February 2015

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  February 2015

INOVA Hospital Plans Research Complex on Exxon Mobil Property

Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth Communicating with WHCA 

According to the Washington Post, on February 9, 2015, INOVA Fairfax Hospital announced plans to acquire Exxon Mobil’s 117-acre campus to create a medical complex that would include a cancer center and a new research hub, which would combine a medical school with laboratories and INOVA’s high-profile Translational Medicine Institute.

J. Knox Singleton, INOVA’s chief executive, said the hospital wants to establish a cutting-edge facility aimed at drawing patients nation-wide, similar to the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

Carol Russell, WHCA President, contacted Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, who advised the following:

  • INOVA will be leasing the space from Exxon Mobil for 5 years so the county will continue to get tax revenue during that time.
  • Exxon Mobil won’t be finished moving out of the building space until fall 2015.
  • INOVA’s plans have not been completely worked out yet; they may have to apply for zoning variances later depending on what they have planned; however, no zoning variance is required for any space INOVA uses as “office space.”

Status of Eakin Park Picnic Shelter – Feb. 2015

The Fairfax Park Authority has developed concepts to address improvements to Eakin Park and shared them with the community at a public meeting on Dec. 4, 2014.  WHCA would like to thank Kristin Haynes for attending this meeting on behalf of WHCA.

The summary of the December 4, 2014 Public Information Meeting can be found on: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/downloads/eakin-pim120414-presentation.pdf

Two Projects are now proposed for funding:

• The first project is to construct a new picnic pavilion/shelter near the Tobin Road entrance to the park.  (This was requested by the Pine Ridge Community Association.) The cost of this picnic shelter is estimated in the range of $70,000 to $100,000.

 

• The second project is to enhance the entrance to the park from Prosperity Avenue, making it more inviting to visitors, enjoyable and informative for users, while enhancing the environment.

These projects do not need any additional approval because they were approved when the General Management Plan for Eakin Park was approved by Fairfax County in 1995.

The plan and approved meeting minutes can be found at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/downloads/accotinksvmp95.pdf

While no public  funding has been allocated to the improvements, Eakin Community Park has some alternate funding sources: The Eakin Trust Fund

(a matching fund) and the Mastenbrook Grant Program.

The Pine Ridge Civic Association is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Mantua Elementary School cafeteria to explore the level of interest in forming a Friends of Eakin Park organization.  All local communities are encouraged to join the Friends organization.

Maintenance of the Picnic Shelter

Several WHCA neighbors have expressed concern about additional trash once the picnic shelter is built.

In response to this concern, Fairfax County Park Authority advises that trash is always picked up every Monday at every picnic shelter.

If a picnic shelter is rented, the trash would be picked up on the Fridays before the shelter is reserved as well as Mondays.

WHCA Trying to Obtain Litter Clean Up on Woodburn Road

At the February 2015 WHCA meeting, a neighbor expressed concern about the recent buildup of litter along the eastbound section of Woodburn Road.  To follow-up, the WHCA Council contacted VDOT, Fairfax County, and the County Park Authority, requesting cleanup of this litter. All three organizations responded that they do not have funds to provide litter cleanup.

On February 18, 2015, WHCA President Carol Russell on behalf of WHCA, wrote a letter to Patrick Christiansen, CEO of INOVA Fairfax Hospital, about this litter problem.  The letter points out that the side of Woodburn Road next to the INOVA Fairfax Hospital campus appears to be regularly maintained and litter free; however, the eastbound side is strewn with debris.

The WHCA letter requests that INOVA Fairfax Hospital make an effort to clean up the litter on both sides of Woodburn Road.  WHCA is awaiting a response from INOVA Fairfax Hospital.   A copy of the WHCA letter follows:

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Woodburn Homes Civic Association

Carol Russell, President

3420 Knox Road

Annandale, Virginia 22003

February 18, 2015

Mr. Patrick Christiansen

CEO, INOVA Fairfax Hospital

3300 Gallows Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

Dear Mr. Christiansen,

I am writing as President of the Woodburn Homes Civic Association.  We represent about 150 families who live on and west of Woodburn Road in Annandale, just a few blocks from INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

First of all, our neighborhood applauds the quality and extent of medical care provided by Fairfax Hospital.  We are proud of the ongoing services provided to our community.  Many of our neighbors volunteer weekly at the hospital.

However, the steady expansion of the hospital has taken a toll on our neighborhood.  The additional high rise buildings block our views and breezes.  The increase in patients served has resulted in additional traffic on our community’s roads.

The members of our homeowners association have expressed dismay with the construction on Gallows Road and the enlargement of Woodburn Road near Wellness Boulevard.  The new entrance on Wellness Boulevard has caused a significant increase in traffic along Woodburn Road which is the main entrance to our neighborhood.

We are writing specifically about the significant amount of trash that has built up along the eastbound side of Woodburn Road.  We believe that the trash may accumulate because of construction workers walking to the hospital to and from their cars as well as the additional traffic due to the new Wellness/Woodburn entrance.

The Fairfax Hospital campus itself is usually clean from debris, presenting an attractive environment worthy of the high quality of care provided.  We have noticed that the westbound portion of Woodburn Road, the side next to the hospital campus, is kept clean and litter free and we assume that the hospital sends regular crews to clean up this section of Woodburn.  We are sure that you also desire a favorable environment when the patients, their families, and visitors approach the hospital in both directions of Woodburn Road.  We are requesting that INOVA devote the necessary resources to keep a clean and litter free appearance on both sides of Woodburn Road.

We have contacted both VDOT and Fairfax County who report they do not have the resources to pick up litter.  We hope that Fairfax Hospital is able to provide this community service.

Sincerely,

Carol Russell  //signed//

President, Woodburn Homes Civic Association

Copy:  Linda Smyth, Supervisor, Providence District, Fairfax County

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

VDOT Finds Our Neighborhood Roads In Need of Repaving

WHCA continues to work with VDOT to ensure our neighborhood roads are repaved, once funding becomes available.

At the April 2014 WHCA meeting, a WHCA member expressed concern about the poor condition of the roads in our neighborhood.  VDOT completed its road inspection in July 2014 and found that all of our neighborhood roads are in poor or very poor condition.  Over 70 percent of the secondary roads in Northern Virginia received a poor or very poor rating by VDOT.

VDOT has placed our neighborhood roads in line for future repaving, which will all be done at the same time. However, VDOT reports that given limited funding, it is not possible to provide a time frame for when repaving of our neighborhood roads will occur in 2015.

Vote Scheduled on Funding for a WHCA Community Project

The Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) requested that WHCA members submit proposals in order to spend a portion (approx. $300 – $500) of the WHCA Treasury funds on a community project that would benefit our neighborhood and/or enhance community spirit.

Voting on which of these proposals to fund is scheduled for the next April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting. Following are the proposals being considered for WHCA funding:

  1. Neighborhood Little “Free Lending Library.” This is a proposal for purchasing, building and locating a free “little lending library” in our neighborhood. Locating these small, free neighborhood lending libraries in Fairfax County communities has become popular.  A list of “Little Free Library” model kits, ranging in price from $300 – $500 and more, is available at the following website: http://littlefreelibrary.org/product-category/library/  In addition to promoting literacy, these little free libraries offer neighbors the experience of randomly connecting with a book, and ultimately provide a gift to the entire community.
  1. Byzantine Catholic Church “Sidewalk/Pathway Extension. This is a proposal for extending the currently existing sidewalk in front of the Byzantine Catholic Church along Woodburn Road by building a pathway to connect the sidewalk to Tobin Road. It would provide a much safer walkway for pedestrians between Hayden and Tobin Roads. A request to the County that they put in such a pathway under the DOT Pedestrian Program has been made. However, since lack of funds is often an issue, this proposal is for WHCA to consider using some of its Treasury funds to help defray the cost of building this pathway extension.
  1. Community Sign. This is a proposal for designing, purchasing, and locating a community sign in our neighborhood, along the lines of: “Woodburn Homes Civic Association – Welcome to Our Neighborhood.” This would help identify our community and provide name recognition for our civic association.
  1. WHCA Magnets. This is a proposal for purchasing a supply of WHCA magnets indicating the name and website of our civic association for distribution to the approx. 150 homes within WHCA’s jurisdiction. This would help promote additional WHCA membership within our existing community. Also, WHCA can continue to distribute these magnets to new neighbors to welcome them and encourage them to join WHCA. Prices range from $95 for 500 standard business card type magnets to $170 for 250 more elaborately designed magnets.

Upcoming Election of WHCA Officers and 

Request for Community Volunteers

The annual April elections for WHCA Officers is scheduled for the April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting. If any of our neighbors is interested, or knows of anyone who might be interested, in serving as a WHCA Officer, please contact current WHCA President Carol Russell at e-mail address: mrussell54@cox.net prior to this April 2015 meeting date.

WHCA is also looking for volunteers to serve in non-officer capacities and for technical website issues support, as follows:

  • WHCA Newsletter Editor. If someone doesn’t volunteer to take over editorial production of the WHCA Newsletter, the May 2015 edition may be the last regularly published WHCA newsletter. Unless a newsletter editor is found, WHCA will have to explore other ways of communicating the neighborhood news.  If interested in volunteering to produce the WHCA Newsletter, please contact Anna Fotias at: annafoti@aol.com.
  • WHCA Social Events Coordinator. WHCA would like to enhance and expand neighborhood social activities, and needs a volunteer to help plan, find hosts for, and coordinate future neighborhood social gatherings. If interested, please e-mail Kristin Haynes at: whcaareacoordinator@live.com.
  • WHCA Website Technical Support. WHCA would like to improve the usefulness and effectiveness of the WHCA website, and needs a volunteer with computer website expertise to help deal with website technical issues. If interested, please contact Loretta Rowe at: lgrowe@verizon.net.

These are opportunities to get to know your neighbors and to serve your community. Please consider volunteering your time and talent.

Join or Renew WHCA Membership

You can join or renew membership in the Woodburn Homes Civic Association by sending your name, address, email address and phone number, along with your $15.00 per household annual dues, to:

Jeanne Midgett,  WHCA Treasurer

3413 Beverly Drive, Annandale, VA,  22003-1110

Reminder:  Dues are collected annually at the April WHCA meeting; however, payment of dues is welcome any time during the year.

Make your check payable to:   Woodburn Homes Civic Association.

Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors

All WHCA residents,  please let Ernestine Hall at hnmehall@gmail.com know if you have information about any new neighbors or anyone in our community who may need some assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, the grocery store, or pharmacy for medication, etc.)  Ernestine will try to find a neighborhood volunteer to help.

Also, please let Ernestine know if you would be willing to help in such situations. You can email her at:  hnmehall@gmail.com.

SCHOOL NEWS

FALLS CHURCH HIGH SCHOOL 2015 MULCH SALE

It’s Mulch Time!!

Falls Church High School (FCHS) is preparing for the 2015 Mulch Sale to support the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) for FCHS seniors.  The Mulch Sale is the primary and biggest fundraiser for this safe graduation celebration.

Below is the link that allows for online orders (or donations) and has an order form (pdf) to print for your convenience at:

http://www.fchsptsa.org/all-night-grad-celebration/mulch-online-ordering.html

One order is 3 Cubic Foot Bags of Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch, $5.50 each.

For 15 bags or more,  free curb delivery is offered within a 5 mile radius;

14 bags and under, must pick up at FCHS.

  • Order Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Delivery Date:  Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Pickup: Falls Church High School between 10AM and 3PM

If you don’t need mulch – perhaps consider a donation to FCHS ANGC.  You can make a donation online through the link above or with the mulch order form.

 

What is the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC)?

The ANGC is a HUGE celebration in honor of our Falls Church High School graduating seniors held the evening after graduation. It is funded entirely from donations, fundraising and ticket sales. The celebration, organized by Falls Church High School parents, provides a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free evening for the entire senior class.  Students are treated to seven, fun filled, overnight hours of games, food, recreation, raffles, a casino and entertainment. It is held at Providence Recreation Center and is THE place to be for the FCHS graduating class to celebrate together!

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Starting a Home Project?     Need Help around the House or Yard?

Want to Pass on a Referral?

WHCA HAS A NEIGHBORHOOD REFERRALS DATABASE!

What better way to help each other than to use the Association to share contractors you recommend.  If you have any recommendations , please send them to the WHCA Newsletter Editor.  The following have been recommended by our neighbors.

Please note:  WHCA does not officially promote or criticize contractors.

Yolanda Ochoa for excellent, dependable house cleaning.  Phone: Jose Funes at

571-238-5447. Highly recommended by Anna Fotias (3434 Beverly Dr.)

Alex Mendoza of Olympian Landscapes for masonry work is absolutely fantastic in quality, cost, and work ethic. He formerly worked for Merrifield and does an outstanding job at a significantly lower cost. Contact phone is: 571-432-7841. Highly recommended by Loretta Rowe.

 

Sergio Ayala and family for lawn maintenance. They do several lawns in the neighborhood and are very dependable. They also remove leaves in the Fall and do landscaping. Phone: 703-981-9060. Highly recommended by Jeanne Midgett.

Randy Carroll, who grew up in Camelot neighborhood, at Rimble Landscaping for lawn service. Phone: 703-527-6950. They have done lots of extra work and are awesome! Highly recommended by Mimi Harris (3537 Woodburn Road).

JL Tree Service, Inc., Fairfax, VA, 703-359-4444, www.jltreeservice.com, serving Northern & Fairfax, VA, MD, and Washington ,DC since 1975. Certified arborists provide tree removal, tree pruning, tree trimming & cutting, and 24 hour emergency tree service.  Recommended by Randy and Jess Fulk at 8300 Taylor Lane, who contacted JL Tree Service to remove 3 trees from their yard due to proximity to the house, and commented that JL Tree Service did an excellent job, was very cost competitive and followed-up to ensure satisfaction with their work.

Jim Hughes of MAILBOXXPRESS at http://www.mailboxxpress.com/index.html delivers quality service and mailboxes at most reasonable prices! Recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Need your Gutters Cleaned?  Call Jose Landscaping, 571-594-6630.  Recommended by Mark Russell (703- 573-1124).  Nan Bradley recently called Jose to clean the gutters on her house and was also very pleased.

Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va.  20110,  571-379-4820.  Recommended by Nelson Hall.

Capital Discount Fuel Company in Purcellville, Virginia, for home heating oil, 115 East Main Street, Purcellville, Va.  20132 ,  703-978-6400. Recommended by Ernestine Hall.

Excellent General Contractor (drywall, painting, tile, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry) Alan Schottroffe 540-869-6390 or 540-533-7467.  Recommended by Mark Russell (703-573-1124) and Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Maria Mitchell highly recommends Pier Professional Painting (Bill Pier), who can be reached at: 703-402-2857.  Maria notes he is generally booked far in advance.
Kristin Haynes had her almost 20 year old lawn mower serviced and recommends this company as reasonable and great, quick service:   Branch Grigg Small Engine Service and Repair. Near Woodburn Elementary School.   Mark Griggs: 703-560-3317.  Also, highly recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning.  Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical, 703-489-7944,  http://www.lanarkmechanical.com.  Recommended by Loretta and

Michael Rowe.

Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153.  Recommended by

Joyce Mcphee (703-560-5382).

CertaPro Painters of Arlington (located in Annandale) for house painting,

1-800-462-3782.  Recommended by Joyce Mcphee (703- 560-5382).

Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis.  Sabina Carrera, 703-583-7509.  Recommended by Carol Russell (703- 573-1124).

Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880.   Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry  (703-560-2262).

 

Ross Tree Service at 703-583-8733.  Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry

(703-560- 2262).

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Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical

703-489-7944

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Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting

Feb. 2, 2015

Proposed Minutes for Approval at April 27, 2015 Meeting

The winter WHCA meeting, held at the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:35pm by Carol Russell, President.

In addition to the 5 officers listed below, there were 14 participants who attended the meeting, for a total of 19 attendees.

Officers present were:

President Carol Russell

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Secretary Anna Fotias

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

Carol Russell, President, distributed the meeting agenda, which was accepted as proposed.  A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the previous October 27, 2014 WHCA meeting minutes, which were also distributed as attachments to the previous WHCA newsletter. President Russell thanked Secretary Anna Fotias for production of the quarterly meeting minutes and the WHCA newsletter. She reported that WHCA Council members met on Jan. 15, 2015 to prepare for this Feb. 2, 2015 WHCA meeting. (The regularly scheduled Jan. 26, 2015 WHCA meeting had to be cancelled because of bad weather and was rescheduled for Feb. 2, 2015.)

The President then asked for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:

Vice-President Loretta Rowe reported that she recently renewed the WHCA website’s domain name with our website manager, Just Host, whose contract is also up for renewal in 2016.  She then requested that any WHCA members who have computer website expertise contact her to try to help her correct some “glitches” that she has encountered in posting materials to our website. She also asked that if anyone is interested in helping with WHCA website activity, would they please let her know. Finally, she expressed interest in receiving any ideas and feedback from members on improving our website’s usefulness and effectiveness.

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett reported that currently there is $996.21 in the WHCA Treasury.

Secretary Anna Fotias, as WHCA Newsletter editor, reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next Newsletter is February 20, 2015.  Distribution of the next WHCA Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of February.  She then commented that although she would consider remaining WHCA Secretary for another term, if no one else is interested in running for this position at the annual WHCA officers’ election meeting on April 27, 2015, she is not interested in continuing to serve as the WHCA Newsletter editor after production of the May 2015 newsletter. She requested that anyone interested in becoming the WHCA Newsletter editor please contact her; otherwise, the May 2015 WHCA newsletter may be the last regularly published issue.

Area Representative Coordinator, Kristin Haynes reported that our next regularly scheduled WHCA social event is the annual WHCA summer picnic, which has been typically scheduled in September after Labor Day. She requested that anyone interested in volunteering to serve as WHCA’s social events coordinator please let her know. She encouraged others to help in providing ideas and support for new and interesting WHCA social activities throughout the year.

Follow-up items from last meeting:  President Russell then reported on the following items, which are of continuing interest to WHCA.

  • Status of Picnic Shelter at Eakin Park. President Russell thanked Kristin Haynes for attending the public meeting on December 4, 2014 on behalf of WHCA, at which the Fairfax Park Authority shared various concepts for improvements to Eakin Park. One of these projects now being proposed for funding is the construction of a new picnic shelter near the Tobin Road entrance to Eakin Park, which does not require any additional approval because it had already been approved when the General Management Plan for Eakin Park was adopted by Fairfax County in 1995.  However, there has been no public funding allocated for the cost of building this picnic shelter, which is estimated in the range of $70,000 to $100,000.  While no public funding has been allocated to the park’s improvements, Eakin Community Park has some alternate funding sources: The Eakin Trust Fund (a matching fund) and the Mastenbrook Grant Program. (WHCA February 2015 Newsletter will provide further information on this issue.)
  • Schedule of Street Repaving in our Neighborhood. As follow-up to a request by Steven Nider at the April 2014 WHCA meeting for VDOT’s schedule of street repaving, President Russell requested that VDOT evaluate our neighborhood streets to determine if they are eligible for repaving. She reported that our neighborhood streets have been rated by VDOT to be in poor or very poor conditions and have been placed in line for future repaving all at the same time depending on budget availability.

Anne Hawkins then asked that President Russell report to VDOT that the drain pipe under the paved road has collapsed at the right turn onto Hayden Lane from Woodburn Road (on the Byzantine Church corner), making that right turn very dangerous to drivers. President Russell indicated that she would follow-up on this issue with VDOT.

Karen Skelton asked about what the different colors of road markings mean that she has noticed on our neighborhood streets. President Russell referenced the article on Miss Utility Color Codes, published in the WHCA August 2014 Newsletter, and reviewed what each of the colors indicates.

Quinta Seida commented that she had noticed a recent gas leak located near Taylor and Beverly Drive that had been repaired and marked.

Steve Nider asked if anyone knew about the process for connecting to the natural gas lines along Hayden or Beverly. Lisa Plummer also expressed an interest in this information. Quinta Seida offered to share her experience in connecting to the gas line from her house on Taylor with anyone interested and advised neighbors interested in obtaining access to natural gas to their homes to get together for better leverage in negotiating with the gas company.

The following was reported under Community News and Updates:

  • Community Needs.  

Ernestine Hall, who is the coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to community residents, reported that she was trying to contact one of our retired, single neighbors who has recently had some health problems to let him know that his WHCA neighbors are available to provide him with any needed assistance, especially during winter bad weather. She requested that if anyone knows of other neighbors who may need some help, such as with transportation to their doctor, pharmacy or grocery store, please let her know by telephone or e-mail.

  • Proposals for WHCA Treasury Spending. WHCA is considering proposals to spend a portion (approx. $300 – $500) of the WHCA Treasury on a community project that would benefit our neighborhood and/or enhance community spirit. Voting to fund one of the following proposals is pending:

(1.)  Little “Free” Lending Library. Richard Morris described his proposal for purchasing, building and locating a “little free lending library” in our neighborhood. As explained in an August 14, 2014 Washington Post article, which had previously been distributed to WHCA members, “By the beginning of this year, little free libraries numbered more than 15,000 around the world and were as far away as Iceland and Uganda.” They have become popular in the U.S., and Fairfax County currently has 11 of these little libraries listed on the Little Free Libraries’ website Google Map index. The Mosby Woods Community Association installed a “blue double-decker library box” in front of their neighborhood pool in May 2013. Also, a neighborhood in Vienna purchased a wooden box from the Little Free Library nonprofit, which sells pre-built libraries and building kits (ranging in cost from $200 -$999 each) through its website.  However, you can build your own library box and register it as an official part of the global network for $35. People do not have to return books or use the “take a book, leave a book” principle at Little Free Libraries. Each library’s caretaker minds their site differently. But, most operate on a personal donations bases with some replenishment by bookstore purchases. In addition to promoting literacy, these little free libraries offer people the experience of randomly connecting with a book, which is a priceless gift to the individual and ultimately to the entire community.

Kristin Haynes offered to photograph the Little Free Library in Camelot located near the Camelot Elementary School and show it to WHCA members at the next April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting.

(2.) Community Sign. Jeanne Midgett proposed designing and locating a community sign in our neighborhood, along the lines of: “Woodburn Homes Civic Association – Welcome to Our Neighborhood.” This would help identify our community and provide name recognition for our civic association. She is researching costs for various designs and types of community signs.

(3.) WHCA Magnets. Jeanne Midgett proposed purchasing a supply of WHCA magnets indicating the name and website of our civic association for distribution to the approx. 150 homes within WHCA’s jurisdiction. This would help promote additional WHCA membership within our existing community. Also, WHCA can continue to distribute these magnets to new neighbors in order to welcome them and encourage them to join WHCA.  She received a price from an on-line company, Cmagnets.com, for standard business card type magnets of $95 for 500 magnets, and for a more elaborately designed magnet of $170 for 250 magnets.

(4.) Sidewalk/Pathway Extension. Loretta Rowe has proposed extending the currently existing sidewalk in front of the Byzantine Catholic Church along Woodburn Road by building a pathway connecting the sidewalk to Tobin Road. This would provide a much safer walkway for pedestrians between Hayden and Tobin. Loretta Rowe explained that she submitted a request to the County that they put in such a pathway under the DOT Pedestrian Program.  She also contacted the Church to request that they submit a similar request to the County. She added that the Church is waiting for the County to release a bond. Since lack of County funds is often an issue, she proposes that WHCA consider using some of our Treasury funds to help defray the expense of building this pathway extension. She is researching what the cost of building the pathway would be.

Defer Voting on Funding of Proposals.

Mark Russell moved that WHCA members defer voting on which of these proposals to fund until the next April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting at which time we should have more information on which to base our selection. This motion was seconded and approved.

Steve Nider commented that WHCA might consider deferring the collection of annual dues ($15) from existing WHCA members at the upcoming April 2015 meeting as a reward for their continued participation. Anne Hawkins also noted that it might encourage people to join WHCA if meetings were held other than on Monday evenings. These topics were left open for further discussion if WHCA members expressed interest in pursuing them.

 

  • WHCA Elections – April 27, 2015. President Russell reminded members that the annual April elections for WHCA Officers is scheduled for the April 27, 2015 meeting. If anyone is interested, or knows of anyone who might be interested, in serving in any of the 5 WHCA officers’ positions, please contact her prior to the April 2015 meeting date. It is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and to serve your community.
  • Request for Newsletter Editor & Social Committee Volunteer(s). Also, as a final reminder, President Russell noted that WHCA is looking for volunteers to serve in a non-officer capacity, as WHCA Newsletter editor and as Social Events Coordinator for WHCA activities. These are areas WHCA would like to enhance and expand, but additional talent and willingness to support them are needed from the community.

The following was reported under Public Comments/Concerns:

  • Trash along Park-side Shoulder of Woodburn Road. Steve Nider commented that he has noticed a lot of trash building up recently along the eastbound side of Woodburn Road. He was not sure if this was a result of increased litter from traffic to/from the new Wellness-Woodburn hospital entrance or pedestrians/construction workers walking to/from INOVA hospital. But, he wondered who is responsible for cleaning up this litter. President Russell said she would follow-up on this issue with VDOT, the Park Authority, and INOVA hospital, and would report back to WHCA.
  • Vandalism/Inconsiderate Dog Owners. Brief discussion occurred concerning if anyone has had problems recently with vandalism of property or inconsiderate dog owners’ failure to clean up after their pets. It was noted that our neighborhood has been blessed by having very few of these problems, with the exception of damage to several mailboxes in the past and recently to posted slow-down signs. Comment was that the problem of inconsiderate dog owners was usually resolved by posting a “please clean up dog poop” sign on your property after which the offender will usually  stop their inconsiderate behavior.

President Russell adjourned the meeting at 8:25pm. Coffee and desserts, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. Our new neighbor, James (“Jim”) Peltz, residing along Woodburn Road (formerly Mimi Harris’ home) was welcomed to our community. The next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30pm in the basement of the old Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.