from a panel of County Advisory Commission Chairs about the merits of the bond initiatives. The ACCF has invited the chairs of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, Transportation Commission, Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, Environmental and Energy Conservation Commission, Schools Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, and the Joint GMU/Arlington Co. Advisory Board. The panel will then be available to answer ACCF membership questions.

Following the question and answer period, the membership will vote for or against recommending the bond and constitutional amendments to our member organizations.

Chesapeake Bay Update

By Patrick Smaldore (ACCF ExComm Chair)

Our County has accepted the challenge of protecting our streams, the Potomac, and the Chesapeake Bay, by paying more attention to how we use and manage our own lands and waters. Citizens and staff have recently completed two major studies that stress that everyone � county staff, developers, contractors, and county residents � should understand the risks posed by runoff from our streets, parks, backyards, and parking lots. This fall and winter both studies � one updating our Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and the other looking broadly at watershed management in the County � will come before the County Board with proposed steps to implement their recommendations. The leaders of these study groups will appear at October�s meeting with progress reports.

Meeting on Glebe & Rt. 50 Changes

State Delegate Karen Darner has advised the ACCF that VDOT will be holding a �Location and Design Public Hearing� for the widening and rehabilitation of the Glebe Road/Route 120 bridge over Rt. 50.� Hearing will be held on October 19, from 5 to 8pm at Jefferson Middle School.

ACCF Executive Committee is Becoming more Agile on Issues

Did you know that the purpose of the Executive Committee (the �ExComm�) is to act on Federation business between General Membership meetings? To become more responsive to County events, and issues, we�re streamlining how the ExComm takes actions.

  • If an issue arises that can�t wait until the next General Meeting, the ExComm will take action on the ACCF�s behalf.

  • On occasions when the ExComm can�t meet, �eVote� resolutions are passed via email or fax to �get the job done.�

  • At the next General Meeting, any ExComm actions taken since the previous general meeting will be reviewed for general consent and can be changed, modified or revoked by the General membership.

Notes From the ACCF President

We�re off to a fast start for the Civic Federation�s Fall agenda and making good progress in a number of areas. Our Candidates Night was a resounding success � with the highest attendance in memory and great reviews in the papers. Some initiatives we will continue to press forward with are:

  • We�re getting our Committees geared up and moving proactively on issues of interest to our member organizations.

  • As your President, and with the advice of the Executive Committee, I�ve given our Committee Chairs a list of issue areas that we need to take on. That list is posted on our web site and will be provided at the October meeting � and we need your inputs to improve it! Many of the Committees are meeting soon to look at those issues and any others they wish to undertake.

If you would like to join a committee, consider attending:

  • The Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 pm on October 26th at Randy Swart�s house.

  • The Schools Committee will hold its first meeting Sunday, October 15. Anyone interested should contact Terri Prell or Roger Meyer for details.

  • The Parks & Recreation Committee held its first meeting on September 27, at Jay Wind�s house � check with Jay or Judy Green at the October General meeting for the next meeting date.

See you at the October Meeting!

Jim Pebley

After Notes

  • November 7th General Meeting � ACCF Legislative Package Drafts Will Be Available At The October General Meeting And On Our Website Discuss It With Your Organizations!

ACCF Officers

    President Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 jim+

    Vice President Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 dan+

    Treasurer Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

    Secretary Tim Wise 703-243-8345 tim+

Executive Committee

    Chairman - Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 - patrick+

    Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - (no email)

    Member - Darnell Carpenter 703-243-5188 - darnell+

    Member - Mileva Hartman 703-841-9287 - mileva+

    Member - Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 - dan+

    Member - Susan Quinn 703-931-1755 - susan+

Committee Chairs

    Bylaws (Co-Chairs)

      Jean Mostrom, Chair 703-532-0452
      Scott McGeary, Vice Chair 703-750-4704

    Community Relations

      Jacqueline Mow 703-528-1112

    Cultural Affairs

    Environmental Affairs

    Housing (Co-Chairs)

      Reid Goldstein 703-271-0431 reid+
      Wayne Kubicki 703-536-1954 waynne

    + Legislation


      Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

    Parks & Recreation (Co-Chairs)

    + Planning & Zoning (Co-Chairs)

      William Gearhart 703-522-2276 bill+
      Martha Moore 703-527-3782 martha+

    Public Services


    Revenues and Expenditures

      Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 (voice or fax) no email

    Schools (Co-Chairs)

      Roger Meyer 703-671-3655 roger
      + Terri Prell 703-820-3782 terri

    + Special Events



Newsletter Editorial Committee

    Editor: Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 - jim+


      Dan Krasnegor703-534-4024 - dan+
      Randy Swart 703-521-2080 - randy

    + News email: - civicvoice Fax: 703-486-0576

    + Web: - www.civfed.org (.com works too)

Recipients of this newsletter are encouraged to forward to all and any interested parties

Copies of the Newsletter are available for Download from the Civic Federation website.

If you have comments or complaints, please contact the editor, Jim Pebley

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