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February, 2003 - Volume 87, No. 6 ------

Chesapeake Bay Ordinance and Neighborhood Historic Designation at February 4th meeting

Special Election Debate February 13th

The Civic Federation will host a debate February 13, 2003, between the candidates for the open seat on the County Board. The debate will take place on Wednesday evening, February 13th at 7:30 PM at the Washington-Lee High School Theater. The rules for the debate will be substantially the same as at our September meeting, and are posted on the Federation�s website at www.civfed.org.

February Meeting to Feature Two Programs

Our February meeting will feature two main programs, one on the Chesapeake Bay Ordinance and a second on Neighborhood Historic Designations.

Planning and Zoning Committee and Cultural Affairs Committee will present a short program on neighborhood historic designation in Arlington. Michael Leventhal, the County�s Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, will describe the various types of designations, including local, state, and national, and the pros and cons of the different types of designation and the process for obtaining designation.

Several neighborhoods in Arlington have received designations, and several others are pursuing designation. Several townhouse and garden apartment complexes, such as Fairlington, have received state and national designations, and are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lyon Village recently became the first single family home neighborhood in Arlington to be added to the National Register list, and Ashton Heights, Lyon Park, Cherrydale, Maywood, and several other neighborhoods are currently pursing National Register designation. The state and national designations are honorary, generally do not involve architectural review, and offer some tax benefits to homeowners undertaking renovations. Maywood is the only Arlington neighborhood with a local designation; in the case of Maywood, homeowners must go through an architectural review process before making exterior changes to their houses.

The second program will feature Jeff Harn, who is an Environmental Planning Office Coordinator, and Jason Papacosma, who is an Environmental Planner, for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services� (DES) Environmental Planning Office. Harn and Papacosma will discuss the County�s proposed revised Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance. Arlington County is updating its Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance to comply with new Virginia state regulations. The County is proposing to designate buffer areas around all County streams and open channels, to ensure that development near these environmentally sensitive areas is carefully planned and constructed to minimize adverse water quality impacts. This is intended to improve the quality of the County's streams and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. The changes are also intended to reflect a more complete understanding of the impact of development on County streams and the importance of preserving adjacent riparian buffers along streams, as documented in the County's Watershed Management Plan and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Plan, both of which were adopted by the County Board in April 2001. Residents who own property next to streams and open channels may be affected by these ordinance amendments, if there is future development on their property. You can find more detailed information about the ordinance amendments at www.co.arlington.va.us/des.

Resolutions up for Vote

At the February meeting, there will be two resolutions for consideration. One on alternative fuel buses and fuel facilities, and a second on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance. The proposed resolutions are available at www.civfed.org.

Civic News and Events

Charles Monroe Education Fund Established

The Charles Monroe Education Fund was recently established by the Arlington Community Foundation to honor the memory of County Board Chairman Charles Monroe. All donations will be used for the higher education pursuits of Monroe�s sons, Jonathan and Christopher.

Those interested in making a contribution to the fund may send a check made payable to the Arlington Community Foundation at 2525 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201, and indicate on the check that it is for the Charles Monroe Education Fund.

Colonel Thomas� Memorial Service

Colonel William Golden Thomas, who many of you know was a long-time delegate to the Civic Federation from the Friends of Arlington Parks, passed away recently. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Monday, February 3, 2002, at 1PM at Fort Meyer Chapel, Arlington. Internment with military honors at Arlington National Cemetary.

Transportation Authority Wants Input

On Dec. 6, Governor Warner directed Virginia�s Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Commissioner and Rail and Public Transportation Director to consult with local governments, smart growth proponents, transit organizations, environmental groups, and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to develop a list of the Top Ten Congestion Relief Projects in Northern Virginia. The initiative will provide up to $2 million each for 10 projects. Under the program: all projects must relieve traffic congestion and meet air quality standards. Each project must cost less than $2 million, except where that amount could be used to accelerate an existing project. All projects must be completed within 12 months. All projects must be based on a multi-modal analysis, including transit, HOV, and demand management options.

Details along with required submission forms are available on the Authority�s Web site at www.novaregion.org/novatrans. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2003.

The Authority will review the applications in an open meeting at its March 13, 2003 meeting. For details regarding this meeting, please contact James Van Zee at (703) 642-4630 or log onto www.novaregion.org/novatrans.

Neighborhood Day Planning Underway

Planning for Neighborhood Day 2003 has begun. This year, the Federation will be in charge of getting neighborhoods involved by facilitating local events and encouraging participation in the annual parade. Neighborhood day will be May 10, 2003. The next meeting of the planning group will be February 26, 2003, at 8AM at the County Board Board Room. Anyone interested in helping with planning should contact dan+.

Civic Federation Banquet

The Civic Federation�s annual Awards Banquet will take place on Friday March 28, 2003 from 6:30 to 10:30 PM at the Army Navy Country Club. We have an exciting speaker this year, who will be announced shortly.

Did something noteworthy happen in Arlington�s civic life? Does your organization have an event coming up? Spread the word through the Civic News and Events section of this newsletter! Submit your events or news to dan+.

Community Forum

This month�s Community Forum will feature Melinda Patrician and Palma J. Strand from the Arlington Forum, a local civic organizing initiative, that has been organized to answer questions such as: How can Arlington support all its residents in becoming active members of the Arlington civic community? How can Arlington�s institutions�government, educational, business, religious, non-profit, and others�enhance their civic roles? and How can Arlington involve all stakeholders in articulating the �common good,� in defining community problems, in making policies and decisions, and in working to sustain solutions?

To answer these questions, the Arlington Forum is conducting interviews with Arlington residents, County staff and civic group members. The Arlington Forum wants to hear your thoughts and perspectives on the Arlington civic community.

The Community Forum is provided as a service to the community by the Civic Federation. It allows for private and government-based groups and organizations to speak to community leaders about what they do in Arlington. Any group wishing to participate should contact dan+.

Committee News

On January 6, 2003, the Environmental Affairs Committee held a joint meeting with the Public Services Committee to hear a presentation by Jim Hamre of the Arlington County staff and representatives from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) on the planned metro bus fleet conversion in Arlington to compressed natural gas buses by June 2004 and other potential changes. In response to the speakers� presentation and their answers to the delegates� questions and comments, delegates from the two Committees drafted a resolution in support of a �Compressed Natural Gas� facility over facility alternatives that use Liquid Natural Gas or Liquid Compressed Natural Gas. Please see the Public Services Committee section in this Newsletter for additional details.

Status of Prior Issues. On January 14, 2003, the chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee received the Water Pollution Control Division 2001 Master Plan Update on a CD from County staff. On January 7, 2003, at the Arlington County Board work session on the draft 2001 Master Plan Update, the Board approved the Master Plan in concept and authorized its release to the general public. Although this Master Plan has been approved , each upgrade or expansion involving expenditures of County funds will require approval by the Arlington County Board. It is anticipated that the Master Plan will be made available on the Arlington County�s Water Pollution Control Division�s web site, � http://www.co.arlington.va.us/des/wpcp/wpc_main.htm ,� prior to the upcoming Civic Federation Meeting.

On January 17, 2003, the chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee discussed the results of the November 2002 e-beam trials testing with County staff. This testing was to serve as both a proof-of-concept and a demonstration of the Electron Beam irradiation technology's capability in waste stream disinfection for bacteria and viruses in primary influent (raw wastewater), secondary effluent and sludge, sludge odor control, and for the destruction of endocrine disrupter compounds (nonyl phenol, nonyl phenloethoxylate, and brominated diphenyl ethers) in sludge. The testing matrix was selected to meet the EPA 503 regulations for the generation of Class A Biosolids, which state that sludge must be irradiated with a dose of 10 kGray (kilogray). For this phase of testing samples were collected at both 4 and 10 kGy.

As the Committee reported in last month�s newsletter, staff indicated they have received the lab results for all of the e-beam trials except for the endocrine disrupter tests and the results were pretty much as expected. For example, the results of testing showed that it achieved nearly complete pathogen destruction on the trials of Plant influent and diluted sludge. The testing showed similar positive results on sludge that was diluted to approximately a 1.1% solids concentration. The thickened sludge sample at 3% solids concentration, however, did not achieve good reduction, because the beam in the mobile unit was not strong enough to completely penetrate the depth of the sludge as it passed under the beam. Also, the results of testing did not achieve the odor reduction staff had hoped to see and the lab results from the endocrine disrupter testing were not conclusive. Because of the potential significant cost benefits associated with this technology versus current conventional approaches for waste stream disinfection, staff plans to conduct more testing by the end of CY 2003, or schedule additional testing in Spring 2004. Staff indicated that this approach, if implemented, could help avoid as much as $60 million in possible capital expenditures for the County, along with additional savings in reduced operational and maintenance costs. According to staff, the estimated total costs for the e-beam trials testing was approximately $150,000 -- with most of these costs associated with the lab work. If you have any questions concerning the e-beam trials testing, please contact Phil Loar at (703) 228-6867. Mr. Loar is a staff coordinator for Arlington County�s Water Pollution Control Division.

Next Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, February 25, 2003, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium at the Arlington County Central Library, County staff will make a presentation on the Water Pollution Control Division 2001 Master Plan Update. Following the two-hour presentation, the Environmental Affairs Committee will discuss the Master Plan and identify potential areas for review or follow-up with County staff. If you are interested in serving on the Environmental Affairs Committee, or have questions concerning the Committee, please contact Ernie Ragland at (703) 525-6297, or by e-mail at ragland.ernie@prodigy.net.

The Executive Committee continues to consider methods to engage the community, to insure the free flow of information so that all our member organizations can be apprised of activities and issues throughout the County. In addition to enlarging our e-mail capacity, the ExCom is working to expand the Web Site to insure, to the extent possible, that issues for consideration by the whole body are placed on the site prior to meetings at which they�ll be considered.

Program formats are also of primary interest, and they are designed to bring current and topical information to the attention of delegates so they might, in turn, share these with their member organizations. Upcoming meetings include the Budget, general and school; our State delegation; and the Open Space Master Plan � as well as the many zoning, development, environmental, cultural and safety issues that present in between meetings.

Perhaps the greatest challenge, however, has been in finding a date when all members of the Executive Committee could meet without sacrificing their attendance at other organizations� meetings. It wasn�t easy, but we did it. The Executive Committee meetings will now be the first Friday after the general membership meeting at the Hospice of Northern Virginia cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As always, any Committee Chairs, delegates or alternates with issues they wish to share are invited to attend. Please notify Kim Smith if you are planning to attend since we�ll be feeding (pizza) our members given the early hour! Kim can be reached at kim+ or 703-527-0294.

The Public Services Committee (PSC) received a resolution from one of our Civic Federation Delegates calling for the County Board to �direct the County Manager to establish effective complaint procedures within the Police Department.� This resolution will be the subject of the next PSC meeting.

Resolutions: The PSC and Environmental Affairs Committee discussed the potential introduction of �several� 45,000 gallon Liquid Compressed Natural Gas tanks at the bus depot in South Arlington with members of the nearby community, County Staff and WMATA. Subsequently, the PSC and the EAC crafted a resolution expressing concern over the possible WMATA choice of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), based on currently known information about siting LNG/LNCG in such a densely populated area and in such close proximity to federal buildings and National Airport. See resolution on the Civic Federation Web Site.

On-Going Initiatives:

Public Preparedness Initiative: Members of the Committee are currently continuing their efforts to provide the public with information (Red Cross, FEMA and Arlington-specific) on emergency preparedness. Approximately 1/3 of Civic Associations have provided this program to their residents. Topics covered include What You Can Expect of Your Government in a Disaster, What Citizens Can Do To Be Better Prepared, and What Neighborhoods Can Do. The program is 1.5 hours long and includes, when available:

  • Mark Penn, Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness;

  • Josephine Peters (Co. Bioterrorism expert) or Dr. Susan Allan (head of Public Health);

  • Odile Saddi, Director of the Agency on Aging and Disabilities;

  • Appropriate Police District Commander;

  • Red Cross;

  • Local school principal; and

  • Jackie Snelling, Chair of the Citizen Corps Council.

    Civic associations that are interested in offering their residents this program should contact prepared+.

    CERTs: The Fire Department is sponsoring neighborhood-based Community Emergency Response Training for all geographic areas of the County. ACFD invited the Civic Federation�s assistance, and we are charged with the scheduling. All Civic Associations/Neighborhoods are grouped in clusters to insure maximum geographic coverage throughout Arlington. CERT sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis, include eight weeks of training (2.5 hours each) and meet six weeknights and two Saturdays. The program is completely booked through June 7th with wait-lists in many of the CERTs. For additional information, contact Kim Smith at kim+; CERT+, or call Kim at 703-527-0294.

    First CERT: The first trained CERT represented the cluster near the Pentagon: Aurora Highlands, Arlington Ridge, Forest Hills and Long Branch Creek. Anne Fisher, Co-Chair of Public Services, continues to play a key role in the development of that CERT.

    Of major importance to the Civic Federation and other CERTs are the templates of activities and equipment being developed. Overall CERT organization, logistics, advanced training, radio communications, mapping, risk analysis are some of the areas being covered. As new CERTs form, they can build upon the work of this group of individuals. Our thanks to Anne, Les Garrison (CERT Team Leader), and all the participants! (More information can be found by contacting Anne Fisher at preparednesss+ and asking to join the Yahoo Group we set up.)

    The Revenues and Expenditures Committee is preparing for its proposed County budget for the April 2003 Civic Federation meeting. All interested are encouraged to attend the planning meetings, the first of which is scheduled to take place February 9, 2003, at 2PM at Randy Swart�s house. For questions, please contact bob@civfed.rog.

    The School's Committee will be meeting Feb. 9th, 16th and 23rd to discuss and prepare a report based on the Superintendent's proposed 2003-4 (FY2004) budget. The budget will be available on Feb 6th and the committee will be reporting back to the Civic Federation at the March meeting. There will be open School Board budget work sessions during the month. (All the School Board budget work seesions are open to the public.) If you are interested in joining the School's Committee contact Roger@CivFed.org or Teri@CivFed.org

    Are you still receiving your copy by mail? Save the Federation some of its limited resources�get the electronic version of the newsletter. Not only will you save the Federation money, but you will receive the newsletter several days earlier, and get the full color version! It�s easy to switch�just send an e-mail to dan+, with "E-mail version" in the header.

    From your President

    It is amazing how fast things can change. Just last month the Civic Federation hosted the County Board and heard newly-elected Chairman Charles Monroe speak about his priorities for the upcoming year. Tragedy struck days later, with Chairman Monroe�s untimely passing. I was very much looking forward to working with the new Chairman, and had high hopes for being able to work together for the betterment of our community. He will be missed.

    Chairman Monroe had been very responsive to issues that are important to the Civic Federation, including our concerns about minor site plan amendments, and other issues affecting neighborhood input on development. I hope that we can grab hold of the spirit of his memory, and move to implement our vision for a better community.

    In the aftermath of this tragedy, I saw many active in the Civic Federation come together with the larger community in remembrance. While we may have political, economic and social differences as individuals, this reminded me that we are, in the end, all dedicated to the same cause--making Arlington the best that it can be.

    ACCF Officers

      President Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 dan+

      Vice President Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 patrick+

      Treasurer Frances Finta 703-528-2882 Fax 528-0182

      Secretary Tim Wise 703-243-8345 tim+

    Executive Committee

      Chairman - Kim Smith 703-527-0294 - kim+

      Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - robert+

      Member - Nancy Graham 703-243-4650 - nancy+

      Member - Mike Lane - mike

      + Member - Randy Swart 703-521-2080 - randy+

    ACCF Committee Chairs

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