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January, 2005 - Volume 89, No. 5 ------

ACCF General Meeting Notice

Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 7:30pm

Hazel Conference Center
Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington
1701 North George Mason Drive


Tuesday, January 4, 2005

7:30pm, Call to Order

    1. Pledge of Allegiance (formal start of meeting)

    2. Approval of Agenda and Minutes (Nov 9, 2004)

    3. Treasurer's Report

    4. Committee Reports

    5. ACE Community Habitat Presentation

7:50pm Program Begins

    6. ACCF County Board Program

    7. New Business/Announcements

    8. Adjournment

Message from the President

We are pleased that the Arlington County Board has accepted our invitation to visit us at our January 4th meeting. The Board Members will describe their plans and priorities for the County in the coming year, followed by a question and answer period. Come prepared with your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions for the Board.

Later this New Year in either the January or February time frame the Federation President and Vice President will be meeting with County Board Chair Jay Fisette to discuss the Federation's priorities for the upcoming year. Please e-mail matters that you or your organization feels are important to pat+ or annecfisher. We'll pass along +your ideas.

Procedures for County Board Visit

The County Board Members will be invited to speak, followed by a question and answer period. Only Federation delegates and alternates may ask questions. Questions from delegates and alternates 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.

Patrick Smaldore


On Monday, January 10, 2005, 7:00 to 8:30 PM the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation will host a Town Hall meeting at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) 4301 Wilson Blvd in Ballston, Ground-Floor Conference Room CC-2. Featured Speakers include: Theresa DeFore, PE, VDOT, Idea-66 Study Project Manager; Jason Rylander, Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation; The Honorable Christopher Zimmerman, Arlington County Board.

On July 1, 2004, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, began the eight-month "Idea-66" study to explore diverse concepts for the future of I-66 in Arlington, including at least one more westbound travel lane. Their will be a report on the specific concepts and evaluation criteria under study and the opportunities that remain for public involvement. After the speaker presentations, interested participants will engage in brainstorming, strategy, and activity sessions to help ACST build a vibrant citizens' movement for a "wiser, not wider" I-66 through Arlington.

Upcoming Classes from the Office of Emergency Management

The Arlington County Office of Emergency Management is offering the following classes to members of the community who are interested in emergency management. There is no need to register beforehand. Both classes will be held in the County Board Room located on the 3rd floor at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Ample parking is available in the underground garage and is free. This building is adjacent to the Courthouse Metro station.

Lessons Learned from Arlington's
Deployment to Hurricane Charlie

From August 20 through September 8, 2004, Arlington County sent a total of 15 employees (divided into two teams) to assist Charlotte County, Florida in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. Charlotte County was devastated by this class 4 storm, and experienced a great deal of damage to both public and private property. Hurricane Frances struck the state during the second team's assignment. Employees that deployed to Florida will be on hand to answer questions, explain how the Incident Command System functioned, and comment on the numerous photographs that make up this presentation. Members of the Citizen Corps Arlington CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) who were hired by FEMA to assist the victims of the Florida hurricanes this year will also present their experiences and lessons learned. The class will last no longer than 2 hours. It will be held: January 12 (Wednesday) 7:00 p.m.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

NIMS provides a nationwide approach for the systematic handling of domestic incident management. It is applicable across all functional disciplines in an all hazards context. This class will last no more than 90 minutes. It will be held: February 16 (Wednesday) 7:00 p.m.

Staff from the Office of Emergency Management are willing to schedule the above presentations on an as needed basis. Please contact Steve Holl at 703-228-7920 or to discuss your requirements.

ACCF Committee Chairs

Ad Hoc Airports Committee

By-Laws Committee

Community Relations Committee

Cultural Affairs Committee

Environmental Committee

    Ben Axelroad, Chair - 703-525-3083

Housing Committee

Legislation Committee

Membership Committee

    Frances Finta, Chair - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182

Parks & Recreation Committee

Planning & Zoning Committee

Public Services Committee - Amy Levin, 703-521-4894+ Revenues & Expenditures Committee

Scholarship Committees


      Jim Pebley - 703-525-0766
      Tim Reese 703-533-0091, Co-Chairs


      Frances Finta - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182

Schools Committee

Special Events Committee

    Adam Croswell 703-553-0523
    Frances Finta phone703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182 Co-Chairs

Transportation Committee

Noise Compatibility Study at Reagan National Airport

Recently, a multi-year noise compatibility study has been completed for the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. This study was coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), through a committee consisting of local governmental representatives, airline and business groups, and citizen's groups. The ACCF's Airport Issues Committee (AIC) was represented on the noise study committee by Steve Baur, AIC co-chair. The noise study committee looked at noise exposure maps reflecting existing and anticipated future conditions, and then prepared a noise compatibility plan (NCP) to reduce, to the extent possible, current and future aircraft noise. After much public debate, four flight routes and operational procedures, and four noise management techniques, were recommended by the committee to reduce aircraft noise:

Flight Routes and Operational Procedures

1. Form a working group to develop advanced navigation procedures for arrivals and departures on all runways, encourage the use of advanced navigation technology by airlines to provide pilots the ability to follow more predictable and precise flight tracks along the center of the Potomac and Anacostia River corridors.

2. Through training and educational materials, encourage air traffic controllers to direct flights arriving on Runway 01 (the main runway) to follow daytime arrival routes during nighttime hours (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.).

3. Through training and educational materials, encourage air traffic controllers to direct flights arriving on Runway 01 during daytime hours (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) when traffic permits, to distribute the locations at which aircraft turn onto the route along the center of the Potomac River over the area between 5 and 10 miles south of the Airport; and to instruct pilots, once cleared to proceed to the River, to fly directly to the center of the River and then remain over the center of the River as long as possible before landing.

4. Request the FAA Flight Standards Office to revise language in the Airport Facility Directory to reflect the current noise abatement procedures at the Airport

Noise Management Techniques

5. Request a voluntary phase-out of hush kitted Stage 3 aircraft through discussions with airlines and the Air Transport Association

6. Update the Airport's Noise Monitoring and Flight Tracking System to reflect the latest technology.

7. Establish a system to report airline compliance with noise abatement measures.

8. Enhance the Noise Complaint System.

Recommendation #1 will have the most impact on those communities in Arlington County that now experience excess aircraft noise. Many aircraft using the airport currently fly over residential areas of Arlington County, rather than flying over the river. The implementation of recommendation #1 will provide a GPS-type of system to keep pilots over the center of the river during takeoff and approach. While not eliminating aircraft noise completely, this will have a large effect on those communities that are currently under the flight path.

The noise compatibility plan has been submitted to the FAA for review and approval. The Airport Noise Committee of the ACCF is tracking the progress of the NCP, and has requested the FAA to provide fast-track approval for recommendation #1, since this recommendation will require the formation of another committee to recommend appropriate way-points along the center of the river, which will then need to be submitted to the FAA for final approval.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the AIC co-chairs Steve Geiger (703-522-0026; steveg+) or Steve Baur (703-525-5580; steveb+).

The Arlington County Civic Federation 2004-2005

Executive Committee Officers

    President - Patrick Smaldore - 703-528-3935
    Vice President - Anne Fisher - 703-838-8502
    Treasurer - Frances Finta - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182
    Secretary - Tim Russo - 703-527-3693

Executive Committee Members

Arlington County Civic Federation
C/o Patrick A. Smaldore Jr.
3859 North Second Street
Arlington, VA 22203-3803

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