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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

January, 2001 - Volume 85, No. 5 ------

County Board To Visit & Answer Questions � Jan 2nd

January General Meeting
    7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 2nd
    Arlington Hospital, Hazel Auditorium
    1701 N. George Mason Drive

We are pleased that the Arlington County Board has accepted our invitation to visit us at our January 2nd meeting. The Board Members will describe their plans and priorities for the County in the coming year, followed by a question and answer period. The agenda looks like this:
    January Meeting Program ~~
    • Pre-meeting Public Comment

    • Presentations by the County Board

    • Q&A with the County Board

    • Snow Removal Ordinance (Follow-up)

    Rules for the Q&A session are included later in this newsletter.

Federation Begins "Parkswatch" For Membership

At its meeting Thursday, December 9, Arlington County Civic Federation's Parks and Recreation Committee proposed creating a Neighborhood "ParksWatch" Program. At a later December meeting, the Executive Committee praised the Parks & Recreation Committee's plan and passed a consent resolution, ensuring a quick start for the program.

The Parks and Recreation Committee is asking each Civic Association to appoint a Neighborhood ParksWatch officer to keep an eye on nearby neighborhood parks and to record and report successes, opportunities for improvement, and requirements for maintenance.

The Parks and Recreation Committee has created a County-wide e-mail list for Neighborhood ParksWatch officers. The Committee encourages officers to subscribe and use the list to report and discuss the beauties of, and any problems observed in Arlington County's 120 named parks and many more small unnamed parks. To subscribe, send a message to "ParksWatch-subscribe@eGroups.com". Subscribers can send messages to "ParksWatch@eGroups.com".

The "Citizen's Forum" Continues In January -� 7 :00 To 7:30 P.M. -- Before The Meeting

Update On The Bicentennial
200 Years Of Community
By Patrick Smaldore
In the year 2001, Arlington County will commemorate 200 years as a separate and distinct county. Arlington's past laid a solid foundation for the community we know today -- a place rich in historic value, cultural diversity and economic vitality. In recognition of the need to celebrate our history, the Arlington County Board has established the Arlington Bicentennial Celebration Task Force. The Task Force is charged with planning, coordinating and promoting activities in celebration of Arlington's 200th anniversary.

Arlington County was part of land originally donated by Virginia for the purpose of forming the District of Columbia. In 1801, in an official act of Congress, the District of Columbia was divided into counties and the land in Virginia was designated Alexandria County, D.C. After the official retrocession in 1846, Alexandria County, D.C., was renamed Alexandria County, Virginia. In 1920, the County of Alexandria was renamed Arlington County, Virginia.

The Task Force will recommend the dates or time periods in the year 2001 during which celebrations should occur; plan and promote a wide range of activities and events, working in conjunction with representatives of the private and commercial sectors, Arlington Public Schools, community and civic organizations, public-private partnerships, County Board citizen advisory groups, and other interested parties; design commemorative memorabilia (i.e., seal or logo, license plates, videotape, etc.); author a special commemorative web page at Arlington's website detailing Arlington's history and upcoming events; develop a media/communications strategy; and suggest ways to broaden community interest and support. The Task Force is encouraged to integrate the commemorative activities into the existing life and events of the community and to be creative and forward thinking in ways that excite the heart and spirit of the community, and convey the pride Arlingtonians share in their community's heritage. For more information please contact, Patrick Smaldore, 703-528-3935, or Debbie Powers, 703-228-3314 or send an email to: "dpower@co.arlington.va.us." ~~ Patrick Smaldore is the Federation's Executive Committee Chair and represents the Federation on the Bicentennial Commission

Rules For The County Board Visit

1. Board Statements. The first portion of the program will allocate time for Board Members to speak, telling the Federation about their plans and priorities for the coming year.

2. Q&A Period. Although the Public is invited, only Federation delegates and alternates may ask questions. There will not be a drawing for questions. Delegates and alternates who would like to ask questions need only to be recognized by the Chair. The subjects of questions are not required to be submitted in advance.

3. Questions should 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 time permits, the Chair may recognize delegates and alternates for a second question.

Public Comment Continues

At our December meeting, we began trying out an open forum for citizens during the half-hour before we convene our meeting. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., we 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. While we had only one taker at the first meeting, we hope this new "tradition" will become more popular with time.

County Board Rejects Federation's Snow Removal Ordinance Recommendation At Work Session

At the December Federation meeting, the membership passed a resolution recommending the County Board enact an ordinance requiring residents to clear sidewalks of snow adjacent to their properties. Additionally, the Federation recommended the County clear trails and the public access ways to County buildings. In their work session on snow removal, three of five Board Members declined to consider such an ordinance, accepting the County Manager's recommendation instead to "encourage community volunteers" to clear such areas as the "Safe Routes to Schools" sidewalks. The County Manager recommended against the ordinance, citing such reasons as its unenforceability and that it would be unfair to require residents to clear their sidewalks if the County isn't clearing its public areas. Board Member Chris Zimmerman, who advocated the ordinance, thanked the Federation for supporting the initiative.

Public Services Survey Coming

The Public Services Committee held their first meeting this year on December 8th. This committee's topic areas include such services as Fire, Police, Sheriff, Courts, Emergency Medical, Hospitals, Animal Control as well as Public Works issues such as sidewalks and utilities. Not too long into their meeting, the Committee decided that the Federation needs to determine the issues that our member organizations are concerned about. Therefore, the committee has recommended and the Executive Committee agreed that a survey would go out to member organization presidents, asking them to assess and report their public services concerns.

Notes From Your ACCF President

As you can see by the foregoing articles, we continue to see lots of progress going on with all of our committees. My hat is off to the committee chairs. A couple other notes...
  • I met with the Finance Committee on December 6th. The group first discussed the pros and cons of proceeding with the Federation's not-for-profit status. Then it considered options to ensure that we do not suffer a budget deficit this year. Finally � we discussed if and how we might pursue charitable activities this year. This discussion centered on whether to establish a foundation or enter into collaboration with an organization such as the Arlington Community Foundation. The bottom line � we need folks savvy in raising organizational funds and charity work to join this committee!
  • Finally � Here's some information received from Delegate Karen Darner about the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority. ATLFA is an agency set up by the Commonwealth to help people with disabilities acquire equipment such as wheel chairs, modify their homes with such modifications as ramps or purchase and modify vehicles to accommodate disabilities. This isn't a grant program � the Commonwealth, in conjunction with Sun Trust Bank helps the disabled and their families acquire low interest financing. If you know someone who could use this program, ask them to call 804-662-9000 or see the ATLFA web page at http://www.atlfa.org/

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

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

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