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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

December, 2000 - Volume 85, No. 4 ------

Arlington School Board Members to Visit

December General Meeting
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 5th
Arlington Hospital, Hazel Auditorium
1701 N. George Mason Drive

Our December general meeting will be a mix of new and old. Before the meeting starts, we're going to try out a "Citizen's Forum" (new -- more on that later). After the meeting convenes, we will have our customary December visit from the School Board (old). Finally, we'll consider a resolution on the issue of a County "Snow Removal" ordinance (mix of both).

The agenda looks like this:

    ~~ December Meeting Program ~~

    • Pre-meeting Public Comment

    • Presentations by the School Board
    • Q&A with the School Board
    • Snow Removal Ordinance

Federation to Consider Snow Removal Resolution

At press time for this edition of "The Civic Voice," the case for a snow removal ordinance was evolving fairly rapidly. As reported in the local media � the County is considering options for the removal of snow from County property, businesses and on the sidewalks adjoining private residences. Despite rumors to the contrary, there is no ordinance that requires residents to clear sidewalks, nor is there a requirement for businesses to clear their public areas. This issue came to a head over the past year as the Schools and County Staff considered how to make "Safe Routes to School" passable after a snowfall. Options under consideration include a number of solutions that range from the County hauling away the snow in critical areas (actually hauling it away at potentially high cost), to using citizen volunteers to clear the walks. The solutions under consideration also include a snow removal ordinance. We expect to see a draft resolution presented by the Transportation Committee.

"Citizen's Forum" Tryout Begins at Next Meeting

At our November meeting, it was announced that to we would tryout an open forum for citizens during the half-hour before we convene our next meeting. That means that from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., we will open the floor to any Arlingtonian (delegate or not) who would like to ask a question, voice a concern or express a point of view. The rules will be simple � First, it will be organized on a first-to-show (sign up sheet) first-to-speak basis. Second, we will limit speakers to 3 minutes of microphone time (one turn per session). Third � the Civic Federation President will preside and answer questions if they are posed. Fourth, there are no topic restrictions � we just ask that folks stay "civil." Finally, we plan to video tape the speakers and will endeavor to get air-time on Channel 33 for the session.

Rules for the School Board Visit

1. Although the Public is invited, only Federation delegates and alternates may ask questions. Questions from delegates and alternates will be entertained through a random drawing system. Members will have the opportunity to register for the drawing by noting their name and the civic organization they represent on a name card. Registration will be conducted in the Hospital Conference Center lobby between 6:45 p.m. and up to 10 minutes after the School Board program has begun. The name card is to be placed in the box located at the registration desk. Delegates and alternates whose names are drawn at random by the moderator will speak via a walk-around microphone (handled by the ACCF VP) when recognized to pose their question. The subject of questions are not required to be submitted in advance.

2. Questions must be concise, no more than thirty seconds in length, and not statements of position. Argumentative, multi-part, and follow-up questions will not be permitted. In the interest of allowing as many persons as possible to ask questions, each delegate or alternate will be allowed to pose only one question. If their name is subsequently drawn it will be disqualified unless all who have registered have already asked a question.

Membership Survives Marathon Legislation Session in November and Sets Legislative Priorities! While it was a long and occasionally a bit heated, a large number of delegates stoically remained "on-task" until nearly midnight on November 14th and managed to get the annual legislation package passed. As a new feature this year, the Federation's delegates were polled to list their "top five" legislative priorities, which VP Dan Krasnegor and Secretary Tim Wise quickly tallied and reported (no long recounts here!). The final package, as passed is available for viewing on our web site and the "Top Five" legislative priorities are listed below:

Federation's Legislative Top Five

1. Opposed to any expansion of I-66 without local consensus on regional planning transportation planning (the top vote-getter of the evening)

2. Opposed to any legislation allowing local income taxes

3. Supported strict/mandatory background checks on gun sales at gun shows

4. Protested expansion of flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

5. Supported repeal of Virginia sodomy laws.

Important Meetings!!!

  • Parks � Our Parks Committee will meet with County Parks Commission Chairman, Toby Smith. He will present the Commission's goals for park maintenance at the Federation's Park and Recreation Committee's meeting on Thursday, December 7, at 8 pm, at Jay Wind's house, 611 South Ivy Street.

  • Finance � The new Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. on December 6th at Jim Pebley's home at 4851 Sixteenth Street North (one block east of the Hospital). This new committee will first take on the issue of whether to proceed with charitable not-for-profit status for the Federation and must quickly deal with the budget deficit for the Federation. Any members of Federation organizations who have experience in fund raising are critically needed to participate.

  • Public Services � The first meeting of this important committee will tentatively take place on December 10th (Sunday afternoon) at a place to be determined. The Federation still has no delegate to chair this committee that covers such vital services as police, fire, emergency medical, and public works. Contact Jim Pebley if you can help with this committee.

    Notes From Your ACCF President...

    -- First, I have to say that my hat's off to everyone who stayed through to the end of the last meeting. I know that it was a tough session and the problems with that meeting did not go unheeded. I will be asking that the Legislation Committee completely review the selection process that determines which legacy items stay in the package and find a different way to vote the main package. More to come on that issue. . .

    -- Last � As we approach the holiday season, we wish you a joyful season, celebrating our good fortune to live in Arlington. Drive carefully because we have great things to do in 2001!

    See you on December 5th!

    Jim Pebley

    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. (This page!)

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

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